Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
My back yard bird chorus seems less intense than usual for this time of year, but the squirrels are doing fine. I love watching their death-defying leaps from my back deck. Once in a great while I see a mistake. They'll jump for a branch that can't support their weight. But, like a cat, they manage to go through rapid body contortions on the way down, reducing their speed, and usually having a safe landing. Unlike cats, they seem just as adept at climbing down a trunk as they are at climbing up, due to their ability to rotate the rear legs into a position that the claws on the rear feet can grasp the bark.
Woodpeckers have this ability, too, with two toes pointing forward and two backward, rather than the more common configuration for birds of three forward and one backward. Exciting details.