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Beyond Words: Spring At The Lake

Beyond Words:  Spring At The Lake

“Silence was the cure, if only temporarily, silence and geography. But of what was I being cured? I do not know, have never known. I only know the cure. Silence, and no connections except to landscape.” -Mary Cantwell, Manhattan, When I Was Young     I wanted to wrap up this series with another trip back to […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Crea...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Creating a Sanctuary

“Who will free me from hurry, flurry, the feeling of a crowd pushing behind me, of being hustled and crushed? How can I regain even for a minute the feeling of ample leisure I had during my early, my creative years? Then I seldom felt fussed, or hurried. There was time for work, for play, […]

Poetry Sunday-A Flower Delicacy

Poetry Sunday-A Flower Delicacy

    A Flower Delicacy     I love to see these tiny little yellow lanterns spreading out across the, almost bare, meadow landscape.  Their liver-spotted leaves give them away before you see their blooms.  Look quickly though for they only flourish a short while.   A flower delicacy fleeting with time, but like a fine wine, they will […]

Fearless Living

Fearless Living

“Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what is going on, but that there is something missing in us, and […]

Poetry Sunday-Wild Blue Indigo

Poetry Sunday-Wild Blue Indigo

    Wild Blue Indigo     Deep blue of indigo Stalks reach skyward. Magnets for the buzzing drone. Bees drink their fill With drunken smiles. Sweet memories linger With their departure.     © Donna Donabella 2012     __________________________________________________________ I am continuing my spring poems with another wonderful native plant, Wild Blue Indigo or Baptisia […]

Wildlife Lesson-Early Spring Critters

Wildlife Lesson-Early Spring Critters

“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.”  ~Loire Hartwould       As spring (March 21st) dawned in the purply-pink sky, there was a perceptible shift in the air, urged on by the warmer spring weather.  As we walked around the area and observed our surrounds, we were greeted by crowds in the trees, in the sky and […]

Poetry Sunday-Lilies of the Wood

Poetry Sunday-Lilies of the Wood

  Lilies of the Wood     Through the shadows of early woods, Carpets of white arise in pools of light. Spreading out far and wide in glorious song of spring’s arrival.     © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ In honor of National Wildflower Week, I am highlighting one native plant, that grows in my […]

An Interview with Pamela Hubbard

An Interview with Pamela Hubbard

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it brings.”  ~W.E. Johns       I am always excited when it is time for another interview post.  After receiving an award from Julie@Gardening Jules, I had promised to do several interviews of some amazing bloggers and share them with you.  It is […]

Poetry Sunday-April Spring

Poetry Sunday-April Spring

  April Spring     The soul stirs under bright April skies, Raw and cold, with warm sun, clouds rolling by.     Rain pours down and pools throughout, Replenishing the soil; pushing worms out.     Everywhere in the garden is the rush to grow, Fresh green foliage wrapped with bright colorful bows.   […]

Conversations in the Garden: On Pers...

Conversations in the Garden:  On Perspective

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden     For me, I would say the world IS a garden.  A big, beautiful garden full of plants and wildlife, so much more fascinating than I could ever dream them to be.  And […]

Poetry Sunday-Rejoice

Poetry Sunday-Rejoice

  Rejoice     Snow retreats, while armfuls of green stems stretch out. Toward skies of deep blue, chill winds blow strong. Yellow faces waving, bright smiles beam toward the sun. Rejoice-the daffodils are up!     © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ One of the first flowers to pop up, in early spring, are the […]

Nature’s Healing Balm

Nature’s Healing Balm

“What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more, to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes, or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that tumble and roll and climb in riotous […]

Poetry Sunday-Seeds Await

Poetry Sunday-Seeds Await

  Seeds Await     Under the ground the seed awaits For the warmth of the sun upon its head. Waking from peaceful slumber To break free and push past its constraints. Stretching now toward the nourishing light, Changing and growing into a new form Soon to show the world the beauty that has lain […]

Wildlife Lessons: A Survivor’s...

Wildlife Lessons:  A Survivor’s Tale

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.” ~Yann Martel, Life of Pi       I had a different story for you today.  One that […]

Poetry Sunday-Ode To A Toad

Poetry Sunday-Ode To A Toad

      Ode To A Toad       On the ground or in the pond Amongst the leaf litter Toads can be found.     Sweltering suns can force them to flee Below ground Or in deep meadow green.     On warm, gentle nights the ‘whirring’ begins Rushing to ponds For the […]

Happy Birthday to My Hero, My Dad

Happy Birthday to My Hero, My Dad

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”   ~Clarence Budington Kelland     Reblogged, and edited from an earlier post on my other blog, Gardens Eye View.     Today my dad (Eugene J. Abel, Sr.; better known as Gene) would have been 82  87 years young. […]

Poetry Sunday-Crocus

Poetry Sunday-Crocus

      Crocus     Petals unfurl, with shouts of joy! A youthful gladness- finally enjoyed.    © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ One of the first bulbs to bloom, early in my garden, are the snow crocus pictured here.  They shout spring with splashes of color all over the garden.   Wishing everyone […]

Shedding My Bark

Shedding My Bark

“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things. Their language has been lost. But not the gestures.” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration     […]

Poetry Sunday-Perennial Life

Poetry Sunday-Perennial Life

    Perennial Life     A beautiful spring. Next a strong summer, Moves to a waning fall As blossom and leaf are shed.   To winter slumber, Emerging slowly. Renewed with the warm spring breezes, To flower once more with vigor- Begins the cycle again.      © Donna Donabella 2016 __________________________________________________________ As a […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Find...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Finding My Power

Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: “As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you […]

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"The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it." ~Paul Scherer

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