Spring, Beauty and Books: Debby Gies

Author Debby Gies

After two years of hibernation, taking care of my sick husband, and then ultimately, grieving the loss of my beloved husband, I escaped to a long winter vacation. My grief traveled with me, but the warmth of the Mexican sunshine and being around old friends and new was like a welcomed spring to my soul.

Mexican sunset

I came home dodging the brunt of our harsh Canadian winter here in Ontario as our city too, began to awake from what felt a long slumber. The freezing temperatures had transformed into crisp fresh air, and I once again began taking walks out in our beautiful walking trails as a wonderful escape into nature, and from the dark doldrums of my interior four walls. A vacation after two years of heaviness was like a new bud of spring opening for my sanity. I am slowly crawling back into life.

 Bright colors with the promise of spring cheer me up, as does anything shiny and blingy. It’s the sunshine that has the power to lift me out of the dark abyss within, that sometimes grabs a hold of me. On those days without enough sun? This is where my huge floor lamp with large, white daylight bulbs can fool my darkness. No substitute for the sun, but a satisfactory backup plan.

My life now is just only coming into spring after two years of my internal harsh winter.

Mexican sunset


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, sharing 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.

In the Autumn of My Life

In the autumn of my life
I find myself looking back
On the springs and summers
Of glory days gone past.
As the winter of life approaches,
We often reminisce and look to reconnect
With things and people that brightened our springs and summers,
People who knew us and understood the times
And circumstances of our lives.
It’s a kinship of time that only those who’ve lived then can know.
A time when glancing back brings a dollop of comfort
As we march through the seasons of life
Before winter’s approach.


Books by Debby Gies

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Debby, your poem is very meaningful. I am happy to know you are coming back to life, the good memories of your lost husband will give you the strength to face new life challenges. Are you planning new books in the near future?


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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel. Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble


45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jun 06, 2022 @ 10:02:28


  2. Liz Gauffreau
    Jun 05, 2022 @ 13:21:04

    The phrase “kinship of time” immediately resonated with me.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. D. Wallace Peach
    Jun 03, 2022 @ 19:09:32

    A wonderful poignant and uplifting post from Debby. 🙂 Great share!

    Liked by 2 people


  4. roughwighting
    Jun 02, 2022 @ 19:29:06

    Debby’s posts always touch me in a profound way. This is no exception. ❤

    Liked by 2 people


  5. Debbie D.
    Jun 02, 2022 @ 06:46:40

    Hi Valentina, First-time visitor. 🙂 It’s lovely to see Debby here. That’s a beautiful poem and I’m glad the darkness is lifting!

    Liked by 2 people


  6. Tina Frisco
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 23:46:13

    I felt the renewal of Spring as I read this, Valentina. Lovely post of a lovely fellow blogger ❤️

    Liked by 2 people


  7. Toni Pike
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 05:44:53

    What a moving poem, Debby – and such beautiful sunsets. Thanks for sharing these insights from Debby, Valentina. Toni x

    Liked by 2 people


  8. petespringerauthor
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 02:53:14

    I was especially happy to see this post by Debby. I have experienced the loss of close loved ones, but a spouse must be a whole different feeling. Everyone grieves at their own pace, but it made me happy for Debby to see her out and about with old friends while making new ones.

    Liked by 2 people


    • Valentina
      Jun 01, 2022 @ 21:55:13

      Everyone experience, during the life time, the loss of loved one, how we come out of it might be a challenge. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

      Liked by 1 person


    • dgkaye
      Jun 04, 2022 @ 16:39:42

      Thank you so much Pete for popping by. It is quite the journey. And I will affirm that no, there for me, after many great losses and grief in my life, is nothing like that of losing the love of your life. I can only imagine its equal or worse would be that of losing a child. ❤



  9. D.L. Finn, Author
    May 31, 2022 @ 16:42:57

    I’m happy you are finding that light again, Debby. What a beautiful poem full of truths. Xo

    Thanks for sharing Debby with us, Valentina.

    Liked by 2 people


  10. John W. Howell
    May 31, 2022 @ 14:16:03

    I enjoyed Debby’s visit, Valentina. Thank you for having her on your blog today.

    Liked by 2 people


  11. olganm
    May 31, 2022 @ 12:43:34

    Lovely poem and it is good to see that Debby is celebrating this special spring in her very own way. Thanks, Valentina.

    Liked by 2 people


  12. robertawrites235681907
    May 25, 2022 @ 18:02:04

    HI Valentina, it is lovely to see Debby here and I am glad she feel like she is in the spring of reentering life. She has had a really rough time and I’m glad there is some light ahead.

    Liked by 1 person


  13. Dan Antion
    May 25, 2022 @ 10:53:58

    Thanks for helping us know Debby better, and good luck to her on the task at hand and the new book, next year.

    Liked by 2 people


  14. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    May 25, 2022 @ 08:36:31

    Lovely Debby and may your days be filled with sunshine… love the poem.. thanks Valentina for being a lovely host. ♥

    Liked by 2 people


  15. dgkaye
    May 24, 2022 @ 22:57:14

    I’m back, lol. Thanks for asking, I forgot to answer your question, I would say I’m still in the thawing out process, but I have been writing daily for a new book about grief that I will begin working on next year. For this year, I must get a manuscript off to my editor of a book I wrote 2 years ago and left by the wayside as my husband took ill. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  16. dgkaye
    May 24, 2022 @ 22:54:07

    Thank you so much for having me over Valentina. I will share this week on my blog too. ❤

    Liked by 1 person


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