Author: Ellen Grace Olinger

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


Leaves from last autumn are nourishing and protecting the perennials.  Today there are two new colors in the garden:  green for various returning  plants, and white for the snowdrops, which are almost blooming.

blue sky

with cotton clouds


reading poems aloud

reading poems aloud

raindrops on the windows

I remember how

Helen Keller

learned “water”


Image from this week’s Dover Design Sampler:  The Grammar of Ornament.

This poem was also published in SMILE (Summer, 2010) in a slightly different form. 

reading poems aloud
raindrops on the windows
I remember how Helen Keller
learned water

I like the poem in four lines too–always appreciate feedback from editors and readers.

Joyce M. Johnson is the Editor/Publisher of SMILE.

everyday life

Today I was at the grocery store in town, a warm and friendly place.  I’ve been seeing the same people there for years, and that’s a great feeling.

At the check-out, I was telling the kind person bagging our groceries that I didn’t need a bag for the soups, because I was going to put them into the container for food donations (through Campus Life, I believe).

Meanwhile I forgot to press the button to move my credit payment along, and how many times have I used this machine?

I started laughing and said, “I can’t multi-task anymore!”   Just one of those moments that lighten our days.

Then I went to our library in Oostburg and checked out two novels by Jan Karon–time to reread her wonderful books.   Lots of faith and laughter there too.

Margaret Been’s paintings give me the same good feeling.