Tag: History

Friday notes

I received an email from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. They began Virtual Field Trips today.

We also receive helpful emails from the Aurora Health Care Foundation.

Karl and I continue at home, and we are grateful. I am home all the time. Karl bought groceries today, and he wore a face mask and gloves.

I have been home for an extended time before, with personal health experiences. And I also spent a lot of time simply being with my mother during her last years. We brought the world to her – everyone needed and she blessed us simply by being herself. When I think of my parents, I think of unconditional love and “big picture faith.” They lived through a lot of history too, including the Great Depression and World War II. My father was a veteran.

Many writers and readers of books, for example, know the experience of feeling blessed by an author from another time. Emily Dickinson is an example.

Or an author in our time. Jan Karon is an example – her wonderful novels.

Many ways to know a sense of friendship. I correspond with poets, and had penpals when I was young. Blogs felt comfortable right away.

This morning I thought of a verse I posted here in the past:

let patience have her perfect work

from James 1: 4a (KJV)

We all have skills and life experiences to apply to this new time. After my mother’s passing in 2004, the grief was hard. And now it is 2020, and I am still blessed by what some may have considered sacrifices at the time.

Take care. Prayers for all who serve and are suffering with COVID-19.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Yard Work and Creative Notes

Yesterday, I enjoyed working in the yard for a time. Enough time to fill a wheelbarrow with faded perennials and clear the brick and wood paths.

Here and there I am watching PBS programs to learn more about art and life in Wisconsin. We grew up in the Milwaukee area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison a long time ago. Now we are in a small town and rural area, which is where I feel most at home, as much as I appreciate other places.

The Arts Page is hosted by Sandy Maxx. I learned about the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Junior Docent Program. You can visit the museum’s website.

Around the Farm Table is hosted by Inga Witscher. I learned they are now filming Season 7. I watched a recent show and a past show.

So many good shows – travel, cooking, science, history, to name a few. As a writer, I especially love hearing the wide range of words. The vocabulary of different fields. And I like work around the house.

The larger city I best know now is Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

Ellen Grace Olinger

books

there was a time
when the book
did not exist

perhaps in the
writer’s heart and
mind

yet still the process
to create for others
to read in some form

there was a time
when the reader
did not know

the book exists
yet once found
is read and reread

treasured forever
among many books

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Rainy day

After we voted in a Wisconsin election, we went to Goodwill in Sheboygan. Karl dropped off a donation. I bought a few memoirs, and enjoy learning about history this way. Then to Walmart for some groceries, and a simple lunch at our kitchen table. We shop at many places in our area. Grey rainy day, and beautiful.

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