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.
While looking around campus for insects and spiders on blooming flowers, and enjoying surprises like the turkey family in my previous post, I came across a really big fungus that found a good hiding place in the shade of a big pine where the ride-a-long lawnmowers couldn't get to it. This was around 8" in diameter and was very impressive. Surface texture reminds me of cooking marshmallows over a campfire with finesse. I was never one to turn them into charcoal. Click on the photo for a closer look.