Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck -#SocialMedia – The Importance of Rules and Regulations and Why We Should Follow Them by Patty L. Fletcher


Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 46,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. Head over to find out how to participate: Posts from Your Archives 2021

This is the second post from Patty Fletcher and is a reminder to us all to participate in social media groups in line with the guidelines set out, which should be overseen by the administrators (I am one and took this to heart)

#SocialMedia – The Importance of Rules and Regulations and Why We Should Follow Them by Patty L. Fletcher

Today, I am going to be talking about a subject I’m finding people suddenly seem to have no real regard for.

I’m especially finding it to be the case in Email groups and across ‘Social Media’ platforms.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that there are times when ‘Rules and Regulations’ can and even should be ignored. That adage of “Rules were meant to be broken” is sometimes true, but I must say it is to my mind very seldom when it is appropriate.

Most times, there are excellent reasons for ‘Rules and Regulations’ and to me it is a sign of great disrespect when people go out of their way to disobey.

Take for example a group.

Many times, groups have ‘Rules and Regulations’ on topics. On when and where things can be posted. Normally, either in the ‘Announcement’ section on Facebook groups, or in the ‘Rules and Regulations’ or “Group Description” section online in an email group the group owner or moderator will post what is and what is not acceptable, yet these days it seems to me that people are throwing such things to the wind and posting whenever, wherever and whatever they wish.

What’s worse, is that I don’t see group leaders doing a blasted thing about it.

I know that within our own government we seem to have thrown all ‘Rules and Regulations’ to the winds, but must we as members of society do this too? Does it not seem to you that now more than ever before we ought to be working toward restoring order rather than creating chaos?

I’m not perfect at it but I try as much as is possible to follow ‘Rules and Regulations’ on groups and if I’m not sure, I will write the group owner or moderator privately and ask.

Personally, I find it a much more relaxing time if I know what is expected of me if I am joining a group.

I urge you, during this new time of Email and Online groups we find ourselves in find out what the ‘Rules and Regulations’ are and try to follow them.

Also, to you group owners and moderators, step up to the plate. Don’t be afraid to speak up and say, “Hey! Follow the ‘Rules and Regulations’ please.”

Show some respect for not only your group leaders, but the others in the group and for yourself as well.

For now, this is Patty who is feeling a bit annoyed with people who seem to be going out of their way to throw ‘Rules and Regulations’ to the wind saying…

Be respectful.

May Harmony find You and Blessed Be.

©Patty Fletcher 2020

Books by Patty Fletcher

About Patty Fletcher

I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am enormously proud. I have a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April, 2011 through September, 2020 I owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020 King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. It is my hope to one day return to The Seeing Eye® for a successor guide.

About my blindness

I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. Discover more on Patty’s World

Read the reviews and buy the booksAmazon US And : Amazon UK – blog: Patty’s WorldTwitter: @Bubbalee04

 

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will head over to read more posts on Patty’s blog.. Thanks Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -2020- Pot Luck – #Connection, What Is It and How Does It Happen? by Patty Fletcher


Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

This is the first post from author Patty Fletcher and is her perspective on connections and the different ways we can reach out to others in the real and the virtual world.

#Connection, What Is It and How Does It Happen?

Earlier today I read two different people’s opinion on how one can know they’re connecting with another.

While I’m not going to go and answer the questions from the TMI Tuesday post, I am going to speak about connecting and what I think it takes to connect and to know that we’ve done it.

First, let’s define what a connection is.

To me, a connection means that in some way I’ve related to another and they have in some way related to me.

Maybe they enjoyed something I said or wrote. Maybe they felt some kindred spirit with something I did or maybe they learned something from me, and maybe on the same token I had all these similar experiences from interacting with them.

I meet a lot of people each day in various ways.

Between all the formats of Social Media, and my blog there are tons of folks I meet, and I have connected with them and they with me in many ways.

I also have lots of physical connections. Sometimes it’s while taking the bus to or from somewhere. Sometimes it’s while shopping in a store and sometimes it happens when I walk Campbell throughout my neighborhood.

Sometimes I am not aware of the connection that has been made. Maybe someone saw Campbell and me out walking up and down the block and unknown to me just my making the effort to do what I do in the way that I am doing it has inspired them to start walking every-day. Maybe the thought crossed their mind that if I could do it while finding myself in my situation, they could do it while finding themselves in theirs.

What I’m saying is that we don’t always know we’ve made an impression on someone and so there-for we’re not always aware we’ve connected with them.

I find myself troubled when I read that someone feels that because they’ve some sort of physical limitation such as visual or hearing loss that they haven’t a lot of other ways to connect with someone.

Personally I think there are tons of ways that we connect with one another and I think the reason people aren’t aware of all that exists is because they’ve not allowed themselves to open up to all the possibilities which flow throughout our lives every-day.

I urge those of you reading to allow your intuition. Allow the instincts which are given to all of us to come alive in your lives.

I don’t think you’ll regret it.

We all have inner vision if we’ll only allow it to be so.

Perhaps you would like to share what your thoughts are about connection to others in the comments.

©Patty Fletcher 2020

About Patty Fletcher

I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee–a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames. King Campbell is now retired and I hope to return to The Seeing Eye in spring of 2020 to obtain a successor guide.

I was born in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up and now live and work.

About my blindness: I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

One of the recent reviews for Bubba Tails

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars  A lovely book that all ages can read and enjoy  Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020

Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye is a delightful story for all ages, told from the perspective of King Campbell, an older and more experienced Seeing Eye dog (trained to guide the blind). King Campbell appears at night to the puppies at the Seeing Eye School, and their mothers, and tells them stories about how he came to be selected for the school, his training process and meeting his forever mother. His stories help to allay some of the puppies own concerns and anxieties about the future when they undergo their training to be Seeing Dogs and eventually become companions to a blind person.

This is a most insightful book about how Seeing Dogs are selected, including the qualities they need to have to do this job, as well as the training process they go through before they are matched with a blind person. I say matched because that is exactly what happens, the person is paired with a suitable canine companion. I thought this was very interesting as I had never really thought about how close the relationship between a blind human and their Seeing Dog is prior to reading this book.

The second part of the story when Campbell meets his new forever owner was the most meaningful for me. It was a wonderful experience for me to learn about how the Seeing Dog and their new owner must adapt to working together. The Seeing Dog needs to learn to read their human owner’s body language and respond to subtle signals. The human must also learn to trust their dog and this is quite a difficult thing to do. I can understand that putting your faith in a dog, no matter how much you love it, must initially be difficult when you are unable to see and protect yourself. I loved reading about how this amazing trust developed between Campbell and his owner.

This is a book that everyone can read and enjoy for the story and also appreciate for its detailed insight into the relationship between Seeing Dogs and their owners, and also the world at large.

Patty Fletcher, Buy: Amazon US And : Amazon UK – blog: Campbell’s WorldTwitter: @Bubbalee04

 

Thank you for dropping by today and Patty would love to read your feedback and if you would like to participate in this series here is the link again: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #BritishHistory Mike Biles, #Thriller Suzanne Burke, #Doglovers Patty Fletcher


There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet MIke Biles

Mike has lived in Britain all his life and generally loves the place, warts and all. He first learned history on his dad’s knee and went on to study medieval and modern British and European history at university. He was planning on teaching it, but then drifted into a career running his own business. Despite having worked with some of the UK’s most prestigious firms, he is often at his happiest with his nose in a history book, or exploring a historic site where the past is close. Several years ago, Mike began a blog – now an increasingly authoritative website – ‘A Bit About Britain’. He had to write a bit about Britain’s history for the website, and it seemed only sensible to put the material into his first book, ‘A Bit About Britain’s History’.

A recent review for the book

Denise G. McGee 5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn more about the history of Britain  Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “A Bit About Britain’s History.” While history has always fascinated me, too many non-fiction books about history tend to be exceedingly dry. This book was very informative and entertaining and didn’t put me to sleep. I’m American, and more than a bit of an Anglophile, so this book was right up my alley. I’ve been following Mike’s blog for several years now, and am delighted that he has a published book. I’m very much looking forward to the second installment!

Mike Biles, Buy: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Mike on : Goodreads – Website: A Bit About Britain – Twitter@bitaboutbritain

Meet Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke resides with her daughter and grandson in a small country town located hundreds- of-miles to the west of her previous home in Sydney Australia.

Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn’t begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties.

Suzanne has written her memoirs under the author name of Stacey Danson, both her non-fiction books have ranked in the top 100 paid in kindle on Amazon. “Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter” continue to earn wonderful reviews.

Suzanne writes her powerful Thrillers “Acts Beyond Redemption” and “Acts of Betrayal” and her Paranormal anthology “Mind-Shaft” as S. Burke.

A selection of books by Suzanne Burke

One of the recent reviews for The Reckoning Squad

tee gee 5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced psychological thriller  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2020

This author never ceases to amaze me with her clever writing skills. Psychological thrillers are her forte.

The members of the Reckoning Squad become the elite of the FBI but their security is infiltrated and it’s an inside job, but how far up the chain of command does it go.

This a fast paced psychological thriller that will have you biting your nails to the end.

Highly recommended.

Suzanne Burke, Buy: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK –   Follow Suzanne: Goodreads –   Website: Soooz Burke AuthorTwitter: @pursoot

Meet Patty Fletcher

I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee–a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames. King Campbell is now retired and I hope to return to The Seeing Eye in spring of 2020 to obtain a successor guide.

I was born in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up and now live and work.

About my blindness: I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

One of the recent reviews for Bubba Tails

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars  A lovely book that all ages can read and enjoy  Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020

Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye is a delightful story for all ages, told from the perspective of King Campbell, an older and more experienced Seeing Eye dog (trained to guide the blind). King Campbell appears at night to the puppies at the Seeing Eye School, and their mothers, and tells them stories about how he came to be selected for the school, his training process and meeting his forever mother. His stories help to allay some of the puppies own concerns and anxieties about the future when they undergo their training to be Seeing Dogs and eventually become companions to a blind person.

This is a most insightful book about how Seeing Dogs are selected, including the qualities they need to have to do this job, as well as the training process they go through before they are matched with a blind person. I say matched because that is exactly what happens, the person is paired with a suitable canine companion. I thought this was very interesting as I had never really thought about how close the relationship between a blind human and their Seeing Dog is prior to reading this book.

The second part of the story when Campbell meets his new forever owner was the most meaningful for me. It was a wonderful experience for me to learn about how the Seeing Dog and their new owner must adapt to working together. The Seeing Dog needs to learn to read their human owner’s body language and respond to subtle signals. The human must also learn to trust their dog and this is quite a difficult thing to do. I can understand that putting your faith in a dog, no matter how much you love it, must initially be difficult when you are unable to see and protect yourself. I loved reading about how this amazing trust developed between Campbell and his owner.

This is a book that everyone can read and enjoy for the story and also appreciate for its detailed insight into the relationship between Seeing Dogs and their owners, and also the world at large.

Patty Fletcher, Buy: Amazon USAnd : Amazon UK – blog: Campbell’s WorldTwitter: @Bubbalee04

Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.