Category: Photography

Growing Older: Reflections and Gratitude

How grateful I am to be growing older. There were significant health challenges for me in 2018. I think of this year as “Recovery Phase 2.” I rest in faith and good care. I also say “daily dedication and small steps.”

As I helped with my mother’s care, I saw that part of being older is the acceptance of how life changes. People we once knew “in person” may no longer be here.

In 1987, I earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree at Northern Illinois University. This past week, a fellow student, Gretchen, passed away. In the previous many years, Regina, and then Karen, also passed away. I help with an email newsletter, as professors and students have stayed in touch. They all have achieved so much, and continue to serve. We honor all.

Many ways to serve and make a contribution. A blog post that sends out light, joy, creativity, and hope is wonderful. I enjoy reading/viewing posts each day.

Karl’s photos add so much to my/our blogs. Here are a few from 2018:

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
July 2018

Garden Journal
July 2018

I continue to pray the Psalms. They give me strength, hope, and are both familiar and always new.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Acrostic for Library

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

Ellen Grace Olinger

WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading
Fall 2018

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Karl took these photos at our Oostburg Public Library on July 1, 2018.

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Cotoneaster Colors and October Acrostic

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October 2017
Ellen Grace Olinger

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October 2010
Photo by Karl

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October 2018
Photo by Karl

ACROSTIC FOR OCTOBER

O verture to a
C ooler season
T o embrace with
O pen hearts and
B rave souls . . .
E njoying the Fall and
R eading books!

Ellen Grace Olinger

October

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October 2016

POEM

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

Ellen Grace Olinger
October 23, 2017

October 2018 begins with rain and wind.  A good day for blogs and books.

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purple
in the mostly green garden
Autumn Joy Sedum

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Photo by Karl

Haiku by Ellen Grace Olinger