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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

My daddy told me a really interesting story once.

He was in Leningrad when it was still Leningrad a 100 years ago. (Ed. 25 years ago).

He saw a picture painted by some old dude call the Decent Cross. (Ed. Descent from the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens)

Peter Paul Rubens - Descent from the Cross

Peter Paul Rubens – Descent from the Cross

Daddy said it was really really realistic.

“It looked just like there was a dead person on the canvas. I was sucked up in to the picture and back to the first century.”

I am not sure what that means or when that is. But I kind of get the idea.

Daddy says they brought in a real live dead guy and held him up for people to sketch him so that they could get as realistic an idea of what it would look like to hold a dead guy.

EEEwww! I mean, wow! That’s going the extra mile I think to make something look real.

Turns out that Walt Disney did something like that. He brought in some live deer to run around the studios when they were making Bambi so that the artists could study the deer and their natural movements and make the movie more realistic.

Walt Disney and Bambi

Walt Disney and Bambi


I wonder if they brought in some real Thumpers, too.

I reckon of you go that far to make something good, it’s gonna be good.

I want to be good at what I do when I grow up, too.
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Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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