Yes, we are heading into what we like to call “high birthday season” around here, which is the week of your actual birthday. While Pinky Bao Bao’s ACTUAL birthday is not till next Saturday, you can excuse her (and us) for getting a little excited about it, and getting an early start.
So, to get you in the mood, here are some of her feature presentation cartoons from her first year of life in The Panda Chronicles.
Stay tuned for more Pinky next week (sort of a Pinky film festival, you know?)
Meanwhile back at the panda ranch, we were inspired by the upcoming Dot Day celebration on September 15th to create a new ‘Celebridot.” Don’t know what Dot Day is? International Dot Day is a celebration of creativity that was inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot”. This site is filled with other authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world. (from the Celebridots website) You can learn more about Dot Day here.
There has been much on the news and in social media this week about depression, in the wake of Robin Williams’ death. Creative people are often prone to depression. While engaging in creative pursuits cannot stop or eliminate depression and despair, having a creative outlet can help to channel these feelings, and give a person a little breathing space till the blackness lifts. I am here today, partly because I had a creative outlet, and my creativity was encouraged to grow by some teachers and other adults in my life. Do check out the Dot Day website, and then see if there is something you can contribute. Even encouraging one child you know makes a difference in the world.
Be the bear!
Bob T. Panda