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The clouds hang heavily over the heart shaped loch by LordLJCornellPhotos                                       Wearing my heart on my nose by LordLJCornellPhotos


"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another." Thomas Merton

At this time of year we are bound to think of love even if we do not buy into the whole St. Valentine's Day package. I have been finding myself a little out of sorts this year. Certain circumstances have occurred that have left me somewhat upset and unlike my normal cheerful self. Hate is a strong word but I really hate feeling this way and I can't seem to lift myself out of it. I am hurt and it makes me miserable. |( I really must say at this point that it is as much my fault as anyone else if not more so )  Added to which, as some of you know, I have had pneumonia for over a month now and it is not helping my general demeanor. I am not so bad now and I think I am on the way to recovery but it is a surprisingly long process and I am impatient to feel well again. I am a bad patient :lol: I am used to being very active and I take it personally if anything interferes with this state. So I am somewhat under the weather both physically and spiritually and I do not like feeling this way. 

As the quotation at the beginning tells us, we find love with another......not on our own. The world is full of people searching for love and with many people who are on their own. If you are lucky enough to have found love then hang on to it for all you are worth and then some. Please do not keep this fact a secret from your wife or husband or partner. Let them know how much they mean to you. Don't just wait for Valentine's Day (though don't forget it then either :lol: ). Tell them often and in many ways. By holding their hand, giving them a hug, helping them out when they need it, being there for them, supporting them, laughing with them, spending time together just because you can. By all means have that romantic dinner and give flowers but do this and the other things all year round. Life is very short. Do not waste it by forgetting what or who is important to you in your life. Many people have found out too late that they had what they were looking for but they just couldn't see it. Do not take it for granted. It requires a little work.

If you are looking for love then I just hope you find it. Nothing beats that feeling. It brings pleasure and pain so extreme it can be hard to stand it. When you catch your breath when that special person enters the room. When their touch makes your pulse race. When you can drown in their presence. When their very being gives you a reason to live. I hope you find that and I hope it finds you. It requires love to find you too. Mutual appreciation, mutual respect and mutual love. 

This St Valentine's Day I wish that you all enjoy some love and romance, some laughter and happiness, some closeness and some intimacy. Enjoy being with each other. Life really is over in a flash so don't waste it.

Now for the feature. A selection from my favourites from the last few weeks. Please offer these artists your support an drop them a fav or a comment so they know they are appreciated. 

   Miles to go... by aw-landscapes  Where Have All the Birds Gone? by richardcgreen  Cold Prison by Metal-Bender   Untitled by IndigoSummerr 

Teach Me by Yuukon  Oi Joulunajan Ihmiset by Yuukon   Untitled by StonyStoneIsStoned2   Enter the Labyrinth by aw-landscapes 

Happy Birthday, dear Monica... by ansdesign  Chilliwack Lake in Winter by dashakern  Winter Journey by ColorfulLadybug   an obsession with this thought by doodler89 

Wooded Path by JenFruzz  Colourful sky by StonyStoneIsStoned2   A Simple Snowy Day by whispersoftheblue  Curved space by Juanilla  

Wait by ntpdang  Let it Snow Let it Snow by 1001G  Dark Roads by MaaykeKlaver   Which way you will turn... by ansdesign 

Rollercoaster by marrgit   Lormet-Western-0413e-sml by Lormet-Images   Hourglasses by AncaXBre   zludzenia by xxMagicGlowxx  winter tree by 4ajka 

Hibiscus by rougealizarine  All Trumpet... by AlicesPlace   Writer's Block by Caillean-Photography  The magic of Iceland by StonyStoneIsStoned2  night by MWeiss-Art  

Marie-Antoinette by Sweetlylou   Eternal Winter II by Aenea-Jones  Jig In My Pants by IdaBarracuda    

 Padstow Harbour by Deb-e-ann  Leopard by TVD-Photography   Wolf pup by linneaphoto  Seeds of Hope by MySweetDarkness   

Half blind sketch by bliekya   Swan Lake by artamusica   Heartbreak Hotel by Metal-Bender   Graying towers by AmyKPhotos  Happy Birthday Lois! by EvaPolly 

Vertex by aspruli   Middlenshaw by GrimDreamArt  Mystery by RMS-OLYMPIC   Blessed days by SilverMixx  Untitled by StonyStoneIsStoned2 

Dragon girl by ElenaDudina  Open your heart... by ansdesign  Magic at Midnight by Nikonfinest  Capture Memories by thedaydreaminggirl   31.01.2016 by JoJoAsakura  

Frozen Slumber by BWilliamWest   Robin by copper9lives  Romance by LidiaRossana     Lotus by jennystokes 

Sweet Winter by LaraBLN   m i d n i g h t by Liliaceae7  Calmness by marrgit  Requiem... by nehab16  Like a rainbow. by etiennia  

High Above by Miarath  Golden tree by Annabelle-Chabert  the mountain days XX by Bodhisattvacary  First Of The White Stuff by lemgras330 

Xi'An at Night by musicismylife10027  Early Morning Frost by MaaykeKlaver   winter in the forest by Ingelore   It's a kind of magic by MilenaKalias 

Dreamcatcher by MilenaKalias  Night walk in slum by rougealizarine   Flight by FreyaPhotos   Swan ~ foggy day by AStoKo 

The Time Will Never Come Back by Metal-Bender   A Touch Of Spice by LUCILALEYLA   Lines and Curves by musicismylife10027  Flashes of Fall by LAlight 

   Memories II by Scooby777   Untitled by EmberRose95   Spiral by TVD-Photography  

Simple beauty by Finnyanne   Hunter by HealingHelen   Red Deer by linneaphoto   Rose by Guericke  

Les Dents du Midi in fog by artamusica  Winter Tree by LillianEvill  Death of Boulez by richardcgreen  Season of the Foxes by ScribalWriter   Writing Contest Background by ScribalWriter 
Scottish Reflections by Nelleke  Tell Me Little Bird by Canankk   Sfumato by Malleni-Art 

winter by hekla01   3/52 Treasure In The Snow by VelvetRedBullet   Dreaming Dartmoor by Anka-loves-to-fly   Sunset 2 by HeathersRadiantPhoto   2/52 The Flight and the Sea by VelvetRedBullet  

Scanning by Nikki-vdp   Winter in my heart by dashakern  Stranded by NataliyaBohdana   Winter's Door by BWilliamWest   

Lagune du glacier by Annabelle-Chabert   The river runs by SilverMixx   retrospect. by ColorfulLadybug   Connor Pass by CleaLlyfr 

For now, I am Winter by SilverMixx  Up Close and Personal by Cinnamoncandy    Mother Earth by StonyStoneIsStoned2 

My little Avalon by Caillean-Photography  Always on my mind by SilverMixx   Caught by SilverMixx 

Inside a fairytale by SilverMixx      On A Velvet Afternoon by Trippy4U 

The world inside books by CleaLlyfr  These brushes didn't paint the sky by geanera   Forest 27 by LillianEvill   . by 4ajka  Autumn heart by Isagrafie 

Still life with flowers by invisigoth88   Beautiful Disaster by Mihaela-V    

And that my very dear friends concludes my St Valentine's Day feature. I do hope you will find something to enjoy among these works. They are all lovely people so please take the time to tell them if you can.

Take each day as a chance to love and be loved. Be good to each other :lol: Spread the love my friends. Spread it far and wide. Keep creating your amazing works of art. 

My love to each and every one of you :iconbigheartplz: :huggle:


  
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LaraBLN Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for including me in this wonderful feature, my dear friend! :heart::hug: 'sss
Excuse me for not commenting before, long ago I can not be around DA.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lara :hug:
good to see you :)
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IdaBarracuda Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
"Life is like animal porn - it's not for eveyone." 

Thanks for the feature!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a fair enough quotation ;)

my pleasure always 
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serel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:) 
:hug:
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm late on journals, as usual, but what lovely works of art! Thanks for sharing! :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure and thank you :heart: :hug:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Super journal :clap:...such an honor to have been made a part of it. Thanks kindly, Lawrence :ahoy:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Always a pleasure Rich :)
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geanera Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Thank you kindly Lawrence.
Wish you to feel better soon!!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Gioia :)

and thank you :hug:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Thank you very much for the feature dear Lawrence :iconarrheartplz:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure my dear Cana :heart:
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thedaydreaminggirl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016   Photographer
I send much love and hugs your way. :heart: Hope you are feeling better. :hug:
Also thanks for featuring me and sorry for commenting so late.

Best wishes
Daniela
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Daniela :)
all love and hugs are gratefully received dear friend :heart: :hug:
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piglet365 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
Lawrence, dear friend...i have only just come into DA to find your journal
I'm so very sorry you have had such a lousy few months and trust that with the arrival of spring will come better health, energy and feeling much more your usual self. I loved your Thomas Merton quote but then  his thoughts are always worth reading.... as are yours.

Thank you so much for the wonderful collection of inspiring images. I haven't been able to get out with my camera what with the weather and taking Claire to various appointments, so it lifts my heart to see so much talent
Take good care of yourself
love and blessingsHug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Oriole :hug:
ill be fine 
just a bad start to the year
im sorry you are also having to deal with some hard times right now :huggle:
i send you my love and best wishes dear friend :heart: :hug:
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for these features :happybounce: I hope you had a great valentine day!
*Free Icon/Emote* Molang (I Love It!) 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Clea :hug:
i hope you did 
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1001G Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
sir lawerence, I hope this comment finds you feeling better health wise and other wise.......so many wonderful pieces to look at and more people to follow......and my thanks to you for including me:hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Edie :D
Thank you  :)
my health is certainly slowly improving I am happy to say
:hug:
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1001G Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
nothing worse than feeling badly
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yadiyada27 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
Wishing you a fast recovery Lawrence :hug:.
To experience love every day at different levels is a blessing, a strong engine that keep us going.
Thank you for the feature my friend. :tighthug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Yadi :hug:
and thank you :heart: :huggle:
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
I always love reading your words, Lawrence! :heart:
but I can't help but stumble across your line "Life is very short" - as it is in fact the longest term of time you will ever experience :D
But no matter how you look at it, you gotta value it and make the best of it!

Thank you very much for brighten up my day a little bit! :love:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
True Lea.
My point really is that you should make the most of your life as it is the only one you have and it will be over before you know it so live each moment to the full :hug:

Thank you Lea :heart: :hug:
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
:heart:
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
Wishing you a speedy recovery - a fine selection of work and heartfelt message ! :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly Douglas :)
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DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
You are most welcome - I quite enjoy your photography :) 
get well - and start trekking up and down those mountain terrains !  
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :hug:
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musicismylife10027 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Student Photographer
Wise words you have written here regarding the theme of love.

I also hope you have a good recovery and that the future brightens for you!

Thank you for including me in the feature! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)

and thank you :hug:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you for featuring me :hug:

Being unwell can take such a toll on mental well being. I hope you get well soon so you can get out there and be active again. I'm sure once you are you will start to be a lot more cheerful again :aww:

Your words are very true, we love each other every day of the year :huggle:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Dani :hug:
I do hope so :)
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: I always enjoy your musings, it feel a bit like curling up on a couch with a friend and just talking about things. Glad you're getting better even if it is slowly.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
I'm glad you enjoy my journals :hug:
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Guericke Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Thank you for including my work in such wonderful collection! I hope you feel better now and we all can see more beautiful photos)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
I am recovering slowly :)
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
:tighthug: I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, Lawrence.
Wonderful choices, and thank you so much for including my works! :heart: I truly appreciate it.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure dear Angele :huggle:
Thank you :heart:
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CRG-Free Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I was struggling a lot for the past several months spiritually as well but am pretty close to back on track now. If you ever need to or want to chat I'm here for you. :aww:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the offer. 
I'm sure I'll bounce back soon enough 
Just finding it difficult to bounce back right now :shrug:
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CRG-Free Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It can be hard sometimes but is easier with support and advice. I will be hear if you need me.
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doodler89 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Beautiful words and art as always.:hug: Thanks for including mine.:hug: I hope you're feeling your usual cheerful self again very soon.:cuddle:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :hug:
I'm sure I'll bounce back soon :cuddle:
Just a bit hard at the moment :shrug:
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Kellsworths Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Thank you for the feature, my dear friend! :love: :glomp:
If you celebrate St. Valentine's Day, I hope you had a wonderful one and recover quickly from your ailment!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Lee :hug:
thank you for your kind wishes :hug:
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