reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

I am happy and honored that my poem from this blog was published in a new anthology. The book is available at Amazon.

All the Way Home:
Aging in Haiku

Edited by
Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press
West Union WV

Quiet Christmas Poetry

snowflakes
floating in the air
separate
together
artists
across places
and time

sudden cold —
Christmas cactus
already blooming

Time Of Singing
December, 1997

These two poems are from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook. The cover art photo of the Lake Michigan beach is by Karl.

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall 2015 issue of Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.” 

If you wish to order a copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry, please visit the books page at Time Of Singing.  All proceeds benefit TOS. 

Our chapbook was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

the light of many new times

This week, I wrote:

November morning
I learn the light
of a new time

And I am thinking about this on many levels. I have learned to see the art, beauty, light, faith, and hope of many new times. Sometimes I may not realize during a difficult time just how much I am being blessed. When I was in the hospital in June 2018, by God’s grace, I was not afraid and I said thank you to all who were helping me. Some things about my health are much better, and some are a work-in-progress. I accept this.

After the hospital, I thought, where did I learn how to do this? And I thought of my mother, and times with her when she needed the care and I was there as her daughter. Now sometimes too some of the medical professionals who help me are a generation younger, and I honor and respect the latest science and technology, along with daily practical advice. I can receive direction. And again, I think, where did I learn how to do this?

And again, my mother, most of all. And many other artists and writers, here and in print, over many years. Grateful for all, and all the generations.

Lots of life chapters, by God’s grace, and new light to learn always. Daily dedication and small steps. So much gratitude.

In many ways, I have always been an old soul, and so am comfortable amidst life’s challenges. I work to be independent – with so much support from Karl – and if I need more care some day, some year, I will look for the light there as well.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psalm 23: 1–2 (KJV)

Thank you,
Ellen

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