Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Circular Church
A Diverse Community
Building and Graveyard
History : The members of Circular Congregational Church are proud to be one of the oldest continuously worshipping congregations in the South. Among highlights of our history are: Charles Towne's original settlers founded this protestant, or dissenting, church about 1681. The graveyard is the city's oldest burial grounds with monuments dating from 1696. The first meeting house on this site gave Meeting Street its name. The third structure here, a vast, circular hall built in 1804, burned in 1861. Bricks from "Old Circular" were used in building the present sanctuary in 1890.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Jo owns Beads on Cannon in Charleston, SC. The shop originated as a jeweler and watch maker's store in 1850 so it is appropriate that it now should hold Jo's well-stocked shop for customers interested in making jewelry. Her amazing inventory contains beautiful beads from all over the world as well as vintage gems from the 30's and 40's. After a professional career as a middle school librarian, Jo entered this business and went back to school and studied Chinese for 3 years to make it easier to talk to vendors from Asia when she was at market, looking for more beads for her store. Born in New Jersey, she has lived in Charleston for 30 years...guess she likes it here!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The unfolding of the Vernal Equinox is like the unfolding of the petals of a floral blossom The flower gradually reveals its beauty until it reaches the apex of its form. At which time the perfect shape and vivid hues balance one another much like the balance of day and night of the equinox. Then the flower slowly fades and decay begins the process that leads to the death of the flower. The days lengthen to accommodate nature and balance the life and death of the blossom: the gradual and inevitable natural cycle of birth, decay, and rebirth.
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Added later: I probably should have labeled it in my narrative as a camellia since some viewers thought it was a rose.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I recently visited Pinckney National Historical Park because of an outdoor program of story-telling and steel drum music. I met and talked at length with Carolyn E. White who is a folk-life historian with a wonderful wit and wisdom on Gullah life and culture. Some of her travels have taken her to several African countries, and it was in South Africa that she was given the
Zulu name Jabulile.
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Monday, March 18, 2013
This lovely woman from India is diminutive but dynamite. While visiting South Carolina several states and miles from home, Dr. Swapna, used all of her medical knowledge to both placate and cure me when I became ill. Her professionalism and personal charm is just what one needs in a doctor when far from one's own primary physician. Wish I could take her home with me, but I doubt that I could persuade her to leave the Charleston area where she and her husband and two children have found a home that she loves outside of India.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Fred , a former attorney, is the owner of the The Wreck, short for The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene, an unusual seafood restaurant in Mount Pleasant, SC. At first glance the name appears to refer to the waterfront restaurant's look, topped off with a shabby, screened-in porch. (In actuality, the Richard and Charlene was a trawler that slammed into the building during a hurricane in 1989.) But looks aren't the thing here—it's all about the food.The Wreck with its fantastic menu rose like a Phoenix after Hurricane Hugo on September 21, 1989 laid waste to Shem Creek and the area. Prior to the hurricane the shack on the property sold fresh shrimp, but it evolved into this restaurant that the locals love and the tourists find after someone takes kindly to their quest for good food.
Fred showed us around the empty restaurant one afternoon, informing us that it wasn't open 'til 5:00 pm for dinner. We returned and had great seafood and the best She Crab Soup that I have tasted anywhere. The scallops, oysters and shrimp weren't bad either! If you're in the
area, I'd advise a visit!
Since it's St. Paddy't Day, I chose Fred's photo because he looks like someone from "the oulde sod!"
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Palmetto Palm Logs
The Original Building
A Waterway Fort
The original Palmetto log fort was begun in 1776 and only partially completed when attacked by a squadron of British warships. Col. William Moultrie and his men staved off the assault in the Battle of Sullivan's Island. The current structure was completed in 1809. Union soldiers abandoned the fort in December 1860 for the stronger Fort Sumter. Following the surrender of Fort Sumter, Confederate forces fortified Moultrie as one of a string of batteries and forts protecting Charleston's harbor. In February 1865, Confederates evacuated the city leaving the fort behind, hidden under a band of sand that protected its walls from federal shells. The interior of the fort has been restored to reflect the story of American seacoast defense through World War II, and a visitor center is located near the fort. The National Park Service administers the fort.