Doggone. Been a Year Now

There are not many days that go by I don’t think about Tsuga, who left us so suddenly a year ago last night. There are so many things he did that Gandy doesn’t do, and we can’t help but compare.

But then, Tsuga’s successor has her own endearing charms and peculiarities we also will some day miss and mourn.

And life goes on.

Tsuga, a Rembrance, from a year ago. Part One Part Two

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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 re-read your posts from last year, and had forgotten your plan to write a book about your dogs. I guess Gandy created too much of a distraction, with her new doggy ways, for you to be able to recall vividly the ways of dogs of your past. Oh well, time is a rushing river, carrying us along.