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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....05-09-06....Teddy Bears on Parade
Billie

Posted on 05/08/2006 9:32:43 PM PDT by Billie



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How many do you have? Do you still have your childhood Teddy Bear? Did you ever wonder how Teddy Bears got their name? For any of you who didn't know - or don't remember the story behind the name of these squeezable, huggable little stuffed bears.......very briefly, it goes like this:



In November of 1902, Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President, went on a hunting trip near Little Sunflower River in Mississippi. To make sure that the President had an easy target and wouldn't go home empty-handed, his hosts had captured and stunned a little bear cub and tied him to a tree. President Roosevelt, however, refused to shoot the defenseless cub and made them set it free.

The press who were covering Roosevelt's visit quickly heard of the incident, and the Washington Star's political cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon of the incident entitled Drawing the line at Mississippi. The cartoon, which emphasized the helplessness of the cub, was printed in all the papers, and Roosevelt's popularity soared as a result of his actions. For the rest of his political career President Roosevelt's mascot was 'Teddy's Bear', which Berryman continued to use in all his cartoons and which played a key part in the Presidents successful re-election campaign of 1905.












Although most of my teddy bears only come out at Christmas, I do have a couple that have a permanent spot in my house.   A soft, plain one sits in an old-fashioned highchair in the family room, but the one pictured below, which sits near me when I'm on the computer, is my very favorite grown-up teddy bear, because she's posable, and I love her hat and her granny glasses; but most of all, I love the voice that sings! (Chantal Kreviazuk, from the soundtrack of a TV show called "Providence", which is no longer on air)




















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1 posted on 05/08/2006 9:32:48 PM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; Aquamarine; deadhead; ..

2 posted on 05/08/2006 9:33:52 PM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1

3 posted on 05/08/2006 9:35:05 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; ...

4 posted on 05/08/2006 9:42:01 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Billie

How cute! Teddy bears are great!


5 posted on 05/08/2006 9:44:12 PM PDT by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desperate for freedom! GWB)
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To: SandRat
'Evening, SandRat - thanks for your cute Teddybear pledge. :)


6 posted on 05/08/2006 9:45:00 PM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman
Hi, Luvbo, this is the first time I've had so much time between *new* posts in a while - have enjoyed *making* lots of teddybear graphics. :)

7 posted on 05/08/2006 9:47:49 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Oh, my! What a sweet gift! I am sure we will all use this one many times, until the little bears are tattered and torn! ((((hugs))))...thank you for always giving us sweet surprises!


8 posted on 05/08/2006 9:50:52 PM PDT by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desperate for freedom! GWB)
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To: Billie

Thanks, thought it fit so well to tonight's theme and wanted to share.


9 posted on 05/08/2006 9:51:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Billie; snugs

Just had to tell you, the Military Monday was beautiful, especially with the commemoration of VE day. Wonderful thread! Bears are cute as well!


10 posted on 05/08/2006 9:52:47 PM PDT by scubachick (Support our troops!)
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To: Billie

I'm going to have to now go and dig up that Pic of MY
" Victory Bear " looking out from the side window of my old Flying WartHog!--each Side Winder or Maverick had a small little Bear blowing a Kiss -with the captions that read, "..with all our love! from Uncle Sam Bear!"

Nothing better than sitting on a little Gatling too and two GE TF34's!

I don't even remember who gave it to us ( the BEAR!); but it had Little Flight, Gy/Bk Goggles, a mini G-111 Jacket, Silk, and of course- the most Beautiful Thing I think I have EVER seen in my entire life so far: The American Flag!!

"Bears" & America Flags DO go together!!

DAB


11 posted on 05/08/2006 9:53:16 PM PDT by AirBorn
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To: scubachick
Thank you, scubachick! We love having our tributes on Monday to our military.

12 posted on 05/08/2006 9:59:33 PM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W
You are welcome - this one was originally just the two bears - I thought of the three of you, though, and made triplets with it. :)
13 posted on 05/08/2006 10:01:17 PM PDT by Billie
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To: SandRat

It's perfect! I'm glad you shared it!


14 posted on 05/08/2006 10:01:51 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

You can do the most amazing things with graphics! It is just too sweet!


15 posted on 05/08/2006 10:02:19 PM PDT by LUV W (A free Iraq . ... will serve as an amazing example for people who are desperate for freedom! GWB)
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To: Billie

Are you saying we need to Grin and Bear it?


16 posted on 05/08/2006 10:03:20 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: AirBorn; All
Oh, please do find that pic! Would love to have it posted here!

I'm going to say goodnight and will be back in the morning. Hope it's posted when I get back. :)

17 posted on 05/08/2006 10:04:18 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Common Tator
Are you saying we need to Grin and Bear it?

LOL. I've got to go for now. Back in the morning. :)


18 posted on 05/08/2006 10:06:34 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
I still my 'Jimmie Bear' from when I was only two (I'm sixty so he's sixty one). He went with me into the hospital on several occasions in my childhood (had polio in '47) and even went to surgery a couple of times after my Mother sterilized him in a brown bag in the oven! My first wife composed a beautiful 'autobiography' of Jim E. Bear many Christmases ago ... it's a dear thing to me. Jim has presided over many Christmas Trees, with seated guest secret bears and other assorted friends. I wrote my first two novels with Jim presiding over the work on the dining table. He's had several 'surgeries' (thoracic), so his excelsior is quite mussed, but he's still the center of my affections. My two cats aren't allowed around him any more ... they 'loved' on him too much with their cruel claws. [He's a Stieff, BTW, as is one of his companions, a small 'secret bear' who holds many of my childhood secrets for safe keeping.]
19 posted on 05/08/2006 10:07:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Billie
Well, it's that time for me.


20 posted on 05/08/2006 10:44:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Billie
Terrific thread, darlin' BillieBlue!!

My gosh, it must have taken you forever to put this together. A real masterpiece.

Who says you're not a *teddy*? This little guy thinks so.

Thank you for such a memory provoking thread. I have a childhood teddy that's so ratty.... even the dogs won't play with him. : )

21 posted on 05/08/2006 10:50:00 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Mama_Bear
Hey, sweet *fuzzy*, all of your relatives have come to visit. : )


22 posted on 05/08/2006 10:56:52 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Billie
.. Meg

Goodnight..Sweet Dreams

23 posted on 05/08/2006 11:06:13 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; All

24 posted on 05/08/2006 11:13:24 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Billie
How many Teddy Bears do we have??? I don't have any idea!

For instance, when we moved into our present home a few years ago, I made a big mistake and told my wife she could decorate our main bathroom in a Teddy Bear motif. The first clue I was in trouble was the appearance of a sign, in the hall, over the door to the bathroom that says 'I love Teddy Bears.' Inside there are 45 pairs of Teddy eyes watching you do your business. From Teddys painted on our shower curtain, Teddy decals on the walls, Teddy Bear handles on the cabinet doors all the way thru to 'Blossom' our bathroom attendant that holds up a plunger that holds the T.P.

Have you ever tried to do your business with 45 pairs of eyes watching you?

For years, my wife has made and dressed Teddy Bears to give away to family and friends, and sold many of them to others for gifts, etc. She has Teddy Bears all over the world.

A lot of the Bears seem to hang around the house. There is not a flat surface in the house that does not have at least one Teddy Bear on it Since March, 2005 she has dressed over twenty Teddy Bears to ship off to various destinations around the world. Since December of 2005 she has custom made over 14 real fur Teddy Bears using recycled fur coats. To see some of the results of her efforts go to: http://groups.msn.com/WolfiesDen/vickisteddybearalbum.msnw
25 posted on 05/08/2006 11:34:18 PM PDT by Chief Engineer (Help me!... Adopt a Teddy)
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Awww....cute! ((((((Meggsie)))))


26 posted on 05/08/2006 11:48:04 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1

Awwww..((((((((((Wolfie)))))))))))))


27 posted on 05/08/2006 11:54:40 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Billie
Hi, Miss Billie. I can't seem to sleep so I'm enjoying your cute Teddy Bears. Everytime I'm scheduled to have a steroid shot I can't sleep the night before. I'll be back later today. ((((Hugs Billie))))
28 posted on 05/09/2006 12:10:42 AM PDT by Texagirl4W (Wisdom has 2 parts: 1, having a lot to say and 2, not saying it.)
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To the Finest!
That is a LOT of bears!..I must go look at your site.

Adorable!
Your site


29 posted on 05/09/2006 12:19:34 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Chief Engineer
These are so cute. I'd like to see a teddy bear dressed in Mardi Gra colores -- Dark Purple, Bright Green, and Yellow.

She definitely has a great talent,
30 posted on 05/09/2006 12:22:00 AM PDT by Texagirl4W (Wisdom has 2 parts: 1, having a lot to say and 2, not saying it.)
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To: The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ...
Happy Teddy Bear Day To The Finest!

31 posted on 05/09/2006 12:29:13 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Billie
Thank you for such a lovely thread. In England a lot of the ice cream vans that go round the streets selling lollies and cornets play the song "Teddy Bear's Picnic".

Yes I still have my childhood teddy here are the then and now photos.


32 posted on 05/09/2006 12:49:06 AM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs

So cute,snugs!


33 posted on 05/09/2006 12:51:53 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SandRat

Good morning, SandRat. How's it going?


34 posted on 05/09/2006 3:10:09 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Billie
Good Morning Billie
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Excellent thread :)
How adorable! What a great surprise to see those three bears, Thanks so much!

35 posted on 05/09/2006 3:52:11 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Billie

Do we get to vote? I vote for yours. Adorable. Thanks y'all for brightening my day!!
I needed that.


36 posted on 05/09/2006 4:07:02 AM PDT by stopem (To allow a bunch of third world country nationals to divide Americans is unconscionable!)
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To: Billie

Number one vote!

What a fun thread. Thanks!!


37 posted on 05/09/2006 4:09:11 AM PDT by stopem (To allow a bunch of third world country nationals to divide Americans is unconscionable!)
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To: Billie

BTT


38 posted on 05/09/2006 4:12:10 AM PDT by stopem (To allow a bunch of third world country nationals to divide Americans is unconscionable!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; deadhead; ...

May 9, 2006

Mount St. Helens Syndrome

READ: 2 Peter 3:3-15

The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation. —2 Peter 3:15

On March 20, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington, a supposedly dormant volcano, began to quake and rumble. The local population was evacuated to a “safe” distance 8 miles away. Later, the side of the mountain began to bulge. Scientists were not alarmed because past research of volcanoes indicated that they never blew sideways.

Then on May 18 the side of Mount St. Helens exploded, shooting tons of debris downhill at the speed of 150 miles per hour. A minute later, the volcano exploded upward with the equivalent power of 500 atomic bombs! Two hundred thirty square miles of forest were devastated and 57 people lost their lives. The scientists had assumed that natural events would continue as before. But they were wrong.

The book of 2 Peter tells us of a future time when a similar misplaced confidence will be destroyed by the fiery end of our world (3:4-7). But the good news is that God will build “new heavens and a new earth” (v.13). He is “not willing that any should perish,” and He is patiently waiting so that more people will find true safety in His Son Jesus (v.9). They need only accept the salvation He offers.

Have you trusted Christ for your safety? Dennis Fisher

Are you unsure where you stand with God? Please read Safe And Secure: The Permanence Of Salvation

God’s people must point the way if others are to escape God’s judgment.


39 posted on 05/09/2006 5:18:01 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: The Mayor

Thank you,Mayor.


40 posted on 05/09/2006 5:31:15 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Love your hat! ;)


41 posted on 05/09/2006 6:02:10 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33

Thank you Meg.


42 posted on 05/09/2006 6:07:47 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: GodBlessUSA; Billie; All


Shall We Have Tea?

43 posted on 05/09/2006 6:08:54 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Billie; ST.LOUIE1; MEG33; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; LUV W; LadyX; All
Quick hit and run...absolutely DELIGHTFUL thread sweet billie and, as always, wonderful presentation!!! Who can resist teddy bears???? Simply precious!!!

Here's my patriotic teddy that hangs out at our fireplace. Somewhat fuzzy picture taken this past Christmas. (((((hugs all around)))))



BBL!!!!!
44 posted on 05/09/2006 7:20:52 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: MHGinTN
I loved your post - this is one of the reasons we love the Finest - it's the stories that Freepers share, relating to our themes for the day. Thank you, MHGinTN!


45 posted on 05/09/2006 7:46:47 AM PDT by Billie
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To: SandRat

Thank you again for being here - come back if you get a chance - we're going to have a beary, beary fun day!


46 posted on 05/09/2006 7:48:30 AM PDT by Billie
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To: LUV W

Thank you for your sweet post. Come back this evening if you get a chance and bring your teddy friends. :)


47 posted on 05/09/2006 7:50:01 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Terrific thread, darlin' BillieBlue!!
My gosh, it must have taken you forever to put this together. A real masterpiece.


Thank you, wolfiebear! Your comments always make the time spent putting them together that much more worthwhile.

Who says you're not a *teddy*? This little guy thinks so.

Ohhhhhh, I think this is one of the cutest bears I've ever seen - and the animation is what makes it! (Well, that and your *singing*! LOL)

Thank you for such a memory provoking thread. I have a childhood teddy that's so ratty.... even the dogs won't play with him. : )

LOL! Would love to see it! :)

48 posted on 05/09/2006 7:56:02 AM PDT by Billie
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To: MEG33

49 posted on 05/09/2006 7:57:56 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Oh..Billie that is just wonderful..as are your teddy bears!

HUGS!


50 posted on 05/09/2006 7:59:10 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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