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.
Further Thoughts on Slime; Table Mountain, 3/23/12
Here's the California Slender Salamander, Batrachoceps attenuatus, that I mentioned on yesterday's post. I found it under a small piece of basalt nestled in a bed of Star Moss. In a matter of weeks, as the soil on Table Mountain dries up, this fellow will have done his breeding and will head down the deep cracks where he will spend the summer 20 feet or more below the surface. The second photo is of a branch of wild grape covered with slime mold. I approached from the backside and grabbed the branch without seeing the slime. A discomforting feeling, for a few seconds, but I quickly washed it off in the creek and was no worse for the wear. Dried my hands and got a couple of photos. It was actually kind of pretty with streaks of different colors like the stalactites in Carlsbad Caverns. I wonder if the colors represent different species. I also wondered if many hikers carry hand sanitizer. I don't believe in the stuff; just curious.