Category: Christmas

Bloganuary Prompt for January 30, 2023

What would you title the chapters of your autobiography?

My work is here, with blogs. I do not have the goal of a memoir, but the large print chapbook that Karl and I created from posts at Quiet Christmas Poetry in 2014 continues to reach readers.

The Quiet Christmas Poetry site is a free version of our book. We donated copies to libraries and other places. Karl’s winter Lake Michigan photo is the Cover Art.


Christmas morning

holiday lights
on the mantel
moments of grace

Ellen Grace Olinger, USA

Scarlet Dragonfly Journal
A Daily Journal of Japanese Short-Form Poetry
Editor Kathleen Trocmet
My haiku was published on November 20, 2022.

And my poem is from December 2012 here – the years go by and grateful that poems can be shared again. I will post again later today. Take good care and blessings! Lights and moments of grace continue . . . thank you.


Saturday, November 19, 2022. Grey sky and Norway spruce tree by my computer windows.

The work of everyday life, with gratitude. The last few weeks, I have been listening to Thanksgiving: A Windham Collection (1998 Windham Hill Records). Timeless music and peaceful.

It is interesting how a few images can offer inspiration. This year the yellow chrysanthemum on the old green chair near the forsythia offers so much beauty. This is a sheltered place, near the cedar garage and cedar fence that Karl built.

And the cedar tree.

Garden Journal
New Year 2020
Photo by Karl

WAIT Acrostic Poem

onder and
dore, let
each trust

WAIT is from December 2012. I am grateful to see that old poems are read, and then I remember too. And good to share again. Thank you.

small home library

small home library
books and journals
to read at different times
some to reread
and some to give away

Last summer, I enjoyed creating a collection of books for Goodwill in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Books that may bless someone else.

There are books I will always keep, and sometimes I may order a copy for a library or friend. Small press journals may be new for many people, and may inspire someone to write.

Now I look at my small home library, and books I learned about from reviews and blogs are waiting to be read, or read again. Used books as well. Some covers are faded, some are new, all beautiful. Memories, gratitude, hope, and new inspiration. One or two books at a time now.

I hope to create another donation this year.

We also like to donate copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry which is both a site and large print chapbook.

books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends


“books on the shelf” is from August 2012.