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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 waterfall or fountain.
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.
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 *
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
Available ebook format at SMASHWORDS.
SMASHWORDS ASKED LYNDA to describe her WRITING PROCESS.
Lynda’s Authors Page at DLD Books: See it here! On BARD and NLS: Ask for – DBC11608
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by Beckie Ann Horter
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
shrouded in new snow
March arrived like a capricious cat
hunkered down, bent over
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 book comes in e-book, Kindle, and print formats. Cost is $3.99 for e-book and Kindle; $14.95 for print copies. It is also available online through Barnes & Noble, Amazon or anywhere books are sold.
ALSO AVAILABLE as AUDIBLE – read by Lillian Yves.
Lynda’s comment on her book:
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.
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.