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dignity and power by LordLJCornellPhotos     A place to pause and take stock by LordLJCornellPhotos

You know I used to think we were all lucky to not live in the early or middle part of the 20th century. We were not alive to experience the two World Wars. In truth though, it seems that wars, violence and hate are with us all the time. The terrorist attacks in Belgium are the latest example of a hate war using indiscriminate violence against ordinary people going about their normal daily business. Where ever you live in the world, Belgium, Paris, Turkey, Madrid, New York, London.....................anywhere, you can't help but be affected by the tragedies that keep unfolding. It fills me with sadness. 
If you were to visit this planet as a stranger you could be forgiven for thinking that, due to the actions of a minority, this is an ugly world full of loathing and suspicion and hate. This is not the case though. 
It strengthens my resolve to find beauty in this world. I spend my life looking for beauty, love and compassion. It is what I have done all my life so far and it is what I will continue to do. 
Light must always conquer dark and Love must always conquer Hate. We must have hope and optimism for without these we have nothing but despair. The evil must not win. 

I have met so many people here who prove to me, on a daily basis, that there is much love in the world. There is love, hope, compassion for one's fellow man/woman, tenderness, passion, creativity and happiness. I find all of that and more from my friends here at dA. We all live in this world, in various countries, and we all share this common love of art in the first place. Then we find people who become important and close to us. The feeling of community amongst my friends here is not something I was expecting from dA.  I thought it would be a place I showed my pictures and maybe some people would like them. I did not expect to make such close friendships. I did not expect my heart to be touched by some of the most amazing, wonderful and loving people I have ever met anywhere. You people really show me what being here on this planet can be about. :heart: When I am feeling low there are always people here who will give me a lift. People who pick me up. They don't even know they have done it most times but I appreciate you all for it. :huggle:  Some of you I feel like I've know all my life. There is a closeness and a bond that I hope will never break. :love: I won't name names as it's embarrassing to miss anyone out but you must know who you are :heart:
I find that in sad times I get sentimental. I have had my own sad times to deal with recently and this all gets put into perspective by the recent tragedies in Brussels. We all have our own battles in life though and we have to find our own way forward. That is the only direction to go though. Forward. I am so happy to have you all beside me as I make my own way in my life in this troubled world. :heart:

So I don't want this to be end on a sad note. Easter is a time for celebration in the Christian faith.  If you don't celebrate Easter then please, pray for peace in your own way. If you do celebrate Easter then also pray for peace.

I will be out there with my camera trying to capture the beauty I can find in the world to share with you. I hope you will enjoy my travels and feel the love I have for this planet and nature from my humble pictures. I thank you for each and every favourite and comment. I will always reply to a comment as I love that you have taken the time to write :love: Much love to you all. You enrich my life :heart:

And now I would like to share some art with you. All of these pieces of art have been made by amazing people and I'm sure they would love to hear from you if you like what they have created. Please, if you have time, let them know. Thank you very much for reading this :hug:

Happy Easter by RezzanATAKOL    For all of us... by ansdesign   End of the road by rougealizarine    Untitled by StonyStoneIsStoned2  

One sunday morning by LidiaRossana   Winter rebellion by Melusine8  *** by invisigoth88    Tulips by Cinnamoncandy    Purple by Isagrafie   

Choice by Miss-deviantE        Blue Poppy by CASPER1830           Paradise by whispersoftheblue           Wallflower by Deb-e-ann   

Bad Moon Rising by 1001G    Underground Milky Way by AmyKPhotos     backlit by Ingelore       

Mushroom of the forest by MaaykeKlaver            Springtime by marrgit            Cabin in the wood by SatyaSaruchi  

Cologne Zoo Rolled up beauty by Finnyanne     escape by MWeiss-Art    My lonely place by invisigoth88     The Bay by anastipanic   

Colorful Springtime!/Happy Easter! by mockingbirdontree                Approaching Storm by Metal-Bender        Paparoa National Park by artismagica  

    Small World by GlassHouse-1     Posing by Mocris     Grey velvet by SilverMixx   Still by dashakern  

La Petite Mort by Yuukon        Laurisilva by Annabelle-Chabert  Vampire Slayer by DameTenebra   

    Puppet Fairytale by ArtistHanna     Whoooo's there? by FreyaPhotos   12/52 My Diary of Dying Roses by VelvetRedBullet  

Candle... by AlicesPlace      Titan by AncaXBre      Sketchbook Early Days ~ Issac Stern by richardcgreen      I believe by SilverMixx       Crossroads by saperlipop  

Music for Canan by saperlipop    Alien No. 604 by saperlipop    Moon by Crannogphotographic    Sunlight bring me in by Nikonfinest    hyacinth by 4ajka   fly into your dream by GrauenAndMWeissArt   

Sometimes things are not what they seem by LidiaRossana    Little Lantern by MaaykeKlaver    Peeled by Faroes    decide. by ColorfulLadybug   

Signs of Spring by JenFruzz    Our Final Journey-In the End by WhimsicalBlue   Turquoise by marrgit    Green and only green... by VesnaRa014   

So close by Morgan-Lou   Warkworth1 by brijome   Fresh Fallin' X by Trippy4U    the thing about jellyfish by fotomademoiselle    

Loneliness by MaaykeKlaver    Sunset at the bridge by Crannogphotographic   Did You Hear The Rain by Nelleke   1083 by Nigrita   

Winter's farewell part III by firepaved     ___ by StonyStoneIsStoned2     Wind Will Guide You by EvanescentAngel666    follow the leader by KatriLaiho       Space Needle by BWilliamWest  

Happy Singing Wolves by linneaphoto    Into The Wilderness by Caillean-Photography    Open your eyes by SilverMixx   help is always somewhere by anastipanic   Once Upon a Time by OnTheMarkPhotos  

The Dance of Fog and Light by dashakern    Rendez-vous by SilverMixx    Day of the Dreamer by Yuukon    Colorful rooftop. by JinnyJoe   

Shadows by Onion-chutney    Fresh Fallin' VIII by Trippy4U    The temple by ElenaDudina    The Soul Departs by AlicesPlace  Turbulence.. by AlicesPlace   

I Have No Name - But Some Eyes By Spiritofdarkness by LidiaRossana   Sundown serenade by aw-landscapes    Beech Bolero by peterpateman   Lazy Summer Day by LAlight    

Catching Life by Nikki-vdp   Yellow Stars by IdaBarracuda     Strelitzia by Guericke    Rakkauslaulu by Yuukon       

Still hanging on by serel        My little friend by Yuukon    Nothing Escapes Me by Nikki-vdp    

Tweeters by ScribalWriter      Black Cranes by dashakern    Little spring bells by Morgan-Lou    

Citizen erased by SilverMixx     Be Unique, Be Yourself by TeaPhotography            Lormet-CivilWar-0163C3d3-sml by Lormet-Images       Round the b by SilverMixx  

Burg Kreuzenstein by Enlothien    Hymn for a dead star by CleaLlyfr    There is a time for everything... by ansdesign    Verbier cable cars by artamusica   

         Aurora Spirals by musicismylife10027   

Trumphouse by richardcgreen    141 by natajla    Touch of Winter by IndigoSummerr    Highland  Pride by TheJessPaige    The Other Dimension by RubySummit  

Ghost Parade... by ansdesign    Frozen in time by gigi50    Izoard by Annabelle-Chabert   

Order Law by aspruli         Light on the Dents du Midi by artamusica          United Hearts Forever! by mockingbirdontree    

You know what? I feel better already just for looking through your wonderful pictures :) Thank you all again for adding so much to my life with your creativity, zest for life, friendship and love. :heart:
Thank you for reading this and remember, spread the love. Keep creating, keep loving and keep your passion. Long for peace. :heart:
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:iconmweiss-art:
MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :rose:
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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HannahJRNoble Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016   General Artist
Heart 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
Thank you very much! I love the diversity of your features :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Alex :)
well they are all wonderful people and artists :) you included 
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a wonderful and thought provoking journal, really enjoy reading it, thank you so much for including my work in this amazing journal.
Always appreciate your support and kindness Lord:heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
It is my great pleasure Hazel :hug:
thenk you for reading my journal :heart:
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pleasures all mine~
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
:heart::heart::heart: :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconbigheartplz: :hug:
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Lawrence. Good words and a feature filled with many beautiful works.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure William :)
and thank you 
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empellina Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what a gorgeous feature, Lawrence. :wow: It will take me time to go and peruse all of these...but I must, They're all so wonderful. :jawdrop: Thank you so much for including me. :hug::cuddle: And very wise words...I hope all is well with you. I understand how it can be...I guess everyone has something personal going on, and this world being what it is. I do see the beauty too, but it gets depressing. I love your travels and pics thereof, as you know. Keep on cheering us up with your awesome work! :heart: Take care, dear friend. :aww:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you my dear Maryellen :hug:
Im so glad I have met you here :hug: I'm glad you enjoy my pictures too. I will always seek out beauty where I can find it. :)
it is my pleasure to include you :)
you take care too my dearest Maryellen :heart: 
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empellina Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I have no words...:tighthug:
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artamusica Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Good Heavens, Larry, what a journal. It will take me awhile just to properly peruse this with the attention that it demands. But thank you so much for including me in this journal, not once, but twice! I am, indeed, honored and so happy that some of my work might brighten your day. Some different stuff coming up from me as am just back from Sicily. Your message in this journal is beautiful and full of hope. And that's what we all need. To stick together and work for the beautiful things in life to overcome the ugly and the hate that is so much around us. Love to you and if you're going out with your camera then you must be feeling much better and back on the road to full health. I am so happy to hear that! :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Julie :hug:
I'm glad you you like this journal and feature :) I spent some time writing it :)
Im happy to say my health seems to be better and I'm planning various trips this year :hug:
much love to you too Julie :heart:
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artamusica Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to hear about your improved health! Keep it up!
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vanndra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful collection of work, and also very well said! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ann :hug:
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vanndra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome Lawrence :)
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serel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well said.
Thank you for the feature. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:
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Guericke Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
Very good words. And I think that it is big problem that not each person share this idea. But I hope we still have hope.
PS Thank you for mention of my work!)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :hug:

thank you :)
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully written. Thanks for including my photo, friend. :glomp: :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Always my very great pleasure dear Alisha :heart: :hug:
Thank you 
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1001G Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
hello sir lawerence.....ty ever so much for always being there ............
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you too Edie :hug:
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful journal dear Lawrence :love: :clap:
I agree with you, all the way! it makes me very sad all that is happening around the world :(
and I am glad we met in this wonderful DA community , I cherish your friendship :huggle:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Lucila :heart: 
I cherish your friendship too :huggle:
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LUCILALEYLA Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :heart:
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know L J, every time you open up your heart in one of your journals, you deeply touch mine! Beautiful words about the DA community. Amazing friendships, support and much love from this creative community! Thank you for being a part of it!  :tighthug:

Also, a lovely collection of goodies featured here! :aww:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you dear Cher :huggle:
I'm glad you found something to like too :)
:heart:
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VelvetRedBullet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Student Photographer
Thank you for featuring me :hug: Lovely words and I enjoyed faving all the works xxx
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Jen Jen :heart: :hug: 
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CASPER1830 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I am honored to be included in your feature, thank you! You have given me hope as I have been contemplating closing my account here & possibly no longer posting on my FB account. Thank you!
I will come back & look @ your feature in depth later. Currently, I do not have the time.
I also spent time in nature on Easter. It was a dreary day but I felt closer to God, spending time outdoors surrounded by His beauty & praying for many things, including peace.
God bless you
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Heather :hug:
All I can say is if you enjoy your photography then continue doing it for yourself. :)
Being outside in nature is where I love to be. 
Thank you :D
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AmyKPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the inclusion! :aww: Hope you had a great Easter! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Amy :)
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the feature, really appreciated :) Happy Easters! bunny 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Always my pleasure Clea :)
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AlicesPlace Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
:hug::peace::rose:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: :hug: :iconclearflowerplz:
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Yes, lover over hate and peace over war, but looking at the world it seems to be the other way round in these days.
Anyway, many thanks for the feature, Lawrence! Much appreciated! :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Ingelore :hug:
i will always believe in the power of love :heart:
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Miss-deviantE Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist
Thank you so very much, it is greatly appreciated!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Eva :hug:
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anastipanic Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you sooo much for including my works in this collection :D :hug: :heart: :peace:
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