Coming Home

I always knew  it!  I am Irish and German.  

 

This year I joined Ancestry dot com

Surprise! Surprise!

 

In Addition to Irish and German ancestry, I am

Scandinavian (over 30 percent)

Iberian

Greek

Eastern European Jewish!

I descended from a wide variety of cultures

     and I bet you did, too!

 

What big surprises you will have in store. All of the ancestral groups above moved around over the centuries because they were chased away, persecuted, and unwanted at some time in the past.

I would say that all of the various people groups, at some time in history, have been moved to a variety of locations and continents because of wars, religious persecution, slavery, and/or  the desire to have a better life in a new place.

It didn’t take me long to find my ancestral roots in Europe. In fact, the first day I traced my paternal grandmother, Effie Pearl Rugh, back to my 8th Great-grandfather in the Palatinate  area in Europe, which is now in Germany.

I WAS home.

Another few days brought me to the location from which my maternal great grandfather and my Maternal 2nd Great Grandparents  came from in Bavaria, Germany. I was overjoyed to learn this because for about 12 years I traveled to Bavaria every summer where I taught  a college course. Now, I know why I always felt like I came home when I arrived there every summer. I believe we have a collective unconscious that allows us to intuit such inner feelings as this. After all, we can know through our DNA that we belong to many different ethnic groups – it just makes sense to me that not only our DNA reveals this, but our MIND reveals it, too. We are home!

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Photos and essay by Lynda McKinney Lambert.  Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

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 Köenigsee, Germany

Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert

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A Kick in the Head

A Kick in the Head? Really?

What is going on? 

 

Why would anyone destroy a work of ART?

A violent scene of the destruction of public statues is nothing new in the history of humanity. Recently, I considered the historical context of what I’ve been watching on TV recently when I saw groups of people destroying public statues and literally kinking the a sculpture’s head as it bounded in the street after a violent encounter with anti-art protesators.  But their anger is not really at the art, but at the memories and ideas that the art reminds them of from the past.  This is something that has taken place for centuries, in every culture.  When people feel like victims and that they have no voice, destruction of art and artifacts  happens.  Often, this anger is over political or  religious differences and based on historical clashes.

As an artist, I am well aware of how a piece of art can affect people. It can be affirming and positive to them – or – it can make them feel insecure and threatened. Art makes a powerful statement and different people can interpret a variety of ways. we view a piece of art through our own personal lens and world view.  Sometimes, we can even view it through the lens of an entire culture, and not individually.  This is when it can become a threat and cause resentment and anger many times.

This group-think type of behavior  is quite interesting to SEE and makes us ASK, “What is going on?” Is art really that dangerous to humanity? Seems like a strange way of behaving, doesn’t it! But, this has been happening for centuries, and is not something unique or new in our own time.

Some serious research into past historical events, from the Ancient to Contemporary cultures, will provide examples of this same behavior. But in most of the past circumstances, the general public  didn’t have television to view it every day like we do now. I’ts  also happening in other countries around the world besides here in the United States of America. Seems senseless, doesn’t it!

Is ART Dangerous?

Art always reflects the heart and soul of a civilization.

Art is ALWAYS viewed as the FIRST TARGET that must be DESTROYED by invading people groups. The destruction of ART is the beginning of what is to follow.  Destruction of the nation’s art and the burning of libraries and books – go hand in hand. You see, those things are dangerous for they reflect the ability to THINK and to show a Collective Consciousness and PRIDE in their country. Invading groups want to destroy any artifact that reveals a nation’s PRIDE and THOUGHTS about life in the time in which they are living.

For the Greeks.

As a Humanities Professor, when I was lecturing on Greek Culture, I was always asked, “Why do all the statues have missing arms or heads? Why are the statues all broken up and why are they buried under the rubble of buildings?”  We have to THINK about why the statues are broken up and body parts missing, and why is there so much rubble from buildings that were magnificent?

It’s always the same answer – another culture who wanted to conquer them came to destroy the culture that made the statues and buildings. For the Greeks, it was the Romans who flooded into their country and destroyed everything in sight and enslaved the Greeks. Yet after they destroyed the Greek cities, the Romans enslaved the Greek artists and sculptors and made them make ROMAN works. Every culture that destroys another culture, will TAKE the IDEAS from the ART of the conquered culture’s country and remake it into their OWN. It is RE-Presented as their own art. (Check out Greco-Roman art to see what I mean!

Culture is what people  left behind – the ART.  We can know the heart and mind of a people by viewing their art. In the art we see their IDEAS.

For the Romans.

It was barbarian tribes who lived in areas surrounding Rome, and also those foreign people were permitted to enter Rome and were given citizenship. They flooded into the country, and became a fifth column, that brought Rome down. These invaders were Islamic and even the insides of the beautifully decorated Roman buildings were white-washed over to destroy the stories and scenes on the walls that were crafted in mosaic.

For Now.

We have seen in our own lifetime, the destruction of ancient Buddhist statues in remote mountain areas, blasted or pulled down by Islamic radicals. We have seen museums vandalized and priceless artifacts from the ancient past destroyed by invading hoards of ignorant and violent people.

For Us.

We see this same hatred of art  in our own country recently. Just like the plunderers of the Greek Art Works, a hand-full of Zealots are destroying statues – works of art. The destructive individuals appear to be in a frenzy.

I have to wonder if any of them have ever taken the effort to dig into their own cultural roots. I mean,  the thousands of years of their migrations and influences and the overall big picture of their very own history. I think their ancestors would be ashamed at their lack of respect for the land and the laws in which they live presently. But we have far more in common than we have differences.

What Do We Have in Common?

Every people group in this world has been persecuted at some point in the  long historical past. We find that such movement of various people groups over the thousands of years from one geographical place to another. When we begin doing work in ancestry, we soon see the migrations of the various people groups – and I mean ALL of them. We are ALL descendants of a VARIETY of people groups – every people group on this planet has roots from a variety of cultures. When you get your DNA done and you begin doing research, you soon learn you are a descent of  about 6 or more, different people groups from wide areas of the world.

Anarchy ALWAYS pinpoints the CULTURAL ARTIFACTS of a country or people group to DESTROY as a way of trying to destroy that very culture. They are trying to destroy Cultural Memory – but they don’t even know what that is. Angry people from a variety of cultural backgrounds are at work today to destroy their  own world. Each individually involved in anarchy and destruction of public art is really giving their own culture a kick in the head.

As with all art, it is the perception of it that makes the difference. We have be be able to view it through the lens of others as well as our own world view. That makes a big difference.

 

 

_____Copyright, August 20, 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved. _____

 

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White Snakeroot

Allusions to Autumn

The story of White Snakeroot

 

 

I’ve been hard at work the past couple of weeks.

You ask, “Why is that?”

I’ll  tell you –

This is my Birthday Month, and I am celebrating with some good poems about this season and the Autumnal period of my own life.  I’ll be Seventy-four on August 27.

I’ve been  trying to write a poem,

White Snakeroot.

I’ve destroyed many drafts of it, and kept on searching for the muse to arrive to help me. I worked on it days and was up during the nights, many nights, trying to figure out how to express my thoughts on this Autumnal blooming plant in my woods.

Finally, it came to life for me. I sent it off immediately to an editor, and within a few hours he sent me a note to say

“it will be published in the September-October issue of Indiana Voice Journal.”

There’s just NO time for anything but what is good and true and holy.

Too many poems await me on this leg of the journey. But, I can say for certain,

 

I’ll share the poem with you AFTER it is published in Indiana Voice Journal!

“All’s Well!”

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“Thanks for rejoicing with me today.  Isn’t God so wonderful!”

Romans 8:28