Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 7th September 2021 – Patricia Furstenberg, Darlene Foster, Robbie Cheadle, Rebecca Budd, Terry Tyler, Jan K. Sikes

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full..Slightly different format going forward with a twice weekly post..

The first post is from Pat Furstenberg with a fascinating post sharing the very familiar idioms we use often, little realising their common usage across a number of languages including Afrikaans, German, Romanian and English..head over to enjoy

6 Idioms Linguistically Identical in Afrikaans, German, English and Romanian

Because idioms can be fun, here are 6 phrases linguistically identical in Afrikaans, German, English and Romanian, with a little historical background too. How else? 🙂

1. Hit the nail on the head – as old as the Bronze Age 

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: 6 Idioms Linguistically Identical in Afrikaans, German, English and Romanian

Darlene Foster shares some wonderful photos from her recent get away to the Isle of Arran… head over to see the heather covered hillsides, standing stones and photogenic sheep…

The Incredible Isle of Arran

I finally got away for a few days! I was fortunate to visit the Isle of Arran, in Scotland. The island is a magical place with lovely beaches, manor houses, castles, old churches, standing stones, charming coffee shops, art galleries and lots of sheep. There is a story around every corner. I went to meet writer friends, do some writing and chill. I did all of that and more. I expected rain and got sunshine. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of how wonderful Arran Island is.  

Head over to enjoy this wonderful photographic tour by Darlene Foster: The Incredible Isle of Arran

Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie) shares her thoughts on the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley on the blog of Charles French.

Another Entry For The U. L. S., The Underground Library Society, by Roberta Eaton Cheadle: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 


A colleague of mine who is a philosopher recommended I read Brave New World, a book written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley.

I have read several dystopian novels including 1984 by George Orwell, Anthem by Ayn Rand, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, but this one disturbed me the most.

In all other dystopian novels I’ve read, compliance with the despotic authoritarian regimes that demand the surrender of knowledge, creativity, and individuality are enforced by strict control over the behaviour and actions of all people and the maintenance of power through force, intimidation, and torture. 

Head over to read the rest of Robbie’s thoughts on this book written 90 years ago with a disturbing vision of the future: Roberta Eaton Cheadle – Brave New World

Rebecca Budd shares a wonderful reading of a poem written by Frances Ellen Watkins

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper lived an extraordinary life during extraordinary times. Born in Baltimore in September 24, 1824 and orphaned at an early age, she was destined to become a prominent abolitionist, temperance and women’s suffrage activist. She used poetry to advocate for a compassionate society.

“Songs for the People” speaks of embracing a spirit of kindness and hope for others when we face seemingly overwhelming challenges. Her words are not spoken with sentimentality, but with power and authority that resonate in our current reality. 

Head over to enjoy listening to Rebecca give voice to this poem: Songs for the People read by Rebecca Budd

If you are looking for some new television series to stream or perhaps to buy older popular shows in boxed sets, Terry Tyler shares some recommended viewing..including The Shield, Betrayed, Romper Stomper, No Man of God, The North Water, The Walking Dead and Stillwater.. some I have seen but others I will explore further..

Lately I’ve Been Watching….

The latest in my series of mini TV and film reviews, with trailers and ‘where to watch’. If you have trouble finding where any show/film is available in your country, this is a good site: Justwatch. Just put the name of the show into the search, and choose your country further down, from the drop-down menu. It shows where you can stream, buy or rent. Or you can put ‘where can I watch ***’ into whichever search engine you use, or go to the programme’s own site, if it has one.

If you would like to see more posts, please click here: Lately I’ve Been Watching. If you get as far as the bottom, ‘Older Posts’ will take you to more.

Head over to read Terry’s views on the series and find some new viewing: Terry Tyler – Lately I’ve Been Watching

And last but not least… Jan Sikes shares her August reading so if you are looking for your next book to enjoy…something for everyone. Including books by Mae Clair, Jacquie Biggar, Willie Nelson, Lisa Wells, Sasha Summers and Teagan Geneviene.


 Head over to read the reviews: Jan Sikes August Reads


Thanks for dropping in and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. more on Thursday… thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 8th January 2021 – Carol Taylor, Joy Lennick, Patricia Furstenberg

Welcome to the blogger daily and I hope you will head over to check these posts out in more detail.

The first blog is from Carol Taylor who like most of us after the festive overindulgences, looks to get back to a more balanced diet. In her post she shares a wonderful recipe that fits in with that aim..

Time to start again…at this time of year most of our thoughts turn to our waistlines…There are no quick fixes though…they may work in the short term that is one thing I have learnt over the years…I have tried most quick fixes and now I have accepted that I can safely keep the pounds at bay by being sensible…by accepting that at certain times of the year I will indulge BUT I shelve the guilt and enjoy my indulgences and guilty pleasures but without the guilt…Hey, this is real life…

I have decided to repost my Healthy Eating posts with a few updates as my thoughts on eating and cooking have changed in some ways…

I will never be vegan or a full vegetarian HOWEVER I do believe that we should cut down on our meat consumption…I also love my veggies as do my family…We WILL be having a Meatless Monday in our house and one clever clog said oh we will be having fish then…with a smile as he ducked…haha…

Head over to find out more about meatless Monday and the recipe for Prawn(shrimp) stir fry with beansprouts: The first Tuesday of the New Year…2021…Carol Taylor

My next post is an interview by Joy Lennick of author Seumas Gallacher who shares his thoughts on various topics including writing, relaxing and bucket lists.

I pondered long and hard on the best way to introduce renowned author Seumas Gallacher, and the first word which came to mind was Charismatic (full of charisma and charm) and – as he calls me ‘m’Lady’ – thought it entirely apt and fitting.

Like most inhabitants of the planet, we can only fervently hope that 2021 is hugely improved on last year. Surely, from many viewpoints, there has never been a more tumultuous twelve months since World War II!

So, we can do no better than respect the obvious and kick-start the year with someone as interesting, capable, talented and entertaining as Seumas, who is known to many users of the internet and a myriad other souls scattered all over the planet, more especially those who read! Naturally, some folk know more about our author than others, so I’ll now switch to first person and ask Seumas some direct questions.

Me. Hi m’Lord. First off, the warmest welcome to my home in sunny Spain. Please make yourself comfortable. May I offer you a tipple, or would you prefer tea or coffee?

S. Diet Coke is my poison of choice, thanks, with ice – lemon not necessary…

Me. What is the most enduring memory you have of childhood, and where was it spent?

Head over to enjoy the rest of this interview with Joy and Seumas: Joy Lennick and Seumas Gallacher

The final post today is a short story from Pat Furstenberg with a wonderful history note on the background to some incredible horses.

Dacian Horses of Bronze Age

Dacian Horses of Bronze Age is part of the 100 words story series and is a tale inspired by the taming of the first free horses that roamed Transylvania’s lands, in Romania.

Discover more about the Dacian horses at the end of this narrative, as well as some horse-related folklore from Romania.

Dacian Horses of Bronze Age

Stories of white shadows chasing soundlessly over the land at first light were as old as hills.

Tales, never witnesses.

Read the rest of this lovely 100 word story and the background to the horses: Dacian Horses short story and background by Pat Furstenberg


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday November 19th 2019 – #25books Patricia Furstenberg, #99p/99c Bette A. Stevens and #Funnies The Story Reading Ape.

The first post is from Patricia Furstenberg who has compiled a list of 25 books that she recommends having read them in 2019. You will see some familiar names on the list including D.G. Kaye, James J. Cudney, Jacqui Murray  and Brigid Gallagher as well as a mention for one of my books.. Always great to have recommendations and there are plenty here.

25 Books for Christmas, The List #GiftIdeas #FeedYourKindle

25 Books for Christmas celebrates engaging stories by talented authors. If you’re in need of a kids’ gift, a captivating YA or Sci-Fi for your teen, a romance or a Rom-com, a humorous book, poetry or memoir, a captivating historical novel, crime or contemporary fiction -I hope you will find that Christmas stocking filler or last-minute e-Book to feed your kindle right here. The books on this list are written by gifted authors with vibrant personalities and talents that extend beyond these publications.

Happy browsing and a happy holiday! Thank you for visiting.

Choose from:

Books for Children
YA, Science-Fiction and Fantasy
Women’s Romance, Saga and Rom Com
Spiritual, Poetry, Memoir, Short Stories
Historical Fiction
Humorous Fiction
Crime and Contemporary Fiction

Head over and top up your Kindle with some great books: Patricia Furstenberg – Feed your Kindle for Christmas

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy:Amazon US Blog:  Alluring Creations Goodreads: Goodreads

Now more books that are on offer from Bette A. Stevens between now and 21st November – all 99p/99c.

Head over to get more details and the links to buy the books: Free books offer Bette A. Stevens

Bette A. Stevens, Buy: Universal link Website/blog: 4 Writers and ReadersGoodreads: Bette on Goodreads


And to end the post, a touch of humour from the enclosure of The Story Reading Ape.. and after reading, please check your sofa beds for unwanted visitors…

Check the rest of the funnies…. and the sofa bed: The Story Reading Ape Monday Funnies

I hope that you will head over and enjoy these posts in full… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 11th November 2019. Robbie Cheadle with Ritu Bhathal, Patricia Furstenberg and Richard Dee

Time to catch up on some of my favourite blogs again after our two weeks away.

The first post is from Robbie Cheadle who is in the process of promoting poets in a Readathon.. And in this post she is showcasing Ritu Bhathal.

Poetry readathon

Today I am introducing you to poet, author and blogger, Ritu Bhathal. Ritu has selected a lovely poem from her book Poetic RITUals to share here today.

From Twinkle to Reality

Let me take you down that road,

Much-travelled through eternity

The journey to become a mum,

From twinkle to reality.

Head over and enjoy the rest of the poem and post:

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: Blog: Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads


Now a guest post by Patricia Furstenberg on the blog Books by Women on the subject of women writers and contemporary war fiction.

At some stage during my adult life, and this will astound my history teacher if she’d discover, I found myself fascinated by the thought of writing fiction inspired by contemporary events.

A thread that brought me here might have been reading Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” in my teens; another one, witnessing the terrorist attack on World Trade Center on Live TV while pregnant with my daughter. A definite thread, silky and alluring, came from enjoying historical fiction by Philippa Gregory and Diana Gabaldon. While the most recent one, still carding itself, draws from my son’s keen interest in war computer games and my own, in military working dogs.

When the seed of writing a fictional book about dogs involved in combat was still on the counter, not even planted yet, I turned to literature for guidance. And hit a wall.

Contemporary war fiction penned by women pales in comparison to the amount of books written by men. Be it in poetry or prose, throughout the centuries an author, not an authoress, depicted more often the combat male protagonist. As Homer put it in his Iliad, “war will be men’s business”.

Why so, since countless notable women were not afraid of fighting battles? The Greek goddess Athena is shown as a warrior, the patron of justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, and arts. The Celtic goddess Brigid is the patron of poetry and smithcraft. Scathach is an Irish Goddess who taught the martial arts. The Amazons were fierce warrior women and there were even gladiator women, gladiatrices, although Juvenal, the Roman poet of those times, depicted them as a mere novelty. History is splattered with the blood of innumerable women warriors: Hatshepsut, Queen Boudicca, Queen Samsi of Arabia, the Trung Sisters from Vietnam, Empress Theodora of Byzantium, Olga of Russia, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mary I and Elizabeth I of England.

Please head over to read the rest of this fascinating article by Patricia:

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy: Blog: Goodreads:

Here is a post for all of you who are in the second week of your NaNoMo projects from Richard Dee who completed the challenge with the first in his Andorra Pett series in 2016. Head over to compare your experiences of this writing challenge.

Welcome back to my trip through the NaNo projects of the past.

This time, I’m looking at 2016. I didn’t attempt NaNo in 2015, I was otherwise engaged in adjusting to life after work, as I mentioned last week. My shoulder required an operation in the end, an 8mm bone spur was removed. After six months off work. I decided to take early retirement, rather than have to retrain and re-certify for a job that I had been doing for forty years. Don’t you just love the system?

Ribbonworld, the subject of last weeks post, was actually published in November 2015. And I did write a novel in 2015, just not in one concentrated spell or as part of the NaNo challenge. A change of genre for me, it was a Steampunk adventure called The Rocks of Aserol.

I also wrote several short stories. Among them was one that I wrote as a bet. My wife had challenged me to write a female character, and to do a ‘woman-runs-away-from-it-all-and-starts-again-in-a-new-place’ type story, only set in space.

I thought about it and had an idea for a jilted woman, who reluctantly turns amateur detective when she is forced to, by circumstances beyond her control.

I named her Andorra Pett and based her on a combination of the character traits of my wife and my three daughters.

Head over to find out more about Richard’s experiences and to add your own:

Richard Dee, buy:
Website: Richard Dee at Goodreads

Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read all these posts in full…more tomorrow thanks Sally