Archive for December, 2010

During winter in Minnesota, honeybees cluster and vibrate, generating enough heat to keep themselves warm and the colony alive.  If you drop a thermometer into the center of a bee cluster, it will register 80 – 90 degrees F.  Hives are covered in the fall, and the bees are generally left to winter over with their honey and pollen stores to see them through. Then, in the spring, the hive is eventually uncovered, the bees are given supplemental food, dead bees are removed, the colony is divided, another queen is introduced, and the cycle begins again.

My involvement with the Isanti bees has ended, and I learned a lot about bees and about friendship in the process.  The Isanti bee colony came to fruition because of a dream that I had.. that I shared with a friend.. and although I am no longer involved with the colony, I know that they wouldn’t be there now if it weren’t for my dream.  I am grateful for what I’ve learned, and I am happy that other people have been inspired to keep bees of their own, have stopped using pestcides, or have planted bee-friendly gardens because they read something that I posted or listened to me tell bee stories in the pub.  Maybe I didn’t build a honey farm empire, but every little bit of effort makes a positive impact on the world.


To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson


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