Title Page in Place


I shouldn’t break focus to post this, but am so thrilled that Ron Campbell has graciously agreed to allow me to use his wonderful pen and ink drawing of our barn, the old structure that appears both on the cover and in interior shots as well. It is the icon of our lives on Goose Creek, and nothing captures it any better than Ron’s drawing.

I’m in strking distance of having What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader ready to send to the printer, less a few hopefully little glitches in the graphic layout area and getting the Table of Contents for 95 pieces in place and looking nice.

I’m so ready to birth this puppy and start getting it paper trained.

By the way–and I’ll likely be emailing some of you soon–if you are planning on offering a short review or comment about the book, I’ll need that soon. I’ve left the first page of the book blank, anticipating I’ll have something to put there!

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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 love the art !! Couldn’t have captured the spirit of the Blue Ridge much better . . .

    Can I be a reviewer ?

  2. Beautiful artwork – I’m glad it is all coming together! (Of course, as soon as I opened your blog, the word “puppy” jumped out at me, and I was all, “Fred’s getting a new puppy?!?” Guess not.)