About the Bears

In Society & Culture In The Natural World Within Community In Houses & Homes Among Family & Friends Within Ourselves Looking to the Future
We Watch Over the Flow of Life We are One with Nature We are in a Constellation of Connections We are Confident in Sunshine and Shadow We Nurture Old and Young We Find Significance We are Always Searching
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My aging has gifted me with great freedom to feel and respond to things that touch my spirit. The bears in my book and on my web-site stir my heart. These images were created by Harriet Johns, a feisty artist who lived her life with passion and persistence. I have admired her designs over many years because they radiate resolute strength. Her unique artistic techniques, vibrant colors, and powerful imagery move me.

The vital colors of Harriet’s work reach out to me. As a child I remember having the ability to feel intense colors. As an adult, I have had trouble recapturing those sensations, but these bears help me recall vanished primitive emotions.

Bears are ancient spirits symbolizing strength, courage, and nurturing. I aspire to be like a bear – ageless in temperament, courageous in the face of uncertainty, tenacious in fulfilling my dreams, and strong enough to challenge prejudiced notions of whom I truly am as an older, reflective, and wise being.


About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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