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Nautilus Gold Award Winner: Parenting & FamilyA practical guide to understanding teens from bestselling author and global youth advocate Josh Shipp.In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn?t need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.Now, in The Grown-Up?s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager?s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage.Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. He also includes practice scripts that address tough issues, including:FORGIVENESS: What do I do when a teen has been really hurt by someone and it?s not their fault?COMMUNICATION: How do I get a teen to talk to me? They just grunt.TRUST: My teen blew it. My trust is gone. Where do we go from here?BULLYING: Help! A teen (or their friend) is being harassed.DIFFICULT AND AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS: Drugs. Death. Sex. Oh my.Written in Shipp?s playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up?s Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it’s not about shortcuts or magic words?as Shipp reminds us, it?s about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive.And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.

Scientists have discovered how some bumble bees got their stripes.

While most folks living in Southeast Louisiana are enjoying the many different colors of the flowers that are blooming all around us, all I’m thinking about is the early nectar flow and swarms of bees.

Earlier this week I got a frantic call from a homeowner in Slidell, Louisiana saying there were bees flying all over her back door. She said there were so many that they could not even open the door or let the dog out of the back door. The next day, she sent me pictures of bees all over the soffit on the back of her home, they had moved in.

Removing a swarm of bees that have newly taken up residence is not as difficult as removing an established hive. Now, I had worked on a removal most of the day on Saturday and did not get to Slidell till almost 4 in the afternoon, but I felt confident I could get the job done before the sun went down. Well, I almost made it. By the time I had removed the bees and gotten back to the abbey to release them, it was way past dark thirty, and I had to use the lights on the truck to get things set up.

Despite setting up the hive and releasing the bees in the dark, things turned out very well. I returned on Sunday to finish the job, and that went just as smooth. So, get ready to watch another swarm capture as my swarm count continues to grow and leave the Dirt Rooster further behind me in our swarm capture challenge. God’s peace to all.
Mr. Ed

Urban Beekeeping: # 24 Putting a package of Russian Honey Bees into their new home!

Bees have not only figured out how to cool down the hive but the older ones are teaching the younger bees to do it.

Bees have not only figured out how to cool down the hive but the older ones are teaching the younger bees to do it.

Bees have not only figured out how to cool down the hive but the older ones are teaching the younger bees to do it.

Wild Honey Bees Around Their Tree Hive Nest

bees collecting for their honey off Lavender Plants at Newlands !