Painted rock-and-mirror grouping

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1999

My yard have always attracted a lot of attention, all kinds. They picked on me bad, but I’m a strong person and I didn’t feel too bad. They call me the “root lady.” They call me the “mirror lady.” They call me everything but a child of God. They come by, want to pay me money to tell their fortune. People was stopping by here, say, “You’re a witch.” People meet me say, “I been coming by your house two or three years, I been scared to stop by.” I say, “I was scared you was going to stop by.” You see, it would have been detrimental to me if the wrong person had stopped.