Time Of Singing Fall 2014

October 25, 2014

Martha L Shaw:

Check it out and be blessed!

Originally posted on Poems From Psalms And Nature:

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Yesterday the new Time Of Singing, A Magazine Of Christian Poetry arrived.

Lora Homan Zill is the Editor.

Many years ago, I found this excellent poetry print journal through Poet’s Market.  I was teaching and remember I had completed my grades, and then I stopped at a bookstore at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois (late 1980s).

Lora included a note in the new TOS about the review I wrote for a new book by Luci Shaw.  I posted the review on Amazon.com, and the title of Luci’s book is Adventure of Ascent, Field Notes from a Lifelong Journey (IVP Books).  As Lora mentioned, former editor Charles A. Waugaman published Luci Shaw in Time OfSinging years ago.  My few short reviews for Luci Shaw’s books are thank you notes.

Karl and I are working on a chapbook for Quiet Christmas Poetry.  We are donating all proceeds to

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Don’t Miss Them!

October 15, 2014

Blessings In A Tattered Cardboard Box

Blessings do not always come on silver trays,

wrapped in ribbons and festive bows.

Sometimes they come in dusty boxes

lugged by sweaty arms.

Occasionally,

a spider or two may tag along.

When you face life with an open heart,

you discover miracles happen

everyday.

You may even wonder what you’ve missed!

by Martha L Shaw –  © 10-22-2013

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Thoughts Over Morning Coffee & Robert Louis Stevenson

October 15, 2014

RLS has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl holding my first of his books, a Little Golden Book my Mom got for me. She and I quoted those sweet verses all the time. He is how I discovered poetry at the age of 3 and why I love it . . . and why I have been a writer and poet since I could hold a pencil. He said:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson -

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What Is A Writer – Daily Challenge

October 2, 2014

Ready, Set, Done!  That is the Daily Post Challenge and I am ready to roll!  So many people ask me about writing.  They want to know so many things, such as:

  • Where do you get your ideas?
  • What do you do for real work?
  • How did you get to be a writer?
  • How did you get started?

Ideas are everywhere around all of us!  Writing is real work and a real blessing!  If you are not blessed by your work, look further!  A writer is SOMEONE WHO WRITES!  To get started, I simply put words on a blank page!  Try it!  Just start!  You do not have to share it, spell it right, put commas in properly . . . just stop right now and consider things meaningful in your life . . . take the first one that came to mind and goYou are now a writer!


Inspired By Elmer – Book Exerpt

September 12, 2014
There is so much to go through when someone you love dies . . . practical and emotional. In going through more of my Mom’s things, I found a very few letters from her Dad to her Mom. I wish I had more. He died young so I never knew him but the letters painted a picture of a special man, Elmer – my grandfather. His letters spoke of his great love for Nana and also of ordinary events in his day. Love is like that. It enlightens us to the extraordinary in our seeming ordinary day . . .-from: “INSPIRED BY ELMER – Letters From My Grandfather” by Martha L Shaw
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April Rain And Poetry

April 24, 2014

Martha L Shaw:

Poetry resources

Originally posted on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin:

Today seems like a good day to finish my submission of poems for the Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology.  Gary Hotham is the Editor.  This link goes to the page about the anthology at their website:

http://www.hsa-haiku.org/member-anthol.htm.

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I’m also reading Spilled Milk: Haiku Destinies by Gary Hotham.  This beautiful book was published by Pinyon Publishing in 2010.  The book includes Sumi-E Watercolors by Susan E. Elliott.

http://www.pinyon-publishing.com

As you know, Luci Shaw is a favorite poet, and I learned of Pinyon Publishing in Colorado, when I ordered her book Harvesting Fog: Poems by Luci Shaw (2010).

http://www.lucishaw.com

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The leaves of perennials are beginning to grow through last year’s fallen leaves.

Blessings, Ellen

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Six Word Friday – Twist

February 21, 2014

A new twist?

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Trust

Surrender

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