In a Mirror, Darkly


Self-portrait, Jacksonville Center First Friday, 2 October  2009. Artist  not recorded, sorry, but go see it for yourselves.

Jacksonville Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Ln S # 1
Floyd, VA 24091-4171
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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. Hi, Fred
    I’m commenting not about this pic, but about the one of Baby Henry and Mama –I’ve been out of town for awhile and wondered how things were going. The pic is beautiful and so encouraging. He continues in my prayers. May God give you all strength and His peace as you walk this difficult path.