Tag: Faith and Creativity

“Be still”

Be still, and know that I am God. . .

Psalm 46: 10a (KJV)

Interurban Trail, Town of Holland
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin
September 8, 2019
Photos by Karl

Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park
Oostburg, Wisconsin
September 8, 2019
Photos by Karl

Poem, Photo, and Creative Note

hosta plants grow
around the ash tree stump
an abundance of health
and new green

as if to say
we knew you would not
last the storm
we are here

there is new beauty now
new hope and a new time

I wrote the poem last week, and took the photo yesterday. They were published first in posts at Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. I call these poems journal poems. They flow from my heart, and I write them directly in posts. Often though, an image or personal reflection is with me for a long time, before I write. When I can write easily, it is because I am living with the images, and blessed by God’s grace in many ways. And as I pray the Psalms and read in general, my own writing grows. Rest is necessary too.

Ellen Grace Olinger

I will hope

The LORD is my portion,
saith my soul;
therefore will I hope in him.

Lamentations 3: 24 (KJV)

Image: wpclipart

Memoirs

I enjoy reading memoirs.

Cynthia Reyes – the blog of Canadian author Cynthia Reyes – wrote A Good Home: A Memoir and An Honest House: A Memoir, Continued.  I reread both books this year, and you can learn more at her site.

Luci Shaw is another author I reread, her poetry and prose.  God in the Dark: Through Grief and Beyond is a classic.  Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey is another generous book.  Luci’s official website has more information; see the All Titles page.  She also has a page for New Releases.

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Ellen Grace Olinger

Bread and Honey by Lora Homan Zill

Bread and Honey is a beautiful book of poems by Lora Homan Zill (2017, Wind & Water Press).

Her book can be ordered from:

Wind & Water Press
PO Box 5276
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316

The price is $7 per copy, which includes postage.  Please make checks payable to Wind & Water Press.

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Lora’s site is Feeling God’s Pleasure Through Creative Work, the blue collar artist.

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Lora Homan Zill also edits and publishes Time Of Singing: A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  This print journal is now in its 45th Volume.

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haiku and photos

birds perch
in sheltering branches —
a grain of mustard seed

(Matthew 13: 31-32)

Ellen Grace Olinger
Time Of Singing
December 1995

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Karl took these pictures at a park in Oostburg, Wisconsin yesterday:

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The previous photo is of plants and flowers beneath a plaque that lists the names of World War II Veterans from Oostburg, Wisconsin.  This is a different view:

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