Creek Jots / Friday March 4


The Blue Ridges of Home: From a Distance

â–¶ Before I forget, here’s the third of three “picture cards” (I’m searching for a name for these 6×8 borderless heavy-stock cards) I’ll have for local sale soon. The image was taken through a (typically-dirty) porthole window, about mid-flight between Atlanta and Roanoke. My guess is we were somewhere near Asheville/Black Mountain.


â–¶ If I’d had this wireless air travel map-app, I would have known exactly where I was when I took the image above. I’ve fantasized about just exactly this kind of possibility. If you think I made a point to get window seats before… Unfortunately, I forgot to tell my daughter about this travel requirement, and I’ll be sitting between the fat lady and the crying baby on the way out to Seattle in May.

â–¶ I thought surely this must be wrong. It was too unlikely to be true: an authority on mind-brain-self is recently afflicted with a rare brain dysfunction called Prosopagnosia or face-blindness. Dr. Oliver Sachs, author of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” and Musicophilia, can now describe a similar bizarre mental aberration from the inside, out.

Enhanced by Zemanta
Share this with your friends!

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.

Articles: 3013


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. Seeing your card image reminds me that one of the few places I haven’t flown over are those mountains we love.

    Great shot…

  2. I really like the cats on/off option on the travel app. Now, if they could only invent a crying baby or fat lady on/off option on adjacent seat selection…