Steady Growth With Poetry

How would you rate your confidence level?

Daily writing prompt

I can say: steady growth with poetry, because of practice with blogs. I also read blogs, books, and poetry print journals. Reading is an important part of growing as a writer, as many have observed. Practice helps with “confidence level.” Always more to learn, a poem can be revised, and an editor may have a good idea.

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
Psalm 90: 17

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Compassion International

Karl and I sponsor three children with Compassion International. They are from three countries, and they live with their families. We receive letters and updates. I plan to write some Easter notes soon. We have worked with them for years, and there are many ways to help.

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Thrift Stores

Where would you go on a shopping spree?

Daily writing prompt

new space
on a few shelves
donated books

older now
used books settle
in their new home

Grateful for stores and small businesses online too. Wonderful to be able to create and share in many ways.

“older now” credit:
All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (2019)
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press, West Union, WV

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What is your middle name? Does it carry any special meaning/significance?

Daily writing prompt

Grace was my mother’s mother.

cross-stitch from the
grandmother I didn’t meet:
“Put the coffee on”

Published by:

Parnassus Literary Journal (2004)

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions (haiku series edited by Curtis Dunlap).

My haiku was also posted on March 29, 2015, as part of the Daily Haiku series at Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog.

Thank you,
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Every day is new

What is the last thing you learned?

Daily writing prompt

Today snow covers half of the window near my computer. I look forward to every day. What will I learn? Perhaps a new poem.

These are my acrostic poems for the seasons.

W  onderful time of
I  nspiration and
N  ew books
T  o
E  njoy
R  eading


S  pring
P  romises
R  enewal
I  nspiration and
N  ew
G  rowth


S  eason of
U  plifting
M  usings and
M  emories
E  ternally
R  eal


dore with no need for a moment to
nderstand this beauty
rust and
nderline with words, painting, photo . . . this
ow and always


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And So My Soul

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?

Daily writing prompt

This is a poem from long ago.


And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again
As the sun spills
Over flowers
And the neighborhood

Endurance is eloquent
And marigolds are
Admirable because
They bloom
So long

Oh, my heart
Is tender
Yet God keeps it
And so my soul
Spills over
Into print again

Ellen Grace Olinger

Written in 1981 and published by Time Of Singing in 1991.

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