Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Shadow of War

The 44th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Shadow ~*~ Every family has its shadow characters. People whose misery casts a pall wherever it lands and upon whomever it entangles. In previous posts reference has already been made to family members who created emotional havoc for their immediate circle and, indeed, for ensuing … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Shadow of War

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Who’s son is he anyway?

The 34th in a series on my family tree Prompt: Timeline ~*~ “There are more questions than answersAnd the more I find out the less I know.”Johnny Nash ~*~ What a fun idea, I thought, to explore an ancestor’s life through their timeline. And so I went for a look-see up through the family tree … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Who’s son is he anyway?

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Heart of Service

The 33rd in a series on my family tree Prompt: Service ~*~ Unforeseen circumstances threw me into full-time service in our horse barn this week, and so this will be short and, perhaps, a little philosophical. The heart of service is a willingness and desire to help others. Interestingly enough, this desire begins in the … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Heart of Service

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 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: 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