Why I’m a beekeeper?
Initially it was because my husband Tom, who suffered from stage IV colon cancer, wanted me to take care of his bees until he recovered. Unfortunately, most people don’t recover from stage IV colon cancer.
Tom kept beating the predictions; I kept working his bees. Their mystery, organization and fascination finally pulled me; I was fully addicted within a few months.
While Tom was never able to work his bees again, his “from the kitchen” beekeeping coaching and our related discussions were the catalyst in promoting one of the sweetest times in our marriage—our last year together.
I now keep bees for the enjoyment of it, and because our planet so desperately needs them.
I was blessed to find another life partner equally fascinated with this winged insect. Husband Marshall and I work our bees together and often, and when we’re not—we generally wish we were! Together, we manage the Kalamazoo Valley Community College apiary, and I am the primary instructor for their series of beekeeping classes. I’m also President of the Kalamazoo Bee Club, and teach and present throughout the region. I’m an active member of the Michigan Beekeepers’ Association, serving as their newsletter editor.
All profits from our honey, book sales and speaking engagements go to my late husband’s favorite charities: Meals on Wheels, and Loaves & Fishes.
Where I bee
We run three to four dozen hives at six locations in Cass, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties.
I enjoy traveling to learn and speak about bees, so please don’t hesitate to contact me no matter your geographic location. We may be able to work out something that fits all budget constraints.
My greatest body of work is my three children—Jessica, Benjamin, and ReBecca. They are all delightful, responsible adults and I’m very proud of their efforts to make this world a better place. My second marriage brought two more blessings, stepsons Zac (and wife Sara) and Lucas.
So far, of the children and their spouses—only ReBecca is a beekeeper. (We remain hopeful though.) Lucas, who like his father innately connects with bees and helps us as his schedule allows, assists us and other beekeepers as his schedule allows. We’re also blessed with five grandsons, ages three and under. Someday ….
My professional body of work resolved around the company I founded, Prima Communications, Inc. We served clients around the world since 1991, building bridges between the people with the information and the people who need it. As my age (and number of hives) increased, I closed Prima a few years ago to focus on bees and family.
For over two decades I fed a creative side of my soul with a weekly, syndicated humor column, Hubbard’s Cup-board. I’ve continued writing in a humorous vein with a column—Dronings from a Queen Bee—once carried in an internationally distributed e-newsletter, along with writings for Bee Culture and various bee club websites and newsletters.