Bee and berries

November 14, 2017

A Bear roamed the woods in search of berries. He happened upon a fallen tree in which a swarm of bees had stashed their honey. The Bear began to nose around the log very, very carefully to see if the Bees were at home.

Just then one of the swarm happened home from the berry patch with a load of sweet pollen. Guessing what the Bear was after, the Bee flew at him, stung him sharply. Then he disappeared into the hollow log.

The Bear lost his temper and sprang upon the log attacking tooth and claw, hoping to destroy the nest, but this only brought out the whole swarm. The poor Bear took to his heels and ran. He only saved himself by diving into the nearby stream.

The weakest united may make for a strong alliance of protection. Overlooking the fact that many bees united can make even the strongest creature uncomfortable, it would be wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a thousand by flying into a rage.

bee and berries

Note: No animals were actually stung in the telling of this fable.


Hope defined

June 29, 2016


Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 1:11) Hope. To have trust and understanding. Drawing by Meredith Eliassen, spring 2016.

More Happy Bees?!!!

June 24, 2016

Worker Bees

Early summer in the hive… bees venture out in search of sources for pollen and nectar… then communicate to fellow workers with a dance: round dance means food is close and waggle dance means they have to go farther from the hive. Design by Meredith Eliassen.

Happy Bees at Work

June 23, 2016

Let’s hear it for the good bees who bring us sweet honey!


Stylized drawing of two bees holding a honeycomb by Meredith Eliassen.