The Benefits of Being a Brown Bear

There’s a lot to be said for Brown Bears. They are at the top of the food chain. No one ever accuses them of being fat (at least not to their faces). AND, they get to SLEEP through the worst part of winter.

By Nevit Dilmen (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

“Brown bear, Brown bear, turn around. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, touch the ground 
Brown bear, Brown bear, go to your den. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, stay ’til winter’s end. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, turn out the lights. 
Brown bear, Brown bear, say good night.”
But, alas, we aren’t hibernating. Stay safe, stay warm, and drive carefully!

Did you ever feel like you were stuck inside a movie???

Now that we’re in the grip of January’s THIRD cold snap which is again plunging us into the frigid depths of winter, it does, indeed, seem like a never-ending season of ice and snow. I’ve been thinking about the movie “Groundhog Day,” and although I’m not happy about the cold temperatures, I can’t help thinking about the speech Phil Collins gave at the end of the movie:

“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”

If it has to be winter, I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my pets, and my current manuscript to keep me company. I’m sitting here with my laptop to keep me warm, with a kitten snuggled against one hip and a small dog snuggled against the other.