"Most things break," says Wallace Stegner. "The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus." As a symbol for strength, courage, and introspection, bears often are depicted in animal folklore as teachers. Good, bad or indifferent, they help to show us the way. As I write this, my hope is that I have learned at least some of the bear's lessons.
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Part 1: As I wander about seeking.