Author: Ellen Grace Olinger

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..." From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV).

“What God Gives: Prayers from Africa” Marcia Whitney-Schenck, Editor and Photographer

Although we have not yet met in person, I know the quality of Marcia Whitney-Schenck’s work well.  Marcia began and published Christianity and the Arts from 1993-2001.   We stay in touch here and there.  She sent me beautiful handmade cards, which I saved, after my mother was called Home in 2004.

Marcia’s new book is What God Gives: Prayers from Africa.  Marcia Whitney-Schenck, Editor and Photographer (2010, Christianity and the Arts Press).

Marcia and her husband, Dr. Robert Schenck, were in Africa for nine months in 2008-2009.  Marcia’s website is:

PAINTINGS BY MARGARET L. BEEN: Irish Hills, Autumn Creeps In, My Poignant River, Honest Essentials, and A Cup of Cold Water


 Irish Hills 


Autumn Creeps In


My Poignant River


Honest Essentials



A Cup of Cold Water 


All paintings by Margaret L. Been.
All rights reserved.
Published here with Margaret’s generous permission.

From her Posts and Paintings and Poems gallery
on her blog, Northern Reflections.

The Fields Of Corn…”I Will Sing Unto The Lord” (Psalm 104)

 The corn is tall in the fields.
  The rows are beautiful.

The air is gentle.

Yesterday a squirrel
harvested many pine cones.

Sometimes in our creative chapters
we are aware of change.  Things go
in different directions, but by God’s grace
work out for the best in time.

I think this is another kind of Found Art.

Always hope.
New dreams.

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 104: 33 (KJV)

Found Art – Photo By Susan Firer

I hadn’t thought of Found Art for a long time–not until receiving Susan Firer’s photos this week, in response to an email from me, inviting her to send them.

We heard Susan and several other poets read at the Milwaukee Public Library two Springs ago.  Susan was Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate then and I received her book, Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People, as a birthday gift. * She kindly responded when I wrote to her about my mother having taught in the same English Dept. at UWM.   We also received a lovely card from Mom’s former Dept. when she passed away in 2004; Mom retired in 1984.



Found Art.

*This book by Susan was published by The Backwaters Press (2007).

Please visit Susan Firer’s website for more information.


Post updated on August 8, 2015.