Me, Too: Sexual Harassment Before It Had a Name

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By Paula Moyer

Oprah Winfrey nailed it in her recent speech at the Golden Globe awards when she accepted her lifetime achievement award. Yes, we want a world where no one ever has to say, “Me, too” again. But we’re not there yet. In fact, we are so far from there that for a long time, these words from the poet Marge Piercy have captured the way these moments have landed in my heart and stayed:

A strong woman
is a mass of scar tissue that aches
when it rains and wounds that bleed
when you bump them and memories that get up
in the night and pace in boots to and fro.
— Marge Piercy, “For Strong Women”

So much has changed since 1975, the year I began graduate school at Oklahoma State University. This idyllic campus is the location of many of my “me, too” stories. Now…

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Why Is Writing A Book Blurb Harder Than Writing An Actual Book? Guest blog post from Lucy Brazier

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Lucy Brazier stops by to vent shed light on why writing a blurb for your book is such a hard task.

Here’s Lucy.

I’m not going to tell you that writing a book is easy; no one’s going to tell you that.

13131361_10154451168558455_2986224098739414197_o author Lucy Brazier of the PorterGirl series

Writing a book is time consuming, mentally and emotionally draining and plays havoc with all aspects of your normal life. But once it’s done – once those magic words ‘The End’ are typed after revision after revision, draft after draft – it feels like you have climbed an insurmountable peak and nothing can ever seem impossible ever again.

Until you come to write the blurb.

What Is The Blurb?

This is the wordy bit that goes on the back of the book and serves as a means to tempt potential readers to pick it up and turn to…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Gardening and Food Columns, Marital Advice and Lots of Music

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Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. The week has been frozen with high winds and even a sprinkling of snow on Wednesday. Thank goodness for the warmth to be found online on a daily basis.

Thanks to those of you who have responded to my request for blog sitters for my trip to see my sisters 15th – 21st of February.. There are some very interesting and entertaining posts already lined up but room for a few more if you are interested.

The William Price King Music Column Bono and U2

This week we feature some of the iconic hits from the 1980s including “Pride”, “I Will Follow” and “Gloria”.

Paul’s Gardening Column

Our writer in residence is not only a master storyteller but also is a very dab hand in the garden with an encyclopedic knowledge of exotic plants. Here…

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Smorgasbord – Sally’s Book Reviews – Lindisfarne: Project Renova Book Two by Terry Tyler

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This week I am reviewing Lindisfarne: Project Renova Book Two by Terry Tyler. I had read and reviewed the first book, Tipping Point, at the beginning of December, and enjoyed so much, wanted to read the sequel as soon as possible.

Here is the link to that review:

About Lindisfarne

‘You’re judging this by the standards of the old world. But that’s gone. We don’t live there any more.’

Six months after the viral outbreak, civilised society in the UK has broken down. Vicky and her group travel to the Northumbrian island of Lindisfarne, where they are welcomed by an existing community.

New relationships are formed, old ones renewed. The lucky survivors adapt, finding strength they didn’t know they possessed, but the honeymoon period does not last long. Some cannot accept that the rules have changed, and, for just a few, the opportunity to seize power is too…

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It is that time of year again – Smorgasbord Blog Sitters required – Part-time vacancy 15th – 20th February

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This is the photograph taken at my christening in April of 1953 along with my mother Mollie and my two sisters Sonia and Diana.

Apart from being sisters we also share another thing in common. We were all born in February and this year we have a couple of landmark birthdays.. I am 52 + VAT which is where I am staying!

Every year the three of us plan something special and as we all get a little older and as I have usually been living outside of the UK it is an important family reunion.  We have had some fun times, especially when my mother was still alive.

Last year I asked for your help in running my blog while I was away and it resulted in a wonderful array of posts on every conceivable subject from short stories to health and life related topics.

This year I am…

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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Vampyrie, Origin of the Vampire,” by Tina Frisco


Title: Vampyrie, Origin of the Vampire

Amazon Author Page: Tina Frisco

Publication Date: December 16, 2016

Formats: Paperback Kindle

Genres: Supernatural, Vampires, Werewolves & Shifters, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Suspense


“What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell?

Sir Michael…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sally’s Book Reviews – Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco

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Welcome to one of my own reviews for the books that reside in a very special place. My TBR is a treasure trove of books that I have bought or have received as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. I no longer wish for things to dust or to wear, and a book brings many hours of pleasure, several times over as they are never discarded.

This week I read Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire by Tina Frisco in print version. The book traveled a long way to reach me via California, Toronto, England and then to Ireland. A wonderful gift and all the more treasured for being signed by the author.

About Vampyrie: Origin of the Vampire

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with…

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