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Smiling and Nodding: The TOBY Industry Choice Awards reflect a panel of judges’ nods of excellence and appreciation. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 21 January 2013 09:03
Over the past few weeks, the country has been bursting out with awards fever. It’s been played up in the press with breathy reports on the Oscar nominations as well as the handing out of the Golden Globe Awards. Folks love the finery, the fashions, the fanatical behavior that go hand-in-glove with award ceremonies. I, too, had my own recent rub with award fever: specifically, the TOBY Awards.
 
An Unbearable Tragedy: The Newtown shootings prompted an outpouring of love and donations. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:52
The new year has begun, and teddy bears are once again on my mind. In some ways, they are there as a source of comfort and strength. In other incarnations, they are occupying my thoughts as beacons of creativity and humor. No matter how I perceive them, teddy bears are a central focus of this blog, and of my corner of the world. Throughout the upcoming year, I’ll share with you what I’m ruminating on and what I’m experiencing.
 
A “Corduroy” Christmas: A 45-year-old bear teaches us an evergreen holiday lesson. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 17 December 2012 08:52
1968 isn’t a century ago, but it is a lifetime ago for many people. It’s hard to believe that that year, which is often hailed as the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius,” the ushering in of peace and love, hippies and protesters, was also the year that welcomed the arrival of Corduroy, the bear.
 
Five Bears and a Regal Girl: The ursine characters in “Brave” are just as important as the human counterparts. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:31
For almost a month now—since “Brave” was released on Blu-Ray at the Disney Store—my kids have been running around the house talking in outrageous Scottish brogues. They sound like they’re refugees from a broken-down touring copy of “Brigadoon.” I can’t help but chuckle every time I hear them say “canna” for “can’t.” As a matter of fact, watching a pint-size second grader mimic a Sean Connery impersonator is pretty awesome: “Aye canna cum to the table now, maerther, cause I’m a wee busy with the bairns.” (Translation: “Mom, I’m busy playing with the other kids.”)

 
Travels with Teddy: Zylie is one smart fashionable bear who is also a “living doll”! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 19 November 2012 09:45
If you’re like me, when Thanksgiving rolls around, you get sort of sentimental and weepy. Hallmark Card messages take on extra weight and significance, and a simple “thank you” can render a lump in one’s throat. It happens every year, when I consider how fortunate I’ve been in my life, but this year is extra special. Where I live, we were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy, and this followed on the heels of last year’s devastating Hurricane Irene. So, after two years of being walloped by weather, I am so thankful that my house is still standing, and that my family is all together. Our spirits and our days might have been dampened and drenched, but we are vowing to rebuild and regroup. I’m happy that we will be together on Thanksgiving and we’ll be able to talk about the big 2012 storm as a past memory. And, more important, discuss future plans and exciting events-to-be.
 
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