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.
After visiting the Art Show at Oakland Camp on Saturday, I came home and sat in the shade of our birch trees to cool down. The afternoon had been so hot I felt really lazy. But right in front of me was one of my favorite plants, a Bull Thistle, Cirsium somethingorother. If it's C. vulgare, as I suspect, it is considered an invasive weed by most people. There are dozens of species in California, but I'm pretty sure this one is C. vulgare. Besides having beautiful flowers, they play host to many kinds of insects and my favorite spider, the Goldenrod Crab Spider. It's also the national flower of Scotland!
After an evening of enjoying this and other "weeds" in our front lawn, I yielded to popular demand and free labor and thanked my son for mowing the lawn. But, I know the thistles will be back.