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.
I'm still aching to catch up on stories I've started and promised to continue soon, but the distractions are just too numerous. On a routine errand at the shopping center, I couldn't stop myself from carrying the camera down to the creek in front of the parking lot. The gathering of trout was exciting, but I'm still thinking about dandelions. My naturalist friend Rex Burress in Oroville managed to send me his recent essay about dandelions before I got mine together. He scooped me on a number of points, but I do think I still have a couple of new things to say. I hope I can get to it today. I've made several brief explorations near town since I posted my first dandelion comments. Each of these hikes had its high points and its collection of photographs. I need about two hours of uninterrupted time to catch up. Maybe I'll go park somewhere outside a business with free WiFi powerful enough to reach me. Otherwise, I'll tackle these posts after the rest of the family has gone to bed. I'm thinking dandelions, mating beetles, crickets, several species of violets, a flower I haven't identified yet, some notes on non-native species, railroad lore, and the emerging leaves of many species that will be
blooming soon. When I review the photos, I'll probably find several more topics that need to be addressed.