You know that aphorism about how in life it’s the little things that count? Chance encounters with profoundly influential strangers we never expected to meet. An aromatic cup of coffee sipped while listening to a Bach concerto on the radio. Or noticing nature’s tiny creatures that are so vitally important to our well-being. The poet Emily Dickinson once wrote, “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee—one clover, and a bee, and revery.” And we hear similar sentiments from Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban.
Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Rhode Island College and a member of the Rhode Island Beekeepers’ Association . She was instrumental in installing two beehives on the Rhode Island College campus for public education. Two Bee Schools were conducted at the college for the state’s newest beekeepers.