Choosing the hive queen

Many of you know my family and I are beekeepers. We have multiple hives in our backyard currently producing some very delicious local honey! What those of you who do not keep bees might not know, is how bees end up with their queen. Honeybee hives function with only 1 queen. She is the largest…

You’re Not Listening

I just read a great book called: You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters. I found this bestseller to be worth its label. In today’s world, we spend all our time talking at and not with each other. This book is not a lament of that aspect of society, but provides a…

Elastic Thinking

From the book, “Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World,” by L. Mlodinow The difference between “Where is Paris” and “Where would you like to go on vacation” demonstrates elastic thought. One is a fact, the other requires you to combine facts with preferences. The need to make your own measures for a choice…

Re-homing a captured swarm

A friend caught this swarm in his swarm trap. He graciously offered them to us. Here we are transferring them into their new Langstroth home in our backyard apiary! BONUS: The video ends with a new bee being born!


“I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.” James Halliday (from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline)

CFM Annual 5k (est. 2017)

Here is the 5k/10k route my friends and I created for the 2017 CFM retreat in Cocoa Beach: Click here if the map does not play. Route map for CFM Retreat 5k/10k by Matthew Rensberry on

The Swamp

What an excellent book! Living in Florida, this book provided one of the best historical accounts of Florida that I have read. Highly recommended for all Florida residents to read.