Nearly a month has gone by without any new posts, despite my recent statements about blogging in earnest. I'm finding that teaching writing classes not only involves lots of time grading papers but also focuses my interest on writing. I'm actually writing a lot in various journals and notebooks, but not focusing in the short run on material I want to post here. We'll see what develops. Let's just say, my cessation of blogging is not due to deterioration of my health. I might be back soon. It probably depends on how spring unfolds - wildflowers, lizards, interesting insects, etc., usually fire me up and prompt me to keep my camera batteries charged.
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.
I've undoubtedly used this title or a similar one at least once each year for the past five - ever since I first discovered the Red Milkweed Beetle - Tetraopes basalis. So far the summer of 2017 has been very dry and hot, and I've only seen one of these beetles at a time in just a few places. But a few days ago I stopped by one of my favorite spots on Chandler Road, just in case. As I said in an earlier post, most of the Milkweeds here had already succumbed to the Road Department's weed eater attacks. But on this day, there were three on one plant, and one each on three other plants. I took lots of photos. My favorite is the last one in this series. For some reason the inclusion of part of the fence appealed to me even though that's what I usually avoid. I also like number 5 in the series because of the way the beetle folded her antennae back in response to my close approach. It reminded me of cat behavior.