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.
My first chapbook is published by Finishing Line Press.
I’ve put together a collection of 30 wintry-theme poems.
It is available in paperback, or Hard Back copies directly from the publisher at Finishing Line Press. I am so thrilled to have my chapbook available as a hardbound book and a print edition.
I am working on writing a chapbook for each season.
I love chapbooks and have a little collection of special ones in my personal library. They are like a work of art, to me. They have a feeling of preciousness, which I like so much.
A chapbook is shorter than a full-length book, and it has a focus on one theme.
Since I’ve always found winter to be a beautiful time of year in my area of Western Pennsylvania, this is my way of celebrating the season.
With this new publication, I am thinking about creating a chapbook for each of the 4 seasons. I like to work in a series, and I think this would be an excellent way to do that in the future.
My poems are spare – uncluttered by unnecessary words or punctuation. I like to keep them pure and without distractions. Readers tell me how enjoyable it is to read my seasonal poems. Here is a quote by a reader,
The crisp quality of the words and vision… is made poignant by the author’s personal history and victory with physical sight. Her heart comes through her hands and pen. Her words are fresh, yet rooted and ancient. The Natural realms intersecting with the Spiritual realms plus the Human daily-realm creates a deeply pleasing flavor of poetry. Accessible. Thoughtful. Power
_Elizabeth Enright Phillips, owner of Running Creek Co Limited, ardent minimalist, author
Lynda Lambert covers a vast terrain of subjects and topics in this new book, from lights to legends to seasons, treating us to images and metaphors about plants, people, and weather. She opens this extensive collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet. It digs through thoughts, emotions, and observations, “Using star signs to map out new terrain.”
Throughout this book of poems, these gems of poetic creation shimmer like beads on her fabric art, like bold brushstrokes of color on her paintings, and reflect light like the gemstones on her prize-winning piece of mixed–media fiber artwork. It seems this entire collection is like a multifaceted mural.
Her attentiveness to nature and strong reflections from memory have woven from a collage of remnants a beautiful tapestry for us. It offers a beautiful feast for the eyes and the mind.
—Wesley D. Sims, Author of Taste of Change
This is the author’s third book of poetry. Cover photo by James Wheeler from Pexels Cover design, editing, layout, and e-book conversion by DLD Books
Description of the cover image of Star Signs:
The late evening photo shows several delicate, bare trees in silhouette, leaning slightly to the right, against a violet-colored sky. There is a faint streak of pinkish light to the right of the trees, low on the horizon. Thousands of stars are visible in the sky. The solid black landscape below the trees appears to be the shore of a darkened lake, which is in the foreground. A few stars are reflected in the water. The overall impression is one of stillness and beauty. The predominant colors are black and violet, along with white pinpoints of starlight. The title and subtitle are in white at the top of the cover, and the author’s name is in white at the bottom.
NEWS: This book is now available to the National Library Services BARD program. You can order the book, read by Polly Slavet by asking BARD for DBC 11608. You will LOVE Polly’s elegant presentation of Lynda’s book!
Take a journey through the seasons of a year from January through December. With award-winning Pennsylvania Author and Artist Lynda McKinney Lambert
In 2019 Lynda received the prestigious
Albert Nelson Marquis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the fields of Artist & Author
This award is given by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board, to honor Biographees who have achieved career longevity.
Lynda is a retired Professor of Fine Arts & Humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA
Her first book is-
Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
Kota Press, 2002
She wrote the book from her travel journal entries, as she taught a course in Europe each summer. From this first published book, the theme of “life as a sacred pilgrimage,” This theme endures in all of her subsequent writings.
In her 2nd book, Lynda continues to take readers on the road with her as she travels through a life pilgrimage from her earliest memories to her present septuagenarian years as a well-known artist, author, educator.
Lynda retired in 2008, after sudden sight loss due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. During her recovery and rehabilitation process, she began to write stories & poems for her new blog, Walking by Inner Vision.
In the beginning, her blog was her way of communicating with the world again after sight loss.
Lynda became aware that she was now living in a world of inner vision.
She did not realize at the time that this blog was the beginning step towards the book now available on Audible.
Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
A personal, private, and spiritual walk through the seasons
There is a large pink flower in full bloom in the center. The tips of the flower touch the right and left side of the cover—it stans alone on a dark marble background of black and deep brown.
features a photo of the author playing the piano, and the turquoise colored text is on a light pink background. Information about the author is on the back cover.
This book is more abundant than expected for a short collection of poems, which was a pleasant surprise. Shelley dedicated her book “To Christ, my crush.”
The most unusual discovery that I quickly saw is that the book does not have page numbers. There is a chronological list of 10 writings in the “Contents” beneath the Dedication. No page numbers are listed. This is unusual but the lack of page numbers really gives a sense of timelessness and space, which I liked.
The first poem of this collection asks, “Who are you?” The poem is a listing of attributes and a variety of circumstances in the life of Christ.
In the long poem, “Creator of Time,” we are taken step by step on a journey not only of Christ’s life but also into Shelley’s life of redemption and anticipation of the future with Christ. The poem explores the many nuances of time.
In the poem, “Christ Crush,” we have an intimate view of the relationship she has with Christ.
No place to lay your head,
Birds have nests,
Lay your head here,
In my heart…
I am content,
where you are,
You are with me.”
InResurrection, the poet is standing as a witness at the empty tomb of Jesus. She listens as Mary Magdalene does not recognize Jesus as he walked up to ask,
“Why are you weeping?”
This is a stunning moment. I felt like I stood there, too, exploring my own emotions. Mary’s eyes were opened. She saw Jesus indeed rose from the grave and standing in our presence.
Through Shelley Alongi’s poems, we are taken on an intensely intimate journey through her reflections and personal responses to the ancient texts. Shelley tells the significant details so that we are there with her as she goes through the historic and world-changing stories.
I highly recommend this little book of enormous poems and a story. I think that each piece in the book could be used as a daily devotion, thus, reading through the book slowly and savoring the experience. I wanted to stop and ponder the experiences in each poem.
She explores other memorable references: the heavens, the Brightest Star, betrayal, pain, forgiveness, death, Resurrection, history, and redemption.
The selections of poems end like a victory dance with God, as he says to Jesus,
“You’ve got this!”
After the poems, there is the story “The Tree.”
I will leave this remarkable story a mystery. You will have to read it yourself and see what you discover.
My recommendation is to buy several copies of this little book, and give them to friends or family members for a birthday or holiday gift. The beauty of the book’s cover make it particularly appealing for gifting. And, the poems and story are excellent. You do not have to be a poetry expert to appreciate and enjoy this book. It’s a good read!
Visit a previous Saturday is for Sharing story about Shelley Alongi and her 4 published books – from 2018. I recommend her books to you – you will be very pleased with any of them.
Tell me what you think about this book!
Gifts of the Spirit Blog, by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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”
Accept the fact that there really is an individual, Divine, plan for your life. And it is a GOOD ONE!
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.
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.
Think about the gifts you already have. Begin to use those God-given gifts that are yours.
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.
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.
SCAN: A Quiet Place of Inspiration
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Every year my sister, Patti, tends her flower gardens from early spring to the first frosts of late autumn.
As she took me on a tour of her flower beds one afternoon, she grinned with pride when she pointed out her roses. Every flower gardener I have ever known has loved their rose bushes and each one has shown tremendous pride in the beauty of the flowers on a rose bush.
Last August, Patti brought me a birthday bouquet she had created from her flower beds – and the prize flower in the bouquet was a very stunning pink rose! I think no matter how much a gardener loves all the flowers they have blooming, it is the rose bushes that seem to elicit the most pride and happiness to them. Roses are the dazzling queens of the flower bids. They seems to be the proverbial “icing on the cake.”
***Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert:
Patti’s Flowers on my Dining Room Table
Ah, yes, I contend that the rose is Queen of all Flowers!
I am certain of it! As you begin doing some research on the “rose” as an iconic image, you will soon find references to
Mary, the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
She is often depicted with a rose in her hand, or surrounded by roses. Roses are used as garlands in art and sculpture and roses are used to encircle the Queen of Heaven. Roses are a halo at times in Christian lore as well as in pre-Christian mythology. Mary’s son, Jesus Christ, is symbolized as a rose. King Solomon described Jesus as “the rose of Sharon.” You can find this particular reference in The Song of Solomon, 2:1. There are many other such references as well.
In a popular German Christmas song,
these words are from an Eighteenth Century poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe;
“es ist ein Ros entsprungen.”
This can be translated in English to
“A Rose has sprung.”
You may recognize this Christmas song as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” or “A Spotless Rose.” This song is a Protestant Christmas Carol and a Catholic Marian hymn that originated in Germany. I remember it from my childhood when we all stood to sing carols together at the small Methodist Church in my village.
Below you will read a poem about her visit and something we did together. Sometimes, it is unusual when we think of a child teaching a parent a lesson of some sort. But, here in my poem, a daughter teaches me a lesson in a unique way.
This poem, “When My Daughter Cuts the Roses,” marks the beginning of Advent in our home. The bouquet of flowers on my dining room table today reminds me that now is the Season of Hope. As I listen to the latest news from around the world, it feels like the whole world is longing for hope right now – Oh, I know! It does appear the the entire planet is in deep distress. The EARTH could be laboring for the birth of HOPE. Perhaps there is a longing for hope in the souls of Earth’s people and all of NATURE.
On the First Week of Advent we can choose to keep our thoughts and our eyes focused on HOPE as we light that first candle.
There is great beauty in the symbols of the weekly lighting of the Advent candles. When the FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT comes this year, we can pause to embrace the message of the ROSE and the coming of the LIGHT, who is promised from ancient times.
Ah, yes! As I complete the writing of this essay, I am hearing a tune in my mind.
This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air, Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere; True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us, And lightens every load.
(Final stanza of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming)
“When my Daughter Cuts the Roses”
My daughter looked
At the bouquet of fresh roses
noticed two of them were drooping.
“Let me show you how to trim the roses
so they stay fresh and strong.” she said.
Her hands held the roses firmly
one-by-one, trimmed off extra leaves
“These will make the water stink,” she said.
She found scissors in the drawer
put the roses in a bowl of tepid water
held each stem under water
sliced them all, diagonally –
“As I cut the rose under the water,
little bubbles of air come to the surface.
Now, when the rose inhales
it will only breathe water into it,
it won’t fill up with air.
The living water inside the stems
gives longer life to each rose.”
She carried the freshened flowers
In the tall glass vase
back to the center of the dining room table
darkest crimson buds, sunny yellow petals,
deep green fern leaves
and a frilly white carnation.
This essay & poem is brought to you by the author, Lynda McKinney Lambert.
I was usually outside on the streets most of the day when I was in Venice. There is so much to see and enjoy. I didn’t want to miss a bit of it.
I enjoyed watching the city come to life each day.
There is a feeling you have in Venice that is different than any place I’ve ever visited. Elegance, history, and beauty surround you any time of day or night.
First, the street sweepers arrived before dawn.
They begin cleaning the streets of accumulations from the day and night before. Each morning the streets are renewed by a team of street sweepers. They work quickly and I love watching them. This morning ritual was like watching a lyrical dance on a stage.
Next, the people who live in the buildings that surround the campos arrive.
Some scurry off to work; others are opening their shops; some to church services; others, to sit quietly and talk toge. You have the feeling that this activity has not hcanged over the centuries – it is a ritual of awakening each day in such an historic place.
I always carried my sketchbook with me on my excursions.
I sketched; wrote poems; snapped photos.
This photo captures life in Venice, Italy.
PHOTO: The 2 Venetian women never saw me sitting nearby for they were absorbed in conversation.
This is their hood.
Thank you for visiting my SCAN blog today!
How I appreciate all of you!
This essay and photograph is brought to you by the author, Lynda McKinney Lambert.
I wrote this review of a chapbook by Tennessee Poet, Wes Sims. This lovely book of poetry was published in Campbell’s World, a blog owned by another Tennessee author, Patty Fletcher. Thank you, Patty, for your interest in writing and promotion of so many authors.
Good morning Bookworms everywhere.
After having taken a couple personal days off, Campbell and I are back in action here in campbellsworld.
This morning I’ve a treat for you.
Author Lynda McKinney Lambert is back in our Reading With the Authors column with a review of a poetry that has made even me want to read it.
I’m not one to read such a book as is described here but after reading this review and having read a bit of Lynda’s original work well I have to consider the source and agree to give it a try.
Now I invite you to read Lynda’s thoughts here, and then maybe share a few of your own.
For sure share this post with your friends and make certain to read all about how to find her books before you go.
When Night Comes
by Wesley Sims
A Book Review by Lynda McKinney Lambert
I met poet Wes Sims one Sunday morning while reading my weekly issue of a poetry magazine, The Weekly Avocet, published by Charles Portolano, features poetry that has a nature theme. In one particular issue, I encountered 3 Haiku poems by Sims. Each intrigued me for he presented new ways of looking at something ordinary. The nature-themed poems caught my attention. Since Mr. Portolano encourages his writers to drop a note to other poets and to make friends with them, I sent a note to Wes Sims to say how much I enjoyed his poems.
Eventually, I learned about Wes Sims’ poetry chapbook, “When Night Comes,” because he sent me a copy. I’ve enjoyed reading this 28-page chapbook. It is a collection of twenty-four poems. You can purchase it directly from Wes Sims by contacting him – he will even sign it for you! (I’ve included his E-mail at the end of this essay.)
The chapbook’s cover is a moody black and white photo of a nocturnal landscape by the author. I thought “This is the perfect image for this collection of poems.” In addition to writing poetry, Sims likes to do photography. I found that the all-seeing-eye of the photographer is apparent in the poems, as I read through this collection. He sees and speaks of little details that might go unnoticed. It is in the description of the little things that we are brought into Sims’ world through his poems.
In “How to Use a Shoebox,” Wes Sims gives us his secret intention for writing:
“the impact of little things preserved” (p.4)
The mostly one-page poems are created by building up layers of finely nuanced accumulations. Sims is actively viewing and preserving as he writes the poems.. Minute images are intertwined with his personal and private memories as he has known them in rural Tennessee.
Sims describes his world – the present and the distant or even the historical past of his rural landscapes in Tennessee. Reading through the poems brings the reader right into his family circle. This is the place where Past and Present merge. The poem becomes a confluence in which time is collapsed. The individuals he presents are not generalized people, but they are family and they are named.
This gives us a feeling that we know them personally or that we have just met them even though many of the people who populate his poems are no longer in this world.
But, more than this Sims gives us a deeper understanding of life as he has known it – and we feel like we, too, have lived this life. In the poem, “Eyes to See,” he speaks of watching a blind man…
“Until one day, when I saw
Him in a church setting
Heard his lips sing out in prayer,
And received my revelation—
I was a blind man, too.”
(from “Eyes to See,” p. 24)
Through the book we see deserted old rundown barns and abandoned empty sheds; time-worn, rarely travelled roads up into the hills; and the last days of people who have passed away. No matter where we live or what our life is like, we relate to Wes Sims and his reflections on particular individuals, rural life, death of loved ones;, flowers, dogs, songs, snakes, music, personal memory and history. We know that our lives are enriched by the small things and places we encounter over a lifetime. It all adds up, in the end. Unimportant and trivial things really do matter.
You can find this chapbook for sale on the publishers website:
Pennsylvania artist, teacher, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert invites readers into her world of profound sight loss to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world. She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.
All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other sellers. Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/
Edited by David and Leonore H. Dvorkin of DLD Books: http://www.dldbooks.com/
Cover layout by David Dvorkin / Cover photo and back cover text by the author