blue sky and green trees

blue sky and green trees
what a comfort
to read near a window
and see the same view
year after year

much has changed

new learning curves
and all I cannot know
though I learn a little more
every day

and sometimes
what is stored
in the heart is enough

Journal Poem
June 26, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

Once Upon A Time

once upon a time
my mother and I spent
so much time
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I remember her love
of flowers and all the colors
and the Bridal Wreath
bushes in bloom

once upon a time
love grows and endures
my great lesson
and hope

and gifts from
the seasons and yard
every year

The photo is from June 19, 2019, and the poem today.

This is another photo of the hawkweed by Karl today. There is a lot this year. He mows around the flowers while in bloom.

Ellen Grace Olinger

yellow flowers

yellow flowers
from a store
in a brown clay pitcher

soon July flowers
from the garden

beauty of today
beauty of tomorrow

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

On the weekends, I enjoy BookTV on C-SPAN2. “Television for Serious Readers.” Sometimes I listen to a panel discussion, an interview with an author, and every so often there is live coverage of a book festival. The discussion may well be about a subject or topic that is not part of my daily life. I like hearing the vocabulary and learning something new. Many voices, from many places. And I am interested in the creative process and how much we have in common.

I know when I write here, that Lake Michigan is a Great Lake unique to our region. Yet the earth, water, and sky are universal. My mother taught English literature and spoke of “the human condition.” We watched many programs. Through blogs, I know more about seasons and gardens in other places near and far, in terms of geography.

Libraries are wonderful places. I always feel at home at a library, and they do so much good for communities. More good books than I can read, and BookTV helps me learn a little more. Blogs as well – all the wonderful posts.

Great Lakes, courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger