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Kathy Donchak

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Beauty & Destruction

Our beautiful quiet neighborhood of Texas live oaks, was serene during the ice storm of the past week until we began to hear the sounds of cracking wood. The several hundred year-old-trees had seen many storms, but this one was just too much for many to bear. We kept a worried vigil for the...
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about 4 hours ago • 1 min read

Sunday Letter: The Practice of Soul Expression

P In poetry the rhythm of the poet’s soul is expressed. There are moments in the life of every human being when the soul feels itself rhythmic. At such moments children, who are the beyond conventionalities of life, begin to dance, to speak in words that rhyme, or to repeat phrases that resemble...
21 days ago • 1 min read

Sunday Letter: Listen

Listening is the path to intimacy. The practice of intimate listening reveals the interrelationship between all aspects of perception, thought, feeling, sensation, intuition, and spirit…Listening is a way to go beyond the rational, chattering, divisive mind and feel the language of connectedness...
29 days ago • 1 min read

Sunday Letter: Solstice

There's a certain Slant of light,Winter Afternoons –That oppresses, like the HeftOf Cathedral Tunes –​Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –We can find no scar,But internal difference –Where the Meanings, are –​None may teach it – Any –'Tis the seal Despair –An imperial afflictionSent us of the Air –​When...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Sunday Letter: Ripples of Life

Nothing could have prepared Your heart to open like this…” John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings One of my sisters became a grandmother this week. Her son became a father. His wife became a mother. Our large brood paused our lives wherever we were to wait for news, to...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Sunday Letter: Reflecting

Sometimes I think, were I just a little rougher made, I would go altogether to the woods—to my work entirely, and solitude, a few friends, books, my dogs, all things peaceful, ready for meditation and industry—if for no other reason than to escape the heart-jamming damages and discouragements of...
2 months ago • 3 min read

Sunday Letter: Gratitude

Issue #205 Sunday Letter: Gratitude We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the corn, and to...
3 months ago • 1 min read
sun covered by clouds at sunset

Sunday Letter: Documenting Your Life

The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us. Our battles with our habits speak of dreams yet to become real." Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook I sat in my chair, alongside other parents immersed in their phones and watched as the day turned to night. The sunset, a mere sliver in the...
3 months ago • 2 min read