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Childhood Imagination Sows Seeds of Future Brilliance

DiAnne Ebejer: Reflections On The Plum Tree

In follow up to my story in “Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence”, “None Other,” one might ask what I learned from my childhood experiences beyond disappointment and a sense that I had been cheated out of something that I saw happening in other families? I can now say that those experiences are largely responsible for teaching me unconditional love. They paved the way for me to grow into a loving, caring and nurturing person, I practiced those learned principles in the face of most all bumps in the road that would face me throughout life. Not to say there were not rough edges, and rough times. I tried always to look for a light at the end of the tunnel, a bright side on the other side of the dark side and to always remind myself there were so many people in far worse shape than I was.

In an ironic twist of fate I continued to play the caretaker throughout my life taking care of both my parents through their illnesses until death, my mother just recently passing away at the age of 93. I’ll admit to sometimes wondering where I was mustering up the strength and compassion to do this. I believe when called upon this was already inherent to my being…developed long ago taking care of my brother, plowing through.

I currently have a wonderful extended family and good friends in my life whom I cherish with all of my heart. I have returned to my love of writing after a lengthy career and I have been lucky enough to participate in the “Every Child” project. To top that off I have recently been selected for the role of Head of Poetry for Plum Tree Books, something I never thought I would ever be doing in my wildest dreams.

I believe I am a spiritual person with good insight and perspective about the meaningful values in life. I feel fortunate to have a  great family and friends, travel around the US and Europe and have an enriching life. Through whatever innocence was lost, there was much I would gain.

DiAnne and Denny – Melbourne Beach, Florida, Feb 2007

For Denny 1972

If you’re ever low and lonely
with no one there or caring,
And the rain clouds in your life
are growing stronger,
If it seems that with you only,
your dreams of life are sharing
And the hours in your days
are growing longer,
And if the patterns of your life
are losing all their meaning,
And the moonlights have lost
Their golden hue,
If on walls of tattered fortune
your mind is strongly leaning,
And your vision is an ever changing view,

If your tapestry of living
weaves designs of vast confusion
And your needs are drifting
down the rutted road,
And if yourself you’re giving
just to dreams in dark delusions,
And no one seems to lighten
up your load,
If all the misty sorrows,
have broken you in pieces
And your heart lies somewhere
in the lost and found,
Don’t look to sad tomorrows,
Or cling to false releases,
Just remember that I’ll always be around.

DiAnne

This poster pretty much explains how I feel about being named Head of Plum Tree Poetry.  It has washed away the dust of my everyday life. Just a little while ago I was going about my business maintaining my poetry web-site but otherwise longing for some other way to get involved in a way to further express my love of writing and specifically, spreading my love of poetry  to others and getting them involved.

It was wonderful being able to participate in the Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence Project and meeting so many other wonderful writers.  Seeing that blossom into being asked to head up Plum Tree Poetry was both surprising and thrilling.

I’m hopeful that through the new and exciting things happening under the Plum Tree we can inspire an interest and participation in  not just poetry, but all  of the activities, all  of the exciting branches sprouting from the Plum Tree.

If you have not yet downloaded the book. Now is your chance: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Child-Entitled-Innocence-ebook/dp/B0077E6F60

Visit DiAnne’s Scribbles: https://sites.google.com/site/diannesscribblespoetry/

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

18 comments on “DiAnne Ebejer: Reflections On The Plum Tree

  1. Darlene Steelman
    March 15, 2012

    Wow.. this is really awesome.:)

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    • ontheplumtree
      March 15, 2012

      Thank You, Darlene for your comments.

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    • DiAnne Ebejer
      March 15, 2012

      Thanks Darlene for reading and commenting. To be featured in ths way is more than quite exciting.

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  2. karenselliott
    March 15, 2012

    This is a heart-felt glimpse into the heart of a wonderful person. Congrats, DiAnne!

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    • ontheplumtree
      March 15, 2012

      Yes, she is a wonderful person and contributor to all things plum.

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      • DiAnne Ebejer
        March 15, 2012

        Thank you Niamh for featuring me today on the Plum Tree blog. This was quite a nice thing to wake up to. I so appereciate my involvement and being able to be a part of all of this.

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      • DiAnne Ebejer
        March 15, 2012

        ❤ Thanks for everything…

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    • DiAnne Ebejer
      March 15, 2012

      Thank you so very much Karen for those kind words and the support you have given me since I’ve been a part of the group.

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  3. echowood628
    March 15, 2012

    and above all, you are an angel on earth…tears…so aware and giving as you see life from a higher plane, with the sensitivity and insight that only someone whose path through life has lead you through endurance…thank you for sharing your heart with a halo above it…

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  4. Wayne Zurl (@waynezurl)
    March 15, 2012

    Few people experience unconditional love and return it. Generally we find it in pets, not humans. Nice to hear a good-life story. Thanks.

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  5. DiAnne Ebejer
    March 15, 2012

    Thank you Wayne, It’s certainly not easily obtained nor held on to and I wish humans didn’t have such a hard time of it as pets who seem to just do it naturally.

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  6. This is such an inspiring testimony to the soul’s ability to rise above a tragic past…not just rise above, but redeem!

    DiAnne, may I share that powerful power about Art with some of our nonprofit art groups here? If so, I’d be happy to include any credit information you might have.

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    • DiAnne Ebejer
      March 15, 2012

      Elizabeth, thanks so much for your comments, and yes, please feel free to share the picture. I love it too! I discovered it on CoolVibe.com and it’s entitled “In Childrens Eyes” by Celine Simoni.

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  7. Betty Dravis
    March 15, 2012

    It’s heart-warming to read the follow-up to DiAnne’s story in “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence.” DiAnne, I admire you greatly for caring for and giving unconditional love to your brother Denny at such a young age and throughout his life…and then going on to care for your parents and others.

    I truly believe you were born with great compassion and that it was enhanced during the many years of “loving” Denny.

    You’re a remarkable woman and always have been.

    Thanks, Niamh, for bringing more info about DiAnne to light, and congrats, DiAnne, on being Head of Poetry at the newly formed Plum Tree Books. PTB should go a long way with the very talented Naimh at the helm…surrounded by grand people like you.

    Hugs – Betty Dravis

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    • DiAnne Ebejer
      March 15, 2012

      Betty, Your comments are both humbling and inspiring all at once! I so appreciate them.So many of the others in the Every Child Anthology had so much more tragic childhoods than I that I was just stunned reading them and how their courage and bravery saw them through such tragic circumstances. Again, thanks for your lovely comments and support Betty!

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  8. DiAnne Ebejer
    March 15, 2012

    Niamh,
    I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks for featuring me on the Plum Tree blog today. Your unwavering commitment and support to all of us is something to behold and I want you to know it does not go unrecognized nor unappreciated. All you have done, do and continue to aspire to make you a most rare and treasured friend.
    DiAnne

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    • ontheplumtree
      March 15, 2012

      I am humbled and grateful for your words, DiAnne.

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