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.
During a heavy rain last night, my son Ryan created this balance out of copper wire with pans made of sheets of stainless steel. We were anticipating more snow and rain for at least a week. We've gotten pretty good at creating indoor activities when we aren't in the mood to bundle up and brave the stormy weather. Inspired by Thoreau's "There's no such thing as bad weather, just good clothes," we decided to take a walk today and gather up some small natural objects to weigh on this balance. Lacking a set of standardized weights, we decided to use shiny new coins. We found the weights of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, and chose shiny new ones. We'll pile small seeds, bugs, pine needles, or other small objects on one side until they balance a given coin or coins on the other. I also collected a small bag of items for drawing practice - white fir cones and needles, blackberry leaves, rose hips, and seeds of a boxelder tree. I'm also working on a painting of two damselflies mating, hoping to finish it in time for the February show at Main Street Artists. The February show will have a Valentine's Day theme. If you're looking for a unique Valentine's Day card, stop by the gallery and take a look at my Convergent Ladybird Beetles and Oak Treehoppers mating.