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Still On A Break…

Still On A Break…

“Solitude is not a port to drop anchor, but only a port to rest for a while!” ~Mehmet Murat ildan     My shoulder is healing from the overuse and abuse I had given it this summer.  But I am realizing that I still must rest in order to heal.  That means I will still be […]

Blog Hiatus

Blog Hiatus

“It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi        Due to an ongoing shoulder strain, I am unable to do much typing or work on the computer, including reading and commenting on other blogs.  So I will reluctantly not be blogging for at least […]

Midweek Poem-Innovate

Midweek Poem-Innovate

    Innovate     Words fall, swirling around my brain today As the world softens about me- Bringing up new ideas to spark This New Year–this new path.     Stretching, Opening a bit more. Integrating all of me into one wholeness A word drifts around my periphery.     Speaking its name. A newness, a change […]

Midweek Poem-The Best I Can Do

Midweek Poem-The Best I Can Do

    The Best I Can Do     A growing anguish churns in my belly- Like acid, it rises through me cutting like a knife.     I feel the deep pain of our growing divide. There is no way- I can find across this chasm.  And my head aches trying to see it; to […]

Poetry Sunday-Inner Critic

Poetry Sunday-Inner Critic

    Inner Critic     Inner Critic (IC)~You can do better, Donna.   You know and so do I.   I don’t want to hear excuses.   I just want to see results.     My dear Inner Critic, I know you mean well, but I beg to differ with you.  I am not […]

Creative Quest

Creative Quest

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” ~Steve Jobs       Recently, I took part in a week-long Photo Quest (#celebrateARTlife ), put together by Whitney Freya.  I find when […]

Poetry Sunday-Finding My Core

Poetry Sunday-Finding My Core

    Finding My Core     I stand here at my center while all around me seems to be falling apart. Senseless violence. Memories of loved ones, now gone, bubble up to open the wounds of my heart.     And it is in these times I seek my core, a need to express […]

Midweek Poem-Yesterday

Midweek Poem-Yesterday

  Yesterday     Some days I sit with melancholy moods. Slipping back to yesterdays, where memories are strongest, yet so very far away.       And I long for those days, such an absence, aching now to regain playful flashes.       But they seem gone, those firsts…. riding a bike with […]

Poetry Sunday-Dear Imagination

Poetry Sunday-Dear Imagination

    Dear Imagination:     You come to me on crayon-colored rainbows scrawled on envelopes and walls. You ride on the wind with swings flying high, and bike spokes pinned with cards, clapping like hoof beats. You roll down hills laughing so hard you can hardly breath. And you plunk down in a meadow plucking yellow and […]

Wildlife Lessons-The Magic of Toads

Wildlife Lessons-The Magic of Toads

“I believed then – in a deep, easy way that is impossible for me as an adult – that there was more to this world than meets the eye. Trees had spirits; the wind spoke. If you followed a toad or a raven deep into the heart of the forest, they were sure to lead […]

Poetry Sunday-Box Full of Darkness

Poetry Sunday-Box Full of Darkness

Box Full of Darkness     I open this box again. Its dark demons still survive there. The bruises, the slaps, the cuts- Pain still runs deep in the scars.     You told someone recently you remembered me fondly. And my snort of derision was a surprise. Maybe a slap back. But this ‘box […]

Learning Everyday

Learning Everyday

“It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.” ~Henry David Thoreau       Many times when I look at nature, around me in my garden, I see one thing.  And when I look again at the pictures I take, I see so much more.  I see deep into these scenes, […]

Poetry Sunday-Indigo Sky

Poetry Sunday-Indigo Sky

      Indigo Sky     Stars twinkle in the indigo sky Like notes to a score heard only by me, To catch the rhythm of the nite And ride it to the heavens.     Holding tight to angel’s wings, Watching the meadow with owl’s eyes, Knowing there is life here in these […]

Filling My Bucket

Filling My Bucket

“You fill a bucket drop by drop. You clear your mind thought by thought. You heal yourself moment by moment. Today I make one drop, clear one thought, and get present to one moment. And then I do it again.” ~Lisa Wimberger     I first heard about bucket filling 5 years ago, when I was […]

Poetry Sunday: Dear Rest

Poetry Sunday:  Dear Rest

Dear Rest:     How sweet it is has been to make your acquaintance.  For years, Sleep and I were great friends, but then I let Stress take her place.  And without Sleep, I was doomed to health issues.  But oh Rest you know this all too well, don’t you?     So I had […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Empa...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Empathy

“Most of us are experts at solving other people’s problems, but we generally solve them in terms of our own and the advice we give is seldom for other people but for ourselves.” ~Nan Fairbrother       Last week I talked about self-compassion, and how we must start there to increase love in our lives. […]

Poetry Sunday-Do You Talk To The Bees...

Poetry Sunday-Do You Talk To The Bees?

    Do You Talk To The Bees?     Do you talk to the bees?  Well I do.  I wish them a good morning, with the sun’s first rays.  And as I do,  I give a wide berth to these buzzing teenagers, slow to wake.  They can be ornery, you see.  And if aroused, you […]

Finding The Compassion We Need

Finding The Compassion We Need

“Today I began to criticize myself and look at myself with a judgmental eye… but then instead of going all out in that direction, I stopped and I began to understand me. And then I began to be patient with me. And then I began to feel a softness in the middle of my chest. […]

Poetry Sunday-Bride’s Feather

Poetry Sunday-Bride’s Feather

      Bride’s Feather     Behold the sight of creamy white, Like feathers standing, stretching, bending. Fireworks of plumes exploding-now dancing on the wind.     © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ The plant profiled here is called Bride’s Feather, Goat’s beard or Aruncus dioicus.  Its unusual blooms look like fluffy feathers.  And it […]

Wildlife Lesson-As Spring Unfolds

Wildlife Lesson-As Spring Unfolds

“One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.” ~Black Elk       As spring warms up, the birds come flocking to our garden.  Many have visited before, and return to find feeders, nesting areas or boxes, and a habitat in which to […]

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“Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come.” ~Chinese proverb

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