Winter Walk

Winter winter comes, our daily walks don't end, but...

I’m heading off soon to reach Hollins College a bit before the day’s writers’ sessions begin. I didn’t make it to the opening speechifying last night, thinking I was involved in a local filming in town, but somewhere along the line, I got scripted out of that engagement. Tra la.

So I’ll try to get to the coffee-crumpets-and-chat before the day of hurry-up-and-sit begins. This is a see-and-be-seen event, with the remote possibility of bringing something useful back with me.

I have to remember that it was at this Roanoke Writers Conference two years ago that the vision of What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader took shape and four months later, became my second book. It was not any specific thing that was said as much as just being immersed in the energy of so many writers and thinkers. So, who knows?

Meanwhile, here’s another audio snippet from Slow Road Home, excerpts from a piece called Winter Walk on page 25. This aural-essay exercise will get easier and more polished over time.

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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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