Tag: Charles A. Waugaman

thoughts of a friend


thoughts of a friend
who always loved and grew
I wonder . . . Has the sky
ever been this beautiful a blue?

for Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Time Of Singing
Vol. 31, No. 1
Spring 2011

The pictures in this post are by Charles A. Waugaman.
They are from cards he sent to me years ago.
All Rights Reserved

CharlesCardNativityCharles was also the art editor and illustrator for Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need.  This poetry anthology is also for sale at the Time of Singing books page.  Charles drew this cover:



This is a picture of the cover Charles A. Waugaman created for Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need.  More information follows.  Charles lived on earth from 1932 – 2010.  When I think of his art, I feel HOPE.


Welcoming Hope is a poetry anthology with Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.

Lora Homan Zill
Ellen G. Olinger

Charles A. Waugaman
Art Editor, Illustrator

Elin Grace Publishing

ISBN 978-0-9729848-4-3

Please visit the books page at Time Of Singing, if you wish more information.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.

This fall, I also hope to donate copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to nursing homes and libraries.  I’ll be slowing down here, as I try to also share your favorite poems in large print books.


Thank you and love,

Ellen Grace Olinger

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need


One more book note in the spirit of National Poetry Month:

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need (2007, Elin Grace Publishing) is a poetry anthology we published with Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  There are poems by many poets.  Lora Homan Zill and I co-edited the book, and Charles A. Waugaman was the Art Editor and Illustrator.

This book is still in print and blessing other people.  It is the first book listed on the Time Of Singing books page, followed by the Christmas chapbook.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.  I love the way blogs and print journals can support one another.

Over the years, I’ve been told that I have “the gift of encouragement.”  The goal of these books is to bring a few moments of beauty and hope to others.  All my work is collaboration, and it all takes time.  Even years.  Then years go by, and the work still feels new.  God’s grace.

Thank you, Ellen

Post updated on August 15, 2015

stories and memories

Once upon a time, I taught Sunday School year-round for 12 years.  Karl helped me too.  The last 15 minutes of class, I read books by Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis to the class.  We had a box of art supplies and the children could create as they listened.  Our discussions ranged from the formal curriculum to God caring when their feelings were hurt.  A few students have stayed in touch.  My main goal was for them to feel comfortable with their Bibles, so they could read and ask their own questions.  They did not have to read aloud or say anything, if they were not comfortable.  Reading and skill levels varied.

On my Easter site this week, I posted one of Charles A. Waugaman’s very best poems:  ‘Good’ As In Friday.  I read this poem year-round.

On this site, there is an Easter poem by Charles in the Pages.  This is a picture of a card he made, with one of his paintings.  “Hope Will Not Cease.”

Winter Azalea by Charles A. Waugaman



There is a potted azalea in the living room
That feeds my soul.
All summer it planned for bloom.
Month after month it gave itself to this.
I should like to think
It gave itself to me,
Planned to reward me
For the scorching days of neglect
And the numerous hours it lay
Tipped on its side by the exuberant wind,
And crushed against the flagging of the patio.
But the azalea is not concerned with rewards.
It is content to be.
It is in being that it blesses.
I would like to give myself as completely to being.
I would like to feed souls.

By Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)

WITHIN The Circle of Seasons
Elin Grace Publishing
2003, Author Copyright
All Rights Reserved.

This book is a chapbook I published for Charles, who was one of the first editors to publish my work, in Time Of Singing.

I have surely simplified things in the house and garden with plants. I well know the feelings Charles expresses, and I love his poem.

The drawing of the azalea is from wpclipart.  This yellow azalea is from Reusable Art.

yellow-azaleaThese flower graphics from Karen’s Whimsy reflect some of the rich colors Charles liked.