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I Stopped for Beauty

-Amy Gesell, copyright, all rights reserved….. Rare snow today in South Carolina. This is in Erhardt.

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To beauty. Edisto Island, South Carolina.

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Hephzipah Jenkins Townsend and the Edisto Island Baptist Church

It is a terrific story. Hephzipah Jenkins wife of Daniel Townsend, of Bleak Hall Plantation, is one of the reasons that the now called African American New Missionary Baptist Church on Edisto Island is flooded by attendees from miles away

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Small Houses Past and Present

Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it. – Leonardo Da Vinci There is a movement in today’s culture to return to a smaller house. Tiny House blog tells many stories of people simplifying and downsizing, for

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Contented Hill. Mt. Pleasant, SC

Mt. Pleasant. I cannot help but call her “Pleasure” or “Happy” or the “Contented” mountain. What a fine name for a place! Today I pack to move into Mt. Pleasant for a while, a village that is snuggled beside downtown

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Surprise, Peacocks, and Magnolia Plantation on the Ashley

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. – Alice Walker The Magnolia Plantation on the Ashley River is doing some brave new work, and is lucky to have D.J. Tucker, an enthusiastic human being if I have ever met one. He

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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.