The Serendipity of White Bear, the Spirit Bear and Grandma Tess

“One day, while searching the internet, I came across The White Spirit Bear, a rare subspecies that live in an ancient rainforest in Canada. They are not polar bears. They are a magical subspecies of black bears that are rarely seen and rarely heard about. This intrigued me so I searched farther and came across a book called White Spirit Bear by Grandma Tess.

Grandma Tess, according to the introduction of her book, lived by the philosophies of peace, caring and sharing. She spent much of her time in the Arctic and Alaska. She adopted numerous animals from the SPCA and at the age of fifty she sold her possessions, bought a motorhome and “hit the road.” She and her Rainbow Ambassadors hoped to build awareness of living in unity and harmony with our planet and all its creatures.

Her book, White Bear Spirit Bear tells the beautiful and photographic story of these bears, who have lived peacefully for centuries, rarely interacting with humans. Legend tells that a Raven once went among the black bears and promised that every tenth bear cup would be born white. The Raven wanted a reminder of the time the world was pure and clean. The Raven also promised the White Spirit Bear a life of peace.

The more I read about the White Spirit Bear, the more I wanted to reach out to Grandma Tess. I felt a kindred spirit in this amazing woman who loved animals and loved children and drove around the countryside in a 1973 fuchsia, purple and turquois home on wheels. She was who I could be in a parallel universe, one where I could throw away my fears and dedicate myself to that which is truly important, kids, animals and always the underdog.

I wanted to get her permission to sort of “co-brand” my White Bear with her Spirit Bears. Could we collaborate and provide White Bear with a family history? Could the White Spirit bear, who stands out as an icon for a rare and endangered ecosystem have given life to White Bear, who stands out as an ambassador for children living with rare diseases and chronic and terminal illnesses?

It did seem like there was an unseen force bringing my little stuffed animal White Bear to a new place in the universe.”


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The Serendipity of White Bear, the Spirit Bear and Grandma Tess

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