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.
The wildlife viewing on my walk up to the office has been great lately. Not many people on campus, plus lawn watering, makes this a kind of oasis for the deer and the turkeys. This family was so engrossed in feeding on the green that I was able to approach to within 20 feet with my phone camera. I backed off before they tried to run away. I've also seen a good variety of insects landing on what remains of the daisies and on the thistles which are in peak form. Discovered a new species (new to me) of butterfly the other day. Will post photos of bugs on thistle next. Meanwhile, Happy August. Be careful of the heat.