learning a new map

learning a new map
one day at a time

pages falling out
held in place by tape
. . . the Psalms

Ellen Grace Olinger

Things with Wings & other poems is a free online collection edited, illustrated, and published by Aubrie Cox at YAY WORDS! in 2012.  The haiku in this post are also published there.

Daily Prompt – In the Summertime

In the Summertime is the prompt today.

If it’s autumn or winter where you live, what are you most looking forward to doing next summer? If it’s spring or summer where you are, what has been the highlight of the season so far for you?

We had a long Spring and the weather is still mostly cool.  I was able to observe the new growth closely over time.  The peonies may bloom this week.  Then in our yard, we’ll see daylily and hosta flowers, and goldenrod, as summer progresses.  These are pictures of hope, and familiar and new always. 

two red tulips
lean towards sun
perennial friends

J  oy
U  nderstanding, and
N  ew hope
E  verlasting






Peonies growing with daylilies:



Photos and post by Ellen Grace Olinger

Daily Prompt – Generation XYZ

The WordPress prompt today is Generation XYZ.

Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?

I am in my 60s now, and I am very grateful for the kindness of the young people who help me in the stores.  In the family, there is one generation older now.  I had the privilege of spending so much time with my mother in her older years.  My father served in World War Two, and I can only imagine those years for them.

When I was young, I had a chronic illness and major surgery.  I am well now within my quiet life, and so grateful.  I always felt my health experience made me a better caregiver for my mother.  Often I was more comfortable with the older generation than with my own generation.  I still miss my parents, and they have stayed close.

The following are reprinted from this site.

all these years
the gift of seeing
how evergreen
frame the stars

During a difficult time with my health, I read, “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places . . .”  Isaiah 45: 3 (KJV).

* * *

patterns on my floor
moving with the breeze
sun from the West
branches of leaves

Time Of Singing
Volume 38, Number 1
Spring 2011

* * *

I enjoy watching the light change in the house through the day and year.   This weekend, I thought, “Sometimes the light is on the floor.”  I reflected upon the ways service has blessed me, and the ways light has fallen into my life – from the more visible roles to the years of caregiving and good work at my mother’s home.  All work, all blessed, and all poetry.  My definition of art is broad and I hope growing deeper.

With much gratitude,
Ellen Grace Olinger

Weekly Photo Challenge – MUSE

Ellen Grace Olinger:

I am inspired by the WordPress challenges, as I learn about photography.

Originally posted on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin:

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is Muse.


Peonies today.  They are still beginning.  The Psalms are ever-new, as I pray them again.

seasons repeat
we tell the stories
we are given

Ellen Grace Olinger
Issue 58, Winter 2015

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