January Winds


The winds are strong today. Snow from the roof drapes the view outside my study window. The evergreens, as always, seem to bear everything with such grace. For all I’ve written about the longer days and the light, I think, “Now winter really begins.”

Our country roads get icy, and I’m one of the people who will drive a 10 minute walk to get the mail at the end of the street.

Yesterday I finished reading One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan 2012). Ann writes from the broken places, as well as the beautiful places; and they may turn out to be the same. There is always hope. She includes our blogging community in her Acknowledgments. http://www.onethousandgifts.com

I also received the Winter 2013 Harp-Strings Poetry Journal (Volume Twenty-Four, Number Three). I learned of this journal from TIME OF SINGING a few years ago. Madelyn Eastlund is the Editor. There are familiar poets and new poets. I am seeing the older generation here too, and I love their voices. I know some young people see me this way now, and I am grateful.

Blessings, Ellen

Image: Karen’s Whimsy.

11 thoughts on “January Winds

  1. Isn’t it fun to realize that we’re turning into “ancient ones”? I noticed it first at the grocery store, as the 16 year old sackers would say to me, “Would you like some help out to your car, ma’am?” It was the “Ma’am” that did it!

    Yet, I never, never would go back.I’m perfectly happy where I am – I’ve learned how to deal with those January winds.


  2. Ellen – hope you are toasty warm this afternoon – wish I could mail you a box filled with the southern breeze and 60 degree temps we are having today – even have the door open to my porch this afternoon. A respite before a few more days of coldish temps soon to come – sending a warm hug – K


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