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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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Posted in art, Arts & Culture, Gullah, history, religion, South Carolina History, women, Writing

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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Posted in art, Arts & Culture, beauty, Charleston South Carolina

ForeMothers. Searching for Ancestors

“Oh Child Look within Find your ForeMothers Find them Find them” ― Malebo Sephodi Strong women ancestors. That is what I began with. The crux of my curiosity came to me while walking a labyrinth, outside, on a winter day in

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Posted in architecture, Arts & Culture, history, religion, South Carolina History, women

Mary Jane Oliver, September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019

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What can we learn?

Travel makes you modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. – Gustave Flaubert Anthony Bourdain, food writer and cook, died this month. Here he speaks to Patrick Radden Keefe at the 2017 New Yorker Festival.

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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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