Tag: Small Towns

snow melt in town

snow melt in town
some piles of snow
in the park
creek running clear
and can see the stones
at the bottom
blue sky background
for the trees

Veterans Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger

small town lunch

lunch in a small town
smaller than our town
good food and people
around all the tables

stopping by and
getting through
the day

so human
all the conversations
flowing freely

as we leave
a woman probably
my age holds the door
for me

I say thank you
so kind of you

we drive home
on snowy country roads

Tiffany’s Waldo Cafe
Waldo, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger

to admire

to admire
on the counter
and bring home
with great care

a work of art
to nourish
body and soul
the recipe over
80 years old

marbled rye bread
from Oostburg Bakery

Oostburg Bakery “Great Taste For Generations”

Poem from March 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger

The small park where Karl took many photos this year is across the street from the bakery, by the railroad tracks. So that is a nice routine – to visit the park, walk around town, and buy some bakery.

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin

rose clouds

Today I saw beautiful rose clouds at both sunrise at home, and sunset on the roads with Karl.  Then the holiday lights, which are so beautiful in the cities and towns.  The lights shine in a special way on the country roads, where there are no streetlights.

A little bit of light can go a long way.

Some of my strongest memories from driving back north from my mother’s home and a nursing home are the lights.  I also remember the contrast between the city and all the smaller roads I learned.  So often I reflected upon how the Milwaukee area felt comfortable because we grew up there.  Yet when I got north of Port Washington, I felt at home in my soul.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Summer 2018 – Two

The theme of this post is Flowers in Town.

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These flowers are planted beneath a plaque honoring World War II veterans from Oostburg, Wisconsin. Their names are listed.  Karl took this photo on June 28, 2018.

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July 13, 2018

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August 12, 2018

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September 6, 2018

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Photos by Karl

September Poems

Autumn afternoon
the early glow
of streetlights in town

September 25, 2010

late September
and time with old friends
afternoon sun
shines on leaves
turning gold

September 26, 2011

golden sun
on gold leaves
unconditional love

seagulls
down the beach
silver in the sky

September 24, 2012

now the light
falls in a new way
in the house
shadows of leaves
on a page of poetry

September 28, 2013

rain through fog
a few gold leaves
on the birch tree
shine brighter

September 10, 2014

September leaves
in Sunday sun
prayers of love
and peace
for those in need

September 6, 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger