Jennifer Lyn King

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A True Scary Story

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A True Scary Story

“Don’t be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.” -Carlos Ruiz Zafon in The Angel’s Game   Being scared happens. It’s part of living. And, sometimes it’s what teaches us who we are, and how to be brave. I’ve had a few scary instances in my life … of being followed when I was a...

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” -Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996) Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”...

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Fairy Tale Prague: Christmas Markets & Snow

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Fairy Tale Prague: Christmas Markets & Snow

“Through the window, the night air appeared dense, each snowflake slowed in its long, tumbling fall through the black. It was the kind of snow that brought children running out their doors, made them turn their faces skyward, and spin in circles with their arms outstretched.” -Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child   Isn’t that what happens when the first snow falls? We watch in...

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Prague, Charles Bridge, and Sunrise in Fog

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Prague, Charles Bridge, and Sunrise in Fog

“Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.” – Raymond Chandler, from The Big Sleep If there would be one scene that defines Prague for me, it is the serpentine Vltava River winding through the city. Bridges cross the river at regular intervals, artistic in their arches, their Gothic...

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Nelahozeves Castle: the Finest Bohemian Renaissance Castle

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Nelahozeves Castle: the Finest Bohemian Renaissance Castle

“The monumental Nelahozeves Castle, one of Bohemia’s finest Renaissance castles, is situated on a gentle slope overlooking the Vltava River in the village of Nelahozeves (birthplace of the great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák), approximately 35 km north of Prague.” -from the website (Lobkowicz.cz) of the former Czech royal family, the Lobkowiczes   Music has always been an...

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Střekov Castle: Stunning Gem of Czech Republic

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Střekov Castle: Stunning Gem of Czech Republic

“Střekov castle is situated in the village Střekov in the city of Ústí nad Labem. It was built at the beginning of the 14th century on a basalt rock above the river Labe to protect the important waterway and to collect duties. Střekov castle enchanted many world known artists notably Richard Wagner who was inspired to write a poem that served as basis for the libretto to the opera...

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My 3 Years in Prague

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My 3 Years in Prague

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m not sure there is a way to become an expat besides just taking the leap. Actually, a leap from a cliff into a murky pool of water. There is no way to know if, on the other side of a Trans-Atlantic move, it will work out until you try it. It’s like diving into...

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Craving Roses, Grasping Thorns

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Craving Roses, Grasping Thorns

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” -Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights June is a beautiful month in Czech Republic. Everywhere, outside of Prague, vast fields of grain stretch out across the hills and into the mountains. The fields’ seafoam green coloring in June could almost pass for ocean. Here, two photos of the field and forest at the end of...

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3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

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3 Hours inside Prague Castle: 10 Favorite Sites to See

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” – Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist Prague is the most beautiful city on earth, and I think Franz Kafka agreed with me. Even after living in Prague as an expat for three years, I still have not tired of Prague’s beauty. From the steep city hills to the winding Vltava River, to the...

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The Beauty of Prague in Winter

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The Beauty of Prague in Winter

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.  ~Edith Sitwell     The first winter I lived in Prague, in 2009-2010, the snow came early and stayed late. Months passed and kept us blanketed with more than a foot of snow. For me, a native of Texas, the months of that first winter in...

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Amazing Restitution after Complete Loss: Regaining Six Centuries of Lobkowicz Family Collections

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Amazing Restitution after Complete Loss: Regaining Six Centuries of Lobkowicz Family Collections

“Attracting the attention of invading armies … objects in precious metals were the first to disappear from a household …” -The Lobkowicz Collections, on the value of their family’s vast decorative arts collections   As I look to wrap up my thoughts for 2011, after traveling more than 12 countries and dipping my toes in the Seven Seas in 2011, I must reflect on...

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Breathtaking Fields of Gold

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Breathtaking Fields of Gold

“Well, I’ve moved to the country for the first time in my life, and there are barley fields right next door. And I remember walking through one day and seeing this crop being moved by the wind and the sunshine, and … I thought it was a great metaphor for love, and, its a kind of love song.” -Sting, about his song Fields of Gold from ‘Ten Summoner’s...

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5 Czech Words to Know When Visiting Prague

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5 Czech Words to Know When Visiting Prague

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Miriam Beard   I have been living in the Czech Republic for almost two years now, have taken oodles of Czech lessons, and can officially attest that the Czech language is one of the most difficult in the world. In college, I minored in Spanish, which I enjoyed...

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The Winter Wonderland of Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic

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The Winter Wonderland of Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic

In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. -Albert Camus, French novelist, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature A few weeks ago, we spent time in the Alps skiing. And, on our way home to Prague, we plugged in our Garmin, set the destination to HOME, and started the journey. We didn’t look at the route the Garmin suggested … which we soon found out was different...

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Fields of Gold

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Fields of Gold

“As we walk in fields of gold …” -Sting Over the past month, vast fields of gold have stolen my heart. Especially as the sun peeks out from behind its billowing cloudy covers–when the golden sunlight illuminates golden fields, I am captivated. By the movement. By the stunning color and contrast, and resonant beauty. And every time I catch my breath, I hear Sting‘s...

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