They Only Go Around Once

Bring Floyd Landscapes to an empty wall space near you!
Bring Floyd Landscapes to an empty wall space near you!

HOT DANG! 11-05-2009 445PM I will have 100 calendars to offer you, available in three weeks. Send requests in a comment to this post with a number to set aside with your name on them. Or email fred1st over at google-type mail.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Click the image above to view the entire calendar on Scribd. I suggest click the “scroll” or “book” viewing method, but do give it a look. Interest and volume are building. I’d like to confidently order at least 100 for you to purchase for your wall or as gifts!

I’ve known more than one person to have last year’s calendar or the year before’s on their wall. Some of those, come to think of it, were those Rigid Tool calendars (“an American tradition since 1935″) that guys like to keep around because of their interest in pipe fittings and such, you understand. But as a general rule, you want a calendar to correspond to the year you’re living in.

But let me state my case: As you can see here (click the image to see the WHOLE calendar as of 11-05-2009 555AM) the Wordsprint Calendar for December 2009 to December 2010 is almost ready to ship.

I’m delighted to be able to contribute views from near home for Wordsprint’s mailing, especially as this calendar will go out to 6000 businesses in the region soon. I’ve already had quite a few requests to let people know if it will be for sale, and in that, I have a conundrum: I can’t with confidence order a couple hundred calendars unless I have confidence that there will be interest.

I’m thinking the cost would be $14.95. The images are 12″ x 9” as are the calendar sections; and of course this is a wall calendar that would hang from your kitchen cabinets or a wall next to your desk.

These would make great Christmas gifts for anyone you know who has a fondness for the Blue Ridge, or Floyd County in particular. (All but the New River image are from within a few miles of home. Oh, and the one taken from the jet flying over the NC-VA border.)

If you would be interested in purchasing this calendar, please let me know (with a number) in comments. I can’t promise I can make this work, but I’d like to. And again, pass along the link to this blog post to anyone you know who might want to know about this. And THANKS! — Fred

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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. I just looked at the full screen photos and they are a lovely selection. I will be proud to give your calendar as Christmas gifts.

  2. Fred, I would like one. I’ve been having computer problems, but back on line and up-to-date with a new computer and a 27 inch 1080p monitor. Sweet to see the photos! So good to have breakfast with you last month. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. just one, please. But I will cherish it. The Blue Ridge was my first trip away from Michigan’s flat, but wet, landscapes, and our sojourn there for two years (’05-07) will never be forgotten