washing a bowl
in warm water
at the kitchen sink
grateful, so grateful
for this day

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Thank you for reading my previous post about the Christmas chapbook, and for your kind comments and likes.

The bowl from today’s poem is the same as in this Christmas photo by Karl, from 2012.  A bouquet was ending and I cut and rearranged the flowers.  The placemat is from Bethesda Thrift Store.

The colors are wonderful all year!


books and blogs

Yesterday I worked more on the chapbook Karl and I are creating from Quiet Christmas Poetry.   It’s interesting to work on a new project.  I am so comfortable with blogging, and to begin to envision a print book, I cut some pages from a notebook to see how many pages would make the book, when the pages are folded.   So now I can begin to see.

In special education, we always said to break down the task into smaller parts, and set achievable goals.  Goals that are neither too low nor too high.  Build success.

And now I also keep saying, one thing at a time, if possible.  I am finding my 60s to be a new learning curve, which I welcome.  Each person’s journey is unique.

We’re donating all proceeds to Time Of Singing, now in its 41st volume.  The anthology we published in 2007 is listed on their books page.  Hope is timeless!

Elin Grace Publishing is named for my grandmothers.  This will be my first book of my work since 2001.  I was helping with my mother’s care then, and want the books to work well for people who may not be feeling well.  So a simple design and not too much to read at one time.  This too though varies.  Wonderful there are many books and options.  I’m also influenced by the simplicity of haiku chapbooks I’ve bought over the years.

I’ve been updating Short Holiday Poems too.  I enjoy presenting the poems I feel are my best in different ways.  Sometimes I reblog from one site to another, to refresh the content.

Each month now, I read in my archives, perhaps from a more objective point of view, and see what might be nice to share again.  I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years.  Amazing how our work can grow, a little at a time.  Thank you.

Blessings, Ellen

light and leaves

On Saturday, Karl and I went to Arabella’s Family Restaurant in Sheboygan, for a good breakfast.  Then we drove around the area.  It was interesting to see how the trees vary in their colors, and the falling of their leaves.

in the sunroom . . .
beyond the tree
with fallen leaves
light through clouds

sparrows and evergreens

Ellen Grace Olinger:

A post from October 2012

Originally posted on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin:

A routine day, the best kind: cooking vegetables, errands, and writing projects.  Madeleine L’Engle taught me to “serve the work,” and that we all do our part.  Maybe that’s why the birds and evergreens speak to me today.  I don’t see the differences in their sizes; I see one painting.

many sparrows play
in evergreen trees
perfect harmony

The image is from Japanese Design,
courtesy of Dover Publications.

Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith And Art, by Madeleine L’Engle (North Point Press; Copyright 1980 by Crosswicks).

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