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.
Dandelions are beautiful. They are highly nutritious. They support bees which are a very important part of every ecosystem, not to mention our food crops. Good wine can be made from them. A good coffee substitute can be made from them. They can add some interest to your otherwise very boring and ecologically damaging lawn. Kids love them. Poisoning dandelions with toxic chemicals is ignorant! The foregoing eruption is an extremely condensed and sanitized version of what went through my mind (a kind of very rough draft) this afternoon when I drove by a neighbor poisoning dandelions.