Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Added Some More Supers

by Shane Holden – July 26, 2014

All 5 of our hives now have atleast 1 super. A couple of the hives already have 2, with one looking like it’s nearly full again. I’m not sure if we should just buy some more supers in case we need them, or rob and clean up a couple when it looks like we are in definite need of them. I’m thinking it’s just a matter of preference, but I’ll see what I can find online before we do anything for certain. I’m so excited that we’re going to have a large amount of honey to extract and jar!

What Cancer Can't Do

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Worm Factory

by Shane Holden – July 19, 2014

We’ve had a worm factory for about a year now, and especially over the past few months the population has exploded. I’ve not weighed the about of food that they are now consuming, but it’s amazing to see old papers and scrap food become what will be a real natural fertilizer to the garden and plants around the house. Right now they are consuming a good bit of junk mail, cardboard boxes and some garbage such as paper cup carriers from fast food restaurants. Over summer months soldier ant larvae have been present in the bins, and it looks like they are no harm and just help tear through some of the extra food that we’ve been adding. We’re currently sitting at 3 bins high, with the bottommost bin most likely ready to take out and start again.

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Food For Thought

by Shane Holden – July 16, 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people. So with that in mind, if you sit on the board of a corporation and vote to dissolve the corporation, did you just commit murder?

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Days During Divorce Tell All

by Shane Holden – July 1, 2014

I am convinced that the way two people treat one another during a divorce ultimately shows how they’ve cared for one another all along. It shows if they loved with all they had, or if they ever even cared at all. It’s nasty to watch, but one’s true colors show during the final days of a marriage.

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IEPTCS.COM Fraudulent Charge

by Shane Holden – June 29, 2014

Just a note that everyone should check your credit cards and apparently even your debit cards for a charge for $49.95 from IEPTCS.COM. I just happened to notice it when going over my statement. My credit card company had already found and credited me back prior to me calling them, but even with that said, you’ll want to call your card company and have them remove the foreign transaction fee (usually $1-2) off for this particular transaction. It’s looking like this charge has hit a very large number of people in the past week or so. Man I hate scammers and thieves!

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Second Super on Hive #1

by Shane Holden – June 23, 2014

We just added the second super on hive #1. We decided to go with top-supering on this hive. From what I’ve read, bees will be bees and it’ll make no difference. So this way atleast when we do our inspections, it’ll be an easier job to see how much progress has been made in the new super. Hoping to add the first super to the last couple of hives in the next few weeks, and maybe a second super on those that have their first. They are working away as expected, and have us excited to see what the results will be when it comes time to harvest.

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Sunday Basketball Fun

by Shane Holden – June 22, 2014

Growing up, we always had a basketball goal in our cul-de-sac. The weather over those couple of decades finally took it’s toll on the old fiberglass board, and since then we’ve been without. A couple of  years ago we took a notion to put one back up and start playing in the evenings to have some fun. We didn’t have the right mounting brackets, so in the garage it went for the past couple of years.

Well today Dad slaved away making a bracket to fit the backboard, and welding it up to our goal. He made one that worked perfectly out of some steel from his shop. So now, we have a brand new basketball goal to shoot around with in the evenings anytime the notion strikes.

Needless to say, after it was put up today, the 4 of us played a good ole game of horse, of which I came in 4th place. Billy came in first, Dad second, and then Chase came in third. After not shooting a basketball in years, you completely forget really how light the ball is and have to relearn how much force to use. I missed the backboard many times before making my first one, haha!

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Father’s Day Dinner

by Shane Holden – June 15, 2014

A big thanks goes to my brother Billy for putting together a dinner for Dad today for Father’s Day. The Big Green Egg hadn’t been used since we last used it when Mom was here, but today we dusted it off and had some wonderful steaks on it. Dad had to work today so our yearly motorcycle ride didn’t get to happen, but I think Dad’s day was made by the dinner.

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Do As I Say

by Shane Holden – June 13, 2014

Not as I do.

I don’t know when this attitude became acceptable. It’s like someone saying be a good person or do good, but not me! It’s a free pass to do what they please and justify any wrong behavior in their own heads.

Wrong is wrong no matter who does it. That’s one of the amazing things that humans have the ability to decipher–determining what is morally right or wrong. But somehow we’ve allowed ourselves to dilute what is really right with excuses, labeling these excuses as names with disorders, and prescribing life-long  addictive  medicines to glaze over those “issues.” If someone flips a switch and becomes a totally different person to those around them, we tag them as bipolar or something similar and excuse whatever actions this alter-person commits, thus removing any responsibility that should be taken for those actions. How is that supposed to solve anything? It only gives people the means to continue those destructive actions with no incentive to change them. Not to mention how it funnels an endless stream of money to the drug companies.

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First Ride This Year

Despite it already being June, my brothers and I are taking our first decent length motorcycle ride starting…now!

by Shane Holden – June 7, 2014

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird