TLUE580his week we’ve been excavating the Very Back Room.

It is the kind of task that has a beginning, but once breached, it gushes decisions and piles and pools of anguish of seemingly endless volume.

I wrote some thoughts about that, but I will admit, I’m teasing you here. My hope is that at least a few of you will go over to my fledgling website to view the post called Something Borrowed, Something Blue. 

This co-blogging may be one of those efforts that finds its way into a digital version of the VBR. Or not. I have not quite worked out how Fragments and LU&E will play nicely together.

But the thought is that Fragments will draw from local views, and the other blog, from larger, more complex, less warm and fuzzy topics of conversation.

It would help me quite a bit (even if you don’t read anything over there) if you can comment if anything seems broken. If that is the case, please let me know details about your browser, PC or Mac, and the nature of the weirdness.

If I thought a few of you would bookmark the site, that might make me a bit more accountable to add content. I hope to make that happen at least a few times a week.

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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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