The View through My Lens

the blog of writer & photographer Jennifer Lyn King

12 Favorite Butterfly Photographs

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou Every year in September as the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to fall, I become wistful for the summer. In winter,... read more

A Year of Yoga

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you... read more

5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

“If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.” – Richard Foster   Back to school time happens to be a very busy time. There are different sizes and styles of school shoes to buy, and the right color and thickness of highlighters, paper, folders, and... read more

Friends Keep Our Lights Going

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer   When I arrived at Purdue University to begin my undergraduate degree in engineering, the Dean called a meeting in one of the... read more

The Shell Seekers

“This is one of my all-time favorites, for the beauty of the story, and the beauty in the language and writing. A breath-taking story of the pull and tugs of family with those who take and those who give. Loved this one.”   I wrote the lines above on... read more

Inside the O’Briens

“Walking with her dad is stressful. The whole reason she drives the car to pick him up from physical therapy is to avoid walking with him. But who can resist this day? She wants to be close enough to catch him if he starts to fall, but not close enough to catch a... read more

Summertime and Big Changes

One day she decided to stop letting her fears hold her back, and from that day on, she flew. (I love this phrase, which I first saw on House of Belonging and DeAnn Art instagram)   It’s summer! Last week, I was absent from the blog for the week, but this is... read more

Peonies and Beauty

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. – Alice Walker   I have always loved flowers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the fields of red poppies or vibrant yellow rapeseed across Europe, the Redbud and Dogwood... read more

Finding Courage to Live Well

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou Courage is hard. When we’re afraid of the dark, it’s tough to turn and walk toward the... read more

Mothers Love

“Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley   I’ve always been... read more

The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars   It’s rare to... read more

Hummingbird Time

“Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of... read more

To Blossom

  And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom. Anaïs Nin It’s that time of year when the Pear trees are in full bloom, and the street on which I live, lined with dozens of Pear tress, looks... read more

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Bel Canto
Life of Pi
The River Witch
Shine Shine Shine
Gone Girl
The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
The Fault in Our Stars
The Midnight Palace
Up from the Blue: A Novel
The Age of Innocence
The Murderer's Daughters
Little Pink Slips
The Memory of Running
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
The Expats
The Shadow of the Wind
The Keep
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great
Moloka'i


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