Poems and Photo

pink clouds
span the horizon
seagulls take flight
stretching to read
new books


afternoon light
blue-grey skies
and water

give them a stage
to shine


another day
of grace
settling down
towards sunset
seagulls rest on water


“another day” was published in Sea Bandits, edited by Aubrie Cox (2012), at YAY WORDS!



Lake Michigan
July 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

Eagle’s Nest


Tamarack Circle Nature Trail
Mauthe Lake
Northern Kettle Moraine
July 15, 2018
Photo by Karl

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Edited photo

Bethesda Thrift Shop

Yesterday Karl and I went to Bethesda Thrift Shop in Sheboygan.  I bought another book and a painting.  Read a lot in the afternoon.


This photo by Karl from last Sunday shows a branch of the Milwaukee River flowing through Mauthe Lake in the northern Kettle Moraine (Fond du Lac County).

Goodwill, Books, and Photos

We went to the Goodwill thrift store in Sheboygan yesterday (on Greenwing Drive).  I bought a book.  I love seeing books for sale in so many places.  This year or next, I plan to look through my books and see what I may be able to donate.  Our summers are short.  When we moved here, a neighbor said, “You learn to save some things for winter.”

Last year, we gave gift copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to staff at thrift stores.

These are more of Karl’s photos from the Greenwing Drive retention ponds.





From Psalm 104

Psalm 104: 1 – 2

“Bless the Lord, O my soul.  O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain”

This is the poetry of the King James Version.

Ellen Grace Olinger


Reusable Art