Tag: Creative Notes

Rest and Review


I’m taking some time to rest and review, as I slowly get better from a cold.  I began writing poetry in high school, and my love of the language arts has always been present.

There have been times of achievement, and times of illness and loss.  Renewal.

Now I have so much work to review, through simply trying one day (or week, or month) at a time.  I also trust the times when I could not create in this way.  Many ways to create.  Blessings.

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31-32

Ellen Grace Olinger
Time Of Singing, 1995



Lake Michigan, January 2016 – Ellen Grace Olinger

Yesterday I received Time Of Singing (Volume 43, Number 3, Winter 2016/17).  Lora Homan Zill is Editor.

I began with this print journal in the late 1980s, when Charles A. Waugaman was Editor, and am grateful for their support and encouragement. Poems published there may be reprinted in my new chapbook, now a work-in-progress.

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

trusting God
a little more
with my questions
fog rests
on Spring fields

(TOS, Spring 2014)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes – Happy 2017

Wendy Brightbill’s 2017 calendar is beautiful.  I buy her calendars each year and enjoy her colorful and interesting art.

This morning I looked at Wendy’s Instagram site, a girl and her brush.

Her main site, which links to her blog, can be read and viewed here.

Laker in the Mist – Photo by Karl – January 2012

I am beginning to think about poems for a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  These would be short poems of encouragement.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Discover Challenge: Retrospective

Lake Michigan April 2016 – Photo by Karl
Ellen Grace Olinger

This photo was the winner for Festival of Leaves 2016: Week 7. Thank you to Verena Cave, and I enjoyed everyone’s photos at Festival of Leaves.

Lake Michigan after a stormy day, September 2016 – Photo by Karl
Lake Michigan November 2016 – Ellen Grace Olinger


Thank you to all at The Daily Post.  I wrote more this year, and took more photos, because of the prompts and challenges.

Forget-Me-Nots – Ellen Grace Olinger

Thank you to all who visited our site this year.