May be in another life…

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“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.

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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 Frisco  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.

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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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William Price King meets some Legends – Bruce Springsteen – The 1980s

Wonderful post!!

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Welcome to this week’s post on the legend that is The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. There are few of us in our 50s and 60s who do not know his music and in particularly the iconic songs such as Born in the USA and Dancing in the Dark.  This week William Price King takes us through the 1980s and the success that it brought for Bruce Springsteen after a frustrating start to his career.

Bruce Springsteen was seen as the advocate for the hard working Americans who also gave up their lives to fight for freedom. This was reinforced with his double album The Riverwhich was released in 1980. It was an eclectic mix of rock and roll and ballads that were delivered with intensity and emotion. It was also an album that hinted at the direction that Bruce Springsteen was headed both intellectually and musically.

The album…

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The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Take a step back in history and visit the lifestyle of an era long gone.

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Source: The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

The first six chapters of The Colour of Life – stories from Waterford, Ireland in the the 1930s and 1940s

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Smorgasbord Short Stories – The Soldier by Sally Cronin

This wonderful short story by Sally Cronin will give you chills down your spine.

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The Soldier by Sally Cronin

Norman carried his plate carefully across to the gingham covered table under the window, setting it down next to his cup of tea that had been as carefully transported a few minutes before. He could not walk without his stick and had to adapt his routine to fit around this inconvenience. He steadied himself on the back of the wooden chair and deposited his walking aid up against the window sill. He turned himself around and sat down heavily with a sigh of relief.

He assaulted the still steaming cup of tea with four spoons of sugar and smiled wryly at the silence that accompanied this act of rebellion. If Ruby had been sitting opposite him there would have been hell to pay. He closed his eyes and willed the disobedient tear to cease its descent down his cheek. He sniffed and reached for the…

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