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.