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Female “cheese cooler” stalker article has received 57,000 hits!

Female “cheese cooler” stalker article has received 57,000 hits!


You go figure!  I do months of research and then over a week on state of the art architectural graphics . . . the article gets  a few hundred readers.   A few months ago, I quickly wrote a short article about a humorous experience at the local Walmart.   The article went platinum.

A lovely lass from the Georgia Mountains followed me around our local Walmart then cornered me at the cheese cooler to ask a question about genetics!  She grew up thinking she was a Cherokee Princess, but after getting back her DNA test, found out that she is a Sephardic Princess.  

There was drama two days after the article was published.  A local Cherokee tribe mailed me a certified letter (and delivered in person in a very threatening manner) a letter from a lawyer stating that if I mentioned their tribe in the article, they would sue me.  I had never heard of them until they threatened to sue me.  If they had been nice and asked me to mention their tribe, they would have gotten at least 57,000 free advertisements.  LOL 

There is a sad ending to this story.  The born again Sephardic Princess was not wearing a ring, and didn’t seem to mind that I was poor, mixed-heritage trash . . . but I have never seen her again.  Each day, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, I stand silently . . . plaintively . . . by the Walmart cheese cooler, eating my cherry turnovers from the Walmart bakery and looking out into the distant aisles . . . but alas, she never appears.  It is like a 21st century version of Dr. Zhivago. 

To read the article again, click the following:    The Mysterious Lady in Walmart

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the first People of One Fire newsletter.  It initially went out to 18 people as an email.  For three years we just had email newsletters then Judy White created a website for us, where old newsletters could be stored and accessed. Our readership outgrew the old website, so we decided to shoot for the big time with the new one. 

The current fancy website has been in operation since September 2014.  In 2016, we have had as many as 17,000+ readers a day and 77,000+ readers a month.  Those sorts of numbers are going to have an impact on “things!”

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Congratulations on the 10th Anniversary! Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. Thank you sir!

    By chance are you a descendant of the original Spanish settlers of North America? I am no sure if you family name is Spanish, Portuguese or Italian. Well, your name could also be Sephardic. I looked it up and it was sometimes a Sephardic family name in Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Spain, Portugal, Navarre and Southern France.


    Our dna listed 6% “Iberian Pennusula” , does that count as Sephardic? I always thought we were from TN NC ..:o) Oh well, maybe in our day we were gold miners. Richard in MO. Congrats on anniversary.

    • The original location of the Uchee was the Lower Savannah River. Those Uchee in North Carolina and Tennessee were originally colonies of the mother people. Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee had many Spanish-speaking colonists in the 1600s and 1700s. There are eyewitness accounts in the 1600s up to the 1780s. When John Tipton and John Sevier were leading wagon trains of settlers from Shenandoah County, VA to NE Tennessee, they encountered several very old villages populated by Spanish-speaking Jews.

      • csmoke@WEBOUND.COM'

        thank you for the reply about Euchee locations. when I mentioned eastern TN & western NC , I was thinking of my Reagan “Cherokees” . gradually, they were a concentration in white oak flat, east of Gatlinburg, TN. my Euchee ggrandmother , I did not discover until 10 or so yrs ago… and all I found was she was living in eastern Oklahoma when she married my ggrandfather.(1/2 “Cherokee”) turn of century.
        I doubt I will ever know more about her. “they” said she was beautiful “full blood”Euchee, would not let her photo be taken, and that her family name was Bigpond. I did locate the Bigpond “settlement” in Oklahoma, and a couple of cuzns.
        My ggrandfather Reagan, that Margaret Bigpond Clark, married was a handsome man… I am sure they were a fine couple. I have a photo of her daughter and she was a handsome woman. I believe Margaret will trace back to British Barnard, Savanah, GA. It is sad to be so diluted now. gracias mucho, amigo.


    Congrats Richard. May hap soon I can come inside and catch up on this massive collection you have typed out since getting the wonder box from across the pond.
    Now you got to understand you have hit some fine points and I certainly plan on adding some constructive comments on the first long days of inside weather.
    Been a nice summer and now I am a widow.
    You have helped me tremendously in my search for the truth in the rich heritage we share here.
    I ain’t blowing up your head. I mean this as respect, for this hard work.
    take care up there. Athens now and nice library to ponder…


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