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.
On my way down the driveway for an early morning walk, carrying only my cell phone, I was greeted by what I assume was sunrise over Reno, although it looked more like a gigantic version of Mars. The phone's camera sensor did not capture the fact the whole sun was bright red, so you'll have to take my word for it. I brought only the phone on this walk because it was sort of a scouting expedition to see what interesting aspects of nature I coud spot between my house and the coffee shop, then maybe come back later with what in my house I call my "real" camera. Later I'll show the results: Evening Primrose in full bloom, Hollyhocks, and maybe a couple of other items. Much more productive, photographically, was a mid-afternoon hike up Boyle Ravine where I brought said real camera and took over 40 photos. Found three members of the Buttercup Family, Ranunculaceae, blooming in the same short stretch of the cascading stream. Monkshood, Columbine, and Baneberry.
Internet speed is worse than ever at home, so tomorrow morning I'll go down to Quincy Provisions and add a couple more posts to the blog.