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At the Sign of the Anderson Bear: Greetings from Bearish Hall! Our home in Westminster, California is named for our love of things ursine. The name is also a takeoff on "Parish Hall."

Stanley Eugene Anderson, master of Bearish Hall, was born on March 10, 1955. He works as a computer programmer at Boeing. His interests include game inventing and playing, mathematics and the mysteries of quantum physics, and fingerpicking on his Ovation Adamas II guitar.

Angelee Sailer Anderson, Bearish Hall's mistress, was born on August 7, 1955. Angelee (pronounced "Ahngelee") is a freelance writer and composer, and a homeschool teacher. Her other interests include Medieval History and things British.

closeup of Stanley
closeup of Angelee

C. S. Lewis is Bearish Hall's "patron saint" and the Andersons' favourite author. As God's sense of appropriateness would have it, Stan and Angelee were introduced to one another on Lewis' birthday (November 29) in 1981. They were subsequently married on October 8, 1983 -- October 8, notably for Dorothy L. Sayers fans, being the wedding date of Lord Peter Wimsey to Harriet Vane.

Stained glass window of C.S. Lewis, St. Luke's Episcopal in Monrovia, CA
The C. S. Lewis
St. Luke's
Episcopal Church,

Gawain Roderick Anderson, wee one of the Hall and our adopted son, was born on September 24, 1991. He is named for Sir Gawain (pronounced "GOW-an") of the Round Table, who is most famed for his encounter with the Green Knight. "Gawain" is Welsh for "white hawk," and "Roderick" means "noble ruler." Saint Roderick was a Medieval Spanish Saint who was martyred when the Moors invaded Spain. To learn more about Bearish Hall's Gawain, visit his White Hawk Wings page.

Strider Grond Anderson, the Hall's mascot, is a chocolate Labrador Retriever, born on July 12, 1987. "Strider" comes from the character of that name (otherwise known as Aragorn) in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. In the same book, "Grond, Hammer of the Underworld" is the name given to an infamous battering ram of old. Our Strider has the tendency to use his muzzle in the aforementioned fashion, hence his middle name. To revel yet further in things doggish, visit Strider's page, Wisdom from the Kennel.

Gawain in field of wildflowers
Strider at Lake Nacimiento

Greyson Benedict Anderson, our first adopted son, was born on July 9, 1989 and died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on September 6 of that year. "Greyson," the name of Angelee's maternal great-grandfather, literally means "son of a bailiff," but punningly may mean "son of grace." "Benedict," meaning "blessed," is after Saint Benedict.

Greyson and Strider on bear rug

Gareth Dominic Anderson, our only natural child, was born and died on June 9, 1988. Sir Gareth was another of King Arthur's knights, and the name is Welsh for "gentle." "Dominic," meaning "of the Lord," is after Saint Dominic. To read further about the sons we have lost and our reflections on sorrow, visit our Via Dolorosa page.

Gareth's headstone

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