Ah Spring

First for the Firsts: today, the first hummingbird, scarlet tanagers, and this morning at dawn, a whip-poor-will. Perfoliate bellworts bloom yellow across from the fern cliffs by the barn. Fiddleheads of Christmas Fern are well up and Interrupted Fern already with the black spore-leaves interrupting the green frond. Spring rushes in.

Upcoming events: This time next week, I’ll be on a field trip at the Mt. Rogers Naturalist Rally. Later in the day ( at 1:00) I’ll be part of a nature-writing workshop. It should be interesting.  Links: Rally and Workshop.

Cryptic Announcement: I’ve heard from quite a few Fragments folks in the past suggesting the idea of a photographic calendar. It’s gonna happen. More details as they come together. Yea! Something else to do! Free from boredom at last!

First Mention: I’ll be a featured author at the Open House at Roanoke’s NPR station, WVTF, on Friday May 15 from 5 to 7. More details to follow.

And then there were none: A truckload of books was coming! No, a just case of books was coming. No, a single copy is coming. No, no books coming after all until Wednesday. You wouldn’t believe…this book has found the Bermuda Triangle of self-publishing!

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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. I hate to see you having all the trouble with the books, but I suppose it builds suspense eh? I love the calendar idea….just make sure Tsuga’s involved somewhere 🙂