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Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honeybees

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Post-husband, pre-rest-of-life, Rosanne Daryl Thomas and her seven-year-old daughter move to a small New England town. When, on a whim, she decides to take up beekeeping, her daughter is so proud of her that she can’t back out - no matter how bumbling and unprepared she is. Thomas learns much from the Bee Master and other locals intrigued by a novice woman beekeeper who needs their help - at first.
As she finds her courage, Thomas also finds herself embracing a life she never ...

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Overview

Post-husband, pre-rest-of-life, Rosanne Daryl Thomas and her seven-year-old daughter move to a small New England town. When, on a whim, she decides to take up beekeeping, her daughter is so proud of her that she can’t back out - no matter how bumbling and unprepared she is. Thomas learns much from the Bee Master and other locals intrigued by a novice woman beekeeper who needs their help - at first.
As she finds her courage, Thomas also finds herself embracing a life she never dreamed of. Entering the mysterious world of bees, she begins a relationship with nature that mingles science with mythology, wonder with humility, and motherly devotion with a search for new ways of seeing and untried possibilities. She learns that beekeeping, like life, can never be completely mastered. There is always room to make another mistake, and with each mistake comes an opportunity. Along the way, she gets her share of stings, some honey–and, perhaps, a little wiser.
With a novelist’s eye for detail, and prose that intimately engages the reader, Rosanne Daryl Thomas opens the mysterious and seductive world of beekeeping to a whole new audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592282753
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSANNE DARYL THOMAS is the author of Awaiting Grace and The Angel Carver, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives with her daughter in New England. This is her first full-length work of nonfiction.

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Table of Contents

Prologue xi
1. To Just Be 1
2. Spring Ahead 7
3. Bee Days 27
4. Flowering 61
5. High Summer 79
6. A Sweet Harvest 119
7. Fall 147
8. The Chill of Winter 163
9. A Mulched Footpath 181
10. What Changes, What Remains the Same 203
Endnotes 219
Acknowledgments 225
Further Reading 227
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