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Poetry Sunday: Muddy Waters

Poetry Sunday:  Muddy Waters

  Muddy Waters     Muddy waters take me in Take me down to nourish my skin Skin made tough Skin made thin Through life’s adventures Through life’s sins.     So soak it up and banish all ills Fill me deep, realign my will A heart made true A soul made joyful A powerful […]

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. […]

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 […]

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     […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wildlife Lesson-Who’s Your Momm...

Wildlife Lesson-Who’s Your Momma?

“I have a mother,” said the baby bird. “I know I do. I will find her. I will. I WILL!” ~P. D. Eastman, Are You My Mother?     One day this summer, I was looking out on the garden as I had heard a bit of chattering that told me baby birds were about….or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Poetry Sunday-This Holy Vessel

Poetry Sunday-This Holy Vessel

  This Holy Vessel     This holy vessel now in decay- The shell cracked, withering. Paint peeling, boards warped. It’s sailing days gone.  Beached now- Bleached and rotting in the storm’s spray.     I see its bolder brash days. Sails full, catching the wind, Riding the rough waters. Strong masts unbreakable- Now bent, […]

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-Snow Go!

Poetry Sunday-Snow Go!

    Snow Go!   O Woe, There’s still snow. Spring should be here, but the snow won’t go.   O So, It’s too slow. For March has come, and the garden wants to grow.   Go Go, It’s time for you snow, To leave us behind, and let the warm winds blow.   O […]

Poetry Sunday-Trees

Poetry Sunday-Trees

I Am The Tree   Erect I stand, strong of will. Defying the wind, and all nature can swill.   I cast my eyes to take in the scene, While all around is washed white and serene.   The strength of my roots and courage in my stance, Will serve me well in life’s new dance. […]

Poetry Sunday-Thrive

Poetry Sunday-Thrive

  Thrive   Moving forward Slowly along a path- With a sense of hope and Renewal welling up. Inside filling me With a burning desire That shines bright Radiating all around. A deep realization growing, Flourishing, strong, thriving!   © Donna Donabella 2013 __________________________________________________________ I wrote this poem New Year’s Eve 2013 as I chose my word […]

Poetry Sunday-Mending

Poetry Sunday-Mending

Mending     Like the frayed edges of my favorite shirt, Warm and comfortable with the holes.     Torn pages of a special childhood book, Smudged with memories.     Worn photos, now the colors fading and antique, As if that time will be gone, forgotten.     Scars lighten, barely visible, Fully healed, […]

A Heavy Heart

A Heavy Heart

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” ~Walter Anderson   I […]

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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle

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