Tag: Creative Writing

Encouragement

What’s a lie you tell yourself?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 23, 2023

I have read many books about creative work. As with bloganuary, there is encouragement to be creative and then confidence grows. I often say that my blogs are informal, because that means this is a place to practice and grow. Reading is important, and rest as well. Health first. I can see different creative chapters here over the years. Grateful every day. Thank you.

small study

What was your dream job as a child?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 22, 2023

My parents were teachers, and I enjoyed school and libraries. And art projects.

Since I began with blogs, I served as a volunteer in education at The Haiku Foundation and helped begin their Education Resources about ten years ago. Many teachers, poets, and scholars contribute their work. I am honored that one of my haiku was published in their first volunteer anthology. Here is my poem and the credits.

small study
and books to read
days with longer light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

“small study” credits:

Akitsu Quarterly, Spring 2022
Robin White, Editor

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
May 10, 2022

Our Garden: The Haiku Foundation Volunteer Anthology 2022
edited by Jim Kacian & Julie Bloss Kelsey
The Haiku Foundation, Winchester VA

Home

What irritates you about the home you live in?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 20, 2023

I have been watching the Craft In America series on PBS. Many artists, art forms, cultures, and places. I enjoy the conversations, how crafts are preserved and passed along to new generations, and seeing the creative work spaces.

There have been a few times when we lost power over the years, and Karl bought generators and battery-operated lights. This year, there was one evening when our energy company asked customers to conserve – for example, turn the heat lower and no gas fireplaces – and all was stable and back to normal soon.

Shelter, heat, water and even internet – so here I sit with a new post! In our old home that began as a cottage in the 1940s, and reflects the work of many people.

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Poems and Seasons

What color describes your personality and why?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 19, 2023

The colors of the seasons are beautiful. And with blogs, I learn more about colors and design. One day a bright color, another day grey.

spring colors
poetry journals and books
on a brown tablecloth

May 2022

bluebirds
truly so blue
trustworthy friends

June 2012

morning light
trees in sun
and blue sky

February 2022

forsythia
by the garage
and cedar fence
green and yellow
in the day’s light

by Ellen Grace Olinger

I am reading Luci Shaw’s new book, Angels Everywhere: Poems (2022, Paraclete Press). I have been reading her poetry and prose for decades. Luci Shaw The Official Website (Post from May 19, 2022.)

Simple Meals

What’s your favorite meal to cook and/or eat?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 18, 2023

I have written several poems about food.

broccoli for lunch . . .
bright winter sun
days grow longer

Daily Haiku: March 2, 2020
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

gulls lifting
from the sand
corn an inch tall

SMILE (2009, 2010) and Bell’s Letters Poet (2010)

H   ard work
A   nd hope
R   ealized, and
V   ery grateful
E   ternally, with
S   ongs
T  o sing

HARVEST

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

My acrostic poem for HARVEST from August 2010 is a favorite poem.

“This is the day”

Describe the happiest day of your life.
Bloganuary Prompt for January 17, 2023

This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118: 24

P  romises of
S  erenity
A  nd
 ove
M editations and
 trength

PSALMS

The Psalms have been with me for as long as I can remember. I wrote the acrostic in 2010.

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Memory and Poetry

Do you have a memory that’s linked to a smell?
Bloganuary Prompt for January 16, 2023

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume
1998

reading poetry
my coffee gets cold
guess I made it
for the fragrance

Time of Singing
Volume 43, “Intermezzo”
Fall 2016

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

“fragrance of leaves” is a poem from 2010 that has been reprinted a few times.

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

Time of Singing, Volume 46, Fall 2019.

Tanka by Ellen Grace Olinger, at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog, August 8, 2020.

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