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I’m not making much headway on it, but for those rare moments when it is possible to actually think, I’m thinking about what to include in an unusual speaking opportunity coming up in April.

I’ve been invited to offer an Earth Day “sermon with slides” (waiting to hear if the visual component will work in the facility during daylight hours) between a 9:00 and 11:00 church services in another county. (I’ve had far more opportunities in Wythe and Franklin than in my home county. Don’t know what that says, exactly.)

So I may refer to thoughts towards that event as time goes on. There certainly is plenty to offer, especially as the first Earth Day came along the same year I started grad school towards a masters in Vertebrate Zoology. Those were hopeful times. We expected the “greening of America.” We knew what we needed to do as a nation. Then we forgot.

Then too, I am approaching the ten year anniversary of the blog, which coincides with the ten year anniversary of the end of my full-time employment in health care and the beginning of so much else. That calendar landmark bears some retrospective words and images here.

Meanwhile, the “read-later” links are piling up. Prior to the December 18 regime, I would have offered commentary and opinions about at least some of these. That was then, this is now. For those who might be interested, here are some keepers:

When Profits Can Take a Back Seat to Doing Good – 

The Climate BS Awards for 2011 | Planet3.0

Insurance rates driven up by global warming, NPR reports –

Economic Growth and Human Well-Being | Planet3.0

Snow Depth Anomaly | Planet3.0 

Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson on Engineered Inequality | Moyers & Company | 

The Top 1 Percent: What Jobs Do They Have? –

Why SOPA Is Dangerous

The Inquisition: Alive And Well After 800 Years : NPR

Arguments from Global Warming Skeptics and what the science really says 

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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 watched that first Moyers and Company show. It was excellent. The emphasis on it being 99.9% of us against the 0.1% was the most memorable idea. The 99% meme from the Occupy movement is really getting through to a large percent of Americans, I believe. This refinement of it is even more persuasive.