Jennifer Lyn King

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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 lights in California, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Greece, and on — I cannot stay away. There is something about the light, steady,...

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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 of vacation, the sea is the first thought which comes to me. Luckily, the rest of my family feels the same — we love to travel to the sea. It...

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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 texture of the land, see the colors and the architecture, hear the sounds, smell the smells, meet the people, eat the foods, speak the language...

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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 enjoyed hiking and exploring the rocky coast with him in tow. But our sights were on the water. While in Maine that time, we dreamed that someday we might...

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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.” – Sarah Kay   “At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the...

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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 eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in...

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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 were first married, we moved from the Midwest to New Orleans. I also worked, not in a giant corporation like in the job I’d left in the...

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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 never trained in art. Yet on that day back in 2003, I simply couldn’t wait another day to paint a canvas with oils. When I arrived home with my 3...

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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, traveled extensively, learned many languages, lived overseas, and then began to write and speak and share her story. We share these things in common. In...

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, my favorite book of all time

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, my favorite book of all time

I finished All the Light We Cannot See last night and I’m stunned. I don’t think I’ll be able to read another book for a while because it has spoiled me, or perhaps I don’t want to spoil the experience. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is now my very favorite book of all time.   All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr It is a 530 page novel about two children growing up in France and Germany during World War II. The girl, Marie-Laure, lives in Paris and then takes refuge in Saint-Malo, the last...

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