Tag: Paul Brandt School Forest

My Dear Companion: Selections from the Trio Collection

This afternoon, I am listening to My Dear Companion: Selections from the Trio Collection, by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt (2016, Rhino Entertainment Company).  Beautiful, healing music.

Since last summer, dear family and friends have been called Home.

Their names are Irma, Marta, Win, Burt, and Avis.

For Earth Day, I remembered my cousin Paul, and the Paul Brandt School Forest in southwestern Wisconsin.  How brave my Aunt Irma was, when he died suddenly.  She grieved, she lived, and was almost 100 when she died.

Each person has a legacy.  Every person has a story, this I know.

I have been wanting to remember – to say their names in a post – and this music helps and restores.  The songs are familiar.  They will always be new.

So grateful for beauty in all its forms.  Restores, heals, inspires.  New work to create.

Ellen Grace Olinger

in loving memory

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Irma Alice Brandt
September 4, 1916 – July 11, 2016

My Aunt Irma lived on earth for almost 100 years.

Some of you may remember my posts about the Paul Brandt School Forest.

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The vintage flower borders are courtesy of Reusable Art – Breathing New Life Into Old Art.

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Aunt Irma also enjoyed Time Of Singing, and now I recall this poem:

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Ellen Grace Olinger
TOS, Summer 2012

Your posts are a wonderful encouragement this summer.

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Paul Brandt School Forest

Today I learned there is a beautiful website for the Paul Brandt School Forest.

Some of you may remember the poem I wrote for my cousin Paul.  My mother was his godmother.

WINTER IN OCTOBER
For Paul F. Brandt

Another death
a sudden death
this autumn of
winter in October.

Condolences pour in
your service strengthens
and your body is laid to rest
in beloved Wisconsin land.

Now the grief begins
and how else could it be?

Surely a few people
will remain with us
in our loving sorrow
like the golden leaves
left on the tree
outside my window
that will turn green again . . .

Published first in Time Of Singing (Fall 2008).