I certainly could not let this year pass without a note or two about Richard Taylor, American beekeeper and philosopher. He would have reached 100 years in November. Alas, he expired seventeen years earlier.
It’s hard to say which of his lives will have the longer legacy – his beekeeping or his philosophizing. His university textbook, Metaphysics, was used in colleges for over thirty years. Even now, his many beekeeping books are read daily by beekeepers who want a simpler perspective on sideline beekeeping. He wrote with the authority of a life-long beekeeper who had 300 hives in upstate New York. And he had a clear and easy writing style in all his work.
In November, I wrote an article about Richard Taylor for American Bee Journal. If you missed it, you should subscribe to ABJ. Each monthly edition of the magazine is over 100 pages and almost every page is worth reading. The yearly cost for the online version is about what you’d get by selling three one-pound jars of honey. If you don’t subscribe already, here’s a link to my article, you can read it for free. Maybe it will convince you to read the magazine.
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Thanks for this Ron, Taylor’s “How to Do It Book of Beekeeping” was the text recommended to me by my Apprentice Beekeeping instructor, Dave Pehling of Washington state. It took me a while to get my hands on a copy of this long-out-of-print gem, but after reading the paragraph on how to maintain both an apiary and a marriage, it was one I had to find!
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