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 posted a photo of this same little daisy two weeks ago and hoped it would last until Fall which began on the 22nd. Well, it's still here and now has a companion bloom, but is still only 6" tall! It's showing the same spirit I'm trying to maintain, think of the season in terms of beginnings, not endings. By not mowing the lawn, I'm encouraging all sorts of activities that inspire my photos and writing.
The Yellow Wood Sorrel are making another appearance following a couple of days of brief watering. The grass is still mostly brown, but evidently there were lots of other kinds of seeds waiting for such a moment. Today I have a half dozen new blooms of Sorrel, several blooming Field Clover, and the Ox-eye Daisies are hanging in there and still hosting interesting bugs. That the Dandelions are making a fierce stand almost goes without saying.
More hot days forecast, so more photo and sketching fun ahead, then snow. Last year the first snow in our yard fell October 5. Hmmmm....