Having Almost Arrived

Child’s Play: Summer Afternoon

I feel like my ship has finally made landfall, though there is still a lot of housekeeping to set up on this empty island I’ve found with WordPress.

But I think I can stay here for the long term. Let me know of problems, suggestions and such. I have no idea how many fellow sailors have discovered my shipwrecked in my new location. Build it and they will come, I guess.

I have had my browser crash when trying to access ARCHIVES from the top menu. A LONG list of individual posts comes up in simple database format–not very appealing, and machine-crippling. Got to be a better way. (UpDate: I removed the ARCHIVES links at the suggestion of Floyd County Homeland Blog Security. We’ll work out the kinks in time.)

And for the CATEGORY entries in the sidebar menu, the posts come up WITHOUT the associated images, and each only a paragraph with the “READ MORE” link. This isn’t very conducive to browsing by category, and I’m hoping it can be changed.

Thanks to Gary Boyd for his very direct and simple instructions for getting the header images changed. This saved me time I don’t have just now to wade through the HELP screens–something I usually enjoy doing. No, really!

And thanks likewise to Doug Thompson for lots of things, most recently for helping me towards getting the theme file ftp’d to the server. All of this is easy once you’ve done it once or twice!

As you see from the image here, Abby is enjoying herself on Goose Creek. I’m hoping for more images today before she goes back to NC tomorrow, then to SD on Sunday. I need shots for a “visual essay” presentation I’m doing several times this fall, including some focus on the “Last Child in the Woods” line of conversation. The grand daughter figures prominently in that illustrated essay.

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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. Her bubble (a masterpiece shot) mirrors your own accomplishment with getting word press up and running. Good job! It looks bright and roomy.

  2. I’m glad to see you’ve landed on WP…and I just added the new feed to Bloglines, so now I can keep in touch. This pic of Abby, as others have said, is wonderful.