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.
Something just dawned on me. Dawn! I saw the "crack of dawn." Bright red eastern sky, and I'm still in my pajamas. Would have been a good morning to be out in American Valley with my camera. I did appreciate the 5-minute show of bright red and orange, but began to wonder if it makes any difference to the birds, insects, mammals, if the sunrise is full of bright colors or just night sky gradually turning from black to gray to blue. While some of us are waking up, others are going to sleep. Some are crepuscular, experiencing the majority of their lives in those periods around sunrise or sunset. I think I just now figured out why I love to get up early. It's to experience the change. And to wonder what the animals are experiencing. Then the schedules of the work-a-day world take over. What this town needs is a 24-hour coffee shop for people who don't like to be bound by schedules.