20 Questions with Mira Prabhu


Don Massenzio’s interview with yours truly…


Today we sit down with fascinating author Mira Prabhu. She is joining us to tell us about her work, her inspiration and a bit about herself. Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions: Q1) When did …

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D.G. Kaye, Author

D.G. Kaye​ (aka Debby Gies​) writes on a subject that most shy away from, especially in trad societies – how do we react to the painful knowing that our mother is a narcissist? How do we cope as time goes on and our own spirit grows to the point that we want to reach out to even our abusers with forgiveness, love and compassion? Please, if you too have struggled with this issue, or know someone who has, read and share….and enjoy Tina Frisco’s interview with the author too!



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.

Welcome, Debby!

Hi Tina. I’m excited to be here guest appearing on your wonderful blog and mingling with some of your readers. Thank you so much for having me here today.

Debby, it’s my great pleasure to have you here. We’re looking forward to learning more about you, your writing process, and your outstanding and informative books.

Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m a nonfiction/memoir writer and blogger. All of my books are written from my point of view, taken from experiences I’ve encountered. While my memoirs, P.S. I Forgive You and Conflicted Hearts are of serious subject matter, I do like to inject some humor in some of my…

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Portraits of Passengers of a Train to Jaipur

The eyes are the window of the soul.
Thank you for sharing, alk3r!


Photographer based in Munich, Skander Khlif, offers a fascinating series entitled A Train Full Of Emotions. During a travel in India he could taste the most popular transportation way of the country : train. Often full it is the occasion to be interested in the culture and to talk with the curious passengers.

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Aphrodisiacs Inside Me

Aphrodisiacs inside me…and yes, this is no exaggeration…within us, as eastern sages assure us, is an infinite fount of bliss just waiting to be tapped…thank you for a beautiful poem, Maxima!


In my minds eye you are a tangle
Of constellations guarding deep
Purple skies,
You are a still pool just ahead,
A mirage in the hot desert sand.
A wolf inside me struggles to
Reach you, to sip from your cool water.
Howling your name he
Never stops searching across oceans
And scented crests of mountains.
Bolts of lightning we will find one
Another in meadows of herbs
And aphrodisiacs.

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Ramana Maharshi: Once you realise the Self, it becomes your direct and immediate experience. It is never lost.

“As long are you are alive, you always are, you always exist. No matter what happens, you are. This knowledge of (your) being is Self-knowledge. It is not something to attain, just something to be ‘acknowledged’. It is not separate from whatever is perceived to be happening. How can this ‘knowledge’ be lost?” Read the whole post…its not long…thanks, Tom Das.

Tom Das

Ramana Maharshi sitting
‘Once you realise the Self, it becomes your direct and immediate experience. It is never lost.’
Ramana Maharshi

Time and time again I hear from spiritual seekers that they glimpsed the Self, they experienced that ecstasy, but it slipped through their fingers and fell away. Their question to me is how to get it back again. This is the wrong question, this is the wrong way, as it is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the path.

Everything that comes can also go. Everything that comes, all experiences that have been attained, are not the Self.

The Self is no particular experience. It is always here, fully manifest, fully evident. Everything that is perceived is It. It is not different from whatever is being perceived to be happening.

Realising that ‘this is It’ is Self-realisation. It is simply seeing what already is the case. When it is seen, there is…

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Fine Art Portraits

And thank you for sharing, alk3r!


Vanessa Paxton is a talented photographer and artist, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently based between Toronto and Scarborough. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ryerson University. Vanessa uses Canon 5D Mark II camera, she shoots a lot of portrait, lifestyle and wedding photography.

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“…a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy…” E.B. White QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I can’t imagine taking the time and effort to write a novel, for instance, and not being utterly besotted by the subject…my own novels take years to complete – and go through multiple revisions until I am content to share them with the world…20 years in the case of my first novel, Whip of the Wild God!!! Like E.B. White, I too do not care for politics, and only got involved marginally because I hate to see what is going on in the USA today…a country that gave me so much and which I grew to love…I also seek to inspire those on the inner path through my work…which is why I focus solely on Spiritual/Metaphysical Fiction…thank you for sharing this post, Bridget Whelan!



A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel a responsibility to society because of going into print: a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down. Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.
E.B. White

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Gorgeous Animal Portraits

My love and appreciation of all beings seems to be growing as the years flit past…please enjoy these gorgeous portraits of those who quietly inhabit our world, divorced from the chaos we humans sadly generate…thank you for sharing these with us, alk3r!


Pim Leijen is an professional nature photographer from The Netherlands, who shoots a lot of wildlife, landscape and animal photography. Pim started to develop interest for nature when he was ten years old, walking the dogs in the forest on holiday in Belgium with his dad.

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Why This American Left His Comfortable Home and Job to Run an Animal Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu

Leaving a comfortable home and job in the US, Leslie Robinson started an animal sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. And he has a new family now – with numerous animals, amazing doctors, and many wonderful people as passionate as him. This is his story of compassion and love.

Around the time he was about to turn 70, Leslie Robinson, an American citizen, decided to go to the Himalayas and start a new life. He came to India and stopped in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, for some time. “My plan was to stay here for about 10 days. Then I wanted to rent a cabin somewhere in the foothills of the Himalayas and spend the last stretch of my life just writing and contemplating,” he says.

But life had other plans. Just a few days before he was about to leave, he heard that the authorities in Tiruvannamalai were going to kill street dogs to control their population in the town.

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Poetic Portraits of Dancers and Acrobats

Simply amazing, the human body at its peak…can’t help feeling a twinge of envy, oh well….and thank you for sharing, alk3r!


Tio Von Hale is a visual artist from Los Angeles, specialized in the capture of dancers and acrobats portraits. Through his photographs he combines art and sport while accurately capturing the elegance and technical movements.

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