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.
...and you might find Grape Hyacinth. Genus Muscari. This is a fascinating plant that has become naturalized. It has a fascinating taxonomic history, long a member of the Liliaceae but now placed in the Asparagaceae. What fascinates me is finding it in what appear to be wild areas of a forest, but usually always a symptom of an earlier human habitation. When I find Grape Hyacinth in the forest, I usually always find old bottles and rusty tool nearby. The ones pictured here are blooming in the tulip bed in our yard. I'd guess they were purchased at a nursery and planted here by a previous owner. I've found them along the Keddie Cascades Trail. Start with the Wikipedia article on Muscari if you want to dig into their fascinating history - going back to Linnaeus.