God’s Distribution of Luck

This happened just over a year ago and I can’t remember it!

Daniel Kemp

I came out of a hospital yesterday having had a catheter and stent finally removed after, in the case of the stent—seven weeks. I was unlucky in some ways with the operation I’d had, but lucky in others and it’s this thing called luck I wanted to write about.

A bed in a ward was available for me at four in the afternoon last Wednesday, which meant I’d waited only two hours. However, half of that waiting time was my fault. The letter I’d received clearly said–arrive at three! Being early has been a general fault of mine, one I’ve lived with for all the years I’ve been responsible for.

The ward was designed for six patients but held only three, two against one wall and me on my own against the other. It took no time at all to become acquainted with the other two and it’s the one…

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The Small Dog on Ageing…

A beautiful poem

The Small Dog

She fell on her face and she looked none too happy…

And recently she seems to feel pretty crappy…

Most mornings, I hear her, when rising from bed,

And where once she’d be singing, she’s groaning instead.


Now me, I can sympathise, getting no younger,

I still want my walks but without the same hunger,

I still need my ball and my toys and to play…

But these days, I’m happy to sleep half the day.


We’re ageing together, my two-legs and me,

Where I can still run, she’s slowed up mightily,

I’ll still make a run for a half-open gate,

The only thing she’s heading fast for is ‘late’.


But while we’re both here, we’ll believe in forever,

In loving and living and laughing together,

For one thing that never grows old is the heart

And once filled with love no two hearts ever part.

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Desert Reflected~

Some beautiful places

In a topsy-turvy world,

that spins,

like a ball,

in space,

plants grow upside down,

and fish swim in trees.

Cheers to you,

from a pond’s point of view~

These photos were taken over the years in California, at Borrego Springs State Park, The Annenberg Gardens in Palm Springs, and Death Valley National Park. (Note: Image three is posted upside down, while image four is right-side up!)

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Throwing THE BABY Out With The Bathwater – Has That EVER Happened in Your House? Brighton’s REGENCY HOUSEKEEPER offers advice..

What do you think?


In an unprecedented step this week Mrs Finnegan – the Celebrated Authority on MOST THINGS and housekeeper atThe Regency Town Houseis SEEKING advice as well as handing it OUT

A solid and dependable young girl helps me look after my baby. She is most excellent at laundering and ironing the child’s linen However, she takes a very literal view of life. Awhile ago she left my baby by the outside drain because she heard the servants talking about throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Fortunately no harm was done.
Mrs Finnegan, do you feel this is just an uninformed mind which may improve with education or an innocent in the ways of the world? In short, should I persevere with her?
Concerned Mother and Employer, Church Road, Brighton

CONCERNED? She threw your baby OUT!!
Forgive me, Madam, but you have failed to recognise that your maid failed…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – February 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Flying first class and Shakespeare insults

An Open Mic Session on SMORGASBORD LAUGHTER LINES with Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Author Daniel Kempentertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp  .. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

And finally…..

A man has two of the best tickets for the FA Cup Final.

As he sits down, another chap comes along and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.

“No”………, he says,………….. “the seat is empty.”

“This is incredible!” he said, “who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the FA Cup Final,…………..the biggest sporting event of the year,……………….. and not use it?”

“Well, actually, the seat belongs to me”…. he replied……………………….” My wife was supposed to come with me ….. but she has passed away. This is the first Cup Final we haven’t been to together since we got married.”

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Author Spotlight: Sally Cronin

A wonderful interview of a wonderful lady

Reade and Write

I’m thrilled to host Sally Cronin this week on Reade and Write. Sally is the author of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and an incredible wealth of blog posts where you can read about topics ranging from healthy eating to holiday customs to music and travel. She is also a tireless promoter of other authors’ works and is beloved in the blogging and writing communities.

She’s here today to discuss her latest release, Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. If you read my Reading Round-Up two posts ago, you know how much I enjoyed the book. If you didn’t or if you need a refresher, click here to see my review.

Welcome, Sally!

Thanks very much Amy for inviting me over today and appreciate your support in getting my new collection of stories promoted.

The pleasure is mine, Sally.

When I read your…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – February 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp

Another appearance on the Open Mic Show at the Smorgasbord Laughter Lines show.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Author Daniel Kempentertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp  .. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.


A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript so the new monk goes to the old abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, “we have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.” He…

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A Visit from Roberta Eaton Cheadle & a Ghost!

It made me shiver!

Teagan's Books

Monday, February 1, 2021 

Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Image tomfoolery by Teagan)Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Image tomfoolery by Teagan)

When I was a little girl, there were a few times when a group of kids would gather in the garage part of my parent’s modest home, because they liked the games I made up. One boy had the brilliant idea that we should take turns telling ghost stories. So, we turned out the light and got a flashlight to shine up onto the face of the storyteller. 

This boy kicked it off with a story about a casket that roamed around. Everyone would squeal when he announced how many miles away the casket was. That was the extent of the story. When it got there, we were supposed to be terrified.  (Of course my parents were quick to put a stop to those shenanigans, but it was great while it lasted.)

I think the adult version of that…

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BOTH KINDLES—in the Heirs and Descendants Series (THE DESOLATE GARDEN and PERCY CROW) ARE FREE until 2nd February

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – January 28th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Spiders and Gravestones

Have another laugh at The Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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Welcome to laughter lines with some fun from around the web from Debby Gies and a joke or two to make you smile from Sally.

If you have not discovered the non-fiction books by D.G. Kaye: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK    BlogD.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads –  Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s column here on Smorgasbord D.G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships 2020

Now something from Sally’s Archives

There are some fascinating things on old tombstones . . .

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York Born 1903–Died 1942 Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.

In a Thurmont, Maryland cemetery: Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up and no place to go.

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:

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