Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – 3rd April 2022 – #Spotlight Sharon Marchisello/ Marie Sinadjin, #Refugees John Howell, #Writers Gwen Plano, #Countrymusic Jan Sikes, #Peekytoecrab New Vintage Kitchen

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

Sharon Marchisello was in the spotlight this week as a guest of Marie Sinadjan chatting about her books, publishing and background…

Head over to enjoy the interview with host Marie Sinadjin: Author Spotlight Sharon Marchisello

John Howell celebrates good people who are doing all they can to help refugees from the Ukraine with support, essential supplies and transport.

Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF Fri Yay/Good News

Today’s story comes from the Good News Network. Here it is in its entirety.

Strangers are Leaving Strollers, Diapers, and Toys at the Border for Ukrainian Refugee Moms

Photo courtesy of GMA

An image recently shared around social media of empty strollers on a Polish rail border crossing has inspired a mountain of donations for Ukrainian refugees.

Now at Przemyśl Station, women, children, and infants fleeing the war are being greeted by mountains of clothes, stuffed animals, strollers, diapers, and more after they step off the train.

ABC reports that the number of spare carriers and strollers from Polish mothers have been particularly inspiring, with many donators leaving handwritten notes behind, with words of support. 

Head over to read more about this wonderfully generous gesture from the Polish people: John Howell… Good News

Now Gwen Plano, writing for Story Empire, explores the reasons why we write.

Why Do Writers Write? by Gwen Plano

Hello SE friends, Gwen with you today to explore the question, “Why do writers write?” To begin I will share a quote that stirred my thoughts about this topic.

On December 5, 1976, the New York Times published an article by author Joan Didion. In it, Didion described why she writes. I only became aware of her article a couple of weeks ago, but here’s the section that caught my attention:

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. Why did the oil refineries around the Carquinez Straits seem sinister to me in the summer of 1956? Why have the night lights in the Bevatron (particle accelerator) burned in my mind for twenty years? What is going on in these pictures in my mind?”

When I read this article, I was left with questions about why I write and then realized that my approach is similar to Didion’s. I’ve always asked a lot of questions and struggled to understand, and often writing leads to answers. I’ll explain.

Head over to read Gwen’s thoughts on why we write: Why to we Write? Gwen Plano on Story Empire

Next Jan Sikes catches us up with her week which involved manning the VIP gate at one of her favourite music festivals, catching up with friends and enjoying great music, plus some great news about two of her books.

Me and Potpourri

Sounds like a book title, right?

I absolutely love promoting others on my blog and it’s been a very long time since I posted anything about ME. 🙂 So here goes, and a little fun music as well.

Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to deliver copies of my two latest books to the Coleman Public Library. It’s always a great feeling to know your books are sitting on a library shelf.  

Head over to enjoy catching up with Jan and some country music fun: Jan Sikes Me and Potpourri

And to end the week a wonderful recipe from Dorothy Grover-Read of the New Vintage Kitchen

New England seafood favorites, sole and a sweet Maine crab.

Nubble light house, York, Maine. We try to visit every year!

We finally got out of town! A few days at the sea shore, and we are refreshed and ready for spring. It felt like winter when we left, a driving icy rain that turned to sleet now and then, lots of fog, and winter shoes. After arriving at the hotel, a swim and an amazing dinner, we retired looking forward to a day of sunshine, and we were indeed rewarded.
Enjoying the seaside

Yes, we walked the beach, looked for shells, visited the Nubble lighthouse, did a little casual shopping, and had our lobsters, lobster rolls, and fried clams. Dinners were delightful, with the best of Maine seafood, starting with a great selection of local oysters which we greedily consumed before remembering to snap a picture!

Peekytoe crab 

Head over to get the recipe for this delicious seafood dish from New Vintage Kitchen:Peekytoe crab stuffed sole


Head over to enjoy all these amazing posts… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – March 6th 2022 – #Egypt Rebecca Budd, #Reviews D.Wallace Peach, #Africa Robbie Cheadle, #Spotlight Marcia Meara, #Writers Gwen Plano, #Brazil Carol Taylor

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed during the last week and I hope you will head over to read in full. Thanks Sally.

In the first post Rebecca Budd shares the wonders of Egypt in the Thursday Doors blog theme, in celebration of the day 99 years ago when the Tomb of Tutankhamen was seen for the first time in all its glory.

Ancient Doors of Egypt: Yesterday, 99 years ago, a Door was opened into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.

The Lush Nile Delta ( Rebecca Budd Archives December 2, 2007)

“As my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment – an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by – I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, ‘Can you see anything?’ it was all I could do to get out the words, ‘Yes, wonderful things.” Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamen

Head over to discover more about this intriguing find that still holds mysteries to the present day: Clanmother Ancient Doors of Egypt

The next post is the round up of book reviews by Diana Wallace Peach during February. Always interesting to follow Diana’s recommendations. This month Alex Craigie, Jacquie Biggar, Shehanne Moore and S.D. Brown.

It’s the end of February, and due to a productive month of writing, I only have 4 books to share. But all are 5-star reads including a psychological thriller, a romance/thriller mash-up, a madcap time travel romance, and a cozy mystery.

I’ve started something new, and at the end of each review noting it a book is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Head over to read the reviews : Myths of the Mirror February Book Reviews

The next post is from Robbie Cheadle and is a combination of Thursday Door and Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday poetry challenge.. and shares Robbie’s recent family holiday… and there are lions and elephants….

Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Game park, and Colleen’s Poetry Challenge, Bold lover

Image ©Robbie Cheadle 2022

The theme for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge is Transitions an it perfectly suited my poem: Bold lover that I wrote during our recent mini road trip. I decided to post this poem for both Colleen’s challenge and Dan’s Thursday Doors prompt and share some of my pictures from this trip. 

Head over to enjoy the poem and the images from Robbie’s family holiday: Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Game park, and Colleen’s Poetry Challenge, Bold lover

Next Marcia Meara and her family of characters went ‘out and about’ to the blog of Marie Sinadjan to chat about her books and her publishing journey.

I hope you’re enjoying our #FebruarySheWrote series of author spotlights, friends! But while we might be nearing the end of February, we’re far from saying goodbye. Today our guest is the wonderful Marcia Meara, who has some very inspiring things to tell us! 🥰

Marcia lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years and four big cats. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Marie Sinadjan

Head over to Marie’s and enjoy finding out more about Marcia’s publishing journey: Marie Sinadjan and Marcia Meara

The next post is from Gwen Plano writing on Story Empire and exploring writers and their health, particularly during and after this last two years of Covid and sharing some strategies she used to remain focused.

Writers and Health

Image from Canva

Hello Story Empire friends, Gwen with you today. I’ve an unusual topic to share, something personal to each of us – our health. With all that is going on in our world, I thought it might be a good time to consider this topic.

For many of us, 2021 was a year of challenges and if the first two months of 2022 are predictive, then we’ve more hurdles ahead of us. Unfortunately, sometimes those hurdles involve our well-being. Allow me to digress a little.

In December, my sister sent me a novel situated in the early 1900s. The backdrop of the story was the Spanish Flu and the Great Depression.

Head over to read the rest of Gwen’s post: Story Empire – Gwen Plano – Writers and Health

In the final post Carol Taylor explores the exotic influences that create the cuisine of Brazil, an infusion of neighbouring countries cultures and their own traditional foods and methods of cooking.

CarolCooks2…A-Z World Cuisines…Part 6…Brazil…

Brazil is located in South America. It is the largest country in the southern hemisphere. Brazil is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east; French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia to the north; Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina to the west; and Uruguay to the south.

Traditional Brazilian food is delicious, colourful, diverse, and exciting. Because Brazil is such a melting pot of colours and customs, its cuisine varies from one region to another, reflecting the country’s diverse backgrounds and vast territory.

Head over to discover more about the cuisine of Brazil: Carol Taylor – A-Z World Cuisine – Brazil.


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