About the Blog and Little Red Bear

Welcome to my Writing & Creativity Blog, where it’s all about Kindness, Positivity, Children, Family, the Environment, and Mother Nature.

And, welcome to my “Little Red Bear Stories”, all about the daring adventures of the imaginary bear who lives in my head. Short stories for all ages about an uncommonly special bear and his friends.

By way of introduction, I am delighted to still be residing on the green side of the grass and not quite older-than-dirt. Yet.

Of course, some parts are older than others, truth be told. I am retired following disability from a progressively degenerative joint and disc disease, together with Psoriatic Arthritis. Metal detectors tremble at my approach while teams of surgeons purchase vacation homes and islands. ‘Thank You’ postcards from Bimini and Tahiti were the giveaway.

Here is a quick summary, and if you would like to know more I encourage you to read on, below.

When not busy writing, I make collector teddy bears and other creations. 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, and other things as inspiration strikes.

New bears and creations may be found in my James Milson Creations Shoppe on Etsy.

When not “making things”, I write a good deal about my 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 for all ages entitled “The Adventures of Little Red Bear” available on Amazon.

The Little Red Bear stories are Entertaining, Informative, and Educational while encouraging readers of all ages to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world.

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 and educational for middle-grade readers while at the same time being entertaining for adult readers, as seniors have turned out to be big fans.

The stories are 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 later and order the print version for reading to small children and as a long-term keepsake for them.

Mother Nature, Positivity, Friendship, Kindness, Conservation, and Respect for all living things are strong themes in the stories. With a few life lessons and history tidbits tossed in here and there for added flavor and spice. And honey. Always honey. “You can never have too much honey,” Little Red Bear asserts.

You can find out more about Little Red Bear and his friends in “Once Upon A Time In A Very Special Woods . . . .”

It’s all about Positivity, Kindness, Mother Nature, Children, and Family Values here.

Other little things you might like to know include my being a proud father of four grown children, an Eagle Scout, former Scout leader, middling guitar player, dog and pet enthusiast, and life-long model railroader.

An American history and literature buff, I am an interesting mix of Irish, Alsatian, and Cherokee, a lover of Mother Nature and the outdoors, and an unabashed tree-hugger.

If you’re still curious or would like to learn more, please check out the post “On Cats, Guitars, Wood, Trains, & Fruitcake”.

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. My pages, my rules. Just sayin’.  Please don’t make me get the soap.

I invite you to explore all the Tabs at the top of the page, including the one entitled “Short Works & Free Reads” featuring a number of works of poetry, features, and short stories like “How The Teddy Bear Got Its Name” and “Haystack Harry”, 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.

Children (and adults) will enjoy Little Red Bear’s Activities, Games, Puzzles & Coloring Pages.

It’s all Free and available whenever you may like to enjoy a quick read on a quiet evening or relaxing Sunday afternoon.  It simply seemed like the neighborly thing to do and that’s just how we roll here.

Please follow my blog with notifications of every new post delivered directly to your email inbox so you never fall behind or miss out. It’s always Free and never any spam.  Little Red Bear and I prefer our Spam in the frying pan, not our inbox. That way, you always know what is going on without having to remember to come here and look every day.   It’s a lot simpler and more reliable than the Pony Express.  Not that they didn’t do quite a fine job in their time.

The subscription box to follow the blog can be found near the top of the right column.

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. If there are misspellings, it may be a post from Little Red Bear, and we’ll just leave it at that.

Little Red Bear and I work closely together on his stories of course, and he actually does spell very well,  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 really not his fault since keyboards have simply never been designed to accommodate bear paws.

Typing aside, Little Red Bear is helpful in a number of other ways, to be sure.

Bear helping to push a van

Little Red Bear and I always appreciate comments and feedback. Like good reviews, a compliment is worth another 10,000 words helping to spur us along on the next story, and they make Little Red Bear very happy and eager to get on to his next adventure, which sometimes isn’t without a good degree of personal peril. Some stories and undertakings can be a little scary and require a little more encouragement to get him underway sometimes. So, positive reviews and feedback are a good thing.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously here though. It’s mostly about having fun while creating, learning, and sharing new things along the way with everyone.

Entertaining, Informative, and Educational. That’s our intention, goal, and purpose.

We always appreciate your spending part of your day with us and look forward to your visits and comments.  Sharing is not only allowed but also encouraged, and we would be honored if you told your friends and family about us, so they too can enjoy the site. Little Red Bear and I both love to connect with and meet new folks.

Please never hesitate to contact me here, on Facebook, or 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 busy on it right away for you. If he doesn’t know the answer right off, I’ll do my best to try to help him make up something interesting.

This is an intentionally non-monetized site to keep it free of distracting, intrusive, and possibly tasteless advertising and to make it an easy-loading online experience for everyone, so generates no income to offset the costs of operating and maintaining. I invite you to join my Patron Community to help the site grow and improve the quality of our offerings by visiting my Patreon Page to subscribe for as little as $1 each month.

One-time “Tip Jar Donations and Thank You’s” thru PayPal are also very much appreciated. Every little bit helps keep it all going and growing, and hopefully has a positive impact on readers and the world around us.

Story and other research occupy a huge part of our time, and the best images never seem to be free.

Together, we can make a positive difference in people’s lives and the world, and maintain this as a site devoted solely to entertainment and education. Little Red Bear and I sincerely appreciate your support and accompanying us on the journey.

Thanks always for visiting and spending part of your day with us. Kindness doesn’t cost anything, and one small act can turn a person’s entire life around. Share your smile and brighten another’s day, and be the reason someone else smiles today! – Jim (and Red!)

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. — Erma Bombeck

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Meet Little Red Bear & His Friends —  “Once Upon A Time In A Very Special Woods . . . .”

Old-fashioned, Family-friendly Stories and Fun for All Ages! 
About an Uncommonly Special Bear and His Friends.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald

This is a purposefully non-monetized, ad-free site to be able to offer the most enjoyable reading and viewing experience for everyone, with all content freely shared, and generates no income to offset the costs of maintaining and operating. If you enjoy your visits and time with us, Join our new Patron Community today, because together we can do so much!

With the help of patrons, each month we are able to donate free print copies of “The Adventures of Little Red Bear: The First Holler!” to Senior Citizens,  School Libraries and Classrooms, and to those who could otherwise not obtain a copy.

Patrons also help my friend Little Red Bear and me to continue this as a non-monetized, ad-free site,  dedicated solely to entertainment and educational purposes while sharing positive messages of happiness, inspiration, and kindness with everyone. We invite you to join us in making a positive difference in the world!

                                     “In music, in the sea, in a flower, in a leaf, in an act of kindness . . . .                                      I see what people call God in all these things.” – Pablo Casals 

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 written material Copyright ©  2014 by James R. Milson, unless noted otherwise.



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