Category: Family

Bloganuary prompt for January 26, 2022

What is your favorite part about yourself?

Whatever gifts I may have are a gift, by God’s grace. I try to take good care every day. For example, I have an appointment with my eye doctor next month; and I may need new reading glasses. Sometimes I adjust the print on my computer, so I can read more easily.

Karl and I went to Walmart in Sheboygan last week, and I bought a new Bible with larger print. And I am praying the Psalms again, with good light.

Sometimes I reprint poems in larger print, as others may appreciate these posts, or know someone who would be able to read better with the large print.

At our site, Easter And Spring Poetry, this year I am reviewing posts and reprinting some poems in large bold print. I am grateful for the many ways to design posts and sites. So much more to learn!

I have always loved language.

“In the beginning was the Word . . .”  John 1:1

Bloganuary prompt for January 14, 2022

Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

taking turns
letting each other go
only to learn again
how love grows,

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

P  romises of
S  erenity
A  nd
M editations and

PSALMS acrostic poem

Photo by Natalie on

Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27: 14

Photo by Erik Karits on
Photo by Erik Karits on

My first two poems in this post were published by Bell’s Letters.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary prompt for January 13, 2022

What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day looks like this day.

new flowers
from a store

Free Flower Border Image – Reusable Art

From my archives:

peaceful morning
a prayer from childhood
still with me

treasures stored
here and there
homemade chapbooks

books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends

new day
in my older life
sun on evergreens

“peaceful morning” was published in Bundled Wildflowers, Haiku Society of America 2020 Members’ Anthology. Bryan Rickert, Editor.

And The Daily Haiku: Nov. 10, 2020 at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

Daisy Repeating Border – Reusable Art

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bloganuary: January 7, 2022

What makes you laugh?

I look forward to the prompts from The Team at I smiled when I read this question. And my first thought is the gift of laughter sometimes in places where laughter might not be expected. I remember a family funeral at a nursing home, and everyone was telling stories. And I know laughter in health care settings, and as I follow my treatment plan. So grateful for a sense of humor.

Surely is possible to be serious and laugh at the same time.

We went to stores this week, and people were cheerful, happy to help, and we all enjoyed conversations. Social distance guidelines observed. I wear my thrift store coat, face mask, sun glasses in the car and parking lots (age-related eye issues), and then reading glasses needed in a store. At first, I felt clumsy, and now all is routine. Health first.

Yesterday, I came across these photos by Karl from January and February 2014.

Lake Michigan
Winter 2014
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl

a poem a song

a poem a song
we review important
dates on the family calendar
past and present
last week of December
and early in the new year