United by Stories – by Beckie Horter

Would you like to add some thoughts to Beckie Horter’s story?
I am re-blogging this excellent work by Beckie for your reading delight today. Here ins PA, the snow is flying and the world turned white in the past hour. Good reading for a winter day. I think, in the original Biblical story, that the most important things to notice are that the sower – not specific gender indicated – and this person sowed the seed – it does not give the reader a specific place – like in a field or a garden or such – the seeds are thrown around – EVERYWHERE. The SOWER flung the SEEDS – they were NOT placed carefully in a GARDEN, nor even across a field – the implication is that they are flung over an immense distance.

“The truth that we are built for eternal life seeps into our hearts like a healing balm.  We instinctively know it’s right. And it quiets the longing inside us.”

 

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Introducing my GUEST BLOGGER for May – Beckie  Horter

I am delighted to feature  a writer I met a number of years ago when she attended the college where I taught.  Beckie is a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. We  reconnected recently and she wrote this GUEST BLOG ARTICLE exclusively for SCANdalous! And, here she is……

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United by Stories

Our hearts were made for stories. Fearfully and wonderfully made, said the Psalmist. And it’s true:  we were built for giving and receiving stories as a means of soul sustenance. It’s the gift of truth told, lessons learned, and humor offered to lighten the daily load.

I’ve been noticing the power of stories latelyas I spend time with my 86-year-old mother. Her short-term memory is terrible. But her capacity for long ago stories lives on. She remembers days on the farm, walking to school, and what an old…

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Saturday is for Sharing: Patricia Hubschman

 

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 Good morning to our Readers at

 

SCAN-a-BLOG

 

Lynda:  I am so delighted to welcome a fellow writer and author

 ~Patricia Hubschman ~

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Trish is

strolling down the long sidewalk from  the driveway, and passing by the Zen Meditation Garden, on her way to our lovely century-old  home in The Village of Wurtemburg. She has come to rural Western PennsylvANIA  today  for this visit.

We are so excited!

I watch as she steps up onto the  wraparound porch. I feel  glad  that the snow melted so that we did not have to clean sidewalks this morning.  I open the kitchen door and welcome Trish  into our kitchen.  It’s always exciting to meet a new friend.  Miss Opal is waiting here to greet her, also.

Miss Opal_ Trish, it’s nice to welcome you to our home this morning even though it is rather grey and rainy. You can hear the rushing waters of the creek today because it is very high and fast from the melted snow and rain that we always have during the winter months in Pennsylvania. I don’t really like to get wet so I stay inside and just watch  everything from my window in our writing office.  Our home is warm and welcoming every day so we don’t mind the winter season at all. We are excited to visit with you today because  February is the MONTH of LOVE. And, we LOVE BOOKS and AUTHORS.

Lynda_ Yes, Trish, we think  that February is the best time to have you visit us because you also have a new book that is now available. Right?  We wanted to speak with you about the new book publication and we like to hear about your life as a writer,  and other things that make you happy.  I’ve enjoyed meeting you through the Behind Our Eyes Writer’s Group recently.

Trish_ Laughing. Oh, this must be your 2 dogs, Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchellini?

Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchellini prance about in circles as Trish steps into the writing office that is just one step down from the kitchen. They love to have company!

 Trish_ Your dogs make me think of my own dog. Her name was Hope and she passed away recently, on January 30. She was quite old, but I loved her so much and I really miss her.

Lynda_ Yes, we love our 2 dogs and our 2 cats. Miss Opal has a sister who lives  here, too. Her name is Miss Bessie, but she doesn’t usually come to greet guests. I am so sorry to learn about Hope and I know how much she meant to you and your husband. I often think about how much company they are and I  could never imagine life  without my furry friends, Bob and I consider them our best friends.  

Miss Opal_ Trish. how about you?  Who would you say is your best friend?

Trish_  My husband, Kevin, is my best friend. We met through an interesting way, a newspaper Personal ad. I submitted my essay about how we met. I called this story, “Meeting My Man,” and I sent my personal love story to   Magnets and Ladders Literary Magazine. I am hoping it might get into the Spring/Summer edition. 

Well,   Mom read a bunch of ads to me.  I sent a ‘form’ letter to the candidates. Kevin responded with a letter. We went back and forth with letters for some time. Finally, we  decided to meet in person.  Four years later we were married and that was twenty-seven years ago.

Lynda_ that is like a very personal True Romance story, Trish. Bob and I got married almost 58 years ago. We will celebrate that day on April 14, this year. That is a lot of Valentine days together.

Miss Opal_ Trish, this makes me wonder, what could you never live without?  I think about what would happen if something I like a lot would go away.  What could I ever do?  Trish, I’m a cautious cat and I  worry about things sometimes. I’m always afraid of losing something that I like a lot.  Like, my cat toys and feather on a stick. . Well, that’s because the dogs might  hide them  and then I’d never find my special toys  again. You know, dogs  like to bury their treasures outside in the garden and I don’t even like to go outside.  It’s just too scary out there and we havRed Tailed Hawks  – they  fly over the woods all the time.

Trish_ I understand.  Beside Kevin, I can’t live without my cochlear implant, the external device. If I have it off my ear or the batteries die, it feels like the whole world goes blank. It’s scary. My speech discrimination is far from 100% but at least with my CI on. I have an idea what ‘s going on around me, even if there’s nothing particularly going on, such as at night after bedtime.

Lynda_ What have you done recently that really made you feel good about yourself? You know, I mean, something that you are so proud of – an accomplishment that makes you smile when you think about it.  I love to hear about special events in my friend’s lives.  I think we all need to celebrate our achievements.

Trish_  I think of  2 things right away.

First, I’m teaching myself how to navigate blogs. I’m sending stories to Patty Fletcher, at Campbell’s Corner. She’s posting them for me.  I’m learning to access blogs and how to read them. I can even  comment  and reply to other readers’ comments, I didn’t even know what a blog was until recently.

Miss Opal_ Well, now you know that even cats write blogs –with some help, of course! And, Patty’s dog, Campbell, is quite famous for his book and his blog at Campbell’s World.

Trish_ Yes, This is true, Miss Opal.    I want to share my writings and my writing life  with other people in this way.

Lynda_   What is your most notable achievement or accomplishment to date?

Trish_ I’d have to say that my second achievement I am proud of is that  I graduated college.

Lynda_ I’d love to hear more about your academic journey.  Higher education is a passion of mine.  I am a retired professor, so I love learning about the academic achievements of  friends. 

 

Trish_ It took me 6 years to earn a four-year degree but I did it and with honors. My first 2 years were at a community college, then I went up to SUNY Albany. That was a difficult school. After that, I transferred to LIU Southampton College as an English-Writing major. I was on the Dean’s List and in the Honors Society. I am proud to say,  I had the highest GPA in my junior class. In 1988, I graduated Cum Laude.

Lynda_ Can you talk a little bit about  how a dual handicap affects everyday  life and what you do?

Trish_ I’m deafblind and I have a walking/balance problem. I’ve had a cochlear implant since 2004. I think I’m a more compassionate person because of this and it shows in my writing. I love  “LOVE”  and Romantic  novels..  I always was a dreamer because I was a shy kid.

Lynda_ Oh yes, I wanted to be sure to ask you about your latest book, Trish. Would you please give me an outline of your latest book so we can share it here on Saturday is for Sharing?

Trish: Yes, I would love to!  My new book is a Romantic Suspense Novel ,

Stiff Competition (Miss America)

It is a Tracy Gayle Mystery novel.

Lynda_  How is it available? 

Trish_ e-book ($2.99) and print ($9.50) on Amazon and other bookselling sites.

My book has  227 pages in print.   Your readers can find more information on my book, as well as the  free text sample,  https://www.dldbooks.com/hubschman/

 

Here’s the outline or synopsis of my book. It gives you the feeling for the story, I think.   

About the Book:

America’s favorite rock band, Tidalwave, is playing the Miss America pageant. Band leader Danny Tide is emceeeing the event. All is going according to schedule. The judges have picked the 10 semi–finalists.

Suddenly, everything comes to a halt. Miss New Jersey is missing. Nobody knows what happened to her or where she is.

Danny calls his longtime PI friend, Tracy Gayle, and asks her to come down to Atlantic City to help figure things out. In need of her best friend for personal support and eager to get to another case, Tracy agrees.

There’s an all–out search of the hotels on the boardwalk. They find Miss New Jersey, but it’s not good. Her kidnapping leads to another assault and murder. The big star and the lady PI work together on this one, so that the Miss America pageant can continue as usual.

 

About the Author

Trish Hubschman has published three books with America Star Books: a short story collection of time travel and romance stories called Through Time and the first two books in the Tracy Gayle/Danny Tide series: The Fire and Unlucky Break. Trish attended college at Long Island University’s Southampton campus, earning a BA degree in English with an emphasis in writing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two dogs.

Trish mentioned that her work is featured on Patty Fletcher’s blog. You van visit this blog by clicking on the link below. There is a LOT of great writings there! Check it out.

Read more articles on Campbell’s World. Visit now!

This Special Feature interview is courtesy of Pennsylvania author, Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright  February 16, 2019..   All rights reserved.

Lynda’s Author Page – Click Here!

Read this article about Lynda on Campbell’s World – Click here!

 

Saturday is for Sharing is a Special Feature Article, coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.

Lynda is the author of 4 books:

Her first book is: Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press, 2002.

Her second book is:  Walking by Inner vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017.

Lynda’s 3rd book:

 Star Signs: New & Selected Poems – 60 poems.

Her FIRST CHAPBOOK  – first snow –  16 Poems with a Wintry Theme.

Both new books are now available for publication. 

Thank you for visiting with us today. Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert

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Friday Favs – SNAKE PLANT

Post #168

Friday, 8 February 2019

Friday Favs

SNAKE PLANT

Have you ever said –

“Nothing grows for me – I’m no gardener.

I kill everything!”

Before you write yourself off as a failure at growing plants or flowers –

consider buying a SNAKE PLANT.

You might find this an easy plant to take care of and you might even find some flowers blooming on your SNAKE PLANT one day.

You will be doing a “happy dance” all around the room!

Give  SNAKE PLANT a chance.

According to an article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac Newsletter on  February 6, 2019,

“A Snake Plant” is  also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.”  That was a surprise to me.

In the 1980s,  I attended an auction at the home of a neighbor.  When the auctioneer held up a pitiful looking Snake Plant, I was the only bidder on it.  Obviously, it had ben sadly neglected for a long time. The long leaves of the plant were withered and  discolored – it did not look promising. But, I came home with that plant and began to take good care of it. The plant  responded to the light watering I gave it and it was not long before my Snake Plant began to send up tender shoots of new plants. Better yet, it started to bloom! That is a thrill when your succulent blooms.

The Snake Plant in my home today, is the same one I bought over thirty years ago at that auction sale on a summer day.

Each year, I bring my prized Snake Plant  indoors for winter, and it spends about 6 months of the year outside on my wraparound porch.

I make sure it is shielded from rain  because it does not like to be wet. And,

On my porch, it  gets a few hours of sunshine every day. It is on the south/west side of the porch. My Snake Plant rewards me with  lots of little white  flowers blooming on long stems, nearly  every year. I would say this is a plant that keeps on giving – for a lifetime. I expect one day this plant will be handed down in the family for another generation to enjoy. I’ve given starts off of it to family members over the years, too.

For additional information on growing Snakeplant and other succulents, please visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  You can read much more about how to care for your own Snake Plant.

I’d love to hear from YOU –

Do you have a Snake Plant?

I hope I have encouraged you to give SNAKE PLANT  a try.  Refer to the great article in the Old Farmers Almanac Newsletter for everything you need to know about this and many other plants you can grow in your home.  

Read MORE – Click Here!

Thank you for visiting  SCAN-a-BLOG today!

I appreciate your visits and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Leave me a comment or a question. I always respond to them.

My e-mail:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Photos by Lynda McKinney Lambert.  “my Snake Plant”

Copyright 2019. Lynda McKinney Lambert

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What to Do After the First Draft

I am re-blogging this article for a couple of reasons.
First, I need to keep a copy of this for myself – a reminder of some things I need to be aware of as I continue on with my own book writing projects. This blog _ SCAN-a-BLOG is all about SHARING.

Two, I like to share information with others who may find a benefit from this article. I like to Share the Happiness!

A Writer's Path

by Katie McCoach

Your fingers hurt. Your eyes burn. You haven’t had anything to drink except coffee for the past few days, weeks, year. You are pretty sure you haven’t slept a full night without dreaming about characters and plot lines.

You are certain you will never type again. Because you finally finished writing the first draft of your novel. Phew!

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FAUX STAINED-GLASS FOX – USE YOUR SCRAP CLAY CHALLENGE – DAY 4

I am re-blogging this precious article to SCAN-a-BLOG. I like to highlight exceptional articles that others will enjoy. This is such a creative site with tutorials and ideas for you to try yourself. You may also enjoy being a “follower” of this blog. I am!

Learn Polymer Clay

Hello dear friends!

This is Day 4 of the Use your Scrap Clay Challenge! I hope you`re having fun and that in the same time you look at your scrap clay with other eyes – seeing more possibilities.

I know I kept on storing scrap clay ( I also love working with polymer clay out of the box), but sooner or later you`ll have to find a solution for your pile of scrap clay.

In today`s tutorial we are going to use silver foil and alcohol inks (you can never go wrong with such a combination, you can only be amazed!) and Diamond Glaze on top for a resin-like finish. I`m using a fox stamp but you can use the stamps of your choice and I`m sure you`ll get an amazing result!

You can say that I`m only covering part of the scrap clay (with silver foil), while the sides…

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Afternoon Sun

Sharing a beautiful poem today.
Sitting on a beach sounds wonderful doesn’t it?
Right now, we are in the deep freeze – with snow and ice and predictions of even lower temps and winds coming from the north.
May we all be “on a beach” occasionally, in our memories, as we move through the winter months – one day at a time.

Travels with Tio

for the first time 
in seeming months
we sat at water’s edge
mesmerized by stillness
listening
to the gentle lap of waves
feeling the warmth
of afternoon sun
slowly melt our frozen souls

shadows passed
as geese honked overhead
laughing children scurried by

Ah…
I heard a voice within

at last,
there is hope again

tio stib

You might also enjoy: Blind Man on a Bench, Life Journey Poems and Prose

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Full Blueberry Moon by Lynda McKinney Lambert

I think my readers will enjoy reading this today. I am re-blogging it to SCAN-a-Blog. Thanks, Patty, for posting my story.

Campbells World

Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors. So glad you could drop into the Author’s Corner today.
This afternoon author Lynda McKinney Lambert has stopped by to share a bit of craziness from her life with us. I understand this is the beginnings of yet another book from her.
Speaking of books, be sure to keep reading after you’ve enjoyed today’s offering to learn of all her other wondrous works.
As always, thanks for stopping by and do share and tell your friends.

“Full Blueberry Moon”
-Preface-

First Draft 7 July 2018

Stories, like puffs of clouds I have watched, seem to float across a summer sky as I lay on the grass looking into the heavens.

Each wispy version of my own life story merges into other varieties of local gossip or family legends. The hovering layers keep moving in a myriad of word-driven implications – in and out of my consciousness…

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NO LOOKING BACK IN 2019

I am re-blogging this to SCAN tonight. I think there is so much wisdom here, Patty. I wish you the best of all that can be for2019, and I am thankful that you are in my life – both as a professional and as a personal friend. You do so much for others!

Campbells World

NO LOOKING BACK IN 2019

BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER

JANUARY 2, 2019

“Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and tomorrow is another day.”

I’m not sure who the author of that quote is but I’m sure of one thing, it goes right along with the theme I’ve chosen for myself in 2019.

‘NO LOOKING BACK’

Over the years I’ve wasted lots of time on looking behind me, worrying about things that cannot be changed, and trying to right wrongs that are no longer relevant to life and what it holds for me now.

Now, is the operative word in that sentence. Now, is where we are, and from where we must begin if we wish to go ‘Forward’ in our lives and make ‘Progress’ in the year to come.

This morning as I’ve been readying myself for the work that lies ahead of me in the coming year, regrettably I’ve come to…

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Friday Favs: The NEW BOE BLOG SHOWCASE

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Friday Favs: January 18, 2019 

 

~ Lynda’s Friday Favs ~

The NEW BOE BLOG SHOWCASE

BOE = Behind Our Eyes

Where to Find them?

Perhaps you have not yet heard of Behind Our Eyes, Inc. ?

It is an organization  that hosts a  writers group, specifically for  writers with disabilities.

I’d like to take this opportunity to share the website for the group.

The page containing blog listings from our members is now posted on  the group’s  website.

The direct link is:   https://www.behindoureyes.org/wp/blog-showcase/

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Do you know about Magnets & Ladders?

It is a literary magazine of Active Voices by writers with disabilities.

 

If you are a writer who has a disability, you may be interested in finding out more about the opportunities provided.  I’ve been a member for a number of years. I am a published author and writer who has significant sight loss.  But, the great thing is that our disabilities do not define us and cannot keep us from being active in the craft that we love.

In addition to the website, there is a writing opportunity 2 times a year to send work to the Magnets & Ladders Literary Publication for consideration.  The website for the organization gives information and guidelines you can read about how you can enter your writing for this magazine. Click here for guidelines.

BONUS:  CASH  AWARDS in Each Category. Enter NOW.

 

BREAKING NEWS…

For the Spring/Summer issue this year – 2019 – there is an additional opportunity for writers who have a focus on Nature and the Outdoors.  The contest will award a $50 cash award for the best poem in this category.  This contest is  a memorial award in honor of the group’s late member, Ernest Jones, who died last year. Ernie served on the board and was an active member of BOE for a number of years.

Visit the guidelines and learn more about how you can enter your work! But hurry, the deadline is coming up in mid-February.

It is free – no charge to enter your work for either competition.

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WAIT – There is MORE…

Behind Our Eyes has published 2 anthologies.

The  first Behind Our Eyes Anthology came out in 2007.

The second anthology is

Behind Our Eyes: A Second LookClick here for more information.

 

The THIRD ANTHOLOGY is now in process:

Behind Our Eyes: A Literary Sunburst

produced by DLD Books – scheduled for publication in early 2019.

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The latest addition to the BOE Website is the BLOG SHOWCASE.  All BOE members who write blogs are featured on this SHOWCASE, if they choose to be listed.

Be sure to visit the website and visit the blogs on the page.

I think you will enjoy it very much.  When you visit a blog, make sure you leave a comment so the blogger knows you were there. That means a lot!

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This article is written by  Pennsylvania Author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

This article was featured on the Friday Favs Special Feature as part of Lynda’s recognition of a variety of her favorite things – stories, organizations, and more.

Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019.  All rights reserved.

You are invited to share this post with your friends on Social Media.

My only request is that you print it in its entirety, including copyright information and authors name.

You can find both of Lynda McKinney Lambert’s blogs listed on the New Blog Showcase at BOE.

Share the Happiness!

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I Love you for That –

 

Friday Favs – Aloe Vera: Winter Delights

Post 151

11 January 2019

 

Friday Favs: Aloe Vera: Winter Delights

 

I often begin my morning by checking

the daily issue of the Old Farmer’s Almanac –

I receive a Newsletter which  comes silently

each day

in my mailbox.

First,

I check the front page for the poem of the day.  The featured poem, or fragment of a poem or proverb or quote always has a beautiful photograph or art work that goes with it.  To see a photo with some creative text is  inspiring to me.   Do you enjoy seeing an artistic image with a poem?  I think it is a WIN-WIN when there are TWO CREATIVE WORKS side-by-side.

How do YOU feel about that?

I think of  a POEM PLUS PHOTO  as a

MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN.

Word + Image = ART!

Below: Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

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Today –

I spotted some photos of  a type of succulent plant that I love.

I bought my first Aloe Vera about twenty years ago at a rare plant store in Georgia. We were visiting our daughter who lived in Georgia at that time.

The Rare Plant store  was a thrill for us to find.  I never was in such a  a store that sold rare plants – we purchased a few of them and a container to plant them in. This purchase was how  I started my succulent collection.

I bought a shallow terra-cotta planter that looks something like a pie dish.  The circular planter  is wide at the top and shallow – only about 3 inches deep. I still have the dish I purchased  and I still have several types of Aloe Vera plants.

Aloe Vera plants brighten our  rooms

from late fall to early spring. 

As soon as I am sure winter frosts are over,  my plants go outside to live on our wraparound porch for about 6 months a year.  They thrive in the bright light of the porch, yet they are protected from  rain and direct sunlight.  It is important to keep the plants out of the rain  because they will get too wet and begin to rot.  The need to be in containers of terra-cotta for good  drainage.

With good care you can have your Aloe Vera plants for many years.

Everything you ever want to know about t Aloe Vera Plants

Here is a poem I wrote when my Partridge Breasted Aloe was blooming.

“Partridge Breasted Aloe”

She thrust her pointed daggers

upward and outward

concave deep green leaves

adorned with white spots

front and back.

Basks in winter sunshine.

from a center core at the base

spiny and plump

with white designs

on the spruce green leaves.

 

Winter is flowering season

one long stem bursts above

like a quiet barn swallow

shooting up from the center

of a rosette in the springtime

one salmon pink flower

fills my mornings with a delicate scent

no fragrance can match

the fragile beauty of her perfume.

 

Partridge Breast is a sun worshipper

thrives in the south-facing window

prefers to drink less in winter.

 

Partridge Breast is the Queen of my collection

succulents and cacti, my delights.

Partridge Breasted Aloe brings

a sense of peace to my home.

When spring rains turn towards

Summer’s cat-like days

my succulent friends spend their

vacation on my sun-drenched porch

where no grooming is necessary.

By Lynda McKinney Lambert, 2017.

Previously Published:

Naturewriting, Literary Magazine -, Feb. 13, 2018

Behind Our Eyes: A Literary Sunburst – Anthology #3. 2019

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