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!”

Is Art History for Dummies?

 

Post #224

18 May 2020

Is Art History for Dummies?

Should a Visual Artist Take Courses

in Art History?

 

 

Why does a Visual Arts student study Art History?

Because the HISTORY of ART  relates to the study and practice of art making in the studio AND  Knowledge of Art History is important for a VIEWER to know about when looking at a work of art.  Knowledge of ART HISTORY  enlightens all people to SEE their WORLD in greater depth.

I am a strong supporter of the study of art history for all visual artists.

The more courses in Art History that an artist takes in the university, the stronger that artist becomes in their craft.  Art History is the GROUND on which we STAND. It is our FIRM FOUNDATION.

We must study our roots  in the arts – we need to ask,

” where did this idea come from?”

We cannot begin to understand the current epoch without understanding the past in which different people lived. What they left behind is the CULTURE.  We learn that CULTURE is NOT the PEOPLE – not the people group alone,

 

CULTURE  is WHAT IS LEF BEHIND by that people group that is the CULTURE we  study. And, I believe it is a life-long pursuit of learning.  We must seek to learn from the PRIMARY SOURCES in our FIELD.  We WANT  to see how that creative work teaches us about  those people who made them. We sift through the information left behind  in writing, music, art, history, philosophy, and all aspects  of learning.

We are SCHOLARS of the ARTS.

We study wide and we study deep.

Every idea we have arrived from a source.

Do we get ideas from “nowhere?”

Nothing has just hit us by accident – plopped down an idea in our head.

Ideas are based on what we learned in some way.  If we do not study the history of our craft, we are lost at sea, floating about without being grounded.  We have no core values, and we have no  understanding of why we create what we do create.

 

Why not begin your own study of ART HISTORY and begin to learn more about your world?

Don’t be a Dummy!

For additional insight on this topic and how the music student is affected by it you van visit John Crawford’s School of Music Blog.

Take me there now!

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This post is a GIFT from Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright May 18, 2020.  All rights Reserved.

You may share my post with your friends but please remember to respect my copyright and include it in your shared post. Thank you!

I love you for that!

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

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!”

My Mission Statement

Post #223

15 May 2020

Write a Mission Statement

 

Photo: “Caribbean Sea,”  pottery, by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

 

 

In December, Sara Joseph a Christian artist in Texas, challenged her friends to write a Mission Statement.  She asked that we pray about it and ask God to show us what our Mission really is and how we live it.

This way of considering a Mission Statement is different from what I have experienced  in my past positions in museum management and in higher education.  Those ones were created by a team of people employed by the museum or the college.  It was a team effort and we worked until we reached consensus.  Now, Sara s asking us to look deep inside of our creative life and pray about what God would guide us to do and be as an individual creative person. This was much different than past experiences.

Since  last December, I’ve spent a lot of quiet moments alone with God and talking with him about my personal and professional mission. I’ve asked him to show me a different perspective in what I do that is a benefit to others in my writing and art making.  I’ve considered how my gifts and passions are reflected in my work.

Sara told us that  our Mission Statement would probably  be revealws  to us in fragments – little bits and pieces at a time.  And, it has!  Over the past five months I have been given more insight into the value of who I am and what I do.

The first insight came on January 1, 2020.  This is the day when I set my intentions for the year according to One Word that will be with me for the year.  This year, 2020,  marks the 6th time for me to choose One Word and live it out for the year.

The word  that came to me is “Gifts.”

Sara also encouraged her readers to consider every creative act we do this year as “Gifts for the King.” 

 

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

As a Christian, my King is Jesus. 

 

My  purpose and pleasure  is  to

make and present my GIFTS to my King.

 

I am thinking about everything I create this year as a Gift for the  King.

This  led me to understanding what my

Mission is and to write a Mission Statement that is mine.

Five months from the time I started praying about it, I have written my statement.

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Mission Statement for Lynda McKinney Lambert, Author & Artist

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.

For contemplation –

What  is your calling or your mission in life?
What is your  unique gift that is of value to other people?
How is your gift manifested in everything you do as a creative person?
Write out your Mission Statement as it is  revealed to you by God as you seek his wisdom and revelation in your creative life.  Keep in mind, it will most likely be very slow in coming to you.  But when a piece of it comes, you will know it.  Write it down and keep on praying for guidance and eventually you will have your Mission Statement that is just for you.
Self Portrait of the Artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert.
Photo taken at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.Lynda with Camera

Mayday Magnificence #Facebook#Live#Event

Your 2020 Business Plans

Post #217

January 30, 2020

Let’s Talk about

our Business Plans for 2020

This morning I checked updates for my website name. I’m always watchful when it comes to making sure that is protected and that no other person named Lynda Lambert can take it from me.

I saw that my 5-year subscription will run out in August.  Yes, I have almost 8 more months before that happens. But, what if I forget and let it lapse?  I decided I would just renew my website today while it was fresh on my mind.

I paid for the next 5 years for my namecheap dot com registration of my website name. My website is  lyndalambert. com

 

In the process of looking over the namecheap dot com site I found that they have a newsletter and I found the website for this business.  On the website, I found some great articles about how to use your website and how to plan your business approach.

I recommend you visit namechea blog to see what might help you in your own plans for 2020 for your blog and website.

I hope your 2020 website on Namecheap

is successful for you, and is a blessing to everyone ho visits you.

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Lynda’s Bio for 2020 _

Lynda McKinney Lambert is an author/artist who lives in the Village of Wurtemburg, in Western Pennsylvania.

She is a published author, visual artist, public speaker, educator, retired professor of fine arts and humanities (Geneva College, Beaver Falls PA) – wife, mother, and grandmother. Lynda loves fine art, museums & art galleries, modern poetry, nature, history, travel, dreams, animals, and English literature.

She writes spare poems and thoughtful personal essays that appear in her published books, anthologies, and literary magazines.

Listen to Melissa Cotter read, “Star Signs: A Libra Sort of Day,” (Wordgathering Literary Magazine, December Issue #40). This is the opening poem in Lynda’s  new book, Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2017. See poem text  – click here!

 

 

In Lynda’s art life, she creates intricate mixed-media fiber art for personal adornment (talismans) and wall works for exhibitions nationally.  She does encrusted bead working and bead embroidery with the aid of her Acrobat CCTV (Closed Circuit T V) and a DaVinci Pro Electronic Magnifier in her art and writing studios.  This technology enables her to see her work in progress.

Lynda has profound sight loss, since 2007. This opened the door for her to write and make art full time. She retired from teaching in the fall of 2008, but continues to show her art in juried exhibitions internationally. She has exhibited in over 400 gallery and museum shows and has won over a hundred awards for her art works.

Lynda’s  books, written following her sight loss,  are sold world-wide through Amazon and all retail book sellers. The books are published in paperback, hardback, Audible, BARD, e-book, and Kindle.

 

My Books

My Story

Media Kit

Visit me on Face Book

River Road Studio on Face Book

SCAN-a-BLOG

Author ‘s Page

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

I invite you to share my articles on Social Media, but please honor my copyright and include it with all shares.

Spread the Happiness!

Thanks for rejoicing with me today.  

Isn’t God so wonderful!

Romans 8:28

 

Heidi’s EVENT

 

Welcome to my Guest Today

Heidi Lambert McClure

Owner of Sassafras Hill Studio

 

Lynda_ Good Afternoon, Heidi.  What would you like to talk about today?

Heidi_  Two important things!

First, I am having an EVENT on Saturday evening and I want to invite your readers to drop in and see what I have created in my studio. 

I will be showing visitors some lovely and  affordable jewelry I have just made!

I do my work in a  lovely studio in rural Pennsylvania.

Check out my EVENT by clicking here!

Lynda_That sounds like a nice peaceful lace to work.

Heidi_ Yes, it is!

I also want to give some TIPS to those who visit here so that they can enjoy their jewelry for a long time.

 

Lynda_ I am wondering about how I should take care of my jewelry, too.

What would you recommend?

 Heidi_Believe it or not, regardless of price, most jewelry is delicate.

Gemstones can scratch with wear.

This is natural  – so treat it with care.

Exposure to common household chemicals and beauty supplies can damage and dull gemstones.

Avoid direct contact with showers, perfume, lotion, chlorine, and soaps.

A good rule to follow is that your jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night.

When you take it off, always put it away!

PHOTO:  This is an exhibition piece done by Heidi McClure.

 

Lynda_How should jewelry be cleaned? 

You can gently clean your jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft brush to help retain its shine. Try using an old toothbrush to get inside nooks.Make sure to get everything good and dry with a clean cotton cloth or a hair dryer on low before you put it away to prevent tarnishing after cleaning with water. For a quick touch up, use a polishing cloth to brighten up your chains, ear wires and clasps. It’s ok if it the cloth gets dirty. That means that it’s working. Even when discolored, it will still clean your jewelry effectively.

How should jewelry be stored?

Take care to protect your jewelry. Moisture will encourage the appearance of tarnish, so keep jewels dry in storage and never store jewelry in the bathroom. A regular jewelry box on your dresser will work just fine for a few pieces or an armoire with lots of space if you have a big collection.

Plastic food containers are great for storing jewelry in sets so they don’t get separated. Place a folded paper towel inside and lay your jewelry in flat.

These are inexpensive and stackable.

The main thing is that you want your jewelry to be protected from air, dust and dampness when you’re not wearing it.

Lynda_ Thanks for the good tips, Heidi. They are really easy to remember.

Good luck with your live events. I’ll see you Saturday!

 

 

 Heidi McClure

See my imagination at work……Visit me.

 EVENT Information…Get it here!

PHOTOS:  The Variety of bead work done in Heidi’s studio.

Wall works, talismans, Cuff Bracelets, and Traditional jewelry.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin: Folklore, History, Planting Hints and Good Eating

Re-blogging a new book that I think is very beautiful and what a great idea! Perfect for gifting and really, tis almost the SEASON, isn’t it. NOW is the time to order YOUR copies for giving to people you love.

All in a Day's Breath

Courtesy Amazon.com

Pumpkins are magical. They herald in the autumn; they fulfill our needs to create art related to the season and to celebrate it. We fill them with light to welcome others to our homes, and to provide the way from home to home as we gather treats for the season. We have all kinds of celebrations for them from competitions for the largest or best pumpkin to the best decorated pumpkins to pie baking and pie eating competitions. We listen in awe to their amazing history and laugh at their folklore. We begin to invite friends and relatives to luscious dinners featuring this wonderful orange treat. Pumpkins warm our hearts as the autumn begins to bring the chill air. We invite you into the welcoming pages of this book, and to fill your souls with all the good things you remember, and your stomachs with the most delightful…

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Introducing My Friend,Lynda McKinney Lambert

Re-blogging a wonderful blog article that features my poetry from Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019. Thank you Anne Copland. I am so glad you love my book.

All in a Day's Breath

Lynda from an upcoming poetry book, First Snow.

I have known Lynda for many years now. She suffered a sudden loss of sight in 2007 from something called Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Despite this loss, she is a fantastic artist working with beads, and you can see some of her work on her site, http://www.lyndalambert.com. She is also on Facebook. And as you can see, she is also an author – a prolific one, and her writing is full of inspiration and appreciation of nature, people, and weather. A former professor in Pennsylvania, she first turned to her hand work when she became blind, and soon after began to write based on her memory of everything she remembered from her senses.

I am honored to share a taste of her writing with you here.

Song of the Goldenrod from Star Signs by Lynda McKinney Lambert

In my dreams, some afternoons drift…

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Book of the Day

Article #211

September 22, 2019

 

Book of the Day

  “I want to support you and I want to be the first to

kick-off your Pre-Orders for the new book!”

This was what I was told at my recent visit to my eye specialist.

I think I floated out of that office –

I don’t remember my feet touching the ground.

Some days are like this. Some are not.

He has examined my eyes as he has done for the past 12 years, as I lost most of my sight suddenly in 2007. He has encouraged me in my writing and art projects and told me how proud he is of the way I have refused to let sight loss side-line me.

Not only did I leave his office with a great report from my scans today, that everything is holding and I am not losing more sight at this time – but, then, the affirmation he gave me on my newest publication was a little boost that everyone needs from time to time.

And, here is the big surprise I got this evening:

 

For immediate Release: from Lynda McKinney Lambert

September 20, 2019:

 

TODAY:  first snow is Book of the Day on Finishing Line Press.

 

 

first snow  – featured on Finishing Line Press social media sites.  

FLP is running a paid advertisement this week on social media for my new chapbook!

 

About the Author:

Lynda McKinney Lambert, is a retired college professor of fine arts and humanities. Retirement from teaching opened the door for her to write full-time. She explores the themes of landscape, mythology, pilgrimage, fine arts and literature in her writing.

She loves walking through a meadow of wild flowers; gazing at a star-strewn sky; spending solitary winter days with her husband, Bob, their 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR first snow by Lynda McKinney Lambert 

My grandmother knew the name of every bird by note and call who ever sang to the sun in the fields by her Wisconsin country home, and she knew the names of the trees by bark and needle and leaf in the woods.  In these days of urban desolation and digital isolation, it is harder and harder to keep hold of the once-common natural knowledge.  Here in Lynda Lambert’s poetry the vitality of the seasons is still felt, seen and heard.   Lambert notices the colors and sounds that surround us, those sights and odes that barely register through our buds and pads and windshields, and she names them for us and she remembers them for us.  In these poems, Lambert calls her readers to celebrate the blue spruce in the morning fog, to “stand in darkness / urging Blood Moon-arise and to be alive in the old ways.  “It feels like we have been here,” she says of one icy morning, “for a thousand years.”  In these pages, we have.

–Russell Streur, editor Plum Tree Tavern, author Fault Zones.

 

 

RESERVE YOUR COPY OF THIS LIMITED EDITION TODAY, PREORDER SHIPS JANUARY 3, 2020

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4 Sample Poems from  first snow…

 

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

first snow

 

we watch

for the first

snowfall

wait for

silent passage

along the banks of

ancient creeks

 

dull morning light

conceals

gold-plated Gingko leaves

beneath

new-fallen snow

 

from “Dream Sequence” # 4

 

In my dream (#4)

 

I climb upwards

on the ladder I stumbled upon

in the woods one afternoon.

Earth disappears

the ladder is unstable

“Keep it straight up,” I whisper.

“Keep your body centered. Stay poised.”

 

Silver Cloud Dancers

 

Silver clouds swirl & spin in circles

Inflated silence above her golden head. She

Levitates above the floor, reaches for

Variable visions of mesmerizing cloud-pillows.

Eternally drifting in uncertain lifecycles

Round & square. Touch the floating orbs.

 

Cloud dancer stretches her slender hands

Longevity is unpredictable, uncertain

Out-of-the-box survival fluctuates

Undulates

Determined by chemistry & chaos.

 

Dance your memories in silver clouds

Air and pure helium lift in rhythm

No one can calculate your journeys

Choreography of individual flights

Every Friday morning new clouds arrive

Repeat the process of new expectations

Some silver clouds last for a week. Some don’t.

 

My Daughter Cut the Roses

 

My daughter looked

at the bouquet of fresh roses

noticed two of them were drooping.

“Let me show you how to trim the roses

so they stay fresh and strong.” she said.

Her hands held the roses tenderly

One-by-one, trimmed off extra leaves

“These will make the water stink,” she said.

She found scissors in the drawer

put the roses in a bowl of tepid water

held each stem under water

sliced them all, diagonally –

“As I cut the rose under the water,

little bubbles of air come to the surface.

Now, when the rose inhales

it will only breathe water into it,

it won’t fill up with air.

The living water inside the stems

gives longer life to each rose.”

She carried the freshened flowers

In the tall glass vase

back to the center of the dining room table

darkest crimson buds, sunny yellow petals,

deep green fern leaves

and a frilly white carnation.

 

 

First snow is featured today on the following sites:

 

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Lynda’s Authors Page- Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/author/lyndalambert

 

Lynda’s Official Authors Page: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

 

Smashwords – get my e-book:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lyndalambert

 

My Blogs:

Website & Blog:  Lynda McKinney Lambert  – Official Author’s Website

Scan-A-Blog – A quiet Place of Inspiration, Art, Nature, Literature

 

About Your JOB Description

  Post #212
31 August 2019

Do you know what your J O B in life is?

ONLY YOU CAN Do It!

 

 

Below:  Photos of Lynda at work in her fiber art studio.

Top Photo shows a collection of beads she will be using to create a talisman.

 

 

Bottom Photo: Lynda at work using her Acrobat CCTV.  

Lynda, at work on a fiber art project. She uses an Acrobat CCTV, which magnifies the tiny beads and stitches for her on a closed circuit television screen. Lynda is visually impaired and uses a variety of technologies for the blind to do her intricate work in art and writing.

 

 

 

Your JOB DESCRIPTION is CUSTOM MADE  for YOU!

Have you contemplated what God has for YOU to do in this world?

I received this note yesterday from a dear friend 

who has always inspired me to be the best “ME” that I can be.

Let this be a reminder, Lynda, that our job is to do our job and outcomes are up to God.   Someday you will be amazed when you find out how many people you have inspired.

~Dr. Ann Paton, E-mail message, August 30, 2019.

As an Artist and Writer, I have a very clear JOB DESCRIPTION.
I preserve MEMORIES and I celebrate BEAUTY.
This is MY JOB DESCRIPTION.

“Do the WORK.

And, Keep on DOING THE WORK.”

That’s it!

God takes it from there – my WORK is COMPLETE when I have shared it and only GOD knows WHO will benefit from it.

The PEOPLE my work will reach and what they will receive from it – is not my  JOB.

This article is written and shared by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

See all of my books right here!

My newest book is   Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, KDP, 2019.

Lots more about Lynda’s books – click here!

 

Lynda’s  SMART TIP:

The holidays are not-so-far-away.

Perhaps you would like to purchase a few copies of my books,  for gifting  this year.  Several people have contacted me and want me to sign the books they will be gifting and I can do that for you – just let me know how many you want and send me a list of the names you want put into the book.

My interview with  the amazing author, A. L. butcher,  was published on her blog.  I think you’ll know more about me after you read this interview.

I appreciate the opportunity of sharing my life with friends and supporters.

Thank you, A.J. Butcher,  for this feature article.  I really enjoyed doing it with you.

A Day in the Life of… Lynda McKinney Lambert: 

Read it Here!


Lynda
MFA, West Virginia University
BFA and MA from Slippery Rock University of PA

Lynda  was professor of fine arts and humanities at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA until her retirement in 2008. Since that time,

Lynda  writes and makes her mixed media fiber art full-time from See it here!

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Lynda authored 3 published books:

*** Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, KDP, 2019.

*** Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems,  CreateSpace, 2017.

*** Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage,  2003, Kota Press.  See it Here!

 

 

For signed copies of Lynda’s books, inquire here:

E-mail: riverwoman@zoominternet.net

 Visit Lynda’s Blogs:

SCAN-a-BLOG:  See it Here!

Walking by Inner Vision:  Read it Here!

 

104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

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I LOVE YOU for THAT!

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