Tag: History

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

Images: AntiqueClipart.com

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.

Images: AntiqueClipart.com

Creek at Veterans Park

On March 23, 2019, our walk around Veterans Park in Oostburg, Wisconsin inspired this poem:

snow melt in town
some piles of snow
in the park
creek running clear
and can see the stones
at the bottom
blue sky background
for the trees

Yesterday, although a cold day, we went to the park again. We walked a short time, and Karl took photos of the creek.

Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

Sunday blue sky and Creative Notes for April

Sunday blue sky
and evergreens
last day of March
to enjoy with gratitude
tomorrow is April

April is National Poetry Month, founded by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996.

April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day, hosted by The Haiku Foundation. Please read Plans for International Haiku Poetry Day 2019, by Jim Kacian, for more information.

The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970. You may be interested to read
Introduction: the Earth Day story and Gaylord Nelson.

Lake Michigan – April 2016
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger