Motivational Monday Poem: Ancestral Connections

Myths, folklore, ancestral connections Embedded in my memory Energizing my spirit The paths of those who came before Walking alongside my own   Ethereal Celtic voices and harps Drums and flutes of the First Nation Lungs coated by coal dust Hands that pulse with the earth’s soul Your imprints grounded in nature and DNA  Continue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: Ancestral Connections”

Day Forty-Seven of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey

DAY 47: Remembering my Irish Immigrants My three times great-grandfather died 116 years ago today from “cancer of the stomach” (a direct quote from a letter written by his wife to her mother-in-law). Ever since I learned about him and his wife immigrating to America from Ireland, I’ve been fascinated with their story. Part ofContinue reading “Day Forty-Seven of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”

Motivational Monday: Grave Markers

More than names and dates Our ancestral lineage lives on Through stories, memories, And mementos treasured through generations   Plots of land mark those who’ve passed on People loved, despised, or a blend of the two They made an impact, yet Has the effect withstood the test of time   Debate remains over religious andContinue reading “Motivational Monday: Grave Markers”

Day 50 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 50: Creativity Prompt #7 Result On Day 47, I posted the image above with the following prompt: FAMILY…TRAVEL…CONNECTIONS Create a piece of art (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.), using the three words above as inspiration.   The hills come alive, not with musicContinue reading “Day 50 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 44 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 44: A Native Branch A spiritual connection without an ancestral link A sense of knowing yet the facts elude A family tree with broken branches Let the rain pour down and heal   Part of a tribe without confirmation Part of a whole withContinue reading “Day 44 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 36 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 36: Ancestral Conversations The Creativity Prompt posted on Friday (Day 33 of the pledge) was as follows: Continuing with the theme from yesterday’s post, imagine two of your ancestors (one from your paternal side and the other from the maternal branch of your tree) areContinue reading “Day 36 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 33 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 33: CREATIVITY PROMPT #5 (Ancestral Conversations) Continuing with the theme from yesterday’s post, imagine two of your ancestors (one from your paternal side and the other from the maternal branch of your tree) are standing on the beach. Now, write a conversation between the two ofContinue reading “Day 33 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”

Day 32 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 32: Do Artistic Spirits Rest Here? 115 years ago today, my great-great grandfather was laid to rest at the age of 45. He emigrated from Ireland around the mid-1880’s, got married (once he arrived in Philly, I believe), and had five children by theContinue reading “Day 32 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”