Category Archives: Bugs & Bees

My Sun Hive Adventure

Michael Joshin Thiele spoke as he always does—softly and deliberately: “How was this for you?” he asked in the most lilting German accent you will ever hear. We circled around him, about fourteen of us hailing from different states and … Continue reading

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BEE-SOTTED SPRING

My back lawn is very sad. Most of its lovely green face is beneath mud now, and in other places the grass is drowned beneath rain puddles. This has been a very wet season, a record-rain season I’m told. Carter … Continue reading

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WHAT IF?

Last fall, I did an unconventional thing—which is in itself nothing surprising—and brought a beehive inside. Sophia Hive was very small, and I believed I had nothing to lose bringing her in and placing her in a lovely, large acrylic … Continue reading

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WHO DO YOU TRUST?

A few weeks back, I woke up in the dark, happy and grateful that I’ve managed to carve out two-plus hours of quiet self-time before the day lights up in earnest. I sat with my morning coffee, watching the first … Continue reading

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DO THIS ONE THING

These cold mornings, I make it a habit to walk up to my bee yard no matter what the weather and take a peek into the plexiglass viewing windows on each one of my hives. My hives are kept under … Continue reading

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A RETREAT!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done any presentations out in the world, and I’m doing one at this conference. It is another reason why I’m so busy lately, as I’m helping craft and coordinate the event. Whether you are … Continue reading

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ROSE BY EVERY OTHER NAME

Why am I surprised that they’ve done it yet again? Swarmed, that is. Walking up to the bee garden two days ago, I was headed toward the Sojourner hive to remove the backboard and give them a bit more room … Continue reading

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ON SWARMS AND SUMMERTIME DREAMS

The dandelions have arrived, hundreds of them gathering for their annual reunion in my upper yard. They are glorious this time of year, tossing about their manes of gold so bright they fairly shimmer in the spring sunshine. I am … Continue reading

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Ant Bee

I should not be having any reason to fuss or fret about my bee hive at this time of year. This is the time that my only task ought to be sending prayers to the bee gods that my beloved … Continue reading

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HOUSE, BEES, PONDS, AND ME

The sun sank in a rose-colored ball this evening, across the sky from a full rainbow woven over a sea-foam of clouds. As I was finishing my nightly walk-about around our summer-sleepy yard, our first sacred Datura flower opened up … Continue reading

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