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 swear, the internet is spoiling me! I posted this beetle, hiding in Deer Brush, yesterday without identifying it. It looked a lot like the Red Milkweed Beetle except for the black head and thorax. In the case of the milkweed beetle, it's all red with black spots. So, late last night I found it in my Callifornia insect guide. It's the Dimorphic Flower Longhorn, Anastrangalia laetifica, a Cerambycid like the milkweed beetle. I knew dimorphic means two forms, so I got curious and did a web search. Wow! Discovered some great photos of these beetles mating. The males are solid black and have a most impressive means of becoming fathers. Curious?