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Give me some LOVE TODAY…

 

 

Post # 249

November 6, 2020

 

GIVE  ME SOME LOVE

TODAY!

 

Lynda McKinney Lambert 

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I am thinking about

The Book Cover-of-the-Month Contest

 

 

The book Cover features a detail of western Pennsylvania wild flower – Yellow Crown Beard.  Photo by the author, Lynda McKinney Lambert.

 

Lynda is a visually impaired artist and author.  She is a retired professor of fine art and humanities at  Geneva College, located in Beaver Falls, PA. She lost her sight in 2007 but this did not stop her from pursuing a new career in writing.  This book was her first book published after profound and permanent sight loss!

Despite profound sight loss, Lynda continued to make art and write books full-time since her retirement from teaching.  She has 4 books on Amazon at this time and is working on 2 new books for publication in 2021.

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Photo of book cover, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems. The cover is deep dark green, with a brilliant yellow wildflower - the flower is a Yellow Crown Beard. Lynda photographed the flower in the woods on one of her daily walks.
Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems.     The  Front Cover of this book is a photo of  Yellow Crown Beard.      Lynda McKinney Lambert is the photographer of this photo, taken in the woods near her home in western Pennsylvania. Bright yellow flower on a deep green background.

 

 

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Pantoum to a Warm Pecan Pie

Post #244

October 17, 2020

Lynda McKinney Lambert

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“Pantoum to a Warm Pecan Pie “

A Recipe-Poem and Voice Recording

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

The dropping temperatures today make me begin to think about the 2 holidays that are coming up in November and December.  My favorite item to bake is Pecan Pie.  So, I am putting my pie recipe into the form of a Pantoum Poem – and what fun it is to think about baking this wonderful, delicious treat for the holidays.

 

“Pantoum to a Warm Pecan Pie”

 

 

Warm Pecan Pie will make you smile!

Pour 1 ½ cups of light corn syrup in a pan

Cook with 4 tablespoons of sweet butter

Boil it gently for 5 minutes.

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Pour 1 ½ cups of light corn syrup in a pan

Remember to stir it occasionally

Boil it gently for 5 minutes.

Plunk your pastry in a dish and flute it.

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Remember to stir it occasionally

Situate fresh pecans in bottom of pie plate

Plunk your pastry in a dish and flute it

One full cup of coarsely cut pecans

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Situate fresh pecans in bottom of pie plate

Slightly beat three eggs

One full cup of coarsely cut pecans

Include a dash of salt

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Slightly beat three eggs

Put 1 tsp vanilla into the eggs

Include a dash of salt

Pour over the pecans in the pie shell.

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Put 1 tsp. vanilla into the eggs

Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees

Pour over pecans in the pie shell

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees

Cook with 4 tablespoons of sweet butter

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream

Warm Pecan Pie will make you smile!

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Published on Gifts of the Spirit Blog, Oct. 17, 2020

 

 

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SHINE: Get Your SHINE ON!

 

 

 

Post 235

6 August 2020

Gifts of the Spirit

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

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 Get your life back and

SHINE Like a Diamond

 

 

GET YOUR SHINE ON

It’s August!

Let’s Get our Life BACK so we can

SHINE  LIKE A DIAMOND this month.

 

I like August. 

My birthday will be coming along on the 27th.

I’ll celebrate my 77th birthday this year.  Birthday months seem to be a time of reflection.  It is kind of like New Years Day when you look ack on the past year, and at the same time, you are looking forward to stepping into the next year of your journey in life.

Officially, August is still “summertime,” but we get a sense of the shifting that is happening this month, too.

 I realize that daylight comes a little later as I move through the month.  I’m  aware of how the mornings are getting cooler because  I walk my dogs outside in the early morning.  

 

It  feels good and I begin to think about the queen Anne’s Lace and Chicory that we will see along the rural roads and in the meadows.  I love this time of year when gardens are flourishing with delicate blossoms and colors.

 

As a contrast, I have to say that our personal gardens may not be flourishing by the end of August.  I’ve been feeling like I am in a bit of a slump lately.  I spent so much time in June and July, working outside for hours at a time in my gardens. 

 In August, I am feeling tired of those chores and I’m thinking of adjusting to other things on my agenda such as completing work on writing projects and beginning a new series of artworks that have been brewing in my mind for months.

Lately, I’ve really slipped in my exercise and dietary goals, too.  Yesterday, I signed up -AGAIN – for a weight loss program on-line. 

I really need to shed 20-30 pounds – extra weight slows down our body and our brain.  Extra pounds on our  body  makes us sluggish.  This is not acceptable to me and I’m going to begin changing that today.  Our body reflects our mindset.  Our body is a visual  image that tells the world many things about us without saying a word. I’ve always embraced a healthy vegetarian  lifestyle, exercise regularly, and believe in mindfulness of the gift  of each day. 

I will  re-set my thinking and my actions.

August will be the first month in my intention of making improvements in my personal life.  I need to make changes and I am gong to do it.

This morning, I read a fantastic blog post that has turned me around.

Maybe you will also get some insight into how you can turn around yourself this month. 

You can visit this post today, and then think about what you can do differently  in August. 

I’m game. I  WILL GET  BACK ON TRACK,  beginning TODAY.

How about you?  Lets do this together.

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Check it out here!

How to get back on track

Just click on the bloggers name, above, and I’ll meet you there. 

 

 

 

 

Let’s SHINE in August.  This is my GIFT of the SPIRIT today.

 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND

This post is written for Gifts of the Spirit Blog, and published by Lynda McKinney Lambert, Copyright, August 6, 2020..

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Post #227

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

FEATURE – Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems

by Pennsylvania author and artist,

Lynda McKinney Lambert

POETRY – STORIES –  MUSIC – NATURE

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VISIONAWARE

by Beckie Ann Horter

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Celebrating our successes as visually-impaired people is an essential step on the journey to healing. Peer advisor Lynda McKinney Lambert knows this firsthand.

After profound vision loss in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Lynda did not use a computer for almost two years. When she finally did re-learn her way around the computer, with the help of adaptive technology, she decided to celebrate in a memorable way. She started a blog.

 

Lynda’s blog, Walking by Inner Vision, grew and grew over a seven-year period. Last year, she decided to collect her stories and poems in a delightful book by the same name.

 

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories and Poems is Lynda’s second book. The first, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, was published in 2003 by Kota Press.

 

Lynda is an artist and a retired professor of Fine Arts and Humanities from Geneva College. Her artistic background permeates her writing in an unmistakeable style, painting word pictures and setting vivid scenes. Her black and white photography accompanies several stories and adds to the visual appeal.

 

“This book takes readers into the mind of an artist, how we work in layers, seeing connections between history, philosophy, psychology, and nature. It’s the artist’s job to tell the things others don’t notice. We see nuances and fragments—these things spark the mind,” Lynda says.

 

Walking by Inner Vision is arranged as a year-long pilgrimage from January through December. Each month begins with a poem and reflects the happenings unique to its time and place. For example, in “March Arrived Like a Capricious Cat,” she speaks of the changeable nature of late winter in her native Western Pennsylvania.

 

“Glass wind chimes

hang

immovable

stiff

shrouded in new snow

March arrived like a capricious cat

crouched—

hunkered down, bent over

spring-loaded, squat

Changeable!”

 

Throughout the 16 poems and 27 essays, Lynda views her world through the lens of beauty, even in the midst of vision loss.

 

“I want to give people a strand of hope to hold on to,” says Lynda. Her personal Christian faith provides the anchor for her own hope and optimism.

 

“I believe we were created to be image bearers, as the Bible teaches, and that we are called for a purpose,” she says.

 

Lynda draws on her wealth of experiences to offer the reader a treasure chest of reading variety. While some stories are light and humorous (“A Wintry Tale”), others are poignant, like the story of her mother’s last family gathering and ensuing struggle with Alzheimer’s (“The Living Room”).

 

Regardless of the form—free verse or creative non-fiction—one thing remains consistent: lingering images stay with you long after the book is finished. You have been taken into the world of Lynda’s inner vision. And all is well.

 

The artist has done her job.

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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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  • I am the keeper of memories. I distil and share them through my art and writing.
  • I reveal what is forgotten, lost, or unseen.
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Where are You?

Post #221

26 March 2020

Gifts of the Spirit

A Place of Inspiration & Christian faith.

Where are You?

Are You Where you Need to be?

What is on your list for today?

 

I like to begin organizing and cleaning my home in March each year.

I feel good when I finish the work and sit back to enjoy the fresh atmosphere in my home. I learned this as a child, helping my grandmother , Ida Matilda, and my mother, Esther, as they cleaned their homes in preparation for the warm days ahead.

Back then, in the 1950s, we took out all the rugs and beat them with a “rug-beater” while they hung on a clothesline. We beat out all the dirt from wintertime that accumulates in the fibers. Of course, we did not have electric sweepers at that time – so this was essential.

Next, we took down all the curtains and washed each panel individually. While the ruffled curtains were still wet, we stretched them out onto curtain-stretchers. It was a wooden frame with little sharp nails all around the edges. This task took a lot of time, and you could get your fingers pricked if you were not careful. But, when the delicate organdy curtains were put back upon each of the newly-washed windows, the room looks exquisite.

My mother and my grandmother took such great pride in their homes and keeping them clean and pleasant in all seasons. I do, as well. My home is my castle and the place where I find peace and solace. I love my nearly century-old home in The Village of Wurtemburg. My house has roots so deep into my ancestry, and so do I.

I grew up with a deep appreciation for my ancestors and this little spot of “heaven-on-earth” the Village of Wurtemburg in rural western Pennsylvania.

I’ve enjoyed a life of travels to magnificent places in this world, yet, coming home to Pennsylvania was always delightful. I had a feeling that my home always welcomed me upon my return. I never took it for granted. This place is my paradise on earth.

This week, I started organizing a tall hutch in my 1920s kitchen – This tall cupboard holds a collection of ruby red glasses on the topmost shelf. Beneath that shelf, I have two more shelves where I store canned goods, and I am working on organizing them today.

Because I have deficient vision, I am assisted by my willing helper, The Merlin CCTV, which magnifies each of my cans so I can know what is in it. Once I know, then I make a 3 x 5-inch recipe card for each box.

On that card, I use a BIG MAMMA marker – the biggest you can find – and I put down a few letters that indicate what is in that can. When I finish the lettering, I put a rubber band around that card to hold it onto the can.

Each item can be carefully organized in my cupboard for me to be able to know what is there. Things take time for me. The little things that I used to do very quickly can now take days. Or more. I am grateful I have always been a patient person with the ability to stay focused on any task at hand. God prepared me in advance for this road I am walking on today. God always prepares us for the next step – even when we are entirely unaware of it. You can ask him, “What am I prepared for?” The answer comes. It arrives as a still small voice – a breath, the Holy Spirit that indwells us.

Like Queen Esther, in the Bible, we are placed where God needs us to be at the right time.

Esther 4: 14.

Esther 4:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

My mother’s name is Esther, and I remember the meaning of her name.

Esther could be translated as “star” in Persian. The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. This was not her desire, but she was put in this position by God and through Esther, the nation was saved.

If you have committed your life to Jesus, our Messiah, then you don’t need to worry about your next step – as it was for Queen Esther, your arrival will be on time. Trust in God to guide your days, and you will be precisely where you need to be at the right time.

Right now, I need to be in my kitchen organizing my cupboard and in my office writing some more Haiku today. Bob has the dogs out for a walk, and when they return, we will be working in the kitchen today. One little thing at a time is all it takes to make your life and your home a more excellent place to be as we shelter-in-place and wait out the pestilence that is moving across this country and the entire world.

Don’t live in fear. Know that God has everything in control no matter how it appears. I recommend that you not watch much on TV because the majority of the reporting is based on fear. Be filled with faith, instead. Do something that makes you feel good inside.

What will that be?

Where are you?

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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.

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

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Advent – The Jesus Candle

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Advent

The Jesus Candle

Christmas Day

A WHITE  CANDLE in the CENTER of the Advent Wreath

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 by Lynda McKinney Lambert

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This is so exciting, Isn’t it!

Are you ready?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace on Earth

Comes when PEACE lives inside of  US.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

he came to redeem US;

he came to SAVE US.

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

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

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

St. Augustine of Hippo

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

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

Go To Week 1 – the Candle of HOPE

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

The Candle of Preparation (Bethlehem candle)

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

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Lynda’s 2 blogs:

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

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

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

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

Would you like to begin to write a journal?

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

Let’s begin the Journal Journey and begin

WRITING BY INNER VISION in 2019

Contact Lynda:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Merry Christmas 

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Friday Favs – Someone Left the Gate Open!

 

 

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Friday Favs

 

My THEME for TODAY

“Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open”

 

I tucked this thought into my

PONDER FILE

 

 

 

I love OPEN GATES, don’t you?

Along with this thought, I will remember to

STAY IN MY OWN LANE.

That means I will keep my focus on my own unique creative activities and not look at another person to follow or imitate.

There is only ONE of ME.

It is so easy to let other people try to put their stamp on me or allow anyone to influence me to turn my intentions into another direction that is not mine.

For 2018, I adopted the word, ABIDE, as my ONE WORD for the year. This is something I do each January 1st – when others are making New Year’s Resolutions or Setting a Yearly Goal.

I no longer do this. Instead, I set my INTENTION for the year by selecting ONE WORD to LIVE BY.

During the past twelve months, I’ve kept the image of me, ABIDING, on the front burner of my thoughts.

 

We EACH have a PLAN for LIFE that is ours alone. It is OUR PERSONAL LANE.

Remember this:

NEVER glance over your shoulder into another person’s lane.

Your PLAN IS not their PLAN.

 

Never envy another person’s achievements.

Instead, applaud them and cheer them on.

 

You have your OWN plan – UNIQUE to only YOU.

Did you know this?

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

 

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

By now, you may be asking:

“How do I implement my unique plan”

First:

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

Second:

Resolve to discover this plan and walk in it. No one else can know what your gifts are, except you. Remember, you are going to walk in your own lane, not in anyone else’s idea of what your lane might be. Others will try to fashion you into their vision of who you are. Don’t fall for that. You are far more than anything another person can dream up for you.

Third:

Become the person you truly are. This is when you decide to make your own changes according to who you know inside that you are. There is a sill, small voice that directs us and if we are quiet and seek that voice, we find it.

Fourth:

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

Finally:

You will arrive at the place where you shine. The real you comes out for all to see. It is not a copy of anyone else. God is not in the cloning business.

You surely will…

Live EACH DAY LIKE SOMEONE LEFT THE GATE OPEN.

Because

Someone did!

 

John 10:10

I am come that they might have life,

and that they might have it more abundantly.

~Jesus

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about people, books, articles, blogs, re-blogs,  & places.

Enjoy some FRIDAY FAVS as published by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

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