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Please submit your sweetest honey memories,  favorite bee stories, recipes, or thoughts on the book to the Robbing the Bees website.  Some highlights may be included in the paperback edition of the book.

Name:Michelle Workowski - Submitted:06/15/2005

Comment: Hi I also heard the NPR interview and called in with a jam making tip. I have tried for many years to make jam with honey, usually it would end up being syrup for ice cream and pancakes. Until I found Pamona's pectin. It is a simple process and it works every time. Pamona's can be found at Food Cooperatives (Health food stores). Let's me be creative with my fruit combinations and I know it will be jam when it is done. You can use as little or as much honey according to your sweet tooth. Using the honey in jam allows the flavor of the fruit to come through, doesn't mask the flavor like sugar does.ENJOY Michelle.

Michele Workowski

Name:Phil Criswell - Submitted:06/09/2005

Comment: I heard you on NPR a couple of months ago and couldn't wait to read your book. What a fascinating read! I just ordered my first Smile Apiaries Tupelo a few minutes ago. I can't wait until it arrives in the mail!!!

Phil Criswell

Name:Felice Bochman - Submitted:04/30/2005

Comment: Hi Holley, I was delighted to meet you at the luncheon with Smoki the other day in Boston. Hope your tour is going well. The honey was "sweet" as my kids would say. That's a pop culture kid-speak term for "awesome". Write when you get a chance.

Best, Felice Bochman

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Felice Bochman 

Name: Kathleen Edwards - Submitted:04/19/2005

Comment: This was such a wonderful book. I wanted to learn more about the magic of beekeeping because I have alot of acreage. I haven''t the nerve to be a beekeeper but will hire out to get the same benefit. I just wanted to pass onto Holly this sting remedy that was given to me by my father-in-law - use vinegar - it does a great job!
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Kathleen Edwards

Name: Ed Henderson - Submitted:04/15/2005

Comment: A bee story to share - I attended an elementary school in the Texas Panhandle that had a unique feature - one that I've never seen or heard of since. In the middle of the main hallway of the school sat a large, plexiglass box (hive). A plexiglass tube ran from the hive to the outside. All day long, bees came in and out of the hive - it was absolutely fascinating to watch the inner workings of the bees. I can still remember smelling the honey as I walked daily through this hallway. It is one memory of my youth that I will not forget. I suppose that the school had an arrangement with a beekeeper to tend this fascinating and unique hive. My early interest in bees prompted me to pick up the book, and I am enjoying it immensely
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Ed Henderson

Name: Ettamarie Peterson - Submitted:04/12/2005

Comment: The Sonoma County Beekeepers Association presented a copy of Robbing the Bees to Lela Dowling last night as a thank you gift for years of drawing cartoons for our newsletter (most of them have been published in Bee Culture magazine) and many other good deeds. She was really impressed that you had written a dedication in it just for her! Thanks for doing that when you were in Sebastopol the other night. I am enjoying my copy too! Let me know if you want a photo of the book's being presented to her. I can e-mail it to you very easily.
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Name: Lucy Wellhausen - Submitted:03/31/2005

Comment: I heard Holley being interviewed by Diane Rehm on NPR on 3/30/2005. Since I am a beekeeper, I am always happy to hear what another beekeeper has to say! Holley was a terrific guest. The honeybee is an amazing creature, truly! I am ordering her book! The world would be a better place if everyone had the chance to "'bee up close and personal"' with honeybees...get to know a beekeeper, or learn to be one! Thank you, Holley, for writing this book!

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Name: Brent Gallenberger - Submitted:03/09/2005

Comment: After reading Robbing the Bees, I became obsessive about trying out every variety of honey I could find. My favorite discoveries so far have been fireweed, Hawaiian kiawe honey (thick, pearly white--great on crackers) and Tasmanian leatherwood (best so far). Having always used generic, store-bought honey in the past, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the variety that's available. I've always enjoyed honey, but since childhood there has only been one dish that I simply cannot eat unless its smothered in honey: my favorite comfort food, cream of wheat. Whether made with milk or water, it just has to have that swirl of honey on top in order to be complete!

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