Welcome to my Writing & Creativity Blog!
Happy to see you made it. Come on in and let me tell you a bit about us and show you around. Then feel free to kick your shoes off, put your feet up and catch up on the latest posts and happenings, enjoy a story or two and get acquainted with a few of my teddy bear creations and story friends.
By way of introduction, I am retired following disability for a progressively degenerative joint and disc disease. Metal detectors tremble at my approach. When not busy writing stories with Little Red Bear, I make collector teddy bears, primarily low to mid-price range to encourage new adult collectors. All the bears you see on the Teddy Bear Gallery page have been made entirely by me, and all the mohair bears are handsewn. Been doing it for a little over twenty years now.
Many bears are in collectors homes now, all over the world from Australia to England to Russia. In addition to bears, I also make old-fashioned Raggedy Dolls, restore vintage Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls, make artisan style Wire-Wrapped Sea Glass and Healing Stone Jewelry Pendants for adults, and other things as inspiration strikes.
When not “making things”, I write about my good friend Little Red Bear, an uncommonly special bear making his home in the beautiful and scenic Ozarks Mountain Country nearby. The various adventures and escapades of Little Red Bear and his friends are told in a series of old-fashioned, family-friendly short stories entitled “The Adventures of Little Red Bear” available on Amazon, with two books available at this time while hard at work on more.
The stories are intended to be Entertaining, Informative and Educational, while also encouraging children and folks to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world.
In Little Red Bear’s backwoods community, the animals and humans speak and interact as equals, allowing for some interesting exchanges and events. The stories are set in the early 1900’s in simpler times to let the stories themselves unfold, and so that I could include the old steam locomotives and paddlewheel steamships of the bygone era for colorful storytelling fun.
Told in an old-fashioned, homespun, by-the-fireside storytelling manner at a slower paced “country comfortable” speed with a bit of Southern flair, the Little Red Bear stories are suitable for middle grade readers while at the same time being entertaining for adult readers, as seniors have turned out to be big fans, while also intended as read-to-me stories for parents and grandparents to read to younger children. More than a few readers have purchased the Kindle version of the book, to then go back and order the print version for reading to small children and as a long term keepsake for them.
Exciting new projects are underway to bring Little Red Bear and his neighborhood to new and pre-readers in the near future, as well.
Mother Nature, Positivity, Friendship, Kindness, Conservation and Respect for all living things are strong themes in the stories as well as my Writing Blog. With a few life lessons and history tidbits tossed in here and there for added flavor and spice.
And honey. Lots of honey. Having a Southern flair, we’ve found most things go better with a dollop or two of sweetness and honey.
Other little things you might like to know include my being a proud father of four children, an Eagle Scout, guitar player, an interesting mix of Irish, Alsatian and Cherokee, life-long model railroader, and American history buff. If you’re still curious, check out “On Cats, Guitars, Wood, Trains & Fruitcake” to learn even more.
This is a family-friendly, ‘G’ rated site, so please never worry about what younger eyes may see here. I am very sensitive to that, and will delete any and all comments with profanity or in poor taste. Just sayin’. Please don’t make me get the soap.
I invite you to explore the Tabs at the top of the page, including the one entitled “Short Works & Free Reads” featuring a number of works and short stories like “How The Teddy Bear Got Its Name” and serialized “The Ozarks Ostrich Crisis” story, a number of Christmas Holiday Features and poems including the short story “Susie’s Bear”, and an ever-growing selection of original poetry, including my Dime Rhymes page, devoted to fun and shorter works.
It’s all Free and available whenever you might enjoy a quick read on a quiet evening or relaxing Sunday morning. Just seemed like the neighborly thing to do.
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Having no staff, assistants or interns, unless otherwise attributed, if you read a post here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere, be confident it’s from me personally and not a “helper” or robot.
Little Red Bear and I work closely together on his stories of course, but his typing skills really aren’t anything to write home about. It’s okay to say because Red would be the first to admit it. And it’s not his fault because keyboards weren’t really designed to accommodate bear paws. But after our tenth letter last month, they promised they would look into it.
Typing aside, Little Red Bear is helpful in a number of other ways, to be sure.
Little Red Bear and I always appreciate comments and feedback. A compliment is worth another 10,000 words or so, and they make Little Red Bear very happy and eager to get on to his next adventure. Some stories and undertakings can be a little scary, and require a little more encouragement to get him underway sometimes. So positive feedback is a good thing.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously though, so it’s mostly about having fun and maybe learning and sharing something new along the way with everyone.
Thanks for dropping by and hope you enjoy your visits here with us. We would truly appreciate you telling all your friends and family about us, so they too can enjoy the site.
Please never hesitate to contact me here, on Facebook or over on Twitter. Little Red Bear loves to answer questions in his “Ask Little Red Bear” feature, so if you have a question, please feel free to send it along and we’ll get Red right on it for you. Little Red Bear and I both love to connect with and meet new folks.
This is a non-monetized blog to keep it free of intrusive advertising. I invite you to join our growing Patron Community to help this site grow and expand our outreach by visiting my Patreon Page to join for as little as $1 each month. Together, we can make a difference in people’s live and the world. Little Red Bear and I sincerely appreciate your support and accompanying us on the journey.
And always remember, kindness doesn’t cost anything, and one small act can turn a person’s entire life around. Be the reason someone smiles today! – Jim (and Red!)
Necessary Legal Stuff— The stories and other creative work displayed on this site are intended for Educational and Entertainment purposes only, for the benefit of my readers and blog followers. All creative works are copyrighted by James R. Milson, with all rights reserved. No part of the stories or writings here may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means whatsoever, without my express written and prior permission, except in the use of brief quotations in critical articles and reviews. Names, characters, places, and events are the product of the author’s chocolate- and caffeine-fueled, overly active imagination, and/or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to any persons, (living or dead—spirits, haints or otherwise) incidents, institutions or locales, without educational or satiric intent, is purely coincidental.
All material written in this blog, Copyright © 2014 by James R. Milson, unless noted otherwise.
And that’s that. Here’s the rest of the Rules for the site. So glad you came by for a visit!
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
“This world is but a canvas for our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald