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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-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 […]

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 […]

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     […]

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, […]

Conversations in the Garden: Slowing...

Conversations in the Garden:  Slowing The Pace

“I have reached the stage now where luxury is not in fine possessions but in carefree possessions, and the greatest luxury of all would be the completely expendable.” ~Nan Fairbrother     At this time of year, the garden is making its final preparations for its annual slumber.  Each successive frost reminds the plants to […]

Poetry Sunday-Adieu

Poetry Sunday-Adieu

  Adieu     As we begin our walk through autumn paths take time to sit and watch the leaves turn; hear them gently touch the ground in a whisper…adieu.      © Donna Donabella 2011 __________________________________________________________ This continues my lament of Autumn now moving toward our cold, snowy winters which can show up even […]

Conversations in the Garden-On Persev...

Conversations in the Garden-On Perseverance

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill     If my gardens have taught me anything in the last 20+ years, it is the lesson found in this wonderful quote.  And oh how I have stumbled and bumbled around in my garden.  Planting mint or anything in the mint […]

Poetry Sunday-Shadow Side

Poetry Sunday-Shadow Side

    Shadow Side     “Do you know your shadow side?” She one day asked of me. A perplexed expression held my face, While hers was hard to see.     “It is not a place of uncertainty, or one of fear my love. It is not an illusion, or a great mystery born […]

Acceptance

Acceptance

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   Am I beautiful?  I think now I can say that I am.  Oh not in a conceited, ‘love me, look at me everyone’ kind of way.  No just for myself.  I […]

Poetry Sunday-Be Like A Seed

Poetry Sunday-Be Like A Seed

    Be Like A Seed     See not the hopeless, helpless time. Go instead underground And be like a seed.     Seek instead the nourishment within your own soul. Bringing refreshment and urging you to grow. Letting go of your outer shell.     Draw your courage from deep inside, It is there […]

You Are What You Think

You Are What You Think

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. ~ Dale Carnegie       It has been almost a year since I started this blog…well 10 months really.  And in that time I […]

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

End of Month Potpourri-May 2015

“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.”  ~ William Maxwell     As I end this special month of my birth, now another year […]

Loving My Scars

Loving My Scars

 “Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”  ~Unknown       I have lived my life with many scars.  Those visible childhood scars from when I fell off my bike.  Or the time my hand went through the plate-glass storm door…ouch and long story. […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Living...

Conversations In The Garden-On Living with Uncertainty

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.  Delicious Ambiguity.”  ~Gilda Radner […]

Poetry Sunday-How It Feels

Poetry Sunday-How It Feels

  How It Feels     I know how it feels to have lost, As if the life I know has ended. Moving through a vortex, Not really living, just existing.     I know how it feels to hurt deep inside, that intense pain in your heart. As if a vital piece is missing, and […]

Surrender

Surrender

“I wonder if pain comes from surrendering or resisting?”  ~Donna Lynn Hope     I have been taking stock recently of my life.  This journey in retirement has been interesting, and has taught me many things so far.  With a year into this journey, I am not sure sometimes if I am where I am […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Being ...

Conversations In The Garden-On Being Sensitive

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.”  ~ Dorothy M. Neddermeyer     Several years ago, I was vacationing with family at the beach.  Growing up, I used to watch my dad body surf, and always wanted to give it a try.  This day the water seemed to […]

Creating Pure Joy

Creating Pure Joy

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”  — Erich Fromm     One of the habits I have lost along the way was the ability to have fun.  I noticed it only recently when I was taking stock of myself and my habits after being retired for almost a year.  I did things that […]

Conversations In The Garden-On The Fr...

Conversations In The Garden-On The Freedom To Soar

“If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.” ~Ajahn Chah      As the New Year dawned, I was excited for all the adventures and changes that I imagined […]

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

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