About a year ago, fire swept through a neighboring community and destroyed hundreds of homes. I took supplies to a local shelter and met Tammy Teeters, a woman who grew up playing in bombed ruins in Berlin. She sat in a church gymnasium and worried about how the songbirds in her woods would survive. When a blazing ball of fire forced her out of her home, she’d grabbed just a few precious items, including a blue bathing suit.
After writing a story for This Land Press, I worked with videographer Matt Leach on a short film that debuted recently at the deadcenter film festival in Oklahoma City. Film editor Claire Edwards polished it up with her expert editing skills.
If you need a refreshing drink of inspiration, watch how a Mannford, Okla., water aerobics instructor rose from the ashes and found solace from the fire in a clear pool of water.