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 My thoughts and the thoughts of all decent human beings are with those affected by the terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg and Stockholm. My thoughts are with the whole of humanity too given the dangerous position the world finds itself in at this time. I only hope that common sense will prevail in the end.
With all the threatening news that hits our screens every day I thought it was time to wish each and every one of you a nice day. I think you have all earned a nice day and you all certainly deserve one.
So I hope you can all find something today that will make you smile or lift your heart. Maybe that will be something small like the sun glinting off some Spring blossom. A friend may make you laugh and smile. Your child might give you a hug. You might catch your partner giving you a look that only they can give you that makes you feel warm inside. Maybe it will be something bigger. Whatever it is I would be delighted if you would share it with me. I would love to know what has made your day a nice day today. 
I was writing to someone yesterday in a comment and I said it was my chosen path to seek out beauty in this world. I wondered afterwards if indeed it is my choice or if I am just that kind of person. Maybe it is in my make up and I have no choice in it at all. I find myself as a person who has is only interested in beauty, love, peace and the awesomeness of nature. I do not understand hate, selfishness and intolerance. These things are a foreign language to me that I will never understand. I hear the words but I can't make sense of them. 
I find myself dreaming of mountains, lochs and glens. Deserted beaches in the rain, hillsides in the snow, out on a boat in the sun. Meeting new people on my travels, sharing experiences, laughing, smiling.................all of these things and many more. To put my boots on, take my camera in hand and get out there away from it all is in my mind a lot of the time. What beauty can I discover out there and try to capture in a picture? Can I capture the feeling as well as the vision? Should I just put my camera down and soak up the experience and fill my senses with all that is around me? 
Have a nice day everyone. Grab yourself a moment if you are not having a nice day. Find that little nugget in the day that can help you see there is more to life. Hold on to it and have a nice day tomorrow. 

In all my years I have never met such a group of people as you. Since my first day here on dA I have met so much kindness and support and I never take that for granted. I appreciate all your comments and faves. I really do. I have so much love for you all. I also love that you create such wonderful pieces of art and literature. There are no people on earth like artists. You make things, you don't break things. You add to this world every day, you don't take away from it. Everything you create adds to the beauty in the world. Every line you draw, every brush stroke, every photograph, every word you write........they all go towards a treasure that I am honoured to be able to share. 
And share it I will. Here is a selection of pictures I have come across in the last few weeks that I am delighted to share with you. As always, all kinds of people are represented here but they have things in common too.  ART, passion, creativity and love. Please enjoy these pictures and I'm sure the artists would be delighted if you let them know you have seen their work. Thank you all so much for your time. 

Spring Celebration by dashakern  Only One by Yuukon    Resting by Walyco   Looking Up To City Hall by ShipperTrish    Foggy Morning by CamillaSakar    

Keepsake. by Phototubby   stealth bomber II || 2010 by kevinsaintgrey    Isla by Micko-vic    Spring Beauty by allison731   Moonlight Princess by pjenz   

Incandescence by AnnMarieBone    Come a little bit closer...... by 1001G   Frozen Fears by tvurk    Lost in Void by WhimsicalBlue  

stolav 5 by ltiana355     Forsaken by Crims0nPhotography   Martina by Crims0nPhotography    Frederika by Crims0nPhotography   Like fire by Finnyanne   

taste the emptiness IV by only1second   Mountain valley by miirex   Project Renegade by Surehuinel   Colors of Nature II by EyeOfTheKat  

Navegante by LidiaRossana   Colors of Cuba by dashakern   Haute Maurienne by Annabelle-Chabert   In The Sunset by Mocris  Crown Of Thorns... animation by ansdesign  

. by invisigoth88    The Veil by aw-landscapes   Baseball 3 by Trippy4U   l by 62dingos    Containment by lesley-oldaker  

At the beach by Bjorn3009    Beautiful Norway by DominikaAniola  

    Ildy by Sssssergiu    Some places are in fact part of Heaven by MohannadKassab   Welcome Home by Pajunen  

Shine a light on me .......? by Betuwefotograaf   Golden Spring by SilverMixx   Holding Back Time by Metal-Bender   Peace! by mockingbirdontree  Grey Heron by Crannogphotographic  

Entrez dans le reve by Annabelle-Chabert   Densly Spreaded by eegariM   Jaina's Locket by Narga-Lifestream  

Watercolor: Barn Window by LewisKocher   Comfortably House by LidiaRossana   Heaven Scent by AlicesPlace   Yellow iris by Guericke   A storm ist coming by lmsgblh  Taking the long Road by oprust  

Cumbrian Spring: Sunset Pasture by Coigach  Bald eagle by Maria-Schreuders   The basalt troll by LinsenSchuss    Morning in Carpathians by Sergey-Ryzhkov  In The Spotlight by Nelleke   

King of the Valinorian Noldor by EKukanova   Curly by EyeOfTheKat   Fairy dance by Morgan-Lou   Tough Days Ahead by richardcgreen    2017 4_1 by bindii  

The National Landscape III by IdaBarracuda   Worries for another day... by ansdesign    Sunday dreams by SilverMixx   Baseball by Trippy4U  

Unknown by Metal-Bender  Save My Specie by LiliaLaurent    Raven by MaresaSinclair   Belle Isle Detroit Sunset - Finally by JeffreyDobbs  

Shadows of the new spring by VesnaRa014   The Sound of Silence by BaxiaArt   Willow by Alina-Kurbiel   Sisters by gigi50  

Meerkat by vanndra   Tulip and Friends by PassionAndTheCamera   In The Memory Of Soul Train by Anka-loves-to-fly   The hand of Miles Davis, dot art by rougealizarine  Dreaming by IndigoSummerr  

Garden1 - Buggy Crocus by MoonFlowerSax   Alftavatn I by StonyStoneIsStoned2      TH E POPPY IN FRANCE by IME54-ART   farewell the winter by MWeiss-Art  

format by ivtaya  Piazza San Marco by EvaPolly    Feelings by Ivoryia    Another Soaking? by Arte-de-Junqueiro   Looking down Victoria Falls Gorge by Pistolpete2007 

Spring ready by gigi50  Misty Sunrise by MayEbony   Tallinn town hall by Francy-93   The Vulcan Nest by richardcgreen   Les Ombres by Nikki-vdp  

Horizons by BWilliamWest    House Upon The Hill by Yuukon   Abandono by LidiaRossana 
writing about the past three months by Rona-Keller   Fly-catching by Morgan-Lou   Envol by Annabelle-Chabert   21st Street Bridge March 2017 by videodude1961  

A Touch of Springtime by RMS-OLYMPIC  Twilight over the River by Fotobasa    That's Enough For Me by Mouselemur   Ghostlike Existence by indeepsilence  

On Skye by tracybutlerart    * by anyaanti   Hurt, but not broken... by ansdesign    Buntzen Lake by dashakern

Thank you very much for taking the time to look at all these pictures. It seems the longer I am here the more I discover. I really hope you found some gems in this selection. Please say hi to the artists if you have a moment. I'm sure they would be happy to hear from you.

It just remains for me to wish you much love :heart: Keep your passion, keep being creative, spread the love, take care of each other and, of course, have a nice day :hug:
 
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MoonFlowerSax Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A very belated thank you. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :hug:
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear friend from overseas Hug 

Let's make the world better, one beautiful work of art at a time Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lilia :hug:

That sounds like a good plan :)
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Walyco Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Let's keep doing art while sharing and loving <3 I wish you the best :hug: 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds like a plan :) :hug:
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much Black Rose  Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Is it weird to say that, most often, it's other people's art that makes me smile? Actually, very much this feature of yours, put a smile on my face.
Perhaps it was still there after just viewing Give A Smile : Get A Smile - but knowing how easily people can give a smile, or make others smile with a few kind words... Well, that sort of thing makes me smile in return :aww:

Thank you for inclunding one of my photos in this feature; I appreciate the support and hope you have an amazing day :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't think it's weird at all. I know exactly what you mean. 

Its my my pleasure to share your work I assure you :)
:hug:
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, the world is not a safe place and seeing it everyday in the news is almost too much to take in most the time. Thank you for the well wishes, they are extended to you as well.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Sheri :)
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, LJ!
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Thanks a lot for the feature :)
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yesterday, walking towards town, met someone who shook my hand and invited me into his house of worship. Kindness always amazes me. It is so very humbling, and at the same time energizing.

Thank you, Lawrence...:)

William D.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with you :)
thank you for sharing your story William :) 
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Mocris Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Your journal made me smile today, your words. It´s encouraging to see that there are people who still know what humanity is, even nowadays!
Thank you very much, Lawrence!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Monica :)
Im glad you enjoyed it :D
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Mocris Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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Guericke Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
Thank you very much for including my work to this colection!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is my pleasure :)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
Awwww, this is such a remarkable journal. How lovely of you. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Tea :hug:
Im glad you enjoyed it :hug:
I hope you have had a nice day :)
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017   Photographer
Thank you Lawrence!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome :)
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017   General Artist
Dragonfly thanks by bast4cats   for this beautiful journal dear Lawrence with presentation from amazing pictures.
i agree with Vesna, 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Ilona :hug:
I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017   General Artist
Wonderful dear❤️
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VesnaRa014 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 24, 2017
My dear, dear friend!!!Thank you for this wonderful journal ! I'm sorry because I did not know better English ... I would like to write more, but I'm afraid that the translation will never be exactly like what my thoughts are...No, I disagree!  
But I understand every word you wrote here and I'm grateful, because in your words I see myself! My thoughts were like yours!
Thank you to the sky!Hug Heart 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you my dear Vesna :hug:
I am glad you enjoyed my journal :D
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Melusine8 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Lawrence for another beautiful journal :heart: I hope you have a nice day, you made mine better by sharing this journal.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Isabelle :) I'm glad you enjoyed it :hug:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hi, Lawrence, thank you a lot for your kind and sweet words and for wonderful artworks collection.Love Feel proud seeing my artwork here too.   

Every beautiful and talented things and every person of talent and inner strenght are always lift my heart up, especialy if this person is my good friend. Your photos and your texts are also things i'm always inspired by. I have no many friends but i have got very good some in real life and some good penfriend in different cities and countries; i get very fascinated grooving with interesting people who has life and culture unlike mine. Last week i've got letters from two my penfriends, whom i didn't heard from for a long while. I happy they are remember me. One of them said he likes my new works; and we spent all nights long with another one discussing some interesting ideas in art and theatre, because he is nice theatrologist and great books eater. =) We got amazing conversation. My friends, my art and good music (you know!) are my shields whatever happends to me. ;)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Anna :hug:

You have good shields. Your friends, your art and good music :D
They will look after you in difficult times :hug:
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Crannogphotographic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017   Photographer
Have always loved that song and it was a stable part of the repertoire when I used to play in a folk band many moons ago,

I had some wonderful news this week when a very close friend told me that she is expecting a baby, and she has asked me to be one of the godparents and my dearest wish for this new life would be that the world becomes afar better place than it is just now, hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward as always to seeing more wonderful images appearing in my feed Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Well that's great news and a beautiful wish Sylvia 

Thank you :hug:
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Jules49442 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wish I would of seen this earlier, working 10 hr days leaves me little time during the week. I hope you have had a decent and very good week.I also do not understand what this world is coming to all we can do is try to see the love in people and the surroundings around us. Very nice song. Lots of love have a nice weekend <3
Julie  
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Julie :)
The world does seem to be in a bad place right now. 
We can only the best we can be and spread what love we can 

I'm glad you enjoyed the song too :)
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Jules49442 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hug 
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tracybutlerart Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
A beautiful sentiment. You have a wonderful day too; and thank you for including my painting.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Tracy :)

Its my pleasure :)
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kevinsaintgrey Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Professional Photographer
You have a nice day as well!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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only1second Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: thanks a lot for the feature :flowerpot:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is my very great pleasure :)
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lesley-oldaker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing my painting Containment....have a nice day :) (Smile) 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It is my pleasure :)
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