Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
A couple of years ago the tulip bed we inherited with the house seemed to be getting overcrowded. Not knowing much about tulips, we just dug up a few bulbs and tossed them over by a pile of scrap wood we accumulate then use for kindling. I guess they liked it there, or were just refusing to accept our act of rejection. They have come back looking more beautiful than ever. The above photo is the scene. Then the photos below are closeups of a few of them.
Ironically, I know a lot more about dandelions than I do about tulips, and I tend to be a "dandelion protectionist." But, even though I don't pay a lot of attention to human-cultivated flowers, these tulips are starting to grow on me. (Not literally, I hope.)