Post from your Archives – How are you spending your most valuable time on #Social Media by D.G. Kaye

A well-penned post, and very informative. Thank you for sharing, Debby. Hugs.xo

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Delighted that Debby Gies, author D.G. Kaye has sent me some links to share over the next four weeks (or more) from her archives.

We all have posts that we wrote a year or so ago, or even longer, that are not read as much these days, as new posts take up your readers time.

However, why not share them over here to my readers?

Not only is this a chance to showcase your posts, but also your blog and books. Start off by sending me four links to the posts you would like to see given another boost and if you like the experience you can always send me more –

In this post Debby Gies clearly lays out the social media platforms that can help you establish a presence online… that big break into the bestselling market or even a film deal… You will be searched…

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Finally, I am back online. I want to say thank you to all my followers. It has been a horror. But, we are all fine and I now have access to the internet again. Of course, I have over 4000 emails to go through, it will take me a few days but I will get to all of them eventually. It’s good to be back and I missed all of you. xoxo

Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – School Housekeeper/Caterer hosted by Robbie Cheadle.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I was delighted to be the guest of  on Monday with the latest episode of my Odd Jobs and Characters with the background to my book Just an Odd Job Girl.. This week I accept the post of housekeeper/caterer at a boarding school and find myself cooking 3000 meals a week.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Housekeeper/Caterer- Feeding the 5000 or so it seemed! by Sally Cronin

After a few unsuccessful attempts to keep our marriage together, my first husband and I finally split up. All our furniture and belongings were in storage, as our accommodation at the pub we ran was fully equipped. I headed off with two suitcases into a B&B for a few weeks and took some temporary jobs, as I looked for something more permanent. At the beginning of December, and now almost broke, I applied for the position of Housekeeper/Caterer at a public school in…

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This is just a quick post to let all of my wonderful followers know that I will be off line for a few days. Living in South Florida (Broward County) is wonderful, except when hurricanes decide to rear their ugly heads. We will be heading to my daughters home after we batten down the hatches here. If we lose electricity, and we probably will, it will be safer for us to be at our daughter’s home. They have a generator and it will make it more comfortable for us to be with family at this time. Please keep all in Irma’s path in your prayers. We are hoping that she turns north and goes out to sea, but according to the weather forecasters current reports, that’s not likely.

Thank you for all your support and I hope to be back soon.

I will sign off for now, this is Patricia from The Writers Desk. God help us.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday September 5th 2017 – Lizzie Chantree, Debby Gies, Olga Nunez Miret, The Story Reading Ape/Diana Wallace Peach

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the daily round-up of some of the posts that I have enjoyed. The Blogger Daily came about because I was aware that I was re-blogging a great deal. And I do want to remind you not to sign up for notifications for my posts as your email box will be inundated. You can opt for a weekly reminder, but every Sunday there is the round up post that gives you the links as an option.

Today – please put the link to your most recent post in the comments so that those who might have missed it can head over and read.. you never know you might end up with some interesting connections with new people.

The first post today is on a subject close to my heart. It does not take much to make me cry…books, movies, onions!  However, Lizzie Chantree shares the good news about the…

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Smorgasbord End of Party Playlist – Ritu Bhathal, Victoria Zigler, Beetly Pete, Patricia Salamone and Marsha Ingrao

Tireless Sally Cronin gives us another wonderful post.

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I was so pleased with the response to the party and those who took part in the quiz and left their links. I did manage to feature some of the requests but there was simply not enough time to include everyone… So… I will be sharing those guests and their links and music choices in the Blogger Daily slot for the rest of the week.

Here was the Quiz…

  • Which is your favourite recording artist or band
  • Pizza or Pasta
  • Favourite Film
  • Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive

Yesterday I featured a pasta dish for those of you who selected it as your preference.

Today… a recipe for pizza – from Simon Brookes of the Clay Oven blog here on WordPress.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that pizza cooked in a fiercely hot clay oven is the best you will ever taste. Why are…

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A Tuesday in Late Summer




Schools are closed today due to a tropical storm.  I got up early anyway.  It was raining  at daybreak, as it is now.  Lamps will stay on all day at the rabbit patch.  Still, I did not find the early service gloomy, in the least.  I do not mind a housebound day.  Instead, I felt grateful for shelter.  The storm did not seem threatening at the “high and dry” rabbit patch, but I knew the city streets were flooded enough to stop the school buses.  

I put a pot of navy beans on and found an old black and white movie to watch.  Mrs. Miniver, has always been a favorite of mine.  During an intermission, I wrote a poem bidding farewell to the summer.  Kyle, being a landscaper, is home today-Christian too, so this makes for a cozy affair at the old farmhouse. . .and so I…

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Looking At The Moon And Thinking Of One Far Away by Chang Chiu-ling (Zhang Jialing)

Touching, and beautiful.

Leonard Durso

The moon, grown full now over the sea,
Brightening the whole of heaven,
Brings to separated hearts
The long thoughtfulness of night. . .
It is no darker though I blow out the candle.
It is no warmer though I put on my coat.
So I leave my message with the moon
And turn to my bed, hoping for dreams.

translated by Witter Bynner & Kiang Kang-hu

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Food in the News- Coconut Oil – 50 best uses by Charlie Pulsipher of Sun Warrior

An interesting and informative post.

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Smorgasbord Health 2017

I have been drinking coconut water now for two years. There is a lot of fans out there and there are certain medical sites who agree with some of the claims, but rubbish the rest. Here is what I believe after drinking over this extended period.  I buy Innocent which is about the best I have found in taste and I buy from Tesco where they often to two for about 25% off.

I find it is usually more expensive in the health food shops and certainly it is not economical to buy the small cartons.  I don’t buy the ones that are flavoured or have other additives.  As an alternative to fizzy drinks it has less sugar and you can also dilute with water 50/50 so that you can drink it all day if you are out of working in a warmer environment.

I drink a glass first thing…

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The Other Dark

A wonderful story how one man found his way out of depression.

A Love of Writing


It’s been nearly two weeks since my life as I’ve known it, changed forever. As I sit here writing, I now realize this will be my last journal entry. Sunset is only a few short hours away, and I’ve made my decision. I know it’s the only way, I will finally find peace. Before continuing, I think I need to tell you a little about myself, so you fully understand the path I’m slowly, and inexorably being drawn toward.

I’m a large man – both strong, and self-assured. The type of man, women move closer to at isolated bus stops, crowded elevators, and late-night subway rides. It’s not because I’m exceptionally handsome, or even particularly interesting. I think they sense, I’m someone who lives his life by specific, and uncompromising rules of behavior. A man who has seen and understands evil, and will not tolerate it in his presence. Sometimes…

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