...an unpaid sabbatical. Just call it a break. I've fallen well short of my original goals for this blog and am too busy to continue at this time. Thanks for the comments and feedback people have given me by email and other means. I will continue to find solace in nature walks, with or without camera and notebook, but I will take at least a two-month break from posting here.
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'm trying to grade papers, relocate my office, and fix my lunch all at once. Hard to stay glued to the chair when it's such a nice day. So, some of the distractions are welcome. My daughter found a dead bat, so I had to take a look. Rigor mortis had set in, so I couldn't really spread the wings. There was no sign of external damage, such as might be caused by a cat. Maybe its sonar failed and it crashed.
The next distraction, also a pleasant one, was this maple leaf that fell out of a file folder. I picked it up off the courthouse lawn a couple of years ago while writing a rant about excessive use of leaf blowers. I was pleased to see that is was still in good shape and retained some color. Back to work....