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 email@example.com 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.
Doing some yard clean-up, making way for tulips and other domesticated plants, but always looking out for wild critters. The Carabid Beetle (family Carabidae) is a fast-moving predator, and I was lucky to get a fairly focused shot before it disappeared into the leaf mold by the log I rolled over. I have a few strategically placed short pieces of 2x4 where I can count on various invertebrates adopting them as hiding places. Today I found the usual complement of slugs and isopods. The lilac bush in the front yard is in full bud. Lots of schools across the country use the date of "bud burst" of the lilacs as an indicator of the beginning of spring. To me, the unopened buds are just as pretty as the flowers of this versatile member of the olive family. The last photo here I called "under log potpourri." Indication that these were growing under a log would be the curvature of the stems of the fungi. Very tiny - notice the male catkin of a pine tree for scale. Rounding out this collection are some fir needles and water drops caught in a spider web. Tomorrow this blog will probably return to themes with bright colors as I'm going to Table Mountain. Stay tuned....