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 email@example.com 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.
Found a beautiful Dogwood leaf on the pavement at FRC and got out my phone/camera. This was a couple of days ago. This morning I saw 9 Wild Turkeys within 15 feet of the path I was on. They didn't panic, so I stopped and carefully reached for my phone. Discovered that I had left it at home. Oh, well. When I got home, this photo I took a couple of Falls ago got my attention and the Dogwood leaf lingered in my mind. During that special Fall the Cascara Sagrada, a buckthorn, was bearing many colors of leaf simultaneously, and slight winds were dropping the full range on the ground. I gathered up six of them and placed them on a large sheet of white paper for this photo. These can be mistaken for Dogwood when they display this range of colors. This year, the same tree has only produced shades of orange and brown. No reds. And they all turned at once, so there are no remaining greens. I'm still hoping to see an Orange Peel Fungus soon, but with no rain in the forecast, maybe they'll skip this year.