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.
Known as Diamond Clarkia, and possibly many other common names, Clarkia rhomboidea was abundant in the "rough" at the edges of the trail I hiked this afternoon. The generic name is after William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the species name is based on the overall flower shape, a rhombus, or more popularly known as a diamond. I have never seen an actual diamond in that shape except in a deck of cards. Nearby was another species of Clarkia, commonly known as Farewell-to-Spring. I'll dig through my digital extravaganza to find an image of it. I'm pretty sure I took a few photos of it on this same hike, although I was so hot and dry, I might have been hallucinating.