Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – November 27th 2022 – Pete Springer, Marcia Meara, D.G. Kaye, Anne R. Allen with Sue Coletta, D. Wallace Peach, Judith Barrow with M. J. Mallon, John Howell with Harmony Kent

Just a small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full. Thanks Sally.

Pete Springer shares some of the lessons that might not be in the curriculum but which are vitally important for a child to learn. Kindness, empathy, friendship are attributes that will stand them in good stead as they progress through school and college, at work and in relationships.

Head over to read this thought provoking post from Pete: Pete Springer – The most important lessons in school

Marcia Meara celebrated Thanksgiving with some brilliant funnies….here are one or two to whet your appetite and head over to enjoy the rest.

Head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies: Marcia Meara Thorsday Smile – Thanksgiving

Debby Gies shares her November writer’s links with some very helpful information and advice for authors and bloggers from Hugh Roberts, Anne R. Allen, Beem Weeks, Sue Coletta, Joan Hall and Natalie Ducey.

Head over to check out the links: Writer’s Tips November Edition – WordPress Hacks, Writing Timelines, Creating Audio Books, Editing Tips, and Social Media

One of the links recommended by Debby is one by Sue Coletta as a guest of Anne R. Allen. Sue is using TikTok to market her books and she shares her process of getting to know the platform and finding the best way to promote her books.

Head over to discover how TikTok might work for you: TikTok works for all genres

Diana Peach with a fabulous story that covers the festive season from Thanksgiving to Christmas …hilarious and converted me lol… Talking Turkey.

Head over to enjoy this wonderful story: Diana Peach – Myths of the Mirror – Talking Turkey

Marjorie Mallon joins Judith Barrow as part of the Places in our Memories series, sharing her love of Botanical Gardens and some of the photographs that has inspired her poetry and stories.

Head over to enjoy Marje’s memories and photographs: Judith Barrow, Places in our Memories with Marjorie Mallon

John Howell is host to Harmony Kent as she shares her new collection of poetry and one her poems which is stunning.

 Head over to discover more about Harmony’s latest collection of poetry: Guest post Harmony Kent with John Howell.


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will enjoy these posts as much as I did… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – November 7th 2022 – Pete Springer, Judith Barrow with Jane Risdon, Patty Fletcher, Robbie Cheadle, John Howell.

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed over the last week or so and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.

Pete Springer shares the amazing Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival which he is a volunteer for. Every two years the festival brings 25 authors to give talks in the schools in the area, meet the children and share their writing. Logistically challenging but as you will see it was an incredible success again this year.

Head over to enjoy the author festival: A Noble Cause by Pete Springer

Jane Risdon joins Judith Barrow to share her memories of her childhood and her grandfather’s house of treasures…Jane comes from an army background with connections to India and Singapore and it is fascinating to learn more about the history and travels of her family.

Join Jane and Judith on this trip down Memory Lane: Places in our Memories with Judith Barrow and Jane Risdon

Patty Fletcher is joined by poet Joan Myles as she relates her experiences with her new Seeing Eye® Dog Aries. An inspiring story.

Patty Fletcher

Head over to read this inspiring story: A dog names Dignity with poet Joan Myles

Robbie Cheadle is not just a master baker who creates wonderul figures in fondant icing, she is also a dab hand with savoury dishes and here is her recipe for curried mince.

Head over to grab the recipe: Robbie Cheadle’s Curried Mince

I do wonder how the electric car will develop, particularly with the battery technology to ensure better mileage and sustainability.  John Howell shares an interesting development .A breakthrough in electric vehicle fast-charging battery design from Penn State has enabled a 10-minute charge time for a typical EV battery.

Head over to read about this development: John Howell – Good News TGIF Friday


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


Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – November 3rd 2022 – D.G.Kaye with Christy Birmingham-Reyes, Ritu Bhathal, Pete Springer, Audrey Driscoll, Traci Kenworth

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last week or so.

Now that I have got my WIP on its way to be scrutinised…. I have a little more time to spend doing what I love which is reading other blogger’s posts.

Debby Gies was the guest of Christy Birmingham- Reyes chatting about her new podcast – Grief-: Real Talk. A commonsense and also comforting approach to grief in all its manisfestations.

Head over to read the post Interview D.G. Kaye and Christy Birmingham-Reyes

It would be hard not to notice the turmoil that is British politics in the last few months, particularly the short lived premiership of Liz Truss. However, we do now have a new Prime Minister and Ritu Bhathal explores this new development and the hopes and fears about how it will turn out.

Head over to read Ritu’s thoughts and leave your opinion: This is not our ‘Obama Moment’ in UK Politics

Pete Springer shares a story from his late teen years and introduces a flat-mate who has a bit of a fast and loose approach to life. Pete shares how over the years the story of this guy’s life developed with the ultimate irony…

Head over to enjoy this story with a twist: Pete Springer with the Ultimate Irony

As someone who has just finished winterising her garden, I could certainly appreciate Audrey Driscoll’s post on the harsh truths about this time consuming but rewarding year round care of the space around our homes. Audrey also shares some beautiful shots of her garden that frankly make me realise I am slacking.

Head over to discover the six harsh truths about gardening and to enjoy Audrey’s photos: Six Harsh Truths about Gardening.

Margaret from the blog From Pyrenees to Pennines shares a day out at Studley Royal’s deer park in North Yorkshire. A wonderful safari with deer and autumn foliage which reminds us of the amazing areas of natural beauty in the UK and its abundance of stunning wildlife.

Head over to enjoy this safari with Margaret: We’re going on a deer walk.

And to end today’s selection a post from Traci Kenworth who shares her love of cats and their natures. Traci also generously shares a selection of posts from other bloggers from the week and always an honour to be included.

Head over to discover more about Traci’s love of cats and some perhaps new bloggers to you: Cats Rule and blogging links


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

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022- ‘Lucky Dip’ – #Teaching #FutureInvestment Pete Springer

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2022

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 50,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. You can find out how to participate at the end of the post.

Today author and retired teacher Pete Springer reflects on the delayed rewards of teaching as he meets up with some former students making their way successfully in the world.

Teaching – An Investment in the Future by Pete Springer

Former Elementary Students Returning to Our School Before High School Graduation 

Some might think that teachers spend one year with students, and then the relationship ends for both student and teacher. I knew that is true for some, but for many teachers, we hold onto those bonds with our students for a lifetime.

I’m grateful to live in the same city I taught, and I frequently run into former students on my travels. I even taught some of my students’ children over the last few years of my career. One of the most mind-blowing aspects of teaching was to hold a parent-teacher conference with a parent who used to be one of my students.

It’s such a kick for me to find out what happened to my students. Are they married? Do they have children of their own now? I know it won’t be that many years before some of my students have grandchildren. What career path did they choose? Did any become teachers themselves? I take special pride in that. I even had the great fortune to teach with one of my former fifth-grade students in the last few years of my career. How cool is that?

Former Fifth Grade Student and Current Teacher, Kelly

When these planned or chance encounters happen, I treasure them. I still occasionally get a letter from one of my students telling me about something exciting happening in their life. I’ve attended birthday parties, graduations, weddings, housewarming parties, and more. I’ve hired past students to work for me. There are few better feelings in life than watching a former pupil succeed in life.

This raises the question of what defines success? I think it’s different for everyone, but happiness must enter the equation somewhere. Some may think of it as making lots of money and having many material possessions, but I believe the bar should be higher than that. Success to me means making a positive difference in the world somehow. The trick is for each of us to find our path in achieving that. It could mean being a good parent, volunteering with organizations that are doing important work, cleaning up your city, painting a mural, or the hundreds of other creative ways that we can help those in our community. One of the secrets I’ve discovered is that I’m happiest when helping others because it makes me feel good about myself.

Being a former educator, I value literacy. I joined the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee after I retired. This organization helps bring nationally known children’s authors to our local schools biennially to talk to kids about their books and writing. Children see these authors and illustrators and think, “I could do that too.” Since I’m writing children’s novels in retirement, it was a natural fit for me. Right now, I’m the only male on the approximately twenty-five-person committee, but that doesn’t bother me in the least.

Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee (I’m the lone male—in the middle of the back row.) 

Two weeks ago, I had the good fortune of seeing two of my former students on the same day. First, I had breakfast with Veronica, who I taught in 4th grade. She is married with three daughters. I’m proud of her because she has an important job working with the developmentally disabled. I know she is a tremendous advocate for them because she is that type of person. Veronica’s oldest daughter is Juliana, now a college student. I felt privileged to teach Juliana for part of 2nd grade before her family moved out of the school district. I remember her as being intelligent and mature for her age.

Breakfast with Former 4th grade Student, Veronica 

Veronica’s daughter, Juliana, from 2nd Grade 

Later in the day, I dropped by and visited Mychal in town at his informational campaign gathering. He is running for Humboldt County Auditor/Controller in the upcoming election. I admire his desire to try and make a difference in our community by serving the public. It takes courage to run for public office, and I am happy to see that he is up to the challenge. I had the opportunity to teach Mychal for two years in fourth grade and then again two years later in sixth grade. He was a great all-around student. It meant a lot to me when he came by to my book signing at our old elementary school a few years back, and the least I could do was to return the favor.

Former 4th and 6th Grade Student, Mychal at My Book Signing 

Recent Photo with Former Student, Mychal—Now a Candidate for Humboldt County Auditor/Controller 

These encounters are what I call the delayed rewards of teaching. Watching children grow into responsible adults is the best. I’ve always looked at education as an investment in the future. How wonderful to see some of that investment come to fruition!

©Peter Springer 2022

My thanks to Pete for participating in the series and what a wonderful reflection on a lifetime of teaching to see students thriving and still sharing their lives with him.. I know he would love to hear from you.

About Pete Springer

My name is Pete Springer. I taught elementary school for thirty-one years (grades 2-6) at Pine Hill School in Eureka, CA. Even though I retired over three years ago, my passion will always lie with supporting education, kids, and teachers.

When I came out of the teaching program many years ago, I realized how unprepared I was for what was in store for me in the classroom. My college education focused mostly on learning theory rather than the practical day-to-day challenges that all teachers face. Thankfully, I had some great mentors to lean on to help support me in the early part of my career.

I have made it my mission to pay it forward to the next generation of teachers. I was a master teacher to four student teachers, and I have several former students who are now teachers, including one who teaches at my former elementary school. That is pretty cool!

While I was teaching, I decided that one day I would write books for children. That ship is now in the harbor. I took some writing workshops, found a writing critique group, joined SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and I recently finished writing my first middle-grade novel. I’ve always connected with kids, and this is my new way of teaching.

My debut MG novel, Second Chance Summer, just got professionally edited, and I will be querying in the coming weeks.

One of the reviews for the book that I can also recommend

Pete Springer’s memoir about his first years teaching is a delightful story for new teachers and will have experienced educators nodding along with him. His early experiences remind all of us of the joy inherent in teaching:

“This job required about as much brainpower as my tree planting experience.”
“This is the story of how I fell in love with teaching and the joys and challenges that this noble profession provided to me over the course of thirty-one years.”

He breaks the book into chapters every teacher will understand:

How did i get here
Setting up your classroom
Working with students
Working with colleagues
Working with your boss

…and more. Aside from grading, parents, lunch duty, conferences, and yard duty, these are the biggest issues we teachers face. I’m a veteran teacher of thirty years and still I couldn’t wait to read Pete’s take on these timeless issues.

“Instead of saying, “Do everything my way, and you can become a successful teacher,” she was giving me her permission to find my way.”
“…storytelling was one of the most successful methods to get my students to pay attention.”
“…when we lose our calm, we are teaching them that it is okay to behave in this manner when something is not going right.”

Every new teacher will benefit from Pete’s daily experiences of what in the end results in a journey well traveled with more importance than most of us would car eto admit. Educational philosophies change. Favorite tools like iPads and Chromebooks change. What never changes is the fundamentals that Pete covers in this book:

“…tell the kids when I made similar mistakes growing up.”
“I do think that it is possible for parents or schools to provide too many rewards for kids.”

Overall an excellent book. If you’re a new teacher, I’d call this an essential read prior to your first day.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – and:Amazon UK – Read more reviews:Goodreads – Website: Pete Springer WordPressTwitter: @OfficerWoof

How to feature in the series?

  • All I need you to do is give me permission to dive in to your archives and find two posts to share here on Smorgasbord. (
  • Rather than a set topic, I will select posts at random of general interest across a number of subjects from the first six months of 2022. (it is helpful if you have a link to your archives in your sidebar by month)
  • As I will be promoting your books as part of the post along with all your information and links so I will not be sharing direct marketing or self- promotional posts in the series.
  • If you are an author I am sure you will have a page on your blog with the details, and an ‘about page’ with your profile and social media links (always a good idea anyway). I will get everything that I need.
  • As a blogger I would assume that you have an ‘about page’ a profile photo and your links to social media.
  • Copyright is yours and I will ©Your name on every post… and you will be named as the author in the URL and subject line.
  • Previous participants are very welcome to take part again.
  • Each post is reformatted for my blog and I don’t cut and paste, this means it might look different from your own post especially if you are using the block editor
  • If I do share a post which contains mainly photographs I will share up to five and link back to the original post for people to view the rest.

N.B – To get the maximum benefit from your archive posts, the only thing I ask is that you respond to comments individually and share on your own social media.. thank you.


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could leave a comment and share the post… Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – Guest Round Up – Part One – Claire Fullerton, Noelle Granger, Pete Johnson, Sharon Marchisello, Jane Risdon, Balroop Singh, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor D.Wallace Peach, Sue Wickstead

Over the last three months, I have been privileged to share the thoughts and wisdom of friends within the writing community in response to the prompt ‘I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then!’.  In case you have missed any of these guest posts I will be sharing their links in this catch up series.

Author Claire Fullerton shares her treasured memories of the home that her mother grew up in and returned to with her own family when Claire was ten years old.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! ‘Home’ by Claire Fullerton

Author Noelle Granger shares the challenges facing the inequality in the academic field as a young professor.

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Equality by Noelle Granger

Blogger and storyteller Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete) shares his wisdom obtained with his experience of marriage.

#Marriage – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete)

Author Sharon Marchisello looks back to her teens and shares her thoughts on how she might have made different choices.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Sharon Marchisello

Author Jane Risdon shares her nomadic childhood and dreams of becoming a war correspondent and reflects on the message she might have offered to her younger self to reassure her that one day, she would be a writer..

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Writing by Jane Risdon

#Life #Poetry – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Balroop Singh


Pete Springer shares his experiences in high school following a move to California in response to the prompt and finding his true self in college, leading to many happy years as a teacher.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Springer

Blogger and food and advocate for sustainability Carol Taylor shares her passion for the environment and ambitions to become a scientist, and how with her blog and writing she has created a platform for both.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Carol Taylor

Author Diana Wallace Peach shares her thoughts on the prompt and how low moments and the high points in our lives are all part of the journey.

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Diana Peach

A poignant post from teacher and children’s author Sue Wickstead who shares her thoughts about her dad who she lost at an early age and her pride in her family name.

Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! ‘Dad’ by Sue Wickstead



Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have caught up with any of these guest posts you might have missed.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 9th September 2021 – D.G. Kaye, Elizabeth Gauffreau, Jim Borden, Pete Springer, Carol Taylor

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 earlier in the week from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) who shares the meaning of Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah and what it means to her personally.

Rosh Hashana

Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashana, What About it?

Jewish New Year came early this year. Every year it falls on a different date because the holidays are based on the 10 month Jewish Calendar. It begins on the Jewish Calendar in the 7th month, Tishrei, which typically falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar. It is believed to have begun as far back as 6th century BC. Ever wonder what to say on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when you meet a Jewish person? The Jewish New Year is not just about vowing new goals to lose weight or work out at the gym. 

Head over to read Debby’s informative and personal observations about this important festival: D.G. Kaye – Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashana – What about it?

The next post is from Liz Gauffreau who demonstrates the effectiveness in writing a story in two genres.. in this instance a Tanka and a non-fiction story. N.B Liz has a new poetry book out later this month that is receiving great advance reviews – Grief Songs on pre-order – Amazon USAmazon UK

Youth Group Picnic: A Tale of Two Genres

My dad is the fellow in the middle. According to his Aunt Louise, the crew cut he is sporting made him look “defective.”

Genre Revisited

I have always been fascinated by one of the most basic aspects of the writing process: deciding which genre will best align with the experience I feel inspired to write about. Am I trying to convey a particular emotion? Am I trying to work out the mystery of why people behave the way they do? Am I trying to impose some order on a series of seemingly random events? Do I just want to have some fun and play?

Head over to enjoy both Tanka and story and share your thoughts: Youth Group picnic – a tale of two genres

Something from Jim Borden on the problems that are arising during school board meetings that are turning fractious and sometimes even ugly.

School board members are typically unpaid volunteers, often parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a superintendent, and review the budget. In most places, and during most times, it was a relatively unremarkable, yet vital position, one that few people paid attention to, or even knew who the members of the local school board were.

But times have changed, reflecting the divisiveness that exists when our country at this moment in time. Look at some of these examples: 

Head over to read the rest of Jim’s post and share your thoughts: Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

Next Peter Springer with a thought provoking and reasoned article on the point where we realise we need to act not just on our own behalf but on behalf of others around us. Particularly in relation to the vaccination programme against Covid. I do recommend you head over to read in full.

Photo Credit from CDC

Stop the Madness

When it comes to most matters, I’m one of those people who can typically see both sides of an issue. For example, I don’t own a weapon, but I understand and respect the right of others who own a gun to protect themselves or use a rifle for hunting. I believe an organized society needs fair laws that protect its citizens, and we need the police to uphold those laws. I am a big supporter of law enforcement. I generally think they do an excellent job doing a difficult task, especially given their decisions must happen in a split second. The actions of a few bad ones shouldn’t cloud our judgment of the profession as a whole. At the same time, we can’t bury our heads in the sand as some officers use their positions of authority in abusive ways.  

Head over to read the rest of Pete’s post on this contentious subject: Stop the Madness – Pete Springer

And to finish off today a recipe… as always from Carol Taylor, it is cook from scratch and is delicious. Coconut biscuits/cookies. Carol has also been getting out and about to up her fitness levels.. a reminder to us all (me included) that it makes a difference.

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Coconut Biscuits/Cookies…

Coconut Biscuits

I don’t make biscuits very often…I love a homemade cookie/biscuit far more than my waistline does…over the last 18 months I have not walked as much and the pounds have crept on…as I am very close to my 70th birthday…yikes…the motivation to get those pounds off has increased.

I have started walking again however because my feet have gotten soft I gained a glorious blister the other day although I did push it and walked further than I should have… however as it was my first week back on the exercise circuit I know it was stupid of me..

Head over to save the recipe and catch up on Carol’s fitness programme: CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Coconut Biscuits/Cookies…


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday November 12th 2019 – Pete Springer, Olga Nunez Miret and Anne Stormont

The first post today is by Pete Springer former teacher and author who writes about a recent  incredible project undertaken by the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee, bringing in 25 authors to talk to children in the district’s school.  Apart from very careful planning to bring the author festival together, planned outages due to recent wildfires threatened to disrupt the planned events… I hope you will head over to find out how it turned out.. well worth it.

Promoting Literacy

What a wild couple of weeks! I hardly know where to begin. Eighteen months ago, I decided to join the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee. My limited knowledge of this group was based on my past experiences when I was teaching. Every two years, I got to enjoy a beautiful day with my class when a children’s writer would visit our school. Before the author’s visit, the teachers would read many of the author’s books so that the kids could become more familiar with his/her books.

The magical day would arrive, and I so enjoyed watching my students’ faces as they became fully engaged. The authors would share some of their books, how they became an author/illustrator, and convince many children that they too could follow their dreams and become whatever they wanted to be. As I watched my students’ receptive faces, I saw future writers and illustrators born that day.

There were two main reasons I joined this committee: (1) I want to support anything that promotes literacy and education. (2) While I was teaching (I taught thirty-one years in grades 2-6), I dreamed of becoming a children’s author.

Head over to read the rest of this very interesting post: Pete Springer Promoting Literacy

Pete Springer’s book is now in Ebook on Amazon:

Amazon Author Page: https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.comFacebook:

The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and is one of her in depth book reviews. This week the fascinating subject of The Mother of the Brontës

The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick by Sharon Wright

Hi all:

Those of you who follow me will know that I have shared my interest in the Brontës and my love for Haworth on many occasions already. And when I saw this book about their mother, I had to read it. And I am very happy I did.

At long last, the untold story of the mysterious Mrs Brontë.

They were from different lands, different classes, different worlds almost.

The chances of Cornish gentlewoman Maria Branwell even meeting the poor Irish curate Patrick Brontë in Regency England, let alone falling passionately in love, were remote.

Yet Maria and Patrick did meet, making a life together as devoted lovers and doting parents in the heartland of the industrial revolution. An unlikely romance and novel wedding were soon followed by the birth of six children. They included Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known.

Her children inherited her intelligence and wit and wrote masterpieces such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yet Maria has remained an enigma while the fame of her family spread across the world. It is time to bring her out of the shadows, along with her overlooked contribution to the Brontë genius.

Untimely death stalked Maria as it was to stalk all her children. But first there was her fascinating life’s story, told here for the first time by Sharon Wright.

Head over to read Olga’s review in full: The Mother of the Brontes – When Maria Met Patrick – Book Review

Olga Nunez Miret – Buy:
Blog: Goodreads: Olga on Goodreads

Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.


The final post today is from author Anne Stormont who also writes for children as Anne McAlpine.  Anne was invited to give a talk a the primary school on the Isle of Skye… here is a short excerpt from her post, but I recommend you head over to enjoy the rest.

Author Talk on the Isle of Skye – a bit of writing life away from the desk

Portree Harbour

Writing can be a lonely profession – all that sitting at the desk – alone with your own thoughts. So it’s good to get away from time to time – and it’s even better to be able to combine that with talking about your work and getting to meet readers and prospective readers.

So I was delighted recently to get an invitation to do just that.

I was invited to do an author talk to the Primary 5, 6 and 7 children on the 5th November at Broadford Primary School on the Scottish Isle of Skye. And not only that I was also invited to deliver a writing workshop to the Primary 7 children later on the same day. And of course I would be appearing as my children’s author alter-ego, Anne McAlpine – author of The Silver Locket (for 9 to 12 year-olds), rather than Anne Stormont writer of adult fiction.

I lived and worked as a teacher on the island for many years and the invitation came from a friend who is also a former colleague.

And it was lovely to have a reason to go back. I miss Skye so much that I hadn’t felt able to return during the (almost) three years since I left. But this offer to talk about my work as a writer and to share The Silver Locket with some of its intended readership, was the perfect opportunity to get over myself and return to the place where I left a big part of my heart.

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: Author Talk by Anne Stormont

Buy Anne’s books for adults: Anne McAlpine: https://anne-stormont.comGoodreads:

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy the post in full. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday October 4th 2019 – Pete Springer, Beth I Didn’t Have my Glasses on, Janet Gogerty and Jim Borden

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 Pete Springer who woke up to find that his fence was badly damaged… however, all is not as it may seem and as the day wore on, and evidence came to light, the damage was put into the category of Minor Inconveniences.

We woke up this morning to see that our still relatively new redwood fence (just over a year old) had been thoroughly mashed. When I came in to tell my wife what I had discovered, she remembered hearing a sound that woke her up in the night. I slept through the entire incident. Our neighbors have gently backed into the fence a couple of times, but they have taken responsibility and repaired the damage themselves.

This accident was no minor fender bender; one of the fence posts had broken in two. Knowing there wasn’t much room even to back up a car fast, it was hard to imagine how it had happened.

Some crimes are more troubling than others. Hit and run is one of those types that bothers me. I still remember coming out of a store when I was twenty-years-old and found that somebody had broadsided my beloved first car—my pumpkin orange Chevy Nova.

Head over to Pete’s post to discover how the rest of the story unfolds:

Blog: https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.comFacebook:

The next post is from Beth of I Didn’t Have My Glasses On... and shares the news that in Japan KitKat will have another look and one that is better for the environment...Origami and Chocolate

it’s important we each do our part to help Mother Earth

and here is a way we can all pitch in,

with two of my favorite things on this earth,

paper and chocolate.

you are welcome.

Japanese KitKats Are Replacing Plastic Packaging

with Origami Paper You Can Turn into Cranes!

From plant-based, bio-plastic Lego to Adidas’s first fully recyclable running shoe, companies worldwide are working hard to make their products and packaging more sustainable. Last year, food and drink manufacturer Nestle announced that it plans to use 100% recyclable packaging for its products by 2025. As part of that goal, nestle Japan recently released new packaging for its popular miniature KitKat chocolate bars, which will now be wrapped in origami paper instead of plastic.

“Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today,” Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider says “Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle.” Japan is the biggest market for KitKats, with 4 million being sold every day. By swapping out the candy bar’s shiny plastic wrap for eco-friendly matte paper, Nestlé expects to cut down on roughly 380 tons of plastic each year.

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 Janet Gogerty takes us on a tour of the lovely Yorkshire harbour town of Whitby… get your climbing boots on though..The 199 Steps…

Whitby is a scenic harbour town on the east coast of Yorkshire; the harbour piers face north so it has an east and west cliff, both of which are worth clambering up. You don’t have to climb the cliff face, you can arrive at the west cliff hotels or the east cliff abbey ruins by coach, bus or car, but it is more interesting to tread the many paths and steps that wind upwards. Count Dracula took such a route up the east cliff after his ship was blown off course in the north sea. Disguised as a black dog he ran up the 199 steps to the church of St. Mary and the ruins of St. Hilda’s Abbey, thus creating a tourist attraction for the fitter holiday maker.

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And finally today an inspiring post from Jim Borden about the MacArthur Foundation and one of this year’s recipients, Lisa Daugaard, a Criminal Justice Reformer who has established an effective programme to work with those who are arrested for minor drug crimes.

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation selects between 20 and 30 individuals as MacArthur Fellows, commonly referred to as Genius Grant winners.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.

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