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.
Until today, nothing new has bloomed in our yard since the Spring Whitlow Grass that arrived a few weeks ago. Downtown along Main Street the tulips in front of various shops have been blooming for a couple of weeks. We've only around 100' above the downtown elevation, but we are in the shade of tall firs and pines. So today, three of our tulips fully bloomed, and there are a couple dozen more waiting in line.
Our Dandelions are doing great, possibly the best in the neighborhood. I suspect they are liking the canine excrement and renal outpourings diluted by the recent rains. And for the last couple of days they've been attracting hundreds of Painted Lady butterflies.
Today while photographing this activity I enjoyed watching one of our cats lunge at butterflies a dozen or more times with ever catching one.
I think I'll enjoy this show of Dandelions and butterflies for a couple more days, then cut down the Dandelions before they go to seed. It seems that most people are at war with Dandelions, but I need to have a little fun before succumbing to the neighborhood standard.