Gathering to Go

Visual Essay Title SlideLooks to be a nice day to travel–a mere 2.5 hours–from the ONE-STOP town and county of Floyd to the far busier and busier than usual University town of Charlottesville. The Banff Film Festival was in town this week, too, so the joints a’ hoppin’, especially for someone coming from the quiet of Goose Creek.

I have some events coming up, and wanted to reproduce my original “visual essay” from PowerPoint into a Mac-compatible program (Fotomagico) and that is done: some sixty images and about 15 minutes of narrative around the topics of sense of place, familiarity with the creatures around us, and a return to curiosity and a sense of wonder out-doors, especially for our kids.

The first time I’ll present this program will be April 12 at Wytheville Community College at 7 pm. Location TBA.

Well, I’ll hope to check in here (and on Facebook and Twitter) off and on to bring you up to speed on the Festival of the Book and related goings-on–if indeed there are any. I’m going to do my best to stay out of trouble while watching others who probably aren’t. I’ll be taking notes!

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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. Sounds like a very interesting presentation-Sense of Place. Bill MacLeish, the author of “Oil an Water, the Struggle for Georgia’s Banks”, “Uphill With Archie”, and other notable writings is presently writing a book about our sense of place and the natural world. A very interesting topic.