Happy Birthday J J


With all my other projects of late, I’m just getting around to looking at some images from the camera–from more than a week ago, a birthday party for a friend at the Country Store. It was a surprise party. He was.

Here he dances in his new fishing hat from the Traynhams (Do bring gifts, Jenny?) and one of his many admirers. It was a good time, the person and the passing of another year, a great excuse for lots of folks to spend a few hours together in a tiny town with a big heart.

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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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