Solitude

When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign is Solitude!  

—Hermit

 

I arrived at the Hambidge Center  in Rabun Gap, GA in the summer of 1988. It was late at night.  In the darkness, I drove into the driveway after my long journey from western Pennsylvania. I walked  to the main house where I met the manager  who would take me to where I would live  for the next month. I was going to be doing a Residency  and would be given a studio and place to live where I could do my art every day.  It was a great opportunity and a dream come true for me.

My guide  said, “I hope you like isolation.” My reply was, “Oh, yes! I love isolation.” The fact is, I did not have an inkling what isolation was but it sounded good to me.

Of course, I had no idea what isolation truly was for I had just arrived at this isolated art colony deep in the Georgia mountains. My normal life was back in Pennsylvania where I managed my busy home and family.  I cooked meals from scratch every day for my husband and 5 children. My homemade pies were famous among the ladies at my church.   The first thing I did each morning was 3 loads of Laundry.  In between the layers of  the business of taking care of husband, kids, dogs, cats, and anything else that came up, I was a non-traditional student pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  Every spare moment I could find, I painted.  Painting was my obsession.

Driving up the steep mountain road, I followed his car.  Then we turned onto a pathway to the isolated little house where I would be living and working.  After the man left me there, alone, in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains – in utter darkness – I began to get an idea of what solitude would be like. While I was excited to be there, to have this opportunity, I was also stuck with the reality (and fear) of solitude.

My life was changing. I was diagnosed with breast cancer just 2 months before this trip.  And, my father died 2 weeks before the day I found myself alone at night in a strange place where I would live for the next month. My nerves were a frazzle.

 

But, the month I spent there, away from everyone and everything that was my normal life  was one of the most productive times in my creative life.  In this mountain solitude,  I was united with my “better self.”  Twenty-nine years later, I remain at peace  and solidly united with my “better self.”

Article and Photography by Lunda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright, May 16, 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

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Lynda Lambert: Interview

I was a guest on the Branco Broadcast

on Monday, March 6, 2017

The interview is recorded and you can click on this link to listen in to my presentation on how my latest book developed.

Lynda talks about her NEW BOOK

You can also listen to my FIRST interview on the Braco Broadcast, last December. In this interview I discuss my sight loss  and how I learned to live and work in new ways. I discuss my first book,

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage. 

Lynda talks about INTENTIONS

 

 

I am the author of the new book

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems 

Lynda’s Author Page

Valentine’s Day: Visit a Museum

The article below was just  published in Vision Aware, a blog for the American Foundation for the Blind.  I am a Peer Adviser with this organization and this is my latest contribution.

 

You can read this article and others by me  at the links provided.

 

Six Tips for Your Out-of-the-Box Museum Visit

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Editor’s note: Just in time for planning for Valentine’s Day, we bring you this post by Lynda Lambert. Lynda suggests that you might consider a similar trip to a museum or art gallery as a fun Valentine’s outing. Read and enjoy!

Visiting the Andy Warhol Museum

Recently, I invited my daughter and great-granddaughter to help me celebrate my birthday with a visit to the Andy Warhol Museum which is located about 40 miles from our home. Since my great-granddaughter was celebrating her birthday that month, it was perfect timing for us. This could be a great idea for a Valentine’s Day excursion with a friend or family member too.

I wanted to take photographs in the museum, so I asked at the entrance desk for permission. My only restriction was to not use a flash on the camera. That is normal as a flash causes long-term damage to art work. I wondered what the receptionist might be thinking when he saw me walking with a long white mobility cane and asked to take photos during my visit. I still chuckle to myself about this conflicting image. Our excursion was so enjoyable I wanted to share some tips with you so your next visit to a museum can be as much fun as ours was.

Six Tips for an Out-of-the-Box Museum Visit

Artist holding a piece of artwork in a gallery

Tip One: Visit the Museum Website for Accommodations

The website will have a link for directions to the museum, educational programs, special exhibits with dates, contact information, and a link for accommodations information. If you need more details, call the museum.

One interesting thing you can find on the schedule is when they have a docent tour or an artist presentation. Both of these are informative and educational. The artist presentation is one way to find out about the art process directly from the artist who made it. They will answer any questions you have and even put the art work in your hands if possible.

Tip Two: Wear Comfortable Shoes

Two women looking at art in a glass displayI recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. My great-granddaughter found this out in a painful way during our visit. She walked into the museum in high heels. By the time we looked at the first two floors of art, she was getting blisters. Fortunately, the museum store had some flip-flops for sale so she could change her shoes and continue to have a good day.

Tip Three: Review the Floor Plan for Display Information

The museum we selected has seven floors of art works and the floors are very large. Decide before you begin how you will see the various art shows. We wanted to see all seven floors.

We also looked to see where the bathrooms are located and where the stairs and elevators are situated. It’s a good idea to use the elevator. This removes the chance that I might have trouble navigating the many steps and it gives us a little break from one place to the next. There are usually some chairs to sit on near the elevators as well. Take advantage of these opportunities.

Tip Four: Select Exhibits that Feature Large Wall Works and Floor Displays

I like to seek out the galleries that have good light and dark contrasts for I am light sensitive. The best exhibits for me are large, bold, high contrast paintings, or large sculptures with a good amount of light and shadow on them. The Warhol Museum is an old factory, so the floors are concrete, which provides a very good contrast from the white walls.

Many galleries have intense lighting, white walls, and slick light wooden floors. This is a nightmare for a person with very low vision, and it can be dangerous for us because we become like a deer in the spotlight in such situations.

If you are extremely sensitive to light as I am, take some sunglasses with you and put them on.

An art display of three high contrast bowls

Tip Five: Take Breaks and Visit the Café and Museum Store

A museum can be overwhelming. You can walk for hours once you enter the building.

Be aware of the variety of displays and be selective. You just cannot see it all in one visit.

Decide in advance where you will go. Pace your visit to include periods of relaxation. Your feet will be thankful for some resting time during your visit.

We looked at three floors of art, then we went to the café for lunch. Museums have delicious sandwiches and a variety of salads and drinks. After we left the café, we stopped in to browse the items in the museum store. Of course, we came home with a few bags of interesting items, reproductions of art work, and some books.

Bonus Tips for Out-of-the-Box Art Viewing

Bonus Tip 1: Find Art in Unexpected Places

Have you noticed that many cities have art on display outdoors? You can find it unexpectedly as you stroll through parks and around urban areas. These sculptures are really great for people with vision loss to enjoy. We can walk up to the art work and explore it with our hands, walk around it, and really have a great experience.

Here is an example of some outdoor art I found in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is a sculpture of a lion painted in many different colors.

Statue of a colorful lion with red socks

Bonus Tip 2: Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festivals

When is the last time you visited an Arts and Crafts festival? I have found many of the art works in my personal collection at such shows. You can meet the artist and learn about what she makes first hand. Prices are very good because you are buying directly from the artist. And, best of all, you can touch and hold just about anything that is on display at the artist’s booths. Some artists will even let you make art in their booth or demonstrate how they make their art. We all love a walk in the park, don’t we!

Do you think you will consider taking an Out-of-the-Box Art experience for Valentine’s Day or a special occasion this year? I would love to hear about it!

Learn More About Visiting a Museum with Vision Loss

Museum and Art Tours

Enjoying Cultural Activities When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Art Education for the Blind

Adapting Artworks for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Using Raised Printing

Art Beyond Sight

Tips Before You Visit the Andy Warhol Museum

 

 

It is well with my soul

Epiphany

Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany: At 6 am we walk through the snow in the darkness.The morning is still and peaceful.
My dogs and me.  We are early risers.
I notice cat tracks that leave a trail from my porch and over the snowy sidewalk; sown the driveway; and across the road. He is a black and white cat who visits for the food, shelter, and comfort that Bob provides daily. We see him come and go. He’s afraid of people. We get glimpses of him.
Along the edges of the ridge,  deer tracks are fresh. I am thankful for these majestic creatures who pass like ghosts through the woods in all seasons.
Back inside the house, I read a blog post that gave me a window to wisdom I’ll need for this day. Peace, like a river…it is well with my soul. I am standing.  My soul sings to God. How GREAT  Thou art! Here’s my heart.

An Intentional Year! 2017

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2017 – INTENTIONAL

INSPIRATIONAL

SUCCESSFUL – 2017

CHANGE Our THOUGHT LIFE

Let’s agree to enjoy a tremendously successful 2017.

I’ve worked last week on setting my “intentions” for this year.
My list is finished now and I recorded my INTENTIONS for 2017  into a word document.
My list of intentions is on my computer in a FILE. where I can have a LOOK  at it periodically during the year.

SPEAK EACH INTENTION  OUT LOUD

Yes! Speak them out loud! I consider them as already manifest in my life. It is not a wish list or a list of resolutions and not even a goal plan. It is far more. Intentions have WINGS.
I consider them as already ACCOMPLISHED  in my life.

What it is NOT:

Your List of INTENTIONS  is not a wish list

Not a list of New Year’s resolutions

Not a goal plan

It is far more. Intentions have WINGS.

I’ll have a LOOK  at my  LIST  periodically during the year.  I speak them out loud and I consider them as already manifest in my life. It is not a wish list or a list of resolutions and not even a goal plan. It is far more. Intentions have WINGS.
I speak them out loud and I consider them as already accomplished.

Will YOU join me in 2017?

Have you considered setting your own intentions?

Just ONE MORE Thing

While you are setting your INTENTIONS, why not also give yourself ONE WORD for the year?

The “ONE WORD” you choose will become your reality in 2017.

My “one word” for the year is “INTENTIONAL.”

This is my 3rd year to embrace ONE WORD that will be for ME during the entire year.
(My word for 2015 was Exuberance 2016 was Extraordinary; 2017 is Intentional)
You can find more information on how to set your intentions & recognize your desires in a small book that I recommend.

Deepak Chopra’s book:

Seven Spiritual Laws for Success

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

In particular, Chapter 5:  “The Law of Intention & Desire.” In just over 100 pages, Chopra covers all bases and lays down a clear path to follow. I return to this book again and again. I find it to be useful for all areas of life.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

Caution: Do NOT tell anyone about your intentions or what they are!
Keep them to yourself.
Next year at this time, you’ll be so happy to share them and let your friends & family know how you achieved the wonderful success you have.
Happy New Year to all! I hope to hear from you NEXT YEAR  to let me know how it is going for your own life!
Read MORE about Setting Intentions &
Choosing One Word: Just One Word, Please!
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Copyright, January 1, 2017. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
Lynda Lambert
Writes 2 blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision
and…SCANdaloud-Recollections.
Author of:
    Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage (Kota Press)
    Walking by Inner Vision: Stories of Light and Dreams (to be released in early 2017)
Vision Aware Peer Advisor, AFB
Blogger – Author – Visual Artist

New Beginnings at the End of the Year?

Usually, we think of the END of the YEAR as ENDINGS for projects we started or dreamed of doing a year ago. Let’s begin to think of the END of the year as holding surprises and entirely new beginnings even before we begin a “NEW” year. How would you feel about that?

My FIRST article for the American Foundation for the Blind was published today in their VISION AWARE BLOG – an on-line magazine. In addition to this new beginning at the tail end of December, I’ll have another one of my essays published in this blog on January 3rd, too! Let’s get off to a great start now, at the end of the year. Can you join me in this new adventure?

To read my FIRST BLOG for Vision AWARE you can follow this link.

My essay is called, “Just One Word, Please!”  How can just one word make such enormous changes to your life in 2017? Find out by reading my blog article now.

Click here: “Just One Word, Please!”Click here to read the story\!

Featured Photo by Lynda McKinney lambert:  “Viewing Warhol.”

Lynda Lambert – Live

December 19, 2016.

You can enjoy this conversation now.

Writing with Intention – Set your INTENTIONS for 2017

Lynda McKinney Lambert – Writing with Intention, presented LIVE on Branco Boracast on Recorded LIVE.

 

 

Knitting15_Scarf9_4 Thanks for flying with me in 2015 on SCANdalous-Recollections.

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Gentle Zephyr

Gentle Zephyr is an Abecedarian Poem.

Each new lines is a letter of the alphabet. Look down the LEFT side of the poem and you will see the first line begins with “A” and the final line ends with “Z.”

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Gentle Zephyr

 

Angel of the Lord

by night you

called me without warning.

“Do not be afraid,” you said.

Even so, I shuddered

fearful and ashamed as you

granted me a message

“Holy, holy, holy,” you sang.

I heard you that lonely night

“Just as I am?”  I AM. “Let me

keep this night forever

locked in my memory,” I thought.

Miraculous, our Messiah has arrived. We are

night watchers near the City of David

only Jehovah saw value in us.  

Patiently, we kept waiting

quietly, the angel came; a brilliant star

revealed the message to

shepherds! The sheep barely stirred,

Tonight, the sky was falling, spinning,

until the Angel spoke. Divine

visitations are unexpected. I’ve been

waiting for the One called

X is for the newborn Christ. Oh, come, Emmanuel.

YHWH.  El Shaddi. Come quickly, gentle

Zephyr.

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Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

Visit Lynda Lambert at www.lyndalambert.com

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL

 

Red December

This frigid yet refreshing morning inspired me to write a poem. I wrote about a favorite COLOR

– RED –

And I wanted to describe my morning walk

in the darkness with my dogs.

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Red December

New-fallen snow glimmers in pre-dawn darkness

slender red barberries dangle from thin bare branches

I shuffle my feet, dig in to feel solid ground

near the place where my Father’s red roses

are surrounded by pillows of snow

slumbering safe in dark red December.

 

My heavy suede boots part the snow

It’s too early for the red cardinals

“Where do they go at night?”

A sharp wind makes me huddle deeper into my bright

red boucle’ jacket

while my two dogs search random trails

follow the long marks, meander downhill.

 

 

On a crisp day in mid-December

I desire red raspberry jam on warm toast

Linger by the tall pampas grass

weighted down to the ground with icy snow

I think of strawberry Sundays with whipped cream

I recall wearing Neiman Marcus Red lipstick and

dancing all night in

hot red stilettos and tight blue jeans.

 

 

We turn around – for the return home

the dogs circle in the frozen pachysandra patches

stiff, brown-green  shrunken leaves.

In memories I see my neighbor walking to her car

she wears a cranberry red hat, worsted red wool coat, flat, scarlet red shoes

carries a true-red leather handbag like the one I bought last Sunday.

 

I watched her from the upstairs window.

In her 80s, she revealed how to live a gallant life.

 

No cars pass us on the country road  this morning in red December

Where it is perpetual winter.

 

By Lynda McKinney lambert. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

This is a FREE-FORM poem.