Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Posts from Your Archives – 2022 – Christmas and New Year Special – #Shortstory Silent Night by Abbie Johnson Taylor #TuesdayTidbit #Reblogs #Inspiration

If you like to get a jump start on your holiday reading, here’s a Christmas story of mine that Sally Cronin​ posted on her blog today. You’ll also find a review of my novel, The Red Dress and more. Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1200 Posts from Your Archiveswhere bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience…

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

This series is along the same lines and is a celebration of Christmas and New Year.

I do appreciate that this is not a religious festival for everyone but it is a time of year when families and friends come together and our thoughts turn to our hopes and wishes for the coming year. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate in this festive series.

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor kicks off this series with a short story that proves that even when the circumstances seem to be less than…

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Hope of Reconciliation #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

 

 

 

In the morning, as I performed all the mundane tasks before heading off to work: showering, dressing, eating breakfast, Peter’s words echoed in my head. “I never get it right, do I?” Now, after a sleepless night following his dramatic exit, I realized how wrong I was to be such a perfectionist and knew what I needed to say in a text that I hoped would change his mind.

“Peter, you always get it right. I’m the one who’s always wrong. Please come home.”

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above work of fiction with her six-sentence prompt for this week, in which the given word is “mundane.” You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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A Guiding Light of Hope #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.Here in Sheridan, Wyoming, winter has finally arrived. Temperatures are in the 30s, and snow is on the ground. This is just what we need after weeks of little or no moisture, and it makes this holiday season more festive.

Amid the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and other horrible events happening in the world, let Christmas lights guide you to a place of warmth and safety. May we all be with ones we love this holiday season, even if only in spirit. I hope Susan Boyle’s song of hope warms your heart this Christmas season.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence prompt for this week, in which the given word is “guide.” You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

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You’re invited to my state poetry society’s virtual open mic poetry reading on Sunday, December 12th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share some poetry or just listen. See below for details.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You
don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming
to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends!

 

Please sign up to read using this Google Form:
https://forms.gle/aRFLvfXSxJn3FF5F8
The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be
allowed based on time.

Topic: Poetry Night
Time: Dec 12, 2021 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

Words of Hope #Six-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp

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Poet Emily Dickenson says hope is the thing with feathers. To me, this doesn’t make sense, although I like Emily Dickenson’s work. Hope isn’t an object you hold in your hands. It’s a feeling. During uncertain times, it’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Being a poet, I say hope is armor against despair.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above reflection with her six-sentence prompt for this week, in which the given word is “armor.” I also incorporated a prompt from Writing Works Wonders into the above piece. You can check out their prompts, podcast, and more here. To participate in this week’s blog hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations, click this link.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Books

My Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Website

 

 

When Life is Good Again #Musical Monday #SocialMediaMonday

Last week, I was exposed to COVID when a gal in my singing group came to practice wearing a mask and saying she and her husband had tested positive. Granted, she sat well away from us while we practiced, but she sang along, as usual, and despite the mask, I’m sure her infected air particles were scattered far and wide.

As a result, I’ve been sheltering in place for the past week and plan to do so for another week, since the recommended quarantine period is fourteen days. The good news is that I’ve had no symptoms and doubt I will now. It’s been over five days since I was exposed. I’ve been fully vaccinated, having had my booster a couple of weeks ago. Even so, there’s still a chance I could inadvertently pass the virus on to someone less vulnerable. So, I’m taking every precaution possible.

Now, here’s a reblog of a song I posted in 2020 after we’d been locked down for a couple of months. Its message of hope still rings true today. Enjoy!

My Corner

Out of the blue, this song recently popped up in a notification from YouTube. According to a snippet on the web my Google assistant found from Country Living, this song was released on Thursday, May 28.

I’m sure we can all remember a time in our lives when such a song would have given us hope. For me, that time was when my late husband suffered his first stroke just three months after we were married. For us, life was eventually good again, but it wasn’t the same. You can learn more by reading My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Now, during this time of uncertainty, I hope this song shows you a light at the end of the tunnel.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and…

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