Donna Smaldone
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Friday / June 16 / 2017

Deep dark truths

not hiding anymore. shine, baby, shine
not hiding anymore. shine, baby, shine

Whew….. I’ll admit it took a lot of courage for me to create this video. For years, I lived with a darkness inside, suffering, refusing to reach out to share my truth with those who love and cherish me most.
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Thursday / April 28 / 2016

Broken crayons still color

Broken crayons still color
Broken crayons still color

I hear the word, ‘stain’ and immediately think, “uh oh! How will I get that out?” Embarrassed to leave it and allow it to mirror my life and what I’ve been up to, I’d rather flip cushions and scrub yoga tops than admit I’m less than perfect to a world that is — oh yeah, imperfect.  Read the full story…

Friday / March 11 / 2016

In chase of the glorious orb

Myrtle Beach Sunrise (March 11, 2016)
Myrtle Beach Sunrise (March 11, 2016)

You don’t have to look upward to engage with the sun. Set your gaze forward and look directly into her life-giving rise. God births the sun anew every day to provide you warmth, wonder and curiosity.  Read the full story…

Wednesday / March 02 / 2016

Heart behind bars

"Heart behind bars" photo by Donna Smaldone
“Heart behind bars” photo by Donna Smaldone

The sound of the cell door thundering shut is emotionally debilitating. You crumple to the scuffed floor, weeping. You imagine the many who’ve been here before you, trying desperately to slog through the pain. Your abs clench, your insides knot together and you struggle to make sense of it all. How did this happen? How did you get here? Read the full story…

Sunday / July 12 / 2015

Come, watch the sunrise with me

Sunrise in Murrells Inlet, SC (July 12, 2015)
Sunrise in Murrells Inlet, SC (July 12, 2015)

I awoke early and my heart quickened for something majestic. I’m not sure where the nudging came from but I craved something invigorating, signifiant, unique. Moments later, I was driving toward the ocean in search of a life-giving sunrise. God is the most creative artist I know and I wanted to be in the front row for this morning’s live painting.  Read the full story…