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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 […]

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 […]

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-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 […]

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 […]

Wildlife Lesson-Welcoming Mice in the...

Wildlife Lesson-Welcoming Mice in the Garden

“The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.”  ~A. P. J. Abdul Kalam     You can tell by looking at this picture, these are not the mice you were probably thinking of when you read the title of this post.  Those mice are free to roam the garden and wild areas. […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Patien...

Conversations In The Garden-On Patience

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” ~ Abraham Maslow       I have been working with the amazing Sandra Pawula, from Always Well Within, in her new venture, The Joyful Wisdom Letter and Circle.  Sandra sends a letter once a month with a unique theme to work on. […]

Poetry Sunday-A Smile

Poetry Sunday-A Smile

    A Smile     A smile stretches, And cracks open my heart. Letting a soft, warm light Illuminate the fringes of my world. Spreading from head to fingertips to toes. This glowing feeling, Happiness, emanating back to the corners of my upturned lips. Stretching further, And exposing my burning core set ablaze with delight and peace. […]

My Manifesto: An Innovative Life in ...

My Manifesto:  An Innovative Life in 2016

“Making the beginning is one third of the work.”  ~Irish Proverb       As the year was coming to a close, I decided to wander out to my meadow.  Really a sanctuary garden, wild, with native plants, a couple of birdhouses and trees.  It lies just beyond the fence.  It is a place of […]

Wildlife Lesson: Surprise Seasonal M...

Wildlife Lesson:  Surprise Seasonal Miracles

“Your deepest roots are in nature.  No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.” Charles Cook     After our very wet spring, many of our critters seemed to disappear.  We had about a dozen deer living in the […]

Creativity Sunday-Holiday Views

Creativity Sunday-Holiday Views

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”   ~Norman Vincent Peale     It has been almost 18 years since the passing of my father….40 years for my husband’s father, when he was just 15.  And 10 years ago, his mother died leaving a huge void […]

Beyond Words: Autumn At The Lake

Beyond Words:  Autumn At The Lake

“When you sit tranquilly, you set a great example to the people who rush around in panic and thus you show the crazy waves the beauty of being a calm lake!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan       In my Seasonal Celebrations post, on my gardening blog, I talked about what I wanted to focus […]

Poetry Sunday-Nature Never Sleeps

Poetry Sunday-Nature Never Sleeps

  Nature Never Sleeps   The chilly, yet refreshing, rain has stopped.  Gray clouds linger keeping a nip in the air.  Migrating red-winged blackbirds still arrive, and mix with resident chickadees and goldfinches.  Woodpeckers strike at the dying ash tree while robins, who have remained, look for berries.  So many birds come in waves, so late […]

Wildlife Lessons: Welcoming Autumn V...

Wildlife Lessons:  Welcoming Autumn Visitors

“These are brand-new birds of    twelve-months’ growing,   Which a year ago, or less than twain,    No finches were, nor nightingales,   Nor thrushes,      But only particles of grain,    And earth and air, and rain.”   ~Thomas Hardy     In spring, I wait patiently for life to stir in my garden.  For the first native […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Grow...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Growth

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~Cynthia Occelli       It seems appropriate in late autumn to look back on the garden.  As I assess […]

Winter’s Gifts

Winter’s Gifts

“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” ~Ruth Stout       Winter is a […]

Wildlife Lessons: Turtle Surprise

Wildlife Lessons:  Turtle Surprise

  “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”  ~James Bryant Conant     On a warm, late summer day, as the pond was fading to fall, I spied some movement that did not look like a frog….I thought what I saw in a flash just couldn’t be.  But then […]

Favorite Quote This Week:

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

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