Jots is All I Got

â–¶ I will be making an attempt to have one or more teenagers abandon the notion that they are NOT the center of the universe. Wish me luck. I’ll be thinking through that for noon-45 while I set in a committee meeting for two hours before. 

â–¶ I am, after all, going to make time to post for Blog Action Day on Wednesday. The topic is Human Rights. My premise is this:

The Declaration of Human Rights demands the right to participate in the cultural life of the community. I extend that idea of culture to include the profound living non-human influences on our society, and community to consist of more than just people.
Our children have the right to be exposed to and connected with the plant and animal life of the plant and animal/human community.

â–¶ We have a significant stinging insect issue. In the house. I got a sample from one of our invaders Saturday afternoon. My right index finger still hurts to the bone and itches terribly at the same time. But I have a plan. More about that, if I live to tell it.

â–¶ I have “dog and pony show” events on Thursday and Saturday. I am somewhat prepared.

â–¶ Saturday night is Movie Night (and Harvest Dinner) at the Floyd Country Store. Do come!

â–¶ Sort of busy. Soon, back to the debriefing from SEJ2013 in Chattanooga. It will take me some while to get through it all–for me, not you–because I don’t intend to not get my money’s worth from that investment!

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About

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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