Jennifer Lyn King

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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 creation. Often that is much more difficult than it sounds. It feels impossible. It is from pushing through those times when I deeply appreciate learning...

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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 (like this frigid winter) and turning it into something useful. While I’ve thought about how to make this long, cold winter into something useful...

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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 their root cellars filled with bins of plentiful chestnuts, which carpeted the mountain paths like glassy brown stones.” – The...

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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 with an ordinary view–and having access to something that inspires us to keep doing our best, being our best all year long. Deep down, I’m...

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Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

Posted by on 8:00 am in Alps, Austria, Europe photos, Travels, winter | 5 comments

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. There is something magical about European winters. Something about ice skaters filling a small town’s central pond, enchanting architecture...

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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, traditions, and time gathered with the people we love most. The word Resolution means new diets, new exercise plans, new budgets, and all things new. But this...

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2013 Reflections: A Move Across the Ocean

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2013 Reflections: A Move Across the Ocean

It’s the time of year to be still and reflect on the year behind, look ahead to the year ahead, and count the blessings, big and small. 2013 has been a huge year for me and my family. We did what seemed daunting, to say the least — we moved back to the US from living 4 years abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. The move across the Atlantic on the way over was challenging, and the move back (as the experts told us) would be tougher. It was, but we did it! And, as 2013 comes to a close, with so many things for which to be thankful,...

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My 13 Best Photographs of 2013

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My 13 Best Photographs of 2013

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams   There is something about an image that is rooted in change, hopeful toward the future, demonstrative of the past, and defines a period in time somehow better than any number or combination of words. 2013 has been a year of change for me and my family, as we packed up our lives of 4 years in Prague, Czech Republic, and moved back to the Heartland of the US, home. It has been a year full of...

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2013 Favorite Books and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

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2013 Favorite Books and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

I believe books have superpowers — the power to whisk us away into another world, give us new eyes to see, help us to walk a mile in another’s shoes, and feel emotions we might never experience. Without books, we would understand others less. Great books help make the world a better place. Great New Books A few years ago, I followed the lead of some writer friends and made a goal to read 50 books that year. It’s been a motivation for me to get out and find books I’d like to read. The more I read, the more I realize...

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The Acropolis, Athens, and the Aegean Sea: a Photojournal

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The Acropolis, Athens, and the Aegean Sea: a Photojournal

“All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel–to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily according to their pleasure, until time passes them at last through its fine sieve, straining the quintessence out of all the joys and sorrows.” – Nikos...

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