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Goodbye DeviantArt:

I have had a very good run here of over 11 years. They were good times. You folks have been there to get me through some of the hardest times of my life.

You were there when I felt lost and alone over losing my job as an illustrator because we were just not needed anymore. You gave me a home of sorts when no one else would.

Six months later when the same newspaper decided that they no longer needed me as a photographer either and laid me off you were there.

When I found out that my wife was dying a very slow and painful death, you were there. As a healthcare provider you were often my only respite. In dark times you brought joy into my life.

When Joanne passed away you were there to help me remember what G.K. Chesterton once said. “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” I have found wisdom in even the youngest of you time and time again. My Grief by bear48

You helped me round out my OC Raymond while realizing there was a real Raymond in my life and how important both are to me.

Raymond and the Ballistic Bottle Brush RocketRaymond and the Ballistic Bottle Brush Rocket
My buddy Raymond and I go out every morning and check on my plants. Most of the time this means he lays on the front steps just inside the front door. I do what needs to be done with the front yard plants and when I unlock the back gate Raymond runs out the front door and into the back yard where he cavorts and plays while I take care of the back yard plants.
The other day was different, when I went down the driveway Raymond leaped off the steps and crouched down between the hibiscus and the bowling ball cactus. There was a cat in his yard. Before I could do or say anything Raymond went dancing into the yard and cut the cat off from the street.
The cat arched its back and bristled up. Raymond stayed just out of reach of the cat and batted at it with his paw. The cat batted back. Raymond batted, danced and stayed out of reach as he moved across in front of the cat. Then Raymond danced backwards all the way to the far conner of the yard and s
  But as for Me and My House We Will Serve The LORD by bear48 Raymond storiesThere are lots of funny Raymond stories. Just today one of the feral cats got in the house
and tried to steal Raymond's food. Raymond and I were in the back bedroom so I could
get ready for work. Raymond who does not normally get on the bed by himself, leaps
onto the bed and runs across it. At the far corner her growls for the first time and
launches himself for an impressive flight into the wash room. As he makes the corner
into the main house I hear his food bowl go “ding ding”. I am in hot pursuit and when I
make the corner, Raymond is no where to be seen.
I call to him and he starts barking for the first time. I started for the front of the house
and Raymond backs out of our computer room so he does not have to take his eyes off
of something. The dog is looking at me and then looking back into the computer room.
His head is moving so fast that the tip of his nose blurs from view.
As I come to that part of the house, Raymond moved back into the computer room and
put his

Quest for the Fred Flintstone by bear48 Raymond Rebuilds a Volvo Roadster by bear48 Adventures of Raymond by bear48 Raymond The Weather Dog by bear48 Raymond and the Waffles by bear48 Lets go find Tahiti by bear48

In my very darkest times you were the only place where my voice could be heard An Odd Thought
An odd thought thought or maybe prayer? I had
My feet want to walk to where you are sleeping, but i shall go on living.
I will take the wing you made me.
I will take the many things you taught me
And Raymond and I will learn to fly.
and you listened.

You have held my hand as I found my way in a crazy world. You gave me a place to go when I was sad and lonely.

You looked over my shoulder as I brought “IT” life. It part oneThe origins of “It”
The navigator, Faolon De Louzac Silverflame, of the fine and upstanding Airship Iron Shark was out time traveling in hopes of amassing a delicious assortment of precious stones, golden bobbles, bronze bells and other forms of portable wealth with which to decorate her person. Mostly she was bored.
And as such the most fine lady Silerflame found herself trying to use her truly magnificent bosom to distract a member of the Beefeaters to keep the man from calling out to his fellow Tower Of London guards to help him with the intruder he had found in the treasure room. (And that is another tale in and of itself)
All she succeeded in doing was getting herself back into her time machine and as the man was raising both his crossbow and the alarm, our fair navigator simultaneously shoved the power control to full red line ain’t got no more and the destination controls to anywhere but here. “Go go GO”
After a prolonged and rough ride, our wayward
It part twoAs It watched raptly, Omar pick up the object. The candy was about the size and shape of a mushroom cap that Omar would use in cooking. “As always Michel, you craftsmanship and presentation are impeccable.” Closing his eyes, he raised the confection to his nose and inhaled deeply and slowly. “Oh meo myo, the bouquet is of the things that dreams are made of.”  With his eyes still closed Omar the Orange the ship’s cook, master chef and culinary artisan of the fine Airship Iron Shark took the tiniest bite getting just the chocolate off the outside. “Exquisite, this is so complex; there are layers on layers of flavors. There is of course the bitter sweet richness of the chocolate. But also there is a hint of smokiness married to the fruitiness.” The great master chef raised the candy to his nose one last time and inhaled before tossing the whole thing into his mouth and chewing slowly. “My dear, dear friend, I have held you in high respe

And yet again when I gave breath to life into Loof-Ten-it Spicky Of the Good Airship Ironshark. One Last Run by bear48   Chilling by bear48 Spike by bear48

You welcomed Omar the Orange with open arms and gave me a place to cook when I no longer had a kitchen. Who is the man known as Omar the OrangeWho is the man known as Omar the Orange?
Born Omar Britten, he was the eldest child and only son of The Oscar and Zylphia Britten. Oscar Britten was the owner, founder, chief engineer and manager of Britten Motor Works, the builders of many of the world’s airships and the motors and engines of ships, airplanes and such.
Omar and his two sisters enjoyed the finest of tutors and teachers that wealth and influence could find.
But all was not well in Omar’s world. About age five Oscar started to try to make a real man out of Omar. This included trips to the company’s iron mongers shop, a truly noisy and dirty place.
Omar had just turned six. He was “helping” in the iron mongers shop when his mother unexpectedly passed away. They lost Zylphia in the morning and Oscar did not tell Omar until they were getting out of the coach on the drive in front of the house that evening. “Boy, your mother passed away today. Please slip up stairs through the servant
Bear as Omar the Orange by bear48

You laughed at and with Honest Abdul Your favorite used camel dealer and exotic fuel salesman. Honest Abdul Your favorite use camel dealer by bear48

You cheered me on as I fought to stay in school and you applauded when I succeeded. Much of the time it felt like no one else was there. And the New Adventure Begins by bear48

You shared my world with me when it felt like no one else was there

Morning Hunt by bear48
  50s Retro Space Chick by bear48 Alert Alert Alert by bear48 Veeeemp Verrree by bear48

You were there with me as I took a Survivor’s walk and as I helped others that took a Survivor’s walk Walking the road
Walking the road
I find myself walking the road again.
One step.. On step to your drummer
Baby step and then another.
I have known loneliness much of my life
I have danced the solitary boot scoot
I have spoken the soliloquy played to none
I have seen history
My history consumed by flame.
I have let my freak fly to the sound of crickets in the night
But never
Nothing like
Nothing like this
I find myself walking the road again
With the different drummer
With the different band
Turn the radio loud, I'm too alone to be proud
You don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels to be me
To walk in my shoes
With the different drummer
With the different band
People come, people go
Some grow young, some grow old
As I push six decades I wonder which I am
Maybe a little of both
Turn the radio up too loud, I'm too alone to be proud
You don't know how it feels
You don't know how it feels to be me
To walk in my shoes
With the different drummer
With the different band
Well it's all right, even if
I Have No VoiceI Have No Voice
I Have No Voice
I can not speak of the pain I have none
My innocence was taken from me
And yet…
That very innocence from telling you those very things that you won't hear
Please listen to me even though I can not speak
Hear me
Hold me
Know me

But now I have a new lady in my life and I very much have a new life. I have thought long and hard about this. I feel it is best for me to leave DA and put my time into rebuilding myself and my career as an artist.

My plan is to post this and wait about a week before I pull my gallery down.

I ask for your prayers and I promise I will pray for you.

Please remember there is a lot of talent here that needs to be nurtured. Look out for each other because if you don’t, no one else will.

Be kind to one another and be well.


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:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
Best wishes from Nimue and I Dear Bear, hope there is an alternate comms channel? have sent you my fb handle via note....
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional
I am trying to remove my internet foot print altogether 
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:iconhelenparkinson:
HelenParkinson Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2018
Will miss you even though we didn't interact a lot.  Take care.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
I have loved our conversations for over a decade - though I don't spend much time here on dA anymore YOU will always be one of my favorite friends :heart: Best wishes for a wonderful new chapter on your life!!!!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconflufdrax:
flufdrax Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
May you find all you deserve on your path, and may it be good.
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:iconssantara:
ssantara Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
All the best on your journey my friend <3
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018  Professional
blessings on your house 
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:iconjwilsonarts:
JWilsonArts Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
bye old friend, best of luck in your new endeavors. I will always remember you.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Professional
than  you 
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:iconpin100:
pin100 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I wish you happiness :hug: and I'll miss you
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconrainyevangeline:
RainyEvangeline Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
How did I not see this???  I have no words, except that I'll miss you. Elohim's (God's) will be done.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconthormemeson:
thormemeson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair well and god speed it was nice to have known you!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconmrballoonatic:
mrballoonatic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what to say and how to respond to such an emotional posting.

Firstly, I have loved every piece you have created here, and I hope that you go on to create many more wonderful pieces in whatever guise that may be.

Secondly, I will be sad to see your creativity gone from this place,however I do understand the reasons behind it.

Thirdly congratulations on the new relationship, that is wonderful to here, I hope it brings much joy and happiness into your life.

Lastly, wherever you go and whatever you do, I know that you will bring joy and cloud into the lives of others, I am sorry that future generations of the DA community will not be able to share in the exploits and creations of your past, but I feel privileged to have been able to enjoy them myself. (Will you tell us where we can enjoy your future artworks, if that is not too personal a request?)

No matter what happens in the future, should you ever decide you want to find us, I am sure we will be right here, should you decide you would like to return, and I am sure all here will welcome you in doing so!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconlamorth-the-seeker:
lamorth-the-seeker Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
I hadn't been on here in several days, bc I got into a few projects that had been sitting(I've also picked up welding as a new hobby), and when I come back I read that you're leaving DA.

Well, you'll be missed here. Good luck to you in your future endeavors!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional
thank you and good luck with the welding
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:iconwallawallabigguy:
wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
Moving ahead to where you want to be is wonderful, take joy in that journey.

Would you reconsider taking your gallery down?  It is inspiration and entertainment for so many of us.  I request you leave it a while longer.

Be safe  Be well!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconancoben:
ancoben Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018
We will miss you bear all the best for the future
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconancoben:
ancoben Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018
You're welcome
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you well in all your endeavors.   I'm not sure you'll see this because as usual I'm a day late and dollar short.   I hope that maybe at some point you will return to us and share with us all of your adventures and let us know how life is going.  But if not, be well, enjoy every moment you have and much "GOOD" luck in the future!  :hug:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
I got it and thank you 
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:iconodingong1:
odingong1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is very nice
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
be well 
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:iconodingong1:
odingong1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^-^thank you
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:iconbadgersoph:
badgersoph Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
My reply is going to sound so lame, but it isn't meant to be:  I wish you all the best that the Universe can give.  I wish that you will wake up every morning and have to pinch yourself because you feel so happy.  I wish you love and life and beauty.

Sophia
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
Be well and blessings on you house

and nothing lame here 
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:iconbadgersoph:
badgersoph Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
You sneaky bear, you!  You commented on something of mine after you "left"!  LOL
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional
still working on tying up some things 
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:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018
Good luck to you if you are still reading...
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconwolfsjal:
Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
Thank you for sharing your story.  I will be saddened to no longer see you around this part of the internet, and I always appreciated that you commented on pretty well anything I ever posted. 
But you need to do what is best for you, so I wish you much happiness as you follow your new path. 
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
thank you 
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:iconjjpoatree:
JJPoatree Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
God bless you and your new lady! Be well and happy in your new life. Know that you have encouraged me as well as countless other artists on DA. Heart Hug 
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
many blessings on your house 
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:iconverongnoll:
VeronGnoll Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fish. Goodbye.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
so long and the answer is 42
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:iconverongnoll:
VeronGnoll Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No sorry, the answer is in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Professional
understood and so long and thanks for the fishes 
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:iconshoobaqueen:
ShoobaQueen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwww man I'll miss you! :huggle: have a great life!!!!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
thank you

and keep writing those great cartoons
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:iconcl2007:
cl2007 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
You will be missed my friend.  Good luck in wherever the winds may take you.  And if you ever decide to come back, I'm sure you will be welcomed with open arms.  Peace and Love!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional
blessings on your house 
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Gipgm2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
Aw poo Bear. Hate to see you go my friend
I have really enjoy your unbounded and unlimited imagination and art
You probably love bright colors better than any one I know You up there in blue jay status.
Remember. A bears mission in life is to get enough food to get him through the next 💤 nap 💤

Be well my friend
Live long and prosper 🖖
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