Category: Health

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.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Photos and Clipart

May 2016 – new peonies and daylilies grow near forsythia.

The peony drawing is from wpclipart.

July 2011 – Photo of daylilies by Karl.

Peonies – wpclipart

Good research time for interesting and beautiful images for my new series at Poems From Psalms And Nature – a verse or two and a picture, one post at a time. And I have rediscovered images from our archives. Today’s post there was from Psalm 4.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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

Quiet Christmas Poetry

snowflakes
floating in the air
separate
together
artists
across places
and time

sudden cold —
Christmas cactus
already blooming

Time Of Singing
December, 1997

These two poems are from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook. The cover art photo of the Lake Michigan beach is by Karl.

Under “Book Offers” in the Fall 2015 issue of Time Of Singing, Lora Homan Zill, Editor, included a picture of the Christmas book and wrote: “Light and easy to hold, with large print, it is ideal for anyone battling or recovering from serious illness, or who needs a special word of encouragement over the holiday season.” 

If you wish to order a copy of Quiet Christmas Poetry, please visit the books page at Time Of Singing.  All proceeds benefit TOS. 

Our chapbook was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.