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I wish I could say that the world has moved on since my last journal but it seems the shift towards nationalism spreads ever wider. I watch with bewilderment and sadness as hate and selfishness seem to be the flavour of the moment. I am just glad that I am not of this ilk.
Valentine's Day is approaching fast and the shops are full of all things red. Red hearts, red roses, red ribbons. Chocolates are piled high and, in England, it seems all the food retailers imagine everyone will be tucking into a fat juicy steak. I have never seen so many adverts for steak as I have this year. It is a great time of year for the latest Fifty Shades movie to hit the screens as they obviously see a link between said "action" and a romantic Valentine's Day evening at home. Or maybe they see it as the perfect antidote to romance. This is another of those times of year where the true meaning of the day has been taken over by commerce who have made it into what they want it to be. But hey.....that's fine. If people need an excuse to tell someone they love them that's fine with me. Probably better to not need the excuse but if it works......it works.
It got me to thinking about what the true meaning of Valentine's Day actually is? Was it ever more than it is now? Maybe it is only here at all because it was invented. Well, like many things, it has a murky history which is unsure and has more than one possible basis in fact. I'm not entirely sure the story I have found makes it any better than it is now but here goes. 
I would like to say up front that this is, in all likelihood, not going to be "the truth" but it is based on some of the things I have found out. Maybe it will turn out to be Fake News :lol: I apologise if so as I tell it with a clean conscience and a pure heart ;)
The history seems to be a mixture of Christian and Roman backgrounds. Who, in fact, was Valentine? There appear to be three main contenders who were martyred.  One was a priest in 3rd century Rome who defied Emperor Claudius II by continuing to marry young lovers after the emperor had banned these marriages as he thought single young men made better soldiers. Unfortunately he was discovered and was put to death.
I'm going with this one. Valentine was a prisoner who fell in love with a young girl (possibly the jailor's daughter) who he met while in prison as she visited him. Before his death he is said to have written her a letter signed "from your Valentine". Well, obviously it was before his death ;) This has become a token of love and the character of Valentine is always seen in a romantic and loving light. To be fair it probably wasn't this one, I just like him. 
By the middle ages Valentine had become a very popular saint. 
Why is it celebrated in mid February? Some think it is because birds first mate at this time of year. Others think it was when the church made a move to Christianise the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. I do not vouch for the accuracy of this story either and I'm sure there are those who know it better than I but members of the Lupercia would gather at a sacred cave where Romulus and Remus were said to have been raised and cared for by a she wolf. The priests would sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog for purification. They would strip the goats hide and dip it in the blood before taking it to the streets slapping both women and the crop fields with the hide. This was a fertility rite and the women welcomed the touch of the hide as it was believed to make them more fertile for the coming year. I'm not sure how this next bit would go down today (well I think I am sure :lol: ) all the young women in the city would put their name into a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. It is claimed that these matches often ended in marriage. I'm quite sure it often didn't too. 
Lupercalia was outlawed at the end of the 5th century as being un Christian. Pope Gelasius declared Feb 14th St Valentine's Day. 
It wasn't until after 1400 that written Valentines messages really began to appear. It grew in popularity through 17th and 18th century and printed cards became more common after 1900. 

There you are. A history in brief of St Valentine's Day. I wouldn't believe a word of it though. ;)

What I would do is take a moment from your busy lives and spend that moment telling your loved one what they mean to you. As with many things in life, it is easy to take things for granted. Whether that be your health or the beauty of nature. At this time in my life I take things for granted less and less. There have been too many surprises and shocks in the last couple of years so each moment becomes that more precious. Do not waste your moments. If you love someone then spend your time loving them and being loved by them. Never forget the excitement of when you first met. I know things change over time but if you look inside yourselves I hope you can still find that spark that set you on the path you have been travelling together. It is a long road, sometimes a bumpy road. It may have a fork in it or two and the wrong path can be taken but if that spark is still there then waste no time. And do this every day. Not just on Valentine's Day.  :heart:

Now here is some art. I have been collecting again and it has been a couple of months since my last feature so lets get to it. As always I will try to represent as many as I can. Your beautiful works light up my life. If you are new here welcome, if you have been here a while, I'm always glad to see you and your creations. I welcome back one or two have been on a break too. :hug: 

Ruins of Tiffauges' castle by ClairObscur16    The withering by LittleFawnsPhotos    Where Freedom Shines by Trippy4U    Valley of Fire State Park, Moab, Nevada by artamusica    Lunar Mountain by manfishinc   Heart whispers by Morgan-Lou   

Fairy Pools by Rajmund67     A Moon for you by BWilliamWest    vibrant by aspruli    #29 Shadow by Quinfu     My heart by Guericke   Lonely Love by IndigoSummerr  

Travel as much as you can by thedaydreaminggirl    Fergus - quick study in oils by Cwmm     Sister towns by AncaXBre   At the Cliffs of Ahtela by Milarcha   Stained glass love... by ansdesign   

Parallel Lines by Metal-Bender   Dsc 0334 1 by AnaPengu    Transcended by solefield   Dendrobium Berry Oda by PassionAndTheCamera   

Window to the Soul by Mocris    Az407135 by chriskaula    Mystic islet by Morgan-Lou   Misty Morning by EmMelody   By the Lake 6 by EvaPolly    

Escaping Destiny by whispersoftheblue    Marta by lemgras330   . by invisigoth88   Happy Birthday dear Yadi...animation by ansdesign    Winter in the orchard II by VesnaRa014   Happy Birthday Yadi by LidiaRossana   

Parrot in the rain by chriskaula    Yellow mountains by StonyStoneIsStoned2    Grounded Murmuration by richardcgreen   c u r v y by ColorfulLadybug  

Qui Vive by Trippy4U    February by dashakern    February Day by sesam-is-open          Solitude by LUCILALEYLA

misty XXVIII by JoannaRzeznikowska    Delicate Arch by Pistolpete2007    Arguing by LiliaLaurent   Valentine Song by AnnMarieBone   Squares by LidiaRossana  

He sings in the wood by Morgan-Lou   Sur les pas d'Anna Karenine by Lorelyne    Careful Lovin' You by Yuukon   Tasting the breeze by dashakern 


    Mixed Media: Yesterday's Child V by LewisKocher     Beacon of Light by Tessasa   LOVE AND HATE ARE CLOSE TOGETHER by IME54-ART    What We Need by Deb-e-ann    Winter pattern by aw-landscapes  

everything by ivtaya        Thank you by Sweetlylou     Through it all... by Nikonfinest    Cape Schanck by FlabnBone   

Eye candy by thefirebomb    Lou by Anka-loves-to-fly    Planet Earth - Red Farmlands by KatherineFewer    Cruising Woodward in Downtown Detroit by JeffreyDobbs      

Midnight Memories by serel   January is white by Rona-Keller   The Torii of Fushimi Inari by LunaFeles    Waterfall by sistersinnister  

Destination Desolation by Scooby777     Fantasy by Liudochka   Frozen by EyeOfTheKat    skyscrapers by 4ajka    Moth by BaxiaArt   

See blue by SilverMixx    Everything passes by dashakern    enlightened by Ingelore    Waves of Color, Antelope canyon by artamusica  

Walking Through The Winter Forest by Caillean-Photography    Back and Forth.. by AlicesPlace   The Drifter ~ Seattle Sojourn #5 by richardcgreen   Mountain Throne by aw-landscapes  


  the riverdays II by Bodhisattvacary       The Soft And Sweet by Nikki-vdp  

Dark Tree by BaxiaArt    Happy New Year by 1001G   Goodbye 2016 by EvaPolly    the year is dying in the night by MWeiss-Art   

Winter Bird by Yuukon    Calm by Laerian    Symphony of Music by poisen2014    Somewhere by Annabelle-Chabert  

A lonely path into the Unknown II by Aenea-Jones    winter's tale X by JoannaRzeznikowska   Secret Shade  (Mushroom) by ZahrahLeona   roots like a tree by fotomademoiselle   

Close to home V by EyeOfTheKat    present wrapping by Rona-Keller    52/52 Loch Shiel by VelvetRedBullet  Stuck in Time by WhimsicalBlue   

all alone by ColorfulLadybug    Sinueux by Annabelle-Chabert        continuum by IreneHorvath

I do hope you enjoy these pictures. They are made by some amazing people so if you have a moment, perhaps you could drop them a comment or a fave :hug: Thank you. I'm sure they will appreciate it :D

So please enjoy your Valentine's Day if you can. Maybe there is someone you would like to know a bit better out there. This is the perfect time to let them know. :D Take your courage in both hands or you might never know if it is meant to be. 
Take care of each other and love each other. Love your fellow humans too. Fill the world with love. It will always win over hate in the end :heart:
As always, I send my love to you all and wish you all good things, good health, happiness and love.

:heart: :hug:
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Thanks a lot for the feature :)
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You are very welcome :)
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Really an honour to be part of this wonderful journal filled with wisdom and beauty, thank you so much for including my work Lawrence:heart:
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You are very welcome Hazel :)
It is my pleasure :hug:
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An honor to be included with such impassioned sentiment, and such beautiful works.

Thanks!
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My pleasure Jeffrey :)
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LiliaLaurent Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for those words of wisdom ;) (Wink) 

Thanks also for the feature! :happybounce: Hug 
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My pleasure Lilia :hug:

and thank you :)
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:hug:Thank you so much, Lawrence. :heart: You've always been a good one. :bye:
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Bless you for your kind heart dear Maryellen :hug:
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:D
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A beautiful journal, you have such a way with words Lawrence, and amazing pieces of art shared alongside it :love: 
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Thank you Jen :heart: :hug:
Im glad you liked it :)
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Artist
I haven't been around much since my camera got that spot. (Plans for a new camera hopefully fall 2017.) But Lawrence, God bless you, my friend -- I say friend although we've never met -- I'm that confident! If ever a man had his heart in the right place, it's you. The weirdest thing in all the histories you recount is the year-long "romances" of the Lupercalia... call me presumptuous, but I have a feeling that women were pretty psyched when that got outlawed! I can't help but guess women didn't have much to do with its becoming enforced/enshrined/whatever in the first place...
The only thing to do in the face of hate is to love, each one of us sharing that onus, in our own small ways, with those with whom we come into contact, and especially those nearest.
And you, obviously, know this.
Much respect, as always, good sir. Many thanks for the inspiration.
HAPPY BELATED VALENTINE'S DAY!
Yr humble servant & etc.
GLUM
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Many thanks for writing Glum.
Im sure you are right and that the ladies had precious little to do with what happened to them in Lupercalia.
Well I don't think my thoughts are very radical. To me it is just common sense. The world would be a better place for more love and tolerance for your fellow humans.
I am very disillusioned by the way things are going in Europe and America at the moment. When did it become right to be so selfish and full of hate? 
I will just do what I do naturally which is to try to spread some love, joy and beauty in this world. 
Thank you for your kind words. I'm sure you are right too. 
We'd get along just fine.
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Mocris Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love to read your texts, they are full of wonderful thoughts! :love: Inspirational, emotional, and so true.....

Thank you that I am allowed to be a part of it! :heart:
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Thank you very much Monica :)

you are very welcome :)
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Thank you for mentioning of my work and of course for your journal! It is always interesting to read and to see beautiful works of artists
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It is my pleasure :D
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bobswin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Thank you for your journal. I was interested in your opening comments. I have found that despite the sensationalised stories in the press, Britain is still very much like it was before the referendum. I live in very multi-cultural West Yorkshire and have not seen any acts of racial or religious violence. By and large people are polite and considerate to eachother. The most serious problems seem to be gang-related rather than ethnic-related. So perhaps love will triumph over hate, here at least.
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I was speaking more generally than just the UK
I find the move to a more extreme right is shown in many countries around the world at the moment
I hope that love will triumph everywhere but at the moment the politics seems to be of suspicion and hate
I don't mean the people living their lives peacefully
Thank you for commenting 
I appreciate it 
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You are welcome.
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Thank you for including my photo! FREE flying hearts Icon 
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My very great pleasure :hug:
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Beautiful journal Lawrence :heart:
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Thank you Isabelle :D
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Thank you very much! :aww:
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It is my great pleasure :)
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Aw thank you so much for the feature!
I really appreciate it my friend
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Such an honor!
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It's my very great pleasure dear Cody :hug:
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Aw its so appreciated!
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Thank you very much for this beautiful feature!:heart:
Interesting information about Saint Valentine.:)
All my good thoughts to you.:hug:
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You are very welcome Selina :)
thank you :hug:
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Thank you for the feature, as always :hug:
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Always my very great pleasure :hug:
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thank you so very much Hug
My computer is broken, so I'm hardly still here. Only through my girlfriend
i am so sorry
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Thank you for writing :hug:
dont be sorry :)

you our are very welcome :)
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Beautiful journal dear Lawrence :love:
thank you so much for including my works among these amazing artists :love:



and thank you for the information of Valentine's meaning :hug:
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Thank you dear Lucila :)

you are very welcome :hug:
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My pleasure my dear friend :huggle:
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What a beautiful journal! I completely agree with the following phrase: "What I would do is take a moment from your busy lives and spend that moment telling your loved one what they mean to you. "
Thank you for the feature! Heart Hug 
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Thank you Dasha :heart: :hug:
you are very welcome, always :hug:
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Many stories about the origin of Valentine's Day, thanks for sharing some of them. As for the date Feb. 14th, I read that the bishop and priest Valentin of Rome who continued to marry young lovers after the Christian ritual though the emperor Claudius II had banned these marriages, was beheaded on Feb. 14, 269 because of this Christian belief.

As always: many thanks for the feature! :heart:

Love Music by KmyGraphic Happy Valentine's!
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You are very welcome :)

well ill that kind of agrees with one of the priests I discovered so
It could very well be true
we may never know 

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