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Thankful for Teddies: A cornucopia of Thanksgiving critters drops by for dinner! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 18 November 2013 11:19

By and large, we Americans are a happy people. Sure, we’re not breaking into song and tap-dancing to the corner like cast members of an old-fashioned MGM musical. But for the most part, we are all more similar to the folks who populated “Bye Bye Birdie” than the bedraggled masses in “Les Mis.”

 
Halloween Hijinks: Terrifying teddy bears, silly skeletons, and pumpkins galore! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 10:08

My friend Cam is a hoot! He’s big; he’s loud; he’s enormously creative. For Halloween—his favorite time of the year—he goes all out with his costuming. This year, he’s really pushing the envelope: a National Parks tourist during the government shutdown.

 

 
Beyond Kansas: The Wizard of Oz players are exceptional, collectible characters. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:33

Back in 1938, money had different value. Sure, a quarter was worth 25 cents and a nickel was the same as five pennies, but the buying power for each dollar was mind-blowingly tremendous as compared to today.

 
Dancing for Joy: Teddy bears in tutus and bunnies at the barre are artist favorites. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:20

Now that it’s October, to a lot of retailers’ minds, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Christmas. Never mind that we haven’t even donned Halloween costumes yet, but there are hints of red and green and peppermint-striped tights in department stores and online. We are already racing toward a winter wonderland and a merry Noel.

 
Animal Antics: A surprising number of new critters have been discovered. Will collectibles follow suit? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:03

During this summer, when we were all seeking respite from the heat, an enclave of scientists in Siberia were working overtime to figure out how to use their nation’s permafrost to their advantage.

 
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