Poetry – Stars – Nature

Post #226

Thursday, June 4, 2020

NEW- Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

by Pennsylvania author and artist,

Lynda McKinney Lambert

POETRY – STARS – NAT”URE

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I work back and forth between ADDING and SUBTRACT ING.

I BUILD and I DESTROY.
Writing poetry, for me,  is a dance with materials – senses – images.

I order chaos and find balance.

Lynda McKinney Lambert – Smashwords,  March 9, 2019.

 

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My Books

Amazon Authors Page

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems

Website

FaceBook

Recent Anthology Publication

 

Copyright 2020. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 My MISSION STATEMENT

  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
  • I bring “Gifts to the King” through spare poems and thoughtful personal essays.

 

 

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

Stay at HOME and Write HAIKU with the Kids

Post #220

25 March 2020

morning haze

red-breasted robins

daffodils

 

 

 

Write a Haiku Poem Today!

This  would be a good activity to do with the children – but even if you are alone, it is fun to do.

I’ve been on a HAIKU WRITING BINGE for the past couple of weeks – and this season seems to be particularly inspiriting. (Is that a word? If not, it’s a great new one to me.)

 

 

This HAIKU is from my morning walk with my dogs.

This is a great activity to do with the kids or by yourself as we stay in our homes and do our part to help in the crisis right now.

 

STAYING AT HOME WITH THE KIDS?

Here is something you can DO TOGETHER

It is FREE

You  need  a piece of paper and a pencil or pen.

And, your observation skills.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAP

 

hoto:  White Lilacs..

 

white lilacs

heady aroma

flourishing

 

 

 

 

 

Turn off the TV and keep your focus on the unique day that we can celebrate.

This is a perfect SPRING DAY – birds are singing and calling to each other.

The mist is refreshing the entire landscape and the little spring plants are beginning to pop up from beneath the dull brown leaves that kept them protected during winter.

Take a WALK outside

GATHER some INFORMATION – 

 

come BACK INSIDE and  WRITE a HAIKU POEM about your experience.

 

HAIKU is a celebration of NATURE and SEASONS.

 

Write a HAIKU of CELEBRATION wherever you are..

 

It is a 3-line poem –

 

Line 1: 3 syllables

Line 2: 5 syllables

Line 3: 3 Syllables

 

Tips for writing a Haiku.

 

First:

Focus on a SEASON.

You will be painting a picture of a SEASON with just 3 lines.

 

Second:

Choose words that REVEAL the SEASON.

Don’t name the SEASON or MONTH.

Your 3 lines will make a picture of that season or month.

 

Third:

You have a limited syllable count, (3 – 5 – 3 )

Carefully chosen words will make a picture of the season.

 

Don’t waste the syllable count on little words that don’t help to paint the picture.

 

I never use words such as: me, I, you, me, the, this, be, them, for, it, a.

 

You want each word to be the focus and not put in distractions that take your attention away from what you are SHOWING in the poem.

 

No title, no capitalization, and no punctuation.

Your space is precious so you want to use only strong words that give meaning and life to your Haiku.

 

This is a JAPANESE FORM of POEM.

Have FUN.

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I challenge you to write a HAIKU today and POST IT on your FB Timeline.

 

Your HAIKU may lift someone’s spirits and bring them a moment of happiness.

Be sure to TAG me or post your HAIKU in the COMMENTS SECTION here.

so I can see it, too!

 

Lynda McKinney Lambert

My Books

-https://llambert363.blog/my-books/

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Books

first snow, chapbook

 

Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

 

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

 

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage

 

E-books on Smashwords

 

 

Social Media

Lynda’s Author Page at Amazon

Lynda’s Page at DLD Books

Lynda’s Website & Blog

 

 

 

 

 

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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What I WANT…

Post # 203

3 August 2019

 

What I Want…

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

Photo: “Lynda – A Portrait in the Garden,” by Bob Lambert

 

How do you know what to send

to the editor who wants to SHOWCASE

your LATEST BOOK in his magazine?

 

This week an EDITOR gave me the information he wants so he can publish a SHOWCASE for my latest book.  He will focus on my new book

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

My book was just published on July 15, 2019.

Remember, this is your SHOWCASE, so have FUN putting it together.

You want readers to buy your book and become READERS of your books.

 

  1. Put together a SHORT INTRO to your book for your READERS.
  2. Why did you write this book?  Be clear in this response.
  3. Why should the READER buy your BOOK? You must learn to ROMANCE your MERCHANDISE – your book IS MERCHANDISE that was made  to be SOLD.
  4. Create a SHORT WRITE-UP about YOU, the Author. You are SELLING YOURSLELF, first of all.
  5. Give 3 SHORT REVIEWS your book has garnered – Give the LINKS to the reviews.
  6. Give 3 SHORT EXAMPLES from your TEXT. (3 Short poems or 3 short excerpts from an essay or text of the book.)
  7. Put your INFORMATION under each SAMPLE.
  8. Give the NUMBER of PAGES  (or POEMS) in your book.
  9. Where can READERS BUY THE BOOK?
  10. Can they get a SIGNED COPY, and how much will it cost?

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This essay is brought to you by author, Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Click here  for MY BOOK PAGE

Walking by Inner Vision.

Lynda’s Author ‘s Page

This blog post is the property of Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright August 3, 2018. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.

 Let me know how this WORKS for YOU.

Leave me a comment, please.

I love to hear from my FRIENDS and READERS.

 

 

 

Setting my Literary Goals and Intentions

Article # 201

July 28, 2019

Lynda’s LIST of LITERARY NTENTIONS

 

 

August 27, 2018 through August 27, 2020.

 

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Created on July 13, 2018

Reflection and Comments -July 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

#1 – REVISE & UPDATE my Amazon Author Page – Do this FIRST.

July 28, 2019: Done

Click here to see Lynda’s Author Page at Amazon.

 

 

#2 – Update – Revise – New Title- Publish Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage

July 28, 2019: This will be for 2020 year. I have started to make the outline for this revision. I will have to get out all my journals from the years I traveled and sift through them for additional information and material. Begin this in January 2020.

 

 

#3_Publish Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, 60 poems.

July 28, 2019: Book was published July 15, 2019.

Click here to see Lynda’s books and reviews

 

#4- Get Chapbook, first snow, published –16 poems.

July 28, 2019: Chapbook will be published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

As it turned out, this chapbook was chosen by another publisher as well. I had to decline that second one.

 

#5 – Write Miss Opal – A Memoir – A Cat’s Eye View,

I have started working on the Introduction for it and will try to work on it every week at least one day from now on.

Miss Opal will tell her story of being born in the mountains of southern Ohio – her rescue – and her new life living with the famous artist, Miss Opal Waters of the Opal Waters School of Design” and her new family in western PA. I have a cast of characters ready to begin the telling of Miss Opals life story. I had this idea to write this story in 2012 – and it has been brewing ever since –

July 28, 2019: This is on the back burner for possible future project – beyond 2020.

Miss Opal at work as Lynda’s Literary Assistant in the office.

She also has a Sister Cat Miss Bessie Smith who patrols the house during the nights.

Both sisters share their lives with Lynda, Bob, and the 2 dogs:  Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchell.

 

#6 – Write my MEMOIR– Under the Blueberry Moon – in my 70s.

I  have written so many artcles that could easily be worked into a memoir, and have tons of photos I can sift through for this project.

Below: Bob Lambert snapped this photo of me  from the back when she had her hair dyed purple in the spring of 2019. It was one of those “just for fun” moments of life.

 

July 28, 2019. I completed an outline of the periods in my life, from birth, into my mid-70s. I will use this outline and begin to drop in material in 2020. I am thinking this could be a completed project by the end of 2020.

 

#7 – Continue writing my “Saturday is for Sharing” series; “Thursday Treasures Series” and “Tuesday Travels Series” for SCAN.

July 28, 2019. I find that I am not motivated to write things according to a long term pre-planned agenda and pre-planned  topics. I’ve discontinued doing the regular pieces, because I get weary and disinterested with being on a schedule like this. Life is just too complex for me to narrow it down to weekly postings in different categories. I am just too random for this kind of plan. It works fine for others, but not for me. The artist inside of me has to be able to pivot and change direction on a dime. I am erasing this expectation right now. It is not in my wheel house!

Thank you for visiting with Lynda today!  Copyright 2019. Lynda McKinney Lambert

You may share this post with your friends on Social Media.

All I ask is for you to share the entire article and include the copyright information.

I am a retired college professor of fine arts & humanities – you can step into my classroom to have some fun with me on August 3, at 1 pm (EST).

Come on in!  Let’s Make a SPLASH!

Contact me with any questions you have at riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Sizzling Summer Super Release

Book Launch Party

August 3, 2019 at 1 pm.

Meet me at 1:00 pm (EST)

Read About it HERE!

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Read Lynda’ Story:  Read it Here!

 

 

This article is shared by Pennsylvania Author, Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved.

MFA – West Virginia University

BFA, MA – Slippery Rock U. of PA

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

Lynda’s newest book is now available on

SMASHWORDS –

AMAZON –

Star Signs: New & Selected poems, KDP, 2019.

 

Listen to Free Sample on Audible: :  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S45ZY39/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vamf_taft_p1_i1

Get the e-book version of Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

on SMASHWORDS:  Buy it NOW!

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

Lynda’s  2 Blogs:

Website & Blog:  Walking by Inner Vision – personal blog

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

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Share with your friends on Social Media – but please include the copyright information.

I love you for that!

5 Photos of a Lucky Day

5 Photos of  A Lucky Day

 

This is a  LUCKY DAY

because  I get

to share 5 PHOTOS of my ART with YOU!

 

I’d bet 5 bucks that you have just met the first

Talisman Maker and Mixed-Media Fiber Artist

in your life – Me.

 

For your viewing pleasure, I’m submitting 5 Photos:

           5 Mixed-Media Fiber Art Works from my Studio

I’ve selected talismans, a bracelet, and wall works.

Now that you have enjoyed my work, it is complete Thank you.

 

 

Each is created from fabrics, artist’s canvas, gemstones, found objects, beads, mirrors, twigs, memories and my vivid imagination.

These talismans and wall works were made in my

River Road Studio

Layered in between raising our 5 children and communitee work, I have made art for the past 45 -plus years.

 

Photo #1:

“Dance of the new Moon,” (Detail).

A  talisman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #2:

From the “Little Meditations” series.

This work is quite small – ab out 3 x 4 inches.

 

 

 

 

Photo #3: 

“Girl on a Bench Sees Visions of butterflies,”   Won First Place in InSights18, Louisville, KY.  This is a self-portrait of the artist as a child.

Art show sponsored by American Printing House for the blind, 2018.

 

Photo #4  My Bleeding Heart: A Talisman.

 

 

Ida Matildas Morning Glories, Encrusted Bead Work Cuff Bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo #5

Ida Matilda’s Morning Glories, form my Grandma, Ida Matilda Kiesling Kirker who died when  I was fourteen.

I remembered her flower gardens and created this piece  from my memories of her gardens.

 

 

 

 

Visit me on FaceBook:  River Road Studio

My Interview Went MIA

Post #178

SelfIE -Interview

When things get lost in the shuffle ~

What do you do?

For example –

Last November, I was asked to respond to a list of questions for a virtual interview  on a blog.   After some months, the interview never appeared.

It turns out that my interview is floating around in Cyber Space – somewhere.

My interview went  MIA

I decided the lost interview would be a fun twist –

My responses to the questions that were sent to me are posted below.

This is the interview that went MIA

 

My Friday Favs – a Selfie!

 

Let’s call this a “Selfie”

which could be much like a “Self Portrait,” for I am an artist.

The Responses and Photos are my SELFIE.

 

Lets do it!

ME_ Thanks for inviting me to come over today. This is such a balmy March day, and it is a pleasure to visit with you. Let’s take our coffee and go into your beautiful living room. I love the light that is filtering through the window and your room looks so comfortable. I see you love plants!  There is nothing like being surrounded with plants – I feel right at home for I am a collector of succulents, too.  In fact, my spectacular “Partridge Breasted Aloe,” is blooming right now in my Reading Room window.

Photo of Partridge Breasted Aloe, by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Q_ What part of the country do you live in?

 ME_I live in a small village in south-western Pennsylvania. The village is over 200 years old. It is called, The Village of Wurtemburg.” My ancestors settled this village in the mid-1700s, when they came from Germany. I have lived in my home in this village for fifty-one years in a century-old house that sits on a ledge overlooking the Connoquenessing Creek.

I envision my ancestors walking on the same paths that I walk on – I feel them. I am an overlay of my ancestors. As I walk through the woods, some days, I speak to them and I listen for their gentle responses. They inspire my writings.

Q_ What do you like best and least about living in western Pennsylvania?

ME_The connections I have to a long history in this area are meaningful to me. This is a rural area in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and it is located about forty miles north of Pittsburgh. What I like most is the privacy and seclusion of my home. I am a rather solitary person who loves to have lots of time alone where I can create my art work or do my writing in a quiet setting. The woods all around this area inspire me. I love nature in all her variety of seasonal changes. My husband, Bob, and I, take walks in the woods several times a day with our 2 dogs. We appreciate the wild animals and birds that live here. We feed feral cats and provide shelter for the cats or any other wild animals that may come around.

I cannot think of anything that I don’t like about where I live. We think of this as our little piece of heaven on earth.

A View of the Connoquenessing creek from the First Bridge, in Wurtemburg, PA.

Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

Q_Is your writing influenced in any way by where you live?

ME_ Without a doubt! My writing begins when I stand outside at night looking into the sky. It begins when I am walking in the rain along a path in the woods. It begins when I watch the seasons changing. I am moved by nature in every aspect that I see reflected in the land and people around me here in rural Pennsylvania. I love the vernacular speech I hear every day. This place is filled with memories   of local and regional history that is unique. I am deeply rooted in this place. I am a firm advocate of “Bloom where you re planted.”  While I have written extensively of other places in the world, this is the place I call “home.”

 

Q_ Can you describe your writing process for me? For example, do you have a certain time of day you find most productive? Or a special place where you find inspiration?

ME_I don’t know if it is apparent in my work or not, but I don’t sleep much. Much of my writing is done as I sit in a dark room with the blinds closed – during the night. I often get up at 2 or 3 a.m., come downstairs to my office, and turn on my computer. I wake up with ideas, at times. Once an idea comes into my mind, I feel like I have to grab onto and get it down on paper, before it goes away and never returns to me again. There is a sense of urgency about it.

Ideas come to me in a word or to, most of the time. It will be just a short phrase that appears like an image in my thoughts – and I grab a large black marker and write it on a sheet of paper. Later, I will put it into the computer and begin expanding on the idea.

 

Once I have the initial idea, I begin the research that is necessary for me to do. I will put down pages of research information. This will be the raw material from which I will begin to build a poem or an essay. I work only in poetry and creative non-fiction essay forms. I don’t care for fiction – seldom read it. It does not interest me much at all. I think there is a wealth of information to be gleaned from mythology, ancient stories, and history – as well as the present moment in our contemporary life.

 

I take strands of old and new, and begin literally to weave my tapestry.

Tapestry, woven wall piece by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

When I worked on my undergraduate BFA degree in Painting, I also worked on tapestries that were part of my final exhibition. I’ve always worked across disciplines in my art and writing.

My academic background and passion are in fine art (Painting and Fiber Art) and in literature. I write exactly the same way that I would create a painting or a work in fiber art. I work in layers. I lay down layer, upon layer – and the most important aspect of what I do is that I keep the piece open to change at any point in the creation of it. Change is very important to me. I work back and forth between creating and destroying – I put down, and I take away…and this is the process that continues throughout the work. These ways of working are why my writing is so different – I do not work in traditional ways.

 

Q_ What got you started writing?

ME_ Writing was an integral part of my academic experiences. I chose courses in a variety of disciplines that were labelled as “intensive writing courses.” I quickly learned that I was very good at writing because of my background in the Humanities.

My German art history professor spoke with me one day,

“You don’t write like an American student. Your writing is very European.”

So, with that comment, I realized this professor gave me insight into my writing style. What I did not know back then, was that I was working with the creative unconscious part of my brain – receiving information from  the Ancestors. I just knew my work came from “somewhere else,” and I had to turn my back on everything around me, and look into the work and respond to that.  I thought of my work process as prayer – I was engaged in praying non-verbally, my hands and my entire body.  In addition to this, I often dreamed and saw myself working in ways that were unknown to me. I was  actually tutored by dreams.  Many of my poems and art works ae Dreamscapes.

My style  was natural, and nothing I had learned or studied. I just knew that I wrote and thought differently than the students around me when I was in the university programs. I learned it was an asset and I embraced it. It was unique to me.

 

 Q_ Why do you write? I mean, if you could sum it up in a word or in a simple statement, what keeps you writing?

 ME_ I willingly step into the Mystery.

 

Q_ What genre is your favorite right now?

ME_ Always –  it is poetry.

Not the traditional rhyming, sing-song stuff of past generations, but the gutsy, tough, bold stuff of now. Rhymed poetry makes me shudder. It is usually so predictable that I can barely get through a poem that is written like this. Typically, a poet concentrates so much on the end rhymes, they lose sight of the mystery and magic of their idea. The poem becomes locked-in and stiff. I am a descendent of Whitman, and I am all about a modernist tradition of AMERICAN POETRY.

Q_ Who are your favorite writers?

 ME_ During my academic student years, while earning 3 degrees –

I focused o the work of these 4 poets:

John Donne – Walt Whitman – William Carlos Williams – Robert Bly –

 

During my teaching years, I came to love the work of:

Louise Glück – Yusef Komunyakaa – Dorrianne Laux – Rita Dove – Louise Erdrich – Ranier Maria Rilke – Kafka – Irene McKinney – C. S. Lewis – Gail Trembly

Q_ What color would you say best expresses your personality? Why?

ME_ I suppose the colour YELLOW must be important to me because my house interior has every shade of yellow you can imagine on the walls. Yellow is combined with rich shades of Turquoise, orange, terra-cotta- and delicate greens – my entire home is decorated in the colors of Puerto Rico. Bob and I went to PR every year in March for many years. We wanted to live in a home that made us feel happy the moment we stepped inside. No neutral colors in my life – none!

 

I do not embrace timidity in any area of my life!

 In my personal style, I wear red and purple a lot. I consider them both neutral colors – and I can put any other colour with them and it’s smashing! I am never without jewelry and lipstick. I make just about every piece of jewelry I wear, but I also love vintage jewelry.

 

In decorating, I am a Maximist. I like to be surrounded with art and rich colors and objects. I collect contemporary art and antiques. I don’t have a minimalist bone in my entire body or in my home. I like layers of beauty and objects in my surroundings.

 

Q_ What do you like to do on a rainy day like this?

 

ME_I love to knit. I started knitting when I was a child of about 8. I knew no one who knitted, and a lady in a local shop helped me get started when I purchased yarn and needles in her store. I knit clothing that I wear – wearable art.

PHOTO: My Library and Fiber Art Studio.

Notice my lovely cat, Miss Opal, on my poetry shelves.

My knitting projects surround me.

 

 

Q_ What’s your favorite part of going grocery shopping? What do you think that says about you?

 

ME_ I shop the perimeter of the store. I’m a vegetarian since my early 20s, so shopping for me is quick and easy. My food choices are very basic – vegetables and fruits, and some yogurt or cheeses usually.

What does it say about me? I hope it says that I truly love animals and respect their position on this earth – kindred spirits and creatures who are a creation of God.

 

 

Q_ Did you ever bring a stray animal home with you? What happened?

 

ME_ Strays are my specialty. I’ve picked up stray animals my entire life – beginning as a child.

Fortunately, my husband is like this too – so we are always looking out for and caring for animals.

We purchased 2 German Shepherds in our life together and all of the other pets have been ones we found or rescued. Because we live beside the woods, dogs and cats seem to be dropped off nearby. We take them all in and care for them – many of them over the 52 years of living in this place.

 

 

 

Q_ What is your favorite punctuation mark?

 

ME_ My favorite punctuation is the period that is inside the quotation mark. I get stressed when I see that a writer forgot to put a period inside of the quotation mark. If it is outside of the quotation mark, where it does not belong, it annoys me. I think of the quotation mark as hugging the period and keeping it warm in winter time. I guess this is a pet peeve of mine – when a period is displaced and lost out there past the quotation mark. It’s kind of like being lost in Cyber Space!

 

 

Q_ What role have children played in your life? How about in your writing?

-What is your favorite fairy tale/children’s story? Why?

Favorite myth is about Persephone and I have researched and written about this Greek myth quite a lot. I’ve done academic presentations on it, poems, and essays. I am fascinated with the ancient concept of FATE, FORTUNE, and the OLYMPIANS. I’ve never had the good fortune of visiting GREECE, but I love the old stories and legends of GREECE. When teaching, I lectured on Greek art and history – and its fascinating.  I love the big picture we get of our own work, today, when we understand the ancient past and how all of this has influenced everything we experience now.  I feel sorry for any student  in our culture, who is  not well-read in the Classics.  Their understanding  will be quite limited for they do not  understand their own past.  When my son came home from his first semester at Bard College, I was so delighted to see  that Classical texts were the center of his early education.  They are supremely important. 

Q_ Tell me about your family, please.

ME_ My husband and I had 3 biological daughters. We adopted 2 children, from Vietnam and Korea. All of the children are grown and most have children of their own.

We have 7 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. It is obvious we like kids! Christmas time at our house is super joyful because they all come home for the holidays.   They play games around the dining room table all night long.

 

I don’t write about children and I don’t write for children.

 

 

Q_ Tell me a little more about your writing and where I can read your work?

ME_ Sure. I’d be glad to share that with you.

First, I’ll begin with where I am at this moment in my publishing life.

I have a new book at the editors right now.   I worked on this book for the past 2 years.

The book’s title is STAR SIGNS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS.

As the title indicates, it is a book of sixty poems.

 

The book is divided into 4 sections.

Each represents a different aspect of life: Sky, Legends & Metaphors, Earth, and Seasons.

The book’s title is the opening poem of the collection, “Star Signs.”

 

 

Second, I am currently working on a revision of my first book that was published in 2002. “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press.

I am updating and expanding the scope of this book of poems and journal entries.

It will have a new name as well and a new look.

This new book will be published in 2020, under the title, “Pilgrimage.”

 

 

Finally, my latest book that is available now on Amazon and other selling sites, is

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

This book contains 27 essays and 16 poems. It is organized as a trip through a year, from January through December. Each chapter is a month of the year, and opens with a poem for that season.

 

I am pleased to say that the book is being recorded by Perkins Library, and will be available later this year as an audio book through that library.

 The book will also be produced as an Audible option and available eventually on Amazon.

At this moment it can be purchased through a variety of book sellers. Check my short bio below for more links and information. Thanks for the INTERVIEW. In the spirit of the age, I loved the IDEA of the SELFIE Interview! I hope you did, too.

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