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.
Perhaps another case of ASD (Attention Surplus Disorder), I was sorting my Butterfly Valley photos and trying to make sense of a couple of garden plants sighted in downtown Quincy (see previous post), when a cute green bug walked across my notepad. I grabbed a handy marker and let the bug crawl up on it for a photo. As it kept trying to get to the backside to hide I kept taking photos while rotating the marker, hoping at least one would be sharp. When I checked the photos on my monitor, this one is the only one that was sharp. I enjoyed the irony of the fact that the label on the marker is a lie. The odor was quite apparent, and undoubtedly not healthy. I wondered if it was supposed to act like some air fresheners which actually deaden your sense of smell rather than actually neutralize the odors. To me, that is a horrendous fraud and intrusion. In any case, the label applied more accurately to the bug. It had no apparent odor at all.