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

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Value of a Sewing Machine in Chickens

The 20th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Textile Our family tree is rich with pioneer history. From the United Empire Loyalists (the Springer, Sumner, Fairchild lines) who fled north of the 49th parallel to homestead the untamed lands of the Talbot … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Value of a Sewing Machine in Chickens

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

The 16th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Negatives ~*~ Too much of life already lost.Too many memoriesTrapped I know notWhere.Locked away.Hard times?Of course, but happyTimes obscuredThere, too. WhyConsider more of this?Why engage in theSabotage of a memoryAlready crying forThe lost and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Father

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Born for the Stage

The 14th in a series of posts about my family treeInspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Check it out! We’re at week 14 of this 52-week ancestral adventure and already it’s proven quite a ride. Unearthing old stories and solving family mysteries is all part of the fun, of course, and … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: Born for the Stage

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Memories of Flowers

The 11th in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Flowers My first true memory of flowers stems from when I was six years old. It was 1968. My younger brother, James, and I lived with granny Alice (Gordon) McDonall in Westlock, Alberta for … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: The Memories of Flowers

Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Photo?

The third in a series of posts about my family tree.Inspired by Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Prompt: Favourite Photo Naming favourites is a challenge for me. As a photographer, choosing any one of my creations over another is difficult for each tells its own story. I favour different images for different … More Shedding Light on the Family Tree: What’s in a Photo?

Giving Thanks

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving. The hills around our home are splotched in orange and red and gold; the palette of autumnal splendour. The sun burns white to the southeast and the sky is lined in wisps of silver, a veil to soften that burning light. My studio window looks out over an almost naked birch, faintly … More Giving Thanks

Sunday Serenity

~*~ To dwell in shadowed thoughts of dark unknowing? Or, embrace the light my deepest truth reveals? Two interesting and, perhaps, defining questions. I choose light. Have a beautiful day … Dorothy ~*~ ©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2020 Aimwell CreativeWorks

A Lesson in Thrival

~*~ This past year has been a lesson in thrival. Yes, I have just invented a word. From survive and survival we go to thrive and “thrival.” You’re welcome. This time last year instead of setting new year’s resolutions as I would normally, I set the intention to thrive. 2019 was going to be the … More A Lesson in Thrival