Somewhat a Change of Rhythms

There might be a few who’d notice fewer and/or shorter posts here over the next little bit.  So far you, I thought I’d tell you I’ve signed an agreement with myself to resist the urge to follow the oh-so-interesting rabbit trails of environmental stories, personal ruminations and puppydog tales and really, really focus on a task that is too large to be diluted by distraction.

Of course, too, there are the taxes to be done, gardening plans to consider, the new shelves in the ANNex, a couple of events planned I’ll have to prepare for, the regular press pieces, another possible photoshoot, PT work when I can get it, and the unexpected STUFF HAPPENS distractions from the task at hand.

I’ll be more likely, maybe, to post short snippets to TWITTER, and you can follow that in the left sidebar of Fragments, or see more at or by “following” me by way of your favorite twitter app.

I’m excited and engaged and hopeful in this larger undertaking, and hope to have something to show for it by early summer. I know what I don’t know and will be thinking about who can help this time with edits, the nuts and bolts of InDesign and such.

But I also know what I know, and that’s a much more fleshed-out beast than it was three years ago this month.

So I’m not going to let myself pay too much attention to the visit number, comment numbers or that sort of thing, because I can’t just now.

I’m also going to bring readers into this endeavor with both feet at some near-future point. So hang on, and come back to Fragments to see what’s shakin’.

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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. Oh boy, oh boy. I hope photography is a large aspect of this big endeavor, and equally much, I hope it deals with sustainability in some regard. I eagerly wait to find out, and hope that curiosity won’t kill me in the meantime.