One Hour at a Time

Post #225

26 May 2020

 

“One Hour at a Time”

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Three years ago~

I  stood on the hillside that separates our property from the neighbors.  This is a view that I see daily from the bay window in our dining room.  The window faces the north-east and brings light into the house early in the day.

Near the top of the hillside, there were five pine trees in a row.  Bob and I planted those trees fifty years before this day.  In fact, a couple of them were our Christmas trees nearly a half-century ago.

We called in the tree service to give us advice on what to do, and of course, we already knew that it was time for the towering trees to come down.  Like most people who plant trees near their homes, we never realized how large they would grow and how much of a danger they would be to the house eventually.  But now we knew what we had to do.  The trees were taken down, and it was surprising how much space and light  there was without those trees.

After the trees were gone, we now had to face the thick and fast-growing weeds that soon filled the area. It was a tangled and out-of-control mess!   I wanted to begin the work of clearing it out and making it an attractive garden.
But, when I stood there looking at this jungle that was about eighty feet in length, I became overwhelmed at the prospect of beginning. I was at a loss of how to begin to clear it up – I felt defeated at the thought of facing this challenge.

As the days turned into weeks, I finally had an inspiration of what I could do to begin to make this space into something positive and lovely.  Two words came into my mind – One Hour!

Yes, I thought that perhaps I can do anything for just one hour, no matter how much work it will be.

A quiet internal voice asked,
“What might  happen today if  you go outside and begin to pull weeds and cut out unwanted plants for just one hour?”

“Just one hour?”

I will begin, and in one hour, I will stop.  I will look around and see what I accomplished in one Hour.

When the Hour was up – I stopped to survey the progress.  The amount of cleaned-up space surprised me so much that I kept on working for nearly 2 hours. Now, I was excited, and I could see that this was a project that can happen and have good results if I just give myself one Hour a day to work on it.

As summer progressed, the Hosta Plants and the Lilies and Ferns took root and began to thrive.
I bought a nice new hose that was lightweight and easy to move around.  Morning and evening, I was often tending my hillside garden.  I put in a few solar lantern lights, and it was so thrilling when evening came, and I could see the little lights coming on one at a time.
My garden had a magical feeling to it – and I asked Bob to come and take a walk with me in the twilight so we could see the yard light up as we walked arm in arm down the sidewalk.

I did it all, One Hour at a Time.

 

Today ~
This is my third springtime to work on that hillside.

To be honest about it, I feel overwhelmed almost as much as I was 3 years ago.

 I am facing all the weeds that took over during the winter and early spring months.

But here is what is different this year.

 I remember that I can do this again.

I’ll do it just one Hour at a time.

I can’t wait to see how it looks when I am finished.

 

I love when the lilies are blooming,

the Hostas waving  their lavender flags,

and the ferns moving gently  in the  breeze.

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If you live the life you love, you will get the blessings from above.

~Van Morrison (Irish mystic)

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

My Books

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.
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“Self Portrait” by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
“I’ll see you at the top!”

Is Art History for Dummies?

 

Post #224

18 May 2020

Is Art History for Dummies?

Should a Visual Artist Take Courses

in Art History?

 

 

Why does a Visual Arts student study Art History?

Because the HISTORY of ART  relates to the study and practice of art making in the studio AND  Knowledge of Art History is important for a VIEWER to know about when looking at a work of art.  Knowledge of ART HISTORY  enlightens all people to SEE their WORLD in greater depth.

I am a strong supporter of the study of art history for all visual artists.

The more courses in Art History that an artist takes in the university, the stronger that artist becomes in their craft.  Art History is the GROUND on which we STAND. It is our FIRM FOUNDATION.

We must study our roots  in the arts – we need to ask,

” where did this idea come from?”

We cannot begin to understand the current epoch without understanding the past in which different people lived. What they left behind is the CULTURE.  We learn that CULTURE is NOT the PEOPLE – not the people group alone,

 

CULTURE  is WHAT IS LEF BEHIND by that people group that is the CULTURE we  study. And, I believe it is a life-long pursuit of learning.  We must seek to learn from the PRIMARY SOURCES in our FIELD.  We WANT  to see how that creative work teaches us about  those people who made them. We sift through the information left behind  in writing, music, art, history, philosophy, and all aspects  of learning.

We are SCHOLARS of the ARTS.

We study wide and we study deep.

Every idea we have arrived from a source.

Do we get ideas from “nowhere?”

Nothing has just hit us by accident – plopped down an idea in our head.

Ideas are based on what we learned in some way.  If we do not study the history of our craft, we are lost at sea, floating about without being grounded.  We have no core values, and we have no  understanding of why we create what we do create.

 

Why not begin your own study of ART HISTORY and begin to learn more about your world?

Don’t be a Dummy!

For additional insight on this topic and how the music student is affected by it you van visit John Crawford’s School of Music Blog.

Take me there now!

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This post is a GIFT from Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright May 18, 2020.  All rights Reserved.

You may share my post with your friends but please remember to respect my copyright and include it in your shared post. Thank you!

I love you for that!

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.
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“Self Portrait” by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
“I’ll see you at the top!”

My Mission Statement

Post #223

15 May 2020

Write a Mission Statement

 

Photo: “Caribbean Sea,”  pottery, by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

 

 

In December, Sara Joseph a Christian artist in Texas, challenged her friends to write a Mission Statement.  She asked that we pray about it and ask God to show us what our Mission really is and how we live it.

This way of considering a Mission Statement is different from what I have experienced  in my past positions in museum management and in higher education.  Those ones were created by a team of people employed by the museum or the college.  It was a team effort and we worked until we reached consensus.  Now, Sara s asking us to look deep inside of our creative life and pray about what God would guide us to do and be as an individual creative person. This was much different than past experiences.

Since  last December, I’ve spent a lot of quiet moments alone with God and talking with him about my personal and professional mission. I’ve asked him to show me a different perspective in what I do that is a benefit to others in my writing and art making.  I’ve considered how my gifts and passions are reflected in my work.

Sara told us that  our Mission Statement would probably  be revealws  to us in fragments – little bits and pieces at a time.  And, it has!  Over the past five months I have been given more insight into the value of who I am and what I do.

The first insight came on January 1, 2020.  This is the day when I set my intentions for the year according to One Word that will be with me for the year.  This year, 2020,  marks the 6th time for me to choose One Word and live it out for the year.

The word  that came to me is “Gifts.”

Sara also encouraged her readers to consider every creative act we do this year as “Gifts for the King.” 

 

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

As a Christian, my King is Jesus. 

 

My  purpose and pleasure  is  to

make and present my GIFTS to my King.

 

I am thinking about everything I create this year as a Gift for the  King.

This  led me to understanding what my

Mission is and to write a Mission Statement that is mine.

Five months from the time I started praying about it, I have written my statement.

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

I am the keeper of memories. I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
I bring  Gifts  to the King  through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.
I bring Gifts to the King  through brilliant colors, precious materials, and tiny movements of my slender needle – one stitch at a time.
My writing and my artworks are personal prayers, my Gifts to the King.

For contemplation –

What  is your calling or your mission in life?
What is your  unique gift that is of value to other people?
How is your gift manifested in everything you do as a creative person?
Write out your Mission Statement as it is  revealed to you by God as you seek his wisdom and revelation in your creative life.  Keep in mind, it will most likely be very slow in coming to you.  But when a piece of it comes, you will know it.  Write it down and keep on praying for guidance and eventually you will have your Mission Statement that is just for you.
Self Portrait of the Artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert.
Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.Lynda with Camera

Gift for Today – The GIFT of TIME

Post 222

May 11, 2020

 

Welcome to my blog – Gifts of the Spirit.

I am Author and Artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

Did YOU  notice that I have changed the name of this blog?

Yes!  I have. I wanted this blog to FOCUS on the VALUE OF GIFTS.

This blog is now GIFTS of the SPIRIT, and my focus is on sharing my gifts with readers who drop by for a few minutes.  The GIFTS I will share are GIFTS of the SPIRIT to encourage and uplift others.

Why?

I love to give GIFTS  and I love to receive gifts as well.

It’s important to know how to GIVE.  I’ve  always been a GIVER.

Since 2014, I  FOCUS all my attention on only ONE WORD for the entire year.

For 2020, my ONE WORD is

GIFTS

 

It  is just as important to know how to RECIEVE GIFTS, too.

This might mean that you have to change how you value yourself.

My value is not what I DO but it is WHO I AM.  Our value is in being a creation of God, not in our achievements, education, job, or knowledge.

It takes a life-time to really know who we are sometimes. We grow over the years  if we continue to seek wisdom and direction from  God.  I find that wisdom in reading his WORD in the Bible – and there is so much there to help us find direction for our life.

We also grow by reading books that are inspiriting and encouraging.  Forty years ago I started reading just 15 minutes a day, every day.  I kept my book in the bathroom for I had a large family and that was one of the times in the day when I could just close the door and read something positive and put that information into my spirit. We grow by the things we put into our minds, body, and spirit.

Our personal value is not in the JOB we do or in our EDUCATION or ACHIEVEMENTS.

Where do you place your value?  Do you know WHO you are?

This year, my intention is to make GIFTS FOR THE KING –

I am a Judeo-Christian and want to honor GOD through the TIME I have been given every day.  We all have been given the GIFT of TIME.  It is the same for every person.

What will you do TODAY with your GIFT of TIME?

 

 

Time is your most precious gift, because

you only have a set amount of it. 

Rick Warren

 

Each year, I decide to choose only

ONE WORD

for the entire year. This will be the word that I focus on for an entire year.

2020 is my 6th year to do this.

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

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Where are You?

Post #221

26 March 2020

Gifts of the Spirit

A Place of Inspiration & Christian faith.

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.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAP

 

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

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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

 

 

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Lynda’s Page at DLD Books

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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.

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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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Thanks for rejoicing with me today.  

Isn’t God so wonderful!

Romans 8:28