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Saturday is for Sharing – Musings on Saturday Morning

 

Saturday is for Sharing

 Saturday Musings ~

on the LAST DAY OF JUNE, 2018

Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

An essay by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Walk dogs – Check!

Morning Coffee – Check!

Open window for Miss Opal – Check!

Read E-mail – Check!

 

Miss Opal is my feline writing companion.

She is seated on top of my file cabinet, watching intently out the open window as she does each morning.  Like all cats, she is intrigued by the bird sounds and life passing by on this rural western Pennsylvania road. We begin our days before dawn. We rise with the crows and the red-tailed hawks that soar over the landscape outside our window. 

 

Next Saturday, I will present my first Guest Author on “Saturday is for Sharing.”

That is exciting because I have some stellar authors lined up for this new adventure.  You will love meeting my guests!

 

I am so interested in the responses to the questions I ask my guests.

Reading them and working on the articles caused me to do some musing on my own thoughts about what I do as a visual  artist and a writer/author. I work across disciplines in everything I do.

 

First, I considered my own challenge –

I am a blind person.

 

Unlike some other artists and writers who are challenged with a handicap or disability, I have never written much about the sudden sight loss that I experienced eleven years ago.

 

I was at the height of a wonderful career and my personal life was fantastic the year I turned sixty-four.

 

I worked out at the gym 6-7 days a week. My body was so healthy and I felt so good in my skin. Hi energy! Excited about life! Living my passions! High Achiever!

 

Other pleasures-

  • My teaching schedule at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA)). It was a career that I loved. My courses included lecturing and teaching in the Humanities, Fine Art Studio classes, and special courses in English literature.

  • My studies and teaching extended to include a month-long course I taught while living in Europe every summer. I wrote and drew in my sketchbook every day as I traveled.

  • My first book, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage developed from my sketchbook jottings and drawings. Life was a grand adventure.

  • In my artist’s life, I was having exhibitions all over the world and had done so since 1976. Literature and art are my passions.  I was so blessed to be living my dream.

 

In a day, that all ended.  While I say it ended, what really happened is that it all changed dramatically when I lost my vision due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy.  How does a person pick up the pieces and move on, when it seems that you have lost everything you have in your life?  The answer is one that comes slowly – over time. The answer unravels, day by day, year after year.  It has now been eleven years since my own personal disaster stopped me cold.

 

When I thought I was finished

and my life was over – 

I was mistaken!

 

I’ve moved on in my art making to new places where I might never have gone without the sight loss. However, I realize now that my mind was going into uncharted territory before the sight loss.

 

In my writing life, I have written about sight loss by creating some essays about individual works of art that I created after I began to recover. I had intense rehabilitation training – but it took a few years for me to be able to do art work again.

 

I realized that I do not want to be represented by blindness. It was not my choice and I will never embrace it. I will never “get over it.”

I seldom say that I am blind because I don’t want to be viewed through that lens.

But there! I have spoken about what I think of this disability.

I am blind.

  • Yet, I write books.
  • Yet, I make fine art.
  • Yet, I walk by INNER VISION, not SIGHT
  • Yet,  my art is in international exhibitions.
  • Yet, I win awards for my art and writing.
  • Yet, my  life is active and wholesome.

Yet, I have a voice and I will use that voice to speak through literature and art.

All’s well.

Though I walk in cloudy mists and shadow…

 

Yet, I walk!

 

 

Today, as I read the comments that one of my physically challenged guests wrote to me, I began to think more about my own visual challenges.

 

I know some visitors to my blog will read this story and will be inspired and encouraged, to face their own life situations no matter what they are.  I want you to know we all give a voice to what we all deal with every day.

 

Some of us offer hope & insight with our words.

Some of us speak to the world through our works of art.

Some of us write extensively and create works of art also.

However, we choose to do it, we put a voice to our thoughts in our creative works.

 

If you were to scratch down through the surface of me, you will find that  I am an artist at the core, and my writing evolves from art – and art-related ideas. My writing is created as I would create a work of art – in many layers.  These days, in my writing studio, I am layering words and images as I paint the pictures that come through in poetry and non-fiction essays.

 

You are not a disability.

You are not a handicap.

You are courage personified.

The world needs to hear what you have to say.

 

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“Saturday is for Sharing is created by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright June 30, 2018. All Rights Reserved.

 

PLEASE pass this message along to you friends today.

Please comment at the end of this message. Please re-blog.

Thank you for visiting with me today. Happy Final Saturday of June, 2018.

All;s Well!

Visit me:  www.lyndalambert.com

 

Read more stories by Lynda Lambert at:

http://www.llambert363.blog

 

Author:

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage: Poems, Kota Press, 2003

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017

first snow : Chapbook. Manuscript completed and ready to send to editors for publication.

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems.  Manuscript completed and ready to send to editors for publication.

Editors: contact me for information & viewing.

My Author’s Page:  http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert

 

 

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Invitation to Authors & Artists

Lynda’s 40 Questions

 Lynda’s List 

40 QUESTIONS for my GUEST Writers & Artists

 

Welcome to SCAN.

 ~A QUIET PLACE OF INSPIRATION ~

WE LOVE  ART, NATURE & LITERATURE!

 

Meet Miss Opal who looks for the

BEST BOOKS & ART in each CAT-a-gory!

Click here! 

Miss Opal and I are  pleased to present you as a guest author or artist on

“Saturday is for Sharing.”

Click on the link to this page to get more information:

Your Invitation to Tell your Story on SCAN

 

This new feature will begin on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Please pass this information on to notable authors and artists.

We want to publish their stories, books, and art works on SCAN.

 

Contact me:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: A Poem and Message from Lynda McKinney Lambert

In case you missed it, I am sharing this blog article by Patty Fletcher. She has shared one of my special recognition blog posts – I call them Sunday Sunbeams. In this one, I wrote about the literary magazine that focuses on all-things-Nature. I’ve been delighted to have my poems published there, by editor Ron Harton. I think yo will love a visit to his magazine too, if you love Nature. And, doesn’t everybody love Nature! Cheers to Mother Nature!

Campbells World

Good morning campbellsworld visitors and poetry lovers everywhere.
This morning I’ve a most beautiful offering from author Lynda McKinney Lambert to share.
In the following note that Lynda wrote to me and a co-editor author she explains the post from where it comes and what it is about.
Be sure to click the URL after the note and enjoy. If you do please give it a share and let her know you did.
Thanks for dropping into the Author’s Corner today and be sure to come again soon.

I wrote this article yesterday and posted it on my blog, Walking by Inner Vision.
Each Sunday, I write about someone, a person, place or event that is notable.
Everything on this blog is writing-centered, and mostly about my own writing as it is published in a variety of periodicals and books.
Last year, I had over 140 publications of my work.

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“Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems” by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Patty, thank you so much for sharing my book review that was published on Nessie’s Place this week. All of the stories in my book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, were written after my sudden sight loss. They are memoirs with connections to history, myth, and growing up in western Pennsylvania. The most common comment I get is that the reader did not want the book to end! That makes me very happy. Thank you for posting this – I truly appreciate all that you do for fellow writers.

Campbells World

via “Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems” by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Just in case you missed it the other day. Here is Lynda with a wonderful article.

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Time.

This piece is timeless – stunning – fantastic. LOVE IT.
This artist would be wonderful at creating book covers…so memorable.

lemanshots - Fine Pictures and Digital Art

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Designed and created by Josephine R. Unglaub.

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Saturday is for Sharing: Nessie’s Place

via “Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems” by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Saturday is for Sharing –

Nessie’s Place

A Blog by Felicia Denise

 

Nessie’s Place is a blog that  covers

~ Everything Literary ~

WRITING, AUTHORS, BOOKS, REVIEWS

 

Visit Felicia’s “About” page – Click Here!

At the urging of a good friend, Felicia took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo in 2015, writing what would become her first published book, In the Best Interest of the Child. It was released in the fall of 2016.  Quote from her About page.)

 

Walking by Inner Vision is delighted to share the work and stories of Felicia Denise today. Thank you for all you do to promote literacy.

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Saturday is for Sharing… 

brought to you by Visual Artist & Author

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Lynda McKinney Lambert 

 

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“Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems” by Lynda McKinney Lambert

I am re-blogging this article that appears on Nessie’s Place this week.
Thank you so much!

Nesie's Place

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Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Genre: Essays

3.99 at time of posting!

In this second collection, Pennsylvania artist, teacher, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert invites readers into her world of profound sight loss to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world.

She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.

All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes.

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Friday Favorites – William’s Red Roses

June 15, 2017

“William’s Red Roses”

 

Friday Favorites —

William’s Red Roses

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A Favorite Story

from the book

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

This weekend is Father’s Day.

 

Father’s Day  holds a bittersweet  memory of my relationship with my own father, William McKinney (1916 – 1988).

The story begins on page 45 in my book,

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems. DLD Books, 2017.. 

From the beginning, when I first wrote this story, it  is a favorite story.

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Saturday is for Sharing #3 – SGA & Mud Monkey

Saturday is for Sharing #3

SATURDAY…is my special day to recognize

people, places, and organizations

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 Today’s Feature is to honor:

The Art Society of Slippery Rock University of PA,

& Potter’s Guild at Slippery Rock University of PA

and

Slippery Rock Alum, Anthony DeRosa

(AKA MudMonkey)

Anthony’s Pottery can ve viewed at:

  Click here to see more about Anthony.

 

The SGA Student Art Gallery

Click Here for more about the SGA Art Gallery

 

Fine Art students at Slippery Rock University of PA  created a student run  art gallery on campus  this year. . When I learned about this adventure, I wanted to support it  with a gift to help support future  exhibitions.

Today, I learned about a special gift donation  of

Hand crafted pottery by Anthony DeRosa.

He also wanted to help art students raise funds.   He gifted some of his stunning pottery to the organization to be used to help this become a reality in some way.  I received one of the mugs made by Anthony in the mail today.  I am enjoying my morning coffee which is in one of Anthony’s beautiful mugs. What an amazing piece of art it is – and it will be treasured by me for many years to come.

I hope other graduates of the SRU Art programs will join in  to support the new art gallery and help  art students in a variety of ways in the future.  Congratulations to SGA and the creation of a Student Gallery at Slippery Rock University of PA.  I know that the sky is the limit for these current art students. And, this new gallery provides training that would not be possible without it.

 

I remember the excitement of being involved in art classes & exhibitions as a former BFA major at SRU.  The completion of my degree opened door for me that were remarkable.  My academic and professional life provided exhibition and teaching experiences across  the US and in a number of other countries over the ensuing years.

This new student-run gallery is a ground-breaking idea and I was glad to know about the project. I personally know the value of student learning and  how to do the business of making art and getting work out before the public through exhibitions. This new gallery is a key factor in the future success of the students.

If you would like to be a donor, no matter the amount, I know the students would be so grateful for your help.  You can get more information on the websites I have given above.

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Saturday is for Sharing

is brought to you by Visual Artist & Author

Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

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Tuesday Treasures #3

 

 

Thursday Treasures #3_Little Things

5 June 2018

Thursday Treasures

I Think About

Little Things

 

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Sometimes precious gifts come

at unexpected moments.

This little figure of Santa Claus dressed in BLUE is only about 2 inches high.

He was a surprise gift from a dear friend, Frau Susan Jewett of Cleveland Heights, Ohio one Christmas.

Susan and I traveled to Austria together each summer

She was the housing coordinator for our Summer Studies Program.

I was the professor who taught,

Drawing & Writing in Salzburg Austria)

 

Sometimes, in a quiet, gentle moment –

I often think about small things. I have realized recently that I tend to be a Curator of Small Things. It was a revelation to me when I discovered this hidden truth about myself.

I even wrote a poem titled,

“To the Curator of Small Things.”

It is a letter to myself – a collector of small things.

You can listen to this poem, read by Melissa Coddon, as it was published by Wordgathering Literary Magazine, September Issue 2017.  Click here to listen.

Little things in our everyday life matter more than we realize. Look around where you are. What is it that you surrounArt_PaperBowl,Flicker Featherd yourself with, in the privacy of your own home?

What makes you smile?

I call them…Little Treasures.

 

Today is chilly and rainy. We had some sunshine, but it’s been mostly overcast with a few moments of roaring thunder and an outburst of rain. The overcast day and the rain is welcome today.  I realized this weather is an important gift  because this day gave me time to work inside the house and I am content.

Yes, I said, today it rained! This is good. Now I won’t be able to go outside and pull weeds because it is too wet.  The poison ivy and the overgrown weeks will be there another day for me to deal with.  Instead, I’ll go upstairs and work in my studio for the day. I have nearly completed  a talisman. It’s on my work table. Truthfully, the unfinished talisman has been on my work table  for months. Too many to mention.  Much too long. I began working today to get it finished. It feels good to know I am nearly done with this new piece of art. And, the piece is turning out so different from what I first envisioned. Art is like that. It never fails. My art takes on a life all it’s own in the process of working on it. There are always surprises and challenges in the process. It’s a journey. And, I often think it is a pilgrimage. I am going somewhere when I pick up the first bits of materials. As the piece grows, so do I. Little things like this help me practice patience. They take time and concentration. I have to stay focused and centered. While I am putting together all the tiny pieces, I am at the same time, putting me together, too. I might be a frazzle or feel anxious when I sit down to work, but I start. And, soon, I am at a peaceful place and it’s good. I am piecing together the colorful fragments.

When I opened my E-mail this morning there was a short note waiting for me. An editor told me he plans to publish my poem in the next book he is working on at this time. He asked about changing a couple of words in the final line. Just a little change. I agreed, his suggestion is good. It was just a small thing. But, small things are important. Just a word can make a difference.

I think of our pets as little treasures, too. We took our two dogs, Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchell into town today and left them to be groomed. When we came back two and a half hours later, they were barking and dancing about with excitement. They look so clean and smell so nice. I realized what a blessing our pets are to us.  Little treasures. Our 2 cats and 2 dogs are rescued animals. Someone else had discarded them but they became our beloved treasures. As I write this blog post, our cat, Miss Bessie is cleaning her legs and feet. And, Miss Opal is having an afternoon cat nap. It’s quiet today. Peaceful.

These are just a few of the  little fragments of time and place that complete my day.

Think about your day and the little treasures you have enjoyed.

What gives you pleasure?

What are the precious moments of your day that give you contentment, at the end of the day?

Consider what it is that may seem like a little thing, but that is an enormous part of your life.

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Tuesday Treasures

is presented by Pennsylvania author and artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.

 

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