Red Wing Blackbirds, Blue Herons and Messages from Nature

I awake to sunshine, surprised that my body, somehow knowing that I had no agenda this morning, no time clock to punch, had decided to sleep past its normal 4:00 a.m. rise time. As I prepare for my morning run… more

Creating a New Earth

You have been here before, a part of the circle of life on this planet earth for eons and eons. You are the players, the game changers, the creators. You have seen and experienced much, yet you still return, for there is nowhere else in the Universe such as this. Some may call it a game, and that it true. Others call it Earth School – also true. It is but one of many opportunities for a soul to grow and evolve. There are rules to this game, instructions for this school, in this particular time-space continuum, that are different from those of others. Just as earth games such as Monopoly or Trivia Pursuit have their own set of rules such is true for the Game of Life on Earth. You came here for the excitement, the thrill, the adventure and the pure joy of physicality. more

Ask and You Shall Receive

I have often said that my grandchildren are my greatest teachers. That was never so true as last fall when I realized my grandson Drew was showing me how the world works once again. “Nana,” Drew says in his phone… more

Love, the Greatest Gift of All

Have you ever noticed how much stuff we have? Gadgets for this and tools for that, clothes we don’t even wear, the latest toys that sit unplayed with, and big houses filled with more stuff. We are jealous of other… more

You Will Survive

You will survive.... My message to anyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child. I have to admit, when someone told me that same thing after my daughter Kristi died, I didn't believe them. I did not want to live any longer on this Earth without my daughter. I wanted to leave. I didn't care about life, I wanted to be with my daughter. The thought of living another 30+ years was excruciatingly painful. Yet here I am, 12 years later and yes, I have survived. Was it a long hard road? Yes. But somewhere along the way, about a year ago, I decided I wanted to live. I remember the moment, the thought came to me loud and clear "I want to live!" more

Today I am the creator of me

Each morning, as I stand in the shower, I repeat this mantra:


I choose that my thoughts, my words and my deeds reflect only my higher self and not my ego.

I remember who I am, a Divine Spark of God.

I walk in my essence of God.

These words set my intention for the day, creating an energy that helps me to balance the ups and downs and the challenges that life throws at me, keeping me on a steady course. And when I am mindful, and can maintain that energy, wow, what a difference it makes in my day and my life. more

Honoring Our Daughter by Creating Change

With this issue, we want to honor our daughter Kristi who died twelve years ago in an auto accident. She was the catalyst that started us on this soul journey and brought so much light into our lives. As we look back on the past twelve years, we marvel at where we were and at where we have come to be. The journey is not yet finished, but there is more joy in our hearts and we are confidently moving forward, knowing that Kristi is guiding us and smiling down on us always.

From the very beginning we have honored Kristi’s passing by hosting the Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament, the largest golf tournament in Northern Colorado, and Kristi’s Big Night Out event. (The absolute best party of the summer!) Since its inception in 2003, with the help and support of an amazing community, the Foundation has awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 90 area young women, $100,000 to build a house for Habitat for Humanity and over $100,000 in support to area organizations. more

What makes you happy?

Recently I was stopped by a train in Longmont, CO. As I was sitting there waiting to proceed, I noticed a building on the right, an old factory-type place with a sign that said Cheese Importers. Having an hour to… more

You’re Not Here to Be Perfect

I was having one of those days. You know, the kind of day where you do something really stupid and then beat yourself up over it for several days after. Well here I was, well into day two of flogging myself – you know how it works, you start dredging up past wrongs, one after another, months and then years’ worth, and heap those on top of the current wrong you did. Pretty soon you’ve got a pile of boulders on your back and you’re walking around all hunched over and angry. Mad at yourself for being so stupid, seeing yourself as a total screw up, over and over and over.

So there I was lying awake at 4:00 a.m. wallowing in my self-pity about what a poor excuse for a person I was. What was interesting was that the stupid thing I did wasn’t even that big, it was just something I wished I could take back. I was half-awake/half asleep when I heard the voice. more

It’s a New Operating System So Dream Big!

I recently got a new computer, it has the new operating system Windows 8. A big change from my old system; completely different, totally unfamiliar and driving me crazy. It’s not intuitive to me and to say that I struggle… more

Full Circle

I have come full circle. Twelve years ago, after the death of my daughter Kristi, I began a journey, one born out of desperation and a need for answers, an attempt to answer the age old question of why. Why… more

I Quit!

No, no, not life – though sometimes I would like to. I quit smoking. Cold turkey. December 19th was my last day. Quitting smoking has been a great lesson in spirituality. It has forced me to live in the moment all day, every day. For in every moment, I get to choose whether I am a smoker or not. Sometimes the urge is overwhelming, but at least, in that moment, I can decide not to smoke. For it is only that specific moment I must consider. I don’t think about the rest of the day or tomorrow, or next week – I only consider the moment and make my choice. more

2015 Brings New Energy and a New Look

It seems like just yesterday that we purchased the magazine The Healing Path and eventually converted it to BellaSpark Magazine. Have to admit, there are still times I wonder “What the hell was I thinking?” But all in all, the… more

Give the Gift of Yourself this Holiday

I realized I was truly blessed and made a point of storing the moment in my memory as one of the best holidays ever.

It hasn’t always been the case; not every holiday has been so perfect. There have been times when it was all I could do to decorate the tree, not able to access the Christmas spirit no matter how hard I tried. That first Christmas after my daughter Kristi died was surely one of the most difficult and it would have been easy to curl up in a ball and pull the covers over my head.

How does one get past the sadness, the emptiness, the feeling alone and abandoned? GIVE. Give to someone else. Give of your time, your talents, your ear, your heart. For when you brighten the day for another person you brighten the darkness in yourself. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own challenges, issues and misery, rehearsing over and over in our mind everything that is wrong in our life. Why we humans are so good at focusing on that which makes us feel bad is a mystery. For when we focus on helping someone else, on bringing joy to another person’s life, we begin to feel better. The world looks brighter and our problems seem to recede. more

Bowling - A New Holiday Tradition

Ahh the holidays, a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate, share traditions, presents and lots of good food. I love this time of year, a chance to have our children and grandchildren over for gift giving,… more

Are you a Buttlerfly?

Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It is based on the theory that a small change in one place can result in large differences in another. An example would be when a butterfly flaps its wings in Colorado, a hurricane happens in Miami.The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier.

The following is a story about Susan and Tom and how the butterfly effect came into play in a positive way.

Susan got off to a late start one morning and still had to pick up donuts on the way to work. Her boss had called a big staff meeting with the president of the company in attendance and he wanted to make a good impression. Susan was stressed as she rushed around the grocery store picking out the donuts; she was anxious to get out of there quickly. But when she got to the check out line, of course only one lane was open and in front of her was Tom with a full cart of groceries. Susan thought, “Dang, I’m going to be late!” But Tom’s a nice guy and upon seeing that Susan looked a little harried, he graciously agreed to let her go first. more

Running is a lot like life

I have started running. You might be wondering why a woman would begin running at age 62. It’s a question I have asked myself often. I have never been into running, after all I have short legs and small lung capacity. This is not a runner’s body; at least that’s what I tell myself. I started out walking, a nice two mile path that got me going in the morning. Somewhere from within I got the nudge to try running a bit. So I would run a little and then walk, run a little more, walk, and so forth. One morning the message in my head was “What would it feel like to run the entire way? Do you think you could?” So I gave it a shot and sure enough, I was able to run the full two miles non-stop.

Now I run just about every morning, deftly stepping over rollie pollie bugs, spiders, a zillion ants and the angleworms brought out by a recent rain. I’m not very fast, in fact I can almost walk faster than I can run, yet I love the way running moves my body. more

Learning and Growing with Extraordinary People

It’s been nine years now, since I formed BellaSpark Productions out of my desire to see and hear the visionaries and authors whose books I was reading.

I still remember the first speaker I hosted in Fort Collins: Sonia Choquette. An amazing event with over 500 people in attendance, it showed me that there were others also hungry for this information; as a result BellaSpark Productions and the Extraordinary People Series were born.

Over the years we have learned from many incredible teachers – some we resonated with and others we did not – but each one had a message to share and touched us in some way.

I have watched myself grow and evolve over the years, as well as observed the shift in many of you. After all, we cannot experience all that we have without shifting to some degree. We learn, we grow and then we are ready for more. I am definitely ready for more and I hope you are too, that’s why I am excited to announce a new series of Extraordinary People: more

Letting Go of Shoulds

I started writing BellaSparks for a Monday with the intent to send out a personal message every week. Perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been a little lax. First it was our annual fundraiser Kristi’s Big Night Out and Golf Tournament that… more

Join us for Raise the Roof! Summer Events

It started a year ago, the campaign to Raise the Roof! on The House that Kristi Built: Celebrating Community for Habitat for Humanity. Since that time we have raised a significant portion of the $100,000 needed to build this house, gotten to know our Habitat homeowners William Rodriguez, son William Jr. and daughter Alexis, and just recently raised the walls on their new home. The building continues over the summer with completion planned for early fall. And we are continuing our fundraising for the house with our annual summer events the Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament and Kristi’s Big Night Out party. Both events are coming up the weekend of July 25 - 27. more

A Dream, a House and an Amazing Community

A year ago my family came together with a dream, a dream to build something lasting – to build a house for Habitat for Humanity, an organization we truly admire and believe in. We kicked off our dream last July with the annual Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament, and now, a year later that dream is finally a reality. The House that Kristi Built – Celebrating Community is being built.

The site for our Habitat House is fairly close to my home and I pass by it most days when I take my morning walk. At first there was just a mound of dirt, and then one day the mound turned into a hole in the ground. Now when I walk by, I see the beginnings of a foundation.

I realize that foundation represents the support of an amazing community of friends who have sustained my family over the past eleven years since my daughter Kristi died. Through your generous support, wonderful beginnings have sprouted from the ashes of grief. Kristi’s Fund has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships and support for area young women and organizations. Now, you have come together once again, to help us build this house. Thus the name: The House that Kristi Built – Celebrating Community. For we celebrate you and all you give to us and our city. more

Out with the Old - In with the New

The phone call early Christmas Eve morning came as a surprise. The gentleman on the other end of the line was calling to tell me my radio show, InnerViews with Kimmie Rose and Donna Visocky was being cancelled. Our host… more

Meet the New Sparks!

I knew that BellaSpark Magazine, and by that I mean the soul of BellaSpark Magazine, wanted to do/be something very special. I am always intrigued by the direction it goes and the people and opportunities that show up. It’s fascinating… more

What’s with the hair?

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it… more

Dream Big

It is time for me to dream again. Somewhere along the way I learned to believe that life is limited, that we only are allowed so many wishes. Perhaps it was the Genie in the Bottle story where you only get three wishes. Maybe it was the parents who always said, “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” or the teacher who said, “You’re not cut out for that.” As a child, I remember dreaming and fantasizing what my life would be like; it seems like a million years ago. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I dreamed of all the things I wanted, things I wanted to do and see, things I wanted to have in my life. When did I learn to limit myself? more

Will You Add Your Light to the World?

Happy New Year! It’s difficult to believe that it’s 2014 – seems like the past year flew by at lightening speed. Many of us stepped into 2013 expecting to see miraculous changes, hoping we would wake up to a kinder,… more

This is joy and there is nothing more I desire

I am having a great Christmas and it’s not even Christmas yet! Friday my three grandchildren came for dinner. I was expecting my granddaughter Hampton, age nine and my grandson Drew, age eleven, when lo and behold his brother Nick,… more

New Clothes New Me

I am cleaning out my closet, going through my wardrobe one piece at a time, filling garbage bags with clothes that no longer fit. Oh it’s not because the size is wrong, rather because these clothes no longer fit who… more

Hot Off the Press!

Here it is, my book, I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain, hot off the press. I feel as if I just birthed a child. Only the gestation period has been a lot longer than nine months! It… more

The End of a Journey

Well, it’s done. I finished the book and despite my penchant for tweaking and adding one more thing, my daughter is telling me it is complete, to let it go. I’ll Meet You at the Base of the Mountain is… more

The House that Kristi Built

With this issue, we want to honor our daughter Kristi who died ten years ago in an auto accident. She was the catalyst that started us on this soul journey and brought so much light into our lives. As we look back on the past nine years, we marvel at where we were and at where we have come to be. The journey is not yet finished, but there is more light on our faces and in our hearts and we are confidently moving forward, knowing that Kristi is guiding us and smiling down on us always. more

Letting Go Leads to New Adventures

I have been getting the nudge for some time now to step back from DOING, to let go of producing the events that brought wonderful teachers and visionaries to the stage in Colorado and other areas. I have been blessed to work with amazing people who have inspired me and changed my life, and hopefully yours as well. “Let go, Donna.” My guides tell me. “You no longer need to fill that role.” Letting go is a grand concept, but very difficult to actually do. This is how I learn, I tell them, and how I make my livelihood, I add. “Let it go,” the voice keeps whispering in my head. “Step back and write your book; the one that has been brewing in your head for the past several years. It is time for it to come forth.” more

Welcome to the beginning of the shift of the ages… 2013!”

"2012 has come and gone and if you're like most people, you've noticed big shifts in your personal life. Yes, there is still a certain craziness that continues on the planet and 'craziness' is probably too tame a word to use to describe what is happening with the world today. But, for now, let us focus on what is happening on a more personal level.” more

Happy Birthday Earth!

2013 marks the beginning of a new era for humanity, one in which we are consciously evolving together. We are the creators! The possibilities are endless. What kind of world do you want to live in?

I am reminded of a Native American story: A grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful, angry and violent. The other wolf is loving, compassionate and kind."

The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" more

Messages from the beach in Mexico…

I walk along the beach, surveying a beautiful stretch of white sand and aquamarine water, so clear you can see the fish swimming among the rocks. White handle tie trash bag in hand, my mission is two-fold: 1 – To soak in the experience of this vibrant and colorful coastline as much as possible. It is so different from the brown, flat and sometimes mountainous topography of my home in Colorado. 2 – To collect not seashells, which spread out in abundance before me, but trash. Like sour bile from her deep stomach, the sea vomits up the garbage that humanity so carelessly discards. She coughs it up, spewing it out on the shoreline, only to have it return again with the next pull of the tide. more

Ascension Symptoms

“Feeling as though you are in a pressure cooker or in intense energy; feeling stress. Remember, you are adjusting to a higher vibration and you will eventually adjust. Old patterns, behaviors and beliefs are also being pushed to the surface. There is a lot going on inside of you!” more

Letting Go

It is finally fall, a welcome relief after the scorching heat and burning fires, the floods and other disasters that much of the country has experienced over the summer. It is an interesting time and we struggle to make sense of everything, perhaps understanding on some level that Mother Earth needs to cleanse herself and prepare for rebirth and renewal, and at the same time struggling with the physical experience and the aftermath of change. more

Exciting News…  Radio and a Book!

I have some exciting news to share with you this month. For the past few years I have been blessed to be able to work with and share with you the message of many of today's top metaphysical experts, authors and speakers in the mind, body, spirit arena. Through live events, BellaSpark Magazine and Social Media we have enjoyed and learned from these remarkable people. Now, I am exited to announce that I will be venturing into a new format, radio. more

Are you still ‘BellaSparking’?

As I look back on the speakers BellaSpark has presented over the years, I realize all of them have offered messages I needed to hear, lessons I needed to learn.

I have learned that we are all blessed with an abundance of guides and angels who are with us daily, and when I am able to get out of my own way I have experienced their assistance in amazing ways. I understand that the veils are thinning, that our ability to connect with those on the other side will get easier. However, I often feel a disconnect or I question the messages I am getting. I ask my guides “How I can do this better? What am I missing?” more

I Spy

I babysat my granddaughter this past weekend. We went bowling, ate pizza and shared jokes. She likes me to sleep with her when I am there, quite an adventure as she is all over the bed. I must like getting kicked in the stomach in the middle of the night!

Sunday morning we were laying in bed chatting and she asked if I wanted to play “I Spy.” more

To my sister…

My sister Mary Danz passed away on Thursday, December 15. She was a beautiful soul with a generous laugh and wonderful smile that lit up a room.

You were a Christmas baby, born on December 25, thus our parents names you Mary. Compassionate, caring, generous and loving, you embodied Christmas year round, sharing your many beautiful gifts with all. You loved to craft and make unique presents for family and friends, but your true gift, one you gave so freely, was your heart. more

Just for Today

This morning I am sitting on the patio, a beautiful cool Colorado morning. The sun is shining and I am enjoying a cup of tea, a perfect time to reflect, connect with Spirit and as Dr. Joe Dispenza encourages, plan my day. more

Celebrating Oneness

What is Oneness? It is a belief that we are all connected, every living being and organism on the planet. It is a knowing that there is an unseen web that binds us all.

We Are All One is the one idea that truly changes everything. When we see that we are all connected, when we see ourselves in each other, we cannot help but nurture, love and support the other. When we understand our connection to nature, we can no longer destroy our planet. more

Life’s Little Nuggets: I hope you dance…

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance."

This little nugget showed up in my email the other day with perfect timing. I was lamenting over the state of my affairs and how nothing seemed to be going right: my husband’s car died and needed a new battery; my computer locked up and absolutely refused to cooperate; I lost my brand new I-Pod, it drop out of my purse when we were out with a group of friends. more

Vancouver? How did I end up here?

People often ask me why I chose to expand the Extraordinary People Series to Vancouver. This is one of my favorite stories of messages from the other side...

I was invited to lunch by two young women from Denver, Kat and Maru. This was our first meeting and we spent a lot of time learning about each other, our backgrounds, how we started on this path and where we saw ourselves going. It was the day before New Years Eve 2007. I said that BellaSpark was kicking off a new series in Seattle beginning in January 2008 and that I was considering adding another city in 2009, probably somewhere in the Midwest. more

Look in the Mirror

Often when I look in the mirror, I am completely surprised at the reflection that looks back at me. “Who is that person?” I ask. “That can’t be me. I am tall and thin; not short and round.” I have to admit, my mirror is generally pretty kind to me; a sort of magic mirror, if you would. I am sure I look taller and thinner when I model my outfit for the day. Imagine my surprise when I catch my reflection in a window or see myself in a photo. “Where did that dumpy person come from?” (Let me tell you, if you could invent a camera that didn’t put 10 pounds on a person, you would give Bill Gates a run for his money!) more

The True Joy of Life

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. more

Suzane Northrop Answers Questions about Dead People (DP’s)

Do you believe everyone has the ability to make contact or receive communications with the other side?

Yes. I believe that everyone has the ability to make their own personal connections because of the interchange of emotions and love that is connected with their loved ones. If we are talking about doing it on a professional level, that is a whole other ball game. That is something that I ultimately believe has a chosen element but as far as a connection of love we all have that right. more

Suzane Northrop Answers Questions about Dead People (DP’s)

Are dream communications real?

Yes, dreams are the number one way of making contact. However, it is the type of dream that actually determines if it is contact. For example, if you have a dream of somebody and you are experiencing them in a place of when they were really ill and you go back to that place - that is not a contact dream. That is a “your stuff” dream and you are experiencing the physical energies and emotions that you were experiencing when they were going through their physical death. more

Suzane Northrop Answers Questions about Dead People (DP’s)

What happens when people commit suicide?

Essentially I always tell people that when a loved one takes their own life you need to send them a lot of love as well as them sending you a lot of love because there is always a need for that connection. Yes, they do go to the same place of love that everybody else goes. There is always a level of prayer that is involved. I think that is important for everybody. more

Suzane Northrop Answers Questions about Dead People (DP’s)

Pets, where are they?

They are in the same place that people are. This is all about love. It does not matter if you have 4 legs or if you have 2 legs. We all have souls. They have a different soul program than we do – they are part of a group soul - we are part of an individual soul - but through this element of love which is the most powerful force they are in the same connection of love and it does not matter what the level of energy is - energy is all about love. more

Suzane Northrop Answers Questions about Dead People (DP’s)

What happens when people commit suicide?

Essentially I always tell people that when a loved one takes their own life you need to send them a lot of love as well as them sending you a lot of love because there is always a need for that connection. Yes, they do go to the same place of love that everybody else goes. There is always a level of prayer that is involved. I think that is important for everybody. more

War – When will we ever learn?

I watched the movie Robin Hood with Russell Crowe tonight. Interesting take on Robin Hood, it told the story of how he became the hero of Sherwood Forest. But as I watched, it made me sick to my stomach; such senseless acts of violence, death and destruction. We have been on this same path for thousands of years; some things never change. more

Renowned Psychic Medium Comes to Colorado

I am a medium working with the DPs. DPs have become a comfortable term for members of the Dead People's Society. If this sounds like I don't take death seriously, nothing could be further from the truth. What is true,… more

2011 Brings Change and New Beginnings

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2011. Don’t know about you but we are ready for a new year, this past one has been interesting to say the least. 2010 has been all about letting go of old baggage, blocks and beliefs that no longer serve us, we’ve had major lessons to learn and challenges to face. This is a time of change, with old systems and structures breaking down to allow for a new and brighter tomorrow. It’s been quite an adventure, and it’s not over yet, but there are incredible things on the horizon. 2011 should be way more fun. more

Maybe I Should’ve Known

by Sally Knudsen

Maybe I should’ve known
that the bars on my cage
were mental not metal.
And I could walk through them
like a moist finger passing through a candle flame.

Maybe I should’ve known
that leaving doesn’t mean not loving.
And the only step I need to be sure of
is the next one--

That ingredients
like bittersweet longing,
gypsy dreams and middle-aged lust
make their own rich and holy gravy.

Maybe I should’ve known
that staying small and rationing
pleasure so ‘no one gets hurt’,
actually hurts
and dulls everyone.

Maybe I should’ve known
this perplexing journey is perfect,
and I am right on time,
and the sweet permissions I grant to myself
waft around my being
casting to my loved ones
free tickets to their own circus. more

MPower: No Woman Left Behind

by Linda M Potter
Think Miss, Mrs., Ms., mother, marriage, matriarch… Then think some more — stretch yourself a little: money, marketing, magnificence, mystical, magical, marvelous, metamorphosis, motivator, manifestor, mindfulness, me… The ways in which women can MPower themselves and others are many. more

Eating Ice Cream and the Wisdom of a Child…

My grandson Nicholas loves to ride bikes with me. Now I’ve found that if you’re looking for a real aerobic workout, or in a hurry to get somewhere, Nicholas is not the riding partner you want. But if you enjoy stopping at all the cool places along the river to crouch on the rocks and look for fish and turtles, sail sticks and throw stones, then he’s your man. And if you want a soothing, meditative opportunity, forget it. This child never stops talking! more

Kristi’s Fund Awards Ten $2000 Scholarships

The Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation announced today that ten area young women will receive $2000 scholarships for the 2010-11 school year. Recipients are Kenzi Buehler, Carrie Busby, Sofie Christiansen, Kelly Comer, Jennifer Fleming, Jennifer Flint, Taffyette Harrison, Krystalyn Lockard, Tandi McBlair and Christina Scruggs. more

Did you know?

Did you know that with every ticket purchased to a BellaSpark event $1 goes to Kristi's Fund? more