Category: Books to Reread

Jan Karon

Karl and I went to Menards in Sheboygan yesterday. I love seeing books for sale at different places, and was happy to see Jan Karon among the many authors. Her novels are wonderful.

Jan Karon’s book, Bathed In Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series is a book I plan to read a little today (Author Copyright 2018; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York).

Bloganuary prompt: January 10, 2022

What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

This is a quote from Ann Voskamp from my post, Grateful, on November 28, 2019, along with my thoughts.

 “Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life – eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters by Ann Voskamp (2012, Zondervan; author copyright). The quote is from page 31. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny.  It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days.  I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before.  Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life.

And today’s question from The Team at WordPress.com: What are 5 things you’re grateful for today? Since it is very cold today, my first thoughts are: our home, power, water and food, warmth, lights. And I can blog – which leads to health, vision, computer and internet, Karl’s help, WordPress.com and community.

I do not take anything for granted.

Once you begin with gratitude, the list grows . . .

As I wrote yesterday, teamwork.

Given the weather, I also think of Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.” And many other good works.

yesterday afternoon
for a short time
sunny and cold
the evergreen
branches in wind
inspired thoughts
of Spring
and then the day
grew grey as it
ended and Winter
here for awhile
with gratitude

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Mohan Nannapaneni on Pexels.com

Bloganuary: January 9, 2022

What do people incorrectly assume about you?

This is a very good question. I wrote in my response to the first question about my strengths and weaknesses: stronger with the language arts than math and science. Collaboration and respect are important. I may contribute well in one area, and you in another; and the project is completed and much better for our teamwork.

Takes time and care to grow a friendship. I am rereading Friends for the Journey by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw – the book I wrote about in my post, reading from books. They had known each other for twenty-five years when they began the book. And the book jacket says, “In the circle of friendship there is always room for one more . . ” That’s what I love about blogs too – always room for one more.

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY acrostic poem
Ellen Grace Olinger
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018