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.
This afternoon as my son and I watched the air traffic related to fighting the Minerva Fire we did a little web searching and number crunching. The helicopter above burns up to 600 gallons of fuel per hour. Late in May, I drove to Pittsburgh, PA and back, 5,100 miles, on 250 gallons of gas. 8 days of driving and used the amount of fuel this chopper burns in less than a half hour. I'm sure glad they're here, but fighting fires is very expensive, not to mention many other impacts.... We're beginning to feel safe now at the base of Boyle Ravine. Things are still more jittery in the Mill Creek watershed of East Quincy. Optimism reigns, though. And we met lots of fire fighters and support personnel during the past 5 days. Some really great people, and they seem to like Quincy.