Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

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New Orleans, the Colorful City: a Photojournal

“In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.” ― Anne Rice, Interview With The Vampire The first time I stepped into sultry New Orleans, smelled the brackish air, and saw the camellias, magnolias,...

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

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The World’s Most Beautiful Beach

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw...

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At the Beach

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At the Beach

“… so that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again…” — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse At the beach walking the warm sand, watching pelicans and gulls glide above the surf, delighting at dolphin leaping above the waves, spending countless hours...

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20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

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20 Favorite Flowers to Plant in Spring

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” - Claude Monet I love flowers. I always have, and probably always will. This year, I’m more excited than usual to get planting — I have a garden to plant, a blank slate. Before my family and I moved to Prague, my gardens at our former house overflowed with flowers. Now that we are back in the US and have a yard to plant again, I’m...

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Why Ukraine Matters

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Why Ukraine Matters

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl Several years ago, my husband came to me with a proposal to move overseas for the company where he works. It had long...

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

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FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck: the Novel to Read This Spring

“You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It’s only that.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay   Today, my dear friend and writing critique partner, Erika Robuck, has her fourth novel, FALLEN BEAUTY, out on shelves! To celebrate, I’d like to share a bit about Erika and also have a giveaway for one autographed copy of Fallen Beauty (details below). It is the novel to read...

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seem to be a lifeline when I’m stuck with a busy...

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Mycenae and Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

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Mycenae and Ancient Greece: A Photojournal

“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” ― Homer, The Iliad It all began when my oldest son, then twelve years old, began to read Rick Riordan’s young adult series with the character Percy Jackson, who is notoriously the son of Poseidon in The Heroes of Olympus. The series begins when 12-year-old...

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Curling, the Olympics, and Athletics: My Experience

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Curling, the Olympics, and Athletics: My Experience

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle   About ten days ago, I did something I’ve never done before–nor ever thought I’d do in my lifetime. With...

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What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

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What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Art is a mystery. From my first memories, I’ve always loved to draw, to write, to create. I still do, and write and paint regularly, daily. But as I’ve grown older, I wonder about art — the why and how behind it, and often, the meaning. Creating is hard. Art is important. To be an artist is to dig deep to find what it is that must be created, and to do the hard work of...

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6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

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6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie (creator of Peter Pan) There are winters, and then there are winters. I’m talking about the latter. These winters are the kind that solidify the blood in our veins and make us stronger people, in general. I believe that; I do. I also am a firm believer in the philosophy of taking a difficult situation...

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The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages

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The Italian Alps: Scenes from Chestnut Forests and Stone Villages

“Schilpario was one of the last villages to the north, which lay in the shadow of the Pizzo Camino, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, where the snow did not melt, even in summer. So high in the cliffs, the people looked down on the clouds, which moved through the valley below like rosettes of meringue … The mountain people were sustained through long winters by the contents of...

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirations, Reading, and My Manifesto I have always loved quotes and photographs. All the way back in middle and high school, I hung quotes and photographs at my desk for inspiration. There is something about being in a place–a normal place, whether it’s a windowless office or a place...

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

“… But unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” ― Frederick Buechner   Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs I love Europe in the winter....

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A New Year: The Most Important Question

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A New Year: The Most Important Question

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale Each year at this time, many of us press pause for a few moments in anticipation of the new year. All around the world, cultures and peoples celebrate the switch of the calendar year with parties,...

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