Smorgasbord Music Column – The Romantic Ballad Request Show – Part One – Becky Ross Michael, D.G. Kaye, Abbie Taylor, Cindy Knoke, Sue Vincent.

Thanks to DJ Sally for playing our song, my late husband’s and mine. In a post last week, she asked readers to share their favorite love songs. Now, she’s playing several such requests, including mine, on her blog today. Take a listen.

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Last week I featured some of my most played romantic songs through the decades for a Valentine Special and I asked you for your favourite tracks to dance to. Here they are now, so grab the one that you love… or a friend and have a twirl around the room.

The first requests is forBecky Ross Michael originally from Michigan and now living in Texas, Becky’s writing has appeared in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, U.P. Reader, and Mystery Readers Journal. Becky has requested Sky Blue and Black by Jackson Browne – Amazon

The next request is from non-fiction authorD.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies

Debby’s books are available:

Debby has asked for Barry White and Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love…Amazon

Now for a request from author Abbie Taylor who is the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir and is working on…

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READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Trish Hubschman Reviews My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

thanks to Trish, a fellow author in one of my writing groups, for reviewing My Ideal Partner on Campbell’s World. I’m afraid she got one thing not quite right. Bill moved to the nursing home in 2012, not 2010. Otherwise, it’s a good review, and I encourage you to read it and my book.

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Author Trish Hubschman Reviews: My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds (Copyright July 2016)

I just   finished reading Abby Johnson Taylor’s book “My ideal Partner”.  It’s a true story of love and courage.   Abby’s husband,  Bill, has a stroke a  few months after they’re married in 2005,paralyzing the left side of his body.   Abby, who is  visually  impaired and petite, does her best to take care of him, never losing her patience or resolve.  Unfortunately, in 2010, she is resigned to put him in a nursing home, though she continues to be with him as often as possible with her always cheery and positive attitude.  Sadly, Bill passes  away shortly  thereafter. The people, story and  writing in this book are incredible. I couldn’t stop reading “My Ideal Partner’ and finished it in three days.


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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know author Abbie Taylor

Thanks to Sally for allowing me to promote my work on her blog. Not only did she conduct a great interview, but she also played two of my favorite songs. Check it out, and enjoy!

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Please welcome my guest this week, author and poet Abbie Taylor and let’s find out a little more about her.

About Abbie Taylor

I live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband Bill, totally blind, who was partially paralyzed by two strokes soon after we were married. Before that, I was a registered music therapist and worked for fifteen years in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. I have a visual impairment, and during this time, I facilitated a support group for others like me. I also taught braille and served on the advisory board of a trust fund that allows persons with blindness or low vision to purchase adaptive equipment and services.

I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir and am working on another novel. My poems, short stories, and essays have been…

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Meet and Greet page: Introduce yourself here!

I hope to incorporate this feature on my blog soon, but for now, why not visit Sam’s Meet and Greet page and introduce yourself? As a blogger, it should get you some more exposure.


Welcome to my meet and greet page, inspired by some of the first bloggers I followed and I have love that my followers are eager to put their blog posts out there and read the posts shared by others. For this reason I have introduced this page and I will keep returning to it regularly.
I feel my community is now large enough to provide a page for you to promote your blog and get to know other bloggers a little better.

So with that, feel free to introduce yourself here. Who are you and where are you from? I would love to see the diversity here with such an international blogging audience and feel free to link your blog for others to read.

New to this page? Welcome!

Already posted here in the past? Feel free to stop by and say hello anytime.

It is going to be hard…

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Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 121, “Work & Slow,” #SynonymsOnly

The Faery Whisperer

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 calledColleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

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

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.

Poet of the Week for Jan 29 – Feb 3: Merril D. Smith

The Poet of the Week will be published in…

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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 121, “Slow & Work,” #SynonymsOnly

Here’s Colleen Chesebro’s poetry challenge for this week. Her words are “slow” and “work,” and the idea is to write a traditional-form poem using only synonyms of these words. If you participate, please be sure to complete the form on her post so she can link to your post next week in her update. Good luck, and stay tuned for my response.

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Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?


HERE’S THE CATCH:You can’t use the prompt words!SYNONYMS ONLY!Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤


Please note:We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write…

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Banning Books

If you think book banning is a good idea, read this, and think again. Don’t dictate to others what they shouldn’t read simply because you find it offensive.

K Morris - Poet

A couple of weeks ago, I fell into conversation with a librarian. During the course of our conversation she mentioned that the library does not stock books which their readers might “find offensive”. This exchange got me thinking about how one defines what constitutes “offensive”, and whether something being so classified is a sufficient reason for not allowing it on to the library’s shelves.

The great English author and poet, Rudyard Kipling is loved by people of every race and creed. Yet a number of his writings would, in today’s society be considered “offensive” by many. Take, for instance his poem “The Stranger” which begins thus:

“The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind,
But he does not talk my talk –
I can not feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But not the soul behind.

The men of my…

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