Tag: Creative Work

Poem

schedules, different
places and times

seasons vary,
ages, art forms

I look at my emails
and WordPress reader

blogs I have followed for years
and new blogs this week

and my archives – the times
I had to be away – and then
could post again

in my own small way
I know how day-to-day
recovery can be
and needs to be

time has to go by
and careful follow-up
instructions to honor

now I am older
and life can be better
and life can be so hard

and art grows too
and life can be better
once again over time

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Creative at home
Ellen Grace Olinger

Books, Poems, and Photos

Today as I sat quietly for a time, I began thinking about the new book we hope to create from the blog. When new ideas occur to me this way, I know the creative process is at work once again. A slower pace now. No deadlines. This is just to share and be creative.

One idea I have for the print book title is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin: Selected Poems and Photos From Our Blog. Another idea may seem better as we work. The title says clearly that this is content readers may have seen before. And if they like the book, they can visit the blog for similar content that may be new for them.

I envision a longer book this time, different from the large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014). I am still happy with this book, and it was good to promote it again in 2019.

Today I thought about feedback I’ve received over the years and want to remember to include a few old favorite poems.

The daylilies in the vase
Are ending

       Petals drop on wood

I leave them
They express something poignant

       That words never could.

“Petals On Wood” was published in ARTS ALIVE:  A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

Published in Time Of Singing (1995).

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time Of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume
1998

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photo by Karl

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Turning the Page

Poem, Bible verse, and thoughts from a post in September 2014:

turning the page
of an older book
the age in my hands

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation . . .  Psalm 71: 18 (KJV)

I wrote the haiku awhile ago.  I’ve always been an “old soul” and always felt my gifts with the language arts would take a long time to begin to grow.   When I read verses in the Bible that encouraged me to take the long view, I had no idea blogs would be the answer.

And creative notes today:

I have a few drafts of chapbooks in progress, with my poems from our blogs. And I’ll add photos. Many ways to create, and each book can be different. I am still happy with Quiet Christmas Poetry, from 2014.

As I work through this process, the posts here with dates and any publication credits help a lot. I also save emails and letters from editors and have a few shelves where I keep print journals and books. Grateful to the editors and all readers for their encouragement.

Ellen Grace Olinger

These are two of my favorite photos by Karl from our recent visit to The Sheboygan River at Kiwanis Park. We saw many butterflies.

Creative Notes

On the weekends, I enjoy BookTV on C-SPAN2. “Television for Serious Readers.” Sometimes I listen to a panel discussion, an interview with an author, and every so often there is live coverage of a book festival. The discussion may well be about a subject or topic that is not part of my daily life. I like hearing the vocabulary and learning something new. Many voices, from many places. And I am interested in the creative process and how much we have in common.

I know when I write here, that Lake Michigan is a Great Lake unique to our region. Yet the earth, water, and sky are universal. My mother taught English literature and spoke of “the human condition.” We watched many programs. Through blogs, I know more about seasons and gardens in other places near and far, in terms of geography.

Libraries are wonderful places. I always feel at home at a library, and they do so much good for communities. More good books than I can read, and BookTV helps me learn a little more. Blogs as well – all the wonderful posts.

Great Lakes, courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Neighborhood Walk and Creative Note

Today, Karl and I walked around the neighborhood. A day for old shoes and warm clothes. I will be wearing my winter coat for awhile. We saw robins, heard red-winged blackbirds, saw and heard cranes in the sky, fallen trees from last year’s storm with clean-up in good progress. Some perennials are beginning – we think they are skunk cabbage. Marsh marigolds will follow. We also saw deer. Some seem young – maybe a year old?

Sadly, we are seeing the death of many ash trees in our area, due to the Emerald Ash Borer. We noted this in different parks last year. There are far too many affected trees in the park forests to be removed. Yet the landscape remains beautiful, as the forests and neighborhoods change.

As a Creative Note, The Arts Page – Milwaukee PBS, hosted by Sandy Maxx, is an interesting program. I learn about artists and art that are new for me. So much courage and creativity, each unique. A lot of sustained work over time, which inspires. I have read many books about creativity and writing.

Photo by Karl
May 2014

Poems, Photos, Work on the New Large Print Book

garden journal
through the seasons
every photo a prayer

Cotoneaster shadows on the wood path – May 8, 2017

Hosta – August 8, 2018
Photo by Karl

The perennials are beautiful as they grow, flower, and change through the months and seasons.

The last rose of the year – September 17, 2016
Photo by Karl

Begonias in a thrift store vase – August 31, 2017

It is interesting, as we create a second large print book, the same poems seem to go well with a blog post, an email, and/or reflections in general. There is no hurry with this project. I am beginning to memorize the poems for the book. Then I will know the sequence. I like to be able to think about the work as I work in the kitchen, for example, and soon – the yard.

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

knowing
they cannot stay
but will return
lilacs

Our first large print chapbook is Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

a storm begins

a storm begins
the month

grateful for power
the internet and ability
to visit sites nearby
and around the world

different seasons,
times, days

someone is always
creating, sending hope
trying new ideas
recording a moment
from the day
in some way

and for groceries
we bought yesterday

and a bouquet
of roses and chrysanthemums
keeping watch by the window

Ellen Grace Olinger