(Year End) Ode to Think Like A Bee

It’s the end of the year, 2018, and I’m feeling somewhat sentimental as I remember the long, warm, late summer bee days of light.




Now it’s fireside days…we huddle for warmth, kindling twinkly lights in the windows in expectation of the darkness that has been creeping slowly towards Winter Solstice…




My beehives, bless them, are supposed to be wrapped in the cold days of winter, moving in and out as a radiating, vibrating ball of light and heat. But it’s not so. The warming climate means they are flying almost year round. As the sun reaches her winter zenith here in the Southwest, days can heat up to a very comfy 45-50 degrees F. The bees are beckoned to come out and seek food. They burn up precious fuel, both in stored honey and invertebrate energy.

Honey Bee in Flight

Honey bee caught in flight in the garden at La Quinetire, Buais, Normandy, France


I visited my hives this past weekend with Calli.


The amazing Calli Russell  @ https://www.calrusse.com

Calli is living with the TiLT community this year (Taos Initiative for Learning Together). As a videographer and documentary maker, she has graciously offered her skills to make an end of the year video for Think Like A Bee.

Meanwhile, alongside the hives with bees buzzing lazily around their entrances this weekend, I checked out my tiniest hive. Hoping against hope that her royal highness and queen’s court, would still have a beating heart.

Calli recorded what we found…




Watch for the complete video, with many more Think Like A Bee friends, coming to you in December!




We invite you to support Think Like A Bee in this generous season of light. There are many options calling your name for end of the year gifts, the need is great….but consider this, Think Like a Bee donations will be plowed back into our local community. We have next to no overhead. We subsist on the generosity of people’s time, talent and donations. Our goal is to raise $5000.

We have come to the end of our funding year, with a mere $2,000 in the bank and plans already in the works to complete a Rio Grande Watershed Documentary in 2019, to use as a teaching tool. A little seed money has allowed us to begin it….knowing that we must get the word out about our precious and fragile, threatened high desert watershed in New Mexico. We will shine a spotlight on the Rio Grande, which sustains our foodshed,  fills our faucets, feeds the soil and critters and basically nourishes our bodies and souls with beauty and recreation.

As we interview land based elders and Indigenous leaders, who usually live on a shoestring,  we will give them generous honorariums to continue their work of seed sovereignty, Rio Grande water protector, organic farmer.   Think Like A Bee may be small, but like the hive, we are mighty in what we are accomplishing together in the local community!


Mother of all rivers here in the New Mexico, The Rio Grande is also one of the most endangered rivers in the world. Fracking, Industrial waste, agriculture and development threaten her life, and ours.

For Pollinator and human alike, water is life.

We are the people we have been waiting for—now, in this 21st century— to preserve our watershed for bee, critter, plant, soil and human communities alike— seven generations hence.

Think Like A Bee is incorporated with the IRS as a 501-C(3), Federal Tax id #81-0856887. All financial gifts are tax exempt and gratefully accepted by PayPal donations or by check to: Think Like A Bee, 410 Morningside Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108



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