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.
Snow is falling, so I knew this scene wouldn't last long. Again, my front 'lawn' puts on a show. To those who manicure their lawns, use herbicides to eliminate weeds, and use huge amounts of water to keep the grass looking almost as good as Astroturf(r), it appears that I don't care about my lawn. Lots of so-called weeds, Daisies (but I repeat myself), Dandelions, Sorrel, and a wide variety of insect and spider visitors. By not caring about the judgement of my neighbors nor the standard aesthetics that apply to lawns, I am showing a great deal of caring about all those plants, fungi and creatures that would otherwise have to find other places to live. Selfishly, I'm also caring about my own enjoyment of communing with a small-scale wilderness.
These two clusters of mushroom caps were about two feet apart and are no doubt connected beneath the surface. In other words, we're looking at one organism. When I come in close with my camera, they stand out against the background, but, in reality, they almost went unnoticed. Glad I got a peek before 'real winter' arrives. Of course, if serious snow doesn't come, this scene could be repeated many more times.