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An Ursine Ode: Christmas brings out the poetry in all our souls. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
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.

Nighty-night, Teddy: Do thoughts of Peru and pots of honey dance in your bear’s brain? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 09 December 2013 09:58

I don’t know about you, but I’m busy doing some Christmas dreaming! In between purchases, decorating the house (and the tree in about 5 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes), card sending, and holiday planning, I’m still finding time to just kick back and imagine how sweet the Noel celebration is going to be.

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.

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