Posted in Daily Prompt, Faith, Uncategorized


Pray. Obey. Worship. Edify. Repent

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

WOTD: power

Posted in Daily Prompt, Poetry, Tanka, Uncategorized

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali

Right hook, left hook, jab

Can’t take the uppercut from

Muhammad Ali

The rumble in the jungle

And thrilla in Manila

©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Humor, Uncategorized

Unbreakable Bonds

“We’ll be friends ’til we’re old and senile,
and then we’ll be new friends again.” —
Aunty Acid

Thinking back to our conversation still makes me laugh today. Only she will ever understand.

©️CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

One-Liner Wednesday prompt

Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, Faith, Life, Photo Challenge, Uncategorized

Joy Comes in the Morning

In December 2016 my son and I traveled to Florida for Christmas. It was the first holiday season after losing four family members over a period of 8 months and we needed a break. We saw this as a great opportunity to share a joyous occasion with family and visit friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It seems to have become a tradition, having made the same trip the past two years, as well.

The morning I flew into Tampa I had so many plans for the day, mainly things to keep me on the go around town. I remember still being at a place where I had to stay busy just and keep my mind occupied and away from a sad place. My really good friend picked me up at the airport early in the morning and we went to eat, when I shared my plans for the next few weeks. My mind was racing, and I was rushing through breakfast because I had a schedule that, according to me, couldn’t be broken.

After breakfast, my friend suggested going by this local beach we’d visited years before. I thought he was crazy because Florida beaches were destroyed by a hurricane just months prior and, well, what fun is there in that. Being an avid beach goer, he convinced me it was worth the trip, so I hesitantly agreed. In my head I was just trying to shift around my other plans for the day, totaling stressing about what I may not be able to do.

It was a foggy morning and we couldn’t see too far out, but the feel and sound of the breeze rippling the water was surprisingly wonderful. That was the only existing beauty because water had drastically receded from shore, the boardwalk had been ruined, and ocean and land life was displaced. It was somewhat depressing and metaphorically representative of my life at the time. Much of what I knew, loved, and enjoyed so much was gone.


We continued to talk and reminisce about happier times, and as morning passed sunlight brightened the day. We traveled over to another area of the beach, and though conditions were still somewhat grim there was a picnic area where a family hosted their daughter’s birthday party. There was also a small playground with swings, a slide, and a mini rock-climbing wall. My friend and I have always been a fun duo down for a good time, so of course we ventured over to the playground. At first, I thought I’d just swing for a few minutes, but at some point I must’ve started enjoying myself. I have to say, this was probably the first time in six months that I actually laughed. I laughed until I cried but these tears were of joy rather than pain. I believe this was representative of my days ahead and I’m so happy my friend thought to capture the moment.

©2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf



Posted in Daily Prompt, haiku, Poetry, Tanka, Uncategorized



Sparks your creativity

To explore the world

Rebuke all anxiety

And live a fulfilling life

©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

WOTD: imagine
FOWC: rebuke

Posted in broken, haiku, love, Uncategorized

Lost Love

I’m losing my mind

Forever looking for you

Feeling lost in love

©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Daily Word Prompt: lost

Posted in Daily Prompt, Family, love, Poetry, Uncategorized

A Grandmother’s Love

Memories I have

You holding my hand

Crossing the street

Looking left and right

Counting acorns and

Pine cones on the ground


Being together

Sitting at the table

Family, food, fun

Your presence was everything

We still share time

I talk to you every day


Your love was

Kind, generous, understanding

You were fearless and wise

A gentle and quiet spirit

Beautifully made

Woman of God


You love is

Instrumental in who I am

But I am just

A splinter of who you were

Memories of you

Forever live in me


©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Painting by Larry “Kip” Hayes: “Granny & Me”
Daily Word Prompt: memories
FOWC: instrumental
Word of the Day: splinter

Posted in Daily Prompt, Photography, Uncategorized

Beauty of Everyday Things

I have such an appreciation for landscape and nature; they photograph beautifully no matter what.

Daily Word Prompt: Photograph

©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, self, Uncategorized

Expectations Gone Wrong

I used to find myself getting frustrated when someone didn’t express remorse about their hurtful behavior. I still can’t understand how anyone could see the pain they cause another person and simply not care, but over the years I’ve learned not to have expectations of other people. I found that to be the main source of my frustration.


Showing anger or frustration can be a forlorn attempt to affect someone else’s behavior, something I can not control; however, changing my response to their behavior is 100% on me.

©2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Uncategorized

The Road to Success

Ambition….sends you on a mission.


Motivation….fuels the ride.


Determinationkeeps you moving forward.


©️2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf