Category: Time Of Singing A Journal Of Christian Poetry

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.

Three November Poems


N  ovember
O  pens to blue skies
V  ery cold weather soon to
E  ndure, yet many
M  oments of
B  eauty to
E  xperience
R  enewal each day


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


late November
sun fills a glass
for a time


Ellen Grace Olinger


“November Wisconsin countryside” was published in SMILE (Fall/Winter, 2008 – 2009).  This is my Thanksgiving poem.

“late November” was published in TIME OF SINGING (Fall 2013). 

The images are courtesy of Free Vintage Art.




This is a picture of the cover Charles A. Waugaman created for Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need.  More information follows.  Charles lived on earth from 1932 – 2010.  When I think of his art, I feel HOPE.


Welcoming Hope is a poetry anthology with Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.

Lora Homan Zill
Ellen G. Olinger

Charles A. Waugaman
Art Editor, Illustrator

Elin Grace Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9729848-4-3

Please visit the books page at Time Of Singing, if you wish more information.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.

This fall, I also hope to donate copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to nursing homes and libraries.  I’ll be slowing down here, as I try to also share your favorite poems in large print books.


Thank you and love,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Christmas chapbook, continued


Karl and I sent a gift copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry to the Decatur Haiku Collection, which is managed by Randy Brooks at Millikin University in Illinois.  It made me happy to see the book listed in their comprehensive bibliography.  And So My Soul (2001), my first chapbook, is also in this collection.

Quiet Christmas Poetry is listed on the books page at Time Of Singing.  All proceeds benefit this excellent print journal.  Lora Homan Zill, Editor, handles the sales, and we are grateful.

My goal this fall is to have more copies printed of the Christmas book, and then donate them to libraries and nursing homes in Wisconsin.  Karl’s cover photo of Lake Michigan in winter is a favorite of readers here too.  The book was a Christmas gift for our families last year, and I treasure the kind feedback we received.

My first book was published in 2001, and then the second in 2014.  As with the plants and flowers in our garden journal, the years vary and all is well.

Here again is Karl’s photo, which became the book cover.


Practice Makes Perfect?

The Daily Post prompt today is Practice Makes Perfect?  We are asked to share about a talent we’d love to have, but don’t have.

If we can accept imperfection, we can enjoy many things.  I can’t sing, yet as I pray the Psalms and hear their music, I am indeed sharing songs.  Praise does not mean “perfection.”  One of the reasons I love the Psalms is their honesty.

I think a lot about revision, as I reread my poems.  Of course I see room for improvement, yet sometimes I know a poem was a gift and to let it simply be itself.

Madeleine L’Engle spoke of “serving the work.” *  As I recall, she also said that if a book had to be perfect, she could not have published any books.  Yet if the work asked for a major revision, she obeyed.

This is a poem I wrote in 1981, and it was published in Time Of Singing in 1991.


And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again
As the sun spills
Over flowers
And the neighborhood

Endurance is eloquent
And marigolds are
Admirable because
They bloom
So long

Oh, my heart
Is tender
Yet God keeps it
And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again

Ellen Grace Olinger

* A good book: WALKING ON WATER Reflections on Faith & Art, by Madeleine L’Engle.
Published first in 1980.  Harold Shaw Publishers.  Wheaton, Illinois.