Category: Education

In Loving Memory: Poems for my Parents

My parents both had January birthdays. Many years since their passings, yet I am aware of their love in a simple way. My mother lived many years beyond my father’s death. She volunteered at a nursing home and taught English at a church to people new to our country. My father was a veteran and they were both teachers.

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

My poems were published in Bell’s Letters.

Images: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Happy New Year

I looked at my “Stats for 2019.” After “Home page/Archives” my acrostics for Reading, Library, and Rain are the most read poems.

We are grateful for all the readers, from so many countries, who visit the blog. Thank you and blessings for the New Year and always.

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

READING

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
WestWard Quarterly, Fall 2018

R  efresh and renew
 ppreciate the plants in all their stages
I   nvite new dreams as we age and life changes
 ever without Hope

RAIN

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes and Photos

Yesterday we went to Judi’s Place, a family restaurant here in Oostburg, Wisconsin, for breakfast. They had a table for us, and the food and service were excellent as always. I looked around, and remembered sitting in different places over the years – and the conversations and what was happening then. Work, new projects, family history, health, losses and new beginnings. A good meal is a blessing.

Every day new.

I continue to watch a variety of PBS Shows. I began The Ornament of the World. My father taught history, and I often think of him. I watched the new Arts Page, hosted by Sandy Maxx.

Karl took this photo for me on New Year’s Eve 2012. I created a new arrangement from a flower bouquet that was fading.

Cedar tree – January 2017

Flowers from a store – February 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

winter kitchen

winter kitchen
the fragrance
of blueberry coffeecake
bought yesterday

I have been watching PBS Food Shows. This week I watched Lidia Celebrates America: The Return of the Artisans. They spoke of the time and dedication it takes to learn, and the five senses were mentioned – as we also think about when creating poems. There is a lot of work that takes place before an art feels more intuitive. I like seeing so many artisans and art forms honored.

We also have enjoyed a few meals at Casa Imelda, a new restaurant in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Wonderful food and service.

We have so much in common, and so much to learn.

Many memories – and everyday life. Christmas today in a simple way.

Blessings,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems and Photos: October – November 2019

This morning I learned more about the Plaza Renovation Project at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

I also note their Mead Public Library Blog and recognized the WordPress theme.

Creative note from October 14, 2019

SEASONS

once the tree grew tall
before the Emerald Ash Borer
and then a storm

hosta plants
grew green again
around the stump
in Spring

they grew large
and flowered well
so blessed by rain
and a red begonia planter

now there is an
orange pumpkin
on the ash tree stump

and hosta leaves are gold
in the brilliant morning sun

October 24, 2019

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

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

Post from November 14, 2019

Afternoon Light Post
Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
November 14, 2019
Photos by Karl

daylight
some clouds the colors
of birch trees

new books
by poets, editors
and publishers –
their time to shine
and readers blessed

gratitude
for the many gifts shared
blogs and books

Today I began reading Another Trip Around the Sun: 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old. edited by Jessica Malone Latham. 2019, Brooks Books; Taylorville, Illinois.

Post from November 26, 2019. Please visit Brooks Books Haiku for more information.

I would like to conclude this post with a few images from Reusable Art.

Pot of Tulips is by Kate Greenaway.

There is a category for Kate Greenaway at Reusable Art.

A Merry Christmas Sled is by Ellen Clapsaddle.

And wpclipart is another well-organized site, for education and art.

Thank you – Ellen Grace Olinger