Category: Art From Wisconsin

warmth and textures


warmth and textures
of colorful handmade
afghans and blankets
from Bethesda *

I wonder about the people
who made them
stitch-by-stitch . . .
and why they let them go

perhaps a move from
one home to another
and/or a ministry of love
like prayer shawls

a passing to another Place
perhaps . . .

knowing their art
will warm another
and needing no credit

imagine buying such a gift
for a few dollars
and on sale too

* Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Karl

two poems and photos


I am grateful for many ways to read and create.

stack of art books
not needing to read today
just need them there


books on the shelf
supported by each other
kindness of friends


Photos of Lake Michigan: November 1, 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

October Turns

cooler weather and strong winds
all the leaves falling and we see the shapes of trees
light streams into the house as the sun moves south
red geraniums still bloom
October turns to face November


These photos are Found Art:



Blue tarp on Karl’s trailer – 2016

Ellen Grace Olinger

poem and photos

Yesterday, I rediscovered this poem.

rain today
how soon we reach
the end of what we know
and how deep
faith continues to grow

October 14, 2014


Goldenrod in a vase – August 2017

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The flowers in this photo were from our begonia planter this year.

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Hosta – November 2016


We enjoyed watching paperwhites bloom in the house last year.

Ellen Grace Olinger

rain today

rain today
and trees let go more leaves

autumn earth
and roots grateful for rain

autumn years now
and the seasons
are my teachers

grow, rest, renew
each season its
own beauty

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Wood path to the door – 2016


Lake Michigan – October 2016


October 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger