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.
My story about Plant Propagation and Propaganda is still under development, but on my way to a local coffee shop at daybreak, I decided to explore the low-hanging branches of a California Black Oak in my driveway. I was delighted to find a gathering of young Oak Treehoppers which I've found in September for the past three years. I don't know if they've emerged early or if I'm just more attuned to them. I'm not gathering statistics but enjoying their presence. No adults in this morning's group. Now I'll be watching daily. Click on this photo for a closer look. Better yet, visit the Mainstreet Artist's Gallery in Quincy where you can buy my blank greeting cards with photos of this remarkable bug.