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Edisto as Eden Isle

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!” – Joseph Campbell Edisto Island is a sea island, nine miles wide. And even though water surrounds it and rivers run through it, the island is mostly a

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The Fisher King. Gullah Fishermen, the Watermen.

Thank you to the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium for the following: For hundreds of years, the Gullah people—slaves and their descendants who lived primarily along coastal rivers and on sea islands—created or enriched the lowcountry’s seafood recipes and flavors.

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Grace. A Poem by Jake Adam York.

Grace Because my grandmother made me the breakfast her mother made her, when I crack the eggs, pat the butter on the toast, and remember the bacon to cast iron, to fork, to plate, to tongue, my great grandmother moves

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BigMama’s Skillet Cornbread

Well, nothing is more Southern than this. And, it is warm food for a cold night. The excellent cornmeal now available on Edisto Island at Geechee Boy Mill and Market is the best you can find. (Order meal online through

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Rice. A Poem by Mary Oliver

It grew in the black mud. It grew under the tiger’s orange paws. Its stems thicker than candles, and as straight. Its leaves like the feathers of egrets, but green. The grains cresting, wanting to burst. Oh, blood of the

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Man with a Fish. Homage to Ellis Wilson.

The Gullah people who live on Edisto Island continue to fish, dig for clams and set crab traps. The Gullah fisherman’s legacy is one we cannot dismiss in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The inspiration for this painting of my own

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Art is Everywhere! How to be a Traveler not a Tourist

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” — Susan Sontag

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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.