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.
Hiking in the vicinity of Gilson Creek in freezing weather, we encountered little pockets of warmth where signs of spring were apparent. Some of these plants were growing near the railroad tracks with full sun exposure. They might get covered with snow several more times this winter, but in these areas the snow melts quickly each time and most plants emerge no worse for the wear. Some will even bloom then get covered with snow then bloom again. To me, a large measure of their beauty is their hardiness. The source of Gilson Creek is high up on Mt. Hough and it flows into Spanish Creek between Oakland Camp and Keddie at a spot that is a botanical wonderland in spring and summer. Also, where the creek crosses a dirt road just before entering Spanish Creek many kinds of butterflies gather. For the patient, it's also a great spot for sighting Dippers, Mergansers, Osprey, Beavers and River Otters.