The following words were written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in the Crypts of Westminster Abbey.

"When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits,
I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change,
so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years,
in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family,
those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize:
If I had only changed my self first,
then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement,
I would then have been able to better my country and,
who knows, I may have even changed the world."

I live in a small town called Saluda along with my beautiful family located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I am a self-taught artist who started painting Black Bears in 2006.

May each vision inspire us to remember our true home and live our life in grace and beauty. May we all walk this earth with the strength and conviction of the Black Bear and see all living things through the loving eyes of our Creator.


Michael Bedoian


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Song: Prologue by Loreena McKennitt