Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday January 14th 2020 – #Karma D.G. Kaye, #Interview Patricia Furstenberg, #Afghanistan Mary Smith

The first post today is from the Sisters of the Fey and is written by one of the founder members D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies. It is on the subject of Karma, and explores the meaning of the word and the intent.

Karma – The Law of Cause and Effect by D.G. Kaye.

From the Oxford dictionary: noun. /ˈkɑrmə/ [uncountable] 1(in Buddhism and Hinduism) the sum of someone’s good and bad actions in one of their lives, believed to decide what will happen to them in the next life. good/bad karma (informal) the good/bad effect of doing a particular thing, being in a particular place, etc.

Karma is a word used loosely by many, usually as a term for payback, as in: What you do will come back to you in some form at some time whether it be payback for wrongs or mean-spirited doings or reward for good deeds. But this is not exactly how karma works.

Karma is spiritual and it’s something we carry forward with us from previous existences. If bad karma has not been resolved in a past life it accrues and will have effects in the next life. Every action we perform has a consequence. Karma can be material, moral or emotional. The intent of one’s actions generates karma. 

Head over to read more about this fascinating and thought provoking subject:

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D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon USAndAmazon UK    BlogD.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

The next post is a wonderful interview of author Patricia Furstenberg on the blog of Books by Jen.


It is a rare occasion reading not just a wonderful book but one by such a lovely author. Patricia Furstenberg reached out to me about six months ago to review her debut novel Silent Heroes, a riveting tale that follows IED removal squads in Afghanistan with their canine partners. It was an absolutely fantastic debut and one I would highly recommend. After finishing the book, I reached back out in hopes I could do my first ever author interview and she graciously agreed. I was so excited as a blogger, an aspiring writer myself, and a happy reader to interview such a wonderful author and person.

As an avid reader and writer, I am always curious, as I am sure many people are, as to what draws authors to a certain subject matter. What inspired J.K Rowling to write Harry Potter? What makes Steven King dive into dark and disturbing worlds? What was C.S Lewis thinking when he spun out The Tales of Narnia? Where does that idea come from; where was it formed? What drives a person to write about Afghanistan, military dogs, and an ongoing decade-spanning conflict?

Head over and enjoy this interview with Patricia Furstenberg in full: Books by Jen interviews Patricia Furstenberg

Patricia Furstenberg, Buy:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK BlogAlluring Creations Goodreads: Goodreads

Now time to catch up with the wonderful series from Mary Smith about her time working in Afghanistan.. always and adventure….this week unusual fishing methods on a day out!

Afghanistan Adventures #17

Friday is the Islamic equivalent of Sunday and therefore a holiday from work. Outings were occasionally organised and I agreed enthusiastically to a suggested fishing trip. Gul Agha, for once leaving his Kalashnikov behind, and his young brother, Hazrat, now one of my English students, accompanied us.

The surprising absence of fishing tackle was explained when we reached the river and Gul Agha and Hussain began to attach fuses to several home-made bombs.

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attaching the fuses

Explosive had been packed into small plastic medicine tubs and, once the fuses had been lit, these were hurled into the river. The dull explosions were followed by a mini tidal wave. The men jumped into the river, screaming and yelling with delight as they grabbed for the fish which rose, stunned, to the surface.

Head over to enjoy the post and the photographs… and please do not try this at your local duck pond! :Mary Smith’s Place Afghan Adventures #17 Fishing

Mary Smith, Buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK 
Website: Mary SmithGoodreads: Goodreads


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

41 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday January 14th 2020 – #Karma D.G. Kaye, #Interview Patricia Furstenberg, #Afghanistan Mary Smith

  1. Oh, Sally, to be mentioned in one of your blog posts alongside Debby, D.G.Kaye and Mary Smith calls for celebration 🙂
    Karma is a subject close to my heart and I often found something new to learn in the writings of D.G.Kaye.
    Mary Smith is my Vanessa Redgrave of writers. Gracious. Talented. An inspiration.

    This is a blog post I will treasure 🙂

    Thank you for your tireless support of others!
    Blessings for the year ahead. xx

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