Where are You?

Post #221

26 March 2020

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Where are You?

Are You Where you Need to be?

What is on your list for today?

 

I like to begin organizing and cleaning my home in March each year.

I feel good when I finish the work and sit back to enjoy the fresh atmosphere in my home. I learned this as a child, helping my grandmother , Ida Matilda, and my mother, Esther, as they cleaned their homes in preparation for the warm days ahead.

Back then, in the 1950s, we took out all the rugs and beat them with a “rug-beater” while they hung on a clothesline. We beat out all the dirt from wintertime that accumulates in the fibers. Of course, we did not have electric sweepers at that time – so this was essential.

Next, we took down all the curtains and washed each panel individually. While the ruffled curtains were still wet, we stretched them out onto curtain-stretchers. It was a wooden frame with little sharp nails all around the edges. This task took a lot of time, and you could get your fingers pricked if you were not careful. But, when the delicate organdy curtains were put back upon each of the newly-washed windows, the room looks exquisite.

My mother and my grandmother took such great pride in their homes and keeping them clean and pleasant in all seasons. I do, as well. My home is my castle and the place where I find peace and solace. I love my nearly century-old home in The Village of Wurtemburg. My house has roots so deep into my ancestry, and so do I.

I grew up with a deep appreciation for my ancestors and this little spot of “heaven-on-earth” the Village of Wurtemburg in rural western Pennsylvania.

I’ve enjoyed a life of travels to magnificent places in this world, yet, coming home to Pennsylvania was always delightful. I had a feeling that my home always welcomed me upon my return. I never took it for granted. This place is my paradise on earth.

This week, I started organizing a tall hutch in my 1920s kitchen – This tall cupboard holds a collection of ruby red glasses on the topmost shelf. Beneath that shelf, I have two more shelves where I store canned goods, and I am working on organizing them today.

Because I have deficient vision, I am assisted by my willing helper, The Merlin CCTV, which magnifies each of my cans so I can know what is in it. Once I know, then I make a 3 x 5-inch recipe card for each box.

On that card, I use a BIG MAMMA marker – the biggest you can find – and I put down a few letters that indicate what is in that can. When I finish the lettering, I put a rubber band around that card to hold it onto the can.

Each item can be carefully organized in my cupboard for me to be able to know what is there. Things take time for me. The little things that I used to do very quickly can now take days. Or more. I am grateful I have always been a patient person with the ability to stay focused on any task at hand. God prepared me in advance for this road I am walking on today. God always prepares us for the next step – even when we are entirely unaware of it. You can ask him, “What am I prepared for?” The answer comes. It arrives as a still small voice – a breath, the Holy Spirit that indwells us.

Like Queen Esther, in the Bible, we are placed where God needs us to be at the right time.

Esther 4: 14.

Esther 4:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

My mother’s name is Esther, and I remember the meaning of her name.

Esther could be translated as “star” in Persian. The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. This was not her desire, but she was put in this position by God and through Esther, the nation was saved.

If you have committed your life to Jesus, our Messiah, then you don’t need to worry about your next step – as it was for Queen Esther, your arrival will be on time. Trust in God to guide your days, and you will be precisely where you need to be at the right time.

Right now, I need to be in my kitchen organizing my cupboard and in my office writing some more Haiku today. Bob has the dogs out for a walk, and when they return, we will be working in the kitchen today. One little thing at a time is all it takes to make your life and your home a more excellent place to be as we shelter-in-place and wait out the pestilence that is moving across this country and the entire world.

Don’t live in fear. Know that God has everything in control no matter how it appears. I recommend that you not watch much on TV because the majority of the reporting is based on fear. Be filled with faith, instead. Do something that makes you feel good inside.

What will that be?

Where are you?

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Courtesy of Lynda McKinney Lambert.

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Stay at HOME and Write HAIKU with the Kids

Post #220

25 March 2020

morning haze

red-breasted robins

daffodils

 

 

 

Write a Haiku Poem Today!

This  would be a good activity to do with the children – but even if you are alone, it is fun to do.

I’ve been on a HAIKU WRITING BINGE for the past couple of weeks – and this season seems to be particularly inspiriting. (Is that a word? If not, it’s a great new one to me.)

 

 

This HAIKU is from my morning walk with my dogs.

This is a great activity to do with the kids or by yourself as we stay in our homes and do our part to help in the crisis right now.

 

STAYING AT HOME WITH THE KIDS?

Here is something you can DO TOGETHER

It is FREE

You  need  a piece of paper and a pencil or pen.

And, your observation skills.

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hoto:  White Lilacs..

 

white lilacs

heady aroma

flourishing

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off the TV and keep your focus on the unique day that we can celebrate.

This is a perfect SPRING DAY – birds are singing and calling to each other.

The mist is refreshing the entire landscape and the little spring plants are beginning to pop up from beneath the dull brown leaves that kept them protected during winter.

Take a WALK outside

GATHER some INFORMATION – 

 

come BACK INSIDE and  WRITE a HAIKU POEM about your experience.

 

HAIKU is a celebration of NATURE and SEASONS.

 

Write a HAIKU of CELEBRATION wherever you are..

 

It is a 3-line poem –

 

Line 1: 3 syllables

Line 2: 5 syllables

Line 3: 3 Syllables

 

Tips for writing a Haiku.

 

First:

Focus on a SEASON.

You will be painting a picture of a SEASON with just 3 lines.

 

Second:

Choose words that REVEAL the SEASON.

Don’t name the SEASON or MONTH.

Your 3 lines will make a picture of that season or month.

 

Third:

You have a limited syllable count, (3 – 5 – 3 )

Carefully chosen words will make a picture of the season.

 

Don’t waste the syllable count on little words that don’t help to paint the picture.

 

I never use words such as: me, I, you, me, the, this, be, them, for, it, a.

 

You want each word to be the focus and not put in distractions that take your attention away from what you are SHOWING in the poem.

 

No title, no capitalization, and no punctuation.

Your space is precious so you want to use only strong words that give meaning and life to your Haiku.

 

This is a JAPANESE FORM of POEM.

Have FUN.

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I challenge you to write a HAIKU today and POST IT on your FB Timeline.

 

Your HAIKU may lift someone’s spirits and bring them a moment of happiness.

Be sure to TAG me or post your HAIKU in the COMMENTS SECTION here.

so I can see it, too!

 

Lynda McKinney Lambert

My Books

-https://llambert363.blog/my-books/

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Books

first snow, chapbook

 

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

 

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

 

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage

 

E-books on Smashwords

 

 

Social Media

Lynda’s Author Page at Amazon

Lynda’s Page at DLD Books

Lynda’s Website & Blog

 

 

 

 

 

Plum Tree Tavern – Ecopetry

Post #218

February 2, 2020

 

Interview with an Editor

Russell Streur, Editor of Plum Tree Tavern

Plum Tree Tavern is one of my top favorite blogs with a focus on nature.

I invite you to visit this site and read some of the poems. When you find a poem that you particularly like, take a moment to add a comment for the poet. Not only will you encourage and appreciate the poet, you will also affirm to the editor that the work he does in selecting and publishing poetry has great value.

When visiting the Plum Tree Tavern,  read some of the articles you will see listed on the right side of the page.

Yesterday, while reading some poems and commenting on them, I also clicked on a few links and I had  a delightful afternoon on a snowy and cold winter day. I also discovered some music on the links that was new to me – and most remarkable.

If you want to know more about how an editor thinks and how he selects the  Ecopoems for publication you will benefit by reading one of his interviews.

Here is one you can start with Read it now!

 

About the author, Lynda McKinney Lambert

Breaking News

 

Your 2020 Business Plans

Post #217

January 30, 2020

Let’s Talk about

our Business Plans for 2020

This morning I checked updates for my website name. I’m always watchful when it comes to making sure that is protected and that no other person named Lynda Lambert can take it from me.

I saw that my 5-year subscription will run out in August.  Yes, I have almost 8 more months before that happens. But, what if I forget and let it lapse?  I decided I would just renew my website today while it was fresh on my mind.

I paid for the next 5 years for my namecheap dot com registration of my website name. My website is  lyndalambert. com

 

In the process of looking over the namecheap dot com site I found that they have a newsletter and I found the website for this business.  On the website, I found some great articles about how to use your website and how to plan your business approach.

I recommend you visit namechea blog to see what might help you in your own plans for 2020 for your blog and website.

I hope your 2020 website on Namecheap

is successful for you, and is a blessing to everyone ho visits you.

 Share the Happiness!

Lynda’s Bio for 2020 _

Lynda McKinney Lambert is an author/artist who lives in the Village of Wurtemburg, in Western Pennsylvania.

She is a published author, visual artist, public speaker, educator, retired professor of fine arts and humanities (Geneva College, Beaver Falls PA) – wife, mother, and grandmother. Lynda loves fine art, museums & art galleries, modern poetry, nature, history, travel, dreams, animals, and English literature.

She writes spare poems and thoughtful personal essays that appear in her published books, anthologies, and literary magazines.

Listen to Melissa Cotter read, “Star Signs: A Libra Sort of Day,” (Wordgathering Literary Magazine, December Issue #40). This is the opening poem in Lynda’s  new book, Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2017. See poem text  – click here!

 

 

In Lynda’s art life, she creates intricate mixed-media fiber art for personal adornment (talismans) and wall works for exhibitions nationally.  She does encrusted bead working and bead embroidery with the aid of her Acrobat CCTV (Closed Circuit T V) and a DaVinci Pro Electronic Magnifier in her art and writing studios.  This technology enables her to see her work in progress.

Lynda has profound sight loss, since 2007. This opened the door for her to write and make art full time. She retired from teaching in the fall of 2008, but continues to show her art in juried exhibitions internationally. She has exhibited in over 400 gallery and museum shows and has won over a hundred awards for her art works.

Lynda’s  books, written following her sight loss,  are sold world-wide through Amazon and all retail book sellers. The books are published in paperback, hardback, Audible, BARD, e-book, and Kindle.

 

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Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

I invite you to share my articles on Social Media, but please honor my copyright and include it with all shares.

Spread the Happiness!

Thanks for rejoicing with me today.  

Isn’t God so wonderful!

Romans 8:28

 

Heidi’s EVENT

 

Welcome to my Guest Today

Heidi Lambert McClure

Owner of Sassafras Hill Studio

 

Lynda_ Good Afternoon, Heidi.  What would you like to talk about today?

Heidi_  Two important things!

First, I am having an EVENT on Saturday evening and I want to invite your readers to drop in and see what I have created in my studio. 

I will be showing visitors some lovely and  affordable jewelry I have just made!

I do my work in a  lovely studio in rural Pennsylvania.

Check out my EVENT by clicking here!

Lynda_That sounds like a nice peaceful lace to work.

Heidi_ Yes, it is!

I also want to give some TIPS to those who visit here so that they can enjoy their jewelry for a long time.

 

Lynda_ I am wondering about how I should take care of my jewelry, too.

What would you recommend?

 Heidi_Believe it or not, regardless of price, most jewelry is delicate.

Gemstones can scratch with wear.

This is natural  – so treat it with care.

Exposure to common household chemicals and beauty supplies can damage and dull gemstones.

Avoid direct contact with showers, perfume, lotion, chlorine, and soaps.

A good rule to follow is that your jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night.

When you take it off, always put it away!

PHOTO:  This is an exhibition piece done by Heidi McClure.

 

Lynda_How should jewelry be cleaned? 

You can gently clean your jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft brush to help retain its shine. Try using an old toothbrush to get inside nooks.Make sure to get everything good and dry with a clean cotton cloth or a hair dryer on low before you put it away to prevent tarnishing after cleaning with water. For a quick touch up, use a polishing cloth to brighten up your chains, ear wires and clasps. It’s ok if it the cloth gets dirty. That means that it’s working. Even when discolored, it will still clean your jewelry effectively.

How should jewelry be stored?

Take care to protect your jewelry. Moisture will encourage the appearance of tarnish, so keep jewels dry in storage and never store jewelry in the bathroom. A regular jewelry box on your dresser will work just fine for a few pieces or an armoire with lots of space if you have a big collection.

Plastic food containers are great for storing jewelry in sets so they don’t get separated. Place a folded paper towel inside and lay your jewelry in flat.

These are inexpensive and stackable.

The main thing is that you want your jewelry to be protected from air, dust and dampness when you’re not wearing it.

Lynda_ Thanks for the good tips, Heidi. They are really easy to remember.

Good luck with your live events. I’ll see you Saturday!

 

 

 Heidi McClure

See my imagination at work……Visit me.

 EVENT Information…Get it here!

PHOTOS:  The Variety of bead work done in Heidi’s studio.

Wall works, talismans, Cuff Bracelets, and Traditional jewelry.

Morning Hour

Post #215

November 19 2019

“Morning Hour”

a poem by

Lynda McKinney Lambert

from her new chapbook

first snow

 

Listen to Lynda McKinney Lambert reading her poem, “Morning Hour.”

 

Morning Hour

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

A nippy breeze

wrapped around my bare feet

like soft gray cashmere clouds.

In the early morning hour

My own reflection

slowly materialized-

I was exposed, naked,

on a clear icy glass

surface.

Outside the frozen windowpane,

an icicle boundary

surrounded my view

of the aging Douglas Fir.

I turned for a closer look

through the silent porthole

Quick movements

in the shadow

revealed

one tiny ruffled bird,

a solo performer

hunkered down, deep,

on snow-clogged branches.

Inside, this room

a blizzard-

a scattering of words still lingered-

Waited to be gathered,

In a winter bouquet-written on a page,

in spite of the bitter cold.

We have been here

for a thousand years

In the early morning hour.

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Published:

Lambert, Lynda McKinney, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017.

Lambert, Lynda McKinney. first snow, chapbook, 22 Poems. Finishing Line Press, January 3, 2020.

Courtesy of PA Author and Poet –

Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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first snow is a beautiful collection of 30 poems

 Order Your Copy Here!

Order NOW. Your chapbook will be shipped on January 3, 2020.

Just in time for a Beginning-of-the-New-Year gift for loved ones.

Think about gifting first snow for a Valentine’s Day gift, too.  Perfect gift of LOVE.  Only 13.99 plus shipping – available ONLY through Finishing Line Press –

After January 3, this chapbook will be available through Amazon – but don’t wait.

 Order Your Copy Here!

 

 

 

Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Hints and Good Eating

Re-blogging a new book that I think is very beautiful and what a great idea! Perfect for gifting and really, tis almost the SEASON, isn’t it. NOW is the time to order YOUR copies for giving to people you love.

All in a Day's Breath

Courtesy Amazon.com

Pumpkins are magical. They herald in the autumn; they fulfill our needs to create art related to the season and to celebrate it. We fill them with light to welcome others to our homes, and to provide the way from home to home as we gather treats for the season. We have all kinds of celebrations for them from competitions for the largest or best pumpkin to the best decorated pumpkins to pie baking and pie eating competitions. We listen in awe to their amazing history and laugh at their folklore. We begin to invite friends and relatives to luscious dinners featuring this wonderful orange treat. Pumpkins warm our hearts as the autumn begins to bring the chill air. We invite you into the welcoming pages of this book, and to fill your souls with all the good things you remember, and your stomachs with the most delightful…

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Get Ready for -first snow –

first snow – Lynda’s first Chapbook

~ BREAKING NEWS ~

Lynda McKinney Lambert

first snow

a Chapbook

Pre-Order NOW

Lynda’s first chapbook will be Shipped to Customers on January 3, 2020.

first snow is a collection of wintry-themed poems.

My FIRST CHAPBOOK   – first snow.

A beautiful collection of 30 poems

Pre-Order -from September 9 through November 8, 2019.

 Order Your Copy Here!

Order NOW and save on shipping.  Your chapbook will be shipped on January 3, 2020.

Just in time for a Beginning-of-the-New-Year gift for loved ones.

And, think about gifting first snow for a Valentine’s Day gift, too.  Perfect gift of LOVE.  Only 13.99 plus shipping – available ONLY through Finishing Line Press –

After January 3, this chapbook will be available through Amazon – but don’t wait. You will save on shipping by ordering during the pre-publication opportunity.

 Order Your Copy Here!

 new publication

Chapbook:   first snow

Wintry-themed Poems

Pre-Publication Information:  Announcement plus 2 poems – Click Here!

Pre-Publication Sales begin September 9, 2019.

Orders will be taken from Sept 9 to November 8, 2019.

Shipping Date for your Order  will be January 3, 2020.

 Order Your Copy Here!

Introducing My Friend,Lynda McKinney Lambert

Re-blogging a wonderful blog article that features my poetry from Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019. Thank you Anne Copland. I am so glad you love my book.

All in a Day's Breath

Lynda from an upcoming poetry book, First Snow.

I have known Lynda for many years now. She suffered a sudden loss of sight in 2007 from something called Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Despite this loss, she is a fantastic artist working with beads, and you can see some of her work on her site, http://www.lyndalambert.com. She is also on Facebook. And as you can see, she is also an author – a prolific one, and her writing is full of inspiration and appreciation of nature, people, and weather. A former professor in Pennsylvania, she first turned to her hand work when she became blind, and soon after began to write based on her memory of everything she remembered from her senses.

I am honored to share a taste of her writing with you here.

Song of the Goldenrod from Star Signs by Lynda McKinney Lambert

In my dreams, some afternoons drift…

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