Earth-Friendly Friday: Sierra Club in Roanoke

Queen Anne's Lace and Old Barn
Queen Anne's Lace and Old Barn

I’m looking forward THIS FRIDAY to seeing again Sierra Club members that Ann and I met after the presentation I offered in 2006, and also to meeting new friends both from Sierra and from those visitors who attend this week’s meeting, public is welcome! Here are the details of where and when.

Back a  few months ago when this opportunity took shape, it seemed like a good idea to let this be both a purpose and an obligation to motivate me to cobble together another “visual essay” kind of thing, especially since I did something similar in 2006 for this audience, and it went well.

And it looked like I’d have a good six weeks before the deadline to polish the apple a bit with my new software and digital projector, no problem. Then some new tasks and deadlines sort of carpet-bombed my calendar when SustainFloyd came along.

Even so, I’ll be doing some combination of visual and spoken presentation and trust it will turn out to be an acceptable package in aesthetic, entertainment and educational terms. I expect to feel I am among friends, especially as regards the more environmentally-focused parts of the book.

But rather than those topics, it will be the nature deficit disorder, belonging to place and natural history portions of the book that I’ll feature in the projected digital images–a total of 90–that will be interspersed with the readings and which I’ll allow to run in the background afterwards.

Murphy’s Laws notwithstanding, I trust things will go more or less smoothly. And if not, I’m still going for a Ruben and a pint of Blue Moon in Grandin Village afterwards.

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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. I love the photo……….

    hope you enjoy that pint of blue moon, and have one for me……..

    Tsuga might enjoy a nice large bone, also…….


  2. I’m back home after 3.5 months on the road, to Wisconsin and the UP, driving a total of 10,000 miles. I have started What We Hold in our Hands and am enjoying it greatly. I was somewhat surprised to infer from an early essay that you would like to get to know your readers when they stop by to learn about you. I’m glad to know that you probably aren’t bored or bothered by the info about me that I include in my comments.