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.
We had some rain last night, so I was glad I had put a tarp over the new load of firewood that had been delivered earlier. This morning we had a break, so I was able to get in about 4 hours of splitting and stacking before the rain resumed. One stubborn piece of cedar, full of knots, tested my patience. I almost gave it one more very hard blow when I thought I spotted some legs. I poked a small stick into the cave-like crack under a knot when a bark beetle dwelling there exited out of the back side of the log. It was probably still too cold to run away quickly when I first exposed its hiding place, so I had time to run inside to get my camera. I have another 1 1/2 cords to go, so I'll make sure I keep the camera nearby when I start splitting again. I almost forgot how exciting it was last fall.