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.
Spined Woodborer, Ergates spiculatis, a 2-inch long Cerambycid beetle with awesome jaws was on the floor beneath our ping pong table. My son put it in a jar and thought it was dead. When I got home from another visit to Dellinger's Pond, he showed me the beetle, and when I picked it up it started to squeak and flail about with its antennae and legs. Then my wife took over the camera and made a little video of me giving an impromptu lesson about the critter. Fun. The video is not ready for a premiere by any means, but it whetted the appetite for refining our skills and making short video clips for this blog.