Category: Language Arts

Bloganuary: January 4, 2022

What was your favorite toy as a child?

I remember my first published poem, written in high school.

I love to sit and dream of days long past,
Of a chubby, brown-haired girl
Dressed in checks and stripes, a feather-
plumed hat on her head–
Sitting in her little doll room
Eating a pound of potato chips
–laughing–

Published in Parnassus in Print (1971) and The Discerning Poet (2004). Reprinted here on December 27, 2009.

As I thought of the prompt for today, one memory led to another. I often write about the language arts. I remember libraries and also the wonder of owning a few books. Still a wonder. Crayons and crafts, learning to cook, and working at a bakery in high school. In college, at UW-Madison, I worked at a Pizza Hut as a cook and waitress.

A few years ago, I read Becoming Madeleine: a biography of the author of A Wrinkle In Time by her Granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Copyright 2018 by Crosswicks, Ltd.). You can learn about the book here. It is a unique work, and the design is beautiful. I think I will reread a little today.

Two Pages from the official Madeleine L’Engle site are Home and About Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007).

A photo collage:

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Sunday morning poems

calm weather
still life arrangement
with quiet Fall colors

October 9, 2021My Best Short Nature Poems

gold leaves
and evergreens
what changes
and what stays
the same

October 4, 2021Grief And Acceptance

If you follow more than one of my sites, you know that I like to reprint poems in different ways; and try new ideas with design, colors, and images. As I review my archives, I may see that I can edit a poem better. I also reblog posts, and you are welcome to reblog too.

Large Print Poems is now in its second year. I place these posts in all kinds of Categories and Tags, including Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Education, Language Arts, Photography, and Libraries. This is a free resource that is growing slowly. Sometimes large print is best for me now as well.

Perhaps on some Sunday mornings, I can review the week in a post here. The blogs bring together my experience over years. Times I have been away – and then so easy to begin again here when the time is right. One step at a time.

Thank you and blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

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