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Featured book and book review of Walking by Inner Vision by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Title: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
Author Name: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Description:
70 poems written over the career of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
She began her career as a published author in September 1990. When her poem, “Even in Arcadia,” appeared in The Daily Athenian, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Because she was a Fine Arts Studio major, her poetry was inspired by her art history courses. From that time forward, her poetry and other writings are influenced by themes located in the art world.
At the time of her first poetry recognition, Lynda was a new student in the MFA program as a painter, at the university. This first publication gave her the confidence to continue to send out her poems and it was the beginning of a professional life in writing.
She wrote this first published poem as an undergraduate student working on the BFA Degree in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA – in 1988.

This is my author’s page for information on my books.
Purchase link: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Excerpt:
The book is divided into 4 sections of poetry.
The opening poem is “Star Signs,” and this is the lead in to the book.
The theme comes from Genesis 1:14 when we have a description of God creating the universe and in particular the stars or “lights in the sky.” My book begins right here, at the beginning of all creation.
Each of the 4 sections is a theme that is located in a poem. That section has a quote from the opening poem of that specific section. These are quotes from the text – an they invite the reader to proceed on into the text that follows.
As with all of my writing there are some themes that are recurring: Passage of time; Elements of Nature; Landscape and Place; Life journey as a Pilgrimage to a destination, motifs from art, music, and dance; contrast between light and darkness.
The predominate motif from this scripture is the structure on which I created this group of 70 poems. Genesis 1:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the

Author bio (Media Kit)
*****Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
A collection of 70 poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
*****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. DLD Books.
This is the 2nd book authored by Pennsylvania artist, professor, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert. She invites readers into her world 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. She uses 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. The book is a collection of memoirs through poetry and creative non-fiction essays. 16 poems, 28 essays.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Inner-Vision-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B06WWN2VH4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

To hear my audio review of Walking by Inner Vision, please visit:

Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\BKVT7VTG\18_Official Bio Blurb_author.docx ***** *****Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
© 2003 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Kota Press.
Lynda authored this first full-length book in 2003. She created poems and stories from her annual journeys in Europe as she taught a course for college students in drawing & writing. This book is available through Amazon at:
Contact Lynda: riverwoman@zoominternet.net
Amazon: Limited copies available as new or used books.
Lynda is currently writing a revised and updated version of this book.
Lynda’s stories & poems are published in a variety of Literary Magazines, Anthologies, and Books world-wide.

*****In 1991, Lynda received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award which is “an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.”
Lynda’s award is in the fields of Author and Artist.
The 2019 award is selected by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.
***She is an award-winning writer. In 2017 she was nominated by Spirit Fire Review for Skirt Best of the Net Award in Essay. She was also a winner in the 2017-18 and 2018-19, Proverse (Hong Kong) Prizes for a Single Poem and it is featured in 2 anthologies, Mingled Voices 2, and 3.
*****Lynda’s tanka is published in the anthology, Spent Blossoms, 2015, by the Tanka Society of America.
*****Lynda McKinney Lambert’s career and story is featured in the book, Artful Alchemy, edited by Ann Copeland, DLD Books, 2017.
*****Lynda has won awards for her fine art since she began her career in 1976. She has won awards for the past 4 years in the InSights: international art exhibitions in Louisville, KY. Lynda has been honored by the American Printing House for the Blind for her award-winning mixed-media fiber and bead work which has received awards in this juried exhibition.
*****Her art work has appeared in over 300 exhibitions world-wide, since 1976.
Her art works have been juried into international exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; Papua, New Guinea, and she has exhibited in over 400 exhibitions world-wide over her career. She creates talismans and wall pieces in using medieval techniques.

Lynda’s Education:
She earned a BFA in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
and MFA degrees in Painting, West Virginia University, 1991.
She earned a MA degree in English at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994.
Her cross-discipline approach to education and life-long pursuits in fine art and writing, have opened a niche market for her creative works around the world.

Personal Life:
Lynda is married to Charles R. (Bob) Lambert. The couple have 5 grown children. Bob and Lynda live in a century-old home in rural western Pennsylvania. Lynda works in her fiber studio and in her writing office daily. The couple have 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. They enjoy gardening and taking care of any feral cats that come for a meal or a safe place to hang out. The couple have 5 grown children – grand children and great-grandchildren. Bob and Lynda have been married for fifty-eight years.

Lynda Lambert
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
2 Blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com

SCAN-A-BLOG: http://www.llambert363.blog
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com
Mailing Address:
104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

Book Title: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
Author Name: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Description:
70 poems written over the career of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
She began her career as a published author in September 1990. When her poem, “Even in Arcadia,” appeared in The Daily Athenian, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Because she was a Fine Arts Studio major, her poetry was inspired by her art history courses. From that time forward, her poetry and other writings are influenced by themes located in the art world.
At the time of her first poetry recognition, Lynda was a new student in the MFA program as a painter, at the university. This first publication gave her the confidence to continue to send out her poems and it was the beginning of a professional life in writing.
She wrote this first published poem as an undergraduate student working on the BFA Degree in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA – in 1988.

This is my author’s page for information on my books.
Purchase link: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Excerpt:
The book is divided into 4 sections of poetry.
The opening poem is “Star Signs,” and this is the lead in to the book.
The theme comes from Genesis 1:14 when we have a description of God creating the universe and in particular the stars or “lights in the sky.” My book begins right here, at the beginning of all creation.
Each of the 4 sections is a theme that is located in a poem. That section has a quote from the opening poem of that specific section. These are quotes from the text – an they invite the reader to proceed on into the text that follows.
As with all of my writing there are some themes that are recurring: Passage of time; Elements of Nature; Landscape and Place; Life journey as a Pilgrimage to a destination, motifs from art, music, and dance; contrast between light and darkness.
The predominate motif from this scripture is the structure on which I created this group of 70 poems. Genesis 1:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the

Author bio (Media Kit)
*****Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
A collection of 70 poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
*****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. DLD Books.
This is the 2nd book authored by Pennsylvania artist, professor, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert. She invites readers into her world 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. She uses 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. The book is a collection of memoirs through poetry and creative non-fiction essays. 16 poems, 28 essays.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Inner-Vision-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B06WWN2VH4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

To hear my audio review of Walking by Inner Vision, please visit:

Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\BKVT7VTG\18_Official Bio Blurb_author.docx ***** *****Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
© 2003 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Kota Press.
Lynda authored this first full-length book in 2003. She created poems and stories from her annual journeys in Europe as she taught a course for college students in drawing & writing. This book is available through Amazon at:
Contact Lynda: riverwoman@zoominternet.net
Amazon: Limited copies available as new or used books.
Lynda is currently writing a revised and updated version of this book.
Lynda’s stories & poems are published in a variety of Literary Magazines, Anthologies, and Books world-wide.

*****In 1991, Lynda received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award which is “an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.”
Lynda’s award is in the fields of Author and Artist.
The 2019 award is selected by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.
***She is an award-winning writer. In 2017 she was nominated by Spirit Fire Review for Skirt Best of the Net Award in Essay. She was also a winner in the 2017-18 and 2018-19, Proverse (Hong Kong) Prizes for a Single Poem and it is featured in 2 anthologies, Mingled Voices 2, and 3.
*****Lynda’s tanka is published in the anthology, Spent Blossoms, 2015, by the Tanka Society of America.
*****Lynda McKinney Lambert’s career and story is featured in the book, Artful Alchemy, edited by Ann Copeland, DLD Books, 2017.
*****Lynda has won awards for her fine art since she began her career in 1976. She has won awards for the past 4 years in the InSights: international art exhibitions in Louisville, KY. Lynda has been honored by the American Printing House for the Blind for her award-winning mixed-media fiber and bead work which has received awards in this juried exhibition.
*****Her art work has appeared in over 300 exhibitions world-wide, since 1976.
Her art works have been juried into international exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; Papua, New Guinea, and she has exhibited in over 400 exhibitions world-wide over her career. She creates talismans and wall pieces in using medieval techniques.

Lynda’s Education:
She earned a BFA in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
and MFA degrees in Painting, West Virginia University, 1991.
She earned a MA degree in English at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994.
Her cross-discipline approach to education and life-long pursuits in fine art and writing, have opened a niche market for her creative works around the world.

Personal Life:
Lynda is married to Charles R. (Bob) Lambert. The couple have 5 grown children. Bob and Lynda live in a century-old home in rural western Pennsylvania. Lynda works in her fiber studio and in her writing office daily. The couple have 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. They enjoy gardening and taking care of any feral cats that come for a meal or a safe place to hang out. The couple have 5 grown children – grand children and great-grandchildren. Bob and Lynda have been married for fifty-eight years.

Lynda Lambert
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
2 Blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com

SCAN-A-BLOG: http://www.llambert363.blog
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com
Mailing Address:
104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

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Featured Book of the Week: Words of Life: Poems and Essays by Ann Chiappetta

Hello everyone,

Thanks to all of you who commented on Joan Myles’s book last week. This week I have another fabulous book of poetry to share with you.

words of life ebook cover

Our featured book of the week is entitled Words of Life: Poems and Essays, written by Ann Chiappetta

 

Description:

Beautifully and powerfully, the author writes about both the light and dark sides of life. Here are poems and essays about nature, blindness, social isolation, families, dogs, delightful scents, and the power of the muse. Just as in her first book, Upwelling, there is no fluff here. To read Ann Chiappetta’s works is to feel them deeply, appreciate them mightily, and remember them forever.

 

Purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/Words-Life-Essays-Ann-Chiappetta-ebook/dp/B07PH82GJ5/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Words+of+Life%3A+Poems+and+Essays&qid=1554404844&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

Excerpt:

 

The writing muscle

 

Pumps ideas from gray matter

 

The writing muscle

Is a narsisist

Caring not for other obligations

Pouting when ignored

 

The muscle

requires attention,

exercise, nurturing

 

Sometimes it even demands control like

Symbiotic partnerships

 

And then, like the actions

Demanded by a well pumped

bicep or quadriceps

It will tremble with effort and delight

Overtake the writer’s chore list

 

Odorous Laundry piles ignored

Phone calls delayed

And an occasional burnt dinner entrée

fall victim

To the whims of

The Schwarzenegger Muse.

 

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About the Author:

 

Ann Chiappetta M.S. is an author   and poet.  Her writing has been featured in many small press publications and collegiate journals. Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine. And her poems are often featured in Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath and Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow.  Her first collection, UPWELLING: POEMS and FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST, released in 2016 and 2017, are available in both eBook and print formats from:

www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/.

 

 

Connect with Ann at the following links:

 

blog:

http://www.thought-wheel.com

personal website:

www.annchiappetta.com

 

Social links:

https://twitter.com/Anniedungarees

https://www.facebook.com/verona.chiappetta

 

Call to Action:

 

If you’d like to have a book featured on my blog, please fill out the form at the following link:

https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact

or send an email to:

annwrites75@gmail.com

with “featured book of the week” in the subject line, and I’ll be happy to send you my questionnaire.

Until next time, God bless you and may you find your next great read.

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chimes and other sounds as indspiration for writing

Good morning,
I have a question and a message for all the writers who follow and read my blog. When you are trying to write something, whether it be a novel, essay, or any other piece you’re working on, do you ever find that you have writers block? That sometimes happens to me. This happened on a couple of days during NaNoWriMo last year.
Let me share with you what I did to combat my writers block. Although everyone has a different approach to avoiding writers block, I personally sat out on my front porch on an overcast day, with a light breeze to cool me off. I sat listening to the wind chimes that my mom has hanging on the porch, and all of a sudden a burst of inspiration hit me, and I was able to write for hours after that.
What I’m getting at here, is that inspiration can strike at the oddest moments, and by the simplest attributes of your day. For example, your child could make a comment about a cartoon character he/she likes, or you can simply hear a tune or a certain sound that triggers an idea, and gets the words flowing through your mind. When that happens my friend, don’t take these special inspirational moments for granted, you never know what story, poem, essay, novel, or other form of writing can be created when inspiration strikes.
Happy writing and God bless,
Ann