Nitrous: iMax for the Head

Odd sort that I am, I practice a kind of voluntary and intentional dissociation in everyday life (call it day-dreaming) as a device for seeing the familiar in unfamiliar ways.

Many story-tellers and writers use such a “lens” to view the mundane events and details of an otherwise bland existence and extract from them the shapes and colors that make for a good tale.

And so yesterday, when offered nitrous oxide by the dentist for a long procedure, I said yes–for only the second time ever. The reasons were both practical and profound. I will explain.

Read More (at LU&E) and see the selfie from the dentist chair. 

Sorry link broken. Somebody hacked my other site and the backup process lost some posts, including this one. I freaking give up.

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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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