Tag: Lora Homan Zill

Quiet Christmas Poetry: Short Poems


Christmas CDs
playing with the volume low
in the fields
the beauty of harvested
corn in snow


Sunday morning
all the lovely voices
singing Silent Night


Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall


wind freeing the snow
from evergreen branches

He giveth snow
like wool:
he scattereth the hoarfrost
like ashes.

Psalm 147: 16 (KJV)


placing the new calendar
on the wall
all the new spaces
without words
God’s time


The poems may all be read online at our Quiet Christmas Poetry site.

There is information about the large print book version, and I reprinted a short review by Lora Homan Zill, from Time Of Singing (Fall, 2015).

Lake Michigan - photo by Karl
Lake Michigan – cover photo by Karl

Quiet Christmas Poetry
Elin Grace Publishing
Oostburg, Wisconsin
ISBN 978-0-9729848-5-0

Printed by GT Graphics
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Thank you

Quiet Christmas Poetry

This year I wrote a new post for our large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  Karl and I created the book from the Christmas site in 2014.  The book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

We received good feedback.  All proceeds are for the print journal, Time Of Singing, edited by Lora Homan Zill.  Copies are for sale at the TOS books page.

I’ve written posts to share a picture of the cover and other information.  Then the posts that became the book follow, if you wish to visit Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

creative notes

I received Wendy Brightbill’s beautiful 2016 calendar.  She is featuring her one word prints this year.  Her main site may be viewed here.


This week I am reading more of Jan Karon’s new novel, Come Rain or Come Shine.  So much life in her books, and wonderful characters!  I looked at her site this morning.  I am slow with novels at the beginning, as I adjust my reading from short poems to prose.


Quiet Christmas Poetry, our large print chapbook, is still available from the books page at Time Of Singing.  All proceeds benefit TOS.  Thanks to Lora Homan Zill, Editor, for her support.


This has been a good creative year – the photos and galleries were a big leap for me!  Grateful.

Blessings, Ellen

Quiet Christmas Poetry and Time Of Singing

Last year I shared how Karl and I created a large print chapbook from my site, Quiet Christmas Poetry.  The cover photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach is by Karl, and a favorite of readers here for some time.  Our book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.”  This was the goal, and we are grateful.

Please see Quiet Christmas Poetry for a picture and the same content is also there for free.

Lora Homan Zill’s site, with a blog, is the blue collar artist.

The large print Christmas book is only for sale at Time Of Singing.  Please see their books page if you wish more information.  All proceeds benefit this print journal.


This is a picture of the cover Charles A. Waugaman created for Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need.  More information follows.  Charles lived on earth from 1932 – 2010.  When I think of his art, I feel HOPE.


Welcoming Hope is a poetry anthology with Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.

Lora Homan Zill
Ellen G. Olinger

Charles A. Waugaman
Art Editor, Illustrator

Elin Grace Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9729848-4-3

Please visit the books page at Time Of Singing, if you wish more information.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.

This fall, I also hope to donate copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to nursing homes and libraries.  I’ll be slowing down here, as I try to also share your favorite poems in large print books.


Thank you and love,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Christmas chapbook, continued


Karl and I sent a gift copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry to the Decatur Haiku Collection, which is managed by Randy Brooks at Millikin University in Illinois.  It made me happy to see the book listed in their comprehensive bibliography.  And So My Soul (2001), my first chapbook, is also in this collection.

Quiet Christmas Poetry is listed on the books page at Time Of Singing.  All proceeds benefit this excellent print journal.  Lora Homan Zill, Editor, handles the sales, and we are grateful.

My goal this fall is to have more copies printed of the Christmas book, and then donate them to libraries and nursing homes in Wisconsin.  Karl’s cover photo of Lake Michigan in winter is a favorite of readers here too.  The book was a Christmas gift for our families last year, and I treasure the kind feedback we received.

My first book was published in 2001, and then the second in 2014.  As with the plants and flowers in our garden journal, the years vary and all is well.

Here again is Karl’s photo, which became the book cover.


sometimes by sight

Painted_Trillium__Trillium_undulatum“Painted Trillium”

Yesterday, Karl and I enjoyed a nice Sunday dinner at Sheboygan’s Family Restaurant.  During the week, our meals at home are simple.  This is the time of year when away from Lake Michigan, the weather is warmer, and a little more Spring is blooming.  I saw some daffodils.  I love being able to see the progression, and the flowers a second time here later on.

It is still dark this morning and I hear the rain.

There are beautiful old orchards in our area.  I also love the shapes of the trees and the blossoms are amazing.  I have to pay attention, so I don’t miss them.

This brings to mind a haiku I wrote, that was published last year in Time of Singing (edited by Lora Homan Zill); and selected this year for my revised Haiku Registry page at The Haiku Foundation (edited by Billie Wilson).  I am always grateful when my best poems can be reprinted.

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

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My haiku was also inspired by this Bible verse: For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5: 7 (KJV)

Sometimes a verse and image go to my soul, somehow passing my mind.

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Earth Day is this week, April 22; founded by Gaylord Nelson in 1970.

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“Crabapple blossom graphic”

The pictures are from wpclipart.