Random: Late July 2009

Glass art ~ Jacksonville Center, Floyd VA
Glass art details ~ Jacksonville Center, Floyd VA

One Bean Too Far. I foolishly thought we had the deer stymied with the various scents I’d been leaving there; they had not touched the beans that hung heavy on the perimeter fence of the Stalag Garden. Until last night. I’d found a piece of chicken wire in the barn and never got around to hanging it to cover the crop just a day before intended harvest. A day too far.

Had a nice experience at Sweet Providence on Saturday–several, actually. As I was leaving, a couple was at the register, looking intently my way. It turns out, she is a psychiatrist, and a fan of Slow Road Home. “I purchase it for my patients for its mindfulness” she said. I like that.

More bear sightings, this time a cub (probably about the size of Tsuga versus the adults we’ve seen that would make 4-5 of him. We have new neighbors from the city. Hope they know to not leave any garbage inside while they’re away–like the picnic scraps on the screened back porch of our former neighbors who came home to a screen-less back porch.

Tomorrow night at the Floyd Country Store at 7:00: Come join the discussion about the “350 action” and the October 24th “Sustainability Festival” in Floyd. It will take the full focus of our ingenuity, creativity, skills and experience to craft a proactive future and a resilient, just economy. This meeting is very informal and open to all. Hope to see you there.

So. I’m wondering what I want to do when I grow up. My clinic days ended for want of patients a month ago. Now I’ve done what I needed to do with my free time. I have a few home patients, but won’t keep a steady list, the travel expenses and time spent don’t warrant the pay. But it gets me out of the house, and presently, patients are in or near Floyd.

I know you’re dying to know–as always–about my computer habits. I’m now using Luminotes for much of my day to day writing and other prompts and lists. Give it a try. It’s strong suit for me is the way you can create a wiki-type link to a separate “note” and then hide all but the note you’re working on, which helps me maintain focus. Meanwhile, all notes in that notebook stay visible in the right sidebar.


About fred

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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