"You Lead a Mean Trail" is a book of life and adventure
by Dr. Barbara Collins, Professor of Biology at California
Lutheran University. It is about a life of taking a different
trail, from growing up in the 1930s to teaching college
students for 50 years. There are stories of student adventures,
wildflower discoveries, and teaching in the early 1960s when
there were no such things as maternity leave or household
computers. Student stories abound with trips to Australia,
New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii, and the California deserts.
Dr. Collins is an amazing and inspirational professor, and I
remain deeply moved by her passion for teaching, the committment
she has to her students, and her breadth of knowledge.
Dr. Michael Lewinski, Chief, Clinical Microbiology, UCLA
Medical School, Class of '79
Vital, smart, and funny! Dr. Collins' keen sense of observation
carries the reader along. Have you ever had a teadcher who changed
your life? One who saw your strengths and helped you go farther
than you ever dreamed? Barbara Collins is that teacher.
Donna Main, M.S., Class of '69
A class with Barbara Collins is never "just" a hike. An ordinary
trail for her is filled with extraordinary wonders. Often she is
out of sight on the trail, then you hear a scream of delight
because she has discovered an old friend. To you it may look like
just one more wildflower, but to Barbara it is a sign of grace and
beauty, deeply loved.
Pastor Kae Evensen, Class of '82
Barbara Collins is a brilliant professor, a vocational role model,
a brave and generous woman, and a lover of the planet.
Dr. Michaela Reaves, California Lutheran University Professor
of History, Class of '79
Purchase the book for $30.00 from:
Lutheran University Press
PO Box 390759
Minneapolis, MN 55439
The book is 348 pages long and has nine black-and-white images. There are
207 electronic images that accompany her
book including photos of early life in New Jersey, scenery and
wildflowers in California and the Canadian Rockies,
mentioned in this book, as well as photos taken on trips to
Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Austria, and Italy.
For some of the wildflower and scenery images, additional
long-shots or close-ups can be found in five other websites:
Six sample images of the
207 electronic images in the book
are shown below.
|Funny-face wild cucumber fruit|