Tag: Grateful

“Thou tellest my wanderings”

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in the book?

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

tears that were not
cried at the time

kindness that carried
me along to words

and poems that may
sometimes be tears too

Favorite photo from Spring 2016
Flowers from a store
Winter 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

we drove North

we drove North
to see fall colors

along the way
snow fell and
lightly covered

fields of soybeans,
corn, and other crops

and the wind
painted one side
of tall trees
with the snow


Yard Work

Yesterday, Karl and I worked in the yard and began with the clean up after the storm.  We were without power the previous night, from 8 PM until shortly before 6 AM yesterday.  Others in the area were without power longer.  We are grateful to all who worked such long hours to restore service.

We have seen trees grow again in new ways after losing a good part of the tree, or from the stump.  This is a powerful metaphor of healing and resilience.

I remember when my mother lost an apple tree.  The tree stump became a place for a big planter of flowers.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Watching A Barge

watching a barge
slowly travel
through deep waters
at sunrise
life of faith

September 8, 2012

Ellen Grace Olinger



Interurban Trail, Town of Holland
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
August 26, 2018
Photos by Karl