Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Sunday March 21st 2021 – #Quotes D.L. Finn, #Blogging Pete Springer, #BookOffer John W. Howell

A selection of post that I have enjoyed over the last few days… I hope you will head over to enjoy them in full… thanks Sally.

The first post is from D.L. Finn writing for Story Empire on quotes that have inspired her and a little test on your knowledge of famous authors and their words of wisdom..

Hi SERers! Denise here. Today I’m going to talk about something I appreciate, quotes.

Growing up, I heard many quotes that would make me think. There were a few my great-grandmother would repeat to me, and I would nod with no understanding. Later her wisdom would replay itself to me, and when the youthful veil lifted, I understood her words.

Some words affected me so deeply I passed them on to my children.

A favorite of mine was, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.” Words my great-grandmother may have borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe’s line, “Believe nothing you hear and only one half that you see.” It’s even truer today with social media.

As an adult, I not only appreciate quotes but read them any chance I get. When I’m overwhelmed with writing projects or I draw a blank, it’s nice to connect with another author’s wisdom. It assures me I’m not alone, and we’re all dealing with the same issues.

Head over to find out which quotes have inspired Denise and see if you can match famous quotes to their authors: Quotes and Writing by D.L. Finn – Story Empire

The next post is from author Pete Springer who is celebrating two years of blogging and the editing of his first children’s book…

One of the great things about keeping a journal or recording our thoughts in some way is that we can look back and remember. It’s the same reason people take photographs. The once trusty memory bank is no longer the well-oiled machine it used to be. I don’t know if this happens to others, but sometimes I stare at a photograph or read something I wrote in college and realize that memory is either foggy or completely gone. I have the visual proof right in front of my eyes, yet I may not recall being there. What a weird feeling!

My mom used to keep notebooks of her life. At the end of each day, she would write down what happened to her in the last twenty-four hours. Many of these activities were mundane. Walks with friends, lunch at the park, birding with pals, trips to the dentist—she recorded it all. At the time, I thought it was a curious thing to do. I never fully understood why she did it until I got older. 

Head over to enjoy Pete’s reflections on writing down our thoughts in journals and posts:Pete Springer – Second Blogging Anniversary

And last but not least.. your opportunity to pick up Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John Howell. at a great price from today for three days until March 24th at midnight US time. There are some great recent reviews but since I can highly recommend the book I am sharing my review for the book from 2020.

About the book

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.

My review for the book 29th September 2020

I am a fan of John Howell’s books and as always was looking forward to his latest. The story of this road trip undertaken by the delightful characters James and Sam does not disappoint, as it crosses timelines and genres with ease and entertaining as well as thought provoking results.

It is an accepted truth that at some point we will die, but the question has always been about our destination after that defining moment. Religions have for millennium offered their own versions of heaven and hell, with various incentives for one and warnings about the other.

John Howell creates a middle world between death and your final destination that offers infinite possibilities, and tantalizes with the thought that perhaps some of our worldly emotional and physical pleasures might be still be enjoyed. And, perhaps an opportunity, particularly following an unexpected departure, to tidy up some loose ends.

The devil of course is in the detail, and in this case the charismatic Lucifer is recruiting likely prospects for one of his key employment openings, and will stop at nothing to get his way. Thankfully Sam who is guiding James through this confusing limbo he finds himself in, has a few tricks up her sleeve and a back up team.

During this interim period, the two travellers get to visit times in man’s recent history that could use some fine tuning, provided it does not compromise the time continuum. However, sometimes it might just be devilish meddling. There is adventure, mystery, humour, romance and some just desserts served up across the last 200 years, and it makes for a lively read with plenty of action.

As an alternative to what is currently on offer from the established authorities on the matter, I would happily take advantage of John Howell’s interim world. To have extra time to get used to the idea of passing on and to revisit events and people in my life to tidy up some loose ends. Temptingly, whilst you are not allowed to influence the events that have taken place already in history, the author hints that there might be a way to prevent a catastrophe in the far distant future.

I recommend that you suspend accepted belief for a few hours and try this world on for size.

Head over read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK

Other books by John Howell

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon USand on: Amazon UK – Goodreads:John Howell Goodreads Blog: John W. Howell. com – Twitter@HowellWave


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full and take advantage of John Howell’s book offer..thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Sunday 31st January 2021 – #Writing D.G. Kaye, #Blogging Pete Springer, #Zucchini Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen

Welcome to a small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read them in full.. thanks Sally

The first post is on the subject of writing and is from Debby Gies…D.G. Kaye and she explores the differences between Non-Fiction and Fiction in relations to characters and events.

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Let’s Have a Look – About #Writing – Writing Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Welcome to my new series in this new year. I decided to call it – Let’s Have a Look. #LetsHaveALook

So what exactly will we be having a look at? How do I describe this? Random topics or incidence I come across in daily life – from reading or watching the news, to a blog I may have read that gives me pause, are things I’ll be looking at. A spontaneous thought if triggered about a why or that raises a question to myself – I’m going to bring discussion to the event or article here.

So, Let’s Have a Look!

Today’s post came about inspired by a reply from my author friend, #fantasy writer, Diana Peach, who mentioned in reply to my comment I’d left on her recent post when she shared about how one of her characters in her WIP sometimes directs where the story leads.

I had commented that I have enough trouble writing nonfiction about real people – implying that I could only imagine all that is involved in the creating of characters and fantasy storylines and Diana responded with this:

“Part of me thinks it would be harder to write real people, Debby, because a non-fiction author is writing from a particular perspective as well as making interpretations about others, all the while trying to represent the truth. It’s easier to just make everything up! Lol. A post from you about how you navigate that would be really interesting.”

Okay Diana, here’s the post! – Head over to read about the differences that Debby highlights: Let’s Have a Look – About #Writing – Writing Fiction vs. Nonfiction

Now for a lovely post on the blogging community by Pete Springer

Photo credit to Armin Rimoldi on Pexels

When I started writing less than two years ago, I had no clue what I was doing in the blogging world. I had written a memoir/advice book about my teaching career, They Call Me Mom, They Call Me Mom (something I hadn’t planned to do), and the logical follow-up question was now what?

Someone suggested starting a blog—an idea that had never entered my head. The more I thought about it, the better it sounded. I didn’t create one to become famous or try and sell a lot of books. That’s not a priority for me. I’m someone who enjoys learning. A blog would provide me with opportunities to practice writing. I’m not one of those people who has loved to write his entire life. In reality, I’m much more of an analytical, left-brain type. I was happier solving a math equation than keeping a journal. I know what many of you are thinking: “What’s wrong with you?” 😊

Head over to read the rest of this lovely tribute to the blogging community: Bloggers as Friends by Pete Springer

The final post today is a lovely recipe from Dorothy’s Vintage Kitchen for a vegetable that we eat a great deal of, but I may not be doing them as much justice as I should.

Zucchini with Garlic, Lemon, and Hazelnuts

The humble zucchini moves from quiet weeknight sidekick, to dinner party pretty, and it’s quick and easy too!

My grill has reappeared from the snow, and while I seldom hesitate to fire it up in the middle of winter, it was just been a little too cold this week to stand there for any length of time, especially since I never got my Bernie gloves ordered!

So, inside, the grill pan came to my rescue, and in just a few minutes I had a weekend special side dish for little money, little time, and lots of flavor.

A quick grill, followed by a quick sauce of olive oil, hazelnuts, garlic, anchovies, parsley, and lemon, and we were all set. The anchovies are optional if you want to make this vegetarian, and you can substitute dairy-free Parmesan if you want it vegan. It will still be delicious. You can use any summer squash you like in this as well.

Serve this hot, cold, or, my favorite, room temperature. Of course, if it isn’t 17 degrees outside, you can do this all on the charcoal grill.

Head over to read the delicious recipe for Zucchini with Garlic, Lemon, and Hazelnuts: Vintage Kitchen Zucchini with garlic, lemon and hazelnuts


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday February 4th 2020 #Lifestyle Toni Pike, #Blogging Pete Springer, #Phonesafety ACFlory, #Language Sue Vincent

A full house today with lots of great posts out there…

The first post is on the blog of Sue of Sizzling towards Sixty – Over 50 lifestyle blogger for Women and is a guest post by author Toni Pike, who had a medical emergency whilst on holiday in 2019 that resulted in her taking stock of many aspects of her lifestyle.

 Making Positive Changes in My Life in 2020

I’m retired, and my main hobby over the last four years has been writing thrillers. In fact, I had become somewhat of an author-holic, working long hours on my writing and probably pushing myself too hard. However, in 2019 I also had other concerns that were wearing me down.

One of my main passions over the last ten years has been travelling, and I was on a four-week trip to France, England and Germany when disaster struck. The tour of Northern France was incredible, and then we spent eleven days in northern England, visiting the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland and Durham. A strange headache had been bothering me for a few days, and was still there the night before we were due to fly to Germany for a 12-day tour.

I never made it, instead having an emergency medical episode that kept me in hospital for several days and could have killed me. I was back home in Australia a week later, and thankfully I’ve recovered well. But I totally believe that my medical problems were brought on by stress and emotional anxiety, which had also caused exhaustion from lack of sleep. On top of that, a hectic travel schedule had led to migraines and even more fatigue.

Head over to read the rest of Toni’s post and make a note of some of the steps you might take to make some healthy changes to your own lifestyle: Ageing, Living Well by Making Positive Changes by Toni Pike

Toni Pike, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK –  Follow Toni: Goodreads – Website: Toni Pike


About Sue

Women Over 50

Welcome! Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond is a place for Women Over 50 to learn, experience & enjoy. I’m Sue and I’m here to share tips on Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, How to Rediscover Yourself   and Thrive After 50.

The next post is by Pete Springer and is a lovely showcase about fellow blogger Jim Borden.

Jim Borden-Blogger Extraordinaire

I’m coming up on my first anniversary of blogging in March. It’s been a great ride getting to know folks out in the blogosphere. One quality I enjoy the most about my new hobby is the variety of blogs that exist. It didn’t take me long to realize that one has to be selective when signing up for others’ blogs, or I could spend the entire day reading and responding to everyone and not have time for anything else. There truly is something for everyone.

One of the more interesting characters I’ve met in the last year is Jim Borden, the creator of the blog, Borden’s Blather I immediately was attracted to his tagline, “Drop in daily for your regular dose of nonsensical blather.” As a guy who enjoys poking a little fun at life and himself, I can tell that Jim and I are similar in that area.

Head over to enjoy finding out more about Jim Borden and he is well worth following, along with Pete Springer for excellent posts: Jim Borden – Blogger Extraodinaire by Pete Springer

Pete Springer, Buy: Amazon USand: Amazon UK – Website: Pete Springer WordPress

The next post by Meeks – Author ACFlory…and it shares a very disturbing story about phone apps, sold data and more sinister buyers who may not have advertising on their agenda. Recommended by The Story Reading Ape

The Price of Convenience

I’ve been concerned about online privacy for a couple of years now, but the article I just read still shocked me. It’s titled ‘Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, And They’re Not Keeping It Secret’.

You can read the entire article here: New York Times – Business – Location- Data Privacy

I’ve had geo location turned off on my phone since I bought it, but until today, I always felt a little silly; was I being paranoid for no real reason?

You may be wondering that too, but the case study of Lisa Magrin, a 46-year-old math teacher, may change your mind. It certainly confirmed my fears.

An app on the device [smart phone] gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrin’s identity was not disclosed in those records, The Times was able to easily connect her to that dot.

Head over to read the rest of this post and perhaps review what apps you have on your phone and who might have a direct line to them: The Price of Convenience

A selection of books by ACFlory: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Follow: Goodreads

And lastly today a post from Sue Vincent on The Silent Eye and it explores how our experiences influence the understanding and use of words in our language.

Living knowledge

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Crepuscular!” He was getting desperate now, having exhausted his list of the most obscure words. His face fell as I gave him the definition. He tried another and scowled… “How do you do that?”

“I read.” The words he dangled before me, trying to catch me out, may not be common in verbal usage, but they have cropped up often enough in books to learn their meaning through meeting them in different contexts and from different angles. Except for unfamiliar technical terms, I don’t look up words when I read. It isn’t necessary to fully understand every word to experience a story… you need, instead, to enter fully into the tale and feel it as you read. Over decades of reading, you encounter words in so many phrases that your understanding of their layers of meaning evolves and eventually becomes clear.

Head over to read the post in full and discover more about how living knowledge expands the understanding and usage of words we use daily: Living Knowledge by Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent  Buy: Amazon UKand:Amazon USBlog: S.C. VincentGoodreads: Sue Vincent


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and read these posts in full. Thanks Sally.