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.
Seen on the pavement in the alley behind Pangaea where we were parasitizing the fast Internet on a hot Sunday afternoon. I "tweaked" the photo a little so the bug would stand out against in pavement. It's a longhorn beetle of which there are many species around these parts. When this bug stood still, it was beautifully camouflaged against the dusty pavement and we couldn't see it unless we somehow made it move by waving our hands or creating wind with a computer case. Reminded me of certain crabs and flounders that easily disappear visually against the beach sand. Longhorn beetles are often blamed for forest destruction, but the fact is forests "taken over" by beetles are already stressed by human activities. Otherwise, how did the trees and the beetles manage to get along together for millions of years before we came along? We need to ask that question more often about lots of forest plants and creatures, such as the wolves in this morning's local paper. We are lucky to have at least one family of wolves in Plumas County. I hope I get to see them.