Tag: Place

Creative Note: Books

We went to the Bethesda Wisconsin – Sheboygan Thrift Shop. I mostly looked at art and books. I bought two books. A wonderful store. I can always donate back or give to another person or thrift store, after I read.

Yesterday a new book arrived. Karl asked if I wanted to add anything to an order from Amazon.

The new book is a glimpse of water fall, poems and drawings by Jane Tims. Fredericton, April 2021. Published by Kindle Direct Publishing.

I first learned of Jane’s work from her site, nichepoetryandprose “poetry and prose about place.”

Inspiration: Snowdrops

What a good year for the snowdrops. They grow and endure, and return each year. The first flowers in our yard. They picture a kind word, a small poem, everyday blessings. A post in my Reader, a devotional book from a thrift store, and a small plant by the window. I do not know when they first grew and bloomed in the gardens, and we have been here a long time.

Ellen Grace Olinger – April 10, 2017

sun through a window

sun through a window
falls on the green plant
reaches the earth

I have been watching some good programs. I’ve always enjoyed biographies, memoirs, and stories about creativity. The American Masters series on PBS is interesting.

There is the context of history, past and current, the large events. And also personal history. For example, how place and health affect and shape art.

Two examples of programs I watched are about Twyla Tharp Choreographer, and Flannery O’Connor Writer.

The Midwest

I have written about always living in the Midwest. Yet places vary, cities and towns. There have been many adjustments and “new learning curves” over decades. I am grateful.

These are a few poems from my archives.

no longer
a stranger
the joy of being able
to share long stories
of this area

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

five roads
from this corner
now I know
my way home
on them all

Haiku Lesson Note:

Our Haiku Reading Plan for Grades 5 – 6 at The Haiku Foundation features haiku from the Midwest. The Goal for this plan is “To show beginning comprehension of haiku by a variety of poets; along with beginning to discover haiku history through examples of poems.”

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin – July 6, 2019
Photo by Karl

peace with a book

a good breakfast
and some news

mail on the table
friends we hear from
every so often
and more requests
for donations

can be overwhelming
sometimes

I enjoy blog posts
continue to take good care
and peace with a book

Karl and I went for a drive on Sunday evening to see the holiday lights. What a blessing. We saw homes that are decorated in a grand way, and simple lights, and Karl drove me by the antique snow plow with lights in our area that I so love – my route home from my mother’s home all those years ago. City to small towns.

Take good care. We are too.

reading a new book

reading a new book
plant on my desk
in this day’s sun

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger

I am reading ghosts are lonely here, poems and drawings by Jane Spavold Tims.

Please see Jane’s site, nichepoetryandprose “poetry and prose about place” for more information.

window in my study

window in my study
trees and sky
through the seasons
and years

the view changes
and yet the same
more to learn
and a place to read
and rest


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