...an unpaid sabbatical. Just call it a break. I've fallen well short of my original goals for this blog and am too busy to continue at this time. Thanks for the comments and feedback people have given me by email and other means. I will continue to find solace in nature walks, with or without camera and notebook, but I will take at least a two-month break from posting here.
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 was looking around for Oak Treehoppers or varieties of Fall Colors when I came across this scene and could not resist. I did a little online research but could not find any information about the origin or age of the phrase. I'd guess it evolved in a sailing ship environment, but I have no evidence of that.