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The Joys of Being Still

It feels so good to be back with my blog community! But I must say, taking the break I did was much needed. I think “overdue” is a more accurate term. It’s a hard adjustment and one I always claim to be managing well, but I’m learning a few lessons about being still when my body says so. I tend to regularly operate without an adequate amount of quality sleep, but depriving the mind and body of ample rest and relaxation can present symptoms no one should ignore. I’ve enjoyed traveling and everything else I’ve done this year, but I think I’m going to slow it down for at least the next month or so and enjoy some less stressful activities, like visiting museums, theaters, and sports venues. Hopefully the Spring weather will finally catch up with its season so I can simply bask in the beautiful sunshine at the beach.

This week I tried a little something new. I know I’m late partaking in these popular events but hey – better late than never! It was the perfect therapeutic exercise and something I had no idea I’d enjoy so much. If you have an appreciation for art, paint & sip type events are the way to go. It’s a simple concept – you paint while sipping your drink of choice. I attended one with an instructor that was so encouraging, supportive, and such a blast to be around I felt completely inspired. Not only did I enjoy myself, but I’ve become so interested in painting techniques I may just find a class or someplace where I can learn more about the fine art of canvas painting. I’ve invested in so many other artists’ work over the years, why not invest in my own instead! Who knows, I could be so lucky as to have my series in a Royal Palace. LOL

I trust you all to not be too brutal, so kindly share your thoughts on my first piece.

Original painting by Celeste S. Nelson

©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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Day 4…Sun.

I felt compelled to share these images again for week #151 of Tuesday Photo Challenge. I hope you enjoy!

Don't Forget the Half

During my air travel to Florida this past December, I captured the brilliance of the sun from such a fantastic vantage point.

These still photos were taken as we were departing North Carolina, just as the sun began to rise to a perfect shine over the horizon.

This video was caught during our descent, as the clouds enhanced the view of such a perfect circle of light appearing to pulsate in the sky.

Genesis 1: 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,
19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

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Battle of the Books

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photo by Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash

Jon’s passion for war stories intensified his empathy with people who’d loss family to battle, such like himself. Local colleges and universities consider Jon the oracle on historical literature because of the volumes of books he’s read on the subject matter. As usual, Jon visited the neighborhood bookstore’s sidewalk sale after brunch with colleagues, braving the frigid temperatures for the next big book find.


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:
Three Line Tales (TLT)
3TC: oracle, brunch, volume
FOWC: empathy
RDP: temperature
WOTD: passion

Posted in Daily Prompt, Humor, Life, Uncategorized

This Is It!

Photo by Johnathan Basquez at Unsplash.com

Anna quickly realized she’d fallen victim to another bad date. There she stood near an excited Sam as he announced choices of eateries, each sounding more absurd than the last.

“This Is It!”

“Might-As-Well”

“Crooks Corner”

Anna thought, could these be signs of the night ahead?

(278 char)


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:
Twittering Tales #26This Is It
FOWC: victim

Posted in Daily Prompt, Poetry, Tanka, Uncategorized

Sweet Dreams Deferred

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Relaxing mid-day

Monotonous cries erupt

Disturbing my dreams

Of swimming in blue water

And sipping a root beer float


© 2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:
WOTD: monotonous
RonovanWrites Haiku: swim, float

Posted in Daily Prompt, Faith, Life, perseverance, Uncategorized

Beam of Light

photo by Eugene Lim via Unsplash

 

She refused to be devoured by fear, so she soared

Discovering a world of infinite possibilities

No longer chained to the rhythm


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for Three Line Tales, 3LT

 

Posted in Daily Prompt, Family, Humor, Uncategorized

Teenagers, right!?!?!

Photo by Jay Mantri @ Pixabay.com

“Mom, have you seen my uniform?”

His room showed all the signs of a teenager derelict in his chores – messy bed, spilled sunblock, and meatloaf leftover from dinner.

Mom walked in, almost tripping over his charger. “I’m fascinated you can even find your thoughts in here.”

(271 char)


©️2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:

Twittering Tales #125, 2/26/19
FOWC: uniform
WOTD: derelict
3TC: meatloaf, charger, sunblock
Daily Word Prompt: fascinate

Posted in haiku, Poetry, Uncategorized

Scream…Feather (Haiku)

Contagious laughter

From tickles of a feather

I scream but want more

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image 2016


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Posted in Daily Prompt, love, Poetry, Relationships, Tanka, Uncategorized

A Shocking Pair

She sees no darkness

As their watchful eyes wonder

Her ecstatic smile

Pleasures of a secret love

Guess who’s coming to dinner


©️2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, love, Poetry, Relationships, Uncategorized

You’ve Reached Your Destination

Running late today

Looking for a shortcut

Seldom do I travel this way.

I see a familiar face

But in an unfamiliar place

With another unfamiliar face

Filling a familiar space.

My eyes open wide

So much of the unexpected

Is it really you I see?

Undermining all we are

Quickly becoming what we were

Love turns to hate in a moment

Such deception bankrupting my trust.

Tick…and then nothing

Who, how, and why!

Tock…sounds so loud

I’m going out of my mind.

What’s my next move?

So many questions

Stealth movement in my footsteps

Yet my silence is so loud.

You turn and look at me

Bet you didn’t see this coming

Your face says it all

Surprise, fear, guilt,

Save your lies

A shame you’re such a fool.

You try but there’s no escaping

I found my shortcut

To the end

Of this thing you called love


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:
FOWC: undermine
WOTD: seldomly
Daily Word Prompt: bankruptcy
50 Word Thursday #8