Christine H. Lee

Instructor & Writer
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Crisis Unicorn. Chicken + bee keeper. Author of a stroke memoir, Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember  (Ecco/Harper Collins). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, The New York Times, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. Her novel is forthcoming from Ecco / Harper Collins. 

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Stories

Cover Photo: An illustration of a woman watching a swarm of bees outside her hexagon-shaped window
When My Marriage Ended, I Learned to Relish the Space I Was Given

Being left behind is not a disadvantage. It is an opportunity to grow and an opportunity to live life on my own terms.

Nov 27, 2019
Cover Photo: A collage of photos of the author smiling in a beekeeper suit with hundreds of live bees in her open palms
What I Learned from the Master Beekeeper

He prefaces all his beekeeping sessions with a proposal to examine hives without gloves. It teaches a beekeeper to be more gentle. It’s easier to be gentle without gloves.

Oct 29, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Andreas Schantl/Unsplash
Finding a Way Forward After Failure and Heartbreak, in Life and on the Farm

I was single for the first time in eighteen years. I felt unmoored. For the first time in eighteen years, everything was new, including me.

Jun 18, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
At My Urban Farm, I’m Growing My Family and Growing Our Sanctuary

By farming, I connect back to my own culture. To, pun intended, my roots. To what it means to be a child of immigrants and help things grow.

May 21, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Massimiliano Latella/Unsplash
Learning How to Be Gentle in the Face of Trauma—Others’ and My Own

Bees do not attack—just as trauma survivors do not attack, but rather defend. She will not sting you unless she believes the colony’s life depends on her defense. Because when she stings you, she dies.

Apr 09, 2019
Cover Photo: Turning Our Garden’s Bounty Into Community by Christine H. Lee
Turning Our Garden’s Bounty Into Community

Nature is never obedient. It rallies forward. This is the reality on a farm: The bounty comes all at once.

Mar 05, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Gabriel Jimenez/Unsplash
Giving Myself to My Garden and Keeping Enough for Me

The thing my mom told me to do—“Save twenty percent for yourself. Never give one hundred percent to anyone.”—was not selfish after all. Not when thinking about my own survival.

Feb 05, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult
After Divorce and Postpartum Depression, Work (and Bees) Brought Me Back to Life

It is no wonder that I am so in love with my bees. They fight for their lives.

Jan 08, 2019
Cover Photo: photo by Spencer Tweedy/flickr
Saving Chickens, Saving Myself

“I know that it is scary to say something. That it is easier to think it is none of your business.”

Feb 28, 2017