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.
Not bad for a cell phone! My wife and I took a quick drive to Graeagle this afternoon, and after twelve or thirteen miles of brown, dried-up vegetation at the sides of the road, my attention was grabbed by a great patch of blooming Washington Lilies, Lilium washingtonianum, around a quarter mile east of Lee Summit. There must have been fifty or more blooms, many of them wilted and turning brown. But there were enough fresh-looking ones for some photos. At 4,000' elevation, practically all the lilies are done for the season. I'm hoping to go up to 6,500' and higher within the next few days where it should still be spring. There should still be some lilies at that elevation and also Monkshood.