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.
Ever since I was a first-grader living on 3 acres in Massachusetts, I've been tipping over small rocks, pieces of bark, and small logs to see what might be living underneath. This morning, in the vicinity of Bear Creek Falls, the ground was still frozen for the most part, but there were a few signs of animal life - a slow-moving banana slug, a salamander, and lots of ladybugs. Just as we were about to leave the area, I saw one more tempting log. When I tipped it over, Voila! A nice-looking Black Widow Spider. It was nice to be with a few people who like spiders.