Heartwings says, “As the old normal dissolves, what will the new normal look like?”
Some are eager to get back to “normal,” as they think of pre Covid19 times. What that means for some is one thing, for another, something different. Yet whatever the old normal was, it’s definitely different from whatever is happening now. Perhaps we have been given an opportunity to look more closely at what has been and make a decision as to whether or not we want to return—assuming we can, or whether we wish to create something new and different with our lives.
The old normal for Stephen and me held trips to the library, now of course closed. It held occasional visits to a movie theater, Dinners or other meals at a variety of restaurants, checking out discount stores, time spent in a favorite thrift store…
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine
Tell her to make me a cambric shirt (in the deep forest green)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Tracing of sparrow on snow-crested ground)
Without no seams nor needle work
(Bedclothes the child of the mountain)
Then she’ll be a true love of mine
(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)
Tell her to find me an acre of land
(A sprinkling of leaves)
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
(Washes the grave with silvery tears)
Between the salt water and the sea strands
(And polishes a gun)
Then she’ll be a true love of mine
Tell her to reap it with a sickle of leather
(Blazing in scarlet battalions)…
My first chapbook is published by Finishing Line Press.
I’ve put together a collection of 30 wintry-theme poems.
It is available in paperback, or Hard Back copies directly from the publisher at Finishing Line Press. I am so thrilled to have my chapbook available as a hardbound book and a print edition.
I am working on writing a chapbook for each season.
I love chapbooks and have a little collection of special ones in my personal library. They are like a work of art, to me. They have a feeling of preciousness, which I like so much.
A chapbook is shorter than a full-length book, and it has a focus on one theme.
Since I’ve always found winter to be a beautiful time of year in my area of Western Pennsylvania, this is my way of celebrating the season.
With this new publication, I am thinking about creating a chapbook for each of the 4 seasons. I like to work in a series, and I think this would be an excellent way to do that in the future.
My poems are spare – uncluttered by unnecessary words or punctuation. I like to keep them pure and without distractions. Readers tell me how enjoyable it is to read my seasonal poems. Here is a quote by a reader,
The crisp quality of the words and vision… is made poignant by the author’s personal history and victory with physical sight. Her heart comes through her hands and pen. Her words are fresh, yet rooted and ancient. The Natural realms intersecting with the Spiritual realms plus the Human daily-realm creates a deeply pleasing flavor of poetry. Accessible. Thoughtful. Power
_Elizabeth Enright Phillips, owner of Running Creek Co Limited, ardent minimalist, author
Lynda Lambert covers a vast terrain of subjects and topics in this new book, from lights to legends to seasons, treating us to images and metaphors about plants, people, and weather. She opens this extensive collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet. It digs through thoughts, emotions, and observations, “Using star signs to map out new terrain.”
Throughout this book of poems, these gems of poetic creation shimmer like beads on her fabric art, like bold brushstrokes of color on her paintings, and reflect light like the gemstones on her prize-winning piece of mixed–media fiber artwork. It seems this entire collection is like a multifaceted mural.
Her attentiveness to nature and strong reflections from memory have woven from a collage of remnants a beautiful tapestry for us. It offers a beautiful feast for the eyes and the mind.
—Wesley D. Sims, Author of Taste of Change
This is the author’s third book of poetry. Cover photo by James Wheeler from Pexels Cover design, editing, layout, and e-book conversion by DLD Books
Description of the cover image of Star Signs:
The late evening photo shows several delicate, bare trees in silhouette, leaning slightly to the right, against a violet-colored sky. There is a faint streak of pinkish light to the right of the trees, low on the horizon. Thousands of stars are visible in the sky. The solid black landscape below the trees appears to be the shore of a darkened lake, which is in the foreground. A few stars are reflected in the water. The overall impression is one of stillness and beauty. The predominant colors are black and violet, along with white pinpoints of starlight. The title and subtitle are in white at the top of the cover, and the author’s name is in white at the bottom.
NEWS: This book is now available to the National Library Services BARD program. You can order the book, read by Polly Slavet by asking BARD for DBC 11608. You will LOVE Polly’s elegant presentation of Lynda’s book!
Take a journey through the seasons of a year from January through December. With award-winning Pennsylvania Author and Artist Lynda McKinney Lambert
In 2019 Lynda received the prestigious
Albert Nelson Marquis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the fields of Artist & Author
This award is given by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board, to honor Biographees who have achieved career longevity.
Lynda is a retired Professor of Fine Arts & Humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA
Her first book is-
Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
Kota Press, 2002
She wrote the book from her travel journal entries, as she taught a course in Europe each summer. From this first published book, the theme of “life as a sacred pilgrimage,” This theme endures in all of her subsequent writings.
In her 2nd book, Lynda continues to take readers on the road with her as she travels through a life pilgrimage from her earliest memories to her present septuagenarian years as a well-known artist, author, educator.
Lynda retired in 2008, after sudden sight loss due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. During her recovery and rehabilitation process, she began to write stories & poems for her new blog, Walking by Inner Vision.
In the beginning, her blog was her way of communicating with the world again after sight loss.
Lynda became aware that she was now living in a world of inner vision.
She did not realize at the time that this blog was the beginning step towards the book now available on Audible.
Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
A personal, private, and spiritual walk through the seasons
Re-blogging this announcement. You can listen to Lynda doing an interview on the Art Parlor, during the month of August. Read this article for times and days that you can connect to the radio station to hear the interview. Thanks!
My story begins in The Village of Wurtemburg, located in rural western Pennsylvania. I was born on August 27, 1943. I am “Friday’s Child” and born under the Blueberry Moon. My destiny was to be an artist and writer. The images of my art and stories and poems are nestled deeply inside of me. I unearth them in the solitude of my studio.
I’ll celebrate my 77th birthday this year. Birthday months seem to be a time of reflection. It is kind of like New Years Day when you look ack on the past year, and at the same time, you are looking forward to stepping into the next year of your journey in life.
Officially, August is still “summertime,” but we get a sense of the shifting that is happening this month, too.
I realize that daylight comes a little later as I move through the month. I’m aware of how the mornings are getting cooler because I walk my dogs outside in the early morning.
It feels good and I begin to think about the queen Anne’s Lace and Chicory that we will see along the rural roads and in the meadows. I love this time of year when gardens are flourishing with delicate blossoms and colors.
As a contrast, I have to say that our personal gardens may not be flourishing by the end of August. I’ve been feeling like I am in a bit of a slump lately. I spent so much time in June and July, working outside for hours at a time in my gardens.
In August, I am feeling tired of those chores and I’m thinking of adjusting to other things on my agenda such as completing work on writing projects and beginning a new series of artworks that have been brewing in my mind for months.
Lately, I’ve really slipped in my exercise and dietary goals, too. Yesterday, I signed up -AGAIN – for a weight loss program on-line.
I really need to shed 20-30 pounds – extra weight slows down our body and our brain. Extra pounds on our body makes us sluggish. This is not acceptable to me and I’m going to begin changing that today. Our body reflects our mindset. Our body is a visual image that tells the world many things about us without saying a word. I’ve always embraced a healthy vegetarian lifestyle, exercise regularly, and believe in mindfulness of the gift of each day.
I will re-set my thinking and my actions.
August will be the first month in my intention of making improvements in my personal life. I need to make changes and I am gong to do it.
This morning, I read a fantastic blog post that has turned me around.
Maybe you will also get some insight into how you can turn around yourself this month.
You can visit this post today, and then think about what you can do differently in August.
I’m game. I WILL GET BACK ON TRACK, beginning TODAY.
After you arrive on the page, you can select from the list of Podcasts.
By the way, you may also enjoy listening Episode #7 – the podcast I did with Patty recently. It was so much fun and we covered lots of topics during that hour.
In this featured interview, I discuss my own history in writing, and read several pieces for my 4 published books. You can sit back and have a presentation as you relax with a cup of something cool on this hot summer day.
Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Chats with author and artist Lynda McKinney Lambert
NEW- first snow (chapbook)
In episode #7 author and artist Lynda McKinney Lambert takes us on a journey which includes painting, poetry and more.