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Lynda McKinney Lambert

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The Writers Grapevine

Post  #234

July 27, 2020

GIFTS of the SPIRIT Blog

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by Lynda McKinney Lambert

GIFTS of the SPIRIT  – posts to encourage, educate and uplift.

A Quiet Place

Fine Art and Literature

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

When we receive a gift it reveals an aspect of ourselves we never knew. The gift reveals what was hidden.

Lynda McKinney Lambert

  Today’s Gift:

The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine

 

Visit The Writer’s Grapevine now.

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I am also very happy to announce my first chapbook publication, by Finishing Line Press.  This is the first chapbook in a series of 4 – One for each season.

NEW- first snow (chapbook)

 

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In episode #7 on the Talk To Tell it to the World Podcasts,  author and artist Lynda McKinney Lambert takes us on a journey which includes painting, poetry and more.

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Patty’s Podcasts

 Post  #233

July 27, 2020

GIFTS of the SPIRIT Blog

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by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 GIFTS of the SPIRIT  – posts to encourage, educate and uplift.

A Quiet Place

Fine Art and Literature

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

When we receive a gift it reveals an aspect of ourselves we never knew. The gift reveals what was hidden.

Lynda McKinney Lambert

  Today’s Gift:

 

Patty’s Podcasts

Announcing new interviews by Patty L. Fletcher, owner of Tell it to the World Marketing.

Patty is hosting remarkable and talented people on her new Podcast channel.

 

Click on the LINK BELOW and you will be at her Podcast Page.

Tell it to the World Listen Now

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)

 

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In episode #7 author and artist Lynda McKinney Lambert takes us on a journey which includes painting, poetry and more.

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Book Review – Christ Crush: Poems & A Story

 Post #231

July 25, 2020

Saturday is for SHARING

A Book Review

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

Christ Crush: Poems & a Story

By Shelley J. Alongi

Find this book on AMAZON

Paperback $6.50

Kindle –$2.99 or Free with Unlimited

Book Design:

Size: 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches

Front Cover:

bold and memorable

There is a large pink flower in full bloom in the center. The tips of the flower touch the right and left side of the cover—it stans alone on a dark marble background of black and deep brown.

BACK COVER

features a photo of the author playing the piano, and the turquoise colored text is on a light pink background. Information about the author is on the back cover.

Book Details:

This book is more abundant than expected for a short collection of poems, which was a pleasant surprise. Shelley dedicated her book “To Christ, my crush.”

The most unusual discovery that I quickly saw is that the book does not have page numbers. There is a chronological list of 10 writings in the “Contents” beneath the Dedication. No page numbers are listed.  This is unusual but the lack of page numbers really gives a sense of timelessness and space, which I liked.

The first poem of this collection asks, “Who are you?” The poem is a listing of attributes and a variety of circumstances in the life of Christ.

In the long poem, “Creator of Time,” we are taken step by step on a journey not only of Christ’s life but also into Shelley’s life of redemption and anticipation of the future with Christ. The poem explores the many nuances of time.

In the poem, “Christ Crush,” we have an intimate view of the relationship she has with Christ.

No place to lay your head,

Birds have nests,

Lay your head here,

In my heart…

I am content,

where you are,

You are with me.”

In Resurrectionthe poet is standing as a witness at the empty tomb of Jesus. She listens as Mary Magdalene does not recognize Jesus as he walked up to ask,

“Why are you weeping?”

This is a stunning moment. I felt like I stood there, too, exploring my own emotions. Mary’s eyes were opened. She saw Jesus indeed rose from the grave and standing in our presence.

Through Shelley Alongi’s poems, we are taken on an intensely intimate journey through her reflections and personal responses to the ancient texts. Shelley  tells the significant details  so that we are there with her as she goes through the historic and world-changing stories.

I highly recommend this little book of enormous poems and a story. I think that each piece in the book could be used as a daily devotion, thus, reading through the book slowly and savoring the experience. I wanted to stop and ponder the experiences in each poem.

She explores other memorable references: the heavens, the Brightest Star, betrayal, pain, forgiveness, death, Resurrection, history, and redemption.

The selections of poems end like a victory dance with God, as he says to Jesus,

“You’ve got this!”

After the poems, there is the story “The Tree.”

I will leave this remarkable story a mystery. You will have to read it yourself and see what you discover.

My recommendation is to buy several copies of this little book, and give them to friends or family members for a birthday or holiday gift.  The beauty of the book’s cover make it particularly appealing for gifting.  And, the poems and story  are excellent.  You do not have to be a poetry expert to appreciate and enjoy this book.  It’s a good read!

 

Visit a previous Saturday is for Sharing story about Shelley Alongi and her 4 published books – from 2018.   I recommend her books to you – you will be very pleased with any of them.

 

Tell me what you think about this book!

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Gifts of the Spirit Blog, by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

 Lynda is the author of 4 books:

* Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!

Lynda’s first collection of stories, poems, and journal reflections. Kota Press, January 1, 2003.

* Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems Buy it!

Lynda’s 2nd book.  Publication DLD Books, 2017.

*Star Signs: New & Selected Poems     See it here!

54 poems 145 pages.  DLD Books, 2019.

AND… her FIRST CHAPBOOK

first snow   Check it out!

Poems with a Wintry Theme.  Published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

 

 

Thank you for visiting today.

Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert

Contact Miss Opal and Lynda at:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Your COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, and SUGGESTIONS are always welcome.

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Saturday is for Sharing – Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

  Post #230

18 July 2020

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 Gifts of the Spirit

Saturday is for Sharing

Today’s Feature

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Read it Here!

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors –

#Thriller Daniel Kemp

#Poetry Lynda McKinney Lambert

#YAFantasy Jean Lee

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Miss Opal and Lynda  are glad to share Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and Sally’s Café and Bookstore with you today.  

 

 

 

 

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Gifts of the Spirit Blog, by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

 Lynda is the author of 4 books:

* Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!

Lynda’s first collection of stories, poems, and journal reflections. Kota Press, January 1, 2003.

* Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems Buy it!

Lynda’s 2nd book.  Publication DLD Books, 2017.

*Star Signs: New & Selected Poems     See it here!

54 poems 145 pages.  DLD Books, 2019.

AND… her FIRST CHAPBOOK

first snow   Check it out!

Poems with a Wintry Theme.  Published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

 

 

Thank you for visiting today.

Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert

Contact Miss Opal and Lynda at:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Your COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, and SUGGESTIONS are always welcome.  I love to hear what you think.  Send me a note and please leave a comment.

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Poetry, Art and Space

Post #229

July 7, 2020

Poetry, Art

and Space

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Copyright July 7, 2020. All rights reserved.

Recently, someone wrote to me with a question about how I read a poem using technologies for the blind.

I have a visual impairment and cannot read by looking at a page.  Instead, after I write a poem, I can see it on a computer screen that has a black background with white text. It must be blown up – 8 times normal.  I have a screen reader that reads the work to me, also.

 

When I want to do a presentation to a group in a public setting. I put my poems on a device that is a digital recorder. It is small, and fits into the palm of my hand.  I have previously recorded my poems, one line at a time, onto the device.  I use an earpiece, and with just the touch of a button, I can hear the poem.  I speak what I hear – line by line – and this is how I do a presentation. It works for me.

Question:  How do you eliminate the spaces between lines where the machine tells you what to say?

I am not sure what you are asking with this question.

This implies to me that you believe there is something undesirable  about a space or moments, when I read a poem out loud.

Do you mean the use of space when reading a poem?

Or, in viewing an art work?

Is it the use of space when writing the poem or creating a work of art?

 

Does filling spaces mean a continuous stream of chatter?

Is it like watching TV programming or listening to the radio?

No, it is not a commercial concern for filling up space with something else.  I view the space as a shape in time.

 

 

In writing and in art, space is an important thing to recognize and experience.  It gives us room to think and discover, at the same time we are reading, viewing, feeling  or listening.

Silent spaces are crucial to poetry – in writing a poem,, reading a poem aloud, and contemplating meaning. Begin to think of space as an actual place – it is a LANDSCAPE as tangible as a TREE , or  RIVER.

 

In the poetry and art classrooms, space is essential. Long silences are important as students become a co-creator with the author or the artist who created the work they are viewing.

Understanding goes much deeper than speech.

 

I am very aware of space when I read – I want to be patient and take time for space to be experienced.

Space allows for breath – and it is breath that is the scaffolding on which the poem exists. I never read by thinking about “a line.”   I am much more intent on breath and space when I read anything. It takes many years to begin to understand that in reading a poem, one must learn to fall into it – to lay in it, to travel deeply into it physically and conceptually.

The poem/art requires the entire body to get to an understanding of it.

 

My work is influenced by Japanese ideals of balance and meaning.

 

For instance, I have a large Zen Meditation Garden which I tend daily. Traditionally, this type of garden is the opposite of what most people think of as a garden.

No flowers.

No waterfall or fountain.

No decorations.

It is about the entire space.

It is a complete world inside of the perimeter of the short wall of hand- cut barn stones

Instead the garden is about symmetry, textures, and nature as a metaphor.

Every space is an important element and part of the whole concept of stillness and timelessness.

 

Empty space is very important in art and in poetry – yet, it is not really empty. It holds meaning.

Think of Japanese woodcut prints. Empty space holds as much – or even more – meaning as the imagery does.

Filling up every  space is cluttering. 

I think visual and auditory space is as important as words. Space gives time for contemplation and anticipation in a way that is powerful.

 

As I read aloud, I have no thoughts of eliminating space. It is the same if I am reading quietly in my office or before an audience. I am speaking my own words and thoughts.

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Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

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Lynda Lambert covers a wide 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 large collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet as 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 brush strokes 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 wonderful feast for the eyes and the mind.

—Wesley D. Sims, author of Taste of Change
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Here is a poem from this book:

Painting in Mid–October

Autumn’s morning light revealed changes
Undermined the scarlet–red palette
Taking center stage on the painting
Undulating rain cast gray–violet hues
Misty diffusion brought a new perspective
Not anticipated yesterday
Aroused the softened brushstrokes
Layered over the primed canvas.
Dying is a careful arrangement
A graceful staged performance
Yellow leaves are faithful dancers
Spectacular choreography!

 

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Available ebook format at SMASHWORDS.

 

SMASHWORDS ASKED  LYNDA to describe her WRITING PROCESS.

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I work back and forth between ADDING and SUBTRACT ING.

I BUILD and I DESTROY.
Writing poetry, for me,  is a dance with materials – senses – images.

I order chaos and find balance.

Lynda McKinney Lambert – Smashwords,  March 9, 2019.

 

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 My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.

 

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HABIT Stacking for Success.

Post #228

27 June 2020

Habit Stacking for Success.

Do you need some help to  meet some of your own time-management and personal development goals?

You are not alone.  I need help, too!

If you are like me, you want to do so many things but when you consider the time it will take it feels overwhelming.  Sometimes I just turn my back on things that I want to accomplish for the time-commitment seems to be unreasonable.

Today, I read this  Blog Post on Habit Stacking

As I read, I began having  an “Aha!” moment, like quiet whispers in my mind. ‘Lynda, you can do this!’ was the message I heard.

I knew this idea-

HABIT STACKING,

is an answer for solving my time-management desires.

For instance, I have a  big stack of books I want to read. They are print copies – and I will have to read them on my CCTV – very slowly.   I’m a VISUAL LEARNER so I appreciate them more when I can READ books on  the MERLIN, a  Closed Circuit Television  for visually impaired people – even though it is slow going.

I am visually impaired, by the way!

These  are all books I purchased because I think they are important, educational or  enjoyable.

Here’s my problem.  I’ve accumulated the books  for the past few years. When I organized my office, I put the books into organizing cubes. I bought the containers at Dollar Tree.  For just $1. each, they hold about fifteen books.  But that did not solve the real issue.

My problem is that I have not found a way to get my books read.

With this new idea of HABIT STACKING, I can see the possibility of getting into the HABIT of READING my books. I will begin to READ CONSISTANTLY from the BOOKS in my collection. One at a time – nice an EASY.

 

FIFTEEN MINUTES A DAY.

It’s time for me to take an ACTION

 I will  MAKE  A NEW HABIT.

 

Here’s what I think is reasonable for me to do.

 

I’ll follow the HABIT STACKING FORMULA  given by

AUTHOR: ELBERT JOHN MEGINO

on the blog:

 Vir Glarea

Here is how that will work – this quote is from the blog:

HABIT STACKING = AFTER / BEFORE [ CURRENT HABIT ], I WILL [ NEW HABIT ]

  • After I wake up, I will begin my day with prayer and meditation.
  • After I drink my  morning coffee in my favorite cup,  I will read a book for 15 minutes.
  • Before I open my computer  in the morning, I will write 3 intentions/goals for the day.   What 3 things will I do today?
  • After lunch,  I will take time for rest and silence.

 

I will begin this program to begin Habit Stacking on July 1, 2020.

I’ll let you know how that goes – I’ll post my experiences here on

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

I hope you will think about joining me for the month of JULY with your own HABIT STACKING project.

Can we  do this together?

What do you think?

Do you have additional ideas about Habit Stacking?

Please let me know how HABIT STACKING is working for you.

*Bonus:

Since I mentioned having my coffee from a special, favorite cup, I will give you the LINK to the potter who made it;

Visit Mud Monkey’s Studio

 

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Star Signs: New & Selected Poems

Website

FaceBook

Recent Anthology Publication

 

Copyright, June 27, 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.

 

 

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Poetry – Stories – Music – Art

Post #227

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

FEATURE – Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Pennsylvania author and artist,

Lynda McKinney Lambert

POETRY – STORIES –  MUSIC – NATURE

Listen to Lillian Yves reading a story from this book – NOW.

 

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Book Review

for

VISIONAWARE

by Beckie Ann Horter

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Celebrating our successes as visually-impaired people is an essential step on the journey to healing. Peer advisor Lynda McKinney Lambert knows this firsthand.

After profound vision loss in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Lynda did not use a computer for almost two years. When she finally did re-learn her way around the computer, with the help of adaptive technology, she decided to celebrate in a memorable way. She started a blog.

 

Lynda’s blog, Walking by Inner Vision, grew and grew over a seven-year period. Last year, she decided to collect her stories and poems in a delightful book by the same name.

 

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems is Lynda’s second book. The first, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, was published in 2003 by Kota Press.

 

Lynda is an artist and a retired professor of Fine Arts and Humanities from Geneva College. Her artistic background permeates her writing in an unmistakeable style, painting word pictures and setting vivid scenes. Her black and white photography accompanies several stories and adds to the visual appeal.

 

“This book takes readers into the mind of an artist, how we work in layers, seeing connections between history, philosophy, psychology, and nature. It’s the artist’s job to tell the things others don’t notice. We see nuances and fragments—these things spark the mind,” Lynda says.

 

Walking by Inner Vision is arranged as a year-long pilgrimage from January through December. Each month begins with a poem and reflects the happenings unique to its time and place. For example, in “March Arrived Like a Capricious Cat,” she speaks of the changeable nature of late winter in her native Western Pennsylvania.

 

“Glass wind chimes

hang

immovable

stiff

shrouded in new snow

March arrived like a capricious cat

crouched—

hunkered down, bent over

spring-loaded, squat

Changeable!”

 

Throughout the 16 poems and 27 essays, Lynda views her world through the lens of beauty, even in the midst of vision loss.

 

“I want to give people a strand of hope to hold on to,” says Lynda. Her personal Christian faith provides the anchor for her own hope and optimism.

 

“I believe we were created to be image bearers, as the Bible teaches, and that we are called for a purpose,” she says.

 

Lynda draws on her wealth of experiences to offer the reader a treasure chest of reading variety. While some stories are light and humorous (“A Wintry Tale”), others are poignant, like the story of her mother’s last family gathering and ensuing struggle with Alzheimer’s (“The Living Room”).

 

Regardless of the form—free verse or creative non-fiction—one thing remains consistent: lingering images stay with you long after the book is finished. You have been taken into the world of Lynda’s inner vision. And all is well.

 

The artist has done her job.

Note: Read MORE from Beckie Ann Horter

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Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems – GET A free 30 page sample  by going to Lynda’s author page:

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The book comes in e-book, Kindle, and print formats. Cost is $3.99 for e-book and Kindle; $14.95 for print copies. It is also available online through Barnes & Noble, Amazon or anywhere books are sold.

ALSO AVAILABLE as AUDIBLE – read by Lillian Yves.

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Lynda’s comment on her book:

I work back and forth between ADDING and SUBTRACT ING.

I BUILD and I DESTROY.
Writing poetry, for me,  is a dance with materials – senses – images.

I order chaos and find balance.

Lynda McKinney Lambert – Smashwords,  March 9, 2019.

 

$3.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

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My Books

Amazon Authors Page

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems

Website

FaceBook

Recent Anthology Publication

 

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.

 

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Poetry – Stars – Nature

Post #226

Thursday, June 4, 2020

NEW- Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

by Pennsylvania author and artist,

Lynda McKinney Lambert

POETRY – STARS – NAT”URE

$2.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

 

Take a LOOK – Smashwords – E-book

READ a 20% SAMPLE for FREE.

 

SMASHWORDS ASKED  LYNDA to describe her WRITING PROCESS.

READ her RESPONSE to the QUESTION!

 

$2.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

 

I work back and forth between ADDING and SUBTRACT ING.

I BUILD and I DESTROY.
Writing poetry, for me,  is a dance with materials – senses – images.

I order chaos and find balance.

Lynda McKinney Lambert – Smashwords,  March 9, 2019.

 

$2.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

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My Books

Amazon Authors Page

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems

Website

FaceBook

Recent Anthology Publication

 

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.

 

 

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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!”