Light and Seasons

What is a song or poem that speaks to you and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 25, 2023

summer evening
quiet music and
a few Psalms
new evergreen growth
still in the sun

The day is thine, the night also is thine:
thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:
thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalm 74: 16-17 (KJV)

Post from July 28, 2022

Many verses from the Psalms – the light and seasons today.

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Three Poems

How do you show love?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 24, 2023

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

January 23, 2018
You can also read another year: large print at Large Print Poems.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

July 22, 2011
Time Of Singing, 2012

autumn leaves
the caregiver finds time
to rest

“autumn leaves” was the Daily Haiku for August 14, 2019.
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

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Encouragement

What’s a lie you tell yourself?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 23, 2023

I have read many books about creative work. As with bloganuary, there is encouragement to be creative and then confidence grows. I often say that my blogs are informal, because that means this is a place to practice and grow. Reading is important, and rest as well. Health first. I can see different creative chapters here over the years. Grateful every day. Thank you.

small study

What was your dream job as a child?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 22, 2023

My parents were teachers, and I enjoyed school and libraries. And art projects.

Since I began with blogs, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation and helped begin their Education Resources about ten years ago. Many teachers, poets, and scholars contribute their work. I am honored that one of my haiku was published in their first volunteer anthology. Here is my poem and the credits.

small study
and books to read
days with longer light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

“small study” credits:

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2022
Robin White, Editor

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
May 10, 2022

Our Garden: The Haiku Foundation Volunteer Anthology 2022
edited by Jim Kacian & Julie Bloss Kelsey
The Haiku Foundation, Winchester VA

Favorite Author

Who is your favorite author and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 21, 2023

Jan Karon’s novels are wonderful – characters, stories, craft.

Last year, I discovered The Mitford Museum site. The museum is in Hudson, NC and was founded by Jan Karon. The beautiful site includes more information.

And I have written often about poets, especially Luci Shaw. And I am also reading more books by Ted Kooser.

Many who create blogs also offer their books. Grateful for all. I also learn about poets and books from reviews in journals, including Time Of Singing and Modern Haiku.

These are only a few examples.

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Home

What irritates you about the home you live in?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 20, 2023

I have been watching the Craft In America series on PBS. Many artists, art forms, cultures, and places. I enjoy the conversations, how crafts are preserved and passed along to new generations, and seeing the creative work spaces.

There have been a few times when we lost power over the years, and Karl bought generators and battery-operated lights. This year, there was one evening when our energy company asked customers to conserve – for example, turn the heat lower and no gas fireplaces – and all was stable and back to normal soon.

Shelter, heat, water and even internet – so here I sit with a new post! In our old home that began as a cottage in the 1940s, and reflects the work of many people.

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Poems and Seasons

What color describes your personality and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 19, 2023

The colors of the seasons are beautiful. And with blogs, I learn more about colors and design. One day a bright color, another day grey.

spring colors
poetry journals and books
on a brown tablecloth

May 2022

bluebirds
truly so blue
trustworthy friends

June 2012

morning light
trees in sun
and blue sky

February 2022

forsythia
by the garage
and cedar fence
green and yellow
in the day’s light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

I am reading Luci Shaw’s new book, Angels Everywhere: Poems (2022, Paraclete Press). I have been reading her poetry and prose for decades. Luci Shaw The Official Website (Post from May 19, 2022.)