Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – October 28th 2021 – #Environment Carol Taylor, #Review Harmony Kent, #Tribute Pete Springer with Jennie Fitzkee, #Interview Valentina Cirasola with James J. Cudney #selfservice D.G. Kaye


A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to read in full.

The first post is from Carol Taylor and is her weekly Environmental A-Z and is an important read. When we become ill with a disease there can be a genetic element that needs to be considered. However our lifestyle plays a major role in our health, and whilst we might take great care with the food we are ingesting, we seldom consider the toxins we surround ourselves with that we absorb through breathing or our skin. As Carol says, they shouldn’t be in the products we use everyday… we need to read labels more carefully and shop responsibly.. I suggest you head over to Carol’s to check out the toxins you may have in your home…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter T…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…

Abraham Lincoln is correct we need to act now to create the future for our families that we want…but at the moment we can only dream of…

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”…Abraham Lincoln.

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter T…

Toxic Chemicals…

Widely-used, toxic chemicals may hide anywhere IN YOUR HOME from skin cream to a frying pan. Let’s explore what they are and where you can find them in your home. 

Head over to update your thinking on household and other personal products that contain toxins.. plus the Tidy Towns initiative which is very well established here in Ireland:Carol Taylor – The Environmental A-Z

A little self promotion here… Harmony Kent very kindly shared her review for Life is Like a Mosaic on her blog this morning which brought some much needed sunshine into our rain soaked last few days.  If you have time I would love it if you would head over to read her thoughts.. ♥

I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while … too long, especially with the absolute gem of a read it is. This book of poetry may be small in size but it’s big in content. The poems use various syllabic formats and some of them are a work of art in themselves … such as the butterfly Cinquain, for example. Sally Cronin packs a lot of life into few words and evokes so many emotions.

Read the rest of the Harmony’s review for Life is Like a Mosaic : Book review Sally Cronin

The next post is from Pete Springer and is a tribute to fellow teach Jennie Fitzkee who has infused her young students for over 30 years with a love of books and reading.

Jennie Fitzkee—Teacher of Teachers

Jennie Fitzkee—Preschool Teacher

One of the unexpected blessings of starting a blog has been interacting with people globally with whom I would have never otherwise crossed paths. After I had written my book for new and inexperienced teachers, someone asked if I had ever considered starting a blog. I thought to myself, hmm, I could do that, but would anyone care what I have to say about anything?

Two and a half years later, I’m amazed at some of the remarkable people I’ve met. One of those individuals is a magnificent preschool teacher from Groton, Massachusetts, named Jennie Fitzkee. She has been in education for forty years (two of those at kindergarten and the last thirty-eight years as a preschool teacher at Groton Community School). 

Head over to enjoy the rest of this lovely post: Pete Springer with Jennie Fitzkee – Teacher of Teachers

The next post is another author feature and this is from Valentina Cirasola with James J. Cudney as part of her Autumn with an Author series.

I am honored to introduce you to Author James Cudney IV, from New York City. He doesn’t need any introduction really. His name is a guarantee for a good read. James is a writing volcano, it seems he produces a new book every four-five months in every format and are translated into many romance languages. He writes family drama, suspense, and mystery genres. I met him in the blogosphere a few years ago, we clicked immediately and became friends. I let him tell you the rest.

Head over to find out more about James and his wonderful series of mystery novels: Valentina Cirasola interviews James J. Cudney

And last but not least.. a post from D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies that resonated very soundly with me…shares her frustration and reasons for disliking self service checkouts.. I refuse to use them for a number of reasons, the main one being they hate me… the times I have used the section I have ended up being shouted at by a robot because I have not put the item on the scale or I had the temerity to pick an item up without a barcode.

My two cents

Enough with the Self Checkouts! My Two Cents 

Today I’m talking about my aversion to self-checkout registers in stores. I hate them!

What spurred this post was a meme I’d seen on social media where people are up in arms in the comment section about having to self checkout at Walmart with cart loads of stuff, some leaving their carts and walking out. Below, find a few samplings:

“I refuse to self check out. It puts people out of work and contributes nothing to the social security tax base or income tax. It’s Walmart’s way of not paying wages. Plus most folks are part time so Walmart doesn’t have to pay benefits.” 

Head over to Debby’s to share your own thoughts on the matter: Enough with the self-checkouts.. My two cents

 

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 24th June 2021 – #Environment Carol Taylor, #AuthorQuirks Marcia Meara with Harmony Kent, #Floral #Syrups New Vintage Kitchen


Just a handful of the great posts I have read over the last few days… and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally.

This week Carol Taylor shares environmental issues beginning with the letter I…and one of the most shocking issues that will shock you is the number of Injection Sites there are in the US…and what they are injected with.

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…still an A-Z but with a difference …

The idea for this series came about because as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.

Indigenous species…Plants and animals that are naturally found in an area…

Endemic species are those plants and animals that exist only in one geographical region…No human interference brought a native species to the area or influenced its spread to that area. Native species are known as Indigenous species.

Head over to read this disturbing and informative post:The Environmental A-Z…the letter I…

The next post is from author Marcia Meara who has just begun a new series...Ten Things You May Not Know About Me?  and this week Harmony Kent shares some interesting snippets.

Moving right along with our new series, today’s guest is my good friend, Harmony Kent. I know you are going to enjoy (and be impressed by) her Ten Things list, so let’s make her welcome! Take it away, Harmony!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me by Harmony Kent 

Head over to find out the ten interesting and fun things about Harmony:Ten Things with Marcia Meara

Time to end with a recipe I think.. and I popped into Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen to see what was on the menu and found this recipe which will complement the little bit of sunshine we have at the moment whilst I read in the garden.

Rose and Strawberry Summer Drinks – Sangria or Lemonade

Image New vintage kitchen

When your roses smell good enough to eat, drink them!

It’s been an amazing rose season this year. The air, especially at dawn and dusk, is filled with beautiful perfume, and how we wish it would last. My favorite roses are the old garden roses, once-blooming heirloom treasures that carry so many flowers they bend under the weight. They are beautiful and intensely fragrant, so much more so than most of the modern roses. The old garden roses include my favorite Gallicas, Damasks, Albas, Rugosas, and Bourbons. They were all discovered or bred prior to 1867 when the first modern hybrid tea rose was created.

It has also been an incredible strawberry season, and since rose and strawberry go so nicely together, what better way to feature them than a beverage for a gathering. Both alcoholic and nonalcoholic versions are refreshing and delicious, and you can control the flavors by how much rose simple syrup you choose to add, and how many strawberries.

Head over to discover how to create these wonderful drinks beginnning with floral simple syrups: Sangria or Lemonade with Dorothy of The New Vintage Kitchen

 

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily Thursday April 29th 2021 – #Guest Post Robbie Cheadle and Jane Risdon, #Environment Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape.


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

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle and her guest author Jane Risdon about her fascinating background and her recent publishing news.

I am very excited to welcome author, Jane Risdon, to Robbie’s Inspiration today to tell us a bit about her writing and her books.

Picture of Jane Risdon with her books: Only One Woman and Undercover Crime Shorts

Welcome Jane Risdon

Background

Robbie, thanks so much for hosting me on your lovely blog, I am so happy to be here.

For those who may not know me or know of me, I thought I’d tell you something about my background.

I am an author, a dream come true for me having spent the best part of my life living in silent despair of ever being able to achieve my life’s ambition. After years of living another life — well, two really — I have managed to become a published author and one represented by an agent. Something I had never imagined.

My early life was spent working for various (British) government departments. I worked for the Ministry of Defence in Germany, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, and later for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Intervention Board), and later for the Atomic Research Establishment at Harwell. Most of it was boring. But it has stood me in good stead where material for my writing is concerned.

Head over to enjoy the rest of this interview and discover more about Jane and her writing:Guest Post – Author Jane Risdon hosted by Robbie Cheadle

Carol Taylor covers a number of aspects of the environment this week beginning with the letter E.. this includes a break down of key elements of the various Ecosystems.. plus penquins, quokkas and fat bergs…always informative and interesting..

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter E.

The best way to predict your future is to create it…Abraham Lincoln.

Ecosystem:

A community of organisms that depend on each other and the environment they inhabit…However, there is far more to the ecosystem than I first realised…It is divided into 4 categories…those being artificial, terrestrial, lentic and lotic which are all part of the biomes which are climatic systems of organisms and life.

Inside of the biomes systems, there are living and non-living environmental factors known as biotic(organisms, animals and plants) and abiotic (water, light and gasses)

Now let’s look at the 4 categories: 

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: The Environmental A-Z – The Letter ‘E’

And finally to lift your spirits by realising that however grumpy you feel you cannot reach the heights of The Story Reading Apes relatives living in Crabby Road…. You do not want to offer to help any of these feisty women cross the road….

Head over to be further insulted and learn a few to use yourself:The Story Reading Ape’s relatives…

 

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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday March 9th 2021 – #Environment Carol Taylor, #Humanity Pete Springer, #Motivation John Howell


A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy.

Carol Taylor has a brand new series – The Environmental A-Z which will be very interesting and informative to follow..

Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!

But don’t worry one of my regular readers( Chel) came up with an idea for me…all these good ideas to keep the grey matter active…Thanx Chel x

In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…

Not wanting to bore you I decided to run with Chels idea on the opposite weeks to my new idea…Chels idea for me was to go through the alphabet (as) is getting a norm for me but with the said letter (A) for this illustration as the middle letter…e.g. wrAps which of course need no explanation I mean who doesn’t love a spicy chicken wrap? 

Please head over to discover more about alternative power sources, Air Pollution and Algae blooms: Carol Taylor’s Environmental A-Z

The next post is from Pete Springer who shares the wonderful transformational power of empathy and kindness offered by two old friends of his, who he walks with each week..

Image ©Pete Springer

Sometimes the most important life lessons are right in front of us if we’re paying attention. For the last several weeks, I have watched one of those real-life lessons unfold before my eyes that has reinforced how a simple act of kindness spreads to others.

One of the routines that have helped me maintain my sanity during the pandemic has been walking. Sometimes I prefer to walk and enjoy my friends’ company, but I also treasure those times I escape in my private world thinking.

On Fridays, I catch up with a couple of old teaching buddies, Bill Osborne (Mr. “O”) and Larry Passarini (Mr. “P”). They are each other’s best friends and a couple of great guys who taught fourth grade together for many years at South Bay School. Now in their early seventies, with the ailments that come with aging, they trudge along for two miles at a modest pace each day, rain or shine. 

Head over to meet Mr. P and Mr O and discover the restorative power they share with others – Lessons in Humanity

The final post today is from John Howell writing on Story Empire about how to remain motivated as a writer… something I am sure we can all  relate to.

Writing Motivation Ideas for Using or for Laughing

Unsplash Image – Emma Matthews

Hi SEers, it’s John with you again. As you know from some of my past posts, I’m always trying to think of ways to suggest staying motivated as a writer. It’s not that I believe writers aren’t motivated, but sometimes our attention gets drawn to other things, and we have to get back on track. So, again today, I’m going to give a few ideas on how to get that motivation moving if it becomes stalled. I will admit some of these ideas are really “out there somewhere,” but if you just roll with it, maybe it can help. By the way, these ideas are for those times that the motivation isn’t part of a deep-seated problem but for when you just dread sitting down to write. Mostly they are played for laughs but hey, maybe if you need it, one would work. Okay, here we go.

Idea 1. Take a shower. Yup, that’s right. There is a physical exchange of ions when the water flows over the body, and it is a natural vehicle to generate random thoughts. These thoughts could turn into story plot points. These plot points are all your need to be motivated to put them down. On the other side, If you don’t get any random thoughts, then at least you are clean and warm.

Head over to read the post and also offer your thoughts on staying motivated: Writing Motivation Ideas for Using or for Laughing by John Howell

 

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