Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday May 19th 2021 – #ChilliJam Carol Taylor, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

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

The first post is from our resident food expert Carol Taylor who takes some chillis through their paces..

Jammin’ with chillies…

This is a definite must-do! Chilli Jam no less…and as chillies are plentiful at the moment it’s a must make and so delicious… Who else dares? Do you??? Of course, charring the vegetables first adds extra smoky flavour to this sweet and spicy spread.

Try it in sandwiches, as a burger relish, with grilled meats or on a cheese board.

Head over to find out what you will need to make and prepare this wonderful spicy relish:Jammin’ with Chillies and Carol Taylor

The next post is from Hugh Roberts who is an advocate for bloggers and shares a great many tips and wisdom on how to get the most from the experience. We all have our own ways of posting but since none of us are blogging to listen to our own voices… finding ways to bring new readers and retain current visitors to our posts is always important. Hugh has some important tips to share on the subject.

Banner for the blog post 'These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog'

1. Eye-Catching Post Titles

I’ve said it before, and I’m repeating it again, but the title of a blog post is the first thing readers and visitors see before deciding wether to read your post or not.

Make your blog post titles count! I always look at the title of a blog post first before deciding whether to read it or not.

The title of the post has to really grab my attention and make me want to click the link to open it. If it has no appeal, then I move on. Take, for example, these two titles – 

Head over to discover how to attract more visitors to your blog:These 7 Methods Will Help Get More Readers To Your Blog

And to end today some funnies courtesy of The Story Reading Ape and his wacky family.. including his aunt Maxine who lives in Crabby Road.. (don’t buy a house in the neighbourhood!)

Head over to see what else Maxine has been up to:The Story Reading Ape and Aunt Maxine


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these 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


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.


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 – Thursday 15th April 2021- #Guestpost C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Blogging Hugh Roberts, #Offer Leon Stevens

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Today there is also an offer from Leon Stevens for his short story collection.

The first post is from Craig Boyack who is showcasing the new book by Joan Hall. Joan will be joining the Cafe and Bookstore in the next couple of weeks which is great news. In this post Joan shares some of the background to the book and an excerpt to whet your appetite.

House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

Hi gang, gather ’round. Joan Hall is here with her latest release. Joan is one of my Story Empire partners, and a great author. This one is smart, because it’s a prequel short story. I like the idea of something to whet appetites for the main event.

Make sure she feels welcome, check out her book, and use those sharing buttons before you leave. We all thrive on comments, so don’t be shy. I’ll let Joan take it from here.

House of Sorrow: April 1970

Thank you for hosting me today, Craig. I appreciate the opportunity to tell your readers about my newest release.

Head over to discover more about Joan’s new book: C.S. Boyack, Joan Hall House of Sorrow #Newbook #IARTG

We have got to Thursday and hope you all have managed it without too much stress.. but in case you need a pick me up… here is Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s Monday Funnies with his dear Aunty Acid… someone I hope to emulate in a few years time.. oh hang on a minute.. I think I might have already achieved that…

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: The Story Reading Ape with special Guest Aunty Acid

And now for a useful recap from Hugh Roberts of his recent blogging tips which are helpful for new and established bloggers..

6 Recent Blogging Tips Posts That You May Have Missed

Did you miss any of these? Click on the blog post titles to go to each post.

Do you have a secure way for visitors to contact you on your website or blog? Are you missing out on opportunities because you don’t have a way for them to contact you? Here’s what to do.

Head over to check out these links to Hugh’s  blogging wisdom: 6 Recent Blogging Tips Posts That You May Have Missed by Hugh Roberts

The final author today with a special offer off 99c for the next week is Leon Stevens for his short story collection. The Knot At The End Of The Rope.


About the collection

A journey to the center of the universe …
Humanity’s final days …
A strange midnight visitor …
A faster than light test with unforeseen results …
Writings found in a desolate world …

These are some of the short stories in this collection, written in the style of the early science fiction writers when imagination trumped scientific knowledge. In addition, some short post-apocalyptic tales and poems are included in this new book by Leon Stevens.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Lavenderqueen 5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive  reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021

An absolute pleasure this read was. It has truly been my pleasure to consume this work.

The poetry was okay. I did enjoy the different perspectives presented describing an Apocalypse. The flash fiction was gold. Beautifully written, straight to the point, and each story hitting hard between the eyes; an amazing gut punch. The short stories were well written, opening new worlds within the SFF realm leaning more toward Apocalyptic and distopian genres. I highly reccomend this book. I will look forward to reading another flash fiction/short story collection by Leon Stevens. Amazing! 

Head over to read the reviews and buy the book for 99c:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK

Also by Leon Stevens

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –follow Leon:GoodreadsWebsite:Lines by Leon Twitter: @linesbyleon


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over to these posts to read in full and to take advantage of Leon’s offer on his short story collection.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 6th April 2021 – #Tarot Jan Sikes, #BananaKoftas Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

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

The first post is from Jan Sikes with her Monday Tarot card reading… with some positive influences for the week.. much needed.

Monday #Motivation #Meditation #TarotReading

Welcome to another Monday, and another opportunity to begin your week on a positive vibration.

Continuing with Part 2 of the Self-Love Meditation series, today’s focus is on gratitude. Enjoy!

And now on to our Tarot Reading for the week.

Head over to discover what the week has in store for us :Monday Motivation Meditation Tarot Reading with Jan Sikes

Now for those who are enjoying Meatless Mondays courtesy of Carol Taylor.. this week she introduces us to Green Banana Koftas

Meatless Monday’s…Green Banana Koftas… 

Good morning and welcome to Meatless Monday’s…

Bananas…gone are the days when a bunch of bananas was just 6 bananas always the same type the Cavendish Banana and then I moved here…

A whole new world of bananas opened up from small bananas, green bananas, red bananas, bananas for frying, bananas for drying, bananas for eating and gone are the days of buying bunches of 6 bananas…its either a whole big hand of bananas or the whole thing cut straight from the tree…

Bunch bananas oct 2017 1

That is a lot of bananas here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated means Fruit of wise men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue eye.

Head over to find out more about bananas and how to make Green Banana Koftas: Meatless Mondays with Carol Taylor

This week The Story Reading  Ape shared a basketful of Easter funnies… the holidays might be over but the need to see the funny side to life is essential every day…

Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies:
Easter Monday Funnies with the Story Reading Ape


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday 31st March 2021 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Cars Trev, #Decluttering Jane Sturgeon, #Bookoffer Ted Myers

Here is a small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and also a book offer valid for tomorrow April 1st on all NON-US Amazon sites.

The first post is the regular Monday Funnies over at Chris, The Story Reading Ape and will brighten any day of the week..

Head over to enjoy all the funnies courtesy of the Story Reading Ape:
Story Reading Ape Funnies

The next post is from Trev on Silly Old Sod and is both entertaining and a lesson about not tinkering around in places you should not be…

About Me

Poof!! What Was That?

I’ve never been interested in cars, yet I’ve made a decent living out of the things.

Working Life

My working life consisted mainly of working in a huge car plant in the West Midlands, manufacturing those gas-guzzling four by four monsters. It was a great company to work for, but the work was hard with varying shift patterns every week. You have to be slightly barmy to work in a place like that, but the people I worked with were mostly barmy, so it helped.

Kev Will Fix It

One daft guy I worked with, Kevin, always had plans to set up his own business with a small garage, repairing and servicing four by four cars. He was one of those guys who was always pottering about at weekends, poking away under a car bonnet and ranting and raving about valves or piston timings etc. It was all a foreign language to me. Often on a Saturday morning, he would have a Range Rover parked up on his driveway at home making simple repairs in exchange for twenty-five pounds or so. Very rarely did he have any free time on a Saturday.

Head over to read how things can go wrong despite good intentions:
Poof.. what was that?  

The next post is from Jane Sturgeon who sadly recently lost her father. Going through the personal belongings of someone you love is bittersweet, bringing back memories as well as reminding you of their loss. In this post Jane reveals a connection she and her mother have made with someone who shared her father’s passion for steam engines and the healing effects of the encounter.

You can’t have action without reaction…

My Grandad and Dad used to say these words.

The last few months have been a deep dive into sorting, sifting and clearing Dad’s workshops and hidey holes and upon returning home I looked at my place with fresh eyes and felt compelled to have a clear out.

If asked, I would have said that I travel light in life, yet the evidence I found told a different story. A collection of glass beads and accessories from a small business where I used to do children’s birthday parties. We all made things together and then the little ones had something creative to take home with them. That was nearly twenty years ago. A huge basket of canvasses, acrylic paints, inks and brushes. I haven’t painted for over ten years, as I used to do it with my daughter when she lived at home. Storage boxes filled with upholstery tools, materials, wadding, webbing and studs were stacked under the stairs. I have not done anything along this line for over six years. I uncovered a stash of yarns with a collection of knitting patterns and needles. All tucked away and taking up space on a ‘What if…’ energy.

Everything came under scrutiny.

Head over to enjoy the post in full and perhaps reflect on things you have that are lying unloved and unused in your cupboards:Jane Sturgeon – You can’t have action without reaction

Just for one day, tomorrow April 1st the 1960s thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers is 99p or the equivalent on your own Amazon website.

About the Book

In the summer of 1963, seventeen-year-old Eddie Strull goes off to Europe with a supervised camp group of New York Jewish kids. But Eddie, ever the rebel, has other plans. Eddie wants to live as an adult. A writer. Right now. When they arrive in Paris, the last stop before heading home, Eddie sneaks out of the youth hostel and disappears into the bohemian labyrinth of the Left Bank. There he encounters a colorful array of artists, writers, actors, and one extraordinary prostitute, who draws him into a risky adventure. Ultimately, he becomes a wanted man. Instant adulthood turns out to be much more than Eddie bargained for.

My review for the book February 6th 2021

A fast paced, adventure filled thriller set against the backdrop of 1960s Europe, and in particular the avant-garde culture of Paris at that time.

First impressions of seventeen-year-old Eddie Strull, offered in his own words, are of a rather entitled, over confident and dismissive teenager whose goal is to escape from under his boring parent’s oversight. To this end he plans his escape under the noses of the guardians of the tour of Europe he is signed up for.

In the first part of the book we are treated to a whistle stop tour of the highlights of the European major capitals, with the author paying great attention to detail on the tourist trail of that time. Paris is depicted in all its glory, and it is easy to feel drawn into the ambience of the free- thinking and inclusive culture offered to emigres and foreign creative talent. This is the place that Eddie feels is his destiny, with the intention of becoming a world renowned author worthy of his literary idols.

He is certainly going to need some bravado to survive his adventure once he cuts loose from the tour group, including navigating the egos and self-interests of the resident literary crowd and other artists who are reluctant to cede any of their attention to others. There are those with honest intentions, but Eddie finds them few and far between, and in the main he falls in with those who are living life on the edge, or deep in criminal activities. Passions run hot, a murderer is stalking the streets and Eddie makes some decisions that put his life in danger.

The author has created a complex character in Eddie and we get to know him in more depth through the first person narrative, including the side he might not show to those he connects with, which is a vulnerability and need for his own identity. The events of the next two years certainly test his resolve as he finds love, experiences loss and faces difficult choices to achieve his dream.

The story has flow and the references to events, music and prominent artists and writers of that time provides plenty of nostalgia for readers who remember the 1960s fondly. It would be interesting to see where the story of Eddie Strull goes next.

Read the reviews and buy the book at normal price: Amazon US – And at 99p etc April 1st: Amazon UK

Also by Ted Myers

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Ted Myers: Goodreads – Blog: Ted Myers WordPress – Twitter: @TedMyersAuthor – Facebook: Ted Myers


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full and to also take advantage of the book offer by Ted Myers..  Thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 22nd January 2021 – #Review by Jessica Bakkers, #Co-authors by Gwen Plano, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

Welcome to the Blogger Daily and a small selection of posts that I have enjoyed during the week. I hope you will head over to enjoy them in full.. thanks Sally.

The first post today is a book review for Mrs. Molony.. by C.S. Boyack, which is on my TBR and Jessica Bakkers, a fan of the series shares her views.

Book Review by Jessica Bakkers– The Ballad of Mrs Molony – C.S. Boyack

You all know by now I’m a huge fan of C.S. Boyack. From the moment I read “The Hat”, I was hooked, and after “Viral Blues” I concurred that these stories about a snarky talking hat and his symbiotic friendship with ‘gal-with-a-heart-of-gold’ Lizzie St Laurent, were my favourite stories in Boyack’s impressive repertoire. So, when I learned about a new ‘hat’ installment, “The Ballad of Mrs Moloney”, I was jazzed to say the least.

Head over to enjoy Jessica’s reviewBook Review by Jessica Bakkers for Mrs. Molony C. S. Boyack

The next post is from Gwen Plano and is the second in a series on co-authorship, with a link to part one written by John Howell.. Gwen and John co-wrote The Contract which I enjoyed very much and I have co-authored a radio script before but not a novel.. Very interesting for anyone considering taking on a project of this kind so I hope you will head over to Story Empire to read the post in full.. thanks Sally.

Co-Authorship Part II: Shared Vision

Hello SE readers, Gwen with you today, and it’s my pleasure to offer Part II of the four-part series on co-authorship. Last week, John Howell mentioned that he and I wrote a book together. Using examples from our experience, he introduced co-authorship and explained some of the essential components. Today I’m going to build on his post and focus on creating a shared vision. If you missed John’s post, you can see it HERE..

Let’s start with a question. By chance, have you contributed to an anthology? If you have, you know that expectations are explained. You’re given word count limits, a theme, time-frame, and general dos and don’ts.

Authoring a book with another writer has similarities. Instead of multiple stand-alone tales, though, there’s one overarching story that might include a romance, a murder, or an adventure. These subplot threads must be seamlessly interwoven into the one story. So how is this achieved? How do two writers, with different perspectives and possibly different end goals, build one story?

Head over to read the post in full and find out more about finding a shared vision with another author: The Story Empire – co-authorship Part Two.. Shared Vision

It might be Friday but there is not reason you cannot still enjoy Monday Funnies courtesy of The Story Reading Ape.. he finds the best ones.. Head over to enjoy the rest.

Head over to Chris’s to enjoy more words of wisdom from his Aunt Maxine.. she should not be allowed out without a minder...:The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies 18th January


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



Smorgasbord Reblog –Monday Halloween Funnies… The Story Reading Ape

These days we need all the laughter we can get and The Story Reading Ape and his Monday Funnies are a great example of how to beat the blues and get your Halloween on…

Head over to enjoy many more : The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies October 27th


The Story Reading Ape buy: Amazon US –  And:  Amazon UK    Blog: The Story Reading Ape Twitter: @StoryReadingApe


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy the laughter over at The Story Reading Ape…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Reblog – Monday Funnies with Diamond Lil and The Story Reading Ape.

As always Chris, The Story Reading Ape finds the funniest old women with acerbic wit to entertain us… along with Maxine and Aunt Acid we now have Diamond Lil… and you do not want to cross her….

Please head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies: Monday Funnies with Diamond Lil.


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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday February 18th 2020 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Shortstory Beetley Pete, #Recipe Richard Dee

Let’s get this party started with some humour with The Story Reading Ape’s Monday Funnies this week.. which is actually a graphic tale of a gal and a sailor meeting in a bar, with a number of punch lines along the way.. I will start you off and you can head over and enjoy the rest of the story..

Head over to find our how Lil and Sam get on… don’t spill your coffee: The Story Reading Ape – Lil meets Sam in a bar…..

The Story Reading Ape buy: Amazon US –  And:  Amazon UK    Blog: The Story Reading Ape Twitter: @StoryReadingApe

Now for a hard hitting short story from Pete Johnson, Beetley Pete that really brings home the true cost of war…

It was prompted by the above photo, sent to me by Mary Smith. Mary Smith’s Place

Oleg Joins Up 

There was not much future for a boy without the academic or sporting skills to stand out. Oleg decided that the army was his best choice, and his parents agreed. Natasha was different of course. Older, confident, and good at science, she would definitely be chosen for better things. Her destiny was to go to the Institute in Kiev, admired and loved by their parents. The same parents who thought their young son would be better off in uniform, being told what to do.

His departure was an anticlimax. Poppa was at work, and Mummy was in a rush to get to a party meeting. As he waited for the train, Oleg felt a little empty, sure that they were only too pleased to be rid of their awkward boy, with his dull manner.

Training was a nightmare. The sergeant not only bullied them, he stole their money, beat them for the slightest infringement, and worked them with pointless chores until they could hardly stand. Oleg wondered how this was supposed to inspire fighting spirit in the country’s troops. But he said nothing. He took it all, ate the terrible food, and suddenly began to realise that he was harder, stronger, and tougher than he had ever been. By the time he was nineteen, he started to understand why it had all been so bad up to then.

Head over to read the rest of this compelling story: Oleg Joins Up Beetley Pete

Get in touch with Pete and discover more about his writing – Blog: Beetley Pete WordPressTwitter: Beetley Pete

And now time for a recipe and this time for baker as well as world creator…. Richard Dee.

Sausagemeat, Onion and Apple Pie.

Sausagemeat, Onion and Apple Pie.

The place I buy a lot of my meat from, Evergreen Farm, has a wonderful range of sausages, with flavours ranging from Traditional, through Cumberland, Pork and Apple, Pork and Leek, Hot Spanish, Toulouse to Pork & Marmite. And many more.

He also has a clever way of using up the mixed meat resulting from changing spice mixtures on the production line. He markets them as change over meatballs, you get a mixture of flavours, all delicious.

Sausagemeat, Onion and Apple Pie.

I do know they’re out of date, they were in the freezer!

I had some ready-made puff pastry leftover from Christmas mince pie making so thought that I could combine the meatballs and pastry in a pie, with a few other added ingredients.

Head over to find out how to make this delicious family meal: Sausagemeat, onion and Apple Pie by Richard Dee

Richard Dee, buy: Amazon US AndAmazon UK   Website: Richard Dee’s ScifiGoodreads: Richard Dee at Goodreads

A selection of books by Richard Dee


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


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday January 27th 2020 – #Writerlinks D.G. Kaye, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Photography Cindy Knoke

The first post today is from D.G. Kaye and is her regular share of Writer’s Links.. this week a bumper crop on a number of important topics.

Writer’s Tips January Edition – Writer Beware, KDP, Twitter, Passive Income

Welcome back to the first edition of my compiled Writers Tips for 2020. This edition is chock-full of informative articles for bloggers and authors on what we can expect from the publishing industry for 2020 and avenues to explore to add side income with our writing skills into our writerly lives.

Schemes, scams and issues encountered by writers, where to avoid putting your cash into. Writer Beware is an excellent site for checking out the latest caveats in the business.

Source: Writer Beware®: The Blog: Writer Beware: 2019 in Review

Head over and take advantage of the other links to post that help writers naviagate the murky waters of publishing...D.G. Kaye Writer’s Tips.. Scams, KDP, Twitter, Passive Income

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon USAndAmazon UK    BlogD.G. Writes Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realm of Relationships

If you are feeling a bit blue then head over to The Story Reading Ape and be returned to your normal colour by perusing his Monday Funnies…Here is a snippet to whet your appetite..

Head over and be entertained: The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies 27th January

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And even more to brighten your day and renew your faith in the good in life, including the beauty of wildlife. Through the lens in Cindy Knoke’s camera and with her words we can enjoy the stunning sea birds… and the post is aptly named.


is the thing with feathers,

(seagulls fishing Washington state)

that perches in the soul,

(puffin in the open ocean off Washington state)

Head over to enjoy the rest of these wonderful images and words: Hope by Cindy Knoke

About Cindy Knoke

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either).Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.
It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.

To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, proceed down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey. My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “You’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.
I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos of locales from all over the world. The good, bad, and the better. So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, the things we want to do.

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