Embracing the Information Age

We have, until now, lived in a dual-technology household.

I am attracted to new tools and ways of finding, saving and retrieving information.

She is at best indifferent.

And so it was with no small thrill and pride that I came into our kitchen just yesterday to discover that she has made an important step in the directions towards which I have been encouraging her and attempting to lead her.

She has moved to dual monitors.

And there is hope.

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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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