My My My!

▶ My Neck of the Woods: Apple Ridge Farm summer camp blends nature with academics. FloydFest adds cash to Southwest Virginia’s economy . And a brand spanking new website exploring arts, crafts and culture of Southwest Virginia, that is a great resource if you hope to visit our region.

▶ My BellyButton Biodiversity Farm: our navel zoo hosts novel and unique organisms. Isn’t this world an interesting place?

▶ My Cosmic Waterpark: The Oldest, Largest Body Of Water In Existence. You really need to wrap your head around this one. Or at least look at the image.

▶ (Not) My Father’s Oldsmobile:  Today’s Weather ~  Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Are The New Normal …and “the Trouble with Normal” from Fragments, 2009

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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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