Working Holiday

You have to do something physical after Thanksgiving Day turkey.

What grand daughter Abby lacked in accuracy she made up for in determination and persistence. She flailed that six-pound maul until she intimidated that piece of cherry into kindling sticks.

I think she’d seen one too many Ninja movies, but again, the fear factor might have helped, and I’ll be trying this out later today–my first attempt at firewood home economics management since my hand surgery back in early October.

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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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