Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – A Celebration and Tramp’s Heartbreak by Sally Cronin

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some syllabic poetry and 99 word flash fiction from my collection Life’s Rich Tapesty…woven in words

A Celebration and Tramp’s Heartbreak

A Celebration
is a time
to celebrate
what has gone before
and what is yet to come.
As gold leaves drop from trees
and roses lose their petals
the natural world boosts defences
against the harsh winds and frosts of winter.
But, beneath frozen earth new life will stir
as Mother Nature prepares for spring
nurturing seeds and unborn young
as she has since time began.
Her wisdom is unmatched
even when humans
attempt to thwart
her efforts
to gift

Tramp’s Heartbreak

He had been walking in the lashing rain for hours. He contemplated the long straight road ahead known as tramp’s heartbreak and bowed his head in exhaustion.

Cars had ignored his raised thumb all day as they sped past. In the distance he heard a vehicle approaching and braced himself for icy spray. Instead the truck stopped.

‘Hey old timer, hop in’. The teenager smiled from the warmth of the cab.

The lad chatted away as he sat in grateful silence. His eyelids fluttered and he slept, leaving his fate to a boy with the heart of an angel.
©Sally Cronin 2022

One of the reviews for Life’s Rich Tapesty: Woven in Words

Annika VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and enriching read! Highly recommended! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2021

Thank goodness for the blogging challenges that inspired Sally Cronin’s Life’s Rich Tapestry Woven in Words. An enriching and engaging collection of verse, micro fiction and short stories, her work is mesmerising, always uplifting and often humorous. Throughout humanity and the spirits of humans (and some animals) is a beacon of hope for us all.

Sally’s poetry is enticing, thoughtful and soothing; they are written tightly within the framework of syllables for various formats such as haikus and tankas yet explore a vast range of topics encompassing the wonder of the seasons, recognising human frailties and celebrating the warmth of togetherness. She manages to take us on a journey from cave drawings to digital code across the universe, from the mystical of the ugly troll with his bewitching music in The Moonlight Concerto to the enchantment of Fairies!

As a writer, one poem – an ode to writing – particularly struck a chord with me:

The Freedom to write

The freedom
and time to create
written words
to be read
by those open to our thoughts

Sally Cronin is a master storyteller and I was immediately drawn into the lives of the characters in all her short stories. Her writing flows with ease and self-assurance within this diverse selection of short stories. I was moved by the reunion of siblings, impressed how a story told through the point of view of a polar bear both touched me and touched on environmental issues. The reason for a black sheep was raised in one story and had me smiling as did My Mouse, a clever play on words and a predicament experienced by most of us!

The superb stories in The Underdogs section had me in awe of the strength of the individual personalities of the dogs. Later, in For the Love of Lily, I was cheering on as eighty-year-old Millicent found her courage to stand up to her overbearing son with the help of her cat Lily and her kindly neighbour Eric. This was an excellent depiction of what I hope isn’t a scenario that takes place often.

The final longer pieces in the book are under the title of Speculative Fiction and these are all exceptional and shows Sally Cronin’s incredible imagination and ability in writing across all genres.

A moment of alignment is superlative and left me with goosebumps (of the happy variety!) as a child, following her death, manages to cross from the other world for the briefest of times on certain occasions to talk to her mother. Great Aunt Georgina left me tear-eyed and is a wonderful and powerful story partly told through the use of old letters; a deft use of an evocative writing technique. The Enhancement Project combines the tantalising hint of romance between a surgeon and her patient cyborg, all against the backdrop of the end of civilisation. It is a terrific blend of human and futuristic, of dark and light, love and destruction.

I can’t recommend Life’s Rich Tapestry Woven with Words highly enough and look forward to reading more of Sally Cronin’s books. 

Thank you for listening and if you would like to know more about my books and their reviews you can find them on my books page Sally’s Books and Reviews 2022


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Podcast – Turning Back the Clock – The Hormone Factor Part Two – by Sally Cronin

This health series based on my book Turning Back the Clock which was also a series on radio in 2005 in Spain on The Main Ingredient with Kelli Brett.

Unfortunately the original recording of this post from 2005 was not great audio so I am recording a new version for this post and the next two

Previous podcasts in the series

The Hormone Factor Part One by Sally Cronin

The pH Balance – by Sally Cronin and Kelli Brett

Turning Back the Clock – The Guidelines by Sally Cronin and Kelli Brett

About Turning Back the Clock

Living forever is not an option!

However, feeling younger and looking younger is an option available to all!

The maximum lifespan a human being can currently expect today is around 120 years. However, not many of us really want to be even 90 or 100 years old, if it means that we are going to end up filled with medication and tucked away in a corner in some nursing home, unaware of our surroundings.

Making healthy diet and lifestyle choices as early as possible will help you get as near as possible to your maximum age whilst enjoying good physical and mental vitality. In my latest book I not only take a look at the physical aspects of aging but also the mental and emotional issues that we should address earlier rather than later.

This post covers the second part of the hormone factor and its impact on aging.

Last time I talked about cholesterol and how important it is for the body… and also how to create the perfect environment for your hormones.. Having established that the health of the brain is directly linked to maintaining a healthy hormone balance, I am continuing this week with more nutrients the brain needs to function effectively.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the podcast. Next time maintaining a healthy hormone balance Part Three and the foods that provide the nutrients the brain needs to be healthy. As always your feedback is very welcome.. Sally.

You can listen to more podcasts on Sally Cronin on Soundcloud

Amazon: Amazon US – Amazon UK: Amazon UK – More reviews : Goodreads

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published in July 2021

More details on my books and reviews: Sally’s books and reviews 2021

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Podcast – Book Marketing and PR for authors – Branding your Blog or your Writing by Sally Cronin

Book Marketing and PR for authors – Branding your Blog or your Writing

Last time I suggested that you make sure that your blog is easy to navigate and there are pages dedicated to who you are as an author, what a reader can find on your blog, a book page including reviews and buy links and menus for the main categories on your blog.

Today I am going to talk about ‘branding’.

Thanks for listening and next week more reasons to ‘brand’ your blog and books

Thanks for dropping in and your comments are very welcome. You can listen to more podcasts on Sally Cronin on Soundcloud

Delighted to promote authors for FREE please see for details: Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore

And the new: Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room

I am an author too and here are my current books available on Amazon, and Smashwords. I have also included some of the reviews for the books on Amazon and by bloggers. The icing on the cake..

Amazon: Amazon US – Amazon UK: Amazon UK – More reviews : Goodreads

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published on July 19th 2021

More details on my books and reviews: Sally’s books and reviews 2021