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We had some very scary moments last week. Right behind where I live is a little mountain which is lovely, covered with desert sage and wild grasses of beauty, plus very interesting large rock formations. Many little critters live out there. It was on Wednesday afternoon when someone came to my door and started banging real loud on it! I ran to the door, opened it, and my daughter was there with other people telling me to get out, for there was a huge fire right behind my apartment building. The little mountain was burning. The fire was spreading fast. Thank goodness there were no high winds that day and what little wind we had was taking the flames and smoke away from us. I grabbed my canvas bag, tossed what I needed into it, locked my door and stood outside with everyone else waiting to see if we had to evacuate.
Fire trucks were here in very short time and within two hours the firefighters had the fire under control. It all started shortly after 4:00 PM and the firefighters were out there all night watching for hot spots or flare ups. I sat on my back porch till about 1:30 in the morning. I could hear the voices of the firefighters and their pick axes clinking on the rocky soil as they worked.
The next day when I looked outside, the little mountain was all blackened all across the top. Fortunately no one was injured and no buildings or homes were damaged. My admiration and gratefulness for firefighters is at an all-time high.
I love reading and writing about faery folk and the Cherokee people have some great legends about faeries and other spirit folk.
Here is my latest article from the Folklore and Mythology site at BellaOnline.com.
Spirit Folk Of Cherokee Legends
Among the Cherokee peoples of the Southeastern United States there are many legends told of the spirit folk who live near them. Some of these spirit folk are great warriors who protect the people.
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