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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 […]

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-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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wildlife Lesson-Squirreling Around

Wildlife Lesson-Squirreling Around

“Not much goes on in the mind of a squirrel. Huge portions of what is loosely termed “the squirrel brain” are given over to one thought:  food. The average squirrel cogitation goes something like this: I wonder what there is to eat.” ~ Kate DiCamillo       I have not always been fond of squirrels….eastern […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Bore...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Boredom

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m […]

Poetry Sunday-Blanket of Cotton

Poetry Sunday-Blanket of Cotton

    Blanket of Cotton     Blanket of cotton Cascading down Cocooning, enveloping All as it surrounds.     With its soft white cushion Drifts of stillness, silence abounds.    © Donna Donabella 2015 __________________________________________________________ Last winter our snow drifts were up to 7 feet, and temps were extremely COLD!  This verse is how I […]

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

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