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.
This is the first time I've posted to this blog from a coffee shop. I'm spoiled. The Internet here is soooo fast. A couple of days ago I checked on the Oak Treehoppers in my favorite California Black Oak on the FRC campus. I usually post only close-ups, but today I thought I'd start with a photo that shows the scene where they live. You can see how easy it would be to enjoy fall colors for years and never know these little beauties exist. But when you come up close, you see wonders. They're less
than a half inch long. Click on each photo for a better idea of what they look like. Turns out the next day they were gone. Likewise, the little colony on the biggest oak by my driveway disappeared on the same day. I wonder if they sense the big winter we've been promised.