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Paring down

I’ve written about balance before (see posts from 11/2019, 1/2019, and 12/2018 as well as 12/2015 – managing my time and energy has been an ongoing challenge, perhaps since birth). In trying to carve out time to build and rebuild personal relationships (my last high school reunion really showed me…

Telling the Bees

My paternal grandmother married into a culturally Dutch family with a Scottish name (Campbell). There seems to be a Celtic (the shared language of Scots) tradition called “Telling the Bees,” in which every hive is informed of a keeper’s major life event (deaths and marriages). I have found paintings and…

Enough with the skinny talk

A couple times this last week, my participation in a wellness program was questioned. It appeared that the thought was, “If you are thin, you have no need to participate in activities that further your education, support, and morale to stay thin.” My response to one of the criticizers: “That…

Exploratory Beekeeping

For people who are wanting to support pollinators, increase their garden yield, and thinking about keeping bees, I will be giving a workshop through Johnston Community Education later this month. The school district established coronavirus protocols for us months ago, and they will be followed. As always, I offer an…