What Slow Road?


Involvements/Participation in the Calendar Just Ahead > aka Life in Floyd’s Slow Lane. If you’re in Floyd with nothing to do, there may be an answer to that. Here are some things to keep boredom at bay:

Lesser events and/or committee meetings Mon-Tues-Weds and Friday, then:

Thursday Music Festival Gala at Ecovillage. Challenge: tie a tie, sit quietly and behave, listen and enjoy.

Friday “This Amazing Earth” lower level Winter Sun by Lineberry Park in Floyd [Weather Permitting] Task:  show up with books and notecards, smile, act as normal as possible, avoid sunburn and resist temptation to carry the afternoon conversation upstairs to DogTown for beer.

Saturday Earth Day, Floyd EcoVillage  Hanging around for Ecology of Floyd panel discussion before lunch (may or may not be a panelist) and lead a nature hike at 120pm at the EcoVillage. Weather, again, an issue.

Saturday Evening 20 April, Floyd Country Store, SustainFloyd-sponsored Pot Luck and movie “Money and Life” regional debut. Task: chew with mouth closed.

Sunday Faith and Food, Blacksburg Methodist Church  530p short film, discussion and meal. Behave, listen, speak in discussion until wife pokes ribs.

Floyd TEDx April 27 at Floyd EcoVillage, speaking on “The Nature of this Place.” Event will be simulcast, details to follow, and then available via TEDx website. Anticipating some 20+ local speakers around the topics of “Creativity, Community, Economy and Environment.” Seating at the event is limited to speakers and invited family member/guest. The official announcement expected in this week’s Floyd Press, and I will add more when new details are available.

Soon, “with God as my witness” as Miss Scarlett would say, I’m going to remember the power of the word NO. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

IMAGE CAPTION: The only bloodroot still in the light on our walk yesterday. With the rain, most that bloom will quickly lose their petals, which they hold only a day or so under ideal conditions. We’re expecting a wet week. And that’s a good thing–except for would-be wildflower photographers.


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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 guess you’ve found your retirement plan, sounds kind of like mine. It seems to be feast or famine with me, some weeks full to overflowing, others not much going on outside the house and garden. So many interests and time constraints.