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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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