Day on the Ponds


I have unnecessarily dreaded the blistering heat I expected for our July visit to West Plains, Missouri to visit the wife’s family.

It will be hot enough for mountain folk, but tolerable enough that we’ll get down to the ponds this afternoon to catch green sunfish and catfish for a fish-fry tonight on the deck in the cool of the evening.

Meanwhile I’m seeing more flowering plants that are new to me, and hearing more from the “local ag extension” end of things by way of my bro-in-law.

Of concern and news to me; pigs are sick. Lots of them. Something like 8 million pigs (mostly young piglets) have died this spring and summer so far from PED–porcine epidemic diarrhea.

North Carolina Waterkeepers have understandable concerns about how so many carcasses are disposed of.  While PED is not transmitted to humans, other bacteria of decay  from thousands of pig carcasses are of concern.

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists –

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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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