Shedding Light on the Family Tree: We’ll Never Know

The 31st in a series on my family tree Prompt: Help ~*~ There was no official cry for help that day. A dark, smokey plume on the horizon was the only evidence to local farmers that something was terribly amiss. “Drop tools!” This instinctive rallying cry rippled in a seeming psychic wave through farmyards across … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: We’ll Never Know

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Creativity Runs Rampant

The 29th in a Series Prompt: Fun Facts Creativity runs rampant in my family. It’s just the way we are. Musicians, writers, artists, and craftsmen line the branches of our tree to one degree or another. My fun factoids are focused on a few examples of this. Music is central. Whether playing in brass and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Creativity Runs Rampant

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Common Thread

The 28th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Character “When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” ― Edna O’Brien, 20th Century Irish novelist ~*~ While scaling the branches of our family tree I’ve met a host of interesting characters. … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Common Thread

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Case of Mistaken Identity

The 26th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Identity Identity is so deeply nuanced that it’s not a topic I can tackle in just a few days with any satisfaction. And so, I’ve landed on writing a very short piece of fiction based on a true story. Here goes … ~*~ “One more … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Somewhere Out There

The 24th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Broken Branch In 1986 I inherited a 100-year-old black leather railroad bag from my maternal grandfather, Stanley Lewis McDonall. It was filled with old family documents, including letters and photographs and handwritten historical accounts, and as I reviewed them it was like discovering a part … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Somewhere Out There

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Naming Names

The 23rd in a series of posts about my family tree Prompt: Popular Names Giving someone a name is pretty serious business. There are traditions we live up to; bump up against, or simply choose to ignore. Some traditions demand first-born sons be named for the father; similarly first-born daughters for the mother. In larger … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Naming Names

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Not to Be … There is no Question

The 22nd in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Mistake Shedding light on the family tree can be a bit of a vanity project. Who among us has not thrilled at the discovery of famous (or infamous, as the case may be) ancestors … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Not to Be … There is no Question

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Love at Home

The 22nd in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Conflict Conflict begins with the crossing of a boundary. An uninvited someone or something enters our mental, emotional, physical or spiritual space and provokes a defensive response. Basically, our solitude is invaded; our focus … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Love at Home