Category: Books

Creative Notes

CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING 101: The comprehensive guide to writing well and publishing successfully – for new authors, editors, and students. ANN BYLE, Foreword by Jocelyn Green. Credo House Publishers, Grand Rapids Michigan. Copyright 2018 by Ann Byle.

I learned about CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING 101 from the Time Of Singing site. Editor Lora Homan Zill’s chapter in the book is “The Heart of a Poet: Writing to Challenge Readers.”

Just beginning to read this book.

On a related note, Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry is now publishing Volume 46. I have subscribed for years. TOS is currently published four times a year by Wind & Water Press (Conneaut Lake, PA).

I also bought the new edition of WALKING ON WATER: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L’Engle. Preface by Sara Zarr and Reader’s Guide by Lindsay Lackey. Convergent Books, New York. Madeleine’s book was first published in 1980 by Harold Shaw Publishers. An important book for me, over the years.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo credit: wpclipart

July and Creative Notes

sunny morning
with no wind
the quiet image
of orange daylilies
in bloom

early morning
hosta flowers grow
above the windowsill

Saturday morning
so happy with the plants
we bought on sale

early Sunday
raindrops in some light
on evergreen branches

one yellow leaf
on the birch tree
late July

Creative Note: My poems were published first at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I am writing short poems to describe moments as they happen. Later I may see a sequence and then reprint in one post.

Peony – July 14, 2019
Photo by Karl

Daylily – July 18, 2019
Photo by Karl

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger, 2019.

Creative Note: I am reading a used book I bought from Amazon: Sightseers into Pilgrims, A Sampler of Contemporary Christian Poets. Edited, and with an Introduction by Luci Shaw. Copyright 1973 by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois. Excellent poems, and I have also read Luci Shaw’s books of poetry and memoirs for many years. I enjoy both new and used books, and also look for discards from libraries when I order. I like seeing where the book was and the library information. A book from a thrift store may include a gift note. How wonderful to consider the journey of a book!

Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need

Welcoming Hope is an illustrated poetry collection with Time Of Singing, A Journal of Christian Poetry.

Please see the Time Of Singing books page for more information, including the featured poets and how to order.

Lora Homan Zill
Ellen G. Olinger
Editors

Charles A. Waugaman
Art Editor, Illustrator

The cover art is by Charles A. Waugaman.

books and blessings

a small card
in a devotional book
from a thrift store

words of encouragement
from one person to another

I keep the card with the book
and its history today
and tomorrow

We also bought used books from Mead Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After I read them, I can give them to someone else, or donate to another place. Lately, I am especially interested in memoirs.

And I bought Jan Karon’s new book: Bathed In Prayer, Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series. I looked for the book at local stores, and then bought from Amazon. I appreciate being able to order online too. I have also bought used books from Amazon.

Please see Jan Karon’s site for more information. I love her novels. They are deep and true, so well-written.

It is endless – all the ways to learn, bless, and be blessed.

Peaceful gratitude,
Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems and Photos

waves of wind
through evergreen trees
with strong deep roots

pictures of my life
these many years
books on the shelf

Interurban Trail
Town of Holland
Sheboygan County – Wisconsin
Photos by Karl – April 2019

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger, from April 2016.