Category: Books

three haiku

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

beautiful with
and without flowers
vase from my mother

paintings of trees
on old pine walls
quiet music

“paintings of trees” was published in Four Hundred and Two Snails, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2018, edited by Nicholas M. Sola. You can visit the Haiku Society of America site.

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Bloganuary prompt for January 23, 2022

Interview a fictional character.

I wrote about Jan Karon on January 14, 2022. This is from my post:

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).

And this morning, instead of an interview, I would like to say THANK YOU to Jan Karon and her characters. In Bathed In Prayer, she wrote: “It gives me true joy to open my heart to the One Who loved us first and pour out to you whatever is given. It is a very great mystery, this business of making up stories and telling them around the campfire of a book.” Jan Karon has this quote in bold print on page 9 of Bathed In Prayer.

Bloganuary prompt for January 22, 2022

What is your favorite quote and why?

God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth,
thy saving health among all nations.

Psalm 67: 1 – 2

“thy saving health among all nations”

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Books and Connections

This post follows my earlier post today, Bloganuary prompt for January 18, 2022.

I received my used paperback copy of Friends for the Journey, by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw – the book I wrote about in my post reading from books. This edition was published by Regent College Publishing in 2003.

Last year, I read A Journey of Sea and Stone: How Holy Places Guide and Renew Us, by Tracy Balzer, which is also a well-written and thoughtful book. You can learn more at her site, Tracy Balzer “carry some quiet around.”

Tracy Balzer begins her introduction to A Journey of Sea and Stone, Why Iona?, with honoring Friends for the Journey. Luci Shaw’s poem, “The Holiness of Iona” is a poem in Friends for the Journey. I remembered Luci’s poem, which helped me begin with Tracy’s book, which I plan to read again. Connections.

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Bloganuary prompt for January 18, 2022

What book is next on your reading list?

The Psalms – from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.

At Poems From Psalms And Nature, you can read/view our series from March 2020 – July 2020.

I began the series on March 17, 2020. I wrote:

As I was praying this morning, I thought I’d read the Psalms again. I read from various English translations. I thought I would simply post a verse or two here from many Psalms. And I’ll add a picture. For this series, I will quote from the King James Version. My goal is to offer some moments of rest, beauty, and hope.

My work with short poems also inspired how I presented these posts.

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

And I will continue to write about books I am reading and rereading this Winter.

I am also sharing from Bloganuary posts here at the Psalms and Nature site. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary prompt for January 17, 2022

What is a superpower you’d love to have?

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

morning prayer
water birds flying north
stay close to water

breakfast and music
when a song begins
I know the words
Amazing Grace

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

“birds perch” was published in Time Of Singing (1995).

“morning prayer” was published in Take-out Window: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham. My haiku was first published in SMILE, 67, 2010.

Ellen Grace Olinger