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.
The first five photos above are of Beetles. The first three are of the same Pine Borer, a beetle in the Family Cerambycidae, also known as Longhorn Beetles. The fourth photo is of a Red Milkweed Beetle, my regular readers know as one of my favorite "bugs." The fifth photo is of another species of Longhorn Beetle. The second five phots are of "true bugs," Order Hemiptera. Photo 6 is the Red Milkweed Bug, an adult. Photo 7 is a nymph or earlier stage of that same milkweed bug. Photos 8 and 9 are of two different kids of Plant Bugs, which is actually a category. The tenth photo is of a pair of true bugs I haven't yet identified beyond the fact that they are Hemipterans. Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said "Eschew Obfuscation." Well, I tried. :)