Imagine covering yourself with 20,000 bees for maternity photos. Well, a young mother in South Akron, Ohio, has done this. Emily Mueller, 33, wore a white maternity dress and posed in nature as 20,000 bees were swarming on her.
In one of the pictures, Mueller is sitting in the grass with the bees covering her pregnant belly. In order to control the bees for the photos, she held a small cage with the queen bee.
Many people are afraid of bees and consider them to be dangerous. Some people might question the safety of covering oneself with bees. Emily Mueller and her spouse, Ryan, operate a bee-removal business, so she knew exactly what she was doing. The woman who photographed her was Kendrah Damis.
Mueller decided to pose with bees because of the spiritual significance that bees have for her and her husband. She experienced three miscarriages in the past, and she felt that bees symbolize her struggles because they symbolize life and death. The symbolism of the bees, as well as the feeling of them all around her provided for a very spiritual experience. She felt like she was able to fully connect with nature.
Did she get stung? Of Course! However, none of the bees intentionally attacked her. She was stung three times. She was stung one time because she accidentally sat on a bee. Another time she was stung because she accidentally crushed a bee with one of her arms.
Upon hearing this story some people might question how safe this would be for an unborn baby. Well, her unborn baby was unharmed. Honey bees happen to be very docile and safe to be around.
Mueller was pregnant with her fourth child, and she said that with four children, her and her husband are “good to go.”
Nebraska’s largest city seems like an unlikely place to experience international culture, but holiday seekers in Omaha are thronging to the city this month to attend local cultural festivals. More than 1,000 visitors have arrived in Omaha in December to attend Christmas events celebrating Irish, Mexican, and German cultures. According to the the Omaha Visitors Bureau, Omaha’s holiday events attract tourists from all over the country, including states like California and Texas. The popularity of Omaha’s Christmas activities has inspired tour companies to offer visitors special “Christmas Around the World” tour packages.
To the delight of out-of-towners, the city’s German-American Society hosted its annual Christmas in Germany celebration on December 3. The celebration was held at the society’s headquarters on South 120th Street. Guests enjoyed singing traditional German Christmas carols and watched German folk dancers perform as they consumed German mulled wine and ate German bratwurst. The festivities concluded with a sing-along of “Stille Nacht” and a surprise visit from St. Nicholas.
Visitors also experienced a Christmas in Mexico celebration in the South 24th Street South historic district and traveled to Boys Town for the facility’s Irish Christmas. This celebration of Irish Christmas traditions includes an antique toy display at Father Flanagan’s Historic House in Omaha. Father Flanagan founded the non-profit organization that caters to disadvantaged children and was immortalized in the classic Hollywood film Boys Town, starring Spencer Tracy. The Irish Christmas open house is scheduled to run until December 16.
Other ongoing Christmas events include the Holiday Poinsettia Show at Lauritzen Gardens and the Omaha Symphony’s annual Christmas celebration. Additionally, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is running at the Omaha Playhouse until December 23.
Although gambling in all of its various forms has taken on a new level of acceptance and understanding in recent years, there are still some pockets of the United States that are not completely comfortable with the practice. This was evidenced when a Piggly Wiggly store in a small down in Illinois installed some video gambling machines.
The store owner was granted a liquor license by the town according to fooddive.com. Having a liquor license in that particular town means that you automatically are granted a license to have gambling machines installed as well.
After the owner went through the trouble of putting the machines in, he got some blowback from the community for what those machines symbolize. They believe that it flies in the face of the image that Piggly Wiggly stores have tried to uphold throughout the years. That image in the mind of many customers is that of a very family-friendly place in which everyone is welcome. To some people, the sight of gambling machines alone is enough to turn them away.
The store owner has said that installing the new machines have helped to bring in a whole new crop of customers. He says that it helps keep his store competitive against some of the larger stores in the area. Meanwhile, members of the town council that granted the license in the first place say that it was not their intention for it to be used to get him the gambling machines placed in there. They legitimately believed that he wanted it just for the right to sell liquor.
It seems like in this particular case, there are no winners and losers, just angry people on both sides. Perhaps the only people who have won as a result of this are those who really care about their ability to play the gambling machines.