Tag: Kohler-Andrae State Park

Saturday notes

Here is a photo of the cactus I mentioned in my post, February sunroom: We bought a Christmas cactus on sale for half-price, that is just beginning to bloom. We were at Caan’s in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I took the photo yesterday.

This week we went to the Oostburg Public Library, and walked outside by Veterans Park in town.

Yesterday we went to Kohler-Andrae State Park to buy our Annual Vehicle Admission Sticker for our Wisconsin State Park System. These are a few of Karl’s photos from 2019.

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books, Poems, and Photos

Today as I sat quietly for a time, I began thinking about the new book we hope to create from the blog. When new ideas occur to me this way, I know the creative process is at work once again. A slower pace now. No deadlines. This is just to share and be creative.

One idea I have for the print book title is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin: Selected Poems and Photos From Our Blog. Another idea may seem better as we work. The title says clearly that this is content readers may have seen before. And if they like the book, they can visit the blog for similar content that may be new for them.

I envision a longer book this time, different from the large print chapbook, Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014). I am still happy with this book, and it was good to promote it again in 2019.

Today I thought about feedback I’ve received over the years and want to remember to include a few old favorite poems.

The daylilies in the vase
Are ending

       Petals drop on wood

I leave them
They express something poignant

       That words never could.

“Petals On Wood” was published in ARTS ALIVE:  A LITERARY REVIEW (1988, The Tinley Park – Park District; Illinois).

birds perch
in sheltering branches
a grain of mustard seed

Matthew 13: 31 – 32

Published in Time Of Singing (1995).

shoveling . . .
scent of mint
through snow

Time Of Singing
25th Anniversary Volume
1998

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photo by Karl

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creativity Over Time – 5

REMEMBRANCE, LOVE, FAITH, HOPE

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

These two poems were published by Bell’s Letters.

country cemetery
trumpet vines
growing taller
than the gravestones

Time Of Singing, 2012

another year
has passed since
my mother’s passing
I sit and quietly read
a book she would like too

L  ove
E  ternal
A  nd
F  orever

LEAF

light falls
through yellow maple leaves
the mercy of God

This was my poem in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ Anthology, edited by David Grayson.

Also published by:
Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: Aug. 21, 2019

home from Sheboygan
grateful for the same roads
this long

Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
September 8, 2018
Photos by Karl

Other posts in this series:

Creativity Over Time
Creativity Over Time – 2
Creativity Over Time – 3
Creativity Over Time – 4

Ellen Grace Olinger

Water

Lake Michigan
June 2018
Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan
July 2018
Photo by Karl

Fountain at Mead Public Library
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 2018
Photo by Karl

reading a book
on a rainy day
peace in my heart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Friends Fishing Pond
Part of Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
August 2018
Photo by Karl

Veterans Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin
August 2018
Photo by Karl