The sunset over the Pacific photo at the top of this page is a tribute to the day, days that have been as well as days to come. On this page, you’ll find information about the press and the website, and reviews and kind words about Honey-Maker. A sampling of Honey-Maker’s Introduction, Chapter 1, and other details is available at the “Downloads” tab on the Resources page. As for the days, may they be filled with learning, growth, and love.
Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does
—Randy Oliver, Biologist, ScientificBeekeeping.com
—Bill McKibben, Author, Oil and Honey:
The Education of an Unlikely Activist
—Kim Flottum, Editor, Bee Culture Magazine
The book is captivating: for example, when I read the section on how the honey bee wing moves in a figure eight pattern, I found myself following the motion with my hands in a rhythm that reminded me of feathering an oar. And her description of how pollen collected on the right legs is moved to the left legs and then back to the right pollen basket—and vice versa—is fascinating, especially when she goes on to explain that propolis is always kept on the same side it was collected on. Although Honey-Maker is not a how-to book on beekeeping, after a thorough reading, you can’t help but be a better beekeeper. Honey-Maker is highly recommended.
—Rusty Burlew, Author, Honey Bee Suite
Rosanna Mattingly’s Ph.D. is in Ecology rather than Entomology, though the two are inextricably linked in her life. Her love affair with honey bees proved that, like the aquatic insects she began with, they “show us clearly the interconnectedness of the natural world — and our activities in it.” The book is written from that point of view and therein lies a facility few writers exhibit.
The information is exquisitely detailed, scientific yet written so a non-academic can understand it easily, and well illustrated with her own photographs. Basic lessons are molded around little bits of whimsy, tongue-in-cheek quips and hilarious analogies that draw parallels between humankind and beekind — the interconnectedness of us all again.
I am absolutely enchanted, and find myself reading while other things I ought to be doing wait. I agree (almost) completely with Kim Flottum of Bee Culture Magazine who wrote, “I didn’t think there was another way to write a book about bees . . . This one should be on your shelf.” I’d qualify that by advising “in your hands” rather than on the shelf.
—Fran Bach, Editor, Western Apicultural Society Journal
—Heike Williams, Co-Owner, Wild Harvest Honey
—Jan Lohman, Past President, Oregon State Beekeepers Association
—Judy Wu, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota
—Lynn Royce, PhD, Entomologist
—Karessa Torgerson, Co-Owner, Nectar Bee Supply
—Agnes Rands Warren, Author and Retired English Teacher
—Sharon Streeter, Co-Founder and first President,
Hardy Plant Society of Oregon
—Cindy Quam, Fifth Grade Program Coordinator at The Oregon Garden
The name of this press stems from some of my experiences in nature. One such experience took place on a summer’s day while I was wading in the waters of Beargrass Creek in Jefferson County, Kentucky, where I was born and raised. It would be some time before I would even consider what became the path of my formal education: the study of freshwater systems, aquatic ecology. On that day, I found something small and somewhat flimsy, yet with enough form to tell me it was “something”—even though it was unlike anything I had ever seen. I later learned that it was the shed exoskeleton of an immature dragonfly. Although I was familiar with the adults, until then I had not even been curious about where they “came from.” This opened my eyes to another part of our world.
Another experience occurred early one morning when I came across a large patch of beargrass, white with bloom against a heavy grey fog, at the top of Mary’s Peak in Oregon’s Coast Range. Again, I met with something new to me in time and space, something I had not known existed. Of course, there’s an unfathomable number of such things, which suggests that our opportunities for increasing awareness are endless, though they may go without our notice. Through this press, I hope to contribute reminders in what has become a very busy world to take a moment every day to experience the wonder and beauty of what is right in front of our eyes. There’s no end to seeing when we take time to look.
Author and Publisher
Rosanna Mattingly is a writer and educator focused primarily on the natural sciences and ecological relationships. Although she has worked with insects since the 1970s, including PhD research on aquatic insects, Honey-Maker and other works have grown out of her experiences as a beekeeper.
Rosanna has published professionally in academic research and education journals, written for general audiences, and developed and field-tested curricula involving science and the natural resources. A freelance writer/editor since 1991, she is owner of Meta Writing and Education Services, LLC, where she treasures work with individuals and groups to get writing projects to completion. She has served as editor of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association’s newsletter The Bee Line since 2005.
A native of Kentucky, Rosanna makes her home in Portland, Oregon. A little cat named Mariah is there, too. She is the one who watches over the pages of this website!
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