Thursday, July 19, 2018

Working toward world peace

I spent most of the day in the cab of my truck. I had an interview with a beekeeper north of Birmingham. Way north.

The community was a new one to me. I turned onto the street as my GPS directed and I drove to what I thought was the last house. The person living in the house came out and said, you're looking for Bob. He pointed further in the direction that I'd been heading.

I drove through a gate and the road turned to gravel. In the middle of the field was a house trailer. Out beyond the trailer were beehives.

Pulling in, I pulled my camera and the tape recorder from my bags and knocked on the door.

I spent the next 90 minutes hearing about how this gentleman was working toward world peace.

He does have bees, but his main focus is inventing devices that can kill the various mites and parasites that threaten the survival of bees.

I've read it before, but he echoed what I've learned about bees. And that is that bees pollinate fruits, vegetables, and nuts around the planet. If we don't help bees survive, much of our fresh foods will be in danger. If we can't produce enough food to feed our people, the hungry will rise up. Thus his contention that he's working toward world peace. I'll write this story over the coming days.

I took the picture below when I stopped to eat on the way home. The restaurant had these hydrangeas and grass growing in one of their beds. I thought it would make a good picture.


  1. The beekeeper, his bees and his thoughts on world peace...
    Amen to all that.

  2. YES, it is amazing how many bees die a day. I have saw thousands of them on lake Okee while fishing. Bee Keeper said that was a little more than normal. What struck me funny as that down there the fish would not hit the dead or dying bees like they would a moth or other insect.
    Anyway, I bet it will be a good article.

  3. Sadly parts of China have resorted to pollinating their orchards by hand. Heavy use of fertilizer and insecticide may be at least partially to blame.
    Yay Bob - and all the other bee preservers.

  4. Who would have thought bees could be so important?

  5. I comment this man who is working to helping the bees. It often takes just one person to make a huge difference in the world. I’m glad you interviewed him and I bet the honey was delicious!

  6. I know bee keepers have been loosing large amount of bees every year. We don't realize the importance of the bees for people survival.
    I think it will be a good article.
    Hugs, Julia

  7. Bees are very important to our food chain and we have lost many. There was some sort of disease here a few years ago that greatly reduced their numbers. One can only hope that there are many working on how to keep them alive and flourishing . I have a lot of clover in the grass in front of my house and have yet to see one bee in it this year. Your picture is very peaceful. Good one for your post today!

  8. Well, unless they are wasp! They hurt and are mean.
    As scared as I am of bees, I oddly always wanted to have some honey bee hives until I had a conversation with a bee keeper and realized the time it took to get a drop of honey.

  9. Dear Rick, a beekeeper in Minnesota was a good friend and I learned a lot about bees from him. I so applaud Bob and all he's doing and it is true that his working with bees and inventing ways to help bees endure will bring about world peace. All starts with a single step. Good luck with the article. Peace.

  10. Anonymous1:28 PM

    Your picture looks SO peaceful!!

  11. Flowers and wild grass are perfect fits. I think the beekeeper may be onto something about peace.


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