Creek Notes ~ Early April

Blue Ridge Parkway ~ Virginia

♬ At the suggestion of a Fragments reader, we have investigated and then ordered a Thundershirt for our dog, and it may arrive today——before the next thunderstorm,  a possible answer for all of us under this roof. If this works, it sure beats an eternal series of medications, with  their  unknown dosing and effects. It seems like a no-brainer to try this, since there is a 45 day money back guarantee.   Be sure you’ll hear how this saga turns out.

♬ I’m very pleased to have provided the guest column for the May—June edition of the Blue Ridge country magazine. You can read more about that here. Now, go out and buy the magazine.

♬ The Roanoke Times published my editorial about soils in the Sunday edition of the newspaper. Read it online here.

♬ Just for fun, and to give a companion experience to the increasing itch under my bandage around my wrist, I now have an equally itchy place on my leg from the tick I discovered rather deeply embedded there night before last.  I’m taking doxycycline, not wanting to take any chances. We still are convinced that it was a tick borne disease that killed our dog, Buster, back in 2003.

♬   I am about to drive myself somewhere for the first time since the surgery a week ago today. I’m sure I can do it. Others around here not so sure.  if the queen of dire consequences is right, this  might be my last blog post.  it’s been real. I gotta go.



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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. Absolutely beautiful photograph………….this type of photograph is what gives wings to my soul, and makes me love the mountains so much.

    Buster……..I still remember your story about your last trip to the vet, and that photograph of Buster, and the barn. We had to put down Raleigh, our dog, this past Monday, and I still weep for him, but I know, that he is in a much better place, and even more so, in a much better state of being. He was so sick at the end.
    Thank you Fred, for touching our lives in so many different ways.
    Please keep giving us those wonderful photos, and great stories.

    Ya’ll take care, and God bless.


  2. Fred, hope you mend quickly and with a minimum of discomfort and inconvenience. Can you keep us posted on your success with the Thundershirt? My GSP Spencer is a basket case when a storm appears on the horizon.

  3. We hope our magic dog jacket will arrive in the mail tomorrow; we’re expecting more storms after midnight Monday. I want enough time in advance to read the instructions and perform the magic incantation ahead of our time of dire need. I most certainly will post progress notes (or lack thereof) as well as pictures of the dog modeling the garment. If that doesn’t work, in lieu of medicating the dog, we have decided that we will take the sedatives and chill, and let the dog shift for himself, cause we won’t care. 🙂

  4. So glad your soils editorial was chosen for the Sunday edition. I have had many friends thank me for sending it to them. It’s really, really good.