The Secret Life of Bees: Mink Edition

Mrs. Hawk resurrected the Secret Life of Bees tradition in August and I thought I’d continue with my own version. I thought I’d share three things about me that I haven’t been able to share in the past.

I’m a politics and news junkie.
I am fascinated by politics and the media. While I remember loving current events when I was young, I think my interest in the media stems from a short stint working at MSNBC just after my freshman year in college, when it was a brand new network. My job was purely administrative, but I was in awe of the staff of The News. The News was Brian William’s old show and his staff occupied the area of the newsroom next to my desk. I would FedEx plane tickets to producers or prepare shipments of MSNBC swag to be given out at the DNC while listening to his staff talk about how they would cover the events of the day. I loved being a fly on the newsroom wall.

While many are getting tired of the media’s coverage of our candidates’ every moves, I’m amped up for the final weeks of the election season. I only wish Tim Russert was still around with his white board.

I sometimes drive an animal taxi.
Our love of animals isn’t a secret, but I’ve never discussed some of the rescue work I do. One of the activities in which I’ve loved being involved is called rescue transport. Rescue transporters relay homeless animals, often from kill shelters in the south, to new homes in the north. A coordinator assembles a list of drivers by putting an itinerary out on a listserve. Drivers sign up to cover a segment of the trip, meeting the next driver on the list at a designated spot where a transfer is made. At the end of the day, there’s usually an update about the passenger getting to his or her new home.


On the left, my first passenger (from years ago…look at my short hair!) and on the right, my most recent one.

I love dramatic haircuts.

After years of having keeping my hair short, I decided to grow it out to donate to charity. I had my first donation cut in 2004 and have had three more since. Unfortunately, I found out that the charity that got my first donation often sells hair and doesn’t make too many wigs for sick folks, which I had assumed was their primary activity. The next time I cut my hair, I wound up selling it online and donating several hundred dollars to a local charity.


My second haircut for charity.

Does anyone else share my “secret” activities?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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  1. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:53 pm

    Wow, this is such a cool post Mink! I am long due for a haircut and have been going back and forth on if I should donate. This was helpful!!

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