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By Charlotte Hubbard
Author of “Dronings from a Queen Bee”
The first fall I lived on my own, the gales of November had just started to blow bitterly when I found evidence that I wasn’t really living on my own. There were mouse droppings throughout my kitchen.
I purchased and baited traps, and stood ready for the critter’s return. Later that night I called my parents to proudly tell them how I’d solved that problem, all by myself.
My Dad then said something I’ve never forgotten. “You actually have two problems. The first is the mouse; the second is thinking you only have one.”
Sure enough, and as usual, Dad was right. Over the next few months, I unloaded and reset traps numerous times. Had I saved and stitched together all those little pelts I could’ve made quite the giant mouse costume.
Fast forward several decades, to early October of this year …Continue Reading
By: Kelly VanderKley
My name is Kelly. I am a keeper of bees.
It all began for me a good couple of decades ago. I was in college and reading a required memoir from a random writer for a modern literature course I needed to take. The author lived alone in a remote mountain region and somewhere in her words there was a parallel between herself and the honeybees she fostered. In those words, I sunk until the winged little striped honey-makers were embedded deeply into my heart. As soon as I was able, I was subscribing to beekeeping magazines and reading anything I could find on the topic (this was long before the internet world). I read and studied for years upon years, always never feeling like I was in the right place with time, money and property to properly give a good home to honeybees of my own.Continue Reading