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Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

By Gary F. Bengier | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Treehouses can be an excellent opportunity to do something yourself, without undue reliance on anyone else. I’ve found if you embrace your independence and are methodical, then lots of problems fall away, and your path forward clears. This attitude also teaches one to be more methodical in doing any project, perhaps being more “zen.” Which… Read More »Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

More Bee Zen: Rechecking Our Split

By Gary F. Bengier | May 17, 2020 | 3 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 new colony that we tried to make from a split. Let’s… Read More »More Bee Zen: Rechecking Our Split

A New Narrative of the Economy after COVID-19?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Economics. The dismal science.” “I didn’t find it dismal,” she said. “It shows how the world works.” From Unfettered Journey   I spend some time in my speculative fiction novel discussing the possible economic structure circa 2161, 141 years in the future. But COVID-19 has thrown the global economy into a spin, and it is… Read More »A New Narrative of the Economy after COVID-19?

More Bee Zen: Wildlife and TP

By Gary F. Bengier | May 10, 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, watching the wildlife along the way, as we learn about bees and their TP. Here… Read More »More Bee Zen: Wildlife and TP

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