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.
I spent a little more time in local ditches today, mostly looking for good examples of milkweeds going to seed. I was quite surprised to find one last Red Milkweed Beetle, Tetraopes basalis, on a dried out milkweed on Chandler Road. The plant looked too dry for successful egg laying, but you never know. Maybe her job was done a week or two ago and she's just out exploring until fall weather moves in. I still can't get used to having this beautiful bug in our midst. As J. B. S. Haldane famously said, "God must have had an inordinate fondness for beetles." It was actually a sarcastic answer to a question from a creationist, but it still captures the spirit of us who are captivated by beetles.