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Greetings, campers! It's been an interesting (and by interesting, I'm referring to the ancient curse, "May you live in interesting times...") week both inside and outside the realm of Kosland.

Since I firmly believe we can't live in constant heaviness and stress, I have decided to dedicate my weekly IAN diaries to seeking out and sharing with you things I find uplifting. It's important not only to remind ourselves of what we fight for, but to rest and rejuvenate so we can rise and fight again.

With that, I offer this video of one of the most uplifting songs I know (partial lyrics are below the embed, for those who can't access videos). There is a briefly annoying intro on the vid, but after that you will hear the lovely Judy Collins singing "From A Distance:"

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From a distance
We are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope
Playing songs of peace
They are the songs of every man ...
From a distance
You look like my friend
Even though we are at war
From a distance
I just cannot comprehend
What all this fighting's for
From a distance
There is harmony
And it echoes through the land
And its the hope of hopes
Its the love of loves
Its the heart of every man

What kinds of things make you feel uplifted and glad to be alive?

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