Appreciating a Legend: William Blake

William Blake, portrait, poet,

Photo source: Biography.com

William Blake, English writer, poet and artist, passed on August 12, 1827, after living a mostly unrecognized life so today, let me take a moment to cherish a few of his wonderful creative gifts he left for all to enjoy.

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Then we have a wonderful gift, a poem, The Tiger, but first, a little humor:

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Photo source: entropymag.org, Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame they fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
Oh what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the Lamb, make thee?

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Perhaps Blake wrote these words “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love,” to his loyal and supportive wife, Catherine Sophie Boucher. Blake would go on to teach his illiterate wife not only how to read but paint as well.

William Blake, quotation, divine love

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Do you have a William Blake favorite you like to share to show your appreciation for this wonderful artist?

Until next time, cheers!

 

 

 

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American Historical Trivia: Across the Border, Food, Unexpected Fame and Gratitude in Alabama

One day, a starving group from Mexico decided it was time. Time to pack up, scurry across the border and see if the rumors that an unlimited food source actually existed.

“Let’s cross the Rio Grande, near Brownsville, Texas,” said Uncle Peatroo.

The desperate entourage bravely agreed as they jumped into the cold water.  Feet, legs and bodies flailed wildly pushing through the strong river current. The stronger swimmers crawled first onto shore and reached out to the weaker and smaller members of the group.

Everyone made it! Now began the arduous journey to find their next meal. Continue reading

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Whenever something senseless and tragic happens like the recent Newtown school shooting, I cannot help but think; when did life become so complicated and ugly? Although I did not know any of the victims, their families or the shooter, like many of us, I felt as if a loved one had perished during this terrible ordeal.

I have to tell you, it has been difficult these last couple of days to find the inspiration to post while you know someone across the way is going through the ordeal of grieving and trying to understand exactly why this all had to happen.

With that thought in mind, I was happy when I found these words by Thornton Wilder that read:

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

If there is anything from the Newtown ordeal that stood out for me, it was learning not to take anyone for granted. After reading how many parents rushed to get their own children safely home to hug and cherish their treasures, I realized my own treasures not only with personal family and friends but also you guys, my companions on-line.

Today, I want to give a {{group hug}} to all of you, especially those who never fail to comment and those who generously awarded me recently with blog awards. You all make my days awfully sweet!!

My Top 6 Commenters:

I hope you read this post Tears and Tragedy Days Before Christmas because not only does Island T. share his heart thoughts on Newtown, but the “merciless typhoon Bopha [that] hit Davao Oriental, New Bataan and surrounding communities in the Philippines” several days ago.

My Recent Awards

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Group Hug– Photo credit: pushthisbutton

I would like to honor each of these award gifts separately but my talents only go so far and it would take me too long to attempt such a feat. Please visit and give some {{hugs}} to these wonderful friends. Life is too short to wait so let us encourage one another in appreciation.

Thank YOU for all these awards! I am so grateful and honored. I apologize for breaking all the rules for each award. *eep*

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

Munchow’s Creative Photo Blog: If you ever desire to learn more about creativity and photography, you need Otto. His passions are to “teach photography and particularly workshops dealing with creativity and expansion of one’s creative approach.”

Currently he is featuring until the end of 2012, a special offer. If you submit your favorite photo blog links to his page: Best Photo Blogs and there are no limits to the number of links, you could if your entry wins, receive a cool screen saver! Yay!

Finally, do not leave without checking the latest from Otto: Instagram My Backyard! Maybe we should ask if we can have a BBQ soon…just kidding, Otto. 🙂

Next up, Blogger of the Year 2012 wrap up.

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Travel theme: White

On this life journey, there are times when you need to slow down, look around and find a few things you are truly grateful that they exist in your life. In this week’s Travel theme: White, I found two white items that for one, makes my life so much neater and the other, nicely subdues my hunger pains.

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White Appreciation #1: Toilet paper

White Appreciation #1: Toilet paper.

If you are wondering what-the-heck, well, I truly appreciate and thank the Universe for both toilet paper and white rice!

We all know how vitally important toilet paper is…without it, life would be uh, one big smelly mess!

So, let us give a great shout, HOORAY, for toilet paper, and according to Joseph Gayetty, toilet paper is “the greatest necessity of the age.” Wikipedia states, in America alone, we spend on average about 2.4 billion a year!

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White Appreciation #2: White rice.

White Appreciation #2: White rice.

As much as I like to eat white potatoes, (not white bread–*ick*) a meal is never complete unless there is a scoop or two of white-hot rice! Short or long grain makes no difference; just make sure the scoops are white and not brown or wild rice.

Finally, part of this “white” theme was to honor International Peace day on September 21, 2012.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~Jimi Hendrix

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Have you a “white” item you are truly grateful for and is part of your life journey?

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Visit Ailsa every week for her Travel theme and if you like, join in the fun. Below are a few creative contributors…enjoy!

Chuckles on Blogging Awards: Short, Sweet and Always Gentle on My Mind…

Hey, it is I, Chuckles, aka fabulous, handsome and talented, blog farm dog. It has come to my attention that a few awards have arrived and as most of you know, I am the Special Event staff writer around here.

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Dang, it’s hot…I wonder when my chilled drink is coming…hello? anyone??

Listen, it has been triple digit hot around here and this is me just chilling at my, ahem, pool deck. Do you like my swimming hole pool in the background?

Well, let me make this short and sweet because my big fat furry body is dying to get back to swimming, so let us get on down to business!

1.   “Generosity seems to come so naturally to some people.”

Here are the generous souls who honored us with the Lovely Blogging Award. Thank you!!

7 Legged Express Journey: Home to the cute Panda Smith, dazzling Drizzle Deer and two ?? unknown thingies …

All Things Girl Related: A very delicious place…totally ‘eye-candy’ and very informative…check it out!!

Angelswhisper: Her little kitty is an awesome blogger…sometimes her kitty’s granny helps with blogging chores.

3TeensMom: Her words…”frustrated writer attempting to be set free!” Do not worry, Chuckles is sending you help, 3TeensMom!!

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Because I have slacked with my writing, I almost missed telling you about this little, “Thanks for Writing” award: Thank you, Thelma!

Thelma Cunningham, an author, member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and has written two poetry books. Of course, there’s more about her and her writing so please head over there and enjoy some of writing selections.

2. “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.” ~Unknown

Here are some new friends, blown in by some angels, you will simply have to meet, that is, if you have not yet…

Clowie’s Corner : This is my Great Pyrenees friend…she’s awfully cute…hehe.

The Literary Heart: A book lover is always hot!

REAKSMEY Yean- GEORGE: A new friend who says, “not anyone can be artist, but artist can be anyone!” You go, George!

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Okay, I am so outta here…I have to go and chill out in my pool, but just one small thing before I go…

3. “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some secrets common knowledge of Chuckles (and…… all right, I will include Sunshine!)

  • We both prefer spring and fall weather…
  • Our favorite geographical spot is anyplace that has a body of ocean nearby…
  • Our current classic country song we find just dandy is, Glen Campbell’s, Always Gentle On My Mind. **Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as Mr. Campbell bravely deals with his Alzheimer’s disease.**
  • We think we maybe Bohemians in disguise and our favorite movie to keep us in the moment is:  Moulin Rouge.
  • Our famous hot topic ‘man-crush’ presently is, Robert Downey Jr. — sizzle!!
  • We love Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • We love blogging, meeting up with blogger friends and simply love what Oscar Wilde said so long ago: I we have the simplest tastes. I am We are always satisfied with the best!” Y’all R-O-C-K!!!

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Well, how do you like my pool and what chilled, tasty, super-sized drink did you bring over for me?? 

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Single Working Moms (and Dads): You’re Solid!

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Working on a ‘solid‘ prayer…
–photo source: Wikimedia common

On a prayer their morning starts,
Seeking wisdom, guidance and Divine light
dedicated single working moms (and dads)
Silently and solidly running their households far from the rich and famous,
No nannies, chauffeurs or personal assistants,
just children, and a few of the neighborhood ones too, fishes in a bowl and the family dog whose name gets mixed in the lot when a frantic parent names out every child’s (and dog’s) name simply because they momentarily forgot the one child they were trying to address
dedicated single working moms (and dads)
For the sacrifices in both time and effort, here is an appreciation ‘hug’

Found in a few simple words, given to honor you and to let you know how valuable you are:

“Single working moms (and dads) are teaching their kids a solid work ethic;
You’re teaching them that we don’t just have things handed to us, and we have to work for the things we want.” –Unknown

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Everyday find something new to pray for…
… All single parents living a life of sacrifice and with the intention to raise their children with a solid work ethic by being the role model for their children.

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Has your community been affected with many ‘solid’ single working parents and how are they reaching out to support these parents?

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If you are new to WordPress and are looking for ‘solid’ inspiration, Jakesprinter offers a weekly theme for you to participate. It’s easy, fun and a great way to kick off your week so do it with the SUNDAY POST : (this week) Solid.