Taking Simple Steps

Sharing the process of transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle

About the Bloggist

Donna Marie and a tree

I have always loved the earth and Spirit. As I child, I sought to be in nature as much as possible, to feel its pulse and sense the life of Spirit through it. It was through nature that I first heard the muse. My dad had introduced me to pencil and paper and I started to write.

At college, I studied Human Ecology and went on to earn a B.A. in Economics at NYU, believing that our relationship with the earth would not change until economics compelled us to do so.

In Greenwich Village, I started sharing songs I had begun to write. I decided to be a writer and asked for a dream to guide me to a vocation that could support my doing so. For three nights, I dreamed of being a teacher and went on to earn a M.S. in Education at Hofstra University.

Since then, I have taught in public and private schools and tutored in clinics and through my private service. I seek to help students develop deep understandings of the world around and their place in it. It is my hope that one day we will all be schooled in – and live lives rooted in – the ways of nature and Spirit.

It is my aim to live more fully in this Way.


8 thoughts on “About the Bloggist

  1. Exciting prospects, Donna Marie! I wish you all success and enjoyment. Speaking of sustainability and simplicity, I am asking the NY Times to send you an article, “The Island where people forget to die”, on simplicity, sustainability, and longevity onn the Greek island of Ikaria. Enjoy!

  2. Donna, Your new venture is a gift to the world that I hope many will discover & join. Your timing could not be more advantageous to me personally, as I have made a commitment to myself of beginning an environmental group here in my community, VillageWalk of Sarasota. Your idea of taking simple steps & just going forward is exactly the inspiration I need–and I am going to steal it! Thank you so very much.
    carol bechtel

    • Carol,

      I am so glad that this blog has inspired you to take the steps you feel called to take. Please
      share through the site your vision and process for VillageWalk of Sarasota. My hope is that
      this blog will be a forum through which we share our thoughts and activities and a stepping stone
      from which we do the things we need to do.

      We are all threads of the same cloth. Your success is all of ours. Wishing you all the best
      ahead with your new adventure.


  3. Donna,

    Thank you for sharing. I too have always felt grounded in Earth and Spirit, seek simplicity over materialism, seeking a solid connection with the Earth and what sustains me. This year I have been blessed with an opportunity to make that connection with the Earth a bit more real. My girlfriend and I have challenged ourselves to growing as much as we possibly can in our small suburban backyard garden this year. As of November 8th, we have harvested over 536 pounds of produce from our small backyard with still quite a bit of cool weather fall crops yet to be picked … including rutabagas, mustard greens, kale, brocolli, lettuce, spinach, arugula, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and carrots.

    We also have a desire to share our journey and we have created both a facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Self-Sufficient-Suburbanite/334790579894715 ) and a website ( http://www.self-sufficient-suburbanite.com ) to document our journey in taking simple steps to a more sustainable lifestyle.

    I look forward to reading more on your blog.


    • Kurt,

      So good to hear from you and of your process. I too am seeking to live off the land, preserving food for the off season. I’m just in the experimental stages, seeing what and how much I can grow and how I can best preserve it. Congratulations on your high yield; you have alot of experience to support you. Congratulations, too, on your website. I look forward to learning from it. I added the link to this blog for others’ access.

      Be well and happy trails.

      ‘Til next time,


  4. Donna Maria’s blog deserves and should be widely read.She has a strong prophetic voice that can inspire. We can help her by clicking “Like” on her posts, pages, sharing on our other social networks e.g. Facebook. Let’s do it.

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