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The Gift. Edisto Beach 1931

“When oonuh dey yuh, oonuh dey home”—When you are here, you are home. – Gullah saying This is a story about a gift. The year was 1931 when a newly married young couple from Sumpter set off on their honeymoon.

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The Mattress Tree of Edisto Island

“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 of a grand live oak tree on the side

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who

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Hey Honey! Oh do stay!

“Oh, Hey, Honey! Oh, do stay!” – about hospitality… in honor of my 87 year old mother, Charlotte Hutson Martin Hawthorne who still keeps the guest room ready. For her, on Mother’s Day. My mama’s smooth black walnut four poster

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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.