Fred's focus as a writer is on relationships...to the Appalachian landscapes of our lives where the common bond to place is grounded in a deep knowledge of who we are and where we belong; to the outdoors, where curiosity and wonder could lead us--and especially our children--to better know and more deeply care for the natural world; and to each other in family, neighborhood and community at a time when more than ever, we need the riches of wisdom and strength, courage and humor that each of us can offer toward a durable future.
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VideosRoanoke Chanel 7 Interviews the Author at Home
The film crew came out to Goose Creek and filmed me reading and chatting on the front porch and standing in the middle of the road with the barn and pasture in the background. They enjoyed being out here, and stayed for more than two hours to save a few minutes of tape.
Slow Road Home ~ a Blue Ridge Book of Days
Fred First, at 54, found home. But why here, he wondered? He left the path of his profession for a year, and lived intentionally immersed in the quiet days and details of his remote Blue Ridge Valley in Virginia. His naturalist training, photographic eye and insatiable curiosity bring 100 short vignettes of celebration and hope. You'll feel you have met a new neighbor you've known all your life.
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