Archive for February 2014

You Can Help Save the Elephants   2 comments

Last night, in New York City, I had the extreme honor of being in the presence of those who are dedicating themselves to preserving the life of the majestic elephant.

My partner Lisa Feistel’s passionate response to this atrocity has helped me by telling the story of their plight and being a philanthropist for their cause. It is contagious .. And this is how change occurs.

Chelsea Clinton, Vice-Chair of the Global Initiative, who moderated last night’s discussion on stopping the ivory trade, is pictured here with Dr. Joshua Ginsberg of the World Conservation Program Wildlife Conservation Society.
We rationalize our slaughter
For a winter coat, or tasty stew
Supporting our survival

They are killed for their ivory
For artifacts and trinkets
Ivory piano keys
Strike out notes of bloodshed

How could you one day look at your Creator
When all that’s earthly becomes dust
And justify these crimes

For many now who know what’s just
Will be raised from ashen dust
All souls of God’s creation
Will live to judge the rest



Save our Majestic Elephant   Leave a comment

Posted February 26, 2014 by doreenbirdsell in Uncategorized

Not Seeing Eye to Eye   Leave a comment

So here I am in the waiting room
TV blaring in the corner
iPhone volume getting louder from the patient on my right
To hold my peace I decide to write

Ten strangers in this place
Scarcely glancing at one another
So here we are at the eye care center
Not seeing eye to eye

Take away that damn TV
And you might have to look at me
Put down phones and mags and papers
Perhaps learn a thing a two

About how much we’re all alike
And needing to connect
But rather risk being known
We’ll hide here in our phones


Housekeeping for the Soul   Leave a comment

Why is it so, the importance of

Identifying feelings

Like dust upon a shelf

Once noticed it is dealt with

Only for more particles to inhabit

 What we continue to try to sweep away


A never-ending round of introspection

Soul’s vigilant inspection

Calling cleaning crew

To cleanse our hearts

And make us daily, new


Housekeeping for the Soul

What We Leave Behind   Leave a comment

Generations have come and gone

String quartets and barbecues

She received them all

Weddings, writers, and one-nighters

She knows their secrets well

No wonder when one enters here

They’re unknowingly enchanted by her spell

The robins know just what to do

The partridge couples up to coo

The squirrels and coons all take their place

Our Spirit will forever be

A part of what’s now history


Doreen Birdsell

ByeBye copy

Being Made Whole   Leave a comment

I need connection Lord

Not with fancy words or rhyming wit

But heart to heart, with you as One

In the Center of my life


Streaming down Your love for all

I love You God – You love me Too

Why do I always think

There is something I must do


Help me to find rest in Your bosom soon

For when I sit outside this busy room

With so much there seems to do

Let me not forget that it’s You who goes wherever I go too


Guiding me, enlightening

Preparing the path that I must walk

Willingly I walk with You

Always by my side


I love You Lord – You made me whole

Once so fragmented was my soul

Put back together piece by piece

By every lesson learned


Problems are not something from which to run

But rather to embrace

Life is not a race

Your refining never ends


I pray that I might shed self-will and shine

Bright as Your morning sun

Acceptable in your sight

And be with you as One



Being Made Whole

Saying good-bye — Sold but not gone ;)   Leave a comment

We have had eight amazing years being hosts and making memories with so many who have become friends that we will never forget. 

We came to Provincetown with a dream and a vision to make a life transition to become Innkeepers; now after eight years we are moving into a new vision. We have sold the Inn at Cook Street but you can still find us this coming season here in Provincetown.

We are so excited to share our new journey with you.  Doreen will be continuing in her career as a professional photographer, and now also a poet, and inspirational speaker, with her published book. You can continue to visit this blog for photography and poetry and for a preview of her book, as well as for all photography galleries.

In 2011 Lisa founded Triangle Tea Life, an organic/artisan loose-leaf tea company. The Inn gave her a platform to share the amazing health benefits of tea as well as her passion to help elephants and stop the ivory trade. You can visit her website at

We are combining our gifts and products to sell in our new store ~ Get Loose in Ptown ~ Tea Gallery ~ on Standish Street right off Commercial Street in the center of town.


 With grateful hearts, Doreen & Lisa Ph 508 487-3894


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