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.
I brought my camera to work this morning with pollinating insects in mind. I didn't see any insects on the daisies and clover that I knew were growing along the path to the office, but I did a double-take when I thought I'd spied a pink piece of trash in the forest around 15' off the path. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a young Pinedrops, a plant that resembles the fungi in terms of preferred habitat and "way of life." However, it bears flowers and is in the Heather family along with Manzanita, Madrone, and Prince's Pine, all common green plants in this area. This specimen is actually faily well hidden, so I hope to check in on it regularly over the summer during which time it should reach 3 - 4 feet in height. A nice way to begin blogging in June.