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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 […]

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-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 […]

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-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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poetry Sunday-A New Life

Poetry Sunday-A New Life

    A New Life     First kiss. Such bliss. Standing at this entrance way, As One,  will be joined this day.     Joined as one this day Pure love delightfully displayed. Tears of joy shed all around, Souls collide in sparks abound.     Watch the sparks from this collision Can’t be stopped […]

An Interview with Catherine Drea@Foxg...

An Interview with Catherine Drea@Foxglove Lane

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau       It is time for another interview post.  I have been getting into a routine every couple of months now, interviewing amazing bloggers who have influenced me.  As you might remember, after receiving and award from Julie@Gardening Jules, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Lesson: Bathing’s For...

Wildlife Lesson:  Bathing’s For The Birds

“The bath is one of the places I prefer, certainly not a place I leave readily, a place where one can close the door and remove oneself, put oneself in parentheses, as it were, from the rest of humanity. It is a place for reading and thinking, where one’s mind wanders easily, where time seems […]

Poetry Sunday-Fall Colors

Poetry Sunday-Fall Colors

       Fall Colors     Flowers pale, but color remains The sky’s on fire all through the gray. Orange, yellow, red dominate the surrounds High in the trees and low on the ground. While fall rolls along, it soon will all fade Back to brown and the rich shades of clay.     […]

Poetry Sunday-August Muse

Poetry Sunday-August Muse

August Muse     August seems such a strange month. The weather shifting in and out of season. And those glorious golden days, The hot sun still parching my garden.     Flowers fading, fruit ripens And my thoughts turn a bit melancholy. As the raucous noise of summer fades, And friends depart for their […]

Poetry Sunday-Summer Breezes

Poetry Sunday-Summer Breezes

  Summer Breezes      A sea of gold set ablaze in the hot sun. I squint to watch a monarch dance with a bee, Adrift on the sultry breeze. As it caresses my skin and sets my soul on fire, I am lost in the lazy hum of the garden. All life here has succumbed […]

Favorite Quote This Week:

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

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