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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poetry Sunday-Retreating to Spring

Poetry Sunday-Retreating to Spring

Retreating to Spring     As I reflect on the garden these days, I find my mind retreating to the spring colors, of bulbs popping up- the subtle greens emerging and dotting the brown wet soil. Of beginning again…always a new start.      © Donna Donabella 2016 __________________________________________________________ March means spring is on its […]

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 […]

Poetry Sunday-What Do You See

Poetry Sunday-What Do You See

    What Do You See     What do I see when I look at the world…..     I could say pain, perhaps– Injustice, poverty, surely.     And while these are heavy, obscuring my view, sometimes suffocating me, I prefer to see kindness-yes!     It glows so brightly in the night sky….rays of […]

Innovation in 2016

Innovation in 2016

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”   ~T.S. Eliot     Just before the New Year, I have a tradition of choosing a word to guide me through the coming year.  It becomes my muse, […]

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

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