Making You Smile

At a time when it is hard to find any reason whatsoever to smile there is always a firm favourite most of us can fall back on to help lift the corners of our mouth.

As it is 1st April I have taken the opportunity to share with you my very favourite cartoonist: Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz (1922–2000).

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Schulz was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time. (

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I've been reading up a little on Charles Schulz the man beyond the cartoonist and I was delighted to discover that his favourite artist was American Andrew Wyeth - also high on my list, second only to Edward Hopper - but that's for another post.

Snoopy also had great admiration for Andrew Wyeth.

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And when I think of Andrew Wyeth I think of curtains - gently blowing in the wind, framed by an weathered window frame. Just beautiful as shown in Wyeth's painting Wind from the Sea.

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My research also told me that Schulz had a passion for classical music. Surprisingly not Beethoven whom Schroeder adored but reportedly Schulz was a fan of Brahms.

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Before I was a blog writer I was an academic in teacher education and I always started my lectures with a Peanuts cartoon. I believe a library of Peanuts Literature is essential for anyone involved in working with children.

The other day I said that I was going to share sites you can go to for entertainment and learning during this period in our lives.

Today I recommend you take yourself into the world of Peanuts and I can assure you that you will feel a little better. Take care everyone.

Home - Peanuts
Visit the official site of the Peanuts gang to read more about your favourite characters, read comics, watch videos and learn about the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Tomorrow click in to receive another of Jane's Great Places to Escape To!