After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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.
It all started when I got a glimpse of a large, yellow composite flower on the way up my steep driveway. I thought it might have come from a seed that got away from my neighbors yard (first photo). My mind raced over the subject of plant propagation, and as I ran to the house to get my camera, I was suddenly aware of the many other composites in my yard and along the driveway, most of which had gone to seed. First, I got a photo of the neighbor's Brown-Eyed Susans, then trudged down the driveway to get a few shots of the one I first mentioned. Turns out it wasn't a Brown-Eyed Susan, but a Common Sunflower. That threw me off balance a bit, as far as my story was concerned. I began to think about propaganda - originally about "propagation of the faith - and Thoreau's last book, Faith in a Seed. My story ( or possibly just an essay) will be about the relationship between plant propagation and the propagation of faith. Thoreau had great faith in seeds, although the way the word is used today, I doubt if he would have much faith in faith. I've been collecting tidbits which compare the various ways seeds are dispersed with ways propaganda is spread. There are many interesting analogies here. The one I haven't quite figured out is what might be the propaganda equivalent of the way Mistletoe seeds are dispersed. Still working on it.