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.
More often than not, when you see a group of mushrooms (fungi caps) they are connected by a thin underground membrane called a mycelium. It's especially easy to visualize such a thing when you see the mushroom caps arranged in a circle and known as a Fairy Ring. But I've heard of mycelia covering an area of thousands of square miles. Imagine all the mushrooms of a given species in a particular state or region being essentially a single organism. Creepy or wonderful, depending on how much science fiction you've read.
I found these clusters on opposite sides of a building on campus, separated by at least 50 feet. I couldn't help but wonder if they are connected, and maybe lived here before the buildings were erected.