Bit by Bit

My acupuncturist and I were recently talking about compost. I carry my kitchen scraps to a friend’s backyard every week or so to compost them. Compost piles might look fairly inert, apart from any surface activity, but it’s actually the underneath, the unseen layers, where all the action is. Beneath the pile of freshly-added scraps, microbes and bacteria are breaking down waste into soil. Gradually, gradually, everything melts and crumbles back into nutrient-rich earth. While composting might seem painstakingly slow, it’s important to remember that it’s hard to always SEE the progress you’re making. The piling up of soil comes layer by layer by layer by layer. It’s in the repetition, and in

BEE Grateful

This spring, I learned that it takes one thousand, one hundred, and fifty two bees (1,152!!!!) to make just one pound of honey. The average bee makes only 1/12 a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. To make one pound of honey, TWO MILLION flowers must be visited by the worker bees! Sweetness is a special commodity that our culture tends to take for granted. We have corn syrup and beet sugar and cane sugar and coconut sugar and honey and maple syrup and agave nectar and stevia and all sorts of other natural and artificial sweeteners easily available almost anywhere we look. I hung this sign on my honey to remind me to be mindful to not overindulge in the sweet taste. We are coming into late sum