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Toy Fair 2013 Trends: Colors, clothes, critters, and cuteness! What more could a visitor want! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 18 February 2013 15:59

Have you ever wondered what kind of a monkey you are? As a fan of the “Planet of the Apes” series, I’d sort of like to fancy myself as a Kim Hunter/Dr. Zira chimp: smart, sassy, compassionate, scientific but still daring. When it comes to sci-fi heroines, that inquisitive ingénue rules!
    I was confronted with that simian insight last week at Toy Fair, the annual avalanche of games, electronics, dolls, bikes, and plush creations. Held from February 10 to February 13, the event at Manhattan’s Javits Center is pumping with all types of quirky, kooky, honest-to-goodness great fun.

 
Dog Day Afternoon: puppies have been filling my Facebook pages and my heart. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:21

People always talk about the dog days of summer. With winter 2013 being not even two months old, I’d say that the past months of December, January, and now February have been howling with pooches and pups.
    This weekend as I sat down to blog, the Super Bowl was getting hyped on the radio and on TV. For my sister, the NFL has no significance at all. For her, this weekend is all about the Puppy Bowl, which kicks off on Animal Planet. Believe it or not, the annual canine convergence is celebrating its ninth year on television.

 
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.
 
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