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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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Battle of the Books

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

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!”


“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, 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 @

“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 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

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USS Intrepid

Oh how I love the word prompts of today, especially for the memories they inspire. As soon as I saw the word “intrepid” I immediately thought of my years of growing up in New York City. It’s safe to say my friends and I were intrepid teenagers, but those aren’t the memories I’m sharing today.

The few years following high school graduation were particularly full of excitement and mischievous behavior for us young adults, discovering more of what the “streets” had to offer outside the clutches of our overprotective parents. One night we all took a trip to the big city for a party on the USS Intrepid. Special Ed, a popular hip hop artist at the time, was performing for a huge publicity event. It was one of our many adventurous outings of those days, with the added anticipation of meeting who we considered to be a local celebrity (raised in Brooklyn). Not sure who remembers but Special Ed’s song “I Got It Made” was a hit on the party scene back then, howbeit he was never quite considered “big league.”

Anyway, I remember dancing all night long, being silly with my friends, and of course checking out the fellas, but I also remember being amazed at how all of the night’s events were happening on an old aircraft carrier from World War II and the Vietnam War. As a teenager I can’t say I cared too much, considering the opportunity we were given. At this moment, however, it disgust me to think we were actually allowed to party on an vessel where Navy men made the ultimate sacrifice decades prior.

Eventually I made it back to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, now a National Historic Landmark. I don’t have any original pictures but here are some courtesy of the internet.

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©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:

WORD: clutch

FOWC: intrepid

Daily Word Prompt: howbeit

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Travel Diary, Chapter 50

A few weeks ago I traveled to the Dominican Republic for a friend’s wedding. I’d heard so many things about this popular “romantic getaway” destination, but turns out it’s a great vacation for a loving mother and son duo too.

We stayed at a beautiful all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana and it was worth every penny. As much as I love eating, I can easily say the buffets were where I got most of my return on investment. Well, there and the bar – best Pina Coladas I’ve ever had! I was truly in paradise.

I’ve always felt a little indifferent about beach weddings because the thought of dressing up to spend time on a beach seemed oxymoronic to me. I have to admit this experience changed my mind and my life because everything about the wedding was absolutely beautiful. Not only did the beach set the stage for breathtaking backdrops both live and in pictures, but such an intimate venue shared with a small gathering of family and friends made this ceremonial occasion even more special.

I would definitely visit Punta Cana again, but preferably when I have more time to venture out on some of their thrill-seeking excursions. Me in an ATV or zip lining ought to make for an interesting story (after recovery).

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

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

Words Just Aren’t Enough

You say “I love you”

Give me reason to believe

Help me trust you do

And feel more than physical

Lust and infatuation

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:
WOTD: trust
FOWC: reason
Daily Word Prompt: infatuation
Haiku Challenge: do, say