If It Works, I’ll Fix It

Purkinje's Forest
Purkinje’s Forest (Photo credit: fred1st)

A few of you will notice that I’ve rearranged the furniture for the first time in some years here on the blog.

This is just an unpacking. Pictures on the wall, flowers in the baskets, that sort of thing coming eventually.

I like the wider main column. Images should be nicer. And I’ll have a gallery of images linked to the sidebar.

I’m going to suffer from image-less posts with a default plain placeholder icon for older posts because 1) I’ve been using Flickr embeds instead of Image Media uploads to WordPress; and 2) I have not be routinely selecting the “featured image” to take the blog image into the archive of that post. Ah well.

Also you’ll note that for the past few weeks I’ve had ads on the page for the first time in six years. I need to make this at least a break-even proposition. So if you find something you’d purchase anyway via Amazon or otherwise, consider your patronage a coin in the hat towards hosting expenses.

I’m hoping to have this remodeling represent a resurgent burst of blogging enthusiasm–yes, even on the cusp of short gray days that lie ahead.

We’ll see if that works out to be the case. Meanwhile, we be hunkering down—or at least I and the dog will be. Herself will be winter-bound on the job til at least mid-day on Monday. Send prayers.

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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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