Posted in Goals, Life, Motivation, People, Positive Affirmation, Prompt, Uncategorized

Presidential Honor

Cicely Tyson receives Presidential Medal of Honor from Barack Obama in 2016

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Life, Love, People, Positivity, Prompt, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Bravo, Queen!

Ms. Tyson was a woman extremely loved in a world of hateful people who tried to keep her from becoming her best self; a multi-award winning actress of great repute, overjoyed to witness the impact she had on the lives and careers of so many. She was widely criticized for her decision to don natural hair in films. Throughout her career, Ms. Tyson remained true to herself and persistent in her acceptance only of roles portraying positive black images. She deserved to be recognized, spoiled even, on the day she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, and every day up to her departure from this planet. The deliciousness of an authentic life full of grace and favor was the only dish of revenge she served.

Cicely Tyson was the final side of my triangle of phenomenal woman that also included Maya Angelou and Nancy Wilson. It’s comforting to know they all received their flowers when the beauty of them could still be appreciated by all senses. Please enrich your life with the wisdom Cicely Tyson shared in her interview with Oprah Winfrey, recorded in 2012 but first aired on OWN on 2/06/2021. https://youtu.be/8S5jIQhUUfA


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Hope, Inspiration, Life, Prompt, Self, Thoughts, Uncategorized

“Actively Seeking”

Today I worked on another stressful task, unsure how I’d feel in the end but knowing I had to get through it. I’m not going to give much of my personal opinion on the matter except to say resume writing is exhausting! What Joe Schmoe made this a regular thing?!?! I’ve written obituaries — educating myself and curating stories to share the meaning to the 75+ years of someone else’s life — in less time than it takes me to summarize my own relatively short career. This is yet another thing I make harder on myself by further revising the document after declaring I’m done, always thinking of a better word or alternate way of expressing the same thing, and striving for perfection that’s never been defined. At least I’m no longer using pencil and paper, which was my preference for a long time. So many writing skills have deteriorated and been replaced with ever-evolving technology and I have to admit, the computer is a lifesaver.

I felt completely overwhelmed in the beginning and I won’t be stress-free until I gain employment but at this moment, I’m somewhat relieved…and still actively seeking!


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Faith, Haiku, Inspiration, Life, Poetry, Positivity, Prompt, Tanka, Uncategorized

Have No Fear

storms of life reveal

emotional dimensions,

face shows sadness ‘til

you begin to remember

His eye is on the sparrow

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
— Matthew‬ ‭6:26-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Inspiration, Life, Motivation, Positivity, Prompt, Self, Uncategorized

The Joys of Being Still

Sorting through my old posts brought me back here (March 21, 2019) and it’s a pretty good fit for today’s Three Things Challenge.

This was written long ago when we could still socialize without fear of death from a virus or hostile takeover. Being in the doldrums shortly prior, it was difficult to feel inspired to do much of anything. Just after having emerged from a place of despair, some friends invited me to a paint & sip event that turned out to be so much of what I needed at the time; something enjoyable, not stressful.

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…

The Joys of Being Still

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