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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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Cold Poem. By Mary Oliver

Cold now. Close to the edge. Almost unbearable. Clouds bunch up and boil down from the north of the white bear. This tree-splitting morning I dream of his fat tracks, the lifesaving suet. I think of summer with its luminous

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A June birthday as Wonder Woman.

This is a poem written to me 10 years ago, by the poet Chuck Sullivan © Zen Matchbox 2008, Rag Street Press. Worth remembering. Chance Meeting Its Match for Charlotte I remembered you before I knew you before I knew

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The Hero’s Path. Life lived as a Poem.

Originally posted on Charleston Through an Artist's eye:
We have not even to risk the adventure alone/ for the heroes of all time have gone before us /The labyrinth is thoroughly known/ We have only to follow the thread…

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Rumi, a poem.

What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the deeper the soul, and when such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s so simple to tell one who puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from

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Gullah Culture in Charleston Style & Design….Homecoming!

My painting here, Homecoming, is featured in the January 2014 issue of Charleston Style and Design Magazine (click HERE!) yippee! SEEKING GULLAH Preservation of a unique African linguistic and cultural heritage—and the arts that embody it—is the impassioned mission of

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Posted in architecture, art, Arts & Culture, beauty, Charleston South Carolina, creativity, Food, Green, Gullah, South Carolina History, spirituality, travel, women, Writing

May you see the Star. Love, Charlotte

And a poem from Rumi: The Creek and the Stars Spirit is so mixed with the visible world that giver, gift and beneficiary are one thing. You are the grace raining down, the grace is you. Creation is a clear,

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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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