Desert Island Day Dreaming

Daily Prompt: Five Items




A desert island. Isolation. Nothing to do but be.

But how to be?

When pondering what to write I thought first about my list. I wanted to know where my survival instinct would take me. Would I be all “Oh my gosh, I’m stuck on a desert island!! Save me! Save me!” Or would I  adopt a “T’is cool, man” attitude and enjoy the experience.

Assuming there would be a plentiful supply of food and water, etc. I didn’t give this another thought. Frankly, I could survive on bananas and coconuts. 😉

So, given that the “necessities” of life are under control, I present to you a list of five items I would consider necessary to my survival were I to find myself alone on a desert island without human contact.

1) My horse, Bear ~ My thoughts drift to a favourite childhood book, The Black Stallion, and the movie by the same name released in 1979. I want to play out that scene on the beach (minus the snake), where Alec and his wild new equine companion, The Black, are frolicking together in the tropical sun, chasing each other across the sand and splashing in the water. The sequence in the movie is 20 minutes long and features absolutely stunning cinematography. I’m sure Bear and I would have fun and spend many happy hours thus engaged.

2) My digital camera ~ I couldn’t possibly be in a foreign land without my digital camera. So much beauty to capture for future enjoyment after Bear and I are rescued. No doubt I would get spectacular shots of my boy running and playing on the beach.

3) A journal and pen (counted as one item) ~ I’m a writer. I need to document things. I suppose that’s where the camera comes in too. I need to write down my thoughts, feelings, observations. Pour my heart onto the page. Finger writing in the wet sand won’t cut it.

4) My ukelele ~ On a desert island I would have time to play my lovely ukelele and sing. I don’t get to do that these days. I might play everything in the key of C, but at least I’d be playing. 😉

5) A book of Shakespeare’s Sonnets ~ I would immerse myself in the beautiful language of this gifted poet and it would, perhaps, inspire me to write sonnets of my own.

Hmmm, this sounds good. I might enjoy some time on a desert island.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Bathed in Light … Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England


Portal to Heaven


When I travel I like to visit the old and ancient places. I like to marvel at the workmanship. I like to look up.

I find when I look up I see the most amazing things. Like this beautiful domed ceiling at the entrance to the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset.

In the centre a window to the heavens, where light enters and bathes the palatial hall in a warming glow.

In the Baths at Bath I am bathed in light.


Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Are You Kidding Me?

Daily Prompt: Keeping up with those Jones People/Covet


Bear Smiing


It’s the day after Thanksgiving and we’re already coveting?

Is gratitude at Thanksgiving like kindness at Christmas? A seasonal (one-day) affair?

Surely we can do better than this.

Absolutely, there are things I’d like for my life that I do not have, Still, I need to be rooted in gratitude for the blessings I already enjoy if I am to be truly happy.

Let’s keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year long.

And may we never want for anything.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

More …

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Be the Light

Daily Prompt: Courage

Into the Light


Lots of things take courage …

It takes courage to face each day with a sunny disposition.

It takes courage to pursue our potential.

It takes courage to apologize when we’re in the wrong.

It takes courage to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.

It takes courage to pull ourselves out of a rut and choose a new road.

It takes courage to open our hearts ~ to allow love to flow in, and flow out.

It takes courage to open our minds to new healing ideas, and to shed harmful old ones.

It takes courage to be responsible for our actions.

It takes courage to stand up for our truth; for what we believe in.

It takes courage to shine in a world increasingly dark.

It takes courage to step out of the shadow and into the light.

It takes courage to be the light you are.

Take courage … and be that light.


Happy Thanksgiving …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

More Courage

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Light Scatters Fright …

Daily Prompt: Frightening




My mantra is to accentuate the positive, so I don’t drift into the dark corners of my mind too often to noodle on the things that frighten me.

Having said that, if I were to acknowledge one thing that bothers me from time to time it’s the fact that my life is speeding by and there’s only so much time to accomplish everything I’d like to do. I’m not afraid of dying. It’s as much a part of living as life itself. I’m frightened by the prospect of missing opportunities and all the beauty there is to experience on this journey.

Our world dwells on the negative and we get bogged down in negative things. While these things cannot be ignored they cannot be allowed to dominate. Balance is key.

It’s why even in the darkest and most frightening of moments I seek the light. Where there is light, there is hope. Where there is hope, fear fades into the ether.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

More Fright

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Confusion Reigns. Well, not completely …

Daily Prompt: Confusion

As I write this my eyes drift to the right of the computer screen occasionally. I’m wondering when the heck the last 20 per cent or so of my wedding photo book, which I’m uploading (downloading?) to Apple, is finally going to transfer its cyber-butt into the ether.

I’ve been sitting here for more than 90 minutes already, waiting for the royal blue measuring stick to reach the end. Chained to my computer, am I, because to leave would render it to “sleep.” The upload would cancel and I’d have to start the process all … over … again.

I’d prefer not to do that.

It’s not that my computer is old, or slow. We purchased this lovely spanking new Apple desktop with all its bells and whistles this past the summer. It’s in perfectly good order.

No, it’s not the computer. It can’t be. Surely. It’s probably … Oh, I don’t know …

I’m a writer. I spend a lot of time in front the computer flexing my creative muscle. I’m no techno-genius. I just want my techno-partner to do what it’s designed to do while I do what I’m designed to do. Write. And edit my photographs. And create pretty photo books.

But right now, I am confused. Confused as to why  a simple upload is taking so (insert expletive here) long to complete.

Should I abandon it and start again? Or give up entirely and gaze wistfully at wedding memories stored online and wonder “what if that silly book had uploaded?”

Perhaps I ought to disable the “sleep” timer on the computer for now. Will that help?

My eyes drift to the right of the screen and … [sigh] … the blue measuring stick has not moved even a tiny bit. It must be hung up.

I’m confused.



I’ll try again tomorrow morning. Any suggestions?


I may be confused about technology, but there’s no confusion when it comes to how I feel about my darling Abbey …

Portrait of Abbey


Thanks for visiting  …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013


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Evil … and Good


Evil lurks in the shadows.

Mascarades as something

It is not.

Fear is its watchword.

Whatever its face

It lies








It hurts; not heals.

Drives pain; not peace.

Evil is miserable.

Misery demands company.

Will you be that company?



Goodness thrives in the light.

Light penetrates the dark.

It is everything it seems.

It is truth










It heals; not hurts.

Drives peace; not pain.

Good is contented in its own company

Yet open to the company of those of like heart.

Will you be that company?


Just a stream of consciousness thought.

I always like to end on a good note. 😉

Thanks for visiting.

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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A Few of My Favourite Things

A favourite flower

A favourite flower


Daily Prompt: On the interview show Inside the Actors’ Studio, host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions. What are your responses?


What is your favorite word? ~ Love ~ because it is the root of all peace

What is your least favorite word?~ Hate ~ because it is the opposite of love and leads to all war

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? ~ truth

What turns you off? ~ lack of integrity, dishonesty

What is your favorite curse word? ~ I don’t curse enough to know

What sound or noise do you love? ~ silence punctuated by nature

What sound or noise do you hate? ~ disharmony

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? ~ acting or jazz singing

What profession would you not like to do? ~ mathematician

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? ~ Welcome home, my child.


Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013


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The Thrill of Competition


International show jumping at Spruce Meadows, Alberta


I love to watch show jumping.

It’s a high-energy spectacle featuring high-powered equine athletes and their skillful and talented riders while they negotiate a tough series of colourful obstacles within a set time limit.

The soft pounding of hooves on grass or in the sand ring; the flutter of the horses’ nostrils as they anticipate each jump; the incredible synchronicity between horse and rider and the thrill when a favourite combination gets a clear round ~ I love to be a part of this.

However, watching energy requires energy, and I have found recently, as I manage the effects of adrenal fatigue, that the thrill of competition resonates at too high a frequency for me. I can only take in these high-energy competitions in small doses.

Last week we attended the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, an annual tradition. Usually we buy tickets to the evening equestrian competition, but this year we passed on that as I’m still not well enough to indulge in an exciting evening’s entertainment. It’s too bad because I really love to watch the parade of beautiful horses in the driving, jumping and dressage competitions.

Instead we took advantage of the free day time jumping competitions. This way I could enjoy the thrill in small doses and, as there was no extra cost involved, we could leave when we wanted without feeling we’d wasted our money.

As far as participating in equestrian competition is concerned those days are probably behind me. If there’s a nice, relaxed dressage schooling show in the area Bear and I might have a little fun with that. We’ll see how life unfolds. My health dictates the terms of my participation so for now, at least, the thrill of competition belongs to others.

It is what it is, and I’m okay with that.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013


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Weekly Photo Challenge: My Horse Habit

Every day ~ unless I’m ill, away or the roads are ice covered ~ you’ll find me at the barn spending time with my horse, Bear. Two to three hours every day. Usually my lunch “hour.”

I’m in the habit of writing in the early morning and late afternoon. My horse habit nicely sandwiches these creative hours and gives my mind, body and spirit a change of pace.

Bear time is a great opportunity to peel myself away from technology and get in rhythm with nature.

It’s a good habit.


Horse habit

Sheltered within the stable of the daily horse habit are many sub-habits:

  • I’m in the habit of grooming Bear to forge our bond and ensure he’s in ship shape shape.
  • I’m in the habit of giving him a nice face rub before putting his bridle on.
  • I’m in the habit of bringing a few lumps of sugar with me into the arena so I can reward him when he’s a good boy (I never have enough lumps 😉 )
  • I’m in the habit of filling his blue bucket with carrots (which satisfies his carrot habit).
  • I’m in the habit of cleaning my tack and sweeping up after myself.
  • I’m in the habit of picking out Bear’s stall when I see it needs it
  • I’m in the habit of giving Bear a light lavender aromatherapy facial massage before leaving the barn, so he’ll feel calm, relaxed and happy while I’m gone. (At least, that’s the intent. He loves the attention.)

I have been dogged by the horse habit for most of my life. There’s no way around it. I have tried to quit. Yes, I have. However, it’s no use. The horse habit is now as much a part of my life as the air I breathe.

Still, look in those eyes … how can I resist?

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013


Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

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