Into the mouth of the Dragon

We have come to St. Louis of all places in July — never at the top of my list for places to go in the summertime anymore than my hometown of Birmingham.

We had intended to get here a few days before the birth of our second grandson on July 2, but the baby was born a week earlier by choice, so we got here after-the-fact.

I’m finding that dictating into the iPhone is easier than trying to type into the iPad, but it takes a little getting used to.

I’m going to see if I can load a picture of the new grandbaby, named Oliver Samuel first. Maybe I’ll find the opportunity and the energies to be more creative sometime later in the week, no promises in this heat.


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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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