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.
I got used to checking on this Thistle daily when it hosted an Ambush Bug. Now that the bug is gone, I've been enjoying watching the closing stages of this plant's annual cycle of life. One of the blooms has gone to seed, while the other looks like it will be colorful for another week or two.
Another noticeable plant along the same walkway is this member of the mint family. My first guess was Horsemint, but this one is pretty fuzzy and a lady I met along the path said it was Bee Balm. The other very noticeable feature on this day is the large number of acorns that are falling from the California Black Oak. Unfortunately, when I use this path I'm always in a hurry to get to class or to get home. I'm hoping that on a weekend I can schedule at least an hour to walk the path slowly and observe more. Meanwhile, during tomorrow's Nature Literature class, we'll take an hour-long amble to discuss nature journaling and observe some of the natural features of the forest uphill from the main campus. That will include some discussion of the Maidu methods of maintaining a good acorn harvest.