After a slow first five months, I'm back to blogging in earnest. In the forthcoming few months I plan to keep on tracking the blooming of wildflowers, the activities of bugs and reptiles and any other critters I'm quick enough or lucky enough to photograph, and to comment on ecological relationships. Since there is an increasing sense of ecological crisis among many people and more vigorous denial of such on the part of others, I will inevitably comment on the social and political dimensions of survival as I see them.
I am still an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Feather River College, but time permitting, I am available for hire as a nature guide in the region in and around Plumas County. A brochure describing my usual kinds of natural history adventures is in development. Email me c/o firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and a statement of interests, and I'll send you a rough draft.
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.
Currently, my blog has become a stream of consciousness kind of thing. I'm still trying to catch up on posting photos and thoughts from last weekend's trip to the coast. Meanwhile, a whole week has gone by back in Quincy and I've done some wandering and photographing and thinking here. As I said earlier, the destination following our drive down the Mendocino and Sonoma County coasts was "bookstore heaven" from Pt. Reyes Station to Corte Madera and San Rafael. Always one to enjoy the simpler things, I appreciated hearing a Spanish speaker pronounce "reyes" as a two-syllable word as it should be. AS we were preparing for this trip, I fantasized about bringing home a box full of books. It turns out I only bought two (pictured here) and regret passing up one other. The two I bought and the one I passed up were greatly influenced by the authors' experiences of nature. I love the feel of a book in my hands - much more than the "feel" of the laptop I am now using. I wonder if books are more natural than computers. One can approach this question superficially or deeply. Either way, "nature" and "natural" are human constructs. When I get home where the Internet speed is pathetically slow, I will add some narrative about what influenced me to buy these two books and why I regret passing up the third. For now, I am sitting outside a cafe with very high speed Internet where I could add each photo to my blog in 15 - 20 seconds, a process that can take as long as 5 minutes at home. So, until then....