Nature Quotes

Well, this isn’t exactly the quote I was hoping for to go with the picture of a crab spider. But I like the Gary Larsen-ish whimsy in this spider’s-eye(s) view of life.

“Our egos tells us we’re the only ones that have any kind of feelings. We’re the only ones with a relationship. We’re the only ones with family. You know, I think that if you kill a spider, there is a relationship that you’re ruining. There’s a conversation going on outside with the other spiders. ‘Did you hear about Chris?….Killed yeah….Sneaker. And now Stephanie has nine hundred babies to raise all alone. Well, she’s got her legs full I’ll tell you that right now. Chris was so kind, wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s just been tough for them lately. They just lost their web last week. Those humans think they’re so smart. Let them try shooting silk out of their butt and see what they can make.”  Ellen DeGeneres

But hey: I’m actually getting something done, writing-wise, this morning!

Completely free of distractions or roadblocks to progress, I’m totally honed in on the task at hand, fully focused on my mission and objectives. Nothing can stand in my way…NOTHING!

…er, except maybe incoming emails, pointless browser rambles, blog posts about spiders that somehow intrude out of nowhere…Doh! But damn the torpedoes–full (or at least half) speed ahead! (Hmmm. Wonder where that nautical quote is from. Let’s see here…)

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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. you are funny, fred! that quote cracked me up….
    oh, and a question? what’s a good free MP3 hosting site? i remember you helping your friends set up one. i’m trying to figure out how to upload a song for my readers off of one of my mom’s cd’s.