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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 […]

Poetry Sunday-Wonderful Viburnum

Poetry Sunday-Wonderful Viburnum

  Wonderful Viburnum     Branches covered in snowy white, Red and blue berries later delight. Thick scarlet leaves escape from my sight, To return bright green in the spring’s sunlight.     © Donna Donabella 2012     __________________________________________________________ In spring, I love seeing shrubs flower.  One of the most beautiful is the native […]

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 […]

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