Tag: Creative Notes

Autumn notes

trees with leaves
and small signs
of change

warm hours
and warmer clothes
nearby

books to read now
books to set aside
for winter

As a creative note, posts most often read from my archives are my acrostic poems. Two examples are READING and HARVEST. I wrote both poems for this blog in 2010.

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

H   ard work
A   nd hope
R   ealized, and
V   ery grateful
E   ternally, with
S   ongs
T  o sing

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 5-6 (KJV)

Images: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Turning the Page

Poem, Bible verse, and thoughts from a post in September 2014:

turning the page
of an older book
the age in my hands

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation . . .  Psalm 71: 18 (KJV)

I wrote the haiku awhile ago.  I’ve always been an “old soul” and always felt my gifts with the language arts would take a long time to begin to grow.   When I read verses in the Bible that encouraged me to take the long view, I had no idea blogs would be the answer.

And creative notes today:

I have a few drafts of chapbooks in progress, with my poems from our blogs. And I’ll add photos. Many ways to create, and each book can be different. I am still happy with Quiet Christmas Poetry, from 2014.

As I work through this process, the posts here with dates and any publication credits help a lot. I also save emails and letters from editors and have a few shelves where I keep print journals and books. Grateful to the editors and all readers for their encouragement.

Ellen Grace Olinger

These are two of my favorite photos by Karl from our recent visit to The Sheboygan River at Kiwanis Park. We saw many butterflies.

blogs help me see art

blogs help me see art
today I spilled some coffee
on the counter
as first I thought
I was clumsy
and then I saw
a painting
in the pattern

It amazes me how posts by more people than I could name here – I would not want to fail to mention someone – teach me to see art everywhere. For now, words are my art, yet who knows what the future may hold? I notice how artists sometimes change forms as one gift rests, or as they grow older.

Thank you
Ellen Grace Olinger

July in Wisconsin and Creative Note

I read in an old chair by an open window and listen to summer sounds. Several books to look at here and there. Soon there will be many daylily and hosta flowers. Peonies are in bloom.

Poems from my archives

many trees
provide shade
for this street
on a varied
route to the
library
I find books
this time that
tell personal stories
and grant some rest

I was looking at new nonfiction books at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  When I was browsing, I remembered a haiku.

reading a new book
the fragrance
of fresh paper

As a CREATIVE NOTE, sometimes readers refer back to a short post from August 2016 about Joanne Chase, an artist from Wisconsin. Here is the post and information again.

We enjoy buying greeting cards by Joanne Chase, from Hartland, Wisconsin.  Her watercolor designs are beautiful.

This morning I enjoyed seeing many pictures at Chase Greeting Cards.

We often buy her cards at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly here in Oostburg.

Ellen Grace Olinger

The image is courtesy of wpclipart.