Love of the Land, the Science and the Art

Science finally confirms this basic human need, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. It certainly is my own experience, after living for two years on Edisto Island, the last undeveloped barrier island in South Carolina in Rosy the RV. Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist who inspired George Lucas’ film series, Star Wars confirms this too, insisting that our bodies: made of the earth, have a built-in yearning for large doses of earth and sea.

“Although we are part of nature, nature is greater than us, infinite in its variety, fascintating in its ingenuity, able to inspire awe, reverence, and terror. We are creatures of nature and cannot enjoy optimum physical or emotional well being if we have too little contact with it. Biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term ‘biophilia’ which means love of life or living systems to describe this innate human need. I believe it to be as real as our needs for food, sex, love and community.” – Andrew Weil, from Spontaneous Happiness

Sky Awe over the Lowcountry near Edisto Island

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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