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A Year of Bee Blogging

This week is the one year anniversary of  the Married With Bees blog.  In one year, 35 posts totaling over 35,000 words have been written.  What is more astounding is that some people actually read some of those posts.  The site had 4,000 page views and 1,700 visitors from all over the globe.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read any of my posts.  The fact that anyone besides my parents reads this blog is a miracle to me.  I think my parents are required by law to read what I write.  The hospital made them sign a paper when I was born. Continue reading

How Do You Celebrate World Bee Day?

May 20 is World Bee Day.  I don’t know the proper custom for celebrating this holiday.  A magical bee fairy doesn’t come and visit children at night and leave presents.  Although, you may want to stand by your kids beds while they sleep and make a buzzing sound.   When they wake up you can yell “Surprise!  It’s World Bee Day.”  The purpose of World Bee Day is to draw attention to the plight of all bees not just the honey bees, who I believe have much better publicists than the other bees.  World bee day seemed like a good day to write a post about the status of our honey bees. Continue reading

Making a Bee Hotel

Most people don’t realize that over 4,000 species of bees live in North America.  Many of the same factors that threaten honey bees threaten wild bees.  Honey bees just have better publicists so you hear more about the struggles of honey bees.  People can help wild bees by making bee hotels.  Bee hotels provide habitat to some of the common wild bees such as mason bees and leaf cutter bees that make their homes in small cavities they find in wood. Continue reading

Review of the Novel The Bees by Laline Paull

Christmas is over.  The weather is cold, and the bees are clustered.  What is a beekeeper to do?  This beekeeper reads.  While browsing at my local library, I happened upon the novel The Bees by Laline Paull (HarperCollins Publisher, copyright 2014).  The book describes the inner working of a bee colony whose hive is located in an abandoned orchard.   The story is told from the perspective of Flora 717, a bee born to the lowly class of sanitation workers.  The author skillfully describes nearly every  possible event within the life of the colony including:  wasp attacks, a mouse invading the hive box, repercussions of climate change, contact with pesticides, spreading disease, mating, loss of habitat, swarming, and my personal favorite…..The Visitation.  The Visitation is when the beekeeper comes and takes honey from the hive.  The Visitation is one of the things the bees fear the most.  The book describes a cut throat world where the ruling class clings to power, and the motto of all bees is, “Accept, Obey, and Serve.”  Continue reading

Biblical References to Bees and Honey

Beekeeping has changed me.  I have never been good at observing what is happening around me.  I am the person who doesn’t notice that someone has new glasses, a new haircut, or an amputated limb.  Months usually pass before I realize a building along my commute has been demolished.  I become deeply engrossed in my thoughts and  miss what is going on around me, but the bees are changing me.  Now I pay attention to flutters in the grass because the movement could be caused by bees on clover.  Weather forecasts suddenly hold my interest.  I notice the progression of wildflower blooms because wildflowers feed the bees.  The fact that bees make me more aware of the natural world may not come as a surprise, but this new sense of awareness has also spilled over into other aspects of my life including my reading of the Bible.  Until I began keeping bees, I never realized how frequently honey and bees are mentioned in the Bible.  Continue reading