All Quiet On The (South) Western (VA) Front

The grand daughters are back on the coast and the house this morning after the holidays is quiet and calm and empty once more.

Not to say that the same house did not shrink considerably over the weekend with five adults, two small children (one small pictured above, and one medium, actually) and one very active, very demanding year-old rescue pup, Gandy.

Thankfully, after some initial excessive exuberance on the part of small children and dog, we arrived at a state of peaceful co-existence. The dog did very well having others around to attend and adore and entertain. And now they’re gone. They are a tough act to follow. And I’m the whole fawning fan club and entourage once more.  How boring for Gandy. The pressure is on.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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