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Spotlight on Lynda McKinney Lambert

Educator, Visual Artist & Author

Lynda Lambert Visual Artist & Author
Lynda Lambert
Educator, Visual Artist & Author

I met Lynda when she contacted me after my Blogtalk Radio interview. We found common threads in writing, educating and enjoying art. In addition, we both come from the same side of Pennsylvania, both have a love for the Lord and, to our delight, we learned that we both have a third Christian vision-impaired friend in common — a writing colleague of mine and her former student! It’s so great to discover these things.  I’m sure you’ll love her guest post. It’s beautiful!

“Kaleidoscope”

“For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come,

and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.[“]

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 ~

My sister, Patti, and I walked down the old, narrow stone path on an April afternoon in the mid- 1950s. Our pastel plaid dresses fluttered slightly in the soft afternoon breeze.  We removed our cotton sweaters, draped them carelessly over our arm for the journey back home. Like most days in April in western Pennsylvania, it had been raining in the morning. A few hours later, the day took a turn and  it warmed up significantly since our early morning walk to school. We felt happy because there was not a rain cloud in sight as we took our time walking along the familiar path as we meandered at an easy pace in the opposite direction.

School was over for the day and there was no reason to walk fast.   A short while later, we  arrived at a large field. The aroma coming from the thick blanket of wood violets halted us momentarily as we stared at the beautiful scene. Without a word, we stepped lightly between the moistened deep green leaves that flourished in thick patches of weeds and flowers. We were absorbed in the moment, bent over the deep blue violet blossoms and reached out to gather some of the dainty flowers. 

One by one, we snapped the fragile, slender stems and placed the fragrant violets in our left hands.  Our bare arms were hot as the late afternoon sunshine turned our pale skin bright pink. When we couldn’t hold anymore, we stepped away from the field and continued our walk home where our Mother was waiting for us to return.  

We entered the 1920s frame house through the back door with our fists full of violets. Mother was delighted with our small gifts.  She went to her cupboard, got out two small glass jelly jars and put the bouquets in water to keep them fresh. Our floral presents remained on our kitchen windowsill.

This year I set my intentions on observing small details in nature.  The landscape is ever changing.   I see drops of dew on tender new leaves in the meadow.  They are sprinkled with transparent silvery diamonds; I felt the velvet softness of Sumac branches. I looked at layers of last autumn’s leaves intermingled with shoots of new grass, and budding Hyacinths   Along the stone walk, I observed the red stalks of Peony bushes.

It’s spring! And that somehow reminds me of something I love … a kaleidoscope.

The word “kaleidoscope” has Greek roots.  It means “a form beautiful to see.”  I am compelled to ask you,“When is the last time you have had a kaleidoscope in your hands with one eye focused through the small round window?

Do you recall the vivid colors, ever changing shapes, as you slightly moved your hand around the barrel of the kaleidoscope?”

You give it a small twist and all the shapes fall into new pictures.  Hidden fragments inside the instrument form numerous pictures.   Envision a world such as you have seen in a kaleidoscope! Could you describe what you felt as the colors danced and flowed over the mirror images inside?

Did  you know that inside the kaleidoscope are tiny, ordinary objects such as buttons, stones, chips and fragments – every illusion you enjoyed viewing is merely a collection of ordinary little things someone gathered and put inside with mirrors set at 60 degree angles

It has been over six decades since I picked wild violets with my sister in a rural farmer’s field.  I realize my faith in God still works in the same way it did when I was a child gathering God’s little presents.  Just a small twist takes us to a new landscape.

Big things make headline news, are celebrated and sought after. There is no mention of the ache we have in our inner being and the feeling that something is just not right.  Oh, I know that yearning that whispers from deep inside my body.  Could it be that once again I have walked on that familiar pathway that led me to places where I was not called by God to be?  There is always a sense of discomfort and painful stumbling blocks to be experienced when we are outside of his will or his calling, for our life.

Fortunately, we can turn around, retrace our steps back to where we need to be, and get our direction going once again. That is the good news – we can change direction!

Sitting in silence, being calm, listening for God’s still, small voice takes us to his glory.   Small treasures surround us

When I sit down and spend time alone with him, in silence, I experience transformation.  I turn another bend, there is a shift in perspective, and those little gifts are reflected by the mirrored light of his countenance. I am transformed yet again, by small gifts.

God works just like that!

The longer we look at him, the more our faith grows.  Each turn we take towards him opens up a new landscape that shows us insight into his character. I approach quietly.   Slowly, I realized the rain has stopped. I tilt my head towards the sky, listen for the songs of the circling birds as they hover above the tall trees; it is happening again.  Something new.  My feet are damp from the spring shower. Just another small turn of the kaleidoscope – yes! I can see it now.

Transformation.

What observations have impressed you  as winter has been transforming its colorful kaleidoscope to spring this year?

                      Bio

Linda Lambert, artist
Linda Lambert, artist

Lynda McKinney Lambert  is a visual artist and author who lost her eyesight due to a stroke 8 years ago. She thought the world as she knew it had come to an end. Eventually, she entered a rehabilitation program where she learned to live life again through training in personal adjustment for blindness. Since those slow, beginning steps towards rehabilitation, she thought about how any of us can discover, recover and revise our life after we encounter challenges that seem to put us on the sidelines. 

Lynda has been involved in fine arts and literature since she was a young child growing up in a rural village in western Pennsylvania.

She is the author of Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, published by Kota Press.

Lynda delivered lectures and presentations at academic conferences across the US; She served as a Pennsylvania Scholar and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Her work is always focused on writers and visual artists.

As Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities at Geneva College, she created a Germanic Culture Program and took students to Europe every summer. She taught art and writing courses in Austria, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, France and England. On campus, she created and taught courses in English Literature; Writing; Studio Arts; Humanities; and Art History during her career.

Lynda retired in 2008, and she continues to write and participate in international art exhibitions.

With over 300 exhibitions in the US, New Guinea, Europe, and Japan,  she was selected by the US Department of State to represent America in the “Art in Embassies” program.  Her art is in permanent collections world wide.

Currently, Lynda is working on a series of essays for her forthcoming book, “Kaleidoscope.” In addition, she is creating a collection of poems based on traditional Japanese forms for a new poetry collection to be published.

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You can connect with Lynda on the following links:
llambert@zoominternet.net
www.lyndalambert.com
This like will take you to my blog, Walking by Inner Vision.
This blog is dedicated to a focus on sight loss, the arts, and faith. I have been writing articles on this blog for nearly 6 years. Currently, I am writing a series of FIFTY lesson assignments for readers who are writing a personal Walking by Inner Vision Journal.
At this site, click on the bar at the top of the main page, find links:
CV, Painting, Pottery, Fiber Arts, Publications, and Exhibitions.

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Book Link: Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage:
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Book is $15. And I will ship it to you for FREE, and signed!
I have a very limited quantity left and the book in now out of print.
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Here’s the question for today’s post again:

What observations have impressed you  as winter has been transforming its colorful kaleidoscope to spring this year?  

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5 thoughts on “Friday Friends: Spotlight on Lynda Lambert

  • April 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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    Daffodils are pure joy in the spring! They seem to be smiling and dancing, bobbing their cheerful heads in the April breezes.

    Beautiful observations here, Lynda! It’s so important for us to take in God’s world—like a child does. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  • April 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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    You’re right, Beckie! I just photographed mine this morning.
    Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Amy

  • April 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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    Hi Lynda,
    Thank you for sharing your story with my readers!
    It was very interesting and encouraging.
    Amy

  • April 26, 2015 at 5:01 am
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    Hi Amy,

    As I was reading your article about Lynda, I kept sensing that she has a poet’s eye. Then, at the end of your piece, I see where she’s working on a book of poetry in Japanese forms, which has inspired me to answer your question, “What observations have impressed you as winter has been transforming its colorful kaleidoscope to spring this year,” in a form of a haiku.

    Petals scent the page
    Wordsworth’s Daffodils mingling
    among the green blade

    I wish you well in all your endeavors, Lynda.

    Blessings,

    Matt

  • April 28, 2015 at 2:33 am
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    I appreciate the comments from each of you! It was my pleasure to write this special guest article for you, Amy! I learn something from every person I meet, and I learn something from everything I write. Matt’s Haiku was a nice surprise here and brought a smile to me as I read it. May we all be DREAM WEAVERS for the LORD.

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