Buddy Nachtsheim was calling last week from Guatemala.
Nachtsheim, an Overstreet boat captain, was, like the rest of the country of Guatemala, on eight days of house or boat lockdown, by order of the country’s president.
“It is all good down here, very few cases of COVID-19,” Nachtsheim said. “But it is funny seeing the streets of Puerto Barrios Guatemala empty.”
Nachtsheim wasn’t checking in for a coronovirus update, though news of the county beach closure was “unbelievable”, but communicating that his book “Hurricane Honey” is now available free of charge on Amazon.com.
“I want to spread hope and love during the days ahead,” he said.
For the uninitiated, a bit of history about “Hurricane Honey” might assist.
In 2018, Nachtsheim was a novice trying his hand in beekeeping when Hurricane Michael paid a visit.
The bees somehow survived despite the demolition of their hives.
And while taking care of a father who had just lost his wife of more than 50 years, Buddy nurtured those bees to health as the hives were reconstructed.
The bees rewarded Buddy with a heavy flow of honey which Buddy would call Hurricane Honey or Good News Honey.
Buddy even special-ordered classic glass jars in which to sell the honey.
The places Buddy went from there.
A few days after The Star published his story, the Panama City daily paper picked it up and once it hit the internet on both sites, Hurricane Honey was no secret.
The story was subsequently picked up by newspapers in Jacksonville and Palm Beach and the phone calls kept coming from people who wanted some of that hurricane survivor honey.
Within days Buddy was making deliveries around the area, as far as Panama City Beach, while also witnessing his deep faith with a host of people from all walks of life he would never have met save for his bees and their honey.
“I cried with more women, young and old, and elderly people than I ever have in my life,” Buddy detailed at the time. “It was as very emotional time for me and them.
“It kind of caught me off guard how people were so interested in me and my honeybees.”
Within a couple of weeks, the Weather Channel came calling and Buddy did a remote segment on his story of survival for a national audience.
He mailed his honey as far away as Colorado.
At the urging of former librarian Nancy Brockman, Buddy decided to tell the story of how he and his bees survived and thrived after Hurricane Michael.
And, Buddy, while in his boat one day, began to recount the details of what he had been through, not only learning about bees, but also Michael, his family’s losses and the storm’s impacts on his life and faith.
Just talking into a SmartPhone.
After transcription of the tapes, Nachtsheim enlisted the help of a co-writer and the result was “Hurricane Honey: A Survivor’s Story of Overcoming.”
Visit Buddy’s website at www.goodnewshoney.com.