Category: Blogs and Education

small study

What was your dream job as a child?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 22, 2023

My parents were teachers, and I enjoyed school and libraries. And art projects.

Since I began with blogs, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation and helped begin their Education Resources about ten years ago. Many teachers, poets, and scholars contribute their work. I am honored that one of my haiku was published in their first volunteer anthology. Here is my poem and the credits.

small study
and books to read
days with longer light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

“small study” credits:

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2022
Robin White, Editor

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
May 10, 2022

Our Garden: The Haiku Foundation Volunteer Anthology 2022
edited by Jim Kacian & Julie Bloss Kelsey
The Haiku Foundation, Winchester VA

October turns

cooler weather and strong winds
all the leaves falling and we see the shapes of trees
light streams into the house as the sun moves south

red geraniums still bloom
October turns to face November

October 2011, 2021

And this is another idea for the poem from October 2012:

OCTOBER TURNS

strong cold winds

leaves fall
reveal shapes
of trees

light falls
into the house
as sun moves south

red geraniums
still bloom

October turns
to face November

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Gardens and Seasons

August plants and flowers discover a new home in our yard. Grateful to see goldenrod and new thistle plants. Last year, there were many bees when the goldenrod bloomed.

A few years ago, Karl removed the invasive garlic mustard plants. The Garlic mustard page has more information, at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Some new space was created.

We appreciate the variety of gardens we see in the area, including formal gardens, a few plants by a door, and wildflowers. I learn a little more each year, from the gardens here and blog posts. As I write, I think about holiday lights – the many ways people decorate. A grand display, and then something simple. All works together. The beauty of today, and every month and season.

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