Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Beauty: where? roadside borders everywhere. Cost: free!
Beauty: where? roadside borders everywhere. Cost: free!

Several of you appreciated the shot the other day of our common roadside volunteer wildflower, chicory. Here’s another view of something blue. And with regard to something borrowed…

Thanks to the Bells for the loan of a tent to house Ron Campbell and me at next Saturday’s first Floyd Downtown Jubilee. And a heads-up: there will be a limited edition tee-shirt (in various sizes and colors) featuring Ron’s pencil and ink drawing of our barn–the “Slow Road Barn” that also appears on the title page of What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader. I’m glad I’ll have an early crack at’em, I think they will go fast!

Lastly, there not being a marquee  outside the library anymore and nothing more than a passing blurb in yesterday’s Floyd Press about it, it will be easy to miss notice of my presentation at the Jessie Peterman Floyd Library at 2:00 tomorrow. I would love to have you join us! This will be my first public engagement with the new book!

NOTE: I’ve housed the larger image of chicory at the Roadside Bloomery gallery that got some good participation a few summers back. You can read the description of the gallery and send me your own roadside images over the next couple of months. We should be able to beef this collection up easily to more than 50! And the stipulation about the shot containing a bit of the road–fuggitaboutit. As long as the shot comes from a roadside as opposed to the woods or mountaintop etc.

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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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