Category: Mental Health

older now

older now
used books settle
in their new home

by Ellen Grace Olinger

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

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Creative Author Note: Jill Briscoe

This morning, I am reading Faith Dancing: Conversations in good company, by Jill Briscoe (2009, Monarch Books; Oxford, UK and Grand Rapids, Michigan).

I bought a used copy from Amazon. The book is beautiful. Today I am rereading a few of Jill’s poems. Karl and I have heard Jill and Stuart Briscoe preach at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin.

So many ways to share books!

warmth and textures

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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 Shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Poem from this site on February 7, 2018

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Photo at Home

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo of plums from Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in town, and tiles from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Sheboygan, Wisconsin – August 2017.

Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

Sheboygan ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores information page at their site.

Posts in this new series at Poems From Psalms And Nature:

Mercy

Mercy and Gratitude

strawberries

coat from a thrift store

Poetry Book by Madeleine L’Engle