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Myths about Slavery

Excellent writing today, click here: “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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Early Gravestone Art in Charleston

“Man can feel no religious awe more genuine and profound I believe, than the awe he feels when treading the ground where his ancestors – his roots – repose. – Nikos Kazantzakis The Circular Church, founded in 1681, has the

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Dr. Henry Woodward, and Edisto Island 1666

It’s not a dirt row-ud now. It’s what an Edisto islander once called one of those newly paved main roads. In dialect so distinctive of the sea islands, Point of Pines Road would have been called a “rock row-ud” once

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Red Bird Who Knows the Tide

“Red bird came…firing up the landscape…as nothing else could.” A poet friend sent me a book this week called Red Bird. It is a book of delectable poems by Mary Oliver, who also lives by the sea. On Edisto Island,

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Posted in art, Arts & Culture, Charleston South Carolina, Native American, Poetry, religion, South Carolina History, spirituality, Writing

Libraries, the Law and Gingko trees

Books. There are venerable collections of history in Charleston. One of my favorite places is the Charleston Library Society on King Street, a charming library that is open to the public, that backs up to the garden behind the Gibbes

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Posted in architecture, Charleston South Carolina, Green, Law, South Carolina History

Red Bird! Dr. Henry Woodward and John Locke in South Carolina

“What we can know with any confidence derives from the experience of the senses.” – John Locke (1632-1704) from “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” I am an artist, not a formal historian, philosopher, or genealogist. My take on the world

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Posted in art, Arts & Culture, Native American, religion, South Carolina History, Writing

The Circular Church

“When God inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, I (wisdom) was there.” – Proverbs 8:27 More about Circles. I am practically jumping with excitement over the book that arrived in today’s mail. It is called The Circular

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Posted in architecture, art, Charleston South Carolina, South Carolina History

The French Quarter

The French Quarter of Charleston is a section of Downtown Charleston, considered to be bounded by the Cooper River on the east, Broad Street on the south, Meeting Street on the west and Market Street on the north, and was settled as

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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.