Will Word Process for Food

I now have a day job. It won’t make me rich. It beats being a greeter at Walmart.

It may not keep me out of trouble. It will help a friend. It (and the Music Festival, and Earth Day, and Floyd TEDx, etc) will postpone any creative writing through what remains of the long nights of the cold seasons.

About that book I thought I was writing…

As chance would have it, I met Tom in a committee context. Turns out he is both a geek in the best sense of the word, and a near neighbor, as the crow flies.

And now he is a friend and an employer.

I’ll tell you more about that work, vaguely at least, until the launch of the American product. Generally, his work is on learning how to learn. The subject of my current “work” is not far from my life-long learning passions, as a few of you have followed over the past decade.

Tom’s clientele and income has been centered in his home country of Germany. I’m helping him Americanize his web page and video scripts after a German gal does the translation into literal English, though it might not be the way we actually express ourselves in spoken English.

If you click the image, it will take you to the App Store download site for the brand new German edition of the Centered Learning iPad app. That free app will be pointing towards the website which will point towards the for-purchase eventually in-English program offerings that include many videos. All that needs to be in place very soon.

So I’m having to stay somewhat focused on this work, even while life goes on and Gandy and SWMBO continue to demand attention and obedience.

That said, you’ll understand when I miss more blog-posting days than usual. No need to worry about idle hands, both of which are more or less working, now that the second hand surgery has healed.

But today, there’s the face melt. More, soon. Pictures? I dunno.

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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. Well, I hope your day job doesn’t completely take over your creative life. I will greatly miss your photos and writings if it does. With spring, you just gotta get outside and photo some of what you notice!

  2. Congratulations on the new day job! Isn’t it wonderful how, when we least expect something, a door opens and there it is. Good for you!
    Enjoy your new work.