That means I will keep my focus on my own unique creative activities and not look at another person to follow or imitate.
There is only ONE of ME.
It is so easy to let other people try to put their stamp on me or allow anyone to influence me to turn my intentions into another direction that is not mine.
For 2018, I adopted the word, ABIDE, as my ONE WORD for the year. This is something I do each January 1st – when others are making New Year’s Resolutions or Setting a Yearly Goal.
I no longer do this. Instead, I set my INTENTION for the year by selecting ONE WORD to LIVE BY.
During the past twelve months, I’ve kept the image of me, ABIDING, on the front burner of my thoughts.
We EACH have a PLAN for LIFE that is ours alone. It is OUR PERSONAL LANE.
NEVER glance over your shoulder into another person’s lane.
Your PLAN IS not their PLAN.
Never envy another person’s achievements.
Instead, applaud them and cheer them on.
You have your OWN plan – UNIQUE to only YOU.
Did you know this?
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
By now, you may be asking:
“How do I implement my unique plan”
Accept the fact that there really is an individual, Divine, plan for your life. And it is a GOOD ONE!
Resolve to discover this plan and walk in it. No one else can know what your gifts are, except you. Remember, you are going to walk in your own lane, not in anyone else’s idea of what your lane might be. Others will try to fashion you into their vision of who you are. Don’t fall for that. You are far more than anything another person can dream up for you.
Become the person you truly are. This is when you decide to make your own changes according to who you know inside that you are. There is a sill, small voice that directs us and if we are quiet and seek that voice, we find it.
Think about the gifts you already have. Begin to use those God-given gifts that are yours.
You will arrive at the place where you shine. The real you comes out for all to see. It is not a copy of anyone else. God is not in the cloning business.
You surely will…
Live EACH DAY LIKE SOMEONE LEFT THE GATE OPEN.
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.
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about people, books, articles, blogs, re-blogs, & places.
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Spread the Happiness.
I LOVE YOU FOR THAT!
Published by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
You can visit my story about my favorite creek here in western Pennsylvania Read it here!
River, I hear you call me to you,
Gone are the days when I walked
On your grassy banks, the wind in my hair,
But still I hear your song,
The air thick with desire,
If just for one more time I could come
On summer days I would often come
Finding peace as I watched you
Around, all that I could desire
My spirits lifted as I walked
Deep within a joyous song
As the wind tossed my hair
Wayward always was my hair
As I felt each season come
Accompanied by a different song
That I sang as I danced beside you
Many miles over time I walked
To walk was always my deep desire
Now I am filled with a deeper desire
So different is my hair
No miles now will ever be walked
Never again will I come But I never will lose my love for…
Lynda_ Miss Opal and I want to welcome you today to our blog studio here at SCAN. We enjoy meeting our guests and finding out more about how you create your books and where your ideas come from. Our guests are all so different. We just started doing our interviews this year and it’s really been fun for us.
Ann_I want to thank you, Lynda and Miss Opal, for providing this blog as an avenue for artists and writers to share what we find most interesting, motivating and difficult about the creative process.
Lynda_ How did you decide what you wanted to discuss in this interview after I gave you our list of “40 Questions,” to think about?
Ann_ Choosing only three questions was a challenge; I was finally able to focus and pick out questions I thought I’d like to ask other writers and artists. That helped me decide. Not the easiest for a Pisces.
In any case, I sure hope your readers learn more about me, my creative process and how I fit into this universe.
Miss Opal_ Hi Ann, I am so glad you finally decided what you want to talk about today. I was thinking about asking you something that I often wonder about, myself.
Have you ever considered that you might have to choose something you would have to live without? And, if that would happen, what would it be? And,, how would that feel to you? I am all about feelings, Ann. And, I often worry about losing things, too. It is hard to make choices, sometimes, isn’t kt!
Ann_ What would happen if something I have went away?
My first thought was ELECTRICITY. (laughing).
Seriously, though, I meant to say, CREATIVITY.
I wonder what would happen if I lost the ability to create, to imagine, to strive to connect with others through the creative word. I would shrivel up and cease to exist. Throughout my life, both personally and professionally, I was able to weave in a spirit of creativity, lending more meaning to relationships and tasks.
Lynda_ Is there something in particular you are thinking about, Ann?
Ann_During the time of being employed by a linens store chain, I volunteered to design the displays and impressed the managers so much I was often chosen without even raising a hand.
Lynda_ Did you do other creative activities or art work before you lost your eyesight?
Ann_ Just before losing most of my vision from retinitis pigmentosa, I learned acrylic furniture design.
Once I lost the ability to see, I truly felt lost and useless. The connection with my Muse was severed and it took many years to develop the writing muscle and transition from the visual to the literary arts. I began writing poetry after a very long hiatus and once I found the connection, I soon became less frustrated and more willing to take risks. I dove into the rehabilitation process, completed college and finally a master’s program. I believe if I hadn’t made the transition to literary creativity I would not have made it this far.
Lynda_ I know you have published 2 books and I’d like to know more about how that came about.
Ann_ I’ve written and published two books so far;
Upwelling: Poems (2016)
Follow Your Dog A Story of Love and Trust (2017)
I am an Indy author. The motivation behind forging on and releasing my books as an Indy author goes back many years.
My father’s best friend was an editor in a publishing house and he often gifted us with advanced copies of the coffee table books and free encyclopedias. We not only had a full set of Audubon reference books, we had Atlases and specialty volumes. I was low vision back then, wearing very thick and heavy glasses. I recall the scent and feel of the full color fresh water aquarium reference book, the reference guide on dolphins and whales, and many others. The Audubon books were filled with lithographs of line drawings from Audubon, Charles Darwin and even Remington’s early sketches. I wanted to be an artist, to give others a way to see what I did, just like the naturalists. I didn’t realize this desire stayed with me and now, after age 50, I am able to finally honor this desire to create and share the words prompted by the creative tapestry of my life.
Miss Opal_ Ann, do you ever get discouraged or worry about what to write?
Ann_ What discourages me most is having lost my vision.
I sometimes go back to the pity pot when I am challenged with the frustrating limitations and asking others to assist me. I think, “I used to be able to do this and now I have to ask.”
Lynda_ Yes, I understand that feeling, too. I have little meltdowns sometimes when I feel overwhelmed or have to ask for some help. I am trying to learn to be better at this, too, Ann. It is hard.
Ann_ The most gratifying part of being a writer and poet is knowing the words I’ve written have helped influence another person to understand the message in the words and apply them to his or her own life. I am inspired by the sharing of ideas and creativity and the way in which a person expresses passion, pain, joy, and personal growth.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS from Ann
Creation can be a singular endeavor but sharing it is not; writing a poem, for instance, is a transition moving from the writer’s mind to the memory on a computer. Internal to external.
Once this is accomplished, the poem takes on energy and soon, if all goes right, it is shared. It is the miracle of language and the act to create and connecting with others which I find most compelling and most healing.
Lynda_ what’s coming up next in your writing life, Ann?
Ann_ My third volume scheduled for release next March.
My 3rd book is a collection of poetry and essays.
Words of Life: Poems and Essays.
Miss Opal_ Our readers will like to know about your website so they can read more about you and your books. Read it now!
Thank you for visiting with us on this freezing cold winter morning in mid-December.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright July 7, 2018. All rights reserved.
Saturday is for Sharing is a SPECIAL FEATURE series coordinated by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg.
An Anthology with a collection of short children’s stories written by Children’s Indie Authors Worldwide. You will find adventures, learning curves and much more in this fun filled book. You’ll even find two poems to enjoy.
Pick up your free ebook now and settle in by the cosy fire to read them for yourselves or ask a sibling or parent to help you enjoy the stories.
Please note all stories are written in the English of where the Author resides.
(The image shows a white winged horse with front feet in the air on top of some clouds on the left side of the advert. By the legs it says – Be Brave. Be Kind. Be Magical. On the bottom right is the book cover which shows a variety of images from spaceships to fairies, unicorns to sailing ships. All which look like…
My POEM, Christmas Scentiments, is published in my latest book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems. Thank you, Patty Fletcher, for featuring it today in Campbell’s World. The photo was taken by ME at the Andy Warhol Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. My great-granddaughter, Delaunay Yaromey, had to take a break for her feet were hurting. This is what happens when FASHION and DESIRE override our common sense some times. Enjoy my poem!
Miss Opal: Mary, please give us some information about your new book, released by DLD Books.
Mary: Yes, I’d love to talk with you about my book:
The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: a Daughter’s Memoir
I am happy to say that our friends can purchase my book on-line through most book sellers. The link to the Amazon site to learn more about my book and read my reviews for my book is:Check it out here
Lynda: I was wondering if you have an Author’s Website where our readers can go for more information on you and your books?
Mary: Yes, I do! The editors of my book created a beautiful web page for me. Our readers can find it by clicking onto this link: Mary Hiland Author Website Page
I am proud to tell you that my book was recorded and is available for blind and handicapped readers through BARD. It is listed as DB:91261.
Lynda: Where are you from Mary? Do you still live where you were born or have you moved from that place? Mary: I am a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. And currently I live in Gahanna, Ohio with my Seeing Eye ® dog, Dora. Readers can learn more about where Dora came from by visiting the Seeing Eye website: Here!
Miss Opal: I understand you have a wonderful dog named Dora. Can you tell us more about her? I am a little bit nervous about dogs, but Dora seems really sweet. I noticed she is staying right beside you and she looks very friendly.
Mary, Miss Opal, you don’t have to worry about Dora. Isn’t she a lovely dog? She was happy to get to come along with me today and she did not mind walking in the rain. Did you notice her new raincoat?
Mary Hiland and her dog, Dora
Miss Opal: Yes, I am glad you brought Dora with you today.
I was also thinking about your writing career.
Have you had your writings published in other places before you wrote your new book?
Mary: I’ve had my writing published in Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul; Red Book Magazine; The Toastmaster Magazine; and The Columbus dispatch.
JUST FOR FUN
Lynda: In our “Just for Fun” section, I want to ask you a few questions that Opal and I thought about before you arrived today.
When did you decide to “grow up” or “Never grow up?” What does “growing up” mean to you?
Mary: I’ll say that my wedding day or the day I gave birth to my first child was the day I grew up, but they both paled in comparison to the day I signed the papers to commit my mother to assisted living. I was making decisions for another person’s lifestyle for the rest of her life. It felt like the most grownup thing I had ever had to do. I chose her residence, her room, her meal plan, her activities, her level of care, and the day she would go to the beauty shop. Role Reversals had just begun.
Lynda: I love the photos of you dancing in a bright red dress. You look so happy. Do you have a favorite dance partner? What kind of dancing do you enjoy doing with that person?
Mary: My dance partner was my teacher, Mark Miller. Although I was his first blind student, in fact, his first student on his first day at the studio. Just imagine what he thought when the universe threw this at him. But he naturally verbalized every step, every move, as if he had been doing it for years. He was kind, patient, and respectful. We laughed together when I made mistakes. He led with the skill I had never experienced with any other partner. He expected excellence from me, which made me try even harder. I loved almost every dance he taught me, but the one I especially enjoyed was the East Coast Swing. The steps are complicated, and you have to keep your mind on the dance every second, but you feel yourself smiling every second too. If you get through the whole song without a mistake, you feel like a pro.
Miss Opal: What have you done recently that really made you feel good about yourself?
Mary: When my friend was to undergo an extremely serious surgery last year, and she was describing it to me on the phone, I heard a voice in my head say, “Go to her.” I am not a nurse, nor have I ever taken care of anyone just home from having surgery. But there I was, asking her, “Do you want me to come and help you when you get home?” I was terrified when she said, “I would love it if you would,” but I knew it was the right thing to do. I had to fly to Florida, learn my way around her house, and jump right in with getting her ready for bed. In the morning on the first day, I asked her if she wanted coffee, and of course she did, and lots of it. I was happy to bring her the coffee in bed. As the week progressed, so did she, which pleased us both. By the end of the week, when I asked her if I could make her a coffee, she said, “No thanks, I can get it myself.” I felt I had helped her regain some of the independence she treasures, which is just as important to her as regaining her strength.
Lynda: Describe a phone call that surprised you recently. Who called?
Mary: It had been on my mind for several years. I needed to apologize to someone for something I said to him in an email. I had written it in haste, and at the time, I thought it was necessary to make a point. A few years later, he saw me in a restaurant and came over to say hello and introduce me to his grandson. He was cheerful and funny, and it filled my heart with half a joy. It appeared that he had forgiven me. Or had he forgotten? I promised myself I would contact him and apologize for my angry letter, but I made one excuse after another. Even though I had asked for God’s forgiveness, I hadn’t asked for his, and it was nagging at me. Then I accidentally found his phone number and dialed immediately, praying that he wouldn’t answer, so I could leave a message before I lost my nerve. The voicemail answered, and I calmly but sincerely said what I needed to say. The next day, he called and I answered. “You have no idea,” he said, “what joy I felt in hearing your voice.” Joy? Really? There was the other half of the joy I had been needing all those years.
Additional Thoughts About Mary’s Book
When her mother, who was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, had to move into assisted living, it was time for Ms. Hiland, who is totally blind, to step up and assume the duties and role reversals required for her mother. The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living, a Daughter’s Memoir is her first book.Synopsis:
Making the decision to move an elderly parent into assisted living against her will has myriad challenges. Like many adult children who want to respect their parents’ wishes, I didn’t take action until it was crucial. But unlike most adult children, I had to deal with thiscrisis as an only child who is totally blind. The logistics alone were only the start of my uphill struggle with this task.
For the last two years of her life, I learned many lessons about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and she learned to accept the difficulties of being 98 and living in an assisted living community.
Mary: In The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living, A Daughter’s Memoir, I describe not only the move, her adjustment to a foreign way of life, and the emotional trauma for both of us, but also some advice and comfort for others experiencing this inevitable change.
What makes my story unique is that I tell it with blindness always in the background. You will find some touching moments, some troubling, and some relative to your own life.
This is a memoir woven through my observations of who my mother was and who I am.
Contact: Mary Hiland 439 Canterwood Ct. Gahanna, OH 43230
EC, It is wonderful to have you here today as our Guest Author.
(e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Blogger, and Poet and
lives in Marietta, GA with her wonderful husband. She has been writing poetry
since she was twelve years old and joined the UMOJA Poetry Society in High
School where she learned to perfect her craft. In 2010, at 23 years-old,
Yecheilyah published her first collection of poetry and in 2014, founded
Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS blog where she enjoys helping other
authors through her blog interviews and book reviews. The PBS Blog has been
named among Reedsy’s Best Book Review blogs of 2017 and 2018 and has helped
many authors in their writing journey. I
am Soul is her fourth collection of poetry.
LET THE TRUTH BE
fire shut up in my bones,
on my tongue
falling from my mouth,
it enter my throat like singing
into my bones like oil.
me bathe in its humility
cover myself in its wisdom.
Fun Facts about Yecheilyah:
loves to laugh, and her favorite comedy TV show is Blackish
originally from Chicago, IL
been married to her husband 8 years, together for 11 years
believes eggs makes everything better
addicted to reading and new notebooks
favorite desert is ice cream
I am Soul is now available on Amazon, iTunes,
Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Scribd and The Medu Bookstore at Greenbriar Mall in
SCAN: Hosted by Lynda McKinney Lambert & Miss Opal
Frances Strong is a prolific author as you will see in this interview. Frances is Guest Author #13.
I think of #13 as a Baker’s Dozen – you get something extra with Frances.
I first met Frances Dinkins Strong on an internet writers group, “Behind Our Eyes, Inc.”
Like most writers in this group, Frances is visually impaired. This fact does not prevent Frances from doing just about anything in her life. In our interview today, Frances reveals that her books show her happy childhood despite the onset of failing eyesight due to RP. Learn More about RP – Click Here!
Her love and dedication for animals is prevalent in her fiction and non-fiction stories.
Miss Opal and Lynda are glad to share
Frances and her books
with YOU today.
Q_ Who is your closest friend and how did you meet this person? Are you soul mates or polar opposites?
Frances: My closest friend is my husband, Jimmy Strong. We met when I was a junior and he a senior in high school. It just so happened that Jimmy was a substitute school bus driver one day when he met me, and said, “That’s the girl I want to marry.”
I accepted Jimmy’s invitation to the Junior/senior prom dance that year. Afterwards, we both went off to college and I didn’t see him for three years. In the summer of 1961 Jimmy worked for Tom Evans Garage as a summer job. My father came in and spoke to him. That incident encouraged Jimmy to reignite our relationship.
Jimmy and I were married on June 12 1963, three days after I graduated from Columbia College. Our commitment to our vows and faith in Jesus Christ have directed our paths for fifty-five years. He is my life-long soul mate.
Q_ What could you never live without? And why? What would happen if this would go away?
Frances: My faith, hope and love for Jesus Christ is what motivates me every day to live the best I can to please my Lord and Savior for He has given His life for me. Without Him in my life, I would have no purpose and meaning to keep going on. It would be a dismal existence indeed.
Q_ Do you have a favorite bird or animal? Is it a totem to you? When did you become aware of that special creature in your life?
Frances: A horse came into my life as a miracle when I was fourteen years old. My father bought a filly and the mare for my sister unaware the mare was in foal. So the next year my colt became my “first love.” My sister and I had the most fun training and riding our young horses everywhere. Fella, my bay gelding, lived thirty-three years on our farm. He even helped train my three children to ride and to enjoy the wonderful adventures with horses.
Q_ Have you authored a book? Or more? Can you tell us about how you began to write that book?
Frances: In 1991 I found a neglected, older black horse I named Lucky. He gave me the spark to get up in the morning and care for him. After his death in 1998 I told my friend about Lucky. She told me it sounded like a good children’s story. With much encouragement, I wrote my first book, A Lucky Pair, where Lucky tells his story. My sister illustrated the book which made it extra special to me and my family.
Q_ Do you have a favorite song that brings back good memories? What would the song be?
Frances: One of my favorite songs is “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” I started keeping my granddaughter, Laura, when she was three years old. I watched Laura three days a week. On my stereo I played mostly beautiful semi-classical music to relax by. She and I loved humming and creating imaginary dance moves to the melodies. Laura and I especially loved “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and would sing the lyrics too. Later I found a small music box which played the tune and gave it to Laura for a birthday gift. Laura is now a seventeen-year-old troubled young woman. I pray that one day she will soar over her rainbow and find happiness.
Q_ Frances, when I look at this list of published books, I have to ask if there is room for anything else in your life, besides writing and publishing. It looks to me as though your plate is full. What else would you want our readers to know about you?
Frances: Although I am a late bloomer in writing, I also enjoy singing in the church choir, sending and receiving e mails, studying the Bible on-line.
I’m also researching family history, caring for my husband and writing many more memoirs.
Note: Photo of book cover for A Lucky Pair. Provided by the author.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright. September 28,, 2018. All rights reserved.
Saturday is for Sharing
is a weekly series, created by Lynda and Miss Opal, her feline writing partner. Lynda and Miss Opal live in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg. Miss Opal has a sister-cat named Miss Bessie. Lynda & her husband, Bob, also have 2 canine friends:
Miss Mitchell and Miss Dixie Tulip. All of the pets are rescued.