Storms Come, Storms Go

Huffville section of Floyd County, Virginia

There are quite a few plates spinning this morning, including getting my mom to the airport for her flight back to B’ham. Then, home and get my head around upcoming events: tomorrow at noon at the New College Institute in Martinsville (open to the public) and a TBA event on Saturday at Heartwood in Abingdon. I’ll read and/or interact with what audience there might be at some point (maybe 1:00) and have the digital landscapes slide show running if we can make the physical plant and equipment work for that.

I’m also responding this morning to some genuine questions from an old friend who never had any science grounding in college where we knew each other, and now has arrived at some conclusions that are wanting a solid grounding in fact, especially as relates to environmental issues. I hope we can carry on a helpful dialogue and remain friends, and would not undertake this back and forth if I didn’t think that possible.

His first question basically lets the tail of ClimateGate wag the dog of climate science. Maybe I’ll post my responses at some point. As you may know, some of those same stolen emails are being tossed out now in advance of upcoming climate talks. This time, the villainization and disinformation is not working. See Related Articles.

We had a rip-snorter of a rain overnight, but there is no flooding that will keep us from our appointed rounds this morning.

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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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