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All about the light
All about the light

We’re approaching a day of reckoning–people in our home. Rather a lot of them. The alarms are going off–no so much for me as for others who sweat the details to the nth.

Recognizing I can do no other, I told her a while ago that I was “at her beck and call” all day.

Then I realized: I have no idea what a BECK is. What have I signed up for?

Image from yesterday’s Roanoke Star Sentinel Christmas Gathering down toward Calloway–a gorgeous-foggy end of a miserable freezing-rainy day.

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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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