Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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 revisited the ditch in front of Safeway this morning and found some colorful plants, among the last blooms of summer. Feeling a little sleepy this afternoon, so rather than try to write any natural history notes, I decided to play with cropping. Closer views of these plants than one ordinarily gets from walking or driving by. With views this close I identify with the insect visitors. Close-ups always remind me of a phrase from William Blake - "a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower."