Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget 1200

In memory of

Sergeant Archibald Don Gordon, Royal Canadian Air Force,

405 Squadron

Served as flight engineer on a Halifax bomber which was shot down over the
Bay of Biscay.

Deceased. April 1943

Age 21

Veterans Affairs Canada

Archie Gordon

Archie was a happy Scottish lad. One of seven children who immigrated to northern Alberta with their parents in the early 1920s as part of the Soldiers Settlement Act. His father was a proud member of the Black Watch and had served proudly.

Archie had a keen sense of humour and was a true friend to his sister Alice, my grandmother, who felt his loss deeply.

If you want peace, be peace. This is the best way to honour the memories of those who gave their lives that we might live in peace times.

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©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019
Aimwell CreativeWorks


Monochrome Madness 2-3


Heart to Heart


This image was captured late last summer while I was engaged in the facilitated equine experiential learning certification program.

I love this moment. It seems to me Aria and her two-month old foal, Dancer, are having a teaching moment ~ a heart-to-heart.

Horses are completely open with each other, and us, all the time. They need to be. Their survival depends upon it.

Allowing my heart to be open in the presence of the sensitive and non-judgemental horse is one of the most soul satisfying experiences I’ve ever experienced.

Being able to facilitate this with others who have a desire to heal their lives is something I look forward to as the future unfolds.

In the meantime, I continue to engage in, and enjoy, my own heart-to-heart with the horses.

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Toward the Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed


Meditation 2

Yesterday afternoon, following a treatment of shockwave therapy to Bear’s recently injured right hind lateral suspensory ligament (in human terms a badly sprained ankle), I found him standing quietly facing the back of his stall. The light from the window reflected so perfectly on his noble face, and the shadowing was so beautifully dramatic, that I grabbed my Nikon D70, which I’ll be using a lot over the next four months while I document his recovery, and captured this moment of serenity. I did so carefully so as not to disturb his quiet reverie.

The vet diagnosed his injury by ultrasound earlier this week and, needless to say, it’s taken a few days for me to find my equilibrium after such terrible news. This is serious requiring 24/7 stall rest, twice-daily hand walking and daily bandaging. I want to give him every opportunity to fully recover so will do everything I can to help make him comfortable and keep him amused. Fortunately he is in the care of a knowledgeable and enlightened horse woman, so I know he will be getting the best of care. This makes all the difference to my peace of mind on the matter.

So, for the winter months Bear and I are truly dormant.

Still, this quietude gives us lots of time to contemplate the next leg of our journey, and as long as we keep looking toward the light this shadow we are living under cannot last forever.

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

The Two Wise Guys


Wise Guys



As much as I adore my boys JJ and Indy … (and I do) … and as much as I would love to have their company by the Christmas tree … (and I would) … the safest thing for the tree, the boys and my sanity is to have them marvel at it from afar.

May the peace, joy and sanctity of this beautiful season bless you and yours, and carry us all with open heart into a happy and prosperous new year.

Thanks for visiting,



©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Where Light and Shadow Falls

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art




This is top of mind right now due to the tragic events in Ottawa and Montreal this week, and the senseless killing of two members of Canada’s military by rogue terrorists. And, of course, with Remembrance Day around the corner, the plight of our military is certainly held more in our hearts at this time of year.

This image reminds me of the great sacrifice members of our military make in the name of peace. And not just the ultimate sacrifice of life, but often the loss of vitality in mind, body and spirit and the toll it takes on their families and relationships.

Equine experiential learning is also top of mind for me at the moment as I participate in, and learn to facilitate, this healing modality.

Programs are available to help military veterans manage their PTSD and return to civilian life. For instance, Can Praxis out of Alberta, Canada and sponsored by Wounded Warriors of Canada is just one of many.

If I were to write a book about this it would be an inspirational collection of stories showing how the healing power of the horse has helped veterans reclaim their lives. I would put this image on the cover, perhaps with a superimposed image of a horse quietly grazing to illustrate peace and vitality and call it ~ “Where Light and Shadow Falls: Veterans’ Journeys of Healing by Way of the Horse” or something like that. The bulk of the proceeds would go toward supporting programs such as this.

It’s about reconnecting with the heart.

Interesting, isn’t it, that the poppy has the symbolic colour of the heart.

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©Dorothy Chiotti …  Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014


Hiroshima Peace Memorial … Hiroshima, Japan

In our travels we’ve been fortunate to see many beautiful monuments.

Never have I been moved more, perhaps, than on our visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial which documents and commemorates the terrible events that occurred in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

A tour of the detailed museum, a wander through the beautiful, peaceful gardens and a quiet moment spent by Atomic Dome was a sobering awakening to the cruelty and destruction war can bring to so many in such a short period of time.

I am not prone to political statements but I will say this … to coin a phrase, we need to be the peace we wish to see in the world if we are never to experience, or witness, a repeat of such a devastating event, or anything like unto it.



Peace be unto you …

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014


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Wind Against Current

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