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My Thoughts on Murder Hornets

Reading through the 2020 news headlines is like peeling an apocalyptic onion.  Each layer seems worse than the one before it.  The headline that grabbed attention in October was that a nest of Asian Giant Hornets, aka Murder Hornets, was located in the state of Washington.  These large invasive insects are like the stuff of science fiction movies, and they made for perfect click bait.  One of the insect’s more undesirable qualities is that it feeds off smaller insects like honey bees and can decimate entire hives of bees.  When the story broke, many of my friends forwarded articles to me.  (I have great people in my life who support my hobbies.)  People still mention murder hornets to me regularly, so I thought it was time to write a post about to let everyone know that murder hornets are not keeping me up at night.  (Very little keeps me awake at night thanks to the anxiety relieving effects of my dogs.  You can read about the dogs in my previous post.)

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A Soft Buzz of Hope

My prayer is that all who read this post are well.  My blog has been inactive for almost two months.  I couldn’t write.  There was just too much sadness.  With all the grief and loss in the world, writing a light hearted post about bees felt irreverent.  This spring has been one of the prettiest in recent memory.  My periwinkle, phlox, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinth all put on a grand show, but I didn’t take any pictures. Photography also felt irreverent.  The blooms were comforting, though, in the same way a vase of a flowers is comforting when you stand by a casket. Continue reading