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What I had never planned to do

Panda Bear Photos $20 $10 and $5 August 8, 2012

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$20 photos

8 left, framed in bamboo, photo frame size is 8×10

$10 photos

5 left, framed in bamboo, photo frame size is 5×7

$5 photos

12 left, matted only, various sizes, mixture of pandas and flowers

All sales are made directly through Pandas International and are a charitable tax donation.

They are on show in the Ewing Library this month.  If you would like to buy a random photo, email me the price, your name, address & phone number and they will be sold & delivered in sequential order.

Thank you,

from and


Pandas and Romance August 27, 2011

This is a part from Trip 3.

It’s Mother’s Day again, but the year is 2011.

I am in Qingdao, staying with Sam and Daisy.  They will be married in two days.  It’s even more special now.  On this Mother’s Day we are all going to fly to Wuhan and be with Daisy’s family.  Two mother’s will share this special day together with their children.  I don’t have photos of first meeting Daisy’s mother to share with you.  We couldn’t speak the others language.  It didn’t matter.  You could feel the love we had for each other.  The two mother’s walked, each held closely together with an arm embracing the other.

This is what Daisy had chosen as a Mother’s Day gift for me.  The pandas are embroidered on silk, it rotates so each side is a view of the panda bears.

My Mother's Day Gift

Neither of us would have guessed, that today I am trying to help this endangered species by giving presentations. By helping support the efforts of Pandas International, who would have guessed, this could be happening as I write today?


In NYC Times Square, despite Hurricane Irene, this add is running.

Thank you, CBS.

The Add Of A Lifetime In Black and White


Another surprise happened.  Someone knocked on my door.  Sam’s friend who had just returned from China delivered this wedding album book to me.  I have laid it out and photographed it in sequence.  It is not a typical US wedding album.  Another example of a difference in our cultures.

Wedding album cover

Wedding album page 2

Wedding album page 3

Wedding album page 4

Wedding album page 5-1

Wedding album page 5-2

Wedding album page 6

Wedding album page 7

Wedding album page 8

Wedding album page 9

Wedding album page 10

Wedding album - the last page

More to follow later…..


NYC – Times Square – adds awareness to the endangered panda bear August 18, 2011

Those cuddly endangered pandas just might make it off the endangered list.

Through the generosity of CBS, they can be viewed on the Super Screen in NYC Times Square

Monday morning, I was moments away from submitting a news article to a local paper here when I came to a complete stop.

Kim Kirmmse Toth, business owner of Positive Aging Inc. in Colorado, (also my high-school friend,) sent me an urgent message.  I had to read an article in that day’s Denver Post.

Panda’s International, who I support through my own small business, had been selected as the non-profit organization to advertise on the Super Screen in Times Square at cost only.

The full Denver Post article can be read here.

5 of the 6 endangered panda bears presentations I have given recently were done right near the Princeton Junction train station.  This train station is a major hub for daily commuters into New York City.

When I present to children, I do not leave them my business card.  I leave them a small panda photo of my own, with a thank you note from myself and Panda’s International. On July 20, 2011, I presented, and left 200 of these hand-crafted small cards at the Princeton Presbyterian Church.

Thank you notes

I may never know who at CBS made that decision, but sure would want to give that person a big hug.


The Endangered Panda Bears, A Letter Of Commendation August 12, 2011

Please, don’t let this one disappear on its own!

1 of the 1,600 remaining panda bears still left in this world

So far, I have given six presentations at Vacation Bible School camps.  I took this task on myself.  From a newspaper, I learned a local church would be having a Panda Mania camp week.  The children would use their imagination to travel through China, the land of the endangered panda bears.  Nope, I could not let that happen.

I have over 1000 photos from my own trips to China.  Specifically, I had been very ill the day I was scheduled to be with the panda bears.  Only through sheer determination was I able to see and photograph the pandas in Chengdu, China.  I dearly wanted these children to learn through my own experiences.

Pandas International backed me up with incredible promotional and educational information.  I was good-to-go and off I went.  What I knew about panda bears would surprise both children and their adult staff.

The feedback I received has exceeded my own expectations.  This commendation letter came through.  It says it all.

This letter of commendation says it all.


Pandamania! It’s Everywhere! July 13, 2011

I'm a giant panda bear, please help me

On my second trip to China is when I saw the panda bears.  I am writing after the fact, so the title of this blog will eventually change.  How does “and three times a wedding” sound?

Right now though, in real-time, Pandamania is all over the place.

I called the local Princeton Presbyterian Church after I read their ad in the newspaper.  Asked what they were planning to do, because I had really seen the panda bears “live and in person”.

My Panda Bear Photo exhibit was just ending and I had loved talking to the kids I met throughout the exhibit.  So next week, I’ll be talking to about 125 kids there, sharing my experiences.  Pandas International is right back in this with me again, providing a wealth of educational materials.

I’ve already done my share of industry business presentations, so let’s have some fun.  This time the business is more serious.  Extinction is FOREVER, endangered means we have time.