Cherokee Animal Legends and Vacuum Tales in Radford near The Blue Ridge Parkway


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bueridgemistcopyrightBlue Ridge Mist    Original 12″x16″  Oil Painting     $384

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LiatrisflowersLiatris Flowers at Doughton Park    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting  $2425

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pawleyswaterwaycopyrightNear Pawleys Island    Original 11″x14″ Oil Painting     $313

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I still have Pawleys Island on my mind!  After I do some more shore scenes I will be getting back to large Blue Ridge Vistas!


I have put up a number of blogs on the Cherokee Native American legends about the Black Bear in The Blue Ridge Mountains and today I came across some other legends regarding other animals!  Interesting stuff!

Cherokee Animal Legends

The primeval animals are thought to have been larger and stronger than their present day descendants.

The rabbit is the most prominent animal in their myths.   It is a trickster and considered to be malicious.  It is often beaten at its own game by those it intends to victimize.  Ball players are forbidden to eat rabbits when they are in training because this animal seems to be so confused when it runs.

The meat of the common grey squirrel is forbidden to rheumatic patients because of the cramped position it assumes while eating.

The deer won its horns in a successful race with the rabbit.

The wolf is revered as a hunter and Cherokees abstain from killing it if they can avoid it.  They believe a relative of the slain wolf will seek out the hunter and kill him.

The odor of the skunk is believed to keep off contagious diseases.


I found this information on the online publication, First People , The Legends


Life with The Word and Bird Man- Clyde Kessler

Over the years my husband and I have had a lot of trouble with vacuum cleaners.  I try to be very careful not to pick up anything that will break it but I seem to manage to break them anyway.  Either that, or they just break to spite me.

I am practically putting my head to the rug to check for objects since we bought a new one a while back.  It is under warranty and I have the box and everything in it.  This one will be replaced if something goes wrong.

The other day I was vacuuming our bedroom and my husband was standing nearby.

I said I checked and I didn’t see any stupid thing  on the floor.

He said he was standing on the rug but he didn’t think that would be a problem.  I didn’t mean him!  He is always there with a word quip!  Keeps me laughing!

Beautiful Doughton Park on The Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountain Man


Liatris Flowers at Doughton Park             30″x40″     $2425.00

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Another beautiful park in the Blue Ridge Parkway is Doughton Park which is a 6,000-acre landscape of lovely meadows and pioneer cabins near Sparta, North Carolina.

My husband really gets around on his journeys to study birds and butterflies and I especially liked our excursion to this site.  The Liatris flowers are stunning and I really took off with the colors for this painting!

The park has 30 miles of hiking trails through pastures, valleys, and along streams.  It is one of the best places on the parkway to view wildlife including white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray foxes and bobcats.

In addition to the gorgeous Liatris flowers, flame azalea and rhododendron bloom in the late spring.  Guided nature walks and craft demonstrations are offered in the summer season.

The two pioneer cabins are the Brinegar Cabin(ca.1885) and the one-room Caudill Cabin(ca.1985).  Other structures were lost in the great flood of 1916.


BRswirlcopyrightBlue Ridge Swirl      Original Painting has been sold

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Life with the Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is from Franklin County which is famous for moon shine and a creek that is named after all the fighting among the mountain people.  The first time I traveled the road along Shooting Creek I thought the named referred to the flowing water down the mountain.

Clyde Kessler is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever known.  He is well-educated and read an entire set of encyclopedias when he was a child.  His great-great uncle George Kessler is one of the three founders of Ferrum College.

Still, he is technically a mountain man and has a beard and a moustache.  On one of his excursions to study bird and butterfly populations with friends from Blacksburg, VA  he had gone off a little ways from the group and someone came up to one of his friends to say he had seen a real mountain man!  I’m sure he meant someone that lived in a cabin with a gun.   What else could the friend say but yes you did!