Guest Author: Sally Cronin: The Sewing Gene

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
It is lovely to have Sally Cronin as my guest today to bring back memories. As I have, like my grandmother, always ‘sewn with burnt thread’ as the saying goes, my dressmaking skills are minimal… although I always loved embroidery which I learned from my great grandmother. Thanks Sue for your kind invitation to share some family history and also news of my latest collection of stories. The Sewing Gene My Grandmother – Georgina They say that certain talents run in families, and whilst perhaps not genetically passed on through the generations,… Continue reading Guest Author: Sally Cronin: The Sewing Gene

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Fantasy Reads – New Release – Jan Sikes – Reviews – Fiona Tarr, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Adele Marie Park, Deborah Jay

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Welcome to the Christmas Book Fair where I will be featuring all the authors currently on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore. Today I am sharing books which all have elements of fantasy at the heart of their stories. Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Jan Sikes three days ago Ghostly Interference (The White Rune Series) About the book Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe… Continue reading Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Fantasy Reads – New Release – Jan Sikes – Reviews – Fiona Tarr, Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Adele Marie Park, Deborah Jay

New Book Release – #Shortstories – Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
I wasn’t sure if I would make it before Christmas, but thanks to David who pulled out all the stops as always, my new short story collection, with a sprinkling of poetry is now available. About the collection Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet is a collection of short stories with scattered poetry, reflecting the complexities of life, love and loss. The stories in the collection dip into the lives of men and women who are faced with an ‘event’ that is challenging and in some cases life changing.… Continue reading New Book Release – #Shortstories – Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin

#A Christmas Special… #A Vegetarian Christmas Menu…

Originally posted on Retired? No one told me!:
There is a definite trend towards more plant-based recipes and this time of year with cranberries and other delicious fruits/vegetables some of them are just awesome and so tasty…I hope you find something that will tickle your taste buds …Merry Christmas xxx Welcome to a Christmas menu with vegetarians in mind and I have tried to think of tasty dishes that as dare I say it a carnivore I would eat… In fact, I eat both because as long as a meal is tasty then that is what matters and I love… Continue reading #A Christmas Special… #A Vegetarian Christmas Menu…

The City and the Stars (5) – Structure 10: pyramid

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
The more the Orkney archeologists uncover, the more it is certain that the settlement on the Ness of Brodgar was the hub of a dynamically influential and spiritual society, 5000 years ago… For example, what’s this pyramid…. yes, that’s right, pyramid? (1700 words, a fifteen-minute read) (Above: Illustration of Structure 10 by Kenny Arne Lang Antonsen and Jimmy John Antonsen) That can’t be right, I thought, looking at the image, again… Three thousand years BC… Five thousand years ago. That’s a long time, I mused. But I knew that Orkney was ancient, and that… Continue reading The City and the Stars (5) – Structure 10: pyramid

Why Is Climate Change Prevention So Important?

Originally posted on Addicted To Living:
(image source: https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/environmental-justice-and-climate-as-a-winning-political-strategy-da1460045fec ) To further describe the featured image… Burning fossil fuels has caused temperatures to increase throughout recent years. As this happens, small communities or minority communities tend to receive negative health… Continue reading Why Is Climate Change Prevention So Important?

The City and the Stars (4) – The Ring of Brodgar

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
You turn to take in the landscape… This magnificent place, where the natural features are as spectacular as the Neolithic discoveries, lies between two lochs surrounded by a natural amphitheatre. You are encircled by the hills and the monuments that make up the heart of Orkney’s Neolithic World Heritage Site. Welcome to the Ring of Brodgar, in the valley of the stars… (1500 words, a twelve-minute read) The Ring of Brodgar lies on the isthmus between the Lochs of Harray and Stenness. It is one of the best stone circles in the world and… Continue reading The City and the Stars (4) – The Ring of Brodgar

Smorgasbord Short Stories – Life’s Rich Tapestry – #Cats For the Love of Lily by Sally Cronin

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
I have a new collection of poetry and short stories coming out later in the year, and as Life’s Rich Tapestry is now one year old, I thought I would share some stories from the collection over the next few weeks. For the Love of Lily Millicent Smith sat with her cat Lily on her lap and stared out of her living room window out on the quiet street. Automatically, her fingers gently moved to rub the inside of one of Lily’s velvety ears, eliciting a purr of contentment from her companion. This was… Continue reading Smorgasbord Short Stories – Life’s Rich Tapestry – #Cats For the Love of Lily by Sally Cronin

Ani’s Advent 2020! Who wants to come and play?

Originally posted on The Small Dog:
What with covid, lockdowns and everything else that has gone on this year…we don’t know what we will be able to do about Christmas or however else we celebrate the midwinter. One thing we can do is have a countdown and a PARTY… socially distanced, of course! So I will be running my Advent Calendar again this year… Starting on December 1st, I would like to post a guest post every day from one of my friends. You can have fur, feathers or scales, two legs, four or none… all are welcome! Even humans…… Continue reading Ani’s Advent 2020! Who wants to come and play?