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 email@example.com 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.
On yesterday's excursion down Meadow Valley Road, I saw some nice clusters of Baneberry. I never seem to notice the flowers earlier in the spring. They are small and white, and usually grow in shady spots near water. I've got a couple of places identified from last summer, but I still manage to miss the flowering period in spring. Can't miss the berries, though. Bright shiny red. In the same area were some 4-foot tall Asters and Sierra Currants. In a large puddle stranded as the creek receded, we stared for a while at little brown clusters of pine needles and gravel under 6 inches of water. When they started to move around, we realized they were Caddisfly nymphs in their home made casings. I put one on my hand, and it only took a few seconds before the nymph emerged, wondering where the water went.