The Joyful Bear, Chapters 12 & 13

In this video, Frankie is excited to show off his amazing flying skills! This is installment number seven of The Joyful Bear, with chapters on “Trust” and “Flight.”

Looking for the previous chapters? Here they are!

Looking for the next chapters? We haven’t recorded those yet, but we will tomorrow!

You can find the whole series (in reverse order — chapter 1 is at the bottom) in the Reading The Joyful Bear category.

The Joyful Bear, Chapters 10 & 11

Installment number six of The Joyful Bear includes the chapters on “Size” and “Air. Speaking of the latter, here are a few of Frankie’s favorite recipes for you to enjoy.

Looking for the previous chapters? Here they are!

Looking for the next chapters? Here they are!

You can find the whole series (in reverse order — chapter 1 is at the bottom) in the Reading The Joyful Bear category.

The Joyful Bear: Chapters 6 & 7

Here is installment number four of The Joyful Bear, which tells about our first days together in the chapters entitled “Hugging” and “Loving.”

“There are countless teddy bears in the world, waiting to lavish their furry love on you.”

Looking for the previous chapters? Here they are!

Looking for the next chapters? Here they are!

You can find the whole series (in reverse order — chapter 1 is at the bottom) in the Reading The Joyful Bear category.

The Joyful Bear: Chapters 4 & 5

Frank Lloyd Bear and I continue our reading of The Joyful Bear with installment number three. This includes the chapters “Before” and “Arrival,” as well as a little surprise at the end.

Looking for the previous chapters? Here they are!

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You can find the whole series (in reverse order — chapter 1 is at the bottom) in the Reading The Joyful Bear category.

The Joyful Bear: Chapters 2 & 3

Frank Lloyd Bear and I continue our reading of The Joyful Bear. This is installment number two, including chapters “Kids” and “Before.”

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.” ~William Wordsworth

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking for the previous chapters? Here they are!

Looking for the next chapters? Here they are!

You can find the whole series (in reverse order — chapter 1 is at the bottom) in the Reading The Joyful Bear category.

The Joyful Bear: Introduction & Chapter 1

This morning, Frank Lloyd Bear and I decided to use our coronavirus quarantine time productively. We sat down to record the first couple of chapters of The Joyful Bear. The book has 31 chapters, some of them hilariously short, so we expect to be done in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy!

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Awesome old bear on a bike

pen and ink drawing of teddy bear picnic

The scene at Gasworks Park in Seattle on Sunday

I was setting up my first Teddy Bear Picnic in Seattle when along came a tandem bicycle with a teddy bear sitting on the rear seat. That’s definitely not something you see every day, even in a crazy place like Gasworks Park.

It was my friend Bret, whom I worked with in a previous life at Expeditors. He’d ridden his brand-new tandem across Seattle with Pandy, a 68-year-old teddy bear, taking the spot where his wife usually rides. “She didn’t help much,” he said of the bear. “She’s pretty old.”

Given that Bret and his bear are probably close in age, I suspect that’s not the real reason. Nor was it laziness, because teddy bears are never lazy. The real reason Pandy wasn’t pedaling? The seat was not adjusted properly for her short legs!

Here are a few photos of the Teddy Bear Picnic, which featured homemade cookies and lots of sunshine. Frank Lloyd Bear and I can’t wait to do it again…how about in a park near you?

The Joyful Bear in Seattle

Last week, I presented The Joyful Bear and “Ten Things I Learned from my Teddy Bear” at University Bookstore in Seattle. The audience got to meet Frank LLoyd Bear, and we took some charming photos of him with his fans.

If you would like a photo with Frank Lloyd Bear, stop by Gasworks Park this Sunday, July 24 between 4 and 6 pm. We’ll have cookies, teddy bear philosophy, photos, and most importantly, hugs!

Frankie makes new friends

Frankie, the Joyful Bear, has been traveling and meeting new people all across the U.S. Here are some of his new friends and fans, beginning with old and new friends who came to our presentation at The Book Loft of German Village. If you’ve never been to The Book Loft, it has 32 rooms and is one of the most unusual (and non-ADA-compliant) bookstores in the world. The books are neat and tidy, but the architecture is downright higglety-pigglety!

After his visit to central Ohio, Frankie boarded an Amtrak train (watch the video!) in Cincinnati and rode for four days to Eugene, Oregon, enjoying the scenery and capturing hearts along the way. He was extremely impressed with fellow author Tamara Boyens, whom we met in the observation car of the Coast Starlight. A Ph.D. student in Tucson, she publishes dystopian novels in her spare time.