Posted in Inspiration, Life, Positivity, Prompt, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Gotta Play to Win

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Sometimes in this game called life, unexpected issues will balk your good intentions, tempting you to become volatile or run away—“fight or flight.” Then you realize neither response would do much to solve the problem, so you develop a system in which you own the situation by shifting your life in whatever way necessary to help you move forward. We’ve all played this past year and we’re winning!


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Décima, Family, Life, Love, Poetry, Prompt, Relationships, Uncategorized

My Grandmother (Décima)

She was feisty, spirit so rare

Time in my life was a blessing,

Her honesty was refreshing,

Love and care she showed was sincere.

Enjoyed hearing stories she’d share

Joined at the hip, me her and mom,

They brought me peace and kept me calm

When monsters plagued my bedtime thoughts

Or my stomach was tied in knots,

reallymissmygrandma.com.


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Life, Nature, People, Photography, Poetry, Prayer, Prompt, Uncategorized

Prayers for Texas

PRAYERS FOR TEXANS!

Texans suffered

subzero frost

scavenged for food

abandoned homes,

sadly, lives lost.


Surge in energy bills

People loss power

endured the chill

those who didn’t

shocked by higher

energy bill.


Sen. Ted Cruz leaves for Cancun

Cold wreaks havoc

ice hangs from fans

Cruz strikes a nerve

flies to Cancun,

vacation plans.


Cristian Pavon, 11, died from hypothermia

Little boy sleeps,

Cristian’s his name,

found dead in bed

everyone faults,

no one takes blame.


Mom & daughter die in car

Garage door closed

mom tries to warm

let’s car idle

family dies

during the storm.


Bare shelves at Texas grocery

People starving

store shelves sit bare

food is wasted,

no Frigidaire

just frigid air.


People displaced

movement begun,

collecting food

money, water

huge donation.


Biden knows his

response can’t wait

calls on FEMA

Lone Star claimed a

disastrous state.


©️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 Haiku, Life, Poetry, Prompt, Tanka, Uncategorized

ERASED

memories erased…

future thoughts lived on today,

fade out tomorrow—

leaving visions of a life

she no longer recognized


©️2021 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half