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Bear Ensemble Essentials: Faux-fur fashion meets high-minded, high-brow haute couture. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 April 2014 08:05

The other day I was fortunate enough to attend an exhibition of forward-thinking fashions. Many of the outfits were designed by current attendees of design schools located around the country. Amid the multicolored mannequins that sported brand-new shapes, silhouettes, textures, and tactile sensations, there were also some fun photos of surprising outfits made of astonishing materials.

Farewell, Mr. Forsse: The “father of animatronic toys” left behind a rich and meaningful legacy. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 09:12

I never owned a Teddy Ruxpin. Did you? When the talking Teddy made its debut in 1985, I saw myself as too old for the animated bear. Oh, how foolish I was!

Now 29 years later, I wish I had scooped up one of  the original singing/talking/expressive collectibles.

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic—Serene gathering or secret coven? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2014 09:19

I really like teddy bears. That’s no secret. I have my favorites—certain ones I connect with more than others. However, I never thought that I was actually LIKE a teddy bear—or, more to the point, an actual living, breathing bear!

Baring It All: 2014 gives us a chance to show our teddy insight, one cub and quip at a time! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:19

The new year is beginning, and it’s always fabulous to gaze at a blank slate. Nothing yet has happened to cause embarrassment, heartache, grief, or dreaded silence from friends and family. The year is still a brand-new little cub, and it is mine for the tending! I can only hope that 2014 will be bursting with adventures and amazement.


An Ursine Ode: Christmas brings out the poetry in all our souls. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 December 2013 13:40

My children love Christmas. They adore the Elf on the Shelf, who comes to observe them and then report their behavior back to Santa. (A little evergreen espionage, anyone?) With all the ornaments, wrapping paper, cards to be written, and garlands to be hung, they are in sensory overload. Sugarplums aren’t merely waltzing in their heads. No, they are breakdancing, hip-hop spinning, and contorting themselves in all kind of jingly, jangly ways. My kids are jazzed.

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