Kuma and Goofy just finished sending out the 2012 Holiday Greeting cards for One Thousand Bears Project this week. They wanted to post their card here to say "Thank You!" to everyone who follows One Thousand Bears Project on Pinterest. All the bears appreciate your taking the time to view our photos. They offer their best wishes to you for a "Really Keen 2013". (It rhymes, they said.)
Kuma, Humphey and Goofy finished putting up the bears' Christmas tree a few days ago. You can see the whole process on Facebook at John.Charles.1000Bears. Friend us, while you're there! :) PS: I'm posting this on Dec. 21, 2012, so I think those Mayans might have been wrong about their timing.
While we were doing a photo session at the Bronx Botanical Garden recently, TA told Wally that he found the pumpkin he wanted to buy for Halloween, but Wally said not only was it not for sale, it was too large to carry home on the subway.
Sometimes people don't know how dangerous our photo shoots become. When we photo'd TA & Wally at the Bear Howard ruins on the West Fork Trail in Sedona, AZ, we had to put up a safety net in case one of the bears were to fall out of the window. Sure enough, Wally took a tumble, but luckily he landed smack dab on top of the safety net, so all was fine. He still complained to his agent, though.
In 2012, the famous sculptor Peter Woytuk (American, b 1958) held an outdoor exhibition in NYC, "Peter Woytuk on Broadway." It began at Columbus Circle with the monumental, life-size "Elephant Pair," which Ruggles and Little Rug loved to visit. They were very happy to meet Peter recently at the Morrison Gallery in Kent, CT (near Kuma's house in the woods). They asked him to autograph a photo of them with his elephant, which he was happy to do.