Friday Shorts 28 March

I’m happy to direct you to Bell Gallery and Garden’s new website. And to the actual location, of course. Great work, Billy and JoAnn, and Doug on the web work.

Nature Find— get out there. Take the kids.   No excuses  Related: Amphibian Facts Hearing spring peepers yet?

Arts Council of the Blue Ridge  See what’s being created, performed and imagined near Floyd

Business of Writing: Algonquin sends a curt “not for us” in the SASE. At least it was quick. Five of five agents who accept email queries yawned.

Soft Worn: Firefox extensions Rapidowrite (insert frequently used text); Reminderfox (alarmed reminders and to-dos) and Tree Style Tabs (vertical sidebar tabs).

My replacement brain-on-Mac: DevonthinkPro and here’s why.

Moving Pictures: World Wide Telescope  and The Waldo Ultimatum

Oooh. And as I type the date in the title block just now, the tattered pink Rolodex of Fragmented Fred Events spins back, far back to this day in the life: 40 years ago today, our first date. We’ve stuck it out. Sticky business, marriage.

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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. That is so romantic: to know the date of your first date. No wonder the marriage has stuck. Congratulations on your 40th!