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On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Photo credit WFTV 9 in Orlando, Fl

We are spending the winter in Florida. Before we left North Carolina we had some wet and chilly days so I was able to observe the type of outerwear being worn this year. This, along with some weight loss prompted me to purchase a lightweight but warm, quilted jacket at the an after Christmas sale. ( Everyone was wearing them) When I packed for Florida, I brought 4 outerwear items. 4… What was I thinking? When we lived in Florida full-time I never had 4. I would drool over sweaters in the stores but I already had one I liked so why spend the money?

This week brought some chilly temps as well as wind and gave me a chance to observe the Florida folks outerwear. I saw lots of sweatshirts and even dress length coats. Now non…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Judith Barrow, Jacquie Biggar and Daniel Kemp

From the lovely Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the first Cafe and Bookstore Update for the week.

The first author with a recent review for the prequel to her successful Howarth Family Trilogy A Hundred Tiny Threads is Judith Barrow.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his…

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The Other Side Of Hell

Hidden away memories locked up never to be seen.
Pain that’s been witnessed both agonising and obscene.
Conscience never heeded whilst acting in the name of right.
Lives that were taken in the shadows of the night.

Should you have ignored what was asked and turned aside?
Forgetting all the truths you told only remembering how you’d lied.
Your lies live in the darkness where death stands in wait,
To separate you from sanity altering the path to your fate.

There’s no time in eternity, there’s only the present you will find.
The future was but an illusion that painted rumours in the mind.
But remedies are forbidden inside this anguished cell,
For the nightmares that exist on the other side of hell.

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Beautifully simple

The Writers Desk

My youngest granddaughter (the one with the red hair in the photo) came bounding into my room to say hello. She is four years old and full of energy, and I mean full to the brim but she has a heart of gold and a smile that lights up the world. I had been having a tough day up to that point.

“Hi Nonni, I came to see you!” as she jumped up on my lap and gave me a kiss and a big hug. After she hugged and kissed me she looked at me and her little hand went immediately to my hair, which is red like hers. Of course, Maddie was born with that beautiful red hair, mine has been the same color red for over fifty years, but comes from a bottle. However, she doesn’t know that and proudly states that; “me and nonni have the same…

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Storia illustrata

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1-050Estamos solos porque no miramos a nuestro alrededor

Cada mañana, cuando abro la puerta de casa, viene una bandada de gorriones, saben que les voy a echar unas migas de pan y, ahora en invierno, lo agradecen. Ya nos conocemos, no concibo este campo sin ellos. Sé que actualmente están en peligro de extinción, más de veinticinco millones han desaparecido en los últimos años en nuestro país, según informan los ornitólogos.

La mañana está fría, es invierno, el sol se esconde, juega entre las nubes, nos da su luz, su calor. Los gorriones lo saben, buscan solanas en el tejado de placas onduladas de cemento y amianto, los veo desde mi ventana, toman el sol mientras pían y bailan dando esos pequeños saltos que alegran la monotonía del instante…

Y pensaba que estaba sola. Y no me hubiera dado cuenta si no miro. Y ellos están aquí, tan cerca, guardando…

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The Simple Truth

What call you love?
What call you life?
What is it you do that makes you-you?

Tell me your truth.
Tell me your lie.
But bring love to my life then let me die.

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Charlot King: The Cambridge Murder Mysteries, and Animal Tales

Auntiemwrites-Mystery Author M K Graff

Auntie M recently had a chance to interview Cambridge author Charlot King. She’ll tell readers about her two series, The Cambridge Murder Mysteries, and Animal Tales.

Auntie M: You write the Cambridge Murder Mystery series but just brought out a new series, Animal Tales, very different. What prompted the switch?

Charlot King: Stories pop into my head, and I write them. I reckon it’s more of an addition than a switch. I’m still writing a lot more Cambridge Murder Mysteries if I’m spared, as I enjoy writing them. But sometimes, it’s nice to try something different, and the two series could not be more different. I hope that those readers of the Cambridge Murder Mysteries who try the Animal Tales will enjoy them. I don’t have a long-term plan; the strongest story or character at the time gets my attention.

AM: The covers on both series are…

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Happy New Year!

Friendly Fairy Tales


To the extroverts,
at the party,
and the introverts,
on your own,
Happy New Year!

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