When fire blazed through her mobile home, Tammy Teeters made sure to grab her swimsuit.

When fire blazed through her mobile home, Tammy Teeters made sure to grab her swimsuit.

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.

This Land Presents: Mannford Fire from THIS LAND PRESS on Vimeo.

Meet me: Sheilah Bright, a sucker for a story. I've been a journalist for 39 years after first publishing at age 14. Do the math. No, don't. My work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. I spent 18 years writing advertising for People and TIME magazine. When I'm not traveling abroad, I bounce along the backroads of Oklahoma searching for some golden story nuggets as a contributing editor for This Land Press and Oklahoma Today.

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