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A Proverb for the End of the Year

Post #151

A Proverb for the End of the Year

By Lynda McKinney Lambert, Pennsylvania Author & Artist

With the old Almanack and the old Year,

Leave thy old Vices, tho’ ever so dear. –Proverb

According to todays issue of the Old Farmer’s Almanac – Companion Newsletter

Today’s poetry feature is a little SIXTEEN WORD PROVERB.

What is a Proverb?

“Proverbs. They’re old-fashioned, folksy, pithy — and everywhere. ~Mark Peters

I read an essay on the topic of proverbs by Mark Peters, posted on November 21, 2016. I think his advice and information is spot on for us to read on this final day of 2018. Mark’s essay gives a several views of what a Proverb is and some of them are not positive. He examines the entire spectrum of this topic, which I enjoyed reading today.  

You can find Marks article on Proverbs at

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161117-we-need-proverbs-because-they-reflect-who-we-are

Personally, I like Mark’s comment,

“we need proverbs because they reflect who we are.”

I also believe a proverb can connect  us to who we are. A proverb can enlighten us and give us direction, as in the one quoted at the beginning of this article. This was the featured poetic quote in today’s issue of the Old Farmer’s Almanac – Companion Newsletter. Each day there is a new poetic quote with photograph. It’s a beautiful way to begin the day.

I’ve seen how a proverb helps us to define our world view. The Proverbs we choose to quote give a lot of insight into what we think. You will begin to think of the many proverbs you utter in your daily conversations once you become aware of them.

Without knowing what your world view is, and how you got it, you are adrift in the sea of human ideas. I’ve considered, for years, how our world view reflects our core beliefs. We seldom stop to think about the little things we say all the time.

It’s good for us to examine our thoughts and figure out where our own ideas and beliefs incubated. We can start by thinking about what we say unconsciously all the time.

What  Proverbs do  YOU quote often?

Do those  Proverbs REFLECT YOUR CORE VALUES?

If so, this may be something that will help you to understand who you are. You can begin with a PROVERB that you like.

Keep that PROVERB in mind, and begin to reflect on the message.

The PROVERB quoted at the top of this article asks us to take stock of the past year and think about a “vice” we may have held onto. Since this is the 365th day of 2018, we’ve had an entire year to grasp something that is not beneficial to us. Is it time to let it go? Here, we have the wisdom of the ages in just SIXTEEN words. What vice will you give up for 2019.

This article was written and brought to you by Pennsylvania Author, Lynda McKinney Lambert. December 31, 2018.

Lynda owns SCAN-a-Blog, and holds all rights to the publication of each article.

Lynda McKinney Lambert is a Western Pennsylvania author and visual artist who  writes 2 blogs:

Walking by Inner Vision Blog:  www.lyndalambert.com

Scan-A-Blog:  www.llambert363.blog

Visit Lynda’s Author ‘s Page at  http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

This blog post is the property of Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright : December 31, 2018 . Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

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End of the Year Promote Your Book -Party!

It’s a PARTY – You can ADD YOUR BOOK to Charles French’s BLOG and let the WORLD know what you have published.

OPPORTUNITY FOR AUTHORS: to SHARE YOUR BOOK.

End-of-the-Year Book Sharing Party!

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Hello to everyone! At the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to share what you have been writing and what you have written. I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!

Keep on writing!

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Letter From Catherine Of Aragon To King Ferdinand II About Prince Arthur (1502 CE)

This is so interesting. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I was glad to find this information. Your site is just fantastic.

THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

When Catherine Of Aragon wrote a heartfelt plea to her father, she held the title of Princess of Wales through her marriage to Prince Arthur of England. The couple had not been married long before the prince’s untimely death in 1502 at Ludlow Castle.

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Life Without the Gaps

Post #148

December 29, 2018

SCAN –  Life Without the Gaps

I Discovered  a Philosophy Site – 

“History of Philosophy Without the Gaps.”

I like this way of presenting philosophy because that discipline is complex and difficult to understand.  In fact, I did not take a philosophy course during my entire higher education career.  I feared I did not have the “thinking” skills necessary for it.  I was afraid I’d make a bad impression.

Or, maybe  some other silly reason to never take philosophy while in the universities I attended.  I was mistaken, however.


Why do we sell ourselves short?

Why do we think we are far less than what we really are?

How do we forget who we are as a being created in the image of God?


Frankly, as a university student, the word

PHILOSOPHY  

frightened me.

Eventually, I learned that we  always want to view everything as if it is linear – you know, a straight timeline that we can see from one end to the next. 

We think it should be all  neat and tidy –  and we think that all of history is arranged on a simply linear horizontal line. 

We begin to look at philosophy, though, and soon, we encounter gaps in our thoughts. It can be frustrating.  Philosophy makes us nervous.

One day in my undergraduate Art History class I saw this way of conceptualizing in a new way.  Things just are not so simple as we thought.

 History of Philosophy Without the Gaps

 makes sense!

I think this way of viewing philosophy makes sense.  It takes the reader from the beginning of recorded time and walks us through the various philosophical periods so that we can get a sense of the expanse of time and the changes  that occur in thought from one time period to another. . 

I am not a philosopher.  My degrees are in Fine Arts and English. I was a Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities until my retirement.  This is a cross-discipline approach in which the course covered aspects of Music, Literature, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Fine Art, and other disciplines,of a certain time period.  Each aspect  of studies influenced another – and to understand the zeitgeist of our own time and place, we need to understand this. 

Learning in such a holistic way fills in the gaps that we have in our education and our understanding.  

Become a LIFE-LONG LEARNER.

 I earned  how philosophy works together with all other disciplines into a cohesive whole. No discipline is complete as it stands alone. Each influences the others, and in this mingling, new information is discovered.

It is like putting together a puzzle. Each piece in necessary to have a completed picture of the world and of our humanity.

In 2019, I want to delve more deeply into philosophy – just for me.

I know it will enrich my life and my understanding of everything else I do.

If you want to learn more about our history, you may like to look at this sinte and begin your own self-studies. We are never too old or too smart to learn new things.

Would you like to get a better understanding of the world?

Meet me at the PRE-SOCRATIC  beginning of thought in 2019.

I’ll see you there as we travel together to learn more about what we think and how we got here.

Once we begin to study philosophy in the context of looking at history and other disciplines, we begin to see who we are, what we think, and how we got here. Best of all, we can discover the capactiy to change and better understand our worldview.  It’s not written in stone. 

Click here to begin!

This article was written and brought to you by Pennsylvania Author, Lynda McKinney Lambert. December 29, 2018. Lynda owns SCAN, a blog and holds all rights to the publication of each article.


Lynda McKinney Lambert is a Western Pennsylvania author and visual artist writes 2 blogs:

Walking by Inner Vision Blog: Click here to read it!,

Scan-A-Blog:  Click here to read it!

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Advent – The Jesus Candle

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The Jesus Candle

Christmas Day

A WHITE  CANDLE in the CENTER of the Advent Wreath

 …

 by Lynda McKinney Lambert

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This is so exciting, Isn’t it!

Are you ready?

It is now time for us to ignite the final candle on our Advent Wreath.

Today, we will  LIGHT  the 5th candle of ADVENT because it is Christmas Day!

Why do we light candles on an Advent Wreath every year?

It is because Jesus  birth is a miraculous world-changing event. He is God in the form of a baby boy.

For a Christmas delight, click on the link below to listen to a Christmas song.

Listen to a Christmas Concert  while you read the story today. Let’s look at the history of this memorable day.

Note: The link below will take you to a beautiful Christmas Choral Performance.  I am posting this article today in the MEMORY of ERNIE JONES a beloved writer from the state of Washington.  Ernie was a singer and is part of this special Christmas concert that you can see blow in the link I’ve included.

Ernie Jones  was a dedicated member of the Behind Our Eyes, Inc., an organization of writers.

Click this link:  LIVE STREAM of Once in Royal David’s City

Peace on Earth

Comes when PEACE lives inside of  US.

But PEACE comes only to those who understand it is a miraculous transformation that happens instantly when we personally accept Jesus into our life and heart. We make HIM our Lord and King. It is not a political or social event.  It is PERSONAL.

Listen to this beautiful song:  The bells are ringing – peace on earth…

OUR  ADVENT STORY does not START here, nor does it END here. There is MORE to this story in the beginning. And, there is far more to this story, in the end of it.

The Christmas story does not begin with the miraculous birth in Bethlehem.

No, the history of this miraculous birth  began long before this event in the cave one cold night in Bethlehem.

When you read all the books of the Holy Bible, you will find GOD  there in every book, in every situation, through all of recorded history. “In the beginning, God…” We can read about activities that were going on before the world was created.  In the final chapter of the Bible, we can read about the final days or the “end of times.”  There is a blueprint for humanity all laid out for us to see, in the Bible.

Jesus is part of the Godhead – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Jesus is also called, ” the Word.”   It was the Holy Trinity who created all that we know in the entire universe. Everything that exists was created by them.  And, the TRINITY  had a PLAN that the Son who is “the WORD,”  would become FLESH and come to dwell on Earth with humanity.

Jesus’ purpose was to show humanity the way to God;

he came to redeem US;

he came to SAVE US.

Every child is born with the capacity to long for God.  Without God in our life, we are incomplete. We may try to fill the void inside of us with relationships, things, and passions. Yet, we remain incomplete. We have a space inside of us that was made for Jesus.  Only he can fill that space and make us complete – in unison with the Father, Son, and Holy spirit.

Today would be a wonderful day to ask Jesus into your heart. After all, it is the day we celebrate his birthday here on Earth.

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

St. Augustine of Hippo

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Find my articles on ADVENT and the meaning of the CANDLES.

*** Link to Week 1 – The Candle of Hope at this link:

Go To Week 1 – the Candle of HOPE

*** Link to Week 2 – The Candle of Preparation (The Bethlehem Candle)

The Candle of Preparation (Bethlehem candle)

*** Lind to Week 3 – The Candle of Joy, or the Shepherd’s CandleWeek 2:
 *** Link to Week 4 – The Angel Candle:
*** Link to my story, “A Western Pennsylvania Christmas”

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Lynda’s 2 blogs:

“Walking by Inner Vision Blog” Link:  Walking by Inner Vision Blog
“SCAN –A-BLOG” Where I featured wonderful stories by other writers, favorite things I love, and where I share the lives and books of American Writers.  Link: Find it here!
Contact Lynda:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net
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Lynda’s Bio

Lynda McKinney Lambert is the author of 2 published books:
***“Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage” published by  Kota Press. 2003.
****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017
She authors two blogs on writing, the humanities, arts, and faith.
 Lynda’s poetry and essays appear in numerous books and literary journals.
She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities and she exhibits her fiber arts in exhibitions worldwide.
Currently, she is preparing for the publication of her next book:
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems.
Lynda has won many literary awards and publications in prestigious journal, books, and anthologies.
Special invitation to you:

In 2015,  Lynda wrote  30 Writing Assignments and Lessons to help you begin to write your own life story.

In 2019, she will add a collection of TWENTY new writing projects to the first thirty lessons.

Would you like to begin to write a journal?

Lynda will take you Step-by-step through the year with FIFTY WRITING LESSONS.

Let’s begin the Journal Journey and begin

WRITING BY INNER VISION in 2019

Contact Lynda:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Merry Christmas 

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I Am the Editor

I think that you would like to meet, Miss Opal, my feline writing assistant at SCAN. PURRRRfectly Polite and always right.

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I am the editor of my own life
To comma and splice wherever I please,
I can edit or proof my history,
Blotting out or stressing lines that displease.

My qualifications, I have but one,
A pretty poor résumé, you may think,
But there’s nobody else who’s qualified;
These edits, they need my feelings for ink.

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AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: One Ordinary Day in December by: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Sharing this post from “Authors, they’re Only Human,”
a Special Topics Section on Campbell’s World.
Thank you Patty Fletcher for highlighting my article on one day in my writing life. Glad to share this story with your readers.

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Hello again campbellsworld visitors and readers one and all!

I’m back again with a magnificent post from author Lynda McKinney Lambert.

In this offering she shows us all the many things she does during the day as she squeezes in time to write.

In this moving post, you see life new and old, you see doubt and loving assurance, most of all you see love.

Thanks to you Lynda for sharing a snatch of your life with us.

I just have one tiny question. How is Ms. Opal handling the new dogs?

Maybe Lynda will comment and let us know.

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Friday Favs – Someone Left the Gate Open!

 

 

Article #144

Friday Favs

 

My THEME for TODAY

“Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open”

 

I tucked this thought into my

PONDER FILE

 

 

 

I love OPEN GATES, don’t you?

Along with this thought, I will remember to

STAY IN MY OWN LANE.

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.

Remember this:

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”

First:

Accept the fact that there really is an individual, Divine, plan for your life. And it is a GOOD ONE!

Second:

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.

Third:

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.

Fourth:

Think about the gifts you already have. Begin to use those God-given gifts that are yours.

Finally:

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.

Because

Someone did!

 

John 10:10

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

~Jesus

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Enjoy some FRIDAY FAVS as published by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

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You can re-blog or share on Social Media but please include the entire article with copyright information and authors note at the end.

 

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RIVER

River

What comes to your mind

when you say the word,

“RIVER?”

I live on a ridge overlooking a winding 50-mile long creek in western PA.

This special place in my heart  is called,

“The Connie”

by local people, like me.

Others know this as the Connoquenessing Creek.

I have writing of my love affair with this river all my life.

I found a poem today on a blog. In this poem, I can feel  memories and love for this river.

I am glad to re-blog this poem so that I can enjoy  it today on SCAN.

I love the use of “hair” and desire that is wind-swept through this poem. It is memorable. Thanks for sharing.

I’d like you to visit this blog link  and read it, too.

Red the poem below and please respond with a comment on your own idea of what a RIVER means to YOU. Thank you!

Read “River” now!

If you like the poem, please leave a comment for the poet.

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…

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Hanukkah

I am re-blogging this lovely poem on SCAN.
I like to SHARE the HAPPINESS of our lives and this poem does it.
Amen and Amen. Thank you, Joan for sharing this with us today.

Jewniquely Myself

in the deepest well of winter
where all is cold and dark
a single flame
a splinter
smiles
and makes a spark

the next night
she arrives again
sweet essence withno name
and a neighbor just across the way
kindles his own flame

the third night mist appears
with prickly nips and bites
two neighbors flicker without fear
and look
a third ignites

on and on throughout the week
and one day more for cheer
like strands of fireflies in the night
each flashing bright and clear

one smile invites another
one hug
and soon there’s eight
expanding circles ’round the world
as they outward radiate

and we hold this moment sacred
as our hearts we dedicate
to Peace
Compassion
acts of Love
–and with latkis we celebrate!

Holding hands with each of you on the fifth night of Hanukkah, Blessings of light and peace to all!

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