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.
As I was walking along a sidewalk in Quincy looking for things to photograph, a friend offered me this eggplant. I love eggplant parmesan, so I gladly accepted. Then I had a flashback on a poem I wrote years ago titled "Ode to Solanceae" in which I extolled the virtues of the many edible and tasty members of this plant family, tomatoes, peppers, etc., and the Poisonous Nightshade. If I can find an old copy of that poem, I'll add it to this post along with some nature notes that occurred to me when I wrote it.