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July 27, 2020

GIFTS of the SPIRIT Blog

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by Lynda McKinney Lambert

GIFTS of the SPIRIT  – posts to encourage, educate and uplift.

A Quiet Place

Fine Art and Literature

I love to give GIFTS  and I love to receive gifts.

When we receive a gift it reveals an aspect of ourselves we never knew. The gift reveals what was hidden.

Lynda McKinney Lambert

  Today’s Gift:

The Writer’s Grapevine Magazine

 

Visit The Writer’s Grapevine now.

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I am also very happy to announce my first chapbook publication, by Finishing Line Press.  This is the first chapbook in a series of 4 – One for each season.

NEW- first snow (chapbook)

 

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In episode #7 on the Talk To Tell it to the World Podcasts,  author and artist Lynda McKinney Lambert takes us on a journey which includes painting, poetry and more.

Listen to Lynda and Patty

 

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WELCOME…

to Gifts of the Spirit Blog

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Lynda McKinney Lambert

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Book Review – Christ Crush: Poems & A Story

 Post #231

July 25, 2020

Saturday is for SHARING

A Book Review

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

 

Christ Crush: Poems & a Story

By Shelley J. Alongi

Find this book on AMAZON

Paperback $6.50

Kindle –$2.99 or Free with Unlimited

Book Design:

Size: 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches

Front Cover:

bold and memorable

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.

BACK COVER

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.

Book Details:

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.”

In Resurrectionthe 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!

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Gifts of the Spirit Blog, by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

 Lynda is the author of 4 books:

* Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage Buy it!

Lynda’s first collection of stories, poems, and journal reflections. Kota Press, January 1, 2003.

* Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems Buy it!

Lynda’s 2nd book.  Publication DLD Books, 2017.

*Star Signs: New & Selected Poems     See it here!

54 poems 145 pages.  DLD Books, 2019.

AND… her FIRST CHAPBOOK

first snow   Check it out!

Poems with a Wintry Theme.  Published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.

 

 

Thank you for visiting today.

Miss Opal and Lynda McKinney Lambert

Contact Miss Opal and Lynda at:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

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Poetry, Art and Space

Post #229

July 7, 2020

Poetry, Art

and Space

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Copyright July 7, 2020. All rights reserved.

Recently, someone wrote to me with a question about how I read a poem using technologies for the blind.

I have a visual impairment and cannot read by looking at a page.  Instead, after I write a poem, I can see it on a computer screen that has a black background with white text. It must be blown up – 8 times normal.  I have a screen reader that reads the work to me, also.

 

When I want to do a presentation to a group in a public setting. I put my poems on a device that is a digital recorder. It is small, and fits into the palm of my hand.  I have previously recorded my poems, one line at a time, onto the device.  I use an earpiece, and with just the touch of a button, I can hear the poem.  I speak what I hear – line by line – and this is how I do a presentation. It works for me.

Question:  How do you eliminate the spaces between lines where the machine tells you what to say?

I am not sure what you are asking with this question.

This implies to me that you believe there is something undesirable  about a space or moments, when I read a poem out loud.

Do you mean the use of space when reading a poem?

Or, in viewing an art work?

Is it the use of space when writing the poem or creating a work of art?

 

Does filling spaces mean a continuous stream of chatter?

Is it like watching TV programming or listening to the radio?

No, it is not a commercial concern for filling up space with something else.  I view the space as a shape in time.

 

 

In writing and in art, space is an important thing to recognize and experience.  It gives us room to think and discover, at the same time we are reading, viewing, feeling  or listening.

Silent spaces are crucial to poetry – in writing a poem,, reading a poem aloud, and contemplating meaning. Begin to think of space as an actual place – it is a LANDSCAPE as tangible as a TREE , or  RIVER.

 

In the poetry and art classrooms, space is essential. Long silences are important as students become a co-creator with the author or the artist who created the work they are viewing.

Understanding goes much deeper than speech.

 

I am very aware of space when I read – I want to be patient and take time for space to be experienced.

Space allows for breath – and it is breath that is the scaffolding on which the poem exists. I never read by thinking about “a line.”   I am much more intent on breath and space when I read anything. It takes many years to begin to understand that in reading a poem, one must learn to fall into it – to lay in it, to travel deeply into it physically and conceptually.

The poem/art requires the entire body to get to an understanding of it.

 

My work is influenced by Japanese ideals of balance and meaning.

 

For instance, I have a large Zen Meditation Garden which I tend daily. Traditionally, this type of garden is the opposite of what most people think of as a garden.

No flowers.

No waterfall or fountain.

No decorations.

It is about the entire space.

It is a complete world inside of the perimeter of the short wall of hand- cut barn stones

Instead the garden is about symmetry, textures, and nature as a metaphor.

Every space is an important element and part of the whole concept of stillness and timelessness.

 

Empty space is very important in art and in poetry – yet, it is not really empty. It holds meaning.

Think of Japanese woodcut prints. Empty space holds as much – or even more – meaning as the imagery does.

Filling up every  space is cluttering. 

I think visual and auditory space is as important as words. Space gives time for contemplation and anticipation in a way that is powerful.

 

As I read aloud, I have no thoughts of eliminating space. It is the same if I am reading quietly in my office or before an audience. I am speaking my own words and thoughts.

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Take a LOOK – Smashwords – E-book

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Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

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Star Signs: New and Selected Poems

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Lynda Lambert covers a wide 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 large collection with the title poem, Star Signs, which walks us through the alphabet as 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 brush strokes 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 wonderful feast for the eyes and the mind.

—Wesley D. Sims, author of Taste of Change
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Here is a poem from this book:

Painting in Mid–October

Autumn’s morning light revealed changes
Undermined the scarlet–red palette
Taking center stage on the painting
Undulating rain cast gray–violet hues
Misty diffusion brought a new perspective
Not anticipated yesterday
Aroused the softened brushstrokes
Layered over the primed canvas.
Dying is a careful arrangement
A graceful staged performance
Yellow leaves are faithful dancers
Spectacular choreography!

 

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Available ebook format at SMASHWORDS.

 

SMASHWORDS ASKED  LYNDA to describe her WRITING PROCESS.

READ her RESPONSE to the QUESTION!

 

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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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Read it!

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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.

 

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HABIT Stacking for Success.

Post #228

27 June 2020

Habit Stacking for Success.

Do you need some help to  meet some of your own time-management and personal development goals?

You are not alone.  I need help, too!

If you are like me, you want to do so many things but when you consider the time it will take it feels overwhelming.  Sometimes I just turn my back on things that I want to accomplish for the time-commitment seems to be unreasonable.

Today, I read this  Blog Post on Habit Stacking

As I read, I began having  an “Aha!” moment, like quiet whispers in my mind. ‘Lynda, you can do this!’ was the message I heard.

I knew this idea-

HABIT STACKING,

is an answer for solving my time-management desires.

For instance, I have a  big stack of books I want to read. They are print copies – and I will have to read them on my CCTV – very slowly.   I’m a VISUAL LEARNER so I appreciate them more when I can READ books on  the MERLIN, a  Closed Circuit Television  for visually impaired people – even though it is slow going.

I am visually impaired, by the way!

These  are all books I purchased because I think they are important, educational or  enjoyable.

Here’s my problem.  I’ve accumulated the books  for the past few years. When I organized my office, I put the books into organizing cubes. I bought the containers at Dollar Tree.  For just $1. each, they hold about fifteen books.  But that did not solve the real issue.

My problem is that I have not found a way to get my books read.

With this new idea of HABIT STACKING, I can see the possibility of getting into the HABIT of READING my books. I will begin to READ CONSISTANTLY from the BOOKS in my collection. One at a time – nice an EASY.

 

FIFTEEN MINUTES A DAY.

It’s time for me to take an ACTION

 I will  MAKE  A NEW HABIT.

 

Here’s what I think is reasonable for me to do.

 

I’ll follow the HABIT STACKING FORMULA  given by

AUTHOR: ELBERT JOHN MEGINO

on the blog:

 Vir Glarea

Here is how that will work – this quote is from the blog:

HABIT STACKING = AFTER / BEFORE [ CURRENT HABIT ], I WILL [ NEW HABIT ]

  • After I wake up, I will begin my day with prayer and meditation.
  • After I drink my  morning coffee in my favorite cup,  I will read a book for 15 minutes.
  • Before I open my computer  in the morning, I will write 3 intentions/goals for the day.   What 3 things will I do today?
  • After lunch,  I will take time for rest and silence.

 

I will begin this program to begin Habit Stacking on July 1, 2020.

I’ll let you know how that goes – I’ll post my experiences here on

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

I hope you will think about joining me for the month of JULY with your own HABIT STACKING project.

Can we  do this together?

What do you think?

Do you have additional ideas about Habit Stacking?

Please let me know how HABIT STACKING is working for you.

*Bonus:

Since I mentioned having my coffee from a special, favorite cup, I will give you the LINK to the potter who made it;

Visit Mud Monkey’s Studio

 

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$3.99 on SMASHWORDS

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My Books

Amazon Authors Page

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems

Website

FaceBook

Recent Anthology Publication

 

Copyright, June 27, 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.

 

 

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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

$2.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

 

Take a LOOK – Smashwords – E-book

READ a 20% SAMPLE for FREE.

 

SMASHWORDS ASKED  LYNDA to describe her WRITING PROCESS.

READ her RESPONSE to the QUESTION!

 

$2.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

 

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.

 

$2.99 on SMASHWOR?DS today!

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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.

 

 

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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
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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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Morning Hour

Post #215

November 19 2019

“Morning Hour”

a poem by

Lynda McKinney Lambert

from her new chapbook

first snow

 

Listen to Lynda McKinney Lambert reading her poem, “Morning Hour.”

 

Morning Hour

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

A nippy breeze

wrapped around my bare feet

like soft gray cashmere clouds.

In the early morning hour

My own reflection

slowly materialized-

I was exposed, naked,

on a clear icy glass

surface.

Outside the frozen windowpane,

an icicle boundary

surrounded my view

of the aging Douglas Fir.

I turned for a closer look

through the silent porthole

Quick movements

in the shadow

revealed

one tiny ruffled bird,

a solo performer

hunkered down, deep,

on snow-clogged branches.

Inside, this room

a blizzard-

a scattering of words still lingered-

Waited to be gathered,

In a winter bouquet-written on a page,

in spite of the bitter cold.

We have been here

for a thousand years

In the early morning hour.

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Published:

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

Lambert, Lynda McKinney. first snow, chapbook, 22 Poems. Finishing Line Press, January 3, 2020.

Courtesy of PA Author and Poet –

Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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first snow is a beautiful collection of 30 poems

 Order Your Copy Here!

Order NOW. Your chapbook will be shipped on January 3, 2020.

Just in time for a Beginning-of-the-New-Year gift for loved ones.

Think about gifting first snow for a Valentine’s Day gift, too.  Perfect gift of LOVE.  Only 13.99 plus shipping – available ONLY through Finishing Line Press –

After January 3, this chapbook will be available through Amazon – but don’t wait.

 Order Your Copy Here!