Friday Things Considered: The Bee Problem Edition

I feel bad about the bees.  You’ve  probably heard that they’re dying inexplicably (no? then read this story.)  The bee-pocalypse means not only less honey but also diminished pollination which effects many crops including almonds, avocados, blueberries, cherries, grapes, peanuts, onions and even cotton.

How can this beeeeeee?

And even more importantly, what can we do?  One suggestion is to plant bee-friendly flowers in our gardens and forgo pesticides. That means planting bee-friendly flowers that haven’t already been laced by pesticides in our gardens.  Also, choosing plants that thrive where we live so we don’t need to use extra pesticides to keep our gardens looking good (I know,  a relative term.)  I love watching those busy, busy bees bustling around my garden and I especially love the fruits–and vegetables–of their labor.  I want to help.  Don’t you?

Here’s some other buzz from this week.

1. Did you know it was the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birthday this past week.  Here are some of Child’s best quotes.

2. If I had small children at home still, this family home in Amsterdam would be an inspiration.

3.  Now if I were more disciplined  I’d be inclined to live in this black and white cabin in Denmark.

4. Never one to shy away from color, Lisa Frank talks about her Day-Glo world.

5. Pleasure, Flow & Meaning - three things that can bring you happiness (this and the video above via Swiss Miss).

Have a Bee-utiful Weekend!

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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