Posted in Haiku, Life, Nature, People, Poetry, Prompt, Uncategorized


cold wind blows…white dust

falls from the sky—snowbirds flee

heading south til spring

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Fiction, Life, Prompt, stories, Uncategorized

Poor Gigi!

Gigi assembled her planners, calendars, pens, pouches and post-its before her on the desk and stood over them like a general surveying maps. Gigi was a creature of habit and to her, even the slightest change in routine was frightening so she came up with a strategy to cope with her new normal of working remotely.

Views on working from home are subjective and for Gigi it was not an easy condition to accept; however, heightened COVID concerns, a daily death toll rise and a virus creating more questions than answers prompted an unavoidable governmental shutdown, causing most companies to send their employees home. Tomorrow was Gigi’s first work day outside the office and she needed to check to make sure everything was in place. She setup her workspace, laid out her clothes and packed herself a lunch for the day. She’d even decided to change the color tone of her new home office to one comparable to the workplace. This may all sound like pure comedy but it was Gigi’s disturbing reality.

When morning came Gigi awakened to a pretty bad snow storm. She proceeded with her usual routine – took a shower, combed her hair, got dressed, cooked breakfast and enjoyed a few minutes of calm before starting her work day. Ten minutes later Gigi sat at her beautiful nut-brown desk to turn on her computer and suddenly the lights went out. The storm had caused a power outage expected to last 24-48 hours. All of Gigi’s careful preparation to pull things together became moot at that moment, as things very quickly fell apart.

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Grief, Life, People, Politics, Prompt, Thoughts, Uncategorized

We’re Fighting Ourselves

Written for One Liner Wednesday/JusJoJan.

“Right now there are more troops in DC than there are in Afghanistan.”

John King
CNN Chief National Correspondent
January 13, 2020
http://20,000 National Guard troops expected in Washington for Biden’s inauguration

The United States of America now has its first President ever to be impeached twice. Those are not bragging rights!

We’re well beyond conflicting party lines, who you voted for and the question of who’s right and who’s wrong. NO American should be proud of where we are right now nor this country’s hundreds of years of immorality and corruption leading up to in this moment. To have only ten (10) Republicans speak out in support of a second impeachment is mind blowing.

Perspective: 197 lawmakers find no fault in the President’s actions or evidence he contributed to an insurrection that resulted in the death of five (5) civilians/law enforcement officers.

©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Uncategorized

Embouchure Matters


The day before I entered middle school, I had an accident while playing outside with my brother. I remember running up and down the street trying to escape him in a game of tag. Then I ran up the walkway to our house and jumped over the short hedges down into our driveway. It was only about 6 feet deep and I’d done it hundreds of times up until that point, so imagine my surprise when I landed face first onto the concrete. Oh, it was a bloody mess! My pant leg had gotten caught on one of the branches and I just toppled over. One side of my face was badly bruised, but the worst part was a busted lip and loose tooth. As you can imagine I was most concerned about showing up for my first day at a new school looking like I’d suffered my first fight. OMG!

One of the classes I planned on starting my 7th grade year was band. I was so looking forward to playing the French Horn, knowing most kids my age struggled with such a difficult instrument, but I was going to be an exception. Boy was I disappointed when the band teacher told me it would be close to impossible. Unfortunately, the big fat swelling on my lip interfered with proper placement in the mouthpiece, preventing the correct embouchure. I literally cried, which could’ve also been a disaster for a newbie in middle school.

Well, I persevered and went on to play the trombone for six years, which was probably the best turn of events stemming from what seemed to be so catastrophic to a teenager. I became lead trombone player in high school and enjoyed playing for assemblies, concerts, and graduations. I also went on to become Senior Class Treasurer, but that’s a story for another day.


©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Inspiration, Uncategorized

Don’t Block Your Blessings

If you want to live in the now and enjoy your blessed life, you have to let go of any resentment keeping you in the past. Resentment may stem from a person’s perception of how they were treated by another, regardless of that person’s intent. It can also be a result of actual events causing mental, physical, spiritual, and financial suffering. Either way, resentment is birthed from an unfortunate set of circumstances that could lead to a lifetime of anger and missed opportunities due to fear of trusting others.

Don’t let events of your past block your blessings.

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf