Category Archives: Jenika’s Journal

Danny’s Fettucine Bar

I savor travel because I feel suspended.  I can watch whole cities glide past the car window, then swoop in on an unfamiliar restaurant that is surely someone else’s tried-and-true favorite.  I can skip down a street that someone else trudges up each week on their way to work.  I can see things that, to […]

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Independence Day

Four years ago I spent a sweltering 4th of July in North Africa.  It was a summer when gratitude for freedom stopped being lip service on my part.  After a summer of Internet censorship, strict warnings not to discuss politics with locals (it would get them in trouble), and machine-gun-carrying reminders that my host country […]

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Behind the Scenes on a Jenika’s Lens Shoot

For a long time, I just didn’t know.  Maybe glimpsed occasionally, but didn’t really know it in my bones. The first time I had a real professional take my photos was in college.  And before then, I had no idea what having a gorgeous, stunning, flattering set of images of yourself was like.  Sure, I […]

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“Gum Store” & Mother’s Day

My buddy Sam, age 7, created his very own vending machine out of a box today.  He wrote “gum store” on the front.  It’s absolutely brilliant. It’s just big enough for him to sit behind.  There’s a slot for money, and a slot through which little hands (with red marker-smudged fingertips) dispense your purchase.  If […]

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Kansas City Temple Dedication | Night Time Thoughts

The Kansas City temple was dedicated today.  Unforgettable.  I was sitting in one of the small temple rooms as it was dedicated to God, and my heart filled to overflowing.  I had the privilege of leading some tours for the public during the open house, and enjoyed sharing an important centerpiece of my life with […]

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