Celebrating our family’s Valentine, Aunt Betty Deeny!
My Aunt Reba never married, resided with her parents, and was close with her family – a path I see myself walking five decades later.
As I wonder about the possible sins of my ancestors, I pay closer attention to my own prejudices and biases.
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”
DAY 34: Motivational Monday poem – Ancestral Seeds I often think of seeds planted Long before my body and spirit met The men and women who choices Defined not only their lives But fertilized the ground from which I stemmed I imagine the place they once called home And the steps they took to findContinue reading “Day Thirty-Four of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”
DAY 18: A Genealogy Clue My interest in genealogy research continues to inspire me. Today was no different. I learned more information about a possible clue in finding our rumored Native American lineage: a name passed down from my great grandmother that turns out to be a city in Northern Michigan. I immediately went intoContinue reading “Day Eighteen of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”
DAY TWO: A Grand Godmother I went scouring through old photos albums tonight, looking for a picture from when I journeyed with friends to see the Pope speak in Denver, CO back in 1993. Instead, I stumbled upon a photo much more precious and timely – my grandmother/godmother with me on the day of myContinue reading “Day Two of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”
111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 106: A Spirited “Dream” in Ireland Creativity Prompt #15 (on Day 103) was as follows…use the terms DREAM – SPIRITS – AWAKE as creative inspiration. The piece below is the result of Friday’s prompt. My grandmother was a practicing psychic, and I’m entirely convincedContinue reading “Day 106 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”
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”