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reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Encouragement, Gratitude, and Hope

I am just beginning to work on a second large print chapbook.  My goal is to finish some time next year.  Good to have goals, and I can revise my goals as needed.

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Quiet Christmas Poetry is still in print and can be ordered from the Time Of Singing Books Page.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.

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The second large print chapbook has a more general theme.  These seem to be a few of the favorite poems over the years, that I have selected for the new book so far.

Because we create from so many places, and read/view in different ways, I will not worry about a given order of the seasons from my perspective.

Blogging has surely opened my world and teaches me every day.   I am trying for universal themes of encouragement, gratitude, and hope.

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roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

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losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

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Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

(WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2016)

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R   est
E   ducate
A   dmire
D   ream
I   nspire
N   ew
G   oals

(My acrostic poem for reading is one of the most read poems on this site.)

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older now
used books settle
in their new home

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how gentle the wind
in predawn rose light
after the harvest moon
I begin October
with small and growing hopes

(Time Of Singing, Fall 2012)

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Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthologies is a page I created for this site, with my poems in the anthologies from 2013 – 2018 (with references).  I also think about a small haiku book.  Many ideas, and some poems may belong in more than one place.  I know I enjoy some repetition, which can be restful and a comfort for the soul.

This kind of work takes time, so I am ready for another Wisconsin winter.  So grateful.

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To be continued in another post.  Thank you and blessings.

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Honeysuckle by Lake Michigan, June 2018.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Three Favorite Photos

These are photos and posts that were inspired by The Daily Post Photo Challenges.  The dates link back to posts on this site, which in turn link to the original challenges.

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Time  February 5, 2016
Lake Michigan in Wisconsin

. . . there are moments when time seems to rest a little.

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Transmogrify  October 31, 2016

I enjoyed sharing the Transmogrify challenge with Karl, as he used to read Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson.

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Local October 14, 2016

blue tarp on Karl’s trailer

Ellen Grace Olinger

Boundaries Photo Challenge

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tulip protected
from wind in Spring

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old brick path
provides a place
for wildflowers to rest

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a small vase
and simplicity

perhaps
like the form of a poem
some structure
to help guide decisions

writing an essay
all I deleted
to say what I mean

writing poetry
sun shines on unfinished wood
around the window

Ellen Grace Olinger

Boundaries