I have been keeping honeybees for about 10 years, slowly building up my hives by splitting and catching swarms. Learning from them and teaching about them is great fun. I am always encouraging people to be backyard beekeepers and have begin a local beekeeping group to help spread the love of bees and gather with others who love bees too.
Due to some health issues about 10 years ago I found myself researching the chemicals listed on skin and hair product labels and I was so shocked with all the toxins we put on the largest organ of our body (our skin). I mean, if you won’t swallow it, why would you put it on your skin? I began making my own healthy products from natural, wholesome ingredients like honey, lavender, oatmeal, olive oil, cocoa powder, and essential oils.
Shortly thereafter I read Michael Pollen’s book Omnivores Dilemma and decided to find some more local food. I joined a CSA and then in seeking out local butter I found the Weston A. Price foundation and their local chapter. Wow! A foray into local food led me to a way of eating based on the traditional knowledge of our ancestors. No longer would I be swayed by each new trend in the news or scientific community, now I was on the path of what humans have been eating for thousands of years. To me there is no better guide and I am still learning.
All my natural living activities expanded hugely when I left my career as a high school chemistry teacher when I decided my time would be better used living and teaching the useful skills that I and so many others have been called to learn. With a background in chemistry and teaching, I’ve found a comfortable niche to do both and help people find a way to nourish and care for their bodies, their families and the world that supports us.
Reorienting my priorities has been more difficult than I thought it would be and I find I am constantly learning to be in this world. Strangely, it wasn’t until I left ‘teaching’ as a formal career that I remembered how much I love teaching and am a teacher at heart – this has brought happiness, new friends, and a purpose to life.
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