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.
I've visited Dellinger's Pond 5 times since I began this project - observing, writing, sketching, taking photos, etc., and I've decided I don't like the looks of the entrance gate. It's chain-link fence material framed by tubular metal. At least it's always open. Instead, what I like to think of as the entry point is a healthy-looking California Black Oak for which this blog is named. On a recent day the oak was being paid a visit by a Convergent Lady-beetle and a couple of ants. There were probably a thousand ants that escaped my notice on the tree, but at least two seemed to be in close communication with the beetle.