Tag: Libraries

Rain Today and Notes

Rain today. Good to listen and read.

I am reading from The Unexpected Weight: The Haiku Society of America Mentorship Program Anthology 2021. Jay Friedenberg, Editor. Ignatius Fay, Interior Design and Layout.

At POEMS FROM PSALMS AND NATURE, I am working on a new series, that builds upon our series from March 2020 – July 2020. In 2020, the posts were short selections from all 150 Psalms, with pictures. This year I am working with words and themes. One post leads to another. Two recent posts are: my hope and trust (from Psalm 71) and “my hope is in thee” (from Psalm 39). The Psalms may be familiar to some readers and new for others. I let the verses speak for themselves. Universal themes.

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three haiku

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

beautiful with
and without flowers
vase from my mother

paintings of trees
on old pine walls
quiet music

“paintings of trees” was published in Four Hundred and Two Snails, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2018, edited by Nicholas M. Sola. You can visit the Haiku Society of America site.

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books at stores

books at stores
that sell many things
we need – food, water,
house supplies –
and food for the soul
cheerful cards
plants and flowers
warm places to shop
walk and say hello
support local businesses
in our Sheboygan County
where we are home

I still miss bookstores that existed in years gone by. And then I found books in thrift stores, grocery stores, and of course libraries. Blogs and books, online and print, all a blessing. Karl and I went to a few stores this week. Spring flowers and plants are starting to appear. Next time, I will have to look and see where they are grown.

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Bloganuary: January 4, 2022

What was your favorite toy as a child?

I remember my first published poem, written in high school.

I love to sit and dream of days long past,
Of a chubby, brown-haired girl
Dressed in checks and stripes, a feather-
plumed hat on her head–
Sitting in her little doll room
Eating a pound of potato chips
–laughing–

Published in Parnassus in Print (1971) and The Discerning Poet (2004). Reprinted here on December 27, 2009.

As I thought of the prompt for today, one memory led to another. I often write about the language arts. I remember libraries and also the wonder of owning a few books. Still a wonder. Crayons and crafts, learning to cook, and working at a bakery in high school. In college, at UW-Madison, I worked at a Pizza Hut as a cook and waitress.

A few years ago, I read Becoming Madeleine: a biography of the author of A Wrinkle In Time by her Granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Copyright 2018 by Crosswicks, Ltd.). You can learn about the book here. It is a unique work, and the design is beautiful. I think I will reread a little today.

Two Pages from the official Madeleine L’Engle site are Home and About Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007).

A photo collage:

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bloganuary: January 2, 2022

Prompt of the day: What is a road trip you would love to take?

I look forward to more drives again here in Sheboygan County, Midwest, USA. When we moved here years ago, I learned how to drive to Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and home again, on country roads and streets.

There is a Mead Public Library Blog. I recognized the WordPress theme they use and follow their blog.

We also enjoy our Oostburg Public Library.

Sometimes we visit the Cedar Grove Public Library in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

And I am sure many readers know about the Little Free Library site and program. There are many little libraries in our area.

With books, we can visit many places!

Two poems from our Archives:

routine errands
never routine
country roads

new library books
and wandering home
on all the roads
fields, Spring air, sky
first red-winged blackbird

Ellen Grace Olinger

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