One Task

We are sent into life for one task: to enrich the lives of others.
– Gandhi
One Task

Each morning I awaken,
Brush my teeth
slather on sunscreen
take my vitamins
throw on clothes

And then I sit

In silence,
listening to the breath,
learning, repeating:
May I be happy
May I be well
May I be free from suffering
May I feel peace.

And then I sit longer, breathing,
wishing these things for you
because happiness, wellness, non-suffering and peace
All begin within.

These things I nurture
And then send them out to you
Because I AM
You are
every dedicated breath.

*Prompted by Susan at Poets United


*More information on Metta Meditation

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My Waterlily Wonder

Look what's blooming in the pond… #alwaysfilterfree #gardengoodness #joyeveryday #kimnelsoncreates #waterlilly

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Just thought I’d share a pic from my Instagram feed. . This waterlily wonder bloomed for the first time a few days ago!

If you want to see more like this ,  I post art and garden shots on Instagram nearly every day . Follow along here!


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Creative Mind

Creative Mind

Original Pastel by Kim Nelson

out your creation
it out into the world
to live,
into those seeking
for creation

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, and create— so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.
Pearl S. Buck

Killer Whale Wisdom

Killer whale wisdom: Rely on older women.

Killer whale wisdom is simple:
Rely on older females.


  • Menopause: an evolutionary mystery unique to humans, killer whales and short-finned pilot whales. **
  • Female killer whales can live past 90, well beyond their reproductive years; because their wisdom benefits their offspring and pod members. Males rarely survive past 50 ***
  • Leadership by postreproductive females is most prominent when stressors occur, such as food scarcity. ****
  • Postreproductive female killer whales lead collective movement. *****

Killer whale wisdom is simple:
Turn to older females, menopausal
To solve food shortages, route changes, colossal
Life-threatening dilemmas that baffle
Younger she-leaders. Males.

As we wage war
protest, denigrate, proliferate
Rend the very fabric of societies
I’m thinking we ought to pay attention.
Try something new.
Follow the killer whale lead.

 *this poem is still “in process”
*For more information on this phenomenon, read this L.A. Times article written by originally published March 6,2015. You can also see the study data at Current Biology.
** More details at Ocean Portal
*** Read more at Eureka Alert, The Global Source for Science News
****  Additional information at Science
***** See the full scientific abstract here