Princess Pinky Bao Bao has a birthday…

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.

Such a little darling!  How could her big brother resist spoiling her?

Such a little darling! How could her big brother resist spoiling her?

Pinky tests her powers....

Pinky tests her powers….

National Zoo cub makes mom Mei Xiang disappear

oops.

Princess Pinky is fooled by Mei Xiang at the National Zoo

Oh Princess Pinky, mom has a trick or two up her paw, I think…

Princess Pinky helps with new years resolutions

You say you want a resolution, well, you know, it is hard to change a bear….

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.

My dot for 2014. What a great tradition!

My dot for 2014. What a great tradition!

Be the bear!
Bob T. Panda

12 thoughts on “Princess Pinky Bao Bao has a birthday…

  1. Ann Feldman

    Mama seems to be getting even with Pinky lately, tossing her off the mountain. Poor Pinky! But I don’t envy Mei when Pinky gets bigger!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I know we can’t keep the actual Pinky Bao Bao a baby forever, but a bear can dream, can’t I? I think the next year/ six months will be the most entertaining of Mei and Bao Bao’s time together. I hope they let us keep her for a couple more years.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Thank you. I have NO idea where Pinky’s persona comes from (heh, heh) Maybe my inner panda is a bit of a diva at heart.

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  2. Jeanie

    Huzzah for Pinky, indeed! Love the slightly power-mad look on her face. And my plea for those who are given encouragement: Take it! Encouragement is given as a gift to those who need that little bit of love to grow. Okay, I’m off my soapbox, but you kind folks who downplay yourselves know who you are. 🙂
    P.S. Just noticed I have a purple monster face of angst. I really don’t gnash my teeth like that.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I adore Pinky most, when she is her most power mad. She is a bear after my own heart. She gets to do all the naughty things I long to do. I am one with my inner panda.

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  3. djcollett

    Oh. My. Gawd. It was so much fun to walk down this memory lane of the first year. You are truly an artwist (artist with a twist..heh heh) Thank you so much. Don’t ever leave us!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Thank you, thank you (takes a little bow…) It’s very fun for me to take this little scamper down memory lane, as well. You’ll be happy to know that I’m starting to organize cartoons for the next collection, Book 5 of the Panda Chronicles. I’m thinking the title is “Pandapocalypse Now!” While it isn’t all Pinky, I think she deserves the cover, don’t you?

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  4. Jayelle (@GreenEyedLilo)

    Everyone I know who sees Mei Xiang remarks on how dainty she is (for a bear) and how pretty she is. She has this regal way about her. She bosses Tian Tian around when they’re together. So it made perfect sense to me that the undisputed Queen of the National Zoo’s little Mini-Mei would be a princess. I love how you play with the size difference between a tiny cubbie and her giant mama, too.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Mei Xiang is definitely royalty, bearsonified. And (for a bear) is very dainty. I’m pretty sure I am no longer in charge of Pinky. I can’t be held responsible…um…can I? I mean, she IS a princess, after all. And you know how THEY are. :o)

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      It’s fun to see what a long way she’s come. I did notice that her personality developed fairly quickly.

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