Life and Spiritual Coaching

May 21, 2008

Running a toxin free home

Filed under: Family,Life Balance — by Donna Ritter @ 3:20 pm
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See these links to get more information on running a toxin free home:

May 18, 2008

Love after Love – a lovely poem

Filed under: Writing — by Donna Ritter @ 3:37 pm
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Love After Love
  The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.


— by Derek Walcott

A Poem I recieved from a Friend

Filed under: Fun — by Donna Ritter @ 3:35 pm
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A Keeper

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, and renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return. So… While we have it… it’s best we love it… And care for it…. And fix it when it’s broken….. And heal it when it’s sick.

This is true… For marriage…. And old cars…. And children with bad report cards….. Dogs and cats with bad hips…. And aging parents…. And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…. And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are ‘keepers’ in your life. Send it back to the person that sent it to you if they too are a keeper.

Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

People are made to be loved and things are made to be used.
There is so much confusion in this world because people are being used and things are being loved.

May 16, 2008

Mothers Day 2008

Filed under: Family — by Donna Ritter @ 10:45 pm
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This is a letter I wrote to my 2 wonderful children this Mother’s Day:

I was reminiscing today about our kids when they were toddlers. That was the best time in my life. We were together all the time. We had a camper parked at Pine Hill’s Camp Resourt in Raymond New Hampshire. Nicole was 3-5 and Matthew was 1-3. Since she was older, she won most of the kid activities ribbons, but I remember how excited Matthew was when his turtle won the turtle race. Each turtle had a number painted in its shell and they were all put in a circle. Each child cheered their turtle on to vitory. The first one out was the winner! After that, he won his share of ribbons.


I also remember bringing Nicole to a beach in York Maine. This was when she was about 1/1/2 years old. She had the cutest little pink outfit with a pink sunhat. She leaned down in the water with an amazement I can’t describe. She felt the sand and was so happy for those few moments. I also remember her at Pine Acres when an “older” boy with cute blond hair taught her how to fish. It amazed me how quickly she caught on since she was so young. And Mathew was still in diapers before they had invented the ones that didn’t look like balloons filled with water but he loved it. We had a canoe that we took from the big beach to our trailer at night and every night we barbequed.


Young mothers – enjoy every minute! It goes by so fast and you feel like you lose our kids to quickly. Sure there are times when you want to go out and can’t or your toddlers decide to have a tantrum in the mall – but you will remember these years with the greatest of fondness. I have a phliosophy that !od made babies so cure so their parents didn’t flush them down the toilet.


Teen agers and Young adults, never fear running back to you Mama’s arms. They will always be wide open to care and comfort you.  They will always protect you and get you out of any trouble you may have gotten yourself into.


I can’t wait to have grand baby’s of my own. If only I would have known.


Happy Mother’s Day to my favorite people – Nicole and Matthew!


Love you bunches, Mama  May 2008

Living in a Toxin Free Environment

Filed under: Family — by Donna Ritter @ 10:42 pm
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I have found a product set that allows you to replace regulary used products with toxin free products. I have them in my house and they are amazing. I will be adding a website that will explain these products in detail to you.



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