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 day started with the discovery of a fresh layer of yellow pollen on my windshield. Fortunately, no allergies erupted. Then, as soon as I parked on the FRC campus, I was amazed at the abundance of yellow blossoms. There are daffodils, obviously planted by humans, Oregon Grape (above and below), which is a natural wild shrub but is also often planted by humans,
Forsythia (the next three photos) blooming all around Quincy as well as on campus, and
... the ubiquitous, but still beautiful, Dandelions.
There are some interesting, small, pink and red flowers too, but the yellow is what caught my attention. To top it all off, as I was walking toward my office I met one of my colleagues who was photographing the Forsythia with a yellow camera! That's the first yellow camera I ever saw.