View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Papa Bear heads for the honey tree in the sky

Stan Berenstain, who with his wife, Jan, created Berenstain Bears, died Saturday.
(See NYT:

I read many an adventure of Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear to my daughters.

I sometimes found the books a bit too preachy – and Mama was certainly not a modern model for my girls. Still, there are worse things to do with one’s talent that to write and illustrate upbeat children’s books.

Heck, he could have been a political speech writer, or an illustrator for Playboy.

So let’s all toast to the memory of Stan. Maybe dig out a copy of one of the Bear books, and read it for the memories.


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