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End of Month Potpourri-February 2016

End of Month Potpourri-February 2016

“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.” ~Hugh Macmillan   […]

Poetry Sunday-Fire In The Sky

Poetry Sunday-Fire In The Sky

    Fire in the Sky     Darkness descends on the glowing embers of the day, all color fades to black. The silence sparkles under moonlight, as an obsidian horizon spins toward the new dawn- Fire in the Sky.      © Donna Donabella 2011   __________________________________________________________ This poem was also written in late fall […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Bore...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Boredom

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m […]

Beyond Words: Winter At The Lake

Beyond Words:  Winter At The Lake

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”  ~Paulo Coelho       So we are back again to explore a beautiful spot that lies just across […]

Poetry Sunday-Do You Hear The Sound

Poetry Sunday-Do You Hear The Sound

    Do You Hear The Sound     Do you hear the sound of the wind whipping round, all the snowflakes swirling down to light upon the ground, as they pile up around everything found!      © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ Winter snows can be amazing….gentle and soft or blowing, swirling and […]

Poetry Sunday-Red Flashes

Poetry Sunday-Red Flashes

  Red Flashes     Red flashing by. Black socks, trotting slowing. Stopping, motionless. Two now-stealthily waiting. Patience…pouncing, rewarded! And then gone- Red flashing by.      © Donna Donabella 2014   __________________________________________________________ We have had foxes visiting our garden to hunt for several years now.  They are fascinating to watch.  And the observations of […]

Poetry Sunday-Blanket of Cotton

Poetry Sunday-Blanket of Cotton

    Blanket of Cotton     Blanket of cotton Cascading down Cocooning, enveloping All as it surrounds.     With its soft white cushion Drifts of stillness, silence abounds.    © Donna Donabella 2015 __________________________________________________________ Last winter our snow drifts were up to 7 feet, and temps were extremely COLD!  This verse is how I […]

Poetry Sunday-Winter Blew In

Poetry Sunday-Winter Blew In

       Winter Blew In     Winter blew in with gusts of white, swallowing whole everything in sight. Twigs and branches with icicles hung, drifted dunes from which silence is sung. So let’s welcome the season on this Solstice Day, put on your boots, and come out and play!      © Donna Donabella […]

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 […]

Poetry Sunday-To The Beat of Their Wi...

Poetry Sunday-To The Beat of Their Wings

    To The Beat of Their Wings     To the beat of their wings, a final call. Farewell to autumn, as the snow falls.     Formations stretch out, across the sky. Hundreds, now thousands, lift their wings to fly.     Cold, fierce winds pushing them onward. Moonbeams, sun’s rays navigate them […]

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-Frozen

Poetry Sunday-Frozen

  Frozen   Clean, crisp air of a December morn, Penetrates to your bones. Waking you with an longing, Beckoning you to explore- The frozen landscapes born.    © Donna Donabella 2011   __________________________________________________________ We are embarking on a new season here, winter.  It starts with frosts and freezes, and then wet snowflakes until finally […]

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 […]

Poetry Sunday-Gone Are The Days

Poetry Sunday-Gone Are The Days

    Gone Are The Days     A nip in the air has hastened the hour of hardening the soil and death in the bower. The harvest is done; the cold winds do howl. Gone are the days of seed and the trowel.      © Donna Donabella 2012     __________________________________________________________ As November […]

End of Month Potpourri-March 2015

End of Month Potpourri-March 2015

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You       In my neck of the woods, here in the northeast, spring takes her sweet time.  She slowly walks into my garden, and in March she is just beginning to yawn. […]

Conversations In The Garden- On Aware...

Conversations In The Garden- On Awareness

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. ~Leonard Nimoy     My mom is now in the winter of her life.  At 83, her body is shutting down, and she is in need of more assistance in her basic daily living skills.  It has been […]

Poetry Sunday-Winter Woods

Poetry Sunday-Winter Woods

Winter Woods   Winter slips silently around me Walking me to cold, crisp woods To gaze upon the peaceful slumber Suddenly exhilarated, restored in found solace.   © Donna Donabella 2012   __________________________________________________________ This poem was written on February 6, 2012,  during a particularly cold, snowy winter.  There is something about the snow; like being […]

Creativity In Winter

Creativity In Winter

  The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?   ~J. B. Priestley     With the solstice […]

Poetry Sunday-Winter Begins

Poetry Sunday-Winter Begins

Winter Begins     Flowing, following the elusive light as the season wanes and darkens Deeper into its cold, biting phase.   Searching, basking, squinting against the rays as they rise higher Making diamonds in the snow.   Slowly brightening our fleeting daylight as colors play on the clouds, Beginning and ending each day.   […]

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

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