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.
The "pink slime" recently approved for school lunches is giving slime a bad name. These two slime-covered beauties from our recent Table Mountain excursion are very well adapted to a place that is hot and dry for much of the year. The top photo is of a banana slug and the bottom one is a newt. Both were found in a shady canyon below one of Table Mountain's major waterfalls. Nearby I also found a Slender Salamander under a rock in damp soil. These are known on the surface for a very brief time in spring then crawl down cracks in the basalt where they might spend most of the year 20 feet or more below the surface.