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Correspondence from the Cloud Forest

My Grandma Masha

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My Grandma Masha

I realized that I have mentioned my Grandma Masha a lot in my blogs but I have never dedicated an entire blog to her. I would like you to meet Grandma Masha. My Grandma Masha is my grandma on my mother’s side. One of her closest friends is Lucy, Pastuso’s aunt. Generally, bears don’t stay in close touch with their parents after they are grown. However, my mom was the only surviving child after a terrible forest fire so my grandma has stayed very close to her. When we were young my grandma always encouraged me to see more of...

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What is a Doughnut?

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What is a Doughnut?

That is the question I recently asked my team at Spectacled Bear. We don’t have any doughnuts in Cloud Forest, so I wasn’t sure what they meant when they brought up National Doughnut Day. After they explained to me what a doughnut is, I was curious why there is a whole day dedicated to them. Do they really taste that good? It was interesting to find out that National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army. It didn’t really have to do with how good doughnuts are. It was originally created as a fundraiser to help those...

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A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

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A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

If you had to pick a favorite classic children’s book, what would you pick? You might choose a Dr. Seuss story or a Pooh adventure. But I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Did you choose that one? Even if you didn’t, I’m sure it’s high on your list. The book was originally published in 1963 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. In some ways, Max (the boy in the book) is similar to our little Philip. They both imagine things very differently as they are, but both...

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Pac-Man Turns 37

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Pac-Man Turns 37

Don’t let the fact that I live in a forest fool you- even I know about Pac-Man. Although, I didn’t know his name until recently. I have learned a lot about human culture from the tourists and explorers that come through, and there have always been a few with a little machine to play games. It took a long time before I could get close enough to one of the machines, so for a long time I could only hear music. I decided it had to be an important game. One day a young girl was playing the game while...

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Springtime Flowers

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Springtime Flowers

It is springtime at Spectacled Bear Headquarters. You may remember that in Cloud Forest we have opposite seasons, but hearing my team describe the weather makes me wish it was springtime here as well. Spring comes after the cold season and is so beautiful when the plants and flowers start to wake up. There is vibrant moss, and many different kinds of beautiful orchids. Yellow, purple, red, pink- the colors make me so happy in springtime! Also, Cloud Forest smells wonderful during spring. And since it starts to get warmer during the day I enjoy starting my days of exploration....

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