Nearly a month went by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I found that teaching writing classes not only involved lots of time grading papers but also focused my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but was not focusing in the short run on material I wanted to post here. Finally, in the month of July, I managed to resume my average of one post per day for the month. I plan to surpass that volume from here on out. What I post here, combined with my daily writing in journals, is mostly fine-tuning what I hope to publish in a memoir about my experiences in education as student, parent, teacher, supporter and critic.
Meanwhile, I am still available for guiding local nature hikes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about rates and parameters of time, distance, and personal needs regarding matters of health and fitness.
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.
Cat footprints in the freshly fallen snow reminded me that there's a lot more going on at this time of year than meets the eye - or most eyes. I got these two photos around sunrise by my car, but it was so cold, I didn't bother to bring my camera with me to work. Wouldn't you know, the snow-covered "green" on the way up to the classrooms was decorated with many signs of early morning activity. Most prominent were the many wild turkey footprints. There were also deer prints, Raven Prints, and photogenic leaves and mushroom caps covered with snow. By Noon, the snow had melted and taken all this evidence with it.
Young firs at the edge of my driveway looked really nice with a fresh layer of snow. No need for a snowblower yet. There was fresh bear poop on Boyle and Coburn Streets, but no tipped-over trash cans. It was nice to see the snow, but not all of my students from Florida were glad to see it.