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.
Earlier, I posted a photo of the Bird's Nest Fungus and promised five more. Here they are. I think an awareness of their ecological roles must be a major factor in my seeing them as beautiful. There are many elements of the natural environment that most people find ugly, but I think an understanding of the interdependence of all organisms would change that. I just helped my daughter finish a biology assignment dealing with this very topic, food chains, food webs the role of decomposers, and so on. The lesson came from a textbook, and I don't think she was very interested. While she was in school, I was walking in the woods and seeing this lesson in real life. What a difference! Brought back memories of days teaching when I was sometimes reprimanded for bringing kids outside.