Category: Books

July in Wisconsin and Creative Note

I read in an old chair by an open window and listen to summer sounds. Several books to look at here and there. Soon there will be many daylily and hosta flowers. Peonies are in bloom.

Poems from my archives

many trees
provide shade
for this street
on a varied
route to the
library
I find books
this time that
tell personal stories
and grant some rest

I was looking at new nonfiction books at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  When I was browsing, I remembered a haiku.

reading a new book
the fragrance
of fresh paper

As a CREATIVE NOTE, sometimes readers refer back to a short post from August 2016 about Joanne Chase, an artist from Wisconsin. Here is the post and information again.

We enjoy buying greeting cards by Joanne Chase, from Hartland, Wisconsin.  Her watercolor designs are beautiful.

This morning I enjoyed seeing many pictures at Chase Greeting Cards.

We often buy her cards at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly here in Oostburg.

Ellen Grace Olinger

The image is courtesy of wpclipart.

Roses at the Library and Three Poems

Oostburg Public Library
“A Little Library Growing Everyday”
Photo by Karl yesterday

A few favorite poems:

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

LIBRARY acrostic poem
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

R  est
E  ducate
A  dmire
D  ream
I  nspire
N  ew
G  oals

READING acrostic poem

Ellen Grace Olinger

morning colors

water and sky
are the same
soft grey

green tree branches
and the wood
of my desk

and a piece of furniture
from my Swedish grandmother

Today I am reading Harvesting Fog poems by Luci Shaw – Pinyon Publishing 2010; Montrose, Colorado. Author Copyright.

I had not looked at Pinyon Publishing for a time. “Quality Writing Celebrating the Arts & Sciences.” So I will learn more today.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books by Luci Shaw

I am thinking more about the years and decades that I’ve been reading books by Luci Shaw.

The Biographical Information at her site may be of interest. She was born in London, England in 1928.

Two examples of her poetry books on my shelves are:

LISTEN TO THE GREEN – Copyright 1971 Luci Shaw. Harold Shaw Publishers; Wheaton, Illinois.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: poems – Copyright 2018 Luci Shaw. Paraclete Press; Brewster, Massachusetts.

She writes about her life and growing older in a generous way.

You can also view her Photo Gallery.

Ellen Grace Olinger

early morning

early morning
and reading
many writers
each time I look
the sky has changed

July 2014

This summer I am rereading books by Luci Shaw, along with a few poetry journals. Here and there I look at memoirs from thrift stores.

Always the Psalms – a place of stability and hope for me. So much room for growth. Sometimes good to read something new, and sometimes good to reread.

July 2015

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