Beautiful Buzzing Bees


"Bee on a Tree" seems like something Dr. Seuss would say.
(c) Megan Oteri

Your Beauty is like the Bee — Buzzing into Spring

I will repeat this (I am talking to you).  Your beauty is like the bee, buzzing into spring.

I pass this tree everyday as I turn right on this street almost everyday.   I only notice it during this brief period in March.  It blossoms into a magical white puffy explosion of color.  I think it is a Bradford Pear.  I am not sure.  Up close when you look at it, you will notice swarms of bees buzzing around it, sucking out pollen and nectar.  Does it have nectar? I don’t know.  This isn’t a scientific post of pollination and tree species names (although what would it hurt to really find out what the name of the tree is? If you know, post in comments please).

quite cheerful

Photo by Megan Oteri (c) - "White Burst"

I think spring is a magical time.  People become quite cheerful and hopeful.  I live in North Carolina so there isn’t a drastic temperature change, but it certainly warms up.  People start tilling their land, turning over soil that has sat for the long winter.  The earthworms squiggle and wiggle in while little boys and girls giggle with them in their hands.  Spring means renewal.  Spring means hope.  Spring means science.

I ignore this tree all year-long, not even giving it a second glance.  I just couldn’t resist stopping to take a picture.  So I made a quick left, where I usually continue straight and pulled into the church parking lot it stands on.  My son, was happy eating his oatmeal raisin cookies (I did not bake) and I leapt at the opportunity to snap some quick photos.  My feet literally skipped over.  I’m not usually the Mary Poppins type, although I have been known to make squealy sounds of delight when I am happy.  My husband calls it “Dolphin Girl” sounds.

Photo by Megan Oteri (c) - All Rights Reserved - "Dolphin Blue"

So there I am skipping over to the tree — its sudden and immediate beauty moved me.  I am not being over dramatic because the rest of the day I felt sorry for myself that I haven’t finished my memoir and that I don’t have the time to write and that I wasn’t invited to a birthday party of a kid of a mom I know, you name it, I was feeling it.  But this moment, everything stopped and I was in a prism of beauty.  I was in it to win it.  I was taking pictures from all kinds of angles and really seeing the beauty of nature at work, as hundreds of bees buzzed all over the place.  I tried to get a close up of a bumble bee, but wasn’t able to really capture it.  But that goes without saying, nature is discreet like that.

Bzzz...bees are magic! (c) Megan Oteri

I read this blog post about bees from The Jaded Lens and it really resonated with me.  I am going to try to keep my opinion about the decline of the honey bee population out of this post, but you probably know where I stand. Screw it, I will tell you.  I stand tall with Mother Nature.  I think we need to make decisions for the Earth.  We are her tribe.  She doesn’t work for us; we work for her. Damn it!  I know it isn’t that simple, but can we get to a more simple place.  Without the bees, we are goners.  I am not going to go all end of the world on your ass, but I just want to speak up and shout about how beautiful nature is.  The way nature is, not how we want nature to be. There are things we can do now to help the honey bees.  Click on this link to find out about something you can do that is simple.

(c) Megan Oteri ~ "B"
Be active for bees
be bold, be brave, be beautiful

Here are some links to websites and articles about honey bees (please add a link in the comments and I will add):

I will finish my post with some photos from my moment with the bees in the trees.  Sometimes it’s the angle we choose to look at something that makes the difference.

 (c) Megan Oteri 

The Elegance of Spring

I don’t have worthy words to describe my feelings for nature.  But I will tell you this: it moves me and it is where I am closest to my higher power.  I want my son, who is almost two years old, to leap from his car when he is old enough to drive (preferably while driving the speed limit, sober, not texting, and driving safely with his hands on the steering wheel at ten and two) to celebrate spring and nature the same way I did yesterday — in total awe and wonder.

 

(C) Megan Oteri - My Boy Wonder eating his oatmeal raisin cookies

I only have this simple statement to describe what I feel about nature and her beauty: The elegance of spring

(c) Megan Oteri "Star Flower"

(c) Megan Oteri "White Blue"

(c) Megan Oteri "Blue Sky Bold"

This is a video from PBS about the honey bees.

“In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives, leaving billions of dollars of crops at risk and potentially threatening our food supply. The epidemic set researchers scrambling to discover why honeybees were dying in record numbers — and to stop the epidemic in its tracks before it spread further. Buy the DVD. This film premiered October 28, 2007.” – PBS Video

Go outside and find one thing today that moves you, makes you notice and come back and write a comment here or just enjoy the beauty.  Hope. Wish. Dream. Bee!

Don’t forget to take the National Day of Unplugging pledge today and unplug March 23 (at sundown) to March 24 (sundown).  Here is a great post by genius film maker, Tiffany Shlain in the Huffington Post.

Connection


I am in the process of working on writing a blog post to catch everyone up to speed.  But honestly, the last week has been a whirlwind of creative connection, human connection, technology connection, and soul connection — and oh, how can I forget — writing connection.

I want to put some links here that will give you an idea of how connected we all are and also what I have been up to creatively.

1.  Talenthouse:  My photo, Brain Tumors, which is a photo of my mother in the hospital the day after she almost died.  The photo was taken last year in May.   The photo received over 1000 votes and they are still coming in.)  The support all over the world has been incredible.  Just click on the link, Brain Tumors and take a look around to see what’s going on over at Talenthouse.  I have met so many amazing artists through this website.  I really appreciate what Talenthouse is doing for artists and creatives.  What I really like about their website title is it reads: “Talenthouse – ALL CREATIVE.”  The winner will be announced March 15.  You better believe I will let you know!

No doubt about it - I am a right brained brainiac.

In a nutshell — I entered the photo, Brain Tumors in a creative invite at Talenthouse to work with Tiffany Shlain, who was honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.”  “Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology and life through her unique films and her dynamic talks and projects.”  Tiffany also recently did this film, Connected. She is beyond raderific!  She is also a mom.

2.  Attachment Parenting International:  I am a regular contributor to their online blog, API Speaks and magazine, The Attached Family.  API is a great international organization and I practice attachment parenting with my son, Benjamin.  My essay, Magic Mama, which honors and celebrates my mother’s legacy and giant spirit, is posted there right now.  This essay has been getting retweeted and has had an incredible amount of readers.  It actually got retweeted by Tiffany Shlain after I tweeted it to her and other organizations having to do with brain tumor support and information.  I am honored to share my mother with the world.  The essay was also linked to via this post, Motherhood is hard, with a pingback to my essay, Magic Mama, when Lara, the mom blogger said, “How on earth did our own moms make it all look so easy?”

Attachment Parenting is an international website, with over 20,000 fans on facebook.  That means 20,000 people, all over the world, potentially read this essay, which celebrates the beauty and dynamic of the mother-daughter relationship.  I also made arrangements with the director of the nursing home where my mother is at, to have someone read her Magic Mama.  This makes me happy.  I wrote this essay for my mom, so it is fitting she hear it.

3.  Mamalode: My essay, Take a Number, I Just Got to Town was published on Mamalode’s website last week.  This is also a magazine and website I am a regular contributor for.  I can’t tell you how much I adore this magazine.  It is a collection and community of honest, down-to-earth mamas, telling you how it really is, how they wish it were, and how sometimes it isn’t anything they even understand.  This magazine has subscribers in every state in the US and a presence internationally.   Check out their Spring issue, themed Flow, coming out this week.  You can subscribe via the link above.  This issue will feature an article by Kelle Hapton about writing her new book, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected, which goes on sale April 3rd.  You can pre-order a book at her website.

So, how we are all so connected — by technology, by the human condition, by our hearts.  I have connected with an artist in the US and one in the Ukraine because we both lost our fathers; these connections were made on Talenthouse.  I will be writing about these connections later on this website (here at memomuse.wordpress.com). Right now, I am just trying to get out the basics so you all can be caught up to speed.  Anyway, there just feels like there is so much to tell you.  Like how someone I went to junior high with in Chicago, posted the Brain Tumors  link in his 20th high school reunion facebook feed.   Or how Tiffany Shlain retweeted my essay on Mamalode because I had tweeted it to her, as well as, to the American Brain Tumor Association.

How are you connected? How does it bring you joy?

Thank you for following my blog and reading this post.  Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.

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4. Wheat Thins Review: “What do The Colbert Report, Family Guy, a disbelieving twitterer, a hiker stuck under a rock, and Wheat Thins all have in common? They all are part of the new advertising launch of the new Wheat Thins made with 100% whole grain.”  I was asked by Grovery.com to write a review for Wheat Thins.  This is a great website with articles, reviews, information, coupons, and news of the grocery industry.  We all need to eat, so we all need to go to the grocery store.  Here is the link to the review.  It was fun to write and it is funny.  I promise you will laugh.  Really, I do.

Have a museful day!

The Back Story of “Brain Tumors” photo on Talenthouse.com (Please vote)


I wrote this blog post, “Love, Loss, and the Lessons of Letting Go” in June of 2011. I had just gone out to Wyoming to visit my mom in the nursing home. I had received a call earlier that week that my mom took a turn for the worse. I thought I was going to have to say goodbye. In fact, that is why I got on a plane two days after getting the call from the nursing home. They calIed Thursday night; I was on a plane Saturday morning.   
                                   Light and Shadow.
Here is another post about that difficult time: Light and Shadow part 4.  If you read this, it will put you in the frame of mind I was in when I took the photo, which is in the talenthouse contest.  You can vote on the link here or at the bottom of page that says, “Vote for Betty.”

I still haven’t been able to write about what an emotional journey it was. I have a master’s degree in creative writing (recently graduated in December 2011) and for me to really write, it is a process.  I get to the bone of the story and emotion.  Some might say I get to the marrow in the bone.  But for some reason, I just have not been able to go there.  So, I made art out of emotions by taking photos, my other medium for self-expression. If you want to catch up with the whole dramatic story, See the archives for May of 2011 on the sidebar of my blog.  Look for one titled “Light and Shadow.” There are several posts from that time and I have been reblogging them and posting them up front on my blog so you can get the story if you are a new visitor to the blog.

I currently am twittering about this story. Follow me @memomuse1. The twitter link is also on the right side of blog.  Please excuse my sidebar.  I feel like it is a messy closet I have just jammed shit in and have refused to clean up and organize.  I have two more blog awards to post over there (but I have no idea how to and just don’t want to bother learning right now).

I also need to write a fresh blog post about my photo of my mom on Talenthouse.com. It is a platform building site for artists. My current creative invite (on Talenthouse) is a photo of my mother in the hospital when we thought she was going to die. The photo is called “Brain Tumors.” Here is the link to vote for photo: Brain Tumors. Please consider voting. You will have to vote through your facebook or twitter account (or both). Every vote helps. All Rights Reserved (Do not copy please)

Thank you for your support and following this story. My mother was diagnosed with brain tumors in 2000. They said she would only live three to five years. It is 2012; she has beat the odds. She is a strong woman who I am so lucky to call my mom.  Read “The Red Rose of St. Therese” to read about her close call with death.  I really believe this story illustrates the power of prayer and faith. 

I am going to leave you with some photo of my beautiful mom.  Thank you for following this story and visiting my blog.  And please vote on Talenthouse.  Here is the link again: Vote for Betty.  I told my mom today about the photo and the contest and she said to tell everyone, “Keep the votes coming.”