What are you thankful for this day? Bluemountainmomma tells of children growing up with less than nothing, some of whom come around, ultimately, to heal, to be thankful for the ordinary ways we live together peacefully and so often take for granted.  Read “dirty, pretty things“.

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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. Thanks for the link to Bluemountainmam’s post.
    Pretty remarkable accomplishment to successfully work with those children, and get so much blessing out of it.
    I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! I’m just back from almost 5 months on the road, and I wish I was still out there. Staying home is an adjustment.