Sunday thoughts

Daily writing prompt
What does “having it all” mean to you? Is it attainable?

As I type this post, the May garden grows and begins to look towards June. Today is sunny. We enjoy our old house, and are grateful every day. Good to have goals, and goals can be revised as needed. Memorial Day Weekend, 2023.

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haiku: rarely at your grave

rarely at your grave —
geranium blooms freely
on your workshop stool

Modern Haiku, Fall 1996

Ellen Olinger – Three Questions Series, 2010
Edited by Curtis Dunlap

Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog
Daily Haiku: July 11, 2017

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Always room to grow

Daily writing prompt
Which aspects do you think makes a person unique?

I believe God has given us all gifts, and the expression of the gifts can change over time. My parents were teachers and then volunteers after they retired.

Gratitude and hope continue to grow.

Many aspects to consider, for another good question. Always room to grow.

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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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Gratitude and Growth

What experiences in life helped you grow the most?

Daily writing prompt

This prompt follows my previous post, Remembrance.

I bought the 10th Anniversary Edition of One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. I read the book awhile ago and wished to read the “Introduction for the 10th anniversary edition the gift of grace upon grace,” written by Ann Voskamp in 2020. The Page for the book at Ann’s site has a picture of the cover and more information.

One of my sites is Grief And Acceptance – growth continues, by God’s grace.

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Thank you and blessings.


Do you believe in fate/destiny?

Daily writing prompt

My father was called Home in March, 40 years ago this year. He was a veteran and history teacher. Once he said to me, “Everything will be OK in the end.”

My parents had “big picture faith.”

One day at a time . . . we try our best and also learn from what life teaches.

For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD:
thou art my trust from my youth.

Psalm 71: 5

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Thoughts, Poems, Photos

Who are your favorite people to be around?

Daily writing prompt

As I pray the Psalms, there is a sense of love and strength through time. I think of my parents and others no longer on earth. Love endures and grows. Friendships change too, as life asks different things of us. Blogs and books, faith and prayer, are constants. I remember how my mother reconnected with some old friends in their old age. Thank you for visiting today.

peaceful time
with my blogs

art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew

spring colors
poetry journals and books
on a brown tablecloth

April 21, 2022
April 21, 2022
April 21, 2022

Garden Journal 2022
Photos by Karl