I’m sorry for not having posted in some time. Let me explain: In order to facilitate finishing my degree, I decided to take three classes this summer. Two of them are in a condensed five week semester called Maymester. One of them is a technological class which is completely online and teaches technical learning and educating in an online environment. How hard can it be, right? HA! Have I mentioned that I don’t have a cell phone. In all honesty, I’m more than a little afraid of smart phones. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want, but those things disturb me. So does our societies obsession with them. My wife had to set up this web site for me and still has to help me with formatting and, let’s be honest, wordpress is easy! I’ve spent countless hours screaming at my computer, trying my hardest to figure out how to set up borders, menus and a whole host of other stuff that I had no idea how to do before this class.
But, proving that you can teach a old dog new tricks, I am learning. I am also learning to appreciate the tools available to help facilitate teaching, although begrudgingly. My new site is here: https://sites.google.com/site/ronsearthandspacescience/home and it is truly a work in progress. If you are a teacher, feel free to browse around and offer feedback. If you’re not, you are still welcome to do the same.
A break in the rain a few minutes ago offered me a chance to take a much needed walk. I made a delightful discover: Rasberries are ripening! They aren’t at their peak, but definitely enough for me to partially fill the hood of my raincoat. Then I stumbled onto a patch of wild strawberries as big as the end of my index finger! Wow. I wondered what else I might find – dandelions, not yet tough as the weather has been so cool and rainy. Then I stumbled upon a May Apple patch, the fruit a dark yellow and delicious. On a whim, I checked the pokeberries – just enough of them were ripe. On the same whim, I swung by the wild pear – sure enough, a few of those were ripe too – and sour!
For the first time in my life, my lunch consisted of a walk in the woods on a rainy spring day. That will lift your spirits! I’m going to search on amazon for foraging books – does anyone have any recommendations?