Carly had a chance to speak with our lovely and wonderful friend Colin on the phone tonight. Colin is an amazing man who is out on the west coast, living his life with his kitty Olive in Portland, OR. By day, he works at Air B&B. By night, he is many things including a creative and connected soul who happens to also be a writer. As Carl was talking with him tonight, she stated that "It's only April and we're only human." Colin and his big juicy writer's brain noted that it sounded like a good prompt for some writing. Carly says that she finds it interesting the similarities between our two poems because of our shared experiences today. I love that about this. <3
Carl and I invite you to read our two pieces, and contribute one of your own in the comments. The official prompt is "It's only April, and we're only human." Happy writing, Dear Ones.
Welcome to our blog! What better way to celebrate one's first post and welcome a stranger to this website than to reference Home Improvement's great man of mystery and wisdom: Wilson!
In a way, by reading this blog, you'll be able to peer over your fence into our yard, look through our window into our home, and venture onto this page into our lives to discover how we handle loss, how we treat our community with herbal remedies, food, and music, or how we manage living in a world where plastic, politics, and debt occasionally ruin everything. Well...maybe not everything. We still have each other...and cats...and early 90s sitcoms.
So, maybe you're wondering why everything is bear themed here. If you weren't wondering, then maybe now you're wondering since I mentioned it. Either way, I'm going to tell you! Sarah Hart is a shamanic clinical herbalist who offers #herbsforthepeople. She has always identified herself as a bear, which was deeply reinforced as she journeyed into Shamanism and herbalism. Our cat, Grizzly Bear, who died in 2017 of cancer, conveniently came to Sarah with his name intact! He was a sweet soul. He was very zen in his approach to life and he taught us so much about helping others since he was the greatest nurse cat of all time. He was grizzly in that he was woodsy, outdoorsy, and full of gristle--if by gristle one means covered in dried herbs and catnip almost all of the time. After Grizzly Bear died, Sarah realized that Grizzly Bear had now become her Spirit Bear. In other words, the name of her business predated the true meaning of it. Mister Grizz is now our guide to continuing to help others in our own soul work. We like to think that he walks through the woods with us as we wildcraft and forage for healing remedies. Sarah is a bear--the best one in the world. She is drawn to nature, understands and uses natural resources, and is strong, a good fisher, and she has carried the bear identity ever since her father gave her the nickname Sarah Bear. She now does her best work with Grizzly in her thoughts.
I, Carly, on the other hand, have also always been a bear, but my story did not start as a spiritual identity. I was called Carly Bear throughout middle school and into high school. My most favorite aunt called me Honey Bear as a kid, too. It wasn't until I met Sarah that my bear identity began to solidify. She decided that I am a polar bear because I like the cold and because Luna is also white, and she is my familiar. As a polar bear, I am a symbol of peace, gratitude, and perseverance, but I'm not just any polar bear! I am a polar bear in a pink tutu wearing a pink bow in my hair, which helps me make the distinction that I am Lady Bear. I believe that people began calling me bear all those years ago because I have a big presence, a fierce and effective way of getting my needs met, and I protect all my family members great and small, whether two legged or four legged, no matter what. Like bears, I live mostly alone, but I gather in small groups and exist in a small but crucial social network. Also...I love food, especially fruits and vegetables, and one of my deepest loves is cooking as a means of caring for others. Sarah is also teaching me to connect more with my spiritual side; I seem to have a knack for finding the right herbs for a problem and my intuition, insight, and ability to track symbolism and the threads that connect us to the spiritual world is usually spot on.
So, Bear and I are not the only bears in our house. Sarah and I even call Lu and Bo bearcats, which we think would look like a bear's face on a cat's body. Those tiny sabertooths are part of our tribe, and we couldn't be luckier to have them in our lives. BoBo reminds us to do self-care when we are working too hard, and Luna supervises all of our cooking and herb creating endeavors. She won't even leave the kitchen until she knows we have turned off the stove and the oven!
We hope you enjoy our blog and get to know us a bit as we take you deep into the woods and trek through this magical life of ours, which we cannot wait to explore with you. If you find any cool mushrooms along the way, let us know! Please leave us feedback and feel free to commiserate, too.
The Average Bears
We are Sarah "Bear" and Carly "Lady Bear," a teacher/social worker couple, who live and work on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with our two cats, Luna "Indy" Tuna and Mister "BoBo" Bojangles. We Bears have been married since 2017 and have learned a lot of hard-fought and well-won lessons over our combined years on this green Earth. We are excited to share the lessons, laughter, joy, and occasional misery with you. We're just a couple of average bears; two normal people trying to navigate adulthood's ups and downs and we hope that inviting you to peer into our lives will help you feel either more adept or less alone.