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Welcome everyone. There comes a time when circumstances dictate that it is time to dance. :boogie: 
You will, perhaps, be aware that there has been too much sadness in my life this year and, especially, most recently. Well my dear friend Jude, who I was talking about in my last journal, sadly died a couple of weeks ago. She knew her time on this earth was running out as did we all but it was still an awful moment when I got the news. Her funeral was a great celebration of her life. There were so many people there. She had touched so many people's lives in a way that means she will never be forgotten. Her memory will live on. She burned so brightly all her short life but now that light is gone. It lives on in my heart and in my head and ever will. 
But now it is time to dance. 

"This is the Hour of Lead -
Remembered, if outlived,
As freezing persons, recollect the Snow -
First-Chill-then Stupor- then the letting go-"

Emily Dickinson

I have let go of three people in the last month. Jude was the third, and, to me, the biggest loss. Let that not diminish the feeling for the other two. We all knew each other and they would also be grieving for Jude had they outlived her. Letting go is the hardest thing. You would think it was easy enough but it's not. I liked having these people in my life and, maybe  selfishly, I didn't want to let them go. But let them go I must and let them go I am. 
Which brings me back to the dance. 

I have always enjoyed the New Orleans way to conduct a funeral (if enjoy is the right word). You enter full of sadness and you come out partying like it is your last day on earth. I have now left the funeral in every sense and put it behind me. I am ready to dance again after a few months of sadness. I hope you will all join me in dancing in celebration of life and all the happiness and beauty it can hold.

To this end I am going to my spiritual home next weekend. You might guess that I mean the Isle Of Skye. I am going to dance with nature and dance with my camera. I am going to revel in the wildness that Scotland can throw at you. I am going to wet from the waves on the shore, cold from the penetrating wind on the mountains, soaked by the cold rain and dazzled by the shining sun. I am going to fill my senses.

"And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion."

Dylan Thomas

So please, all of you........will you join me in my dance?

And now I would like to share with you some of my favourites from the last two months. During the past year you have all given me more than you will ever know with your friendship and your art. You all have a place in my heart. Please enjoy these pictures and, as always, it would be great if you can find time to let the artist know you have liked what they have created. Sit back and soak it up now.

Waiting to pop by gigi50      Day 37 of 365 - Inception by AmyKPhotos      Anticipation by mockingbirdontree        Lonely morning by dashakern         I Dare You.... by AlicesPlace   

Autumn Wine by aw-landscapes    Fade out again by Morgan-Lou    Ataturk by Canankk        Blue Flower by vanndra    Star Pastel by jenniferhl72  
Just in Case... by BWilliamWest   Spectral by SilverMixx    Where there is Beauty there is Hope by EyeOfTheKat    Moonrise by ObscureLilium     The Witch II by Mocris   
 Happy birthday, dear Judina... by ansdesign       Walking under the stars by Floreina-Photography      Back to my regular programming by BlueCaroline      Beautiful day and blue mood by dashakern       Steampunk Chapel by GrimDreamArt

Beautiful creature by MilenaKalias   Flared Skirt with a Belt by SaraRalston    Fields of gold by Morgan-Lou   Clouds of Idaho by whispersoftheblue   Falling in love again by Nikonfinest 

Let me in by invisigoth88   Abandoned by sistersinnister     2016-25 by bindii   Frozen beauty by SatyaSaruchi  

At the End of the Day by AnnMarieBone        Low Pass by by LiliaLaurent       Midnight Flowers II by MaaykeKlaver  

Bryce Canyon First Glimpse by artamusica    A strange longing for winter II by MaaykeKlaver    Tell me about the forest II by MaaykeKlaver   Tea Shapeshifts for Denyse by TeaPhotography   The Hollow Lady  by DyannaC   

Rain and sand by Francy-93    Taylor Creek by Scooby777    Forest Burst by aw-landscapes    Around the bend by aw-landscapes   

Tavastila-Transylvania by IdaBarracuda    Our Shrinking Middle Class by richardcgreen    autumn walks by fotomademoiselle   Lady-Scarecrow by EnchantedWhispersArt       autumn essentials by Rona-Keller  

Tar Spring Creek, Gilroy by chateaugrief   Golden leaves2 by MissLumikki   Haunted House by WhimsicalBlue   Moto Fog by Sweetlylou    

Aurora by chriskaula   Token by LidiaRossana    Sleeping Heart by solefield   Booya by gigi50    Sunset at lake by rougealizarine    

Gentle impulsion by Morgan-Lou    horseshoe canyon by ModisonProductions    The Season of Darkness by glumthegrim       

Foggy Forest by PassionAndTheCamera    Song of the Earth (update) by EyeOfTheKat   All Hallows by veeegeee  

Sleep Eternally by MWeiss-Art    The other side by DameTenebra   Assault by Annabelle-Chabert    Rencontre by Annabelle-Chabert   

in the enchanted forest by Nikoletta-Kolozs   Worth the wait by SilverMixx   Trick or treat by RadoJavor   Gone walking by SilverMixx  

     Chocolate mountains by StonyStoneIsStoned2      Grackles by richardcgreen       Fall Colors, Take II by Scooby777   

Monday Morning on Kos Island by KatherineFewer     e by ivtaya            In The Enchanted Forest by LiliaLaurent    

Ketch by GrimDreamArt    Steampunk Hearse by GrimDreamArt   41/52 Orange in Blue by VelvetRedBullet        Lady Aurora's Dance by musicismylife10027   

Red Mood by LidiaRossana   Rakastettu by Yuukon   Little world by sistersinnister    Purity by Limaria   Sunrise in Arcadia MI - by JeffreyDobbs  

   A Portage To The Unknown by CleaLlyfr    Karelia by Toni-R  

.: D r a w b r i d g e :. by Nariscuss   Dream by LotharZhou   Heroic Fantasy by PascalCampion   ~~~ I by AStoKo   Simplitate by sistersinnisterTiny Family by EyeOfTheKat   

Gerar by MonochromaticART       Scotland by MelissaPhotos       Junk 1 by aspruli        Green by Metal-Bender       Sap Series - The Fire Breather by SaraRalston  

2016 21 by bindii            39/52 Jillian Holtzmann by VelvetRedBullet          Spotted Pastels by Nikki-vdp         September flower by Ingelore     

Thank you for reading this journal and for looking at the pictures :) I love them all and I love you all.
Love hurts, love lifts, love entoxicates, love starves, love feeds, love........is............everything. :heart:

Please take care of yourselves and each other. Make this world a better place.
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empellina Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, dear Lawrence, for including me in this awesome journal. :hug: I sure do appreciate it. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's entirely my pleasure Maryellen :hug:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hello, dear Lawrence! Sorry so much about your losses.. And so happy to dance with you! Please, don't forget to count  me. =)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It would be my very great pleasure to dance with you :hug:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oh. forgot to say you many thanks for featuring my work; and to say i stay loving you amazing pics! Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :hug:

and thank you very much :D 
:huggle:
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Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Very happy to dance with you ! ;) Thank you very much for the feature ! :iconhappykitty-plz::iconloveheartpls:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure Lou :hug:
It would be my pleasure to dance with you I say Dance 
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Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Froggy Emoji-59 (Being kawaii) [V3] by Jerikuto
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MissLumikki Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
Thank you so much for featuring my work! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :D
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the feature Lawrence , it's always nice to hear such encouraging and wise words in your journals. And I'm glad to be part of it:heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Hazel :)
and thank you :hug:
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pleasures entirely mine, I do love it!!:heart:
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VelvetRedBullet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Student Photographer
And thank you for featuring me again Lawrence :love: :heart: xxx
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure Jen Jen :heart: :hug:
I Love to share your pictures :D
xxx
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Mocris Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am glad to hear that you start to feel better. I find your journals and words always very encouraging! :love:
Thank you for the feature!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Monica :hug:
Im OK. I'm on the Isle Of Skye :)
Im glad you find my words encouraging :D that makes me very happy :D
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Mocris Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Thanks a lot! Love your positivity :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016   Photographer
I'm very sorry for your loss Lawrence.:hug: Thank you so much for including my work in your wonderful feature.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Peggy:D
I'm ok
I'm on Skye right now dancing with nature :hug:
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016   Photographer
That's good to hear Lawrence.:hug: Oh, how I envy you! I really have to get back there - a place of so much magic!
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Very sorry for your loss dear Lawrence. I send you my best thoughts... take good care of yourself and of your beloved ones. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Clea :heart:
Im OK 
I'm on the Isle of Skye at the moment in front of a roaring fire
its very cold up here :)
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Have a good time on Skye! I have no doubt that he must be cold, here in Ireland we're having "fresh" days of 1 degree...
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
The nights are cold but it's managing about three degrees in the day :)
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Beautiful features!:heart:
I'm sorry for your sadness.:hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Selina :hug:
Im doing ok :)
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
My pleasure, Lord and I'm glad:):hug:
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Floreina-Photography Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016   Photographer
Thank you for the feature. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug: :)
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for including me in these lovely artworks. I'm terribly sorry about your losses lately. v_v That's sad. I hope the upcoming holiday season will get you cheery though. ;3
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I'm ok :)
Its not easy to say goodbye to those you love 
I'm on the Isle of Skye right now though doing my thing :)
:hug:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Photographer
It is never easy letting go of people that have been a part of your life for so long. But I'm glad you are moving forwards and dancing. Funerals to me are supposed to celebrate the life of that person and share fond memories with others. Hope you are doing well and enjoy the upcoming holiday season :dance:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
Im doing ok and I'm on the Isle of Skye enjoying the winter and doing my dance with nature 
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Professional Photographer
Well we are just starting summer here, right up into the 30's already for the next few days. Enjoy the weather ;)
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Onion-chutney Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
A hard year for you Lawrence and I admire you greatly for your strength, as you say your memories will keep them close to your heart. You have picked another lovely set of pics in a memoriam and tribute to your friends, dance on my friend :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Jane :hug:
Ill always keep dancing :)
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:hug:
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Crannogphotographic Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016   Photographer
Ladies and Gentelmen, it's time to "Take the Floor" !!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm here on Skye in the freezing cold and I'm dancing :)
:hug:
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
I will dance with you my friend. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I would be delighted :hug:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
Dear LJ, I am humbled an honoured to be a part of such an amazing journal replete with a total mixture of feelings...
In summary it was incredibly beautiful... even the sadness is beautiful, just at the very moment before it begins to change to celebration- it is the anticipation of the dance... due to the fullness of such sadness ready to metamorphosize.

And now all I can think about, is that, this is what I need to do next, soon, too. Immerse myself in a place of Nature. This is why the restlessness and agitation, born from my own sadnesses, and frustrations, as well, as wonderings of my new medical situation... it's so difficult when I used to be so independent, even despite other medical problems I've always had to deal with... but I tried to remain active, aware, and able as possible...

but now I look to the pain and loss of function of my legs, due to something terrible that has gone wrong, likely in my back. ...

And I just want to be able to travel again, I just want to be able to drive my car. And I can't even take the steps down out of house.

And I love to dance, for real, and I am determined to do it again, and take up my Yoga again, and teach it as I was asked...
and travel.

But first, things first... patience, one step at a time.

In summary I am uplifted. At the end of something we should celebrate, at the end of a good life, that life should be celebrated, NO doubt, at the end of the day, we should take stock, and focus more on what was good and realize that it could have been worse, and then celebrate!

Your very last words, moved me the most, to be most honest. I wish more people could be as expressive- in this way then I wouldn't feel as awkward for having been so openly expressive myself... but I continue to... just be myself, and not worry about what people think! I must speak the way I truly feel in my Heart and Mind, in order to balance out how so often I feel such pain with my Body! We need to create such balance, or at least I know that I need to.

Thank you, my good friend for sharing all of this with us! :hug:
Thank you for your expressions of love as well. I whole-heartedly agree...  :heart:

I wish you very well on the Isle of Skye! As the feeding the Spririt, is the final part in the complete connection of Body, Mind, and Spirit.


Thank-you- by vafiehya
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Dear Tea
thank you so much for your thoughtful response to my journal
I appreciate you expressing yourself so clearly and emotionally
I am so glad you feel uplifted by my clumsy words as you have 
more than enough challenges in your life
I am touched that you should take so much time writing to me
I send you much love dear Tea
I hope things improve for you and that you will be able to do all
that you want to do
If I was closer to you I would be honored to dance with you
:hug:
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whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful words and beautiful art. Take care Lawrence!
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