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
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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!
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…
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.