Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Weekly Round Up – Social Media Shenanigans, Spring Flowers, Mexican Getaways, Italian Food, music, humour and Fabulous Guests

I love Sally Cronin’s blog… Please pay attention to the information about Facebook changes to posting. Also interesting is the intrusion by FB into the messenger. I’m removing the FB share button from my blog today as posts are being deleted in the groups and from messenger chats. ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed.

Firstly, an update on the Facebook debacle which only gets worse I am afraid. I know that several of you have been hit by blocked posts that contain links and are still having issues. I can comment, and share posts internally on Facebook but post links are still being blocked.

Disturbingly today that included the link to Debby Gies Sunday Interview which I sent to her in a Direct Message… supposedly private! It was blocked and in bold red told me that it did not meet community standards. I have appealed of course but it does have a warning for us all. Do not disclose private information in a direct message. For example if as they say Facebook is selling our data to health insurance companies, and we mention in a private message about a health…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – The Eleventh Day of Christmas with guests Colleen Chesebro and Anne Goodwin.

Anne Goodwin and I were lucky enough to be featured on Sally Cronin’s 11th day of Christmas celebration. There’s food, great memories, drink (a little too much), and great friends. Happy Yule and Merry Christmas. ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Just two more parties to go before the big day and for this celebration I am delighted to welcome writers Colleen Chesebro and Anne Goodwin, both of whom will be sharing their most precious Christmas memories.

I thought that we could not talk about Christmas without preparing something for the pets in the family. In the old days, and that was in fact only about 30 years ago, pets were fed on scraps as they had been for the thousands of years as our companions.  I appreciate that most of the animal foods available today may be rich in nutrients and full of vitality but I am afraid that I steer clear of dried food and prefer to go the natural route.

It is tempting to give pets the same treats that we enjoy but I am afraid that at Christmas treats like human chocolate are extremely dangerous. Chocolate

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Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 111, “Celebrate & Number” #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do.

This week, I’ve chosen Sally Cronin, from her blog, Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, and her poem, Celebrate & Number Etheree, as the Poet of the Week.

I loved the message of this Etheree and how nicely the words flowed – fitting together as perfectly as the message suggests. Everyone has embraced the Etheree form and I’ll be adding some additional forms in January. As Sally’s blog suggests: Variety is the Spice of Life. ❤

© 2018 Sally Cronin

Choosing a favorite poem was extremely hard… again! There was a fabulous collection of Thanksgiving poetry which ranged from joyful celebrations to difficult family get-togethers… All part of the season. Each poem is worth a read! Remember, everyone reads poetry differently, so always be respectful of the poet’s perspective. ❤ I’ve mentioned a few here:

Thanksgiving | So It Goes 1984

Gatherings – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Haiku: Supper | The Dark Netizen

Wednesday Words Poetry Challenge: Celebrate and Number (Synonyms Only) – My Corner 

Happy Thanksgiving – Rejoice | WILLOW POETRY

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Celebrate & Number | The Showers of Blessings

Congratulations to ALL of you for your hard work!



Thanksgiving | So It Goes 1984

Tanka Tuesday: Celebrate & Number – Jane Dougherty Writes 

Haiku: Supper | The Dark Netizen

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge #Etheree | anita dawes and jaye marie 

Time and Photos #tanka #haibun #haiku | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Number & Celebrate | Annette Rochelle Aben

An Aging Ritual~ #etheree #PoetryChallenge | Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos


Rite of Passage… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Wednesday Words Poetry Challenge: Celebrate and Number (Synonyms Only) – My Corner 

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro – Tuesday #Poetry Challenge

No 111 -‘Celebrate and Number’ #Etheree | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

When The Saints – Let Me Tell You the Story of… 

Happy Thanksgiving – Rejoice | WILLOW POETRY

Gatherings – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Tanka Tuesday – mourning | Twenty Four 

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 111, “Celebrate & Number,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

#Synonymsonly Colleen’s 111th Challenge- Celebrate and Number – Wendy Anne Darling – YA Fantasy Author

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Celebrate & Number | The Showers of Blessings 

Destiny | Stuff and what if… 

Keeping the Peace | like mercury colliding…

Halcyon | Charmed Chaos

Mercury Retrograde | D. G. Kaye, Writer

Be Woke |

It’s cold and windy HERE! Stay warm and get ready to write some poetry for Tanka Tuesday Tomorrow!