Category: 2023

Bloganuary Prompt Today

Describe your perfect birthday cake.
Bloganuary Prompt for January 28, 2023

This prompt brings back memories of working in a bakery when I was in high school. Sometimes the manager shared a beautiful cake with all of us. My father shopped at the store too. He bought rolls, and my mother baked cookies and cakes.

I am seeing some winter poems. Yesterday, snow at rest on branches, and a few are broken. Old trees and strong winds. Robins will return.

Favorite Author

Who is your favorite author and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 21, 2023

Jan Karon’s novels are wonderful – characters, stories, craft.

Last year, I discovered The Mitford Museum site. The museum is in Hudson, NC and was founded by Jan Karon. The beautiful site includes more information.

And I have written often about poets, especially Luci Shaw. And I am also reading more books by Ted Kooser.

Many who create blogs also offer their books. Grateful for all. I also learn about poets and books from reviews in journals, including Time Of Singing and Modern Haiku.

These are only a few examples.

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Home

What irritates you about the home you live in?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 20, 2023

I have been watching the Craft In America series on PBS. Many artists, art forms, cultures, and places. I enjoy the conversations, how crafts are preserved and passed along to new generations, and seeing the creative work spaces.

There have been a few times when we lost power over the years, and Karl bought generators and battery-operated lights. This year, there was one evening when our energy company asked customers to conserve – for example, turn the heat lower and no gas fireplaces – and all was stable and back to normal soon.

Shelter, heat, water and even internet – so here I sit with a new post! In our old home that began as a cottage in the 1940s, and reflects the work of many people.

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Poems and Seasons

What color describes your personality and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 19, 2023

The colors of the seasons are beautiful. And with blogs, I learn more about colors and design. One day a bright color, another day grey.

spring colors
poetry journals and books
on a brown tablecloth

May 2022

bluebirds
truly so blue
trustworthy friends

June 2012

morning light
trees in sun
and blue sky

February 2022

forsythia
by the garage
and cedar fence
green and yellow
in the day’s light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

I am reading Luci Shaw’s new book, Angels Everywhere: Poems (2022, Paraclete Press). I have been reading her poetry and prose for decades. Luci Shaw The Official Website (Post from May 19, 2022.)

Memory and Poetry

Do you have a memory that’s linked to a smell?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 16, 2023

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume
1998

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

Time of Singing
Volume 43, “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

“fragrance of leaves” is a poem from 2010 that has been reprinted a few times.

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

Time of Singing, Volume 46, Fall 2019.

Tanka by Ellen Grace Olinger, at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog, August 8, 2020.

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Bloganuary Prompt: January 2, 2023

How are you brave? Creative work.

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom

“birds perch” was published by Time Of Singing (1995). Haiku was a new form for me, and I continue to learn. And “sometimes by sight” was published by Time Of Singing (2014).

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