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.
My pet Crab Spider had this Bumblebee in its grasp last night when I returned from Reno. This morning, she's changed her position, but still had the bee. This was the fourth insect I'd seen in her grasp in the last few days. Seems like an amazing diet for a spider that seems to sit still all day long.
While I was taking pictures this morning, she dropped the bee carcass. It did look a bit shriveled, so I assumed she'd had her fill. I picked it up for a photo, then left in the grass for the ants.
The spider immediately assumed the pose of a trap, which she is. It's a nice sunny day, so I anticipate a lot of activity around the daisies. I'm looking forward to the next capture. I'd love to have a video camera I could set to maybe 'film' an actual capture.