Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly -18th December 2021 – #Review Olga Nunez Miret, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies Story Reading Ape, #Interview Rebecca Budd and Debby Gies, #Family Pete Springer

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed this week and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.. thanks Sally

The first post is from Olga Nunez Miret with one of her in-depth book reviews..sounds like an intriguing read.

Shoot the Moon: An alternative game of hearts by Bella Cassidy

Tassie loves many things: her friends, her job, her garden. Even her first boyfriend. But there’s a kind of love she just can’t find.

Until, in losing everything, she sees what she needed most was there all along.

Sometimes it’s not the person you need to forget, but the person you need to forgive.

Shoot the Moon is the sweetest of bittersweet novels, combining two very different love stories. One of which will probably make you cry.

Head over to enjoy Olga’s review for the book: Tuesday Book Review – Shoot the Moon

If you are not already in the festive spirit and missed last week’s round up by Carol Taylor here is your chance

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 5th- 11th December 2021…Environmental A-Z, Music, Recipes and Free Wine Fountains…


My environmental A-Z…Christmas Music by Elvis and Simon & Garfunkel, Sausage Rolls, Mince Pies and my new recipe for sweet mincemeat plus after the Mistletoe comes the Wine…Cheers!

I cannot believe we are now hurtling towards New Year …Have you made the puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th

Head over to enjoy the feast: Carol Taylor’s Round up 5th – 11th December

You can always rely on Chris, The Story Reading Ape to bring the festive funnies as he did last Monday…

Head over to enjoy all the funnies: Festive Monday Funnies with The Story Reading Ape

Now for a lovely interview by Rebecca Budd with regular co-host here on the blog and author D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies.

Debby Gies on Being an Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist

I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am delighted that blogger and non-fiction writer, Debby Gies and I are connecting Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.

Debby is a Canadian author, writing under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. Her intent is to inspire others by sharing her stories about events she has encountered, and the lessons that have come along with them. 

Head to discover more about Debby and enjoy the interview: Rebecca Budd with Debby Gies on Being an Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist

And last but certainly not least, a reminder of the importance of family in a post from Pete Springer

Blessed with Brothers

The Springer Brothers—Photo from our Latest Family Reunion (June 2021)

One of the blessings in life that I try not to take for granted is family. I had the good fortune of growing up in a stable home filled with love. Our parents, Paul and Virginia, were salt of the earth types who taught us many valuable lessons through the way they lived their lives. They showed us right from wrong and set the example of what it meant to be decent people, caring not only for their family but to show respect for others, their communities, and the Earth. 

Head over to read the rest of this heartwarming post: Pete Springer – Blessed with Brothers


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – December 3rd 2021 – #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Christmas Donna Parker, #Guest The Story Reading Ape, #Children’sbooks Jennie Fitzkee, #Guest Colleen Chesebro with D.L. Finn

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

The first post is from Carol Taylor and it is her round up from last week.. so if you missed any of her amazing posts, here is your chance to catch up.

My environmental A-Z, Cheese and Chard Pie with filo pastry …The Yule Lads, Christmas Music by Bing Crosby and Sir Rod Stewart and more …Oh Yes!, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of November …Have you made puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th it’s only 27 sleeps…Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup…This week last week has bee n a little colder in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous so lots of banana milkshakes, banana bread and this week I will be making some banana Appam…

My week started with some Christmas Cocktails…plus Limoncello which is a beautiful addition to many a cocktail…also some homemade Irish Cream and the many variations… all delicious 


Head over to be informed, entertained and fattened up: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 21st-27th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Recipes for “Cheese and Chard Pie”, the Yule Lads, Music and Snow Globes

The next post is from the creative Donna Parker who not only entertains but provides thought provoking observations about the current state of the world.

Have Yourself a Merry Little #Christmas

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? Can’t we make the most wonderful time of the year any old time of the year? Does it have to be scheduled? Does it have to be a certain day? Why not wish each other well and treat each other well every single day in each and every single way?

The message is drummed into us in every seasonal day, in every seasonal way, that if you’re not involved in a holiday social barrage then you’ll be unhappy, that you’ll be sad, that you’ll be lonely, you’ll miss out on the perfect Christmas. It’s CFOMO – Christmas Fear of Missing Out.  

Head over to absorb this festive message in full: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Donna Parker

The next post is from Chris, The Story Reading Ape and introduces his guest author Wayne Cooper.

Hello everyone, I’ve never written an article about myself and the last time I submitted a CV it was called a resumé.

I am in my 70’s and was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In those years Montreal was the largest city in Canada.

My book, Bunker Down takes place in the late 1960’s and is loosely based on my personal activities in those years and in that city. 

Head over to discover more about Wayne and his intriguing sounding book: Meet Guest author Wayne C. Cooper with The Story Reading Ape

The next post is actually the third in a series by Jennie Fitzkee on terrific books for children and she is the expert in this department.. you can link to books 1 and 2 in the post.

Books #1 and #2 dealt with the all-important social and emotional issues – friendship, fear, worry, kindness, courage, giving…and more.

Here is #3, a story on the same important path, but at a much more complex level. Oh, this one is really good!

This is a story of love, courage, and finding oneself. It is a story of overcoming obstacles and of trust. It is a story of words – oh, the power of letters and writing and of words. It is a story of finding your purpose in life. Finding your way home. 

Head over to discover more about why this book is recommended by Jennie: Terrific children’s books Jennie Fitzkee

The final post today is from Colleen Chesebro who has begun a new series of Meet the Poet. Her guest in this post is author and poet D.L. Finn.

Welcome to Meet the Poet, a Word Craft Poetry feature written to introduce you to the poets in our writing community. This is a way to get to more about the poet and their work. Did you know many of our poets are accomplished fiction and non-fiction authors? Some of our poets are also artists, crafting their magic through watercolors or other artistic means along with the written word.

At least once a month, I’ll be introducing you to the poets in our community! Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and meet the poet!

Head over to enjoy the interview with Denise Finn and discover more about her love of writing and calendars: Meet the Poet with Colleen Chesebro


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thanksgiving November 25th 2021 – #Writerstips D.G. Kaye, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Pilgrims Noelle Granger, #Gratitude365 Pete Springer, #Canada Rebecca Budd

As I shared in my post earlier today, I have much to be thankful for especially when it comes to the friendship here online in the writing community. Two special friends are D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and Carol Taylor, both contributors to the blog in the last five years… so I am sharing their recent posts today. The other posts are about gratitude in history and in the present.. Happy Thanksgiving today and every day.

Debby Gies shares her writer’s links for November with the emphasis on the block editor, deadly writer sins and online safety. Featured Jan K Sikes
Anne R. Allen Hugh Roberts, Jacqui Murray. –

Debby has been a part of Smorgasbord since 2015 and apart from writing the travel and relationship columns which have been much enjoyed, Debby has also visited every day and shared the posts of the day on social media and her own blog. I know that she extends this generosity to many of you and I am certainly very grateful to have her in my life on and offline.

November Writer’s Tips – Gutenberg Block Editor, Deadly #Writer Sins, Online Safety, and More! 

Writer's Tips

Welcome to November edition of Writer’s Tips where I scan the web in my reading travels and discover some worthy posts helpful to writers. In this post we’re covering, reusable blocks in the new editor, online privacy, avoiding four deadly writer sins, blog traffic, New! KDP Hardcovers, 5 Indie mistakes that could cost authors book sales, Audio books, and Pinterest for book marketing. 

Head over to follow the links to these excellent writer’s tips: November Writer’s Tips – Gutenberg Block Editor, Deadly #Writer Sins, Online Safety, and More!

Next the weekly round up post from Carol Taylor… so much to enjoy and that informs.. Carol has created a platform that shares important information on the environment and ways we can all make a difference to our own personal environment and to that in our own neck of the woods.. Plus of course delicious recipes and a bit of whimsy. Apart from creating amazing columns for Smorgasbord over the last four years, Carol has also shared my posts on her own blog consistently and been an amazing supporter which I am very grateful for.

My Culinary A-Z, Toad in the Hole, Fig Newtons …Music by Earth, Wind and Fire and more …Oh Yes!, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 3 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago? It’s also” Stir Up Sunday” today when if you haven’t already it’s time to get together and make those puddings …Have fun and make a wish…

Welcome to my weekly roundup…The Fig Newtons were delicious…thank you to everyone who gave me some pastry tips they were much appreciated…

The week started with my first attempt at making Fig Newtons or Fig Rolls if you hail from the UK…as I type there is one left looking awfully sorry for itself…but I am determined not to eat it…They were very nice but I am sticking to my regime to drop a few pounds before the festive season kicks in…so sample them I did and then drew the line…my testers love them so armed with tips for rolling pastry from my fabulous readers the second batch will soon be made… 

Head over to enjoy in full: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 14th-20th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Recipes for “Toad in the Hole”, “Fig Newtons”, Music and Carol’s Green Kitchen “Christmas Special”…

Now time for some of the Thanksgiving posts that share both historical context and also the important message that we should be grateful every day of the year… not just today.

Noelle Granger shares the 400th Anniversary of Thanksgiving with some wonderful photographs taken of the museum that keeps the history alive of the period. How far the world has come in that time… I read The Last Pilgrim and I can highly recommend. I am exceedingly grateful that I didn’t have to make the perilous voyage across the Atlantic to the New World which so many did not survive, and did not have to endure the incredible hardships and losses those brave pilgrims experienced.

A Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving 

Many of you know that I recently released a book called The Last Pilgrim, the story of Mary Allerton Cushman, the oldest surviving passenger on the Mayflower. She died in 1699 at the age of 82, having seen the entire history of the Plymouth Colony, which was subsumed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692.

The book has received a ton of five-star reviews on Amazon and was long-listed for the Devon and Cornwall International Novel Prize.

Over the next few weeks, I will post on how and why I came to write the book (especially since many of you know me as a mystery writer), how I chose Mary Allerton as my main character and some interesting facts about the Pilgrims that are not generally known. I hope you enjoy this lead-up to the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving.

Head over to enjoy the photos of this celebration of the first settlers: A Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving

The next post is from Pete Springer who shares his thoughts on the message of being thankful.. not just today but everyday.. and also shares moments that have reinforced that message. Tributes to medical frontline staff, wise words from the past, and serendipitous meetings..

Gratitude—365 Days Per Year

Photo Credit to Karolina Grabowska on Pexels

While I think the idea of getting together with family and friends next week to celebrate Thanksgiving is a beautiful tradition, it has always struck me odd that there is only one holiday that focuses primarily on gratitude. Does this mean we should be miserable and complain about our lives the other 364 days? What if we flipped our level of appreciation on its head and were thankful 364 days instead of 1?

I feel blessed to have so many special people in my life. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, but material things aren’t critical to my happiness. It’s all about spending quality time with family and friends.

Does anyone else think there’s a weird symbolism that the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday? In one day, we go from being thankful for our blessings to racing other people to the stores so that we can acquire more stuff before someone else gets the deal. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with people trying to get a good buy, it’s sad that all the goodwill from the day before gets tossed aside so easily. 

Head over to read the rest of Pete’s thought provoking post: Pete Springer – Gratitude 365 days per year

Although this post from Rebecca Budd is from last month and shares the background to Thanksgiving in Canada.. the message is appropriate for today and for everyday of the year… as always a lovely podcast. British Columbia has suffered through a very challenging time this last week and hopefully conditions have improved.

Season 3 Episode 41: Happy Thanksgiving

I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

October 11, 2021, marks the celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving Day.

Autumn, with its crisp winds and changing colours, ushers in moments of reflection and a feeling of warm nostalgia. It is harvest time, when visions of canning vegetable and preserving jams and jellies remind me of family and community gatherings. What better time to commemorate thankfulness?

Head over to enjoy Rebecca’s podcast… perhaps with a piece of pumpkin pie and coffee: Rebecca Budd – Happy Thanksgiving


Thank you for taking the time to join me today and enjoy the rest of your day…Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 18th November 2021 – #Daydreaming Robbie Cheadle, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #RoastVeg The New Vintage Kitchen

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

When do you daydream.. and if a writer is that where your stories or poems begin? In Robbie Cheadle series on creating young bookworms she shares the benefit to children of daydreaming. Hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth.

When I was a little girl, I loved to day dream. I was one of those kids the teacher is always calling back from dream world. The recall to reality was always a little negative in my recollection. “Stop daydreaming, and concentrate on your maths/history/geography – fill in the blank.”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realised the benefits of day dreaming and mental downtime.

Head over to find out more about the benefits of day dreaming and add your thoughts: The importance of day dreaming

If you missed any posts last week on Carol Taylor’s blog… here is a recap..Carol shares some great recipes for Sweet potatoes and Christmas puddings, plus her weekly look at the Environment, and music..

My Environmental A-Z, Sweet Potato, Christmas Pudding and Irish Cream Recipes, the best pasta in the world, …Music by Bette Midler and more …Oh Yes, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearly 2 weeks into November and coming up to 3 yrs of covid who would have thunk 2 years ago?

Welcome to my weekly roundup…Fig Newtons are still on hold I have been unable to get out to buy the cinnamon…but tomorrow we have to collect our Vaccine Passport which means I may be able to get some cinnamon and then Fig Newtons it will be…

The first post of the week was Part 2 of Christmas Treats and Trivia…I still can’t believe it is that time of the year again it just doesn’t feel like it but Christmas Puddings need to be made and this year I have made a few extra as gifts…

Head over to catch up on Carol’s posts last week: Christimas Pudding Recipes, environment, sweet potatoes and music

Now for a tribute to the wonderful season of mellow fruitfulness and falling leaves.. along with some of the benefits of aging.. like don’t lie down in the park lol..courtesy of The Story Reading Ape.

Head over to enjoy all the funnies with Earl and Opal: Monday Funnies The Story Reading Ape.

We eat a great many vegetables and I love roasting them and making a pasta sauce.. this recipe from Dorothy of New Vintage Kitchen looks perfect for a sharing platter or adapted to add to both rice and pasta

Pick a rainbow of autumn vegetables, top a bed of wilted greens, and enhance with a simple Maple, Miso, and Mustard Sauce. 

It is the perfect time of year to think about a big platter of roasted vegetables, especially the delicious roots of the season. I feel truly blessed to live in a beautiful and bountiful area in a state that supports local, sustainable agriculture. Within 15 minutes of my house, I have many farm stands waiting for me, and most of them are organic; so much to choose from: beets, carrots, and potatoes of many colors, squashes that span the rainbow, winter radishes in pink, black, and purple, onions, turnips, rutabagas, Brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, and fat heads of garlic. Every platter of delicious can be different. 

Head over for the recipe for this delicious vegetable collaboration: Seven Roasted Autumn Vegetables and One Exquisite Sauce


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

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Blogger Daily – 3rd November 2021 – #Booklaunch Jessica Norrie, #Islay Mary Smith, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #ReadingPeeves Pete Springer

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.

Jessica Norrie introduces us to a collaborative poetry and story collection Stay Home – A Year of Writing Through Lockdown spearheaded by Chantelle Atkins –

When lockdown unlocks writers

Last year I was one of many who wrote a guest blog post for Chantelle Atkins, an author, writing group teacher and mentor with a similar teaching background to mine. She was collecting articles on experiences of the first lockdown (how long ago that seems! Yet a rerun remains a distinct possibility given how poorly the Westminster government have managed the pandemic). Don’t groan, that’s not the theme today. Instead, this interview with Chantelle celebrates the creativity she, her fellow writers and mentees, child and adult, demonstrate in this anthology just published. Like me, she enjoys encouraging children’s writing and storytelling and links it with adults’ creativity too. As we emerge into a changed world, do enjoy this varied set of approaches and reactions.

Head over to discover more about the collection: When Lockdown Unlocks Writers Creativity  

Mary Smith visits the Islay, where she was born with her sister and apart from visiting beaches and other childhood haunts, she also met with old friends not seen for 60 years.. A wonderful place by the look of it and as always an entertaining post with great photos. Mary also shares her latest update on her cancer.

Thanks to Wee-sis, she and I finally made it to Islay together for the first time since we left the island in 1961. My last visit to the island where we were born was over twenty years ago although Wee-sis has been going more recently.

I spent the weeks before we went terrified I wouldn’t be able to go because cancer cells would suddenly multiply or my throat would stop working or something. In fact the worst that happened was a filling coming out (M&S salted caramel Florentines – delicious but not recommended if you have dodgy fillings). I was able to get an appointment to have a temporary filling put in.

The after our return I had an appointment to meet with the oncologist and tried, mostly successfully, to put it out of my mind and not dwell too much on the decision I knew I had to make sooner rather than later. I’ll do an update on that meeting in my next post. 

Head over to enjoy the reunion and the scenery: Islay and Cancer Update 42

Carol Taylor shares the posts from her week Environmental A-Z, Music …it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month in the US…not S.O.A.P but Water, Apple recipes and Music by Simon and Garfunkel… always informative and entertaining..

My Environmental A-Z, Music …it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month in the US…not S.O.A.P but Water, Apple recipes and Music by Simon and Garfunkel…

Halloween is here…witches, ghosts and ghouls galore were out and about last night…The month of November is nearly here…only 55 sleeps until Christmas and boy will that time just fly…time to think about making the Christmas pudding and cake…

30th October some reasons why this day matters in rock history…- In 1971, John Lennon’s Imagine was the No. 1 album in the U.S.

In 1998, all four members of Black Sabbath reunited to play “Paranoid” on The Late Show with David Letterman. 

Head over to enjoy the week’s recap from Carol in full: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 24th-30th October 2021…Environmental A-Z, Apple Recipes, Music and Water……

Pete Springer shares his peeves as a reader…including implausible characters and iffy endings and a few more inbetween.. head over to add your thoughts.

My Pet Peeves as a Reader 

Photo Credit to Alexas Fotos on Pexels

We probably all have habits that our loved ones tolerate and overlook. I’m aware of a few of mine that my wife endures. I suddenly have acquired a taste for sunflower seeds for some reason. I don’t have any explanation of how I developed this fetish. Other than breaking them out at the occasional baseball game, I’ve never had much interest before. I’ve noticed that I reach for the sunflower seeds lately when I’m writing. Since I’m typing more than I ever have, I’m going through a lot of bags. 

Discover Pete’s pet peeves and leave your thoughts: Pet peeves as a reader


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


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 19th October 2021 – #StudentAchievements Robbie Cheadle, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Editing Paula Readman, #Vancouver #Art Rebecca Budd

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

The first post is part of the series by Robbie Cheadle, hosted by Kaye Lynne Booth, which shares methods that encourage children to read more. In this post a recognition of her own son Gregory’s achievements as he leaves school and the important role teachers played in his success.

Growing Bookworms – The importance of teachers

The schools in South Africa are racing towards the end of a year fraught with lockdowns, illness and death. My sons have been on-line for long periods twice this year and many of the students have suffered the losses of friends, parents, grandparents, and other important people in their lives. Seeing how happy my sons are to be back at school and watching them forge ahead with their school work as their teachers valiantly try to reteach material and principles that were taught on-line and which the boys have failed to grasp properly, makes me feel more appreciative of their teachers than ever.

Gregory finishes school today. It is his last day of a 14-year journey and it is all rather emotional for the boys and teachers. His preliminary examinations went very well and he achieved an average of 92% for all 7 of this subjects including AP maths. This is partly due to hard work on Gregory’s part, but a lot of credit must go to his excellent teachers who really went all out to help the boys achieve the best they could. Greg attended on-line and in personal tutorials and extra sessions to prepare for his exams and some of them were over weekends during his teachers personal time.


Head over to read the rest of this excellent post on both students and teachers who have supported them particularly in the last 18 months: Growing Bookworms – The importance of teachers

If you missed Carol Taylor​’s posts last week, here is her round up which includes her informative environmental posts.. vegan BBQ , Jackfruit and Pulled Pork, The Earthshot Prize.. Smog and World Food Day.. head over to enjoy.

My Environmental A-Z, Music …in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…Pulled Pork, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Chilli Con Carne, The Earthshot Prize and World Food Day

Time is marching on and I am hearing little murmurings about Christmas…sigh…we are only just in October and we haven’t had Halloween yet…I mean Santa says it’s 69 sleeps…It is though nearly time to make those cakes and puddings if they are to be matured, marzipanned and iced by Christmas…

Did you know that in October…?

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you should have or should be planting those Spring Bulbs…I absolutely adore seeing the spring flowers… the first snowdrops, the beautiful narcissi and my favourite the bluebells which come a tad later than the daffodils…but first we have to enjoy the beautiful colour changes of the Fall in the Northern Hemisphere…Those colours are glorious…the beautiful Marigold which is Octobers flowers compliments the autumn colour 

Head over to explore all the posts including music from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…October 10th-October 16th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Vegan BBQ Jackfruit, Pulled Pork, The Earthshot Prize,Smog and World Food Day…

Now Paula Readman shares her editing process to ensure a publish ready manuscript, including a very neat feature on Microsoft Word that enables you to hear your manuscript for that final polish.

The Magic of Editing

I love editing. For me as a writer, it’s where the magic of writing happens. It’s when your first rough draft becomes the story you really want to share with the world. We’re all under pressure to get the job done and move onto our next project, but taking some time out to focus on editing your book [short story, poem, play, etc,] will save you from a lot of heartache, if your work is rejected because it needs more editing.

Patience is the key to good editing. Taking your time to think about what you want your story to say to the reader. What’s at the heart of the piece. Are you showing enough, rather than telling. Are you immersing your reader into your plot. What will they remember most? Are your characters developed enough? Is the setting well-drawn? Will the story make them feel happy, sad, scared etc. Is there enough action to keep them turning the pages. These are some of the things you need to think about while editing. Make sure there isn’t any unnecessary description or long-winded dialogue which might kill the flow of the story.

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Head over to read this very helpful post: The Magic of Editing with Paula Readman

The final post today Rebecca Budd​ takes us on a wonderful visual and audio tour of the Walking Figures cast iron sculptures in Vancouver by Magdalena Abakanowicz from Poland.

Walking Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine.” Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Over the years, I have walked with the Walking Figures and felt the presence of the sculptor who created them – Magdalena Abakanowicz. Situated near the busy Vancouver street corner of Broadway and Cambie, surrounded by the noise of construction and progress, these 9-foot tall, monumental, headless cast iron figures challenge me to consider my place within a complex society.

Head over to listen to Rebecca’s guided tour and read the rest of the post: Walking Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz with Rebecca Budd


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – #Offer Marcia Meara, #Teaching Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Halloween John Howell.

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

The first post is from Marcia Meara with a great offer for books 1,2,3 in her Riverbend series.. all at 99c/77p until October 15th so you have a few days to get the books at this terrific price.

#Sale – #Riverbend eBooks 1, 2, and 3 – $.99/77p

Still celebrating my escape from the world of Breakthrough COVID. Thought I’d offer another sale for you guys, only this one is going to last through 10/15, or ten days. So, if you’ve been curious about life in this little Florida town, replete with all the weird folks who live there, now’s your chance to download these books for $.99 each, or under $3.00 for all three!

Swamp Ghosts – Riverbend Book 1

Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s able to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them.

Head over to read the blurb and reviews of all three books that are on offer: Sale Riverbend Books 1,2 and 3 until October 15th.

The next post is from Pete Springer who reflects on his life as a teacher and the changes in the five years since he retired to focus on his own wellbeing.

I’m Still a Teacher

Photo Credit to Sani Anas on Pexels

The other day it dawned on me that it’s already been five years since my wife and I retired. I taught 31 years in grades 2-6, and my wife was a preschool teacher and then became director of the same preschool. I’ve volunteered a few times each year at my old elementary school when my former colleagues needed a little extra help with something, but since Covid began, they haven’t called. I understand that; it’s a new world.

One of the reasons I liked teaching was I loved being around children. In a lot of ways, I’m still a big kid. I was that teacher who enjoyed running around with his class at PE time. When we played a game, more often than not, I was a part of things. It was one of the ways I bonded with my class. Having fun with my students? It was one of the things I looked forward to each day. A classroom is more than a place to learn academics. It’s a place to create a love for learning and teach life lessons.

Head over to read Pete’s story of life after retirement and how he is still a teacher: I’m Still a Teacher by Pete Springer

The next post is from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) and his her monthly Writer’s Links… as always jammed full of useful articles to make our job easier, more effective and safer…

Writer's Tips

Writer’s Tips October – #Memoir Writing, #Canva, #Scamalert, Createspace, Google, Blogging, and Free Promotion Offer 

Welcome to October edition of Writer’s Tips. In today’s post I’m sharing a new author scam alert, Seven S’s of writing Memoir, problems for authors who didn’t move their books themselves to Amazon, a tutorial on how to add video to Canva, marketing with Google, reusable block making on the Gutenberg editor, and two invitations where you can promote your books.

First one is a brand new author Scam Alert. Anne R. Allen keeps us abreast the latest scams and book steals. Today she shares the danger of Facebook, and advice on choosing an Editor who won’t scam.

Head over to Debby’s recommended writer’s links for October: Memoir Writing, #Canva, #Scamalert, Createspace, Google, Blogging, and Free Promotion Offer

Catch up with Carol Taylor and her week with the round up.. a welcome to October, Pumpkin soup, the culinary alphabet ‘P’, The Green Kitchen and all about shoes on the Saturday Snippets.

My Culinary A-Z, Music from Dido and Elvis…in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…From Carol’s Green Kitchen…Yeast Free Raisin Bread…

Welcome to the round-up of posts you might have missed this week on CarolCooks2…
Time is marching on we have now nearly two weeks into October…the month for Halloween Festivities… where the last of the summer sun for some of us is on the wane and where for others spring has sprung…Soups and salads are on the tables around the world…for some, the leaves are starting to turn into glorious shades of oranges and reds elsewhere the spring bulbs and beautiful flowers are unfurling their leaves and petals both showing how beautiful this world is in its changes of seasons…

Find out some facts about October and enjoy the other posts from Carol’s week: Music from Dido and Elvis…in the US it’s National Pumpkin and Apple month…From Carol’s Green Kitchen…Yeast Free Raisin Bread…

The final post today is from John Howell, who shares some great images of the preparations in his neighbourhood for Halloween..and breakfast is provided…

Views of the Neighborhood – A Taste of Halloween

Hello. Today we are going to go out and find a taste of Halloween. Some may say it’s too early, but I can tell you, Lakeway goes all out for Halloween, and to see it all, we will have to make a few trips.

We are being catered by Cafe No Se in Austin. Yes, they have catered to us before, but we all liked their simple menu and terrific food. We also have invited Fleetwood Mac to play.


  • avocado toast, soft boiled egg, crème fraîche, arugula, Aleppo carrots
  • smoked salmon bagel, salmon, hard-boiled egg, pickled onion, tomato, caper scallion cream cheese, everything bagel
  • lemon-ricotta hotcakes, apple-thyme chutney, pecan butter, maple syrup
    café scramble, roasted wild mushrooms, Fresno pepper, spinach, fresh ricotta, sourdough toast
  • sweet potato hash, two sunny eggs, crispy pork belly, kimchi, mustard greens, jalapeño, kale
  • cowboy breakfast, two sunny eggs, bacon, confit pork, borracho beans, tomato, roasted jalapeño, cilantro butter

Head over to enjoy the other Halloween preparations in John’s neck of the woods: Views of the Neighbourhood, a taste of Halloween


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

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday July 12th 2021 – #AncientStones Ailish Sinclair, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Writing #Children The Story Reading Ape

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

The first post is from author Ailish Sinclair and showcases her scenic part of Scotland and shares some ancient stone circles.

Aikey Brae, one of my favourite stone circles

Stone Circles, Henges, Hills and a Barrow

It’s no secret that I love stone circles and other old stony places. I visit them. A lot. I hug them. Quite a bit. And I write about them. Aikey Brae, above, is probably my absolute favourite. The circle in my books is loosely based on this one. I’ve blogged about it here in the snow and here after the trees were felled

Today I’m sharing some older photos of ancient sites that I’ve not used before, so they may not be too perfect, but I hope they capture the spirit of these special places.

Head over to discover these wonderful images and read the rest of the post: Stone Circles, Henges, Hills and a Barrow with Ailish Sinclair

The next post is from Carol Taylor with another amazing week of posts from National Fried Chicken Day, A-Z of environmental terms ‘K’, Peanut Butter fruit, Green Kitchen column over at my place, and Saturday Snippets.. Enjoy

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…No month ends on the same day of the week as July unless it is a leap year when January does so. Both Canada and the United States celebrate their Independence Days in July. Seven US presidents have died in July- that’s more than any other month…on a brighter note, the Anglo-Saxons had multiple names for the month of July, including Maed-monath and Hey-monath. Respectively, these translated into “the flowering of meadows” and “hay month.”

It was National Fried Chicken Day in the US last week and who doesn’t love the crunch of fried chicken… 

Head over to catch up with all of Carol’s posts from this last week: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 4th-10th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, Whimsy, Music,#Peanut Butter Fruit

The final post is for all budding children’s authors who are looking for some tips on how to create the perfect story. Guest post by Desiree Villena hosted by Chris, The Story Reading Ape.

Writing for children is an extremely rewarding type of creative writing, with little readers often being the most enthusiastic, inquisitive, and invested fans out there. The common misconception, however, that writing for children is somehow an easy feat (presumably due to the shorter length of children’s books, or the assumption that plots are “simpler”), is just that — a misconception. Publishing or self-publishing a children’s book shouldn’t ever be approached as an easy fix for someone looking to release a book. It’s just as demanding as writing for an older audience, but in different ways.

Head over to read the rest of the post: 5 Tips for Writing for children by Desiree Villena


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