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 soil is definitely warming. A brief hike up Boyle Ravine revealed these critters hiding under pieces of bark. The beetle, one of many insect species commonly called Stink Bugs, is in the Family Tenebrionidae. Another name for them is Darkling Beetles. SpellCheck doesn't know that word. Oh, well. Then I found two species of Millipedes. There was at least one millipede under practically every piece of bark I turned over. I always return them to their original position so the bugs can live out their life cycles as well as provide other photo ops throughout the summer. The Tulip, sporting a handsome fly (oxymoron?), was one I threw away when we were thinning last fall, but it came back and is thriving on a pile of woodstove ashes and providing a landing spot for insects. I guess I'll start watering it and give it another lease on life.