Tag: Authors

weight of books – 2

Some books caused shelves to sag, and so we flipped them over. Now they have an arch, and over time they will level, and we will keep an eye on them. I love seeing the history of the books. I remember buying books at stores that no longer exist. Some of the books I bought used from Amazon were library books, from Goodwill stores, small family businesses, and other stores.

Other books are by authors who blog with WordPress. This is also true of art from small businesses with Etsy. There are more sites I hope to visit as well, and many good small presses. I wish everyone the best with their good work. It will take me a few years to catch up with all the good art created in recent years. Wonderful work.

I like the look of the shelves – home and art and friendship over time. So grateful for all the wonderful blogs to read and view. And the print poetry journals on the shelves too!

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Jan Karon

Karl and I went to Menards in Sheboygan yesterday. I love seeing books for sale at different places, and was happy to see Jan Karon among the many authors. Her novels are wonderful.

Jan Karon’s book, Bathed In Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series is a book I plan to read a little today (Author Copyright 2018; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York).

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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And reading again today

This is a post from last year: Classic Book (with a different photo this year).

WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw is a beautiful book.

The hardcover edition was published in 1996 by Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, Illinois). I also have the paperback version that was published by Regent College Publishing (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

WinterSong is a classic now, and I enjoy rereading some selections each year.

Madeleine L’Engle

Luci Shaw

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Short Poems: Remembrance and Hope

The seasons inspire reflections about loss and renewal. We think about other people and their stories. A passing, a birthday, the beginning of what would be a last illness, a poetry journal or blog post that honors a poet’s work. For example, Carol Purington – I am grateful for the books her family completed for her.

I remember some of my poems over the years that may be an inspiration.

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

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

as I look through
poetry books
from the last many years
some poets here
some poets there

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

breakfast and music
when a song begins
I know the words
Amazing Grace

turning the vase was published by Bell’s Letters Poet.

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

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Encouragement

how quickly
another generation
grows
seems I only
looked away
for a moment

how good their work
how beautiful their art

These two poems are from my archives.

only now beginning
to find my place and poems
late-blooming rose
from the bush
planted long before
we came here

And what beautiful colors this time of year.

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