Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How Beekeeping and Writer's Block are Related

    'There are times when you are empty and times when you are full...
You can fill yourself up with stuff: books of poetry, novels, movies, new kinds of food, travel, relationships, art, gardening, TV, school, music...basically, experiences. 
And while you are doing that, your life will fill you up with all that you can't control.'
                - Kim Addonizio and Doranne Laux, on Writer's Block, from The Poet's Companion.

      From among piles of files and notes from past writing conferences, I mined this great quote today. It reminded me to call to the community education office about a beekeeping class. I've wanted to learn about beekeeping forever. Who knows, there might be a story there.
     Have you tried anything new lately?

8 comments:

  1. I'm learning to knit and trying to crochet better. I will be learning to sew soon as well. :)

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    1. I learned to crochet last year though need to take it to the next level. A bag full of colorful granny squares I found at an estate sale inspired me to learn so I could finish the project that someone started.

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  2. Lovely quote lovely post thank you Dawn! Ahh bee-keeping! Good thing to do especially because they are in danger. Apart from that all about bees is bound to be perfectly fascinating - such busy things they are pollinating our earth ...
    Am I doing anything different or trying anything new? Nice question. Planning a trip to the US from South Africa next month; getting A-Z posts lined up; writing on book when there is time - in amongst all the usual busy-ness of life.

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    1. A few years ago, my son and I stopped to buy honey from a man who makes his own. He lives out in the country a few miles from us, but I only knew he was there because I pass his sign on the rural highway which I travel to get from one place to another. After we paid him, he asked if we'd like to see the bee operation. Of course we said 'yes'! He gave us a tour of the metal shed in his backyard and explained the whole process. Fascinating, indeed! I've been hooked on learning more ever since.
      Where will you be visiting in the U.S.?

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    2. NJ to see my bridesmaid, Phoenix to see Susan (collaborator on our book 'Aging & Becoming' - still to be completed, and collaborator on the A-Z blog challenge) and then my sister-in-law in San Francisco ...

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  3. A co-worker of my husband's makes his own honey and he introduced us to dark honey, which has a little richer texture. I hear it's made from the bees feeding on certain types of flowers. I love that honey! What a great adventure you're embarking on! I've always been fascinated with mushrooms and have toyed with taking a class, but I'm scared that I'll make a mistake and will end up picking and eating something poisonous.

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  4. What a great idea -- except for the fact that you've chosen BEEKEEPING.

    Because BEES! Yikes! But very glad somebody wants to do it. :)

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  5. Kim: Yes, I've heard the darker the honey, the sweeter it is, too. And I think I would have my reservations about mushrooms like you. I don't trust my observation skills enough to pick the edible ones.
    Marcia: This guy that we've bought from does not wear a suit when he works! I couldn't believe that when he told us. He says he's been stung 'a few times'. It sounds like he has a death wish to me!

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