Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season! I will be back to blogging in the New Year. Enjoy my photo of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in NYC! xx

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Giving thanks

giving thanks
for a new day
full of possibilities
on a late Autumn morning

to sun rays piercing
through the last of
crimson, golden leaves
still hanging on

in the promise
of starting over
again and again
and bask in the warmth
of what matters most

home's hearth
a place to gather
inside the heart
and glow in the 

knowing you are
not alone

Hi, everyone! I've been busy and didn't have time to post until now. Thanks to all of you for your lovely comments and for checking in on me! Autumn colors are almost all gone, but I wanted to share some pictures I took throughout November. I love the sun shining through Autumn leaves. Fall reflections in the local pond painted a colorful canvas. 

I went to a fun pumpkin patch. Can't wait to taste the first pumpkin pie of the season!

I've also been going to our local farmer's market on the weekend to pick up fresh herbs and vegetables. This time of year, I like making soups, so comforting when it gets cold.

I picked fresh Fall flowers at a local farm. Here they are on the dining room table.

I like dry flowers, too, which make for a nice Fall display. This pretty wreath was at the local farmer's market. 

Time to gather by the fireplace and stay warm. It's going to snow tomorrow!
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Happy Thanksgiving! xx

Saturday, October 18, 2014

a misty autumn afternoon

even a cloudy day in October
comes to life with vibrant colors
as leaves fall like rain from the sky

who knew raindrops could be
golden, amber, crimson, landing
gently, returning to earth, one by one

can you hear the rustling, crunching
beneath your feet, can you see sunrays
at last breaking through the fog?

across the tree tops, remnant of green
memories of summer still close
to the heart, learning to let go

a path leading deeper into the woods
where all is quiet with the bliss
of solitude, away from the frenzy

there is no rush here, no rush at all
nowhere to go in particular
but just be and take it all in

the fresh air, embracing change
with open arms, as you catch
a fragile leaf onto your palm

I spent some time this afternoon walking through the woods, which I find to be meditative and relaxing, away from the stress of everyday life. It seems that life is always so fast paced and filled with constant change, but there are times when I just want to be and not rush around so much. Even in the midst of Autumn changes, nature is still peaceful and graceful, yet moving forward. I can definitely learn from that gracefulness, as I move forward in my own life. Hope you're enjoying the beauty of Autumn and all it can teach us about patience!
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

meet me at the mountain top

meet me at the mountain top where dreams come true
we've come this far -- don't look back now
the climbing is hard but oh how worth is the view
can you touch the sky -- don't give up now
colors have changed and so have you
bold as hills, fluid as rivers -- don't lose hope now
the climbing is hard but oh how worth is the view
meet me at the mountain top where dreams come true

This is Bear Mountain in NY overlooking the Hudson River. The scenic view is beautiful especially now in the Fall with the foliage changing colors. I took these photographs from a designated area on a curvy road at the top of the hill where people can stop and admire the view. I have never gone mountain climbing but the view is certainly inspiring as a metaphor to strive to achieve our dreams. I hope it inspires you, too! 
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Autumn Reflections

there is a certain comfort in knowing
you are here to share with me
even the simple pleasures-
the ordinary becomes extraordinary
when seen through the eyes of love

let's celebrate everyday beauty
the colors and flavors of Autumn-
the foliage is turning deep golden & crimson
and we are changing, growing
still falling
still falling

freshly picked apples in the morning light
basketful of bounty, plenty of smiles
cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar
and more sweetness-
apple pie crust

oh, maybe a little too crispy
but I'm learning to smooth the rough edges
go with the flow, face the sun-
be patient like the apple tree
for the fruits of my labor to manifest

and we like it just the same
this messy apple pie
called life-
perfect in its imperfections
baked with unconditional love

Hello, dear friends! I hope you're enjoying the beauty of Autumn. We went apple picking last weekend on a farm in the New York countryside. It was a beautiful sunny day and the fields of apple trees were amazing with such a great variety of green and red apples. We picked so many apples that we gave some away to friends. I also made an attempt at baking my first apple pie. Not bad for a first try, but I need to practice some more! Well, I still have plenty of apples. Enjoy my poem and photographs inspired by this lovely Fall outing. Happy Autumn!
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

moving on

there is a chill
in the air
as summer ends
like lost love
in September

fading memories
of warm embraces
and kisses
in the morning

where have the colors gone?

in black and white
sunrays are still
piercing through
glass hearts
illuminating the soulful

yearning for closure

and closeness again
in a new season
the streets are wide open
step by step
letting go of shadows

moving on

I had fun taking a couple of photos in New York City in black and white. Though it was a bit cold, it was sunny enough that some interesting shadow patterns were cast on the streets. People are always on the go in such a fast-paced city and I tried to capture the movement. This gave me an idea for a poem about moving on.
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Enjoy and have a lovely weekend! xx
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sunflowers in the Sky

let me make you a blanket of hope
the color of sunflowers in a summer field
as warm as sunshine, as soft as grass

every stitch labored with gentle hands
to hug you on a cold winter day
to lift you up, envelop you in love

keep it close to your heart
to carry you forth into your dreams
awakening to a better tomorrow

My dear friends, I hope you're enjoying the last few weeks of summer. On a weekend drive, I came across this beautiful field of sunflowers. Of course, I had to stop and take pictures! The sunflowers were so tall they looked like they could touch the sky.

I've been busy making blankets for charity for orphaned children. Here is a close-up picture of my crochet work in progress. The sunflower field inspired the colors ~ yellow and orange as petals and sunshine, green as grass, blue as the sky ~ I hope it will bring them comfort and warmth. My poem was inspired by it all.
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Have a wonderful weekend! xx
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happiness Within

it's not tangible
nor can it be measured
by what is grasped in the confines
of the mind, for it extends,
expands by the openness of the heart

a defining moment
on a summer afternoon
before the leaves start changing
too soon, basking in all that's green
and the last of the blooms

it's here, right now
for the taking, the making
not in the what if's and if only's
but in the quiet acceptance
of what is

What a glorious summer afternoon by the lake ~ all is still green and in bloom and bees are happily buzzing around. Enjoy my poem and photos and have a great weekend! xx
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Friday, August 15, 2014

let it flow

love is a river
flowing into the ocean
of hopeful hearts

oh, how it ripples
waves of happiness
along the way

washing away fragments
of the past, purifying
the present moment

its rocky currents
smoothed by
streams of understanding

let it flow
until it cleanses
the stains of hate

These are pictures I took by the Hudson River in Piermont, New York, a lovely river town. I'm fascinated by the romanticism and symbolism of rivers. So I was inspired to write this poem. Let love flow! We need it desperately in such troubled times around the world.

Have a peaceful weekend, flowing with love! xx
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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Joys of Summer

I wish I could take the flavors & colors
of summer and bottle them up in a fancy
perfume vessel to spray on a rainy day

to fill the air with the songs of hummingbirds
the freedom of kites & butterflies into the wind
the scent of sunflowers and freshly cut grass

the taste of chocolate ice cream, strawberries
sunshine & picnics, the whimsy of sand castles
the quiet strength of early morning light

the wonderment in a child's innocent eyes 
and best of all, your smile, your tender words
because this fleeting moment is all I have

I long to capture it, treasure it forever
sprinkle a little happiness in this world
where what matters most is often forgotten

Hello dear friends, I hope everyone is having a lovely summer! I haven't posted on my blog in a while but I've actually been writing a lot of poetry on my Google+ page and developing a site there. If you're on Google+ you can read my poems and see more of my photographs at  Loredana Donovan Google+ Posts. I will still post on my blog and continue to visit you as I enjoy the friendships I've made over the past couple of years with such wonderful fellow bloggers. Wishing everyone a great weekend! xx
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fields of Sunshine

i am walking through fields of sunshine
where love resides amidst tall grasses
and hope rises from yellow blooms

sadness no longer lives here
it flew away to distant shores
leaving a blue sky behind

all i hear is a bird's song
radiating notes of joy
across the land

a black and white world
shines brightly again
when touched by love

I went for a lovely nature walk on a beautiful and sunny summer day. I enjoyed taking photographs of the landscape and flowers in bloom. I had fun with black and white and color images, all of which inspired my poem. I was able to capture a picture of a bird, which makes me happy, as he was about to fly away! If anyone recognizes the bird, let me know the name. Wishing everyone a peaceful and wonderful weekend! xx
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Break


It finally feels like summer and roses are in bloom! I am taking a short blogging break for the 4th of July holiday and my summer vacation after that. I just wanted to say thank you for all your support and lovely comments. Welcome new followers and friends! I will be back in a couple of weeks. I hope you take some time to stop and smell the roses. Cherish every moment and enjoy the summer! xx 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June Wedding

Diary Entry of a Young Girl

When I grow up, I want to get married in my mom's wedding dress. I saw it in her closet today. It is just so beautiful--a white silk gown with sparkling beads. I want to walk down the aisle with my dad by my side. I don't want a big wedding, but I want all my friends and family to be there. And I have to marry that boy who sits next to me in my English class. He is just so cute. I want a June wedding so I can carry a bridal bouquet with white roses from my mom's garden. I want to get married in the same Chapel where she married dad, the one with the red door and those beautiful stained glass windows. I just know it will be a sunny day and I will be so happy. Oh, and I'm going to be a great writer.

walking down the aisle-
love and mom's wedding dress, but
dad not by her side

This weekend, I went for a drive and I noticed this beautiful little Church, which inspired my haibun (a combination of prose and haiku). Shared with Poets United for Midweek Motif ~ Diary Stories. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! xx

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Opening Up

bud turns into star,
falling from sky in my heart-
a wish will come true

Just a fun little haiku for you today, my friends, and macros of a pink rhododendron. I photographed it in sequence as it opened up from a bud to a star to full bloom beauty. Magic! Nature is amazing, teaching us that when we open our hearts and minds, wonderful things can happen! Have a great weekend! xx 
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Power of Words

on wings of butterflies


like torrential rain

cut & bleed-
deepen the scar
or (((heal))) it

etched in stone-
can't take them back
once thrown

inspire & uplift
don't put me down-
emPOWER me

My poem is posted for dVerse where Brian challenges us to think about language and how it can fail us or inspire us. I hope words can always uplift us and not defeat us!

Enjoy a little sightseeing in New York. Take in the scent of magnolia trees. Stop at a fruit stand for fresh strawberries and oranges. Whatever you do, be empowered! xx