Treasuring Poetry – Meet poet Lynda McKinney Lambert and a Review #Poetry #SocialMediaMonday

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Today’s shared post features fellow author Lynda McKinney Lambert. You can read my review of her latest book, Songs for the Pilgrimage, here. Enjoy!

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Today, I am delighted to welcome artist and poet, Lynda McKinney Lambert, to Treasuring Poetry with her thoughts about poems and poetry,

 

Read the full post on Writing to be read.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Showcase #WordPressWednesday

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Today, I give you a post by fellow author and blogger Lynda McKinney Lambert in which she shares a showcase for her latest book, Songs of the  Pilgrimage, which was sent to subscribers of The Avocet. You might also want to read my review of Songs for the Pilgrimage, which you’ll find at this link. Now, here’s Lynda.

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I returned to this first book because I wanted to reveal backstories and actual journal writings. I kept detailed journals, made drawings and photos. I was finally able to do that last year during the pandemic when I was at home every day and could devote my attention and return to each of my journals to find the hidden gems that I brought to the pages in Songs for the Pilgrimage. Poems and writings in the new book cover a period from 1988 to 2021.

Read the full post here.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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An Artist’s Literary Journey #FridayFunReads

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Songs for the Pilgrimage

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

 

In the Author’s Own Words

 

A pilgrimage is a religious journey. Pilgrimage has been an abiding theme in my writing for many years. My first book was inspired by my annual journeys to Salzburg, Austria, where I taught a drawing and writing course. I revised and expanded that book of poems, historical notes, and journal entries for this new book, which features writings, drawings, and photographs I created over four decades.

 

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My Thoughts

 

I met Lynda several years ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers, to which I belong. I’ve read her other books, including Walking by Inner Vision and Star signs. Songs for the Pilgrimage didn’t disappoint me.

Despite her visual impairment, Lynda’s work has such vivid imagery. I believe this is due, in part, to the fact that she lost her eyesight later in life. So, she can rely on visual memory to fuel her descriptions.

I’ve read some of her poems and essays already, but I enjoyed rereading them. I found some new treasures in the book as well. My favorite is “A Secretary’s Song,” in which she inserts excerpts from the hymn, “Rock of Ages,” in a poem about the day in the life of such a worker. I enjoyed rereading “When I Begin My Day with Mozart,” an essay in which she explains how a violin sonata brings back memories of her travels to Austria.

Speaking of which, I found her journal entries from those times in her life interesting, but I would like to know more. Where did she stay in Austria, and what did she and her students do when they weren’t drawing and writing together? What sites did they see? What music did they hear?

Maybe someday, Lynda will write a travel memoir. Meanwhile, here’s a book that will take you on an interesting literary journey through poetry, prose, and illustrations.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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