Meet Lynda

Lynda McKinney Lambert

Author and Visual Artist

 

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Photo:  by Bob Lambert: 

Lynda smiles from her Zen Meditation Garden on a late fall day.

 

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. ~ Helen Keller

 

 

Lynda McKinney Lambert

visual artist, author, educator, blogger

 

The stories she creates give her readers

a glimpse into her private world of limited sight

but not a world of lost vision.

She suddenly lost most of her sight in 2007 due to a rare condition known as Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Within 10 months, her vision dropped to a visual acuity of 2/20. (Normal vision is 20/20.)

 

Lynda has no central vision which means she cannot see details. She has limited peripheral vision that is cloudy and diffused. She describes her vision as similar to walking in a winter snow storm at twilight.

 

Her first published collection is Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press, 2003. Lynda wrote the poems and essays during her summers in Europe where she taught an annual course in art and writing.

~ Lynda recently shared an interview ~

The Sunday Interview

a  special feature at

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

by editor, Sally Cronin.

Read it Here!

Lynda’s writings appear in publications world-wide..

Lynda was a professor of fine arts and humanities at Geneva College, Beaver falls, PA until her retirement due to sight loss. Because of her life-long interest in history, fine arts and literature, her stories emerge from contemporary life experiences as well as from the ancient past

 

When I write, I weave each strand of my story

into a historical context that is my trademark.

I create my work from my God-given insight and inner vision. Each of my writings is a Dreamscape. My readers always say it felt like being in a dream as they read my work.

 

Lynda’s essays and poems reflect a very personal journey into loss and recovery. However, the journey is a private, solitary and individual one for each person. The passage requires us to be open to change. Just about everything in our shared human experience requires adaptation and adjustment to everyday life challenges.

 

How will I make art in the future?

How can I learn to write again?

 

Lynda’s questions led to discoveries of new ways of thinking and working. In Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017, her second book, the title indicates that there is need for a change in how she views the world. Change is a primary element of the journey into wholeness. The ideas and implementation for Lynda to resume her creative life required numerous revisions over a period of several years.

 

Learning to live in an entirely new way is

a reality I encountered during rehabilitation.

I had to re-learn how to walk. Since I could no longer depend on my physical eyes for information and help. Eventually I learned to walk using my inner vision and a long white cane.

I needed a lot of rehabilitation training. I re-learned how to create art and write non-visually or with adaptive technologies for the blind. Experimenting with new techniques required patience, tenacity, as well as many months of failures and small successes.

 

Since I lost central vision, I rely on sophisticated equipment that magnifies a computer screen or the surface of an art work in progress. Besides learning to live everyday life in an altered way, I became more innovative and discovered new ways to make art using an electronic device with a large screen view of the area where the artist is working. Despite the difference in ability to see, I can use the Acrobat or Merlin CCTV (closed-circuit television). While my hands are working on something in one place, I must look at the closed-circuit television screen to visualize what my hands are doing. This technique takes much practice and patience.

Electronic Magnification 

forces me to piece together fragments

  of information, texts and images.

 

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~Photo by Bob Lambert:

Lynda is shown here, working on a talisman. She is  using tiny Japanese seed beads – with the aid of an Acrobat Closed Circuit TV. She cannot see these beads without the magnification that the ACROBAT gives her.

Lynda must do  her art work with the aid of  electronic magnification.  While she cannot see the actual objects, she “sees” with electronics.  Before Lynda  begins a new project, she selects the colors of beads and other objects.  She creates a palette of beads and gemstones from which her art work is created.

 

Below: Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Lynda selected the colors and objects she will use to create a talisman.

Here is a list of items on Lynda’s  palette for making “My Bleeding Heart,” a talisman.

Carved red coral roses – Cabochons

Moonstone Cabochons

1 Hand crafted ceramic disc Cabochon

Japanese seed beads

Czech fire polished crystals & seed beads

1 piece of Lacey’s Stiff Suff,  cut into a circle & painted with a black Sharpie Marker.

What is a CABOCHON?  Watch video – What a is a CABOCHON?

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Above:  Photo of Lynda’s palette – All ready to begin work.

Below, is the completed talisman, My Bleeding Heart. Talisman_My Bleeding Heart

Visit my 2 blogs at:

www.lyndalambert.com   or http://www.llambert363.blog

 

Contact Me: for presentations at conferences, hospitals, civic organizations and university classes.

Please e-mail me at: riverroad@zoominternet.net.

My new book

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

will be published in 2019.

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Now Available

 Visit my Author’s Page for more information about my latest book.

Lynda Lambert’s Author Page

Front Cover

Contact ME via E-mail:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

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19 thoughts on “Meet Lynda

  1. Meet Lynda – will be published during my segment at the upcoming Sizzling Summer Super Book Release Party, on August 3, 2019. I will ask a question and you can find the answer in this Page somewhere. If you COMMENT you will be eligible to win a free AUDIBLE copy of my new book, _Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems_
    I will draw a winner one week AFTER the party – On August 10th.

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    • Hi Lynda.

      What an incredible idea.

      You might want to go ahead and post the announcement to the event and share the link.

      I’ll be back into the event around lunch my time (Eastern) to check and approve posts.

      Crazy busy today.

      Love you so much for all you do.

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      • I am just now finishing up the outline for my 2nd section of my presentation.
        First will be the “Meet Lynda” on SCAN. Give AWAY will be Audible of WBIV.
        Second will be “Travel with Lynda” on Walking by Inner Vision Blog. GIVE AWAY will be a print copy of CONCERTI: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.

        My THIRD will be – something related to STAR SIGNS – will figure that out tomorrow.

        I will give away a print copy of STAR SIGNS for this section.

        I will time myself so that I am doing the 3 parts for 15 or so minutes each to stay within my 1-hour time slot.

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      • I love to SHARE with others and I am a great believer in GENEROSITY.
        What we FOCUS on is what we allow to EXPAND and ENLARGE, so I try to stay focused on what is beautiful, honest, and loving. I am the “keeper of memories,” and that is where my writing comes from. This is my contribution to the world.

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    • Well I was pretty busy getting each of the pieces of my presentation together in that hour – it sure went FAST. I really enjoyed this so much, Patty. Thank you for the hard work you put into this “happening.”

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      • You are very welcome. It’s my pleasure. You guys did most of the hard work.

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  2. Patty, how nice of you to visit this link and make the comments you have sent to me.
    I will be glad to send you a copy of the text with some jpg photos to add to the story.
    I want to share my own experiences with sudden sight loss to encourage others who may be going down this path, or maybe have a friend who has been suddenly hit with this devastating loss and not know what to do. Life with sight loss in not easy but there are ways of learning how to regain our balance and to be successful at adapting. There is HOPE. I was helped when I went to a residency program _Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services in Pittsburgh, PA – I left that program with skills and education that changed my life.

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    • Hi Lynda.

      I spent a lot of today meandering around onto different people’s blogs. Not to read posts but to visit the links on their homepages. I find the most interesting things.

      I went onto your blog at first just to see what I could find that was unique, and when I saw the Meet Lynda link I thought, “Hmmm? Let’s see what wonderous things I might find here.” And, I was not disappointed.

      I visited Claire Plaisted’s blog to see about something she wanted me to check to make sure it could be viewed by those using screen reader technology, and while I was there I found other neat things too.

      I think sometimes we pass things like links on homepages by thinking there won’t be anything much more than a bio there but how wrong we are.

      I’m glad I took the time and I wanted you to know I enjoyed it.

      Not long ago I found comments on something I put up on my My Books section of my blog and on my about the author part, and I was amazed to see that people took the time to read and comment. It gave me a great feeling, and I just wanted to pass that on.

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      • Thank you, Patty, for exploring this feature and for feedback on it.
        Tonight, I was writing the “About the Author” page for my upcoming publication of _first snow_ my first chapbook, and because you brought it to my attention, I included a few ideas from that page on the blog. It was helpful to me. I appreciate your encouragement and guidance. Thank you for timely feedback.

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      • Well, it was quite by accident. That is if you believe in such. I don’t. I feel that whether we realize it or not we are guided to do things just as they should be done when they need doing.

        So, I’m glad I could help.

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  3. Lynda. This is a beautiful introduction to you and all you’ve been, are, and ever will be.
    I’d love to have you send me a document of the writing, and some JPG attached photos which go along with this.
    I’d very much like to use this in my Author’s Corner.
    Wonderfully written, and Bravely shared.
    A beautiful presentation.

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