Category: Creativity

Meditation: Peace

I watch or read the news. And many hours of the day I read, pray, create, look for beauty. A lot of time with blogs. Simple work at home. There are snowdrops in the garden. Earlier this year, Karl did a lot of work in the yard, on warm days. There is new space for daylilies and hosta to grow.

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Meditation: Books and Journals

I look at the books and journals in our home and am grateful. There is a wide selection: poetry, memoirs, novels, books discarded by libraries, books from thrift stores, books given as gifts. Poets I’ve read for decades, and new poets in journals and who post on their blogs.

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, by Joni Mitchell, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019; and is a beautiful book. She wrote a forward in May 2019. And she is as grateful as ever.

Poetry called to me from the Psalms, and the hymns, from church. Then when I was young I heard Joni Mitchell, and other artists. I could write too!

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

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Photos and Short Poems

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clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

poems we read
again and again
washing an old plate
the pattern
still new

different shapes
of the rose bush
and lilacs in the yard
they grew towards
the light

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Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing by Charlotte Digregorio

I received Charlotte Digregorio’s new print book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, this week. Yesterday, I began reading and am grateful for her art.

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog features many poets, and I am honored to be published there.

Please read Charlotte’s post, Heal Yourself with this Book, for more information.

You can also refer to her post, It’s Published! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing.

Ellen Grace Olinger