Friday, June 02, 2006
A number of years ago I was doing research on Floyd County. We wanted to buy property there and I spent countless hours thinking up different ways of wording it in search engines. We never did get the land, although we came very close to buying a mountain..sigh. It was so beautiful.
The research was still worth all the time. I found so many beautiful things about Floyd and Virginia that I still like to think about. The best thing to come of my research was a little place called Fragments of Floyd. First of all, I'd never seen a blog before I saw his, so my first experience with the blog world set the standards pretty high. He is the quintessential blogger. Fred is a writer, photographer, husband, father, grandfather, lover of canine, lover of nature; an artist at life. He does life really well. He LIVES.
He has written a book which is really an extension of his blogging. It's sort of..."Moveable Fragments." Fred First is the author, if I didn't say so already. Fred has a way of expressing his soul. When you read his words, you think "yeah...yeahh..YES! that's it exacty." He gently persuades you that there could be nothing more important in life than lying on your back in the tall grass watching a hawk making circles over the mountains.
I guess you may have noticed that I am a big fan. I am. I think he's a wonderful writer; exactly the type of writer I just love. I also think he's a wonderful person. He talked to people in his church (a realtor) for me, a complete stranger, to help us try to find land. He found out what he could about property near him for us. Oh, to live on Goose Creek. When I decided to try my hand at blogging, he was the first person to comment on my blog and he did so immediately upon learning that I'd started it.
While I have not met Fred personally, he remains one of my favorite people. :)
If you get a chance, go to Fred's Blog and just enjoy his words. You can almost smell the Floyd County air. If you love it as much as I do..buy the book.
Tell him I said hi. :)