A big thank you to the New Mexico based Lineberry Foundation, who gifted Think Like A Bee with a New Year grant! Honoring the remarkable memory of it’s founders, this family is making New Mexico a better place by their charitable grants—from children to bees. We are grateful for this surprising and Providential grant. It came at the right time!
We commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. this week, a man whose life lit up the sky for a time. He called us to the hard work of building a community of justice. His spirit still lives through and with us today. We remember him this week, in particular. He calls us from the pages of history to create the Beloved Community now.
“I am still convinced that it is love that makes the world go round, and somehow this kind of love can be a powerful force for social change.” (MLK, Jr. 1964 speech in London, days before accepting the Nobel Peace Prize)
Bees are part of this beloved community. A critical part of our food future. So many have helped the humble little bee along this past year, 2016, even as the Bumble bee and many other native bees have been put on the extinction list. People from all walks of life have done this for the love of bees. I am aware that it takes a community, everyone doing their own part. The bees teach us that every single member contributes an important piece to the whole. Nothing is too small.
So here’s to so many of you who have contributed to Think Like A Bee’s Hall of Fame this past year…
You have made it possible to become a Burque Bee City USA:
Here’s a shout out to the Xeric Garden Club and Albuquerque Garden Center members, Sally, Mary Ann, Beth, Dianne, Janet, Mary, Susan, Cirrelda, Kathy, Wild Friends, Sue Georges and curious students, NM Beekeepers the amazing Jessie Brown, and dedicated Rose, Charlie, Susan, Jessie, Lois, Annette, Sarah, Christina, Carolyn, Jodi, City Councilors, Ike Benton, Diane Dolan, Brad Winters, Rebekkah Burt. Eric Green, meterologist of KOAT 7 for countless interviews, to my fiscal sponsor, Partnership for Earth Spirituality, Joan and Marlene, my amazing TLB Board, Shawna, Anne, Phyllis, TLB Graphic design, Mel D’Amour, Bee Angel, Pamela Chavez and publicity whiz, Denise Deiterman. And so many of you in communities throughout the city who cheered us on, showed up, tabled, and generally kept the faith!
For those who made it possible to run the youth programs and extend my bee yard, Albuquerque Community Foundation, Stephen, Mary Jo, Annette, Sarah, Lorenzo, Travis.
Finally, last but not least, all of you who read my blog, contribute time, ideas, money and your incredible affirmation. I can’t thank you enough!
Our goals for the coming year 2017 include:
Jan/Feb. Supporting Wild Friends State Legislative Memorial to label bee friendly products in the state of New Mexico
May-Aug.South Valley summer youth internship program to teach basic beekeeping skills
June ABQ Open Space Pollinator Week extravaganza for families/children to celebrate Burque Bee City USA and Bee Awareness
July-August, evaluate Bee City USA resolution with City of Albuquerque