Requiem for a Bear

July 19, 2011

The Blue-eyed Bear greets a little dog named Bear who has just begun the transition to a new state of being. She now exists in the hearts and minds of those who love her and thats just where the Blue-eyed Bear and all the animal friends she encounters also exist.  One can’t say that this is not a real for  love informs all existence and is true no matter what shape or form it may take.

Little Bear, released for her corporal existence, can now be off on her own adventures. Of course the transition is hard especially for those who love her because they have to find a way of not being left behind.  One way is to keep an honored space for Bear so she always feels welcome in her corporal home. And maybe if the Blue-eyed Bear is  lucky, she may cross adventurous paths with little Bear again in their great wanderings.


Happy Summer Solstice 2011

June 20, 2011

Blue-Eyed Bear dances with the Summer Sun.

The dancing bear may to some conjure images of bears exploited in the circus or by the street vender from Roman times until even now. Being forced to act for human entertainment and profit  is  truly degrading to any animal snatched from their wild home. But, of course humans do that to their own kind as well, its called slavery.

The dance of the Blue-Eyed Bear, however, come from her own soul as an exuberant form of praise for High Summer! She whirls and whirls and rubs her back up against the rising or setting Sun. These are the times of the day she can reach out and touch the Sun. Ouch, not too close, don’t get burned!


Memorial Day 2011

May 30, 2011

How far can the Blue-eyed Bear can see?

During these summer holidays, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Labor Day its good to remember all the service and sacrifice great and small that gave rise to our Freedom. And its a time to ask what have I done to shine bright the Lady’s crown. The Blue-eyed Bear looks out from the pinnacle of Liberty and sees both clear blue sky and storm clouds. Can she, can we, hold fast to that pinnacle and not be blown off course? A question for all ages!



March 21, 2011

Totem Pole a creation story.

The Blue-eyed Bear tells this creation story. You see Bears were the first creatures to walk on the earth. They were made from a lump of mud pulled up from the depths of the Earth herself  by the star nosed mole and shaped by the industry of the of the humble bee. Thats why to this day all bears love honey and are great diggers.

After a while the first Bears got real hunger and went down to the sea in search of some sweet fish meat. Well, those first Bears ate so many fish that they almost became fish themselves. And that is why to this day all bears love  seafood and are great swimmers.

After swimming for along while with the great cod fish, the first Bears and cod fish formed a creature that was half bear and half, well fish. At least this creature didn’t have much hair on its body but otherwise it had hands and feet like a bear but with no claws like a fish. Oh and its hairless body was green! And to this day you can see the ancestors of some of these creatures with their little hands and feet and hairless bodies. They are called frogs.

Others of these green creature followed the first Bears out on to the land when the Bears decided it was time to return and feast on the splendor of the Earth. You see, Bears to this day are always hungry.

The green creatures had a hard time adjusting to life on land. Because of their beginnings in the sea they could not see well with their eyes or hear with their ears so they made plaintive cries to the first Bears for help. Since this creature was part bear the first Bears felt obliged to find a remedy so that the green creatures could live on the land. And to this day you will find that Bears are very attentive to the cries of their offspring.

It just happened that night was falling and the first Bears spotted Little Owl. Little Owl had keen sight an great hearing so that she could hunt on land in the dark of night. The first Bears ask the Little Owl to give the gift of good sight and hearing to the green creatures from the Sea so that they too could hunt on land and make a living. But Little owl had a price. You see she had no voice. So for the gift of good sight and hearing she was given the plaintive cries of the green creature from the Sea. And to this day you can still hear Little Screech Owl’s own plaintive cry.

As time passed the green creatures became quite a good hunter on land. Their sight and hearing wasn’t quit as keen as the owl’s but it was good enough. Gift such as these don’t get transferred exactly. They also had bear heart and stamina as well as the fish’s ability to swim and love of the sea. Their skin went for green to different shades of brown as they were exposed longer and longer to the sun. And to this day you can find them  hunting on land, in the sea, and in the air.  They call themselves Human!


Home Coming

March 10, 2011

The Blue-eyed Bear came back to earth yesterday with the final landing of the the Space Shuttle Discovery. The BE Bear learned a lot on her 12 day voyage. In her search for a new home she went  to check out the International Space Station. It was a fabulous place to visit but the BE Bear found that what will always be her true home is the Earth herself. Not a new concept in the 50 years of human space flight but one many humans and one bear need to be reminded of!

Congratulations to the Blue-eyed Bear!


Weightless Bear!

March 7, 2011

Floating around inside the International Space Station!

The Blue-eyed Bear was having so much fun floating around inside the ISS that she almost didn’t make it back on board Discovery before the hatches were closed and Discovery disconnected from the International Space Station. But the BE Bear did make it back on board in the nick of time while the crew was saying their goodbyes.

Moving in Zero-G the BE Bear found it helpful to push off and then hold all her extremities in so she wouldn’t accidentally catch a claw on all the wires and equipment sticking out everywhere. Human handholds don’t always work for bears!

The BE Bear says goodbye to the ISS. It a fabulous place to visit, but not a home for our bear!


What Can You See?

March 2, 2011

The Blue-eyed Bear Looks Out.

The BE Bear is visiting the International Space Station with the rest of the Discovery Crew. Her most favorite place on the station is the cupola, which has a 360 view of the Universe and of course Earth. The BE Bear got into a little trouble with all the nose and paw prints she’s leaving all over the windows. But she just can’t stop looking out.

One of the best places in the Universe - the ISS copula.



February 28, 2011

The Bleu-eyed Bear gets her first look at home!

The Blue-eyed bear is aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as part of NASA’s “Faces in Space” program. When the rest of the crew was busy she got a chance to look out Discovery’s front windows for a peak at home. The BE Bear has never seen anything so beautiful and is extremely home-sick!  But, it will only be a 12 day mission and there is sure to be some interesting adventures ahead.

The International Space Station at sunset!

Another beautiful image the BE Bear got to witness was the ISS as the sun went be hind the Earth. Discovery has docked at the Space Station so the BE Bear will get to stretch her space legs and try some of her own weightless experiments. Stay tuned for more adventurous updates!


Bears in Space II

February 24, 2011

The Blue-eyed Bear is suited up and ready to go aboard Discovery!

All paws on deck! The Blue-eyed Bear is ready to go to space as part of NASA’s “Faces in Space” program. After a long delay Mission STS133 will fly tomorrow Feb 24, 2011 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Lift off is from pad 39A at 4:50 est. This is to be the last flight of the intrepid ship Discovery. The mission is to deliver “Leonardo” a space closet to the International Space Station as well as the long awaited  robotic astronaut. And just maybe the crew will test out whether bears might do a better job in space then any space robot! Godspeed Discovery and Crew, Godspeed Blue-eyed Bear!



January 24, 2011

The Blue-eyed Bear looks to her Arctic friends for help finding a new home.

The Arctic is melting! So, in her search for a new home the Blue-eyed bear is looking to her Arctic friends for a possible solution. She asks the Arctic Tern, who travels 22,000 miles a year round trip from arctic to antarctic, for their opinion of home. The Tern says Turn south!

The Blue-eyed Bear then goes to fine her friends the Polar Bees! They are bumble bees (Bombus polaris) who live in underground nests were they stash a bit of honey in the short arctic summer. Although the bee’s share their sisterhood with the BE Bear they won’t share their home or honey and the BE Bear must move on!