Bear is an avid cookbook reader, a word warrior (i.e. poet), a music junkie, a fromage fanatic, and an all-night dancer. He began volunteering with 826 Valencia in 2011 for the Exploring Words Summer Camp tutoring students in the fine art and craftsmanship of being a wordsmith. He gets the most enjoyment from watching the “a-ha!” moments and seeing students come up with their own creative writing ideas.
It has been a most divine pleasure for him to work with the students and watch their writing flourish and bloom like a jungle of multiflorous exotic botanical wonders. He runs a music blog where he plays tons of music from all over, from all eras and genres, and he loves nothing more than exposing young people to new sounds even if they are old sounds.