Category Archives: Bears

Mawson Bear’s Not-A-Bear Friends

Dear Fellow Baffled Ones,

I could say, Dear Fellow Bears. But I know not ALL of you are bears. And not everyone in my house is a bear either. All sorts of creatures arrive. Some wandered in because they had lost their old homes and some arrived in boxes and baskets as gifts of love. They looked about and felt safe and welcome, and they decided to stay forever. Ours feels like that sort of house – a Forever House.

In our first family portrait of our Not-Bears, we have the penguins, parrots, roosters, chickens, ducks (wearing boots), and ducks (snoozing). Everyone feels comfortable. Umm, is somebody on my head?

Friends of Me, Mawson, who are not bears at all.

And here is our next family photo. You might all recognise Lionel our ferocious lion and .. Where is Lionel? I can’t see him. Probably asleep somewhere. Lionel spends a lot of time sleeping, which is a wise thing to do. Between sleeps he helped our Hilda Bear visit the House Frogs.

Our not-bear friends from Africa. Except for the ones who aren’t

Lionel and all my friends here are from Deepest Africa. Ummm, wait, Heffy the Heffalump is telling me something … Really Heffy? … Oh, it seems that she and Gerry and Geraldine Giraffe are from Rather Sunny Savannah Africa. Errr, a moment please … Ahhh, the Hippo Slippers now tell me they are from Quite Shallow Waters Africa themselves. Fancy that. Africa must be quite big.

Umm, the pink fellow and the blue fellow? They are the Old Goats. They and the mice on my lap and and Tammy Turtle are quite possibly not from Deepest Africa or Shallowest Africa or Sunniest Africa at all but they wanted to be in the photo too. Where is that Lionel?

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  and She Ran Away From Love.

‘This little story made me well up. A lovely, poignant story with delightful illustrations.’ Jackie Law, Amazon Top 500 reviewer.

Is Your Child-Within A Bit Neglected? A Picture Book for Weary Grownups

Hello fellow baffled ones,

I was just sitting on my cushion pondering about Things.

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Oh, Look. It looks like a gift.

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Could it be for Me, Mawson?

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It is! It is a gift for me. And oh my goodness!

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It’s by me too!

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It’s A Bright World to Feel Lost In, by Me, Mawson
is published by Odyssey Books.

“Like the aroma of freshly baked bread or the sound of your child laughing, Mawson’s simple (but never simplistic) book hits its mark in a way that you will intuitively understand but will not be able to put into words.” Dan Djurdevic, author of the remarkable Mirror Image of Sound.

Where to find it. You can plonk your paw here, or order it through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Explorations to Do Indoors: Hilda Bear visits the Door Stop Family

Fellow Baffled Ones, greetings. Here is our Hilda Bear. Hilda enjoys knitting and wearing hats. She likes to make sure everyone in the house is feeling comfortable. When she isn’t knitting she likes to visit them all. Today she is going to visit our Door Stop family.

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Hilda’s first stop (chuckle) on our way is with Owly Homebody Stop. Homebody likes the feel of gentle breezes from the window at night. From his door he can often see up and out through the window to the night sky. He likes the sky.

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Further along  we come to Owly Passageway Stop. Hilda and Passageway admire each other’s sense of colour and style. They often discuss hats and fabrics and patterns. Passageway often feels pleasantly warm from the dappled sunlight that comes through the windows along the way and can sometimes see birds. She has never seen an owl out there though.

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Wandering along, Hilda reaches Penguin Stop. Penguin has an important door to Stop but his duties are light. He only has to work when the wind blows really strongly against the front door. Most of the time he chats the day away with the floor ducks by the potted plant.

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Over by the family room entrance Hilda meets up with Dora Cat Stop. Dora is a good source of gossip. She has the prime central position to see all the comings and goings.  Hilda likes to catch up on what Dora has noticed lately. Has Dora, for instance, noticed the fridge being refilled with Honey-Choco-Mello-Creams? If so, Hilda will let Mawson know and raids on the fridge will be attempted by the bravest of the bears. But today Dora’s news is disappointing: no honey-choco-mell-cream shipments to report.  Oh, and who is that in the background?

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Yes, its Shaun Sheep Stop. Shawn is our latest Door Stop Family member. He still looks bewildered by his new surroundings. Hilda has visited every day to reassure him but he still looks like a,well, a lost sheep.

Dora confided to Hilda that she thinks Shaun might always look bewildered. ‘He’s just that sort of sheep, Hilda’, says Dora.

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Do you have a Door Stop family? Do they like hats too? Do they look sheepish? Do they like to gossip? What about Owls? And have you spotted movements of Honey-Choco-Mello-Creams into a fridge near you?

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In‘Reading this book is like receiving a great big hug of reassurance and a huge hot chocolate with fluffy marshmallows.’ Review by Lady Bracknell

The Writer-bear copies of She Ran Away From Love arrive

Mawson’s Guardian Says: Excitement spreads through Mawson’s House. A box has arrived. Could it contain Mawson’s writer-bear copies? Bears roll off cushions and waddle over to see. Bomund and Gold Paws open the top. Frilly strains to see.

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Bomund and Gold Paws push the box over. Wurry Bear climbs over the top and almost falls inside trying to see. Yes, there are books inside! Frilly runs into the box. Pink books! Yes,  She Ran Away From Love is real. It’s a book. It’s ready for the wide bright world.

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Everyone wants to read the story of Frilly’s quest. They all know it well. They all helped make the words and pictures. But to actually hold the BOOK and turn the pages is so exciting.

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So now our Mawson is the proud Writer-Bear of TWO books: She Ran Away From Love, his new book, featuring Frilly, and of course,  It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In.

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den.  Between naps among cushions, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things.
‘The book brings back such nostalagic memories that it made it comforting, like a  old security blanket.’  FNM Book reviews about Bright World.

Bears in Shops Just Want To Go Home

There you are. A bear. A plushie. A stuffie. You need someone to love you. But they haven’t found you yet.

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You sit. In the shop. Behind the glass. You look your best. You wait.

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‘Take me home!” you call, as quietly as imagination. ‘Take me Home”.

 

This Teddy Bear Shop is the very one where, 20 years ago, I was found. I was right inside. I had lots of friends there but still, it wasn’t Home.

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One grand day I was taken Home as a surprise present.

May everyone find the home they need. May the homes that need you find You.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  from Odyssey Books.

 

Free the Bears, by Mary Hutton and Julie Miller

Mission of Free The Bears: To protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world.

Mawson’s guardian Mark says: Today I am proud to talk about the book ‘Free The Bears’. It is the story of a rescue organisation which I have supported for twenty years. This fascinating and often heartbreaking read is about a long hard battle to better the lot of cruelly treated animals.

It is now widely known that for the sake of the supposed ‘properties’ of their bile thousands of bears have been imprisoned and cruelly treated. In Perth, Australia, one evening in 1993, Mary Hutton watched in horror as the first footage of the practice played on the TV. ‘It was the eyes that did it, those limpid black pools, pleading and frightened’. After weeks of sleepless nights she decided that she ‘had to do something’. But what? All she could think of was drawing up a handwritten petition and nervously standing in the local shopping centre.

‘Would you like to sign a petition to help the bears in China’, I said in a weak voice. ‘Too right I would, love! Just give me the bloody pencil’. .. After half an hour people were queuing to sign. Ch. 1

And so it began. A 55 year old housewife and mother soon found her name linked with the bears’ plight in newspapers, even Parliament. ‘What can we do to help?’, strangers began to ask. ‘It was then I realised I could not stop with this one petition .. I had to help free the bears, one step at a time’.

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The sloth bear on the back cover had a miserable existance ‘dancing’ for tourists. Now he lives safe and pampered. In exchange, his Kandahar owner received seed money for a small business.

In the early days the small but fast growing group focused on raising money to direct to those on the ground, in particular Jill Robertson who later formed Animals Asia and who has done so much fine work. Out of the blue ‘Free The Bears’ was asked to help with little Sun bears in Cambodia and destined for a horrible fate (I will not describe it here: it still upsets me). This mission seemed impossible and was not helped by some idiocies of bureaucracy at the Australian end. But again, good people rallied: a member of Parliament, a television crew, an airline, Taronga zoo and many more. The saved bears, ‘Lucille’, ‘Victoria’, and ‘Mr Hobbs’ touched down in Sydney in 1997.

Since that time Free the Bears has worked ceaselessly, one step at a time, first in Cambodia then Laos and Vietnam, to build and run sanctuaries for the animals. Teaming with local groups and agencies, Free The Bears has helped raise awareness in these nations about their precious wildlife. Humans are helped too: some of the very villagers who, driven by extreme poverty, once poached bears, are now equipped and trained to be rangers, diligently protecting the wildlife in their territories.

Such was the success in Cambodia that Mary was approached in 2002 by Mrs Maneka Ghandi and Wildlife SOS of India. They wanted to do something both about the plight of sloth bears forced to ‘perform’ for tourists, and about the poverty of their owners, the Kandahar people. Could Free the bears help? Free the Bears did. More than five hundred bears later, a great day arrived in 2009.

I watch with a lump in my throat as Raju, the last known dancing bear of India, walks the road to freedom. This is animal welfare history in the making.

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Mawson Bear has always sat up proudly in support of ‘Free The Bears’ which works for fellow bears everywhere.

Mary speaks not just of the good days and successes but of the struggles, the disappointments, and of personal loss. We are also confronted, sadly, with the seeming unending capacity of some humans for the ghastly treatment of animals. Some of the rescued bears were so badly injured and weak they could not survive. Others had lost limbs, or had organ troubles, or had lost all their teeth, or were blind. Twenty six years after Mary Hutton stood up alone in that shopping centre, and despite all the work achieved by Free the Bears, and by similar organisations around the world, the need is as great as ever. Yet every single bear rescued can now live a safe and pampered life in a sanctuary.

The light is back in their eyes.

Ways to help: One way would be to buy and read this book and share it about. All proceeds go to the bears.

Where to find Free the Bears published by Pan Macmillan Australia (2013), ISBN13: 9781742611969. Please consider buying direct from FreeTheBears.Org. Here you can even get a signed copy; also merchandise like the cute teddies in my photos. A book or a teddy or a donation, or just sharing on this post: it all helps.

Useful links: The book can also be found at Amazon and AbeBooks.com and at Bookdepository.com .

Writer Julie Miller is passionate about travel, animal welfare, and Thailand in particular.

At FreeTheBears.Org and also on Instagram you can can see the latest on the work. Sometimes (and this shows how the effort is needed as much as ever) you can follow a rescue in progress.

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Wildlife SOS does tremendous work with bears and elephants.

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Between naps in gardens, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things. He is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

Sometimes You Want To Leave It All Behind

Mawson:  I’m weary of it all, Bomund. Weary.  All these Signins and Passwords,  Pins and and updates and apps. And the downloads and themes and modes, Logins and Likes and locks, and statuses and scans and resets and shares. And lists of things to do …

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Buttons and backups and reboots and recharges and little keys that my big paws keep missing and words that spall thomselves rrong.  Categories, contacts, connections and comments, keywords and tags and formats and filters.  Secrets answers I forget. And Things that break down. Things to get serviced. Things that just won’t work. And lists and lists and lists of things to do ….

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Mawson sighs over all the botherations of a writer-bears life. Bomund Bear listens, as good friends do.

So I’m going away. Yes, I am , Bomund, I’m leaving it all behind. No more things that ring or buzz or go Ping.  It’s the simple life for me, Bomund. I’m starting now.

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All I want is my change of bowties, because a bear wants to always look his best. And basic provisions of .. umm .. cocoa-rich chocolate shells with smooth fillings to melt in the mouth.

Farewell, world of botherations. Farewell getting words typed all wrong. Goodbye screens! Goodbye lists!

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Bomund: That sounds grand, Mawson. Can I come too? Can I? Can I?

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den.  Mawson is a  Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“The book brings back such nostalagic memories that it made it comforting, like a  old security blanket.”  FNM Book reviews.

Listening: A Guide for Bears

Fellow Baffled Ones,

Everybody needs a listener sometimes.

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It’s grand to be trusted to be the listen-ee,

Umm the hearing-er-er,
Bother, the umm, friend who will listen.

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Sometimes a friend won’t even know where to start.
You can be a good listener then just by waiting.

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If you don’t know what to say to them, there’s no need.
To comfort most, be lost for words.

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While you’re listening,
the grandest bear in all their world
is you.

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Your being someone who they can talk to if they want to
is mostly all your friend wants in the end.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic. A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

Meet Mawson’s Cousin, Sir Peregrine Flaxton-Pauncefoot

Fellow Baffled Ones, Meet my esteemed cousin, Sir Peregrine Flaxton-Pauncefoot  (“Do call me Perry, old chaps”).

These days Sir Peregrine, umm, Perry,  resides in Queensland, Australia, lolling among cushions, accepting cuddles, pondering about dapper bow ties, perusing literature and sampling certain particular types of grape juice.

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Sir Peregrine Flaxton-Pauncefoot reads It’s A Bright World

When Perry first arrived in this country, though, he had a distressing time. He was plonked down in one place after another until he actually ended up in a Seconds Shop. Yes! The fate dreaded by all teddy bears fear happened to him- he had been Marked Down!!

Well of course our guardians rescued him right away. They sent him off to learn gentle-bear-ing from a wise gentleman and Perry was at last Appreciated.

Here he is enjoying my very own Opus! He felt so pleased with the ending that he fell asleep. Napping is of course the privilege of gentle-bears everywhere.

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My Splendid Career As A Bear About Town

Dear fellow Baffled Ones,

There may have been no ME, once.
No Mawson at all, fancy that!
Then, one day I found myself sort of There. Yes, There I Was!

I was sitting .. hmm .. Where was it now? In a shop, that’s where.

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I heard a cry well up from deep down in my stuffing.
“Take me Home”, cried that cry, “Take me Home”.
And some one heard. And did.

When I was quite sure I had a home, I Went Out.
So began my splendid career as a Bear About Town.

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I was much sought after.
Best Bear at weddings, dancing partner, picnics, parties, restaurants, chauffeurs .. the best of everything. Oh, they were grand days.

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I dashed about admiring the wide, bright world.
I was a lucky bear and got to doze at nice places.

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Sadly, fellow baffled ones, there seems to always be that word, “but”.
There was a price to pay. It was (gulp) the Distressing Episode of the Washing Machine. And after that, this bear considered it wise, very wise, to stay Indoors among cushions.

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps). and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through generations.” Susan Hampson, of Books From Dawn To Dusk.

Whoosh Control is Ready to Whirl

Fellow Baffled Ones,

As every one knows, it takes the bravest of the brave to get an annual wash.  Our Scotland the Brave here demonstrates his own procedure. We do not recommend this for fellow Baffled Ones at home.

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Ready for whoosh-off.

Me, Mawson: Wash Control to Scotty: You don’t have to do this. Grubby bears get loved too!
Scotland, Whoosh-A-Naut: Some one has to show the way, Mawson.

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Me: Oh no! More whoosh-a-nauts. If only they emerge with the same stuffing they went in with.

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Me, Mawson: Yes, friends, this is embarrassing too. But I don’t like the whoosh machine. At least this tub stays still. And its hand wash only for Me.

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‘Great book, well written and extremely engaging. Bonus it is all about bears!!!!
Marvellous !!!!!!!’  Reviewer Navaron on Amazon.

 

 

 

Mawson Bear’s bright world of friends

‘Jamaica, Bhutan, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Nepal, Canada, Belgium?’
Umm, Yes. Here they are.
‘Scotland, Japan, Russia, France, Korea, Iceland, Norway?’
Oh, indeed, yes.
‘Brazil, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Georgia, New Zealand?’
Let’s see .. Those too.
‘Kazakstan, Kenya, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, Finland?’
All of them yes. Keep going, Mawson.
‘Umm Bearistan, Hippoland, Dragons Vale, The Ocean, Lilpondia …’.
What, Mawson, Ocean? Lilypondia?’
“They’re where our Shark and Octopii and Dolphin and Frog friends live.’
Oh yes. Ah, they are here too.
‘Umm.. Mexico, USA, South Africa …’
Mawson and friends look for the many places where their Inter-Plush friends live.

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Mawson, one of this bright world’s very few published writer-bears, and his Baffled Bunch bring you picture books suitable for all ages and for every shape and stuffing. They live in Perth, Ostraylia, errr, Australia.

My first book is called It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In from Odyssey Books.

‘Great book, well written and extremely engaging. Bonus it is all about bears!!!!
Marvellous !!!!!!!’  Reviewer Navaron on Amazon.

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Writer Bears aren’t afraid to ask for help

Dear fellow Baffled Ones,

While creating She Ran Away From Love, by Me, Mawson, we bears discovered that to make a book just right, there must be lots of pondering, writing, editing and (shudder) revision.

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Frilly and Mawson Bear’s helper team keep learning about all it takes to make a book.

It was all so much work that I kept falling into a nap, worn out. But my helpers kept at it. They kept on learning about the things you have to do to take a book out to the wide bright world.

They made Important phone calls on the Important Green Phone. They fixed the cameras so as to make the pictures. They found out  what to do on the Bright-World-For-Bears-Web-Net.   They found out how to help tell everyone about ‘She Ran Away From Love. Because even though what you really want to do is to send little book of ponders with pictures in it out for everybody, you also have to do an awful lot of other Stuff.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is already out in the wide world. ‘This book made me smile. This book made my heart sing.’ Pauline Dewberry of thedailymews.com. ‘Heartwarming and poignant’. Jack Magnus of Readers Favourite.

You can  plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Story Board Conference for ‘She Ran Away From Love’

Hello fellow Baffled Ones,

Director Scotland the Brave called a Conference. All the Pictures to be in my coming book got pondered about. Again. All the Words that go with the Pictures were talked about. Again. This is called (shudder) Revison and (gulp) Editing.

Frilly listened intently because she is the star.

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I already did much pondering for the Words and hopefully they are just right. But friends can sometimes see ways to better-rer. Err, make them better. The Words, not the friends. I don’t want to change my friends. They are already just right.

It’s altogether a deal of bother to make a book. There are the words. The naps. There are the pages. The covers. The naps. The conferences. More naps. Pots of coffee. Pots of honey … And now it’s all done! And you can also see the  the Words Frilly will say in She Ran Away From Love.

To keep getting news about Frilly and the book, and about Me, Mawson, please plonk your paw on the Follow Button.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is already out in the wide world. You can  plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place..

“It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted, soul-searching teddy bear is here to help.” Cheryl Pasquier of Madhouse Family reviews.

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