Tag: Billie Wilson

Daily Life These Days

Early morning, and I sit in silence for a time. An old haiku:

cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God

Lake Michigan water levels are at record highs.

Then I cook a healthy breakfast, and stay current with the news. Check my WordPress reader, and always so much art and hope here. I continue to follow the daily instructions from my Care Team. Grateful.

Sanctuary Series, 1985 is an interesting post from Art Discarded 2 “Art that has been tossed by the wayside and rediscovered.” I remember being at an art museum with my family when young. The colors.

I saw a robin in the yard this morning, and perennials grow again.

An email today from Charlotte at Madeleine L’Engle about a short story collection by Madeleine, The Moment of Tenderness, released today. The introduction is by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, who is Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter and executor of her estate. Madeleine’s books are good for this time, and always.

Another old haiku:

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

Published first in Time Of Singing (1994). Also reprinted with the poems selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson was editor then and helped me with my page.

Patience, peace, home
Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Aaron Burden on Pexels.com

Education Resources at The Haiku Foundation

For a few years, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation.

In 2013, their Education Resources feature was first published.  Jim Kacian and I wrote the first set of lessons for the elementary grades.  Montage: The Book, edited by Allan Burns, was a primary textbook.  Dave Russo and Billie Wilson also helped with this work.  Billie was the editor of the Haiku Registry, and I read there a lot, as I wrote lessons.

Brad Bennett and Jeannie Martin hosted the How We Haiku – Teaching Stories series.  The 19 stories are also listed on the Education Resources page, and you can link to the original posts at The Haiku Foundation.

Many poets, teachers, and scholars contribute their work.

Ellen Grace Olinger

seasons repeat

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given


Mayfly, 58, Winter 2015
Brooks Books Haiku

4 September 2015

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: April 2, 2016

My Poet Profile at the Haiku Registry, which is a Feature at The Haiku Foundation.  Thank you to former editor Billie Wilson, who helped me create my profile page.


Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger


Karl took this peaceful photo at the Parnell Tower Trail park in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit.  We stopped by last Sunday, and hope to return to walk the trail.

sometimes by sight

Painted_Trillium__Trillium_undulatum“Painted Trillium”

Yesterday, Karl and I enjoyed a nice Sunday dinner at Sheboygan’s Family Restaurant.  During the week, our meals at home are simple.  This is the time of year when away from Lake Michigan, the weather is warmer, and a little more Spring is blooming.  I saw some daffodils.  I love being able to see the progression, and the flowers a second time here later on.

It is still dark this morning and I hear the rain.

There are beautiful old orchards in our area.  I also love the shapes of the trees and the blossoms are amazing.  I have to pay attention, so I don’t miss them.

This brings to mind a haiku I wrote, that was published last year in Time of Singing (edited by Lora Homan Zill); and selected this year for my revised Haiku Registry page at The Haiku Foundation (edited by Billie Wilson).  I am always grateful when my best poems can be reprinted.

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom

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My haiku was also inspired by this Bible verse: For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5: 7 (KJV)

Sometimes a verse and image go to my soul, somehow passing my mind.

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Earth Day is this week, April 22; founded by Gaylord Nelson in 1970.

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Mayapple_blossom__Podophyllumpeltatum“Mayapple Blossom”


“Crabapple blossom graphic”

The pictures are from wpclipart.