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This short video fills me with joy. This is a young girl who is about to go on her first train journey and is full of excitement. I think the things that are easiest to lose in life are excitement and curiosity because life has a way of sucking them out of you. Just recently there have been further terrible things happening in countries like France, the USA and here in England. Over a lifetime you are faced with so many of these terrible events that it makes you give up hope for life on this planet............and then you come across someone like Emma Gonzales who impresses me every time I see her. Then there is something simpler like the short video above. However bad things get there are always these wonderful people and moments to remind you what it should be to be a human being living on this planet. For some reason the news thrives on sad and traumatic stories and can't find time for happy stories. There are places you can go to find these such as www.goodnewsnetwork.org and five minutes of this positivity every day does me the world of good. 
I am so very happy that I am an optimistic kind of person and that I do still have this childlike excitement and curiosity inside me. It really is there on the surface. I don't have to dig deep to find it but many people do. This is not to say that I shut myself off from the bad things in the world. I am fully aware of them and take a deep interest in world news. I just won't let myself become overwhelmed by it (although there have been many times when that has been really difficult). 
Let me tell you about the A82. This is the road that passes Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and on to Fort Wiliam then on to Inverness by Loch Ness. I love this road. Mainly because it takes me where I want to go but also because of the scenery it drives through. When I first drove along this road I had to keep pulling over and stopping because the views are spectacular. You leave a small town called Tyndrum and climb up before levelling out and heading out past Loch na H-Achlaise and on towards Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe and Fort William. As the road levels out after the climb my excitement is building as I know the sights I am going to see. Sights that I never tire of. The Black Mount, Rannoch Moor and on towards the wonderful mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor. This was my first experience of, what I call, real mountains. I can hardly describe the effect it had on me the first time I drove along this road. I have been here many times since, either to visit this area or passing through on my way to the Isle Of Skye. My love of the mountains has only grown since my first visit here. I wish I could describe how alive my senses become every time I approach these mountains and this area. I am childlike in my sheer joy. The same when I am on Skye. You can see the mountains long before you actually get to the island. Their silhouette is unmistakeable and my heart rate always increases when I see them. 
When I went on my short trip to Iceland in 2016 I was so happy that I took this same feeling of excitement and awe there with me............or I picked it up when I was there. However it happens I am full on alive, curious, excited, absolutely buzzing with life at these times and in these places. I am going back to Iceland for a longer trip in September and I can tell you that I am already excited about it. 

I am also excited every time I go out with my camera. If that doesn't come across in my pictures then  I am doing something wrong :lol:

I am also excited by the fact that it seems winter might have finally finished here and Spring is happening. This means I can get to work in my garden. I have a new flower bed to plant up and I have potatoes and onions to get into the ground. The magic of shoots coming out of the ground always makes me happy. Eating food I have grown myself fills me with absurd levels of satisfaction. I will be growing tomatoes, chillies, carrots, courgettes, lots of salad crops and green beans. The success of this will depend on how much time I spend looking after it all and how much time I am away from home but this time of year always cheers me up and fills me with energy. I am just about recovered from this horrible flu which I have had for seven weeks. That is also filling me with energy....albeit slowly......and I feel so much better for it. 
My joy......my excitement comes from the biggest mountain I can get to or from the smallest bud coming out in my garden. It comes from seeing excitement in others, or seeing acts of kindness or seeing someone like Emma Gonazales standing up for what they believe in. Wherever you find your own excitement, curiosity or joy.........please........never lose it. Never lose your excitement for the known or your curiosity for the unknown.

Another place I find excitement, curiosity and joy is here on dA each time I look through your latest creations. (My second heavy handed link it two journals.......well done Lawrence :) ) We are a band of brothers and sisters here. We work together, we play together, we share our creations, we share our love for each other and our love for what we each do. For what we contribute not only to dA but what we add to each other's lives. For all of that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. By way of thanks I would now like to share your work with as many people as I can. Please sit down for five minutes if you have the time and take a look at the fabulous pictures I have been collecting from you recently. Please fave anything you like and, if you have a minute, please leave a comment and let the artist know how you have enjoyed their work. 

The Fire inside me. by OliviaMichalski  Zefir by 4ajka  Jewellery Box With Pyrographed (Wood Burned) Cat by snazzie-designz  autumn memories by Ingelore  I'm so happy to see you all on DA! by mockingbirdontree 

Saturday's Hike by BWilliamWest     Spring Equinox ... by ansdesign      Tedd Deireadh v2.0 by Aenea-Jones      Culzean Bluebells by tracybutlerart     Dark Forest 1 by Metal-Bender  

Catching Feelings by Mouselemur   My self pic......2018. by gintautegitte69   Golden Haze by AnnMarieBone   Ciconia ... by ansdesign     Road trip by SilverMixx    Tree Tops in Snow by videodude1961 

Colour versus Monochrome by erene  Mist of Avallon... by Omoidenoki   Devil's Staircase by RawPoetry  Sys Bjerre by katr14    

Road trip 3 by BlueIvyViolet   Light In The Darkness by Trippy4U   They Don't Play Our Lovesong Anymore by Yuukon  Suspended in Light by justeline  

Old building III by VesnaRa014   Springtime by MEP-Photography  Houses by the river by Pajunen  The early morning mist by dashakern  

Choose happiness by AutumnIulia  Eternity by SvenMueller  The Wastelands by Exileden  Remote Norway pt. XXXVII by TheChosenPesssimist  

Norway 102 by lonelywolf2   The Dark Traveler II by justeline  Winter umbrella by LadyDattebayo  Sunny day by LadyDattebayo 

Time To Move On.... by Woman-of-DarkDesires  Chilean flamingo by Maria-Schreuders  Spring poppies by rougealizarine   It happened on a snowy night by MEP-Photography  you tied the knots yourself by Rona-Keller  

Citywalk by beatrice  Sunset pelicans by gigi50   O Lord ! Give me strength and courage ! by Sweetlylou  . by invisigoth88  ... by Annabelle-Chabert  

Colors in gray... by VesnaRa014  Don't catch butterflies ... by ansdesign  Flowers in the Morning by Yuukon  Celtic Cross at Great Bealings churchyard, Suffolk by LewisKocher  NEAR MY HOMETOWN ( WORLD HERITAGE ) by IME54-ART-ILONA  

Magical fishes by AncaXBre   Half a Flag by Arte-de-Junqueiro   Earth shows its bones by MaciejKarcz    Brushed by eegariM

the boats by fotomademoiselle   Walk on the Wild Side by richardcgreen  A Landscape with Blue Umbrella by sanderus  Mar 2018 2 by bindii  

Trail to Garibaldi Lake by dashakern   What I see on the road..... by gintautegitte69   Carousel Figurehead by richardcgreen   Swamp Fortress by GrimDreamArt   Stories of Ink: Black bird by dinabelenko 

Belong To The World by Mouselemur   Burst of Dawn by dashakern   Red by BaxiaArt   Lost In Red by Ada666pounder   Cold Sky by Metal-Bender  

The Hobbits arriving in Rivendell by aw-landscapes  Moonlight by SvenMueller  SEP 6321crop by bagnino  The Great One by r-maric  

. by MWeiss-Art   Winter's Willow by EmMelody   Copy-Paste by DominikaAniola   Only A Child Is Capable Of by IdaBarracuda    

Anywhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Trippy4U      Mar 2018 1 by bindii      The Last of Winter by MaaykeKlaver       Point Prim Lighthouse Monochrome by Zoomer1958  

The Fingers and Toes of Paws by TeaPhotography  Mountain By The Sea by SatyaSaruchi  Rust beauty by rougealizarine  Back to blue by BlueCaroline  A long time ago in Katowice by sanderus  

20180303dsc07117 by ltiana355    roman theatre of Plovdiv. by LunaFeles    Plovdiv ID by LunaFeles    Metalic ice by gigi50   

. by invisigoth88  The other Self by RickB500  Peace of Mine by WhimsicalBlue  Old attic spirit by AncaXBre  City builder by AncaXBre  Old Helsinki IV by Pajunen 

The cloud factory... by Omoidenoki  Stories of Ink: Nevermore by dinabelenko   True Blue by fairyladyphotography   Into The Great Wide Open by 33M  Feb 2018 3 by bindii 

AIRTAMS over the marketsquare in Katowice by sanderus   Some Flowers by vanndra   Jump by chriskaula  focus on anything by Ceecore   Winter Woods XV. by realityDream 

  ...sigh... by Saidge42 Dreams by paulee1   Remote Norway pt. XL by TheChosenPesssimist  New Light Dawning by AlicesPlace 

River .003 Panorama by asetix  Zoa-Falls Lake Loop-Zoa subsummit by Westcoastspirits 

im Mondlicht by CaveCanem42   Winterwald by RobinHalioua   The Deer by MiserableCreature    The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore by MiserableCreature 

Winter sunset by RawPoetry   Thin Ice by Cyan707   Axeman's Inflow by eegariM  Semplicity by Nataly1st  Lormet-zoo-0784V-sml by Lormet-Images   PW 11 by Tatyana-Sanina  

renaissance by IreneHorvath   Between loneliness and happiness by dashakern   The Monolith by Pistolpete2007  Booksburg by Lora-Vysotskaya  

art by thefirebomb   ... by only1second   147 - Red Scarf by ElyneNoir   Bonewhiteglory by Mrs-White   Final Frontier by RS-foto  Untitled by dasTOK 

. by invisigoth88    Bead Girl in watercolor by THollander   AITRAMS Zabrze 2 by sanderus  The Baptism of the Fog by richardcgreen   A Change Is On The Way by Trippy4U

Thank you so much for looking through these works of art. I hope very much that you found a lot to enjoy here and that you can support the artists in some way. 
As always, my love and friendship to you all. It is something special in these difficult times to make so much and to add so much to this world. And that is what you are all doing. You are all adding to the sum of human history by creating this art. You are leaving your mark on this world and I, for one, could not be happier about that.
Spread the love and take care of yourselves and each other, always. Keep creating.  :heart: :hug:

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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, my dear friend  :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You are always very welcome :hug:
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For Valentine's Day by Brigitte-Fredensborg Wow, what a journal so overwhelmingly awesome and inspiring, I enjoying reading your thoughts about life!! I certainly agree with you that you should treat life with a positive attitude!!
Beautiful collection and thanks fo rincluding my work in this beautiful feature, Lawrence, I'm honoured.. Thankies by Brigitte-Fredensborg
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Hazel :) :hug:
you are always very welcome :) :heart:
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With all my pleasure, Lawrence..:heart:
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CaveCanem42 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
great collection!!
thank you! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you 
You are very welcome :)
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MaciejKarcz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the feature :wave:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :)
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Jules49442 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I love you journals and your photos, I can imagine seeing all the sites through them. Happy Easter glad your are feeling better and your garden sounds wonderful as well hugs have a great week Hug Heart 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Jules :hug:
I hope you are ok :) 
My garden will be as wonderful as the amount of time I manage to spend in it :lol:
Some years it is more than others :)
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a beautiful journal my dear friend, thank you so much for making me a part of it!!!.....hugssssssss

HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Marilyn :hug: You're very welcome :D 
I hope you had a good Easter :) 
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OliviaMichalski Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018   Photographer
Thank you for including my work, Lawrence! Hope you'll have a wonderful Easter :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Monique :)
I am working this Easter but I have a chocolate egg for Sunday :)
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018   Photographer
Enjoy the egg, then!
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018   General Artist
What a wonderfully inspiring journal and person you are. :)  I'm honoured to have had one f my humble offerings included in such a plethora of magnificent artwork. you've made my day. :D
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm always happy to make your day :D
You are very welcome Snazzie :)
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RawPoetry Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I loved reading your words, very inspiring. Thank you as always for such a lovely feature :) 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Carly :)
and you are very welcome :)
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MiserableCreature Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Amazing pure emotions! Very cute reaction)
Thanks a lot for this video, kind words and inspirational collection of artworks. Have a nice week!:)
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You're very welcome :D
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Tatyana-Sanina Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for such inspirational video and collection, dear friend! Also thanks for including my work <3
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Tatyana :)
You are very welcome :)
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Guericke Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
Very inspiring words and works. Let's be optimistic)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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gintautegitte69 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much
my dear friend!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks by KmyGraphic  

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You are very welcome Gintaute :hug:
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Bunny Emoji-36 (Flower) [V2] :Red-flower: :Red-flower: :Red-flower: 
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MEP-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful feature, Lawrence. That video is adorable! You are right about all you say here; it's hard for some of us, but life can be so full and wonderful. I'm glad you are an optimist and can do all the things you do do. Keep up the great work! And thank you for including my work here. :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Maryellen :hug: 
I love this little video :) It makes me smile :)
you are more than welcome of course :huggle:
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MEP-Photography Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes...she was so excited. Who wouldn't smile? What an adorable child!  Omg so cute by AddMedia   
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You pretty much said it all. Thank you for keeping and sharing your joy, as well as the artwork.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :)
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vanndra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful collection Lawrence. Thank you for putting these awesome works together so that I can find some more favorites :giggle: I feel very honored that you have included one of mine here.

I love that video. She appears to be just a little bit apprehensive once the train arrives and is so big. She's so excited though. It is nice to try and keep that child in us all, alive :)
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You're very welcome Ann
I just love her excitement 
"Oh my goodness" from a 3 year old :heart:
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This is such a beautiful Feature! Adorable video! Yes, life has a way of hardening our hearts from how we began as a child of wonder! I do hope that you continue healing from the flu! You live in such a beautiful location bringing us the scenes that touch us all! You enspire us with your Photography and the gifts you share! Thank you! :tighthug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Michelle. :hug:
Im getting there but this was a really bad flu this year.
I go to Scotland and Skye when I can. I love it there :)
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, it was a bad flu year even in the U.S. Very bad as children lost their lives with it, something not seen in a long time. Happy to hear that you on over the hardest part of it! Scotland sounds wonderful! If it is anything like your Photography, it is heavenly! Fresh air and breathtaking views is just what you need, as long as it is not too cold! Take care! :hug:
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful journal my dear friend, thank you so much for sharing it! Thank you for the reminder to concentrate on the beauty and the goodness that still exist in our daily lives and not to be consumed by all the negativity that unfortunately is part of living in today's world.

Thank you for including my stock photo of the long hair goat in your wonderful feature, I truly appreciate it! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Lori :hug:
Im glad you enjoyed it :)
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ansdesign Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
As always a wonderful Journal, dear Lawrence. Thank you so much for including my work. :hug:

It's a joy to read the preface of your Journals.
You write with a lot of feeling and humor Pen and Ink Pixel [f2u] by Coding-by-Fiona  
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome dear Ans :hug:
Thank you for taking the time to read my journals :) I'm really happy that you do :)
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asetix Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
Great read. Thank you for sharing.............
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly :)
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Saidge42 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018   Digital Artist
thank you ever so much for including me in this lovely feature!!
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You're very welcome :)
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