Category: Encouragement

Luci Shaw

This week I am rereading Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey, by Luci Shaw (2014, IVP Books).  She writes so well and generously about her life and growing older.

more roses

Turning the vase
of flowers
there are
more roses

The Coffee House of the Poets (No. 131).


I am beginning work on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  My first step is to reread my archives, so I can remember my best short poems.  Then I will gradually know the sequence for the book.  The theme is Wisconsin seasons and encouragement.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Daily Prompt: Cherish


I cherish memories of the caregiving years with my mother and family.  I could not imagine blogs then.  My mother often asked, “Are you writing?”  She was called Home in 2004.

Grateful for a quiet Christmas this year.

And I have to review my archives to remember all I have written since the caregiving years.  One day at a time, and also trust for the “big picture” over time.


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

(Published in Bell’s Letters Poet No. 115, Jan. 2006.)


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Ellen Grace Olinger

Two Books

almost Christmas
through the evergreens
clear blue sky


And the Word
was made flesh
and dwelt among us . . .
full of grace
and truth.

From John 1: 14 (KJV)


From Quiet Christmas Poetry – Karl and I gave gifts to staff at thrift stores yesterday.  We also mailed copies to places that care for people who may be encouraged by the book.  Next year, we plan to gradually share copies with Wisconsin libraries.

Copies may be ordered from the Time Of Singing books page.  All proceeds benefit this poetry print journal.  The price is 5 dollars per copy, or 3 for $12.00.  You’ll also see information about Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need, which is the anthology we published with Time Of Singing.  You can combine orders for both books, for the special 3 for $12.00 price.

The TOS books page
provides more information
about the editors, artists, and poets.

Daily Prompt: Sympathy

Lake Michigan yesterday – Ellen Grace Olinger

I have watched this great lake through many seasons and years; through work, chronic illness, caregiving, grief, new art, fatigue, rest, and ever-growing hope.  This year the water is high, and reaches the seawall.

Wait on the Lord:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

This verse sustained me during a difficult time.

For the prompt Sympathy

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Photo by Karl – 2011

Ellen Grace Olinger

Luci Shaw

Luci Shaw has been writing poetry and prose for decades.  She writes in a generous way about her life, and growing older.  Her memoirs are excellent.  Today I am rereading from some of her poetry books.  For more information, please visit her site.

Rereading has special benefits.  For example, a poem I once read in a devotional way during a difficult time, may now teach me more about the poet’s craft.  Or I remember a difficult time, now well in the past, and am filled with gratitude and new faith for the present and future.

Reading aloud is a good way to learn about craft.

Luci Shaw is also an excellent photographer.