Category: Inspiration

The Sky


I sat and watched the clouds for a time.  Then I searched my archives and saw how many of my poems are inspired by the sky.


November Wisconsin countryside
Bare trees elegant against the sky
Colors in the landscape muted now.
October’s glory is gone
And love grows eternally.

Published in SMILE (Fall/Winter 2008 – 2009).
Joyce M. Johnson, Editor/Publisher.
(This excellent bold print journal is now out of print.)


afternoon light
blue-grey skies
and water

give them a stage
to shine


seagulls and clouds
fill the sky

December sun
from the south
shines on
a Psalm

short days
stars brighten
winter sky

star_2Images: wpclipart.  I also discovered that wpclipart has many gingerbread pictures.  Here are a few!


Quiet Christmas Poetry and Time Of Singing

Last year I shared how Karl and I created a large print chapbook from my site, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  The cover photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach is by Karl, and a favorite of readers here for some time.  Our book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.”  This was the goal, and we are grateful.

Please see Quiet Christmas Poetry for a picture and the same content is also there for free.

Lora Homan Zill’s site, with a blog, is the blue collar artist.

The large print Christmas book is only for sale at Time Of Singing.  Please see their books page if you wish more information.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.


The WordPress photo challenge this week is TREAT.  I enjoy flowers in the house and yard.





July 2015
Daylilies and hosta are summer here.

Roses are summer too.
These are fragrant and transform a room.




Lilacs and bleeding hearts are from June.


I’m also grateful for flowers from stores.
Karl bought this bouquet last year and took the photos.


Thank you

Ellen Grace Olinger

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)