Down swirled the white flakes, blowing this way and that. It was snowing furiously in North Pole Land, and even the immense workshop of Santa Claus was almost buried in white. How the wind howled! It whistled down the chimneys, and blew the sparks about."Whew, how cold it is!" cried a Wax Doll, who did not have any shoes on, for she was not yet quite finished. "What makes such a breeze in here?" and she shivered as she pulled up over her legs a blanket of plush cloth from which Santa Claus and his men made Teddy Bears."It is cold," said a Celluloid Doll, who was lying on the work bench next to the wax toy. "Some one must have left a window open.""Left a window open? There are three or four windows open!" gleefully shouted a fuzzy, Woolen Boy Doll. "Look at the snow blowing in! Hurray! Now we can have a snowball fight without going outside. Come on!" cried the Woolen Boy Doll to a little Flannel Pig who had just been stuffed with cotton. "Come on, have a snowball fight!"
Faced with a devastating case of writer's block, Margaret Meps Schulte turns to a 25-year friend, a stuffed polar bear with an upturned gaze and a beatific smile. Frank Lloyd Bear, known as Frankie, conducts a series of conversations with her about mindfulness, self-compassion and how to overcome depression and anxiety.
The result is this unusual true story, co-written by the wise-but-funny Frank Lloyd Bear. Frankie's guidance brings Meps out of her funk and gives her the confidence to become an author, artist, and public speaker.
Presenting important life lessons with gentle humor, Frankie introduc- es the reader to his enlightened teddy-bear value system and explains concepts like Being, Right Speech, the importance of changing your mind, and what you can do with your magic superpower.
IVY The world has moved on, but Ivy just can't. Besides, she has everything she needs on her sustainable-living wooded homestead, and no desire to brave this grim new world. Until the day a massive bear chases her into an isolated cabin and she discovers she's not alone. With a giant bear prowling outside and a gruff, bearded, half-naked savage inside, Ivy finds herself cornered. The man, who calls himself Caleb, says he'll take her home, but she doesn't trust him, his offer, or herself with this giant, bronzed, mountain of a man. He might be able to protect her from the sinister enemies lurking outside-but who is going to protect her from Caleb? CALEB Shifter by nature, drifter by choice, Caleb is uniquely designed to survive in this dark, new hell-on-earth, where the rule of law has been replaced by brute strength. His scars may be deep but his secrets are deeper, and until he meets feisty, sinfully curvy Ivy one fateful afternoon, he's not sure there's much left worth surviving for. Finding himself unable to resist the tempting, scrumptious morsel who lands on his doorstep, he realizes she's the one he's been craving, and she's more than worth fighting for. Caleb is determined to keep her safe from everything dark and dangerous outside. But can he save Ivy from herself?
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