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PALMETTO POEM:  Three Maps

PALMETTO POEM: Three Maps

1. Perhaps tomorrow will be the day when we at last begin to listen to the rustling and murmuring that rises from the grasses of the world as they beseech us to grant them reprieve. For millennia, they’ve labored to cover the dead, and now it’s their turn— just a brief sleep, they insist, and then they’ll resume their work pending the general resurrection.

by · 06/04/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Palmetto Poem
HISTORY:  Unitarians in South Carolina

HISTORY: Unitarians in South Carolina

S.C. Encyclopedia | Unitarians in South Carolina boast a legacy of professional distinction and influence disproportionate to their size and numbers. Throughout the nineteenth century, Unitarians filled the top ranks of the growing urban professional classes and forged a respectable place for rational Christianity alongside an increasing evangelical culture.

by · 06/04/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:    After the Crash

REVIEW: After the Crash

A mystery by Michel Bussi | On December 23, 1980, a plane flying from Istanbul to Paris crashed in the Jura Mountains on the border between France and Switzerland. All passengers and crew but one perished in the accident. A baby was miraculously thrown free of the wreckage and found by emergency crews.

by · 05/29/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
HISTORY:  Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut

HISTORY: Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut

S.C. Encyclopedia | Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut was born on her father’s plantation near Stateburg in Sumter District on March 31, 1823. She is recognized as “the preeminent writer of the Confederacy” because of the diary she kept during the Civil War and revised for publication in the early 1880s. No other southern writer of her era possessed the combination of literary cultivation, psychological perception, opportunity to observe closely the upper echelons of the Confederacy, and a willingness to write candidly about people, events, and issues—including slavery. The resulting publication, much revised and more appropriately labeled a memoir, secured her place in southern literary history.

by · 05/29/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

REVIEW: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

A novel by Katarina Bivald

Reviewed by Whitney Lebron | Originally written in Swedish and translated into English, this debut novel by Katarina Bivald is heartwarming and endearing. Sara travels half way around the world from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa, to meet her pen pal Amy, only to arrive and find out that Amy’s funeral has just ended. The townspeople of Broken Wheel take Sara under their wing, even though they find her love for books and reading a bit peculiar. Sara decides to open up a bookstore in honor of friend’s memory and to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel.

by · 05/22/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
HISTORY:  Pierce Butler, signer of the U.S. Constitution

HISTORY: Pierce Butler, signer of the U.S. Constitution

S.C. Encyclopedia | Pierce Butler was born on July 11, 1744, in county Carlow, Ireland, the son of Henrietta Percy and Sir Richard Butler, fifth baronet of Cloughgrenan. His parents purchased a commission for Butler in the British army, and he rose through the ranks quickly. In 1766 he attained the rank of major, and in 1768 Butler’s regiment (the Twenty-ninth Foot) was transferred to South Carolina. Butler gained entry into Charleston society through his marriage to Mary Middleton on January 10, 1771. When his regiment returned to England in 1773, Butler sold his commission and remained in Charleston.

by · 05/22/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
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HISTORY: Maria Martin, artist and naturalist

S.C. Encyclopedia | Maria Martin was born in Charleston on July 6, 1796, the youngest daughter of John Jacob Martin and Rebecca Solars. While no records of her formal schooling have been discovered, it is known that she was well read in literature, French, and German and possessed an interest in music, art, and natural science. By 1827 she and her mother had moved into the home of her brother-in-law, the Lutheran minister and naturalist John Bachman, and her ailing sister Harriet. Martin helped to raise and educate her sister’s fourteen children and manage the household.

by · 05/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:    Captain Fantastic

REVIEW: Captain Fantastic

A film review by Darryl Woods | In this overlooked indie film, Viggo Mortenson (who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor for this role) plays the man who has been raising his six kids off-the-grid alone. When he discovers that his ill wife has passed, he takes his family across the country to confront his contentious in-laws.

by · 05/16/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  An Obvious Fact, by Craig Johnson

REVIEW: An Obvious Fact, by Craig Johnson

Cary Jones: The basis of the hit television series Longmire, fans of author CJ Box should take note of the Longmire series by Johnson. Similar to the television series, the print version of Sheriff Walt Longmire is painted as a witty, charming, and brooding character.

by · 05/08/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
REVIEW:  A Travel Guide to World War II Sites in Italy

REVIEW: A Travel Guide to World War II Sites in Italy

A book by Anne Leslie Saunders

Reviewed by Andy Brack | A way to make history come alive is to visit places where it happened. If you’re into World War II history, an updated and expanded second edition of local author Anne Leslie Saunders’ guide to World War II sites in Italy and Sicily will serve you well.

by · 05/01/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews