How I express gratitude — and you can, too

Every time I see Mease Dunedin Hospital, I remember the kindness of the people who took care of my father there. Over the course of seven months, I interacted with hundreds of caring staff members, from the emergency room staff — who got used to seeing me every month or two — to the ICU nurse who kept him alive, to the young man who cleaned his room.

Since my Dad passed away last year, I haven’t seen those folks, but with the hospital across the street, they’re never far from my mind. I decided to create a sign to post in my window, to let them know they are appreciated. I made the signs available in PDF format, so you can post one for the medical workers in your neighborhood, too!

Go to the I Smile First website to download a PDF and print it out. There’s a color version or a black-and-white one that you can color yourself.

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.

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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 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.”

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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 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.

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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

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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: 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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Still Marching, 2020

Five years ago, I marched in my first Martin Luther King Day parade in Brunswick, Georgia. I found myself immersed in a joyful celebration of black culture that most white people don’t experience, and I have always treasured the photos and memories from that day.

A couple of years later, I photographed a similar parade in Clearwater, Florida. I wondered why it was so small, even though the community was bigger. I’ve since learned that nearby St. Petersburg boasts one of the oldest and biggest MLK events in the nation, so Clearwater is strictly a neighborhood event.

I considered driving to St. Pete this year, but bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Instead, I drove to Cherry Harris park, just a few miles from my home, and used my camera to capture the beautiful faces of the parade as well as the people who live along the route.

Thank you to everyone who attended the march and allowed me to photograph your smiling faces! Please send me an email if you’d like a higher resolution copy of one of these photos (free).

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Large-scale art for the playa

A couple of years back, I got tired of trying to keep up with over 120 linnear feet of mural space at Burning Man. It was time for a new solution, something I could paint at home and either ship or carry to Nevada.

The following painted panels are my solution. There are now 21 of them, each about 4 feet wide and 7 feet tall. In 2018, my theme was an encounter between DMV Hotties and Burgins. This year’s theme was “The Gift,” and it depicts gifts I have given, received, or witnessed.

I am honored to also display these panels at Alchemy 2019 and AfterBurn 2018 and 2019.

Ghosts of Route 66

If you’ve followed my past travels along “the Mother Road” you might recall that Highway 66 was officially dismantled, with I-40 using much of its roadbed. However, there are many short bits of Historical Route 66 that run through towns along the route. I find thought-provoking gems on the old, weed-choked sections, like this ruin that I found west of Tucumcari, New Mexico. Artists and poets had left their mark on it.