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 was running around doing errands, dodging hailstones, etc., but I noticed that man of the Oak Treehoppers I photographed on our Black Oaks a couple of weeks ago have grown up. Note the ones with longitudinal red and white stripes (above) were the smaller ones with side-to-side black and white stripes in my first photo (below). Same spot on the tree. Nobody has moved. Imagine a zebra doing this!
During one of my errands I stopped by my "milkweed spot" on Lee Road and found the milkweeds were beginning to burst their pods and were being visited by Milkweed Bugs. This might be a mother and child (below). I'll revisit these places tomorrow. Hopefully the rain will have stopped and I'll take more careful photos.