If Men Had Babies

Only Linda can come up with a post like this. Hysterical!!



Daddy loved going to doctors and taking medicines.  He walked through one morning as Mother’s friend mentioned she was seeing Dr Bert Mason, praising him to Mother. Upon hearing this recommendation of a doctor he had no experience of, his ears perked up.  Pondering Shirley’s recommendation as he went about his business, he did a total body assessment, trying to determine what imperfect body part might be most in need of attention.  Like most people over forty, at any time he could likely zero in on problem or two.  His knee was cranky, uncomfortable in foul weather.  Seasonal allergies were an ongoing problem.  Indigestion was a common visitor.  Maybe he should see Dr. Mason. He made a note to have mother call for an appointment when he got back in the house.

Two weeks later, they hurried in to the doctor’s office.  He settled in while Mother registered him.  They…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Bette A. Stevens

Another great line up from Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. ☺

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Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Welcome to this week’s Book Reading at the Cafe and my guest is award winning children’s author Bette A Stevens. I am sure that after reading the interview with Bette you will have plenty of our own questions to ask and please put them in the comments section of the post.

Inspired by nature and human nature, Bette A. Stevens is an author, retired teacher, wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, reading, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species

Bette Stevens’s children’s activity book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!, was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012.


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The Colour of Life – How the Stable was built in 1936 by Geoff Cronin

Another delightful story from “The Colour of Life” By: Geoff Cronin. Via Smorgasbord – Variety Is The Spice of Life.

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How the Stable Was Built

Mick and his wife Peg lived at the top of Failun (pronounced Falloon) hill, on the road which went from Hickey’s Cross in Rosduff to the Fairy Bush in Killea. They occupied a “labourer’s cottage” with a half acre at the back and the rent was ten pence per week.

Mick had injured his leg some years before and that leg was slightly shorter than the other one and he walked with the aid of a stick. Because of his disability, Mick was virtually unemployable, since the only work available in the area was of the labouring variety.

Over the years he had scraped together the price of a black ass – two pounds – and a trap, which went for thirty shillings at an executor’s sale, came his way the following year.

Thus equipped, Mick was able to earn a shilling or two…

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May be in another life…

The Daily Stroll

“They have spent their whole life in fulfilling our wishes but its hurting to fulfill their one. I loved you and will always but for this I can’t leave the ones who have told me what actually this selfless feeling is. I don’t want to be the best daughter but always wanted to be the good one. At some point, we tend to realize that some people can stay in our heart but not in our life. Somewhere the end was always known to us but we dare to write the start, the beginning. But forthem, foryou;I am going to smile like nothing is wrong, talk like everything is perfect and live it’s all a dream and will pretend like its not hurting. Though it hurts and every time more harder and harder. But it was the most beautiful feeling I ever encountered, the most beautiful…

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 24th March 2017 – Brigid Gallagher – Seumas Gallacher – Yecheilyah Ysrayl – Jeff B. Grant

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Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to today’s selection of blogs that I have enjoyed today and first is the post by Brigid Gallagher who took a road trip. Whilst the purpose of the drive was sadly for a funeral Brigid managed to visit the local area as well..

Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey.

Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone.

However, I decided I was going to enjoy the journey regardless, as it would take me past some spectacular scenery -through the village of Dunlewey, The Poison Glen, and the foot of Errigal Mountain, then on through Glenveagh National Park where I once tended The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle.

Enjoy the photographs and the rest…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Lucinda E. Clarke, Adele Marie Park, Sally Cronin and Bette A. Stevens

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Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore Author update and a quick note before I get started. Whilst I will be featuring reviews here for authors in the bookstore there is another opportunity to showcase your latest review in a new series that is open to all authors and also to reviewers of books.

Receiving reviews for our work is actually one of the key elements of our marketing efforts.  They make a difference and whilst it is important that those reviews are posted to Amazon I would also recommend that if you are a blogger you create a post to showcase your review too.

Here is the first in the series and my aim is not just to promote authors who have been reviewed but the work of the fantastic reviewers who assist our marketing efforts.


Now on with today’s update...

The first featured author today is Lucinda…

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To turn away or not – a poem

Wonderful poem by Robbie.

Robbie's inspiration


The beggar sat on the verge,

Looking old and stooped.

I saw the young jogger,

Circle back, making a loop.

A gift of life sustaining food,

What the jogger had in mind.

A look of pleasure crosses,

The beggar’s face, tired and lined.

Poverty surrounds us,

We greet it at every turn.

It seems to affront some,

Who kind actions do spurn.

Time has speed up,

The world is moving faster.

The global economic crisis,

Patched with a plaster.

The economy hasn’t healed,

If we peel the plaster away,

We know troubled times,

Certainly intend to stay.

We can’t solve the problem,

But we can play a small part.

By helping others whose lives,

Taste bitter and tart.

Follow Robbie Cheadle on:

Blogs: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/

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Time for some Laffs – Angels explained by children and out of the mouths of Babes

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Angels as explained by Children – Tina Friscohttps://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY  Children have a richer understanding of certain things than we do!

I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold. -Gregory, Age 5

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it. -Olive, Age 9

It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven. And then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes. -Matthew, Age 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else. -Mitchell, Age 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science. -Henry, Age 8

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows. -Jack, Age 6

Angels talk all the way…

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#Review – Nobody’s Son by Cathy Glass (@CathyGlassUK) @HarperNonFic @Jasmine_hl #fostercare

Check out this review of the book, Nobody’s Son, by Cathy Glass.

The Writing Garnet


Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows.

When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can’t he stay with his present carers for the last month? He’s already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he’ll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn’t coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy.

He settles easily and is very much looking forward to having a forever family of his own. The introductions and move to his adoptive family go well. But Alex is only with them for a week when problems begin. What happens next is both shocking and upsetting, and calls into question the whole adoption process.

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Book Promo – DOG BONE SOUP – ONLY 99c / 99p for a Limited Time

Just loaded “Dog Bone Soup” into my Kindle. Don’t miss this great opportunity offered for only $0.99 by a talented author Bette A. Stevens.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens– ONLY 99c / 99p from March 22nd through March 27th

True-to-life Americana

“DOG BONE SOUP is a fascinating literary study of poverty and family dysfunction in the 1950s  & 1960s. It is written in a fast-flowing, entertaining style that kept my turning pages, one after another.

“Despite the odds stacked against them, two brothers—Shawn Daniels and Willie—manage to survive, escaping the rants of a drunken abusive father and the hardships of rural life, cutting out on daily adventures and misadventures to the likes of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry. DOG BONE SOUP is about making the best of what you have. It’s a story about survival, struggle, and the human spirit—rising above it all. As with all great literature, it is underscored with life lessons particularly memorable to this generation…” –Frank Scozzari

Grab a copy today!


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