Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

The Lighthouse: Portland Head Light

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The Lighthouse: Portland Head Light

“Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same, Year after year, through all the silent night Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame, Shine on that inextinguishable light!” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Lighthouse”   I have always loved lighthouses. I’ve photographed lighthouses lining Lake Michigan and Erie, the coast of Maine and the Eastern seaboard, the...

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The Maine I Love: Photos from the Docks

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The Maine I Love: Photos from the Docks

  “Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables In land-locked Ohio, the sea is an enviable thing. When we lived in Prague, its location, too, was a pinpoint in the middle of a great expanse of land. So when I think...

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Niagara Falls, a Photo Tour

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Niagara Falls, a Photo Tour

“The grandeur of God reveals itself through simple things” ― Paulo Coelho   When my family and I lived in Europe, we traveled everywhere we could, as often as we could. Usually by car, a few times by plane, we visited more than twenty countries and learned more in every way than we ever could have imagined. Actually going to a place and being able to fully experience it — to feel the...

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12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

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12 States & 2500 Miles: My Adventure-filled Summer Vacation

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. -Oprah Winfrey   When our first son was about a year old, my husband and I, with little more than two dimes to rub together, set off on a road trip to Maine. Having a baby along didn’t deter us. We set up his portable crib in our tent in Acadia National Park, rose when he did (when it became light at 4 am) and...

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Maine

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Maine

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.” – Helen Keller   On vacation … headed to … Maine   “Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”...

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Summer’s Day

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Summer’s Day

  Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day? Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: And summer’s ease hath all too short a date; Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimme’d; But thy...

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On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty

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On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross   I haven’t always loved flowers, or maybe I have … but I remember vividly the day I fell in love with having a garden. Flowers and Gardens When my husband and I...

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A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

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A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’t know what I was doing. Though I’d always loved to draw, paint, and take photos, I’d...

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23 Favorite Maya Angelou Quotes

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23 Favorite Maya Angelou Quotes

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou   Maya Angelou has long inspired me, in her writing, with her wisdom, and in her expansive life. I have many favorite Maya Angelou quotes, but in the following, I’m sharing 23 favorites. Maya Angelou grew up in Arkansas,...

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The Beauty of Serendipity

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The Beauty of Serendipity

Serendipity (n.) : discovering something good, valuable, or pleasant without looking for it. (Webster’s Dictionary)   Last week was one of those which opened with sunshine and beach-like temperatures, but by Thursday, temperatures plummeted forty degrees and rain came in torrents along with a tornado. By Friday, rain mixed with hail at the top of every hour. The plans my family had...

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Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

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Flower Garden in a Weekend: the Quick and Easy Installation

Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. – Hans Christian Anderson   When my family and I moved into our house last spring, we moved into a brick house with literally nothing outside but very sparse grass and a neglected deck. Although the emptiness in the backyard was overwhelming, it was also an opportunity, a blank slate. After renting...

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5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

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5 Favorite Quotes on Reading and World Book Night 2014

“Spreading the love of reading person to person.” -World Book Night.org I believe many things about books — they are magic, can transport us to other places and times and worlds, open our minds and hearts to understand other people and cultures — but most of all, I believe great books help change the world for the better. One of the most important freedoms we have is the...

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My Pitch for The Golden Willow

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My Pitch for The Golden Willow

This week, I’m attending a writers conference called Muse and the Marketplace run by the esteemed Grub Street Writers in Boston. All sorts of bookish people will be there, including some of my favorite authors, writers, literary agents, and editors. I’ve heard much about it and have dreamed of going for more than four years. This year, I’m excited to get to go! (A big thanks to...

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The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

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The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft   Two years ago at a writers conference, I stood in the hallway of a hotel in midtown Manhattan, and said hi to one of the first faces which smiled my way. She was from Chicago and had two small children at home. We found we were assigned to the same table for our manuscript critiques, where two...

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