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The Intriguing History of the Black Madonna

The following piece, published by BBC Culture, in 2018, feels beautifully relevant today in America, as we reel from the weight of a pandemic and of our history of racial injustice, now too public to ignore. Edisto Island, and the

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The Mattress Tree of Edisto Island

Originally posted on Charleston Through an Artist's eye:
“The song and the land are one.” – Bruce Chatwin Frank Gadsden died this winter. The full mattress and box springs, the swinging hammock, the one that hung from the limbs…

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What if the Virus is the Medicine?

Jonathan Hadas Edwards & Julia Hartsell wrote the essay below: What if the Virus is the Medicine? The emerging pandemic is already a watershed of the early 21st century:things won’t ever be the same. Yet for all that the havoc

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Interview: Ranky Tanky’s Clay Ross, Quentin Baxter On Gullah Music, Grammy Win – https://www.npr.org/2020/03/01/810533670/ranky-tanky-on-celebrating-south-carolinas-gullah-traditions

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Myths about Slavery

Excellent writing today, click here: wapo.st/3bj6C6z “No, the Civil War didn’t end slavery, and the first Africans didn’t arrive in America in 1619. Only 8 percent of high school seniors can identify slavery as a central cause of the Civil

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May Joy abound in the next decade.

Love & Light, Charlotte

Posted in Arts & Culture

Toni Morrison

“Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge,” she said. “It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability

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Hutchinson House

This is a lovely video update on the restoration of the historic African American house on Edisto Island, South Carolina built by the Hutchinson Family. youtu.be/lWLAktLZm-4

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You do know that the banjo is an African instrument, right?! The black roots of country music

From the Washington Post, a riveting listen. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/post-reports/id1444873564 Emily Yahr, Valerie June and Dina Bennett talk about how black people have been largely excluded from country music — an art form rooted in black history. “What black history has to

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Magic, a painting

“We live our short lives in the vortex of a miracle, and while we may not be the center of that vortex, it is magic to be anywhere in there”. – Robert Genn 40″x30″ – available….

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What’s this?

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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