Category: Contemplation

Grateful

 “Little nails and a steady hammer can rebuild a life – eucharisteo precedes the miracle.”

Selections from One Thousand Gifts
by Ann Voskamp – Page 31.
2012, Zondervan; author copyright. 

I remembered the quote today and had not looked at this book for awhile. The “Interior photography” is also by Ann Voskamp.

In April 2013 I wrote, The goal is to always find something to praise – however tiny.  It’s interesting as I type this, I recall such vivid images of beauty outside the windows during difficult days.  I didn’t think of myself as having that visual sense before.  Now it is appearing in my poetry, as a natural part of life. 

These are photos from my 2016 archives.

Lake Michigan – November 2016

Begonia planter – November 2016

Poinsettia – December 2016

Snow on the blue tarp for Karl’s trailer – December 2016

Thank you for all your inspiration and encouragement!

Ellen Grace Olinger

reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

I am happy and honored that my poem from this blog was published in a new anthology. The book is available at Amazon.

All the Way Home:
Aging in Haiku

Edited by
Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press
West Union WV

quiet hours

quiet hours
of reading
before dawn

reflection
of a lamp
in the window

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

routine care

routine care
and happy to wait my turn
I watch the world go by
and my heart
fills with love

Ellen Grace Olinger

many times

many times
I thought life
would go a certain way
and then it went
another way

yet I pray the Psalms
read poems by
many writers
and work around
the house

look forward
to how the light falls
this time of year
trust in a wiser
and deeper plan

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 (KJV)

Garden Journal
July 29, 2019

Garden Journal
August 15, 2019

Photos by Karl

Poem today by Ellen Grace Olinger

Good Morning

I sit and read past issues of WestWard Quarterly as I look forward to their new Fall issue. The colors are few outside my study window. Grey sky and evergreens. The gold of the birch tree leaves seems more quiet. For a moment, light reaches the tall old trees.

My goals are simple – everyday work around the house. Follow instructions from my health care team. I remember when I was a teacher and then drove to the Milwaukee area every week to help with my mother’s care. I like that this discipline is a part of me, and I feel the support of past work, as I continue with gratitude.

Great progress, and my new path shines with joy, contentment, and hope. One step at a time. One post at a time.

Photos by Karl
Garden Journal
July 5, 2019

Ellen Grace Olinger