Sometimes You Have to Take a Stand

March 22, 2016

 Just when I thought I’d met everyone who’s interesting, a charismatic persona took a stand for an issue that makes a difference that’s dear to our hearts. 
 He’s all over social media, poses for photo shoots, is musically inclined, and I'm willing to bet he’s a fine author, too.

Since I was already an avid fan of the Sesame Street Muppets, I easily became infatuated with my new, adorable furry friend, and HAD to know more about him!

This is how Max Bear rolls with my Sesame Street Buddy. They've become friends, too.
Introducing Max Bear – he’s a master of fashion and you never know how or where he’ll show up next.  

   For today, Max is making a special appearance on my blog. I asked in advance if his Human could tag along on his interview, and he’s graciously agreed. (She has his buy links, I'm sure). 

       So, grab a seat and your favorite beverage, and please welcome Max Bear and his favorite Human, Kristina Ball…

  How long have you been in the social media arena, Max? Is there anyone special who helped paved your way into the public eye?

Max:  I have been on social media for a little over a year, since Feb of 2015. My Human helped me, of course.

  Do you ever get tired of posing for those photo shoots? I must say you seem to be having a great time!

I never get tired of photo shoots! I love them. I love sharing my fuzzy self with the world. The more people see me the better, cuz I’m so cute.

                  Max Bear and His Fans

SR: Indeed you are, Max! I also see you’re musically inclined. Who introduced you to singing and what’s your favorite type of music? Are you as good at dancing as you are at singing?

Max: I love singing. Some people think I’m not very good, but I’m not that bad. I could be a lounge singer if I tried hard enough. My human wanted to be a singer, but I sing better than her. I do. She started me singing. I like all different types of music. As far as dancing, well, I’m not that great. I think I will just stick to singing.
I think it would be great fun to see you perform at a library or other venue for the children. Any plans in the works for guest appearances like that in the works?    

   Max:  I have had book signings at libraries before. It was a lot of fun. I like libraries a lot, because I love books and I love to read. My favorite book is the Story of Ferdinand.

Max Bear does a reading

SR:  Are you a sports fan? If so, who’s team are you following?
MaxYes, I love the Colts and Andrew Luck.

SR: My team didn't fare so well this past season, and this is why my little pal needs a new friend. You game?

Max: Whoa! Guess that's why your team went topsy-turvy last season - they should straighten up, I think! No offense, Sue.

SR: You are so right, Max, none taken! So, do you have your own laptop?
Max: Unfortunately, I have to share a laptop with my human, so we have to take turns. It is not an ideal situation, but we make it work. She does complain a little when I get honey on the keys though...  

SR:  I’ll bet, Max! Honey is tough on the keyboard, but humans tend to spill things on keyboards, too – like coffee and wine. Anyway, what inspired your Human to write a book about you? The artwork is phenomenal, I must say!

Max:   My human does NOT write my books - I do. I am the author. Max Bear. I write all my own books. She tries to take the credit. That is a complete fabrication. I am the author. Me. Max Bear. I have written six books.

SR That’s an impressive number of books, Max! You are very accomplished! When you’re not creating, what else do you do for fun, when you’re not busy with your modeling or singing? 

Max:  For fun, I like to hang out with my brothers and ride my bike, and swim in the summer, and someday my human is supposed to get me my very own Power Wheel. I’m still waiting for that Power Wheel... 

  Oh, my goodness, maybe Santa Claus will bring you one next Christmas, Max Bear. Umm…I was just wondering…Relationships can often be tough, albeit wonderful at the same time. How well do you and your Human get along?

              Max:  I would say my Human and me get along okay. She buys me stuff sometimes. And Sometimes she works too much and ignores me, and I don't like that. I have to remind her that I am still here. So I eat all her spinach or drink all her creamer.    

    SR: You might consider rethinking that one, Max, if you really want that Power  Wheel. Still, I think you deserve one because you work mighty hard. So, what's in store for Max Bear and his Human in the future? I'm sure everyone's as eager to know as I am.

Max:  My next book, Bears Against Bullies, will be out very soon! I am so excited!! I cannot wait. I hope this book will help because bullying is a very serious problem. I can’t wait for people to see how my best friend Froggie Nelsons and me handle bullying in this book.

SR: You are so spot on, Max. Bullying is a very serious and timely issue these days, especially in schools and on social media. I sincerely believe your new book will inspire both children and adults to think twice before saying mean things that will hurt others. I’m looking forward to reading it!
  SR:  I'm going to ask your human for your buy links and how to contact you, all right?

Max: Of course - she's great at sharing! 
    Find Max Bear on Facebook:
His Human, Kristina Ball, can be found on Twitter:

Thank you so much, Max, for taking the time to hop over and visit me! I had a great time getting to know you better – you are One Rocking Bear for sure! Must be past your bedtime though - so I'll say Sweet Dreams and looking forward to your new book about putting the kibosh on bullying! 

Max:  Nighty, Sue!


It's Liebster Award Time...Or, Positivity is Everything

February 26, 2016
    I couldn’t think of anyone less likely to receive the Liebster Award, but my talented author friend Christy King has faith in me, thus my nomination. Positive thoughts are key to a fulfilling existence no matter what kind of creativity you're into, and I'm excited beyond words to be included in this hand-clapping cool concept of sharing my blog with others.
    So, thank you, Christy, for this honor - I’m also 
grateful for the opportunity for the guest post.   
    Without furth...

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Show & Tell Time OR How I Got a New Crockpot - Recipe for Disaster

February 2, 2016
     After eight months of renovating the fixer-upper Joe and I bought last May, we’ve nearly completed the mission of having “Our Dream Home.” 
    Too bad we almost blew up the new kitchen the other night, but I’ll be getting to that.
    The air conditioning quit our second day in the new place, and cost an unplanned $4800 to replace. Leave it to spring to herald in the hottest May on record, while we literally baked in the glory of renesting.
     Demolishing the dated kitc...

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Please Welcome My Special Guest, Lizabeth Scott

January 8, 2016

Hello, Wonderful People! Please join me while I host my friend and author extraordinaire Lizabeth Scott as she celebrates her new release: 
  Sweet Temptations

SR: Howdy and welcome, Lizabeth. We’re eager to know more about you. So, just who is Lizabeth Scott? 

LS: A voracious reader, full-time writer wanna be, wife, mother, and PA to two terrier terrors. Liz is the author of The Royal Vow and Hearts of Gold Series and a Carolina girl who loves sand between her toes as frequently...

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What a Wonderful Year This Has Been

December 7, 2015
This has been a year filled with many triumphs and changes. As I reflect on these memories, I’d love to share some with you.

First, we welcomed my youngest daughter’s baby son into the world on April 25. Although he was a month early, he suffered no ill effects, and he’s a healthy robust, almost-eight-month-old! His personality radiates the best of both families, and we all love him to pieces! 

Career wise, I’ve recently had the honor of participating in an author’s dream-come-true.

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Proud to Present: Captivated by the Winter King

October 31, 2015

BOO! A SpookTacular Halloween Greeting to you all, and welcome to my blog. Today I have the honor of hosting the talented author Mistral Dawn, as she gets ready to release her new story on November 30, 2015, Captivated By The Winter King. This is one of those super cool, cover reveals you've heard tell about.

So without further ado, please welcome my great friend, Mistral Dawn!

Hey Everyone!! :-)


Guess what!!! We're only one month away from the release of Captivated By The ...

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Kindness Matters!

June 30, 2015

Hey Everyone!!

As our month of positivity is coming to an end, it seems like a good time to reflect on the things we've learned and the goals we've created for ourselves.

As I, Barbara Chioffi, reflect on this month, sharing with my fellow bloggers has meant so much. We all need a support system that is uplifting and filled with positivity, and that is what has made this month so special. Each of us has our own methods to deal with those days when nothing seems to go right,...

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Just Be A Little Kinder

June 26, 2015

“If you judge people you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa


I saw this quote circulating twitter during the week and it really struck a chord with me. Then, having recently attended my Granddaughter’s 8th grade graduation, I was pleased to see the motivation of the graduating class was to be a little kinder – exactly what I’d like to bring into the fold today.


I’ve paid close attention to my fellow Positivity blog tour authors’...

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Thankful Thursday's Positive Vibes Via Those Challenges!

June 25, 2015
Thankful Thursday brings us a new Positivity Post from Savannah Morgan with challenges and gains! Please read on to see how we can learn to meet our daily challenges with a more positive attiude!  

Peace and Love!

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Positivity Rocks on With a Super Cool Stress Buster!

June 25, 2015
Yesterday's delightful post was shared via Jen Winter's blog, where she explains how she sweep stress out the proverbial front door! Please clsick the link below and see the awesome way she stays positive!

Peace and Love!

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