#amwriting, poetry

Original Poem: Becca’s Song of Hope

Imprisoned in my fear and doubt,
My emotions claw their way out
I’m breaking free from the prison of my past
The chains that bind me, God’s plan will outlast

My will to survive and push forward
In my quest for the hidden truth
I will lean on God’s word
He shall free me from the pain of my youth.

With Granny Mary as my angelic Guide
My curiosity I cannot hide
I long to solve this mystery
And connect once more with my family

Surrounded by God’s love
Receiving his precious gifts from above
The truth shall set me free
for His grace is sufficient for me
As I embark upon my journey
To find the truth behind this mystery

Until I receive healing
for which I long
I’ll sing His praises
In the words of this song

And break the chains of my past
And shout to the mountaintop:
“I’m free at last!”

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poetry

Original Poetry: Snow Drifters

As I sit out on my front porch,
Surrounded by the autumn wind
I think about the coming snow
In far away cities and towns
Where winter will soon begin.

I picture a small cottage
With a family seated by the kitchen fire.
As travelers drift along
To find their heart’s desire
.
I See these weary drifters
Walking through the snow
Following the distant light
Leading to the hillside cottage,
With a warm fire all aglow.

What brings these weary Travelers
Out in the winter wind
Are they on a mission
Where will the journey end?

Will they make it through the bitter cold
Or find shelter for the night?
Will they follow the beaten path
Or turn toward the fire light?

Let’s pray they make it safely home
In the blinding snow
Let the firelight Lead them
Where ever they must go.

Inspirational photo to get the creative juices flowing
pen and paper

The following exercise was inspired by this poem, which I wrote out on my front porch, yesterday afternoon. Listen to the windchimes in the podcast episode linked below or listen to the nature sounds around you and write a story, poem or essay about your favorite season. Feel free to email your pieces to annwrites75@gmail.com. If you decide to post your pieces on your blog, be sure to link back to this post, so my readers and I can share them.
Link to my podcast episode:

Hugs,
Ann

Personal reflections

Original poetry: second thoughts

I have second thoughts about my journey,

The process of writing my story.

Are the words that I placed on the page

Written for gods glory?

Give me oh, Lord, the words to write

Lay your story upon my heart,

These second thoughts do not seem right

Please give me a brand new start.

What would you have me write today

To make my story ring true?

The words you Place upon my heart

I’ll share to give all the glory to you.

Amen.

#amwriting, author interviews

Interview with Lynda McKinney Lambert Part 1

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
I have a very special treat for you. Today’s special guest is my good friend and fellow writer, Lynda McKinney Lambert. She was unable to be a guest on Inspirational Journeys, due to technical difficulties, so I invited her to be a guest on my blog instead. I hope you enjoy my chat with Lynda, and I pray that you find some valuable takeaways for your own writing life.
Ann: Please tell us a little about yourself.

Lynda: I will be 76 years old on August 27. I am a wife to Bob whom I married when I was 17 and he was 20. We still love each other. In fact, we now know what love really is as we age together.
We have 5 children who are all grown. And we have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bob and I live in the rural Village of Wurtemburg, in western PA. Our ancestors settled here in the mid-1700s and this is where we choose to spend our lives. This is always the place that is “home.” No matter where else we ever went. I feel like I walk on the same paths as my ancestors walked – and it seems like we are an overlay of those courageous people who left everything that they had, to come live in America. I carry their dreams inside of me and I am grateful to them for what they gave to be here.
Bob and I like to work in our yard and in our flower gardens. Bob is a retired welder and auto body man – he was a blue-collar worker and I come from a steel workers family – so I hold those values for my own life.
We feed feral cats when they come visiting; we have adopted our 2 dogs and 2 cats from shelters or picked the up when they were abandoned in the woods near our home. We love creatures of all sorts.
These are the things from which my writing evolves. It is the ordinary, mundane events in our common life that I celebrate in my writing. I think of Flannery O’Connor and William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman – American writers who taught us to look to America for our source and our themes in writing. That is what I do – I write about a walk in the woods; an object that belonged to my grandmother; a wish for a new-born baby great-granddaughter; swimming in the creek; birthday event. It is the common threads that we all share that interests me.

Ann: When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer, and what was your source of inspiration?

Lynda: I cannot remember a time when I chose to be a writer. I know that in high school I was in love with Shakespeare and the Beats. I was crazy about the new wave of BEAT POETRY and was very aware of happenings in New York City in the poetry world as a high school student.
I’ve always been a watcher. I am really a rather quiet person because I am listening and watching the world around me. I am a keeper of memories for my time on this earth. I hold on to those memories, and I bring them out in my writings. I help other people by reminding them of who they are, where they have come from, and why they are here. Most people have forgotten their past.
I also give something else to everyone through my art and writing – and that is beauty. I bring the things that are beautiful to their attention, for sometimes they have forgotten them. There is a spiritual source of beauty that I see all around me and I share that with my readers and those who see my art works. I am here as a reminder of what is beautiful and I am restorer of memories that were forgotten. That is what I bring to this world through my creative work.
During my academic pursuit of 3 degrees in Fine Arts (Painting) and English, I wrote all the time and always took courses that were labeled as “Intensive Writing Courses.” Art History gave me a ton of experience in writing – enough to qualify me to be accepted into the MA in English program after I got my BFA degree. And, of course while working on my MFA in Painting, I was writing intensively for those 2 years – working my Art History papers, and my 2-year Thesis document. So writing is as natural to me as breathing. Along with my twelve years of academic writing, I was passionate about doing research for so many papers. I used to take my books back to the library in a laundry basket – that is how many books I had at home, from which I did research at any given time.

Ann: What tips and tricks did you learn throughout your writing journey? How have these little gems of advice helped you improve your writing or enhance your writing career?

Lynda: My experience is that nothing can take the place of long hours of research and reading in the discipline you are working in. For me, it has always been in fine art, philosophy, history, and English literature.
My best advice to anyone is to discover who you are, and then follow your passion. Don’t imitate any other writer – look at many of them and enjoy them but never imitate them.
I’ve never learned to do anything in a flash. After all these years – well, over fifty years of writing- it still takes me a long time to get projects done. I always say I am slow when it comes to writing projects. It feels like it is slow to me, but to others it seems that I do things quickly. My brain just never stops thinking about what I am doing and the layers of other things I plan to be doing.
I think the most important thing for me was education. It grounded me and centered me and helped me to know exactly who I am and what I want in life. I’ve never been floundering and undecided. The many educational projects I did kept me focused in that direction.
I am inspired by several notable writers from across a long period of time.
I’d begin with the Greeks – I’ve always loved the Greek Mythology stories. They are memorable and they are relevant today, when you really understand them. I carry them with me.
I’ve already mentioned the remarkable work of Flannery O’Conner – she sets the standard high for us all – those of us who want to share a world view and the zeitgeist of our time.
I loved the Beats, as I said; I loved Whitman – and I am still in love with him just as much today as when I first encountered his work as an undergraduate student in the mid-80s. Walt Whitman teaches us to have joy in our life experiences and to be honest about our challenges. He was an overcomer and he showed us a path to walk on as an American writer. He gave us pride in who we are – Americans.
Other influences on me are William Carlos Williams, John Donne, Robert Bly, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
My most meaning full inspiration is the Bible. I am a born-again Christian and the Bible is my User’s Guide for my life. That ancient text is my Road Map. I am on a pilgrimage from one place to another. Passages that I read become so alive to me that they often inspire my poems and essays.

Ann: Tell us a little about your most recently published book(s).

Lynda: I’ve been busy keeping my feet on the path that runs through the woods, along the creek.
Being in nature gives me the energy to keep on writing my poetry, books, and non-fiction essays.
My newest book just came out on July 15.
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019. This book was inspired when I read Genesis 1:14.
I began to think about the imagery in this verse and began to imagine what it might look like as a work of art, or in writing. From those musings, I began to develop the 4 parts of the book.
The book has 145 pages, divided into 4 distinct parts and 54 poems.
It is a collection that spans my career from an early poem (1988) to the present.
I am proud to say that my second book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stores & Poems is now available as an AUDIBLE choice. You can buy it in print, e-book, Kindle, or Audible. This is very exciting to me and the narrator for my book is Lily Rowe. She brings my word to life in such a way that people tell me they forgot it was not me telling my own stories. I am getting calls and messages to let me know how people love this narrated version of my book.

Ann: Which is harder, writing or editing? Why?

Lynda: I think they are so distinctly different from each other that I cannot say I think one is harder than the other. Both are essential. It’s kind of like asking what is more important to a healthy lifestyle, exercise or nutrition. Both are 50/50 on the importance scale. You cannot be fit without either of them.

Ann: Do you have any current or upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

Lynda: Yes, on the heels of my announcement that my latest book was published on July 15, I can now say that my first chapbook is in the process of being published, too. I call it, first snow, and Finishing Line Press has a contract with me for the production of this little chapbook of 30 wintry-themed poems. I am excited because Winter is my favorite season. But you know, I am also planning on writing 3 companion chapbooks – one for Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
I am pleased to say that first snow will be published in January.
Beyond that, I have 2 other books in the pipeline.
One will be a revised edition of my first book Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.
I wrote this book from my journal entries during the years I taught a course in Austria each summer.
I wrote some of the poems when I was in graduate school, some when I lived in California for 2 years, and others from my travels. It’s a nice collection and I am proud of it – and with the revised edition, it will be even better.
In addition, I’ve outlined a new book with the working title, Under the Blueberry Moon, which will be a memoir. I’ve outlined it and will begin to seriously work on developing the pieces for it in 2020.
I am often told, that I’ve lived such an adventurous life that I should write a book about it. Well, I am!

This is part 1 of my interview with Lynda, Stay tuned for part two.
Ann: What are your reading habits and how have they influenced your writing career today?

Lynda: I read what I am deeply interested in – poetry and non-fiction.
Eventually you need to figure out who you are and what you need to be reading. Otherwise, you can be all over the place, and lost at sea. No one else can know what you need to read. Look inside yourself and figure it out. You will know what is best for you.

Ann: If you could have a conversation with, or be educated by anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Lynda: I would want to spend time with the most highly educated man who was born around 4 BCE, St. Paul the Apostle, once known as Saul of Tarsus in Cilicia. His birth city was located in present day Turkey. He died of decapitation in Rome, Italy around 64 BCE. Saul had the most violent and dramatic conversion to Jesus Christ.
The most memorable painting from my art history classes is “The Conversion of St. Paul,” by Caravaggio, painted around 1601. It was one of hundreds of paintings and art works I had to memorize while at the university. Fine Arts majors are required to study Art History and, in those courses, they must memorize all of the facts about hundreds of art works from many different time periods and cultures. This way of looking at things and memorizing them is what I carry to this day – I carry images into my writing – because I intentionally memorize them for that purpose.
It has been said of my writing that a reader feels like she is in a dream. That dream is a real world that I have memorized for many years.
Link to see this painting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conversion_of_Saint_Paul_(Caravaggio)#/media/File:The_Conversion_of_Saint_Paul-Caravaggio_(c._1600-1).jpg
Examples of this way of close inspection of things is how I write my poems and essays. As I walk through a wood, I am surveying every detail of the plants and trees. I try to memorize the time of day, the lighting, the atmospheric effects on the plants, and the feeling and smells of this experience. I think this is one of the things that sets my writing apart – I literally am a keeper of memories for everything I can take into my mind at any given time. Art History taught me to view and explore everything this way. I concentrate on memorizing each of my senses as I view a thing.

Ann: If my readers are meeting you for the first time and want to follow you and learn about your work, where can they find you online?

Lynda: My official authors’ website:
http://www.lyndalambert.com

My Author’s website for book information:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

My Author’s Page on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/lynda-McKinney-Lambert/

Ann: Do you have a favorite Bible verse you’d like to leave us with?

Lynda: you saved the best question until last.
I am delighted to tell you what my favorite Bible verse is and why it is my new favorite verse.
Just this week I received a short teaching on a Bible verse which really made me consider what it means to be saved and who we really are after we have that encounter with Jesus. We are not the same, we are changed. Bob and I were transformed one night in October 1973 when we asked Jesus to come into our life. He did! Christianity is all about the indwelling of the Lord God Almighty. He is not “out there somewhere,” and we don’t have to go through any sort of ritual to locate him – he is inside of us and that is for all time. Our God lives inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit.
At some point, I must ask, who am I, in Christ?
And here is my favorite verse to answer your question:
Ephesians 2:6 gives me a perspective and a world view from which everything I write is channeled.
I began to understand that we are already in heavenly places – it is not a dream for the future or a wish. We are IN Christ Jesus – already.
We ARE seated IN Jesus Christ at this very moment – …according to Paul, who wrote in Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

book reviews

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

#amwriting, Personal reflections

Original poetry: Tears of an Angel.

Her sorrows deep and silent,
Her tears fall at night,
Her smile shines by day.
Her mourning, low and tender,
Her weeping out of sight
As shee pushes her pain away.

Can she hide her sorrow?
Can she dry her tears
And hide her pain from the naked eye?
The Lord sees and knows all,
Her pain, her fear, her sorrow,
He hears her anguished cry.

Come unto me, my child
For I will give you rest,
Give me all your sorrows,
Hear me and be blessed.

Give me your tears,
your pain,
your weeping in the night.
And I will give you joy
In the morning light.

Her tears are tears of joy,
Her pain has melted away.
The smile that shines for others
Is one of true happiness
On this bright blessed day.

Do you have pain
You mask with fake smiles?
Give it to Jesus,
He will heal you, my child.

And He will set you free
So your light shines through,
Your joy tried and true,
So you can share His love
With a lost and dying world.

I was taking my morning walk around the house, which is my prayer time with the Lord. I ask God to give me the words to write that would touch someone’s heart. As I prayed, I felt a deep need to pray for someone today. If this is you, I don’t know what your needs are, but Jesus does. If this poem is for you, I pray that it gives you comfort and strength to face the trials you’re going through right now. I pray that you find peace through the pain in your life. Please share this with someone you feel needs a touch of God’s divine hand in his or her life.
Hugs,
Ann

#amwriting, Personal reflections, podcasting

Original Poetry: New Beginnings

Some days you feel the end is near,
But let me tell you God is here
To give you a new beginning
when you feel as if the world is spinning
out of control.

When our past seems to trap us,
We give it all to Jesus
he takes away the old
and renews your soul
to make you whole.
Remember Jesus loves you.

This poem was inspired by the post found at the following link:
The End. #WritingCommunity #MondayMorning

To hear me read this poem and say a special prayer for those in need, please Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: New beginnings

author interviews, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Joan Myles

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Joan Myles!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Joan Myles
WHEN?
Monday, April 29, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Joan Myles

Joan Myles has always been a child of wonder as well as a spiritual seeker. When she lost her sight at the age of 12, these qualities and writing poetry saved her from despair. And what’s more, once blind, her spiritual seeking took on a deeper, richer dimension. No longer was Divinity somewhere out there, hovering just out of reach. She felt God to be with her, a whisper away, a breath, a sigh, a longing inside her, an expression of wonder and delight and most emphatically, Love.
Joan earned a BA in elementary Education, a Master’s in Jewish Studies, and spent 15 years teaching Hebrew and Judaics to third through 6th graders. During that time, she also founded Yismehu, a non-profit organization which provided free Jewish learning to blind students nationwide via distance learning, and served as both textbook developer and instructor for 7 years.
Joan and her husband raised four children together. They currently live in Oregon, where she continues to delight in the wonders of Life Divine, and in the magic of words.
Learn more about Joan by visiting her website at:
https://jewniquelymyself.com
BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson