Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
I have been teaching since 1965 and have recently joined the English Department as an Associate Faculty member at Feather River College. Recently taught Nature Literature in America and am currently teaching Interpersonal Communication and Basic Reading and Writing.
When most of the flowers and colorful leaves are gone, I search for the more subtle objects of beauty in my environment. One of the last stands of colorful broad-leaf trees is in my friend Mike's yard. Besides the bright red leaves, there's just enough shrubbery to create mini-wild habitats where I find lots of interesting bugs, worms, frogs, and fungi. A beautiful, late-season Crimson Columbine I photographed here a couple of weeks ago wilted and dried up rather quickly leaving behind this "shell" which was a fountain of seeds, another form of beauty. A close-up of a 5'-diameter Ponderosa Pine, especially if you click on it, shows why some call it "Puzzle Tree."