Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – A Time to be Grateful for Friends and Collaborators -D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies

Although technically we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK and Ireland, that does not mean we cannot appreciate the opportunity it offers to formalize our thanks to those who help and support us.  I fully appreciate that Smorgasbord Blog Magazine is a collaboration between myself and a number of key contributors who add their experience, support and wonderful content, to entertain and inform readers who visit.

Between now and Thursday I would like to say a special thank you to four of the monthly columnists during 2019 who have added such colour, flavour, insight, humour, adventure and music to my life and to yours. They create new content each month which I know takes a great deal of time. Something as busy people they do not have in abundance.

The first is D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) who has been writing the The Travel Column for the last two years. Debby has taken us to the Caribbean including Cuba, St. Thomas and the Bahamas. To the United States to the dry heat of Arizona, and shared with us the warm welcome and sunshine of Mexico.

In the last year, Debby has also joined me in the twice weekly Laughter Lines, sharing images she has foraged from various online sources, and also we have discovered she has rather a thing about parrot videos!

Outside of Debby’s blog duties, she is also amazingly supportive, always dropping by each night to read the posts and share across social media. When I take a break, she will make sure all is okay on the days that I am absent and that the posts are boosted regularly.  What a great blog sitter and worth her weight in gold.

She accomplishes all of this for me but also for many other bloggers, and if I was to say ‘hands up’ all of you who are in receipt of her kindness I am sure I would lose count.

As a blogger at D.G. Writer Debby furthers her support to others with author interviews, a weekly book review, reblogging of other people’s posts, and sharing writer links from around the community. We can also all benefit from some of her well thought out and delivered ‘rants’ against injustice and sloppy government, saying many of the things we might agree with but not necessarily have the guts to share.

As a non-fiction and memoir author, D.G. Kaye has a commonsense, practical approach to the problems in life so many of us have faced in the past or do in the present. From relationship issues with parents, overcoming traumatic events, facing a time in life that every woman has concerns about, or overcoming the stress of packing for a holiday, Debby has strategies to cope.  I have read of Debby’s books and they are on my ‘favourite’s shelf’ in my office.

We have never met in person, but one day we will. That is a given, as after five years of keeping in touch on and offline, reading each other’s posts and books, chatting via messenger most days, and supporting when things are a bit tough for each of us, we are very good friends.

I hope that if you have not as yet met Debby, that you will head over and follow her  blog and social media, and that you read her books.

Coming up in December – The Travel Column is going to take you to the most exciting winter sun and sport destinations…2nd and 16th December.. don’t miss it..

And next year there might be something new for you to enjoy here on Smorgasbord from this talented writer. (no pressure then Debby!)

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

A recent review for Conflicted Hearts

It’s not often I get to read a book by someone who understands what it is to be tethered to a mother with NPD. So often we are asked, “why did you not just walk away?” This author did leave home at 18, but that did not prevent her mother from interfering in her life and when she eventually went no contact she was overcome with guilt. It didn’t matter that her two brothers and a sister also shared in the abuse, rarely physical, but mental – which believe me is far worse. I could resonate with the words on every page, and if you have a mother who just does not seem to love you, then this is a must-read.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

More reviews and follow Debby: Goodreads

Connect to Debby Gies

About me:
Twitter: (yes there’s a story)

I am also thankful to you for dropping in today and the support that you consistently offer me.. thanks Sally.


120 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – A Time to be Grateful for Friends and Collaborators -D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies

  1. Thank you for helping us become better acquainted with key members of your blog network. The blog community which you and Debby and others foster lifts my spirits on a regular basis. And for that I am grateful. ps I also enjoyed today’s singing parrot very much.

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  2. Debby works tirelessly to support indie authors by sharing their books, reviews and blogs. Over the past few years I have found that we are so similar that it’s quite eerie, even to the point of loving parrots! Debby, sistah, one day I’ll get to meet you…

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  4. Sal! You could blow me away with a feather when I came here and found this most beautiful post you wrote from your heart to mine ❤ I really didn't expect to need Kleenex coming over here to read this, but as it turns out, I had one close by, lol.
    Thank you almost seems not enough anymore for all you do for all of us here and for the opportunity to write for your blog is MY absolute pleasure. This is my second home as you well know, lol. And yes, it's my nature to care and share and help others if I can – an old habit that just grew bigger with the internet. I've written many times across various posts that I live my life as 'do unto others'. I share because if I enjoyed then why not give the chance to others to enjoy. If I can help make something easier for someone else through my experience, then ya, I'm going to write about that too! I have learned much from reading other's anecdotes and antidotes on life, and as I do in my real life, I try to share my knowledge with lessons accrued in all of my books.
    Thank you for another wonderful year of blogs and entertainment, and I look forward to diving into our 'new series' in the new year. Hugs my dear friend. ❤ ❤

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  5. More on Debby: When I read her memoir, Twenty Years after “I Do”, I felt I knew her. The memoir is so life affirming, so real and honest, it took my breath away! There are many passages I return to again and again. I’m so happy to know Debby and proud to consider her a friend.

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  6. Sally, what an amazing way to say thank you to one of the most generous and loving people I know, Debby Gies. She deserves all the kudos for her untiring support of our literary community. Thanks so much, Sally for all you do. I know I’m forever grateful for your love and devotion too! ❤

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  7. The blogging community is tight, yet opens their arms to all and never more so than on Sally and Debby’s blogs. This is a wonderful post. It just goes to show, strangers are friends we’ve yet to meet 🙂

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  8. I hope the two of you get to meet someday. You are not only wonderful writers, but always so helpful and supportive of others.

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  9. Like everyone else I thought that you were old friends from way back when and had experienced many things together in live and living color. Writing brought you to together and will certainly keep you together. Sally, what a wonderful post this is to a remarkable lady. Debby, you’re right on! Hugs to you both.


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  10. I totally agree, Sally. Debby is always there offering advice, amusing content, warnings when they are needed, and no matter what else is going on, she always finds time to support others. And so do you, so although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here either, thanks to both of you, wonderful ladies, and to the blogging community in general. ♥

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  11. Two generous-hearted kindred spirits. ❤ Sally, beautiful words and thoughts and Debby, you are a true unicorn. Both of you are special and supportive of so many of us. You will meet, as I hope to meet you both. You both ensure that the Global Village we share is a wonderful place. May the love and time you both invest in others flow back a million fold. Feel the ❤ ❤ ❤

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  12. Debby has been supportive of me since we “met” online several years ago. I enjoy her books, her wisdom, and her humor on your blog and on her own blog. I am grateful to her (and to you, Sally) for being such inspirational members of the writing and blogging community.

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  14. Sally, a wonderful tribute to the tour de force of Debby … a true friend to so many of us here on WP and I thoroughly enjoy her columns here. For some reason the rants particularly strike a nerve with me … I wish I had the courage to be so direct!

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  15. I too absolutely love Debby and not just because she is a fellow Canadian. She is a great supporter and a genuine caring person. Thanks for recognizing her here, Sally. Well deserved.

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  16. Hi Sally – as the others have said – Debby is one fine friend and offers all of us much wisdom … we can learn from her posts and I’m sure from her books. Also it’s a great team effort the two of you and other contributors have to the Smorgasbord blog … long may it last – cheers Hilary

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  18. What a beautiful and perfect tribute to Debby, Sally! You are both gems!!! And I hope – and know – you will meet in person, hopefully sooner than later. Although… Debby is difficult to get a hold off. 🙂 Well, that was mostly my fault as I didn’t let her know we’d be in Toronto until the day before.

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