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Climbing Mytikas-Finding Zeus

By Gary F. Bengier | May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have had a bit of a climbing bug over the years. Let me be honest: this came about because I was—and still am—a bit afraid of heights. I decided to face that fear head-on. So I started climbing some (relatively easy) mountains. These are not “climbed Everest” stories. These are merely “guy afraid of… Read More »Climbing Mytikas-Finding Zeus

Kent State 50 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 4, 2020 | 2 Comments

Today, on the 50th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State, I’ve been thinking about my personal associations with the event. I was in the ninth grade when it happened. I lived in a small town in Ohio 70 miles away, and yet because the news hit the global stage, it felt like it was… Read More »Kent State 50 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

More Bee Zen: Checking Frames

By Gary F. Bengier | May 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, to check on the frames in a couple of our colonies. Here are a few… Read More »More Bee Zen: Checking Frames

Could You Survive Out There?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Let’s talk about self-reliance. Life is different now with the coronavirus, and no doubt it will not be the same when the pandemic is at last overcome. Social distancing has left most of us practicing new habits to compensate for things we took for granted: where to find toilet paper; how to fix a leaky… Read More »Could You Survive Out There?

More Bee Zen: the Beaver

By Gary F. Bengier | April 26, 2020 | 5 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. We still don’t know when it might be safe to allow this process to end. Several states have just begun experiments to ease restrictions and to open their economies for business. This easing is done in… Read More »More Bee Zen: the Beaver

Travel in the Future

By Gary F. Bengier | April 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

No doubt you notice from my comments and interests posted here that my wife and I love to travel. It adds such fantastic memories for a lifetime, especially when some family members can share the experience. And we find that travel fills in the blank spaces on the globe. They are mysterious no longer, but… Read More »Travel in the Future

More Bee Zen: Checking the Split Box

By Gary F. Bengier | April 19, 2020 | 7 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend; though with social distancing, sometimes it is hard to tell where on the calendar we are, since ‘home’ is not just home anymore, but rather it is where many spend most of their time. If you can safely get outside to look at a tree or… Read More »More Bee Zen: Checking the Split Box

Outrunning the Pandemic

By Gary F. Bengier | April 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Let me start by saying that no one can “outrun” the COVID-19 pandemic physically. The world of 2020 is too tightly integrated. Our desire to access almost all modern conveniences—including toilet paper—guarantees that there is transmission risk. The way we together can “outrun” it is by transmitting accurate scientific knowledge around the globe more efficiently… Read More »Outrunning the Pandemic

Protecting Ourselves Against the Next Pandemic

By Gary F. Bengier | April 12, 2020 | 1 Comment

Over the last dozen years, we’ve seen the rise of tech health gadgets. Whether it’s counting our steps, recording our calorie in-take, or recording our sleep patterns, technology is playing a larger role in how we perceive our health. This gamification of our physical fitness not only provides us with insight into our own health,… Read More »Protecting Ourselves Against the Next Pandemic

More Bee Zen: Nectar

By Gary F. Bengier | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! As we finish three weeks of social distancing and sheltering in place in Northern California, let me share a few thoughts and a moment to take a deep breath. The coronavirus spreading throughout the country leaves everyone fearful. It feels apocalyptic, something out of a sci fi novel. (And… Read More »More Bee Zen: Nectar