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“The best way of being kind to bears is not to be very close to them” ―Margaret Atwood

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To the End of War poster gold

Ballet on canvas
Disarms bear

Be cautious of bears at all times, even when being mauled by a tiger ―Craig Benzine

Off the Wall Painting Dance 1

Molotov cocktail

A man screaming is not a dancing bear ―Aime Cesaire


Off the Wall Painting Dance 4

The fanfare
Nutcracker clamping
Shells crunching

All of the authoritative books on bears seem to agree on one thing: if you’re close enough to a bear to cause it to change its activity pattern, you’re too close, and in possible danger ―Dennis R. Blanchard


Off the Wall Painting Dance 5

Peace breaking
The waltzing snowflakes
Cossack kicks

Science considers bears to be solitary animals. But while bears don’t live in established groups or obey rigid hierarchies as chimps and wolves do, they have amazingly complex social relationships ―Benjamin Kilham


Off the Wall Painting Dance 3

Sugar plums
Charming toy soldiers
Beating swords

Aggression in bears can be and often is a stepping stone to friendship. Friendship and alliances frequently develop by repeated interactions, with initial aggression that lessens over time ―Benjamin Kilham


Off the Wall Painting Dance 2

Beauty’s sleeping dream
Waltzing prince

The gypsies believe the bear to be a brother to man because he has the same body beneath his hide, because he drinks beer, because he enjoys music and because he likes to dance ―Ernest Hemingway


Off the Wall Painting Dance 6

The flip side
Waltz of the Flowers

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world —Voltaire

Off the Wall on the wall

The encore
To the end of war
Artists dance

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy ―Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky



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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tchaikovsky was a wise man.

    March 10, 2022
  2. I’ve gotta ask… how long does it take you guys to actually put one of these posts together? It seems like a ton of work, given the high quality!


    March 10, 2022
    • The clock obtains only if you work for wages. 🙂

      “A happy man does not hear the clock strike.” –German Proverb

      March 10, 2022
  3. You did such a lovely job of braiding bears, with current events and dance. How do you make these creative leaps!?! I particularly liked your poem, “Peace breaking / The waltzing snowflakes / Cossack kicks” to be followed by the hopeful quote from Kilham about aggression in bears being a stepping stone to friendship. So hope that can happen, and soon.

    March 13, 2022
    • Thank you, LuAnne, I think the “creative leaps” are made by the dancers in the pictures, and the metaphors in the poetry are “braided” by imagination. Amen to your hope for a prompt taming of a bellicose bear, maybe aided by Tchaikovsky and the Bolshoi, like prayer flags dancing in a beautiful mind. 🙂

      March 13, 2022

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