A Lot of Creatures Celebrated in Ten Years

Four-inch millipede very common on Goose Creek

“Mute, slow-moving, rhythmically graceful. Enshrined in armor, room after room–a train of identical cars passing slowly at my feet,

Ancient. unchanged through cataclysmic extinctions, feeding on natures left-overs without complaint.

Unfamiliar feared crawling repulsive to many, wonderful in symmetry, marvelously hinged, hidden.”

From Fragments first year, first decade of celebrating invertebrate imaginings, petaled possibilities and global grievances du jour. It’s the anniversary of the blahblahblog’s 10th, so likely some other selections from the good years of blogging before I shut up and crawl back in my cave.

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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. Hey Fred, Love your photo and post today (I guess I missed it the first time around): it brings a favorite memory of taking our 4-year-old granddaughter from Minnesota on her first hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains – her favorite thing was a millipede.
    Your blog was the first I ever read regularly, and it’s one of the few that I still read as often as I can. Thank you!

  2. We all know you have more to say, and there are many ears ready to listen – so don’t head for that cave any time soon!

  3. Your blog is the only one I still read, and I’ve been reading from about 2004, I believe. That says it all. Keep on blogging!!