Christmas by Charles A. Waugaman

I keep this Christmas poem by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010) in my Pages year-round, and it is read year-round.  It’s from a card he made.  All Rights Reserved for his family.  Charles was the editor of Time Of Singing, when I began with the journal in the late 1980s.  He offered so much hope in his work.




Painting by Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)


Favorite art by Charles
from a card he sent me some time ago.
All rights reserved.

The Christmas poem by Charles in my Pages on this blog, with a different painting, is bringing many new visitors.  It is the Top Post, and for some time now.  How he would love blogs!  Happy to honor his work and friendship.

His art and legacy also continue at Time Of Singing, which he edited for years.

a quiet day


A quiet day.  I’ve written a few notes.

At this moment, Lake Michigan is a pale blue-grey color, and the sky is a soft grey.  I’ve been listening to the water . . .

Under Pages on this blog, the Christmas poem by Charles A. Waugaman that I posted, is one of your favorite poems.  It was from a card he made.  This morning, on my Psalms and Nature site, I posted a Thanksgiving poem by Charles.

Here’s the link to the Psalms and Nature post:

Charles had a big heart and his influence continues in many lives.

The images are from the Dover Design Sampler this week; from Masterpieces of Art Nouveau Stained Glass Design: 91 Motifs in Full Color.


The house is speaking . . .


The pine wood walls in our home are from the 1940s.  When I said that the house is speaking, Karl said that is because of the humidity and changing temperatures.

On another topic, for a long time I’ve been following nichepoetryandprose, by Jane Tims in New Brunswick, Canada.  She creates in many ways.  This morning, I’m admiring her “gallery of watercolors.”  The link to her gallery is

Yesterday I found a 1958 copy of Time Of Singing at  I bought it and look forward to seeing an issue from its first year.   Benjamin P. Browne was the Founder.  It’s not every day that a poetry print journal lasts so long, and is always new.

I decided to renew my ISBN account for Elin Grace Publishing.  I’m not seeking submissions, but rather think it is time to collect a few of my poems into non-profit large print books.  I have a heart for nursing homes.  This will be informal work.  But the books page at Time Of Singing still offers the Welcoming Hope book, which includes many people from TOS; edited with Lora H. Zill and Charles A. Waugaman.

The fall clipart is courtesy of the Public Domain Images section at Karen’s Whimsy


Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection

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The prompt for July 22, 2013,  written by michelle w., asks that we check the top 3 – 5 posts in our stats, and then reflect on why they are well-read, and what the connections might be.

I thought today I’d look at the BIG PICTURE, since December 2009.   Please use the Search Feature (home page, upper right hand corner), if you wish to locate the specific posts.  They also show up often in “Top Posts & Pages” (right sidebar).

The top three posts for “all time” are:

1.  Home Page/Archives

2.  Acrostic Poem for HARVEST – with quote from Psalm 126

3.  Acrostic Poem for READING

Some additional observations:

Karl’s photos are popular – our beloved Lake Michigan and all the flowers.

Charles Waugaman’s Christmas poem, which I placed in the Pages (right sidebar) is well-read every week.  This makes me happy.  He was called Home in 2010, and this would please him.  He was one of the very first editors to take my work seriously and publish it in Time of Singing.  Lora Zill is the current editor of this print journal.

More recently, I can see readers are enjoying my short poems, prose about my story (everyone has a story), and new work with The Haiku Foundation (the detailed haiku lessons).  Jim Kacian is the editor for this work, which includes many people.

Looking again at the TOP THREE, how much this reflects my life.  I love language, reading and writing.  Reading the Psalms has been my spiritual practice since the mid-1990s, and they were always a part of my life. 

They that sow in tears
shall reap in joy.

 Psalm 126

Blessings and thank you,



Books and other creative work to share

I’m enjoying books by fellow bloggers.  In the Comments today, please feel free to share about your book.  I’ve thought of writing some reviews, but I worry I might forget someone.  This is my fourth year of blogging with WordPress.

These could be small books that are homemade, books published by another publisher, an online collection etc.   If you’d like to share more about a special feature on your blog, or a new site, that would be great too.

I retired from publishing books awhile ago, but the collection with Time Of Singing is still available for sale on their books page.  The title is Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need (2007, Elin Grace Publishing).  Welcoming Hope includes many poets, and I edited the book with Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010) and Lora H. Zill.  Charles illustrated the book. We all learned a lot from him about hope.  All proceeds benefit Time Of Singing.

Always love simply saying hello as well . . .

Blessings and thanks, Ellen

Inspiration by Charles A. Waugaman

Charles Waugaman (1932 – 2010) was the editor of Time Of Singing (TOS) when I first subscribed. I asked Lora Zill, the current editor, for permission to reprint a few of his poems.

The link for TOS, a beautiful poetry print journal, is  This poem by Charles was published in Volume 24, Number 2, October 1997.  His art offers hope.



“All my fountains are in you,” * Lord
You give the water that quenches my thirst
Not just for the moment, surely forever:
You are refreshment final and first.

Pigments are locked and brushes are useless,
Thoughts remain static unless they can spill
Out of the pen and onto the parchment.
Minds remain useless that Love cannot fill.

You are the medium freeing and binding
Colors and textures that make beauty whole
You are the fountain that answers desire –
Flow of my spirit, flood of my soul.

Life and expression, scummed and grown stagnant,
When touched by your Spirit bubbled and soared
Self gathers power when it is surrendered
“All my fountains are in you,” Lord.

* Psalms 87:7 NIV

by Charles A. Waugaman
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