Maybe humans figured out that honey was an amazing food and sweetener before they started painting images of someone collecting it on cave walls more than 8,000 years ago as we can see in the image shared here from a cave in Valencia, Spain. Certainly, someone would’ve figured it out eventually. Even so, sometimes it seems like we’ve forgotten how amazing honey, nature’s sweetener really is these days, as we… Read More »
Bees Bees are in peril. Some are on the endangered list and in the last couple of years, even cities like Los Angeles legalized beekeeping. Watch this video that asks can cities save bees? Insects in the City
Clean energy and technology are going to displace people from their careers. Still, there are endless opportunities for all of us to have a meaningful role in transitioning to a cleaner greener world that needs a lot of healing. John Lilly is helping people do just that with the creation of the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, helping displaced coal miners turn to beekeeping, reconnecting with nature, supporting their families and working in unity with another species.
In the quest for lessons from nature and particularly ants, some of their notable characteristics include the following:
* They display tremendous strength and determination. It is estimated that on the average they are able to carry 5x their own body weight.
* They help one another and display altruistic qualities. They work for the good of one another and they will even sacrifice their lives for the greater good of their community.
* They will not take from the mouth of others, yet they will give to others.
I don’t think that he would be offended by my comparison of him to an ant. So how the heck can I say he is like an ant? Well, ants have 2 jaws – 1 to eat with and the other to carry food back to the nest. Like his beloved research subjects, EO Wilson provided nourishment to himself through his work and he too carried back food for thought to the biggest known nest of humans who occupy this place that we call earth.
Some of my favourite winged friends are bees. Bees are cute, scary and an integral part of the life cycle. Where would we be without them? They pollinate the plants of the world thus being symbolic of fertility and many make delicious honey too. Even life itself is likened to their honey as a metaphor – how sweet it is! On a personal note, they just make me happy when I… Read More »