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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
I drove on some of our rural roads today, passing by places where the mowers have recently leveled much that interests me. However, three hardy members of the composite family, now known as Asteraceae, have made a quick comeback. After spending the past three springs and summers photographing wildflowers and bugs, I have dubbed these three, together with the milkweeds in the Apocynaceae, "bug magnets." It's fun to spot Salsify, Yarrow and Ox-eye Daisies while driving along at highway speeds and know that is you stop and take a closer look you will be rewarded with sights such as those shown above. The top photo is Salsify, and no obvious bugs are showing, but nearly all of the Salsif now blooming have aphids along their stems and some ants herding them like cows so they can feed off their end products. The Yarrow and Daisies were hosting a good variety of beetles, spiders, and butterflies, and the fun has only just begun. Soon we'll have the Showy Milkweed and the Gum Plant blooming, then the Narrow-leaf Milkweed, Indian Hemp, and and even greater variety of bug visitors. Down with mowers! Up with children's story writers!