It’s a Sign …

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Light Fantastic

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Actually, there are lots of signs that Christmas is on its way …

The days are shorter.

The temperature has dropped.

A skiff of snow has fallen.

Pretty twinkle lights are emerging on yards all over the town.

And … today is Chocolate Day.

An annual gathering ~ three mothers, three daughters, two daughters-in-law, a couple of friends, a husband or two ~ to make chocolates to give away as Christmas gifts.

We start at 9 a.m. and go til we’re done ~ probably around midnight.

Hand-rolled. Hand-dipped. Hand-boxed. Hard work.

Last week we made fondant. 11 flavours. Only the purest ingredients. No preservatives. This is the real mccoy. 😉

I’m getting pretty close to 20 years of  involvement in this tradition. Our fearless leaders have been churning out Christmas chocolate for more than 50 years.

As you might imagine, we work like a well-oiled machine.

And the results?

Delicious!!!!

Today is the official start of the Christmas season for me.

And no, I don’t eat chocolate all day … 😉

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Light Scatters Fright …

Daily Prompt: Frightening

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Frightening

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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 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

More Fright

The inequality in Gender Equality: A simply case of “Ladies First” | I am Mike Obiora
Frightening | The Magic Black Book
Daily Prompt: Fright Night | Under the Monkey Tree
Eek! Agggh! “Splat!” | Anniemation Floe
Cut it off.. | ayimas
Fright | The Nameless One
FRIGHTENING | thinkerscap

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.

Abort!

[Sigh]

I’ll try again tomorrow morning. Any suggestions?

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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

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Thanks for visiting  …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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More Confusion

Land of the Creepers | sayanything
Confusion | thinkerscap
Land of Confusion | The Nameless One
Through a Telescope | Badkarmosity
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Studeren en sociale contacten: nog steeds verbaasd | autitekst
Daily Prompt: Out Of Place In This Land Of Confusion | My Daily Prompt Blog
Land of Confusion | Finale to an Entrance
222. Dazed and Confused | Barely Right of Center
SO RE-IRRI-LAT-ABLE.. | ayimas
Frail looking man | crookedeyebrows
Daily Prompt: Land of Confusion | Awl and Scribe
Daily Prompt ~ Standing Out in Confusion | Misifusa’s Blog
Path to Nowhere | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
Soulful Poet… | Haiku By Ku
Guest Post Q&A: A Lifetime Struggle With Mental Illness | Momma Roars
lost | not4faintheartsblog
Bizarre | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
Moon and Sun Meet | Love The Bees
Daily Prompt – Matters of Confusion | My Gap Year Adventure
TURN WHERE? WHEN? WHY? | SERENDIPITY

The Power of Love

Daily Prompt: Love

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Love~*~

Meet my teenage friend Danielle and her horse, Shadow.

Shadow is a roan three-year-old, maybe thoroughbred, (no one knows for sure yet) who was bound for the slaughterhouse earlier this year when Danielle’s employers at the time, owners of a local horse rescue, purchased him off the meat truck for a couple of hundred dollars.

He was given to Danielle and immediately a bond was formed.

The love of this young woman has saved this horse. And, as horses do, he’s rescuing her right back.

Now, that’s love.

Thanks for visiting.

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

More Love 

Rural Tourism in Russia: Welcome | Bright Moments Catcher
My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Love to Love You
Mother-Daughter Love. | ayimas
Daily Prompt: Love to Love You | Under the Monkey Tree
Love | The Ambitious Drifter
Love to Love You (Me) | Fruit Salad
The things that I seek | Phelio a Random Post a Day
A Visit To The Psychologist | The Jittery Goat
RiRi’s Lure | Pretty Pleasures
WordPress Daily Prompt | Donna H.
Re-homed dog abandons bear | We Live In A Flat
Growing Together | It’s a wonderful F’N life
Daily Prompt: Love to Love You ~ NaBloPoMo ~ #15 « Mama Bear Musings
Lazy love | shame
Walking in my husband’s worn out work boots. | W.T.F.
Daily Prompt: Love to Love You | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
Daily Prompt ~ Raising Autism | Misifusa’s Blog
Mon And Son Baa Resting in the Shade | Kansa Muse
Led | hatter’s lattitude
Love to love you | xuyeens
Daily Prompt: Love to Love You | Awl and Scribe
Acting Silly / Daily Prompt: Love to Love You | Communication For Development

Detail … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Daily Prompt: Details

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Details

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Further Details

Mom And I Talk About Death And Bikinis | The Jittery Goat
Daily Prompt: FAQ – An Open Interview | littlegirlstory
Details make a difference | Lost in Translation
Daily Prompt: FAQ | Awl and Scribe
Fruit Loops Hit the Spot! | meanderedwanderings
Daily Prompt: The Cat Allergy Man | My Daily Prompt Blog
A brief-ish interview with myself. | thoughtsofrkh
Birthday Interview | It’s a wonderful F’N life
Pearl tackles the big issues. | mostlytrueramblings
An inspiration and an adventure through a book | MC’s Whispers
Clara Interviews the Daydream Fairy « Clara’s Coffee Break

Evil … and Good

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Evil lurks in the shadows.

Mascarades as something

It is not.

Fear is its watchword.

Whatever its face

It lies

Discourages

Degenerates

Destroys

Demoralizes

Distresses

Depresses

Devalues

It hurts; not heals.

Drives pain; not peace.

Evil is miserable.

Misery demands company.

Will you be that company?

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Good

Goodness thrives in the light.

Light penetrates the dark.

It is everything it seems.

It is truth

Beauty

Love

Kindness

Charity

Peace

Acceptance

Gratitude

Joy

Serenity.

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?

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Just a stream of consciousness thought.

I always like to end on a good note. 😉

Thanks for visiting.

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Other thoughts on Wicked Witch/Evil

Ego | Bright Moments Catcher
My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Wicked Witch – It’s Me!!!
DP : Evil | Experimental Fiction
Daily Prompt: Wicked Witch | Awl and Scribe
Daily Prompt: Wicked Witch | Bizzimummy’s World
Frosty Friday | Purple Rosemary
Cruella Deville [Daily Prompt: Wicked Witch] | unknowinglee
Daily Prompt: Wicked Witch | Under the Monkey Tree
A Lesson In Good And Evil | The Jittery Goat
Wicked Witch | Braised Pork on Rice
Daily Prompt: Wicked WItch | WilderThing
EVIL SPELT BACKWARDS | Standing Ovation, Seated
Good and evil | Kate Murray
Daily Prompt: Evil In The World Today | My Daily Prompt Blog
Is There More Good Than Evil? | Creative Mysteries
EVIL DREAMS | SERENDIPITY
Daily Prompt; does evil exist, or is it all in our minds? | sixty, single and surviving

On the Local Front …

Daily Prompt: Non-Regional Diction

Maple Sunshine

Canadian maple leaves take a tumble, eh.

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Thanks for visiting

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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More Local Notions

A Welsh Short Story | Kate Murray
Black Bears and Elk | The Land Slide Photography
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Non-Regional Diction | The Nameless One
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Harvest Moon setting over Portland, OR – 9/30/12 | Emerald Studio Photography
Learning from you | Life is great
Three Sheets to the Wind | sayanything
Killing Pushto | Flowers and Breezes
Doing it the South African way. | Hope* the happy hugger
Urdu and Desis | A mom’s blog
Daily Prompt: Local | Postcards from
Trust A Try [Daily Prompt: Non-Regional Diction] | unknowinglee
School was Chool | A String of Pearls
A Trip to the Store: Non-Regional Diction | 2nd Time Is A Charm
Come on in a sit a spell. I gots a tall tale to tell ya | mostlytrueramblings
Day 20 – an alley (not a room) with a view | Laura’s Little Things
“Namputcha naman!” | My Weary Heart

A Few of My Favourite Things

A favourite flower

A favourite flower

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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?

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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.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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A Few More Favourite Things

218. Ten Questions | Barely Right of Center
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things | Javagrrl Cafe
My response. | Hope* the happy hugger
10 Questions with a Twist | Clothed with Thunder
10 Things You’ve Been Dying to Know About Your Favorite Trooper… Or Not | Stuphblog
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | Life is great
Inside a Writer’s Mind | Kate Murray
DP Daily Prompt :FAVOURITE | biodunadebiyi
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | Awl and Scribe
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | Musical Foodie Love
In case you’ve been wondering about me … | 365 And Counting
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
Izzy and the Bumble | It’s a wonderful F’N life
The Lurker’s List | Favorite
Inside the Insanity | Finale to an Entrance
10 Questions | A Sign Of Life
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | Processing the life
Sometimes I Wonder and Other Times I Know | Kansa Muse
The letter “N” is for nine questions. | BEATS PER MINUTE
Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio | A Mixed Bag
Enquiring Minds Want to Know . . . | meanderedwanderings

Lest We Forget …

Archie Gordon

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On April 6, 1943, a Halifax bomber with 405 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, in which my great uncle, Sergeant Archibald Don Gordon, was flight engineer, was shot down over the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France.

p_contribution_squadron405a

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The second youngest of a large farm family living in northern Alberta, he was a bright and cheerful chap adored by everyone. He was closest in age to my grandmother and they were fast friends.

He volunteered.

On the back of his photo (above) my grandmother wrote:

“He said, ‘Someone has to do it.'”

He was in his early 20s when he left for war. He did his duty for his country and paid the ultimate price.

Sergeant Gordon’s body was recovered and is buried in the war cemetery in Pornic, France.

My grandmother had custody of his service medals until the day she died, and they remain in the family to this day.

Standing to attention

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He was only one of many, many lost.

Lest we forget …

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, All Rights Reserved 2013