Author: Ellen Grace Olinger

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..." From Ecclesiastes 3:11a (KJV).

Carol Purington “FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons”

Holy Week
The white tulip opens
to a crimson heart


Shaping the dough
into a loaf of bread
Maundy Thursday


Good Friday
. . . moving into the chill
of the tree’s shadow


Early tulip –
in its scarlet cup
the surprise of black


At sunrise
the shine of the church steeple
Resurrection Day


Easter lily
The challenge of His risen life
overflows the sanctuary


Carol Purington lives on a dairy farm in Western Massachusetts.  For three decades she has been exploring Japanese verse forms, including haiku and tanka. She has self-published several books, including Family Farm, a collection of haiku about her home.

Illustrations by Shirley L. Horn. Winfred Press.

Town of Holland Recycling Center ~ Wisconsin

Karl and I go to our Town of Holland Recycling Center every few weeks.   I love the sense of community.   One person’s trash becomes another person’s treasure.  Parts are collected and become new products.  Neighbors see one another and the nice people who run things there.

I like to think of how my old shredded journals, for example, are then processed into new paper, for new projects of all kinds.   Fewer trees cut down.  I also value the renewed wood in our home, from when our house was first built in the 1940s.  This wood feels alive to me too.

recycling center
materials collected
reworked & reformed
an old home becomes new
the artists who live there too