An afternoon with the bees

The Sanskrit word seva is usually translated as “selfless service” – work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. It’s an important part of my practice both at the ashram and in my everyday life.  Every summer, the youth group at my former church goes on a work camp Read more…

Cathedral hive - last bar is all honey

Never stop learning!

Whenever I open the Feedly app on my phone, it says, “Never stop learning!”  It keeps me up to date on the latest news from bee blogs that I follow, as well as the day’s political news and cute cat videos. This past weekend I took that phrase to heart Read more…


Who was at WAS?

The Western Apicultural Society (WAS) held its annual conference in Boulder this year (Oct 1-3) and even though I had hernia surgery 3 days before it started, I just had to attend! (plus, I’d already paid for the conference).  I was in a semi-haze and some pain, but I managed Read more…

Hello Kitty with the pictures in place

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

We are blessed with a wonderful young family for neighbors.  Now that our kids are (mostly) out of the house and on to other interests, I’ve been using the neighbor kids as  surrogates to practice my grandparenting skills (although I hope the real thing is still a ways off).  In Read more…

Multicolored flowering shrub - University of Washington

College tour bees

Last week, my youngest son and I went out to Oregon and Washington to look at colleges.  Patrick is going to be a high school senior (or rising senior as they all say now), so he’s been making a list of schools he’s interested in.  I have a good friend Read more…