Okay. I’m getting “journey proud” as an old co-worker used to say of one anticipating a trip. I could be wrong–in which case, I will, after all, feel disconnected from the crowd, disengaged from the topics, and anxious to just get back home to Goose Creek. But I don’t think this is going to happen in Roanoke over the next few days at the Parkway Symposium. I know several of the speakers–including Ricky Cox, Rupert Cutler, Woody Crenshaw. And two of the keynote speakers–Richard …

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Image by fred1st via Flickr From Road Less Traveled column, Floyd Press, 17 June 2010 Can we sustain in our corner of southwest Virginia those amenities and virtues that make it a highly-livable place? We want to perpetuate the abundance of healthy local food, untainted and ample water, and a clear, odorless and breathable atmosphere. We’re very careful and concerned about what we eat, drink, inhale and see. What we don’t think about so much as an environmental quality to be protected is our …

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Why do the rocks at 3200 feet at the “very edge” of the Blue Ridge look as if they were laid down by water, layer after layer, when it is from harder, igneous rock that this geological province is formed (at least in my limited understanding?) Horizontally-layered dark mica-flecked rocks jut out across the ridge-tops like the vertical ridges along an alligator’s tail. What’s with that? I asked a friend who asked a friend who knows, and who explained it nicely in his reply. …

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Okay, it’s a GO! We’re into the final stretch, and there are still places 1) at the B&B for the weekend Nature Photo-Workshop Weekend ($60 per person–contact Claiborne House at link below to register), or 2) to sign on for the morning and afternoon hikes only ($35 per person, contact me to sign up and pay the morning of the event.) These will be dual-purpose outings: 1) to identify and talk about the plants in (or out of) flower that we see along Rock …

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