Almost the End–& the Beginning

Goodbyes are not so hard when you remember it is the time we spent together that will last.
Goodbyes are not so hard when you remember it is the time we spent together that will last.

I’ll be sending off the book contents and cover to Edwards Brothers this weekend, for better or for worse.

I know, under the circumstances (a complex situation I assure you) that I have not given the editing the full sustained focus it required to approach an error-free state, and there will be gotchas, dope-slaps and wails sure to come from omissions and commissions.

I’m fully prepared to be disappointed by the images that will lack contrast and clarity that I see in them, full size on my monitor. But then, it is more about impression than precision that they are there for the reader. I hope to be forgiven the imperfections and credited instead with the intentions behind them.

This image here is on the last printed page of the book (there are a few blank pages which is not uncommon, book makers operating by “signatures” or blocks of paper-pages that a book’s length must contain in exact multiples.

I am gratified to have completed this “statement” of sorts; what I have stated, asked, and wondered and shown the reader remains to be known. I suppose I am about to find out.

I look forward to life on the far side of this chaos that has lead, somehow, I suppose, to a kind of order. See you shortly in that world, dear reader!

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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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  1. That is a nice pic, since I’m new to your site all your shorts in the book will be new to me, so I’m looking forward to it.

  2. What Linda said. Ya’ done good, Fred!

    And Bart, glad to have you aboard! You’ll like it here. Fred’s followers are thoughtful and intelligent, not flamers and arrogant.

  3. Greetings, Bart, thanks for dropping by. And I recommend Fragments readers to visit Bart’s Open Space blog full of Nature Quizzes–right up my alley, though I wouldn’t have known the Cuban frog. I’d have guessed green or gray tree frog.