Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Wednesday September 25th 2019 – John Maberry #Third Age, Patricia Furstenberg #SouthAfrica, Sandra J. Jackson #AuthorInterview

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post today is from author John Maberry, who shares some of the key elements of enjoying life in the Third Age – and at 66 I am firmly into that bracket. The post covers many areas that we should all be addressing and I do suggest that you head over and enjoy the entire post..

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Sounds like some epic fantasy novel—The Third Age.
No, it’s really about what you hope will be golden years.

How do you make them the crowning point, the best years of your life? That’s what this article is about.

We will offer tips interspersed with the author’s own experiences in the Third Age. Also, plenty of links to other resources. Why is it called the Third Age? See this explanation.

Probably, there are things you never had time for while working, raising children or fulfilling other responsibilities. These years from 65 to 80 and beyond—or perhaps 55-90+ can be special.

More than sitting in a rocking chair on a porch. More than grilling in the backyard. More than sitting in a recliner watching movies or favorite shows. Nothing wrong with those choices, but there could be more to these years. That’s what this is about.

Before we get to the main content, there’s two possibilities. We will endeavor to cover both.

One, you’re planning ahead—you have a few years before you are part of it.
Two, you’re already in it—in which case you may need some quick help.

The Nutshell–the topics

  • Finding your dream(s) and actualizing them
  • Staying involved—don’t allow loneliness to creep up on you
  • Maintaining your health—so you can enjoy those years
  • Money—helps to have it but there’s alternatives if you don’t
  • Making the most of what you have—free or low cost activities
  • Financial planning or assistance for those who need it
  • Leaving money for others—family, charities, etc.

Head over to read this comprehensive and informative post in full:

John Maberry is the author of two books and you can find out more detail and the Amazon links from : Eagle Peak Press Books

The next post is from author Patricia Furstenberg who lives in South Africa. I am currently reading her novel Silent Heroes set in war torn Afghanistan and I am enjoying very much. In this post Pat celebrates South Africa’s Heritage Day which was yesterday, through pictures, nature, music, books and culture. It certainly brought back very happy memories of our time living there.

Heritage is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: (1) property that descends to an heir and this is also the first known use of the word, 13th century; (2) something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor; (3) something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth.

Here, in South Africa, it is the blend of our Rainbow Nation, of our diverse cultures, beliefs and traditions that we celebrate on the 24th of September, on Heritage Day.

In South Africa we love to cook… and eat:

Franschhoek, South Africa, image by @claudiofonte free on Unsplash.jpg

Cooking in Franschhoek, South Africa, image by @claudiofonte free on Unsplash.jpg

Food, image by @adalia free on Unsplash.jpg

Local food, image by @adalia free on Unsplash.jpg

Grilling lobster, Die Strandlooper, West Coast Peninsula, image by Unserekleinemaus, free on pixabay.jpg

Grilling lobster, Die Strandlooper, West Coast Peninsula, image by Unserekleinemaus, free on pixabay.jpg

SA braai by davyart- free pixabay.jpg

SA braai by davyart- free pixabay.jpg

Please head over to enjoy South Africa in wonderful images and music:

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy: Blog: Goodreads:

My final post today is from author Sandra J. Jackson who interviews Fantasy Author, Daryl J. Ball.

Daryl has published three books, two of which are a part of a series. Read on to discover more about Daryl’s journey as an author and learn a little about his personal life.

About Writing/Books/Being an Author

1. Do you remember the first book you read that had an impact on you – in what way and what was the name of that book?

I read a lot as a kid, and I think everything we read impacts us in different ways so this is kind of hard to nail down. I can say though that it was somewhere around Grade 6 that I read “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis and that it ultimately led to my becoming the librarian at my church at the time despite my youth. I’m pretty sure it had some long-term impact on how I view things, but I don’t think I really realized its impact until I was writing my first book, The Tannis Project. The Screwtape Letters was written as a series of ongoing correspondence between a senior demon and his nephew. It’s considered an epistolary novel. It is the only one of that style I can ever recall reading until recently and The Tannis Project which is a series of blog posts written by a vampire can also be considered an epistolary novel.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Head over and find out more about Daryl J. Ball and his fantasy books:

Sandra J. Jackson, Buy:
Website:  Goodreads:

Thanks for dropping in today and I do hope that you will head over to read this terrific posts in full.. thanks Sally.