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.
A nice sight along the path leading up to the office is an abundance of fresh-blooming Mint. It might be Horsemint. It doesn't smell at all like Mint Tea or Mint-flavored chewing gum. More like dry hay. But the flowers are just as elegant as any of the mints when viewed close up.
Two features of the mint family, Lamiaceae, that are easy to recognize are the square stem and the position of the leaves along the stem opposite each other rather than alternating.