HOPE looking at Sue
for this picture
That's our HOPE
Layin right there on her MOM
Lily The North American Black Bear
Wake UP... Wake UP... time to get your shine on.
Time for Lily and HOPE to pick one, any one
just pick a DEN and den... Hope should be ready for a long winters' nap with all those trees she has climbed, all the places she has roamed and all the tumbles we have seen...
Seems they have a choice, Lily has about three she has been workin' hard on with HOPE leaning her paw on Lily's back as she digs, moves rocks and digs some more... emerging with brown dirt all over that beautiful face, in her ears and probably in her eyes.
And baby girl HOPE?
Nah, she doesn't seem to care for diggin', much preferring checking out the trees for berries, or layin on her Mom and posing for Sue while having her picture taken and all those fans to "ooh and awww" over!
The light is changing; fall is in the air. I'm seeing pictures of the trees where the colors are brilliant. They will get even more beautiful as October comes with its splendor, here in Florida noticing that we are approaching the dark months... the light is really beginning to move to different angles;
it's getting light later, darker earlier.
I was wondering this morning how many people out of that 113 thousand plus on Lily the Black Bear's page visit there frequently? Do they stop in from time to time; have they forgotten they are signed up?
It seems there are a dedicated many... many who post often and regularly, many have become friends there, some periodically drop in and some are new to the site, trying to catch up and catch on.
MOE from Duluth won the bid at $250.00
Healing Heartaches yesterday.
His autographed book will ship out to Duluth today.
The WRI is doing a spectacular job... the auctions are hot and they continue on...
Be sure and visit http://www.bear.org/
if you are not on facebook to read the updates and see the videos and the great work being done there.
Dr and Mrs Rogers are probably safely back at home now... Last week he handed his daughter Kelly's paw to her now new husband, he walked her down the path... in the mountains of Colorado... I'm sure he had a good "heart to heart" before that happened with his now new son in law!
may you and your new husband walk many paths together each bringing to the other magic and beauty each day for many many years of wonderment and love together.
I wish them great happiness, may they find their new lives as beautiful as that we've come to know shared by Dr Lynn Rogers and his bride of many years.
He is a remarkable man... with all of his doings, his great love of family, the press now hounding him, he does love to walk with his bears!
He even let them take his shoes off his feet to auction them off in the fun raiser... is signing his name to shirts and to sun visors and ball caps, conducting valued research on the North American Black Bear
and at the end of a long day, is giving the fans updates on a day in the life of one who
Walks With Bears that trust he will
Do No Harm.
"Bear... it's me, It's Me Bear" now available on ringtones for those who just can't get enough!
Sue Mansfeld has been standing in while the wedding party was happening, tending to the Bears; writing the updates, has been roaming in the woods walking with the bears while Dr Rogers was walking the bride down the isle and celebrating/crying at the wedding... she continues to amaze us with her spirit and her resiliency.
Seems HOPE has taken to following Sue and walking with her as Doc walks with bears!
Meanwhile in Maryland; Nana's girl is a lively and gentle warrior, in school on those crutches with her neon orange cast being signed by friends!
She is doing great with her fantastic attitude.
Little Godson Kamryn #10 is on the football field each evening, home to exhaustion after a day at school, the Rock Club where homework is done and then football ... making touchdowns recovering fumbles and ending his day with his prayer that includes hopes of Olivia to heal quickly so she can once again hit the soccer field,
16 year old Godson D'Vante is seeing the doc this week to find out if he will have to have knee surgery now since his knee is forcing him on the sidelines as #51 aka "The Beast" does not like to sit on a bench!
I was on the facebook page yesterday watching and commenting on the auctions, saying hello to others as they jumped on... I saw a link someone had posted and a couple of folks had clicked on it.
I guess my brain/eyes/guts had not really connected so I clicked on it as well.
I read the article and looked at the picture of a teenage girl standing over her kill; a Black Bear she had shot with her new bow and arrow.
The story went on to talk about how it was her new bow and arrow, she had been taught by her proud dad, and this was her first big game kill; it told of her adrenalin rush when hunting, her excitement upon gazing on a bear.
I stopped reading, looked around and saw the solid wall between the glass sliding doors, imagined it saying:
BANG/HIT HEAD HERE
Got up, went to wall, banged head... saying over and over... "why why did you click that
what were you thinking"
Came back ~ sat down, doozie of headache now, am reminded of when Olivia was 4 and was told to sit on stairs for a time out... and she was heard to say,
"Mom, the next sound you will hear is me hitting my head on the wall."
"And MOM... it really really hurts"
As I clicked that particular link closed, I go to kitchen still thinking, "that really really HURT", take 2 Tylenol, get ice pack for head, return to computer.
Now I am really wondering,
what was I thinking?
What are we thinking?
Lily the North American Black Bear gave us
We have the ability to choose what we look at
what we listen to
how we react/respond/and treat others
what we do with our lives.
Then I begin to remember, and it hits me,
I believe in choices
I do NOT take Tylenol for someone elses' fever.
But sometimes I cannot understand why someone would choose to make others feel badly.
It has happened a lot on the Lily the Black Bear page at times. Someone will not like what someone says, or not think something is appropriate, or generally just want to squawk/squak ..
wonder how you do spell that.
Feelings get hurt there and everywhere now that I think about at times, perhaps it is a part of the way people think!
Lily gave us HOPE. There are times of great joy there, a party almost every night! Gotta tell you, it is on that page that I joined my very first "virtual party ever" and it was a hoot, I could taste the "tater salad" really I could. We celebrate HOPE's birthday each time she is a week older I think, with party hats, tater salad, and all sorts of stuff, there is a fan there that paints her dogs nails purple, his name is TINK and he is friends with Scooter and you oughta hear them talk to each other...
They have Moderators and "ADMINS" of the page now, it's gotten so large. Folks that sit for hours on end and just watch what gets posted for appropriateness, politeness, ugliness etc...
Those folks must have they eyes of the eagle
I would probably go insane and blind
to be certain.
For the very most part, I do admire their ability to keep all flowing with their gentle reminders when passions sometimes get too intense, or moods a bit too askew...
I often try to tell them that, to say
"bravo, you all are terrific"
talk about patience, talk about those who are the messengers...
Remember the old saying:
"Don't shoot the messenger"?
I'm thinkin others forget that message often.
The thing about fame is; once you are in the lights, you are a target for many things, and others can affect your light by reflection. And then there are those times that you find when you take a stand, you may be, or feel as though you are standing alone.
Things are like that sometimes.
Did you notice how that was captured in the sculpture of "Changing Woman"
in yesterdays' photo?
Ahhh, did you know when you laugh you cannot experience anxiety at the same time?
If only folks would remember when reading things to take a deep breath, to read again before hitting the "enter" button or going to the post office... and then laughing or singing while doing so before responding that would avoid a lot of stress and hurt in responses.
Perhaps we are on to something here.
maybe walking away for a few minutes is the answer... I know that there are times when someone's words can hit you like a ton of bricks ... you literally feel like the breath has been knocked out of you, or that someone has let the air out ~ and can feel your energy just go.
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It has been an interesting and most amazing page to associate with... North American Bears are magnificent creatures... and so much education is being given through the updates, through the sharing, and who would have ever thought that a North American Bear named Lily would give us such a gift asHOPE
I am continually amazed at the number of people from all across the world that have found that page; that have reached out to the other from the beginnings of a North American Bear and a gentle man who walks with them.
Now if only HOPE can impart kindness; perhaps the next cub should be named:
People come from all over, with all sorts of life stories, some great some not so great; some with great burdens great sorrows... many with life threatening illness, so many with Cancer of all types/stages/chemo/radiation/
some are caregivers, some are grieving losses
new and old.
Some are loners others social butterflies.
all are represented there
Some are laughers, some criers, others are neither
One man there is Dennis Carney; he is also known as the DJ, playing wonderful music for folks to click on if they want to hear some music on Lily's page. And he can pick some out right great tunes.
Music is wonderful for the spirit and the soul.
Recently I read a post made that someone wanted him to stop with the music! And he replied that he would and guessed he would just "lurk" in the background now... and I haven't seen posts from him or heard music since.
I'm thinking he is deeply hurt, and I cannot understand why anyone would hurt someone who is so kind and fighting the battles that he is fighting.
He is a loyal supporter of NABC, of Lily and HOPE and others there. He is a man who has twin daughters one barely escaping death on 9/11 and both now living in Europe... His wife has been hospitalized for months from degenerative bone disease and he is preparing for her to come home where he will be her 24/7 primary care giver.
And Lily the Black Bear gave us and Dennis HOPE
and the music eased our stress
and we gave him support
and he enjoyed providing the music for us.
and now he is with hurt because someone made him feel unwanted on a page of over
113 thousand gathered because
a North American Black bear had a cub
that was named HOPE
and folks came together across
religions, tribes/clans/musical preferences/beliefs/customs
Cant we just all get along?
Why not just scroll on down, it only takes a second.
People can be kind without there being a "hidden agenda", folks do not have to click on each and every link... I know I did out of habit, and you see what that got me ... a head banging!
So with my ice pack melted, my Tylenol working,
I'm thinking folks take things way to critically at times, way to seriously at times
looking always looking to criticize
to find wrong ways
rather than to
embrace the light
spread the good intentions and gratitude
We are only here for a short while...
and once again
I leave you with the words
of His Holiness
The Dalai Lama
"My religion is rather simple.
My religion is Kindness"
Kelly 2 Wolves is donating a fantastic 3 hoop dream catcher for auction... she too is now captivate by Lily the North American Black Bear, Lily, Braveheart and the others...
or contact her
to ask her about it or readings
she is wonderful and ever so good!
The Fire is burning brightly today, the sage and cedar fill the air, with HOPE for all living things and prayers for those who have asked.
You have seen their names here, you know who they are.
Please hold these people UP as you move through your day.
Walk In Beauty,
Healing Heartaches, Stories of Loss and Life