Fragmented Friday in Floyd

â–¶ Today I’m back off the mountain again for the second day in row–to Roanoke County, and Daleville in particular. I’ll be speaking to Bruce Ingram’s Creative Writing class about blogging, self-publishing and my experience and efforts to “become” a writer, with all the rewards and disappointments that go with that  designation.

â–¶ Along those lines and for what it’s worth, here’s a link to a page I’ve offered those students–and anyone else who is or wants to grow to feel comfortable with the appellation “writer”– for some resources on places to share your writing and tools to produce it.

â–¶ Yesterday, I attended a presentation by a young eco-entrepreneur from Mexico who spoke at North Cross School in Roanoke. Afterward, we spent a few minutes for a brief interview. I’ll have that report up soon (and you can read about it in the Star Sentinel probably in about two weeks.) This young man may have found a way to bring an ecological conscience (as well as making it good business) to corporations and government agencies to do business in a “green” and sustainable way in Mexico City and beyond, so will be well worth watching in the coming years. More, soon.

â–¶ Thanks to Star Sentinel for the nice piece “Floyd County Groups Win Grant for Childhood Obesity Specialist” and a reason to thank all those involved, including SustainFloyd in a prominent role making this happen.

â–¶ And now, because many wander by Fragments anymore to glance at the images, for those of you who’ve squanders 3 minutes of your Friday to read this far, here’s a wee gallery of images from a recent foray–some fall color shots near home. I’ll be offering more of these, maybe in the sidebar. So keep your eyes open.

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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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