by Lynda McKinney Lambert

You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

~ Isaiah 29:16

Breaking News! October 2007

I suddenly lost most of my eye sight.  

I did not know night from day.
I could not see a clock.  Time vanished.
I could not find a phone number or dial a phone
“Normal” was now upside-down days and nights.

I could DREAM.
I could still envision wonders.
I could try. I could try, again.
I picked up a piece of wet clay.

Slowly, the muddy substance felt like a new possibility in my hands.   
The clay brought back memories.  

My muddy hands began to do the work of remembering
Muddy hands gave new confidence inside of me.
Muddy hands brought wholeness.

I dug into the MUD, made unexpected treasures. The wet clay gave itself to me. “Magic Spirit Treasure Boxes” emerged. Cherished objects; Wall sculptures to honor the Earth, Nature and the healing of my broken eyes. When I use my Muddy Hands, I am completed.


Lynda McKinney Lambert is a retired fine arts and humanities professor from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. She resides in a small village in western Pennsylvania with her husband, Bob, 6 cats and 2 dogs (all rescues). Lynda is the author of Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, published by Kota Press. She writes articles on the humanities, contemporary poetry and inspirational human interest stories. Her themes are typically about music, visual arts, art history, literature, inspiration, and her own life story.

Her teaching career took her to Europe each summer where she taught drawing and writing to college students. She also taught a course in Puerto Rico every spring semester. . Lynda lost her vision in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Many of her stories give an inner view of her personal life experiences since that time.

Lynda loves to write, knit. and travel. Lynda holds earned degrees in fine arts (BFA and MFA) and English literature (MA).

Lynda’s visual art is exhibited world-wide for over forty years and is in public and private permanent collections internationally.