I started this web log to document my becoming a beekeeper. Inspired (and frightened) by the sudden loss of honey bee colonies noted worldwide since 2004, I began following closely the stories of CCD, “colony collapse disorder.” I have always lived in awe of bees and the natural world, but a childhood allergy has kept me from doing what I’m going to do: raise bees and learn everything I can about them. I don’t believe my so-called allergy will threaten my life, and I’m not particularly afraid. At this point, I’m not in it for the honey or the money. We all get to be a part of the solution to our current crisis in bee “management” and great pollinator loss. So, here goes!