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Etchings from an 1880 magazine.

HISTORY: Ever wonder why it’s called Ashley PHOSPHATE Road?

S.C. Encyclopedia | The South Carolina phosphate mining industry began after the Civil War and dominated world production in the 1880s. Mining began in late 1867 on plantations near Charleston after the gentlemen-scientists Francis S. Holmes and St. Julien Ravenel and the chemists N. A. Pratt and C. U. Shepard discovered that local “stinking stones” contained unusually high amounts of bone phosphate of lime (BPL).

by · 06/15/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  Wolf in White Van

REVIEW: Wolf in White Van

Review: Wolf in White Van: Sean Phillips is reclusive due, in large part, to a severe injury he sustained as a teenager. His main contact with the world around him is through Trace Italian, the mail-order role-playing game he created and runs. Troubles arise for Sean when two players, Carrie and Lance, switch their playing from the game world to the real world. As Sean’s story, along with the story of Carrie and Lance, unfolds, the reader is taken on a riveting journey backward through Sean’s life.

by · 06/08/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
HISTORY:  All Saints Parish

HISTORY: All Saints Parish

S.C. Encyclopedia | Established on March 16, 1778, All Saints Parish comprised the Waccamaw Neck of what came to be Horry and Georgetown Counties. In 1721 the peninsula became part of Prince George Winyah Parish, but separated from the rest of the parish by the Waccamaw River, it remained isolated and sparsely settled for decades. Because they could only reach […]

by · 06/08/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy

REVIEW: Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy

Few Civil War histories seem suitable for toes-in-the-sand beach-reading, but Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy manages to fit that bill with wondrous delight.

by · 06/01/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
POEM: My Poems

POEM: My Poems

Joanna Crowell: “He asks, ‘What do you with your poems?’

“I play with them. I fight with them. I flirt with them. I avert from them. I dress up for them. I am stripped down by them. I skinny dip into them. I dance naked on them. Yeah, I even get jiggy wit’ em! I sing the blues out of them. I pour the joy back into them. I open my French doors for them. I abstain from them. I get wet waiting for them. I am a drunken fool for them. I take twelve steps toward them. I am sobered by them.”

by · 06/01/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Palmetto Poem
A reenactment at the Ninety Six National Historic Site.

HISTORY: Battles of Ninety Six

Battles of Ninety Six: Situated in the South Carolina backcountry at the crossroads of important trade routes, Ninety Six was a newly established courthouse town on the eve of the Revolutionary War. The question of independence deeply divided the inhabitants of the district.

by · 05/25/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  Did She Kill Him?

REVIEW: Did She Kill Him?

Did She Kill Him? A Torrid True Story of Adultery, Arsenic and Murder in Victorian England, by Kate Colquhoun

Crime attracts people whether it’s on television, in movies, mystery novels, or non-fiction books. Why do we like to read about it? Perhaps we want to look into the minds of criminals to find out why they commit heinous crimes.

by · 05/25/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
An historical image of  Jasper raising the battle flag of the colonial forces over present-day Fort Moultrie on June 28, 1776 during the Battle of Sullivan's Island.

HISTORY: Sgt. William Jasper

Little is known of Revolutionary War Sgt. William Jasper’s origins. Traditionally he has been identified as Irish, but others have argued that he was of German ancestry.

by · 05/18/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism

REVIEW: The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism

Osho was an Indian mystic, a spiritual master with a large following, during the second half of the 20th century. In his discourses, he reinterpreted the writings of various religious traditions and philosophies from around the world. The Book of Wisdom is filled with his brilliant outside-the-box interpretations. It is also a guide, if you are curious to take the path, to deep awakening and happiness that does not fade. In the very first chapter the reader is given a recipe to follow in seven easily digestible steps.

by · 05/18/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
Mays

HISTORY: Dr. Benjamin Mays

Civil rights activist, writer and college president Benjamin Elijah Mays was born on August 1, 1894, in rural South Carolina near Rambo in Edgefield County (now Epworth in Greenwood County).

by · 05/11/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia