Donna Smaldone
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Saturday / October 24 / 2015

Awaken to find you have wings

Photo by Mike Bruscia, Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary

For nearly three decades, I allowed the untapped emotional terrain held captive in my soul to corrode my self-worth and devalue my survival until I finally discovered the courage and the means to grab it by the throat and embrace Truth. It was 29 years ago today, October 24, 2015, the car I was driving crashed into a tree at 100+ miles per hour and burst into flames.  Read the full story…

Tuesday / May 13 / 2014

The broad brush of teamwork after the game

The crisp October day came with a mix of nervousness and excitement as we readied ourselves for battle. We had home field advantage in the Win-or-Go-Home high school field hockey game and our team was amped. What we didn’t know and could not have possible understood, was this was the last time we’d all laugh and share life together. Read the full story…

Friday / October 26 / 2012

This must be what liberation feels like

After sharing news with my son Grant this Wednesday *October 24th*, he declared, “Wow, now EVERYone in our family has something to celebrate!”

He’s referring in part to the huge wins he and our daughter had last week [if you Read the full story…

Saturday / August 04 / 2012

Coping with gut-wrenching guilt

Blogging about the accident has gifted me with a new freedom. Permission to breathe. Absorbing the comments of you, my readers has gifted me with… well, a new perspective. An embrace of love and understanding. Thank you.

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Friday / July 27 / 2012

What it feels like to be on fire

Our blazing campfire at Rogers Rock in Lake George, New York -- courtesy of my iPhone (July 10, 2012)
Our blazing campfire at Rogers Rock in Lake George, New York — courtesy of my iPhone (July 10, 2012)

When you walk around with a shocking burn scar on your leg, people wonder how you got it. When you explain you were trapped in a burning car and your leg was on fire, people wonder what it felt like. This is human curiosity.

People say things to me like, “I once burned myself touching the oven rack Read the full story…