Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
With my current limitations of equipment and/or skill, I am still trying to make an impressive photo of moss showing the sporophytes projecting upward from the mat of gametophytes. For now, the top three photos above will have to do. I urge you to click on each one and explore as if you were an ant, a strategy recommended by Thoreau even when viewing the "real thing." I find the life cycles of mosses intriguing, and will start searching for other species. Right next to the log on which I photographed these mosses was a nice young sagebrush, Artemisia tridenta, (bottom photo) which was a more cooperative photo subject. I walk by this one nearly every day on my way to the FRC library, so I'll be watching for its tiny, camouflaged flowers. It's in the sunflower family, Asteraceae. formerly known as Compositae.