Category: Books

Creativity Over Time: Music Notes

I enjoy a wide variety of music, and still buy CDs. I like seeing how the artists create the whole work.

From Pandora, I learned of Helen Jane Long, Karen Marie Garrett, Brian Crain and others.

From the News Hour on PBS, I learned about Patty Griffin’s latest CD, Patty Griffin. There was an interview with Jeffrey Brown earlier this year.

After watching a WoodSongs program on PBS, we bought Silver Skies Blue by Judy Collins & Ari Hest.

And I just began listening to Threads, by Sheryl Crow, which includes many artists.

When I was young, we bought albums. One of Joni Mitchell’s covers would be part of my decoration.

Life now is a combination of blogs and also books and music. Everyday work. Fall chores outside when flowers have completely faded, though I leave some plants to look beautiful in the winter snow. It is a blessing to simply wash dishes and look through the window to the yard.

And I continue to read Luci Shaw’s poetry often. She writes in such a healing and honest way about her long life – she was born in 1928.

I took the photo yesterday. As you can see, the pumpkin is on the ash tree stump with October hosta plants. The ash tree fell in a storm, and we created a new image of beauty in the yard. Of hope. I love the hosta weathered now too – all part of the cycle of the seasons.

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic Poem for OCTOBER

verture to a
C  ooler season
T  o embrace with
O  pen hearts and
B  rave souls . . .
E  njoying the Fall and
R  eading books!

from October 2012

We stopped at Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin yesterday. They have a large box of pumpkins in the store, and we bought one for a small garden near the back door.

Images: wpclipart

rain today

rain today
a few red roses
and yellow carnations
in a blue vase
by the window

rain today
books
add colors
to the day

Today I am reading Twigs in my Hair: A Gardening Memoir by Cynthia Reyes. Photographs by Hamlin Grange. Author copyright 2019. Published by Kingsgrange Books Toronto.

Please visit Cynthia Reyes – The blog of Canadian Author Cynthia Reyes – for more information.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Art and Friendship

rearranging
art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew 

The card is a watercolor painting by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010). I created the still life arrangement and the photo is by Karl. I take good care of cards from Charles and other friends.

Charles A. Waugaman created this book cover and illustrated Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need, an anthology we published with Time Of Singing (2007, Elin Grace Publishing). Copies may still be ordered from the TOS Books Page. The themes are timeless. Lora Homan Zill and I were Editors and Charles was Art Editor.

The picture at the beginning of the post is courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler, Dover Publications.  It is a sample from Crafter’s Cornucopia.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Autumn notes

trees with leaves
and small signs
of change

warm hours
and warmer clothes
nearby

books to read now
books to set aside
for winter

As a creative note, posts most often read from my archives are my acrostic poems. Two examples are READING and HARVEST. I wrote both poems for this blog in 2010.

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

H   ard work
A   nd hope
R   ealized, and
V   ery grateful
E   ternally, with
S   ongs
T  o sing

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

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Ellen Grace Olinger

Madeleine L’Engle Biography by her Granddaughters

Yesterday, I finished reading a good book:

Becoming Madeleine: a biography of the author of A Wrinkle In Time by her Granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy.

Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Copyright 2018 by Crosswicks, Ltd.

You can learn about the book here. It is a unique work, and the design is beautiful.

Some Pages from the official Madeleine L’Engle site:

Home

About Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007)

For Educators

Ellen Grace Olinger