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.
Here are eight photos from dry places. According to today's news (from many sources) 2012 was the hottest year in the USA on record by a full degree over the previous record which was in 1998. To go along with that news, the January, 2013, issue of Harper's reports in its 'Harper's Index' that 98% of Canadians believe in Global Warming, 70% of Americans do, and 48% of Republicans do. Appalling.
The dead animals in these photos didn't necessarily die of dehydration, but I've staged this set to show what extreme drought might look like. There were extreme droughts in parts of the USA this past year. Instead of putting lots of research energy and money into prevention, we think of technological 'cures' like cloud seeding, building bigger dams, drilling deeper wells, etc., piling stupidity on top of stupidity. Sometimes I get very angry about stupidity, especially when I think about a generation or two into the future when children might not be able to know what a healthy Earth looks like, and therefore, not be able to work toward such a result.
Do something to reduce your ecological footprint. Walk more! Change your diet. Use a rake instead of a leaf blower. It would take more than a book to list all the easy ways to improve on our habits.