Prayer and Update

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P  urpose
R  evealed
A  nd
Y  our
E  fforts
R  enewed

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My first blog with WordPress is Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.   I began with WordPress in December 2009.   This format for writing has encouraged me so much.

In 2001, I published a small chapbook of my poems, now out of print.   So now it is 2014 and a long time since then.    I hope to make a few small chapbooks from my blogs, beginning with my site Quiet Christmas Poetry.  Karl will help me, and we’ll include his photos.  I will keep you informed.

In 2007, I published a poetry collection with Time Of Singing.   The title is Welcoming Hope: Poems For Those In Need.   Please visit their books page for more information, if you are interested.  Many poets are included, and the book is illustrated by Charles A. Waugaman.

And I plan to keep Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin current.  Today I posted a haiku I wrote last year:

Sunday morning
finding poems again
in silence

Thank you and many blessings,

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Photos by Karl.


A few Monday blessings

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“Summery Tanka” by Carol Purington at Woodslawn Farm.

The Lyric, edited by Jean Mellichamp Milliken.  This poetry print journal has been publishing traditional poetry since 1921.  Please visit their website for more information.  I’m reading many poems aloud.

I learned of The Lyric years ago from Time Of Singing, edited by Lora Homan Zill.  I am also rereading TOS as I look forward to the next issue.  Rereading poetry brings much peace and beauty to my days.  Sometimes I return to a poem I read years ago, and it’s like hearing from an old friend again.

Many of the peonies in our area are bowed down by the rain.  Ours have not bloomed yet, with the cooler weather by Lake Michgian.  The photos by Karl are from July 2011.  There have almost always been peonies where I have lived.  My parents had white, pink, and red peonies.

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The beautiful new TIME OF SINGING arrived yesterday.  I’m honored that poems from my blogs are included.

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Holy Week
lily flowers
wait to bloom

sometimes by sight
in my life of faith
apple trees in bloom

trusting God
a little more
with my questions
fog rests
on Spring fields

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Ellen G. Olinger
Time Of Singing
Volume 41 Number 1
Spring 2014

Lora Homan Zill is the Editor.  The Contributing Editors for this issue are H. Edgar Hix and Shirley S. Stevens.  The Illustrations are by Janyce Brawn.  The Webmaster is Audrey Stallsmith.

Time of Singing is also on Facebook:

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Lora Zill has a beautiful and interesting website and blog:

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Charles A. Waugaman – ‘Good’ As In Friday

I read this poem by Charles year-round, often aloud.   There is so much wisdom in his poem, and it also was a great comfort after my mother’s passing in 2004.  May God bless you this Easter and always.  Thank you, Ellen


He fashioned from their cross
a throne.
He made of death a door.
He robed his nakedness
in love,
And needed nothing more.

For though they wrapped his
broken flesh
in linen crisp and white,
He left sin’s costly fabric
And cloaked himself in light

That shines the centuries
to pierce earth’s dark despair,
By spilling scarlet car-
Up Heaven’s radiant stair.

By Charles A. Waugaman
The Word Incarnate
Elin Grace Publishing, 2003
All Rights Reserved

Charles edited Time of Singing for many years.  Lora H. Zill has now been the editor for years.  I know many people are grateful this poetry journal continues and grows.   TOS is a part of my life.