Tag: Madeleine L’Engle

And reading again today

This is a post from last year: Classic Book (with a different photo this year).

WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw is a beautiful book.

The hardcover edition was published in 1996 by Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, Illinois). I also have the paperback version that was published by Regent College Publishing (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

WinterSong is a classic now, and I enjoy rereading some selections each year.

Madeleine L’Engle

Luci Shaw

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Daily Life These Days

Early morning, and I sit in silence for a time. An old haiku:

cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God

Lake Michigan water levels are at record highs.

Then I cook a healthy breakfast, and stay current with the news. Check my WordPress reader, and always so much art and hope here. I continue to follow the daily instructions from my Care Team. Grateful.

Sanctuary Series, 1985 is an interesting post from Art Discarded 2 “Art that has been tossed by the wayside and rediscovered.” I remember being at an art museum with my family when young. The colors.

I saw a robin in the yard this morning, and perennials grow again.

An email today from Charlotte at Madeleine L’Engle about a short story collection by Madeleine, The Moment of Tenderness, released today. The introduction is by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, who is Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter and executor of her estate. Madeleine’s books are good for this time, and always.

Another old haiku:

old photos
on my desk —
bleeding hearts in bloom

Published first in Time Of Singing (1994). Also reprinted with the poems selected for my Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation. Billie Wilson was editor then and helped me with my page.

Patience, peace, home
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Madeleine L’Engle Biography by her Granddaughters

Yesterday, I finished reading a good book:

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.

Some Pages from the official Madeleine L’Engle site:


About Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)

For Educators

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

Karl and I went to the Richardson Hospice Resale Store in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. It is a very nice store, and I discovered the books area.

I bought A Cry Like a Bell, by Madeleine L’Engle (1987, Harold Shaw Publishers). This book is poetry. Years ago, I read and gave my copy away.

When I saw the book at the resale store, I thought maybe it was now being given back to me – that it would be good to read again.

Quote and Painting

“When the artist is truly the servant of the work, the work is better than the artist; Shakespeare knew how to listen to his work, and so he often wrote better than he could write; Bach composed more deeply, more truly than he knew; Rembrandt’s brush put more of the human spirit on canvas than Rembrandt could comprehend.”

Madeleine L’Engle

Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith & Art, Page 24 (Harold Shaw Publishers, Copyright 1980 by Crosswicks).

Rembrandt painting is courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative and Music Notes

I am interested in the creative process in general.

Many books have helped me over the years, and some examples of authors are Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw, and Julia Cameron.

In November 2013, I posted a quote from the back cover of THE ARTIST’S WAY EVERY DAY: A Year of Creative Living, by Julia Cameron (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin; 2009 author copyright).

“Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice – a day at a time.”

When I was young, we bought records – albums – and the covers were larger than CDs and also works of art. I remember Joni Mitchell’s paintings. Health is a part of her story and art.

I am also interested to see how artists I have followed for years are offering CDs with remastered recordings and demos. Fleetwood Mac and the solo work of Stevie Nicks are two examples. Sometimes I may like a demo version better, and then the beauty of how the music is produced. Harmony.

When I look back, I see that poetry and music began for me in the Lutheran Church with the liturgy, hymns, and Psalms. Then the contemporary music of my generation, and all that continues to grow. During my first recovery from a major health condition, in the 1990s, all the great literature of poetry was waiting to be discovered. What I did not have time for before, when working full-time outside the home, was there for me at just the right time. And I began with haiku then. I write from my heart, and gradually learn about craft through reading a lot. Thank you.

And we all work in many ways. Many chapters over the course of my life, including my mother’s home years ago, and volunteer work in different places. These years I am grateful to be home! People don’t have to ask if I am a senior citizen before offering a discount.

So much to reflect upon. Another poet is Emily Dickinson – took a long time for her work to be published as she wrote it.

I am not an editor or critic – these are simply personal reflections from over many years. One day at a time.

And I continue to pray the Psalms.


Ellen Grace Olinger

“Out of Your Reach”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Your Reach.”

I don’t recall being disappointed with gifts often as a child.  However, I would be older before I would understand a broader definition of creativity and my gifts.  Madeleine L’Engle’s now classic book, Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith & Art, was a great blessing (1980, Harold Shaw Publishers; Wheaton, Illinois).  She taught me to “serve the work” the best I can and also to accept that the work will always be imperfect.  Mercy and grace.

Ellen Grace Olinger