Appreciating a Legend: William Blake

William Blake, portrait, poet,

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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.

William Blake, quotation, wisdom words, poet, writer

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

The Tiger, comic, Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, Blake, poet

Photo source:, 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!




Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

For the Weekly Photo Challenge: Family, I thought about families worldwide who struggle with hunger. In every corner of the world, one can find someone in need to eat a decent, nourishing meal.

To me, sharing our time, extra resources and love with those in our community who struggle to feed their loved ones, defines the true family.

Strangers helping strangers.


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Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

– David Ogden Stiers

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Behind a Dreamer a B4Peace Monthly Affair

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Pablo Picasso: Child with Dove

behind a dreamer
a child’s offering of peace –
share abundantly

share abundantly
in all areas of life
spark peaceful changes

spark peaceful changes
as children worldwide prosper
behind a dreamer

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 What are your dream visions for a more peaceful world?

Visit Everyday Gurus Monthly Peace Challenge and share your views with this growing blogging community.

Sharing is Caring: A Lovely Pair from the Netherlands

Hey there…it is me, ChucklesChuckles, the farm dog, dog writer, awards, blog–aka, fabulous blog/farm dog…in the house to receive some awesome blog awards…

Someone was thinking of Simply Charming.

Someone I find very, very cute.

Shhh, do not tell my current feline girlfriend who thinks she owns me and pesters loves on me constantly.

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My current feline girlfriend…

…but someone else was thinking on things…

The someone is Little Binky.

She now lives over in the Netherlands, Rotterdam to be specific, but will soon be moving to South Limburg.

Am I right or am I right…Little Binky is for sure, CUTE, and she came by recently months ago and left the, THINKING of YOU Award.

Little Binky: Just sitting and looking at the sky…and thinking about all my blog friends especially Chuckles, the awesome and handsome blog farm dog…

( I hope Little Binky does not have a dog friend…you think she might like to be my blog feline girlfriend?)

Okay, okay…focus, because photographer, Chris Breebaart, from What’s (in) A Picture–Chris Breebaart, recently delivered the Lovely Blog Award.

I just realized that Chris blogs from the Netherlands as Little Binky. How cool is that??

As you know, blog awards come with a few rules but to make blog life a bit easier, I have taken the liberty to combine the two award rules into one.

You guys can thank me later with lots of extra-large dog bones…or shoot me…either one. Woof! Go…

Rule #1 Post award image somewhere on your blog and naturally thank and link back to the sender:

Thinking of you – Award and One Lovely Blog Award

Dear Little Binky and Mr. Chris,

If I want to say thank you in your language, should  I say dank je?

Dank je.

Thank you so much!

For those not familiar with Little Binky, she is a lovely cat that blogs with the help of her granny, angelswhisper2011. I say they do a bang up job too with so many stories about the adventures Little Binky gets into experiences.

Mr. Chris is an awesome photographer…go check it out yourself–What’s (in) A Picture–Chris Breebaart,

Thinking of You Award

Grateful for this moment.


Rule #2. Tell seven things that you love and that you think about daily.

Chuckles loves:

1. FOOD … table scraps the best!

2. SLEEPING … mostly in the day time works best for me.

3. BARKING … listen, this is top-secret: Sit outside at night-time and watch for lights to go out in all the houses and once the last one goes out, activate your constant bark alarm. Even if you do not see anything creeping around in the dark, just bark … and make it go on ALL night.

4. MESSES … spill your food dish, shed your fur all over the yard, track dirt into the garage especially after a big rain storm.

5. MEDITATING …simple, yet profound words like, St. Augustine’s “Love God and do as you will…”

6. SINGING … how about Silly Love Songs with Paul McCartney?

7. CHILLIN’ … with my blog buds…and my food dish.

Rule #3. Pass the award to seven other blogs.

A mix of blogs friends…some new and some old-time favorites:

Writer’s Journey


Living, Loving, Laughing, Snapping…..


Life as a Minister Mom

Such Wild Love


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Thank you once again to Little Binky and Mr. Chris and congratulations to the seven blog wonders!

Woof, Chuckles aka blog dog.

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If you are wanting to know the real rules for the One Lovely Blog Award, here it is:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo)
* Share 7 things about yourself
* Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
* Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know