Tree With Hosta – Psalm 1

And he shall be

like a tree

planted by rivers

of water…

From Psalm 1: 3 (KJV)

Photos of hosta
by Karl Olinger
July 2010



Translations of the Psalms

This morning I finished reading The Complete Psalms: the book of prayer songs in a new translation…and then I began again with Psalm I.   This beautiful and scholarly translation is by Pamela Greenberg.  The Foreward is by Susannah Heschel.  Published this year by Bloomsbury USA, New York.  I found this book at the Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon, Wisconsin–a wonderful independent bookstore.

I began reading the Psalms, often aloud, in many different translations about 15 years ago.   I read in a King James Version from Dover Publications, the Contemporary English Version from the American Bible Society, and other translations.   I read from the Psalms to my mother on what turned out to be her last full day on earth. 

It’s the combination of honesty, language, and trust in God that draws me back again and again.  Usually daily, if only for a short time.  

Learning to live one day at a time…

The LORD is my shepherd…”

(From Psalm 23:1, KJV, Public Domain).

Memorial Day Haiku

 ancient lilacs

cover the graves

Memorial Day

Previously published in SMILE;
and Humoresque (for the
United Amatuer Press Association
of America
, edited/published
by Jean Calkins).