Fizzy Memories of Beer & Football in the Lowcountry

It's that time of year....we 're several weeks into college football season and the tailgates are full on. I was raised in a beer drinker’s household. Dad loved a cold PBR and Mom liked Milwaukee's Best. When I was old enough to drink (18 then not 21 like today), I preferred the Miller Ponies because they stayed cold. My taste…

Owning My Style

Mirror mirror on the wall...which of these dresses are the prettiest of all? I don't have a magic mirror at home but many high end retail shops now feature them in their dressing rooms. You can now change the lighting in the fitting room, request a different size, browse through other items in the store, or interact with a sales…

It’s Still Rock n’ Roll to Me

Just as summer was nearing and appearing on a steamy Lowcountry horizon, back in the day when I was long, lean and newly twenty-one—finally—at the onset of June in 1980, I recall that the music scene in Charleston was popping.

Finding Adventure Everywhere

Adventure: “An undertaking of uncertain outcome which may involve danger or unknown risk, perhaps an enterprise involving chance, fortune, or luck.” To me, adventure is any exciting or remarkable experience. Growing up on Sullivan's Island, I was often an unsupervised adventurer. Morning adventures were based on the tides; low tide brought wonders in from the tidal pools—slimy, oyster shells laden…

The Lowcountry Male

When I envision the typical man in the Lowcountry, I think of someone who is proficient in fishing, loves to spend time in the boat, probably owns more than one firearm and carries a pocket knife. I don't mean to sound stereotypical with this Linda Page vision of a lowcountry male, but that's what I see.

Women Change History

I come from a very strong line of women. My Grandmother, Verdie, lived a challenging life in central Florida with my Grandfather, (which could translate into her raising three daughters alone). My other Grandmother, Bessie, died long before I was I born. Everyone told me she could accomplish any task, from helping her husband in the dime store or the…

The Lovely Lull of Spring

Who doesn't love Spring? It starts quietly as daylight lingers a few more moments each late afternoon. Birds start singing a little louder and the air is scented with the subtle aromas of blooming flowers. We find ourselves longing to open windows, have lunch outside, take trips to the garden shop, and buy new flip flops. Nature's paintbrush promises art;…

The Transformative Nature of Art

I am sometimes overwhelmed by life, but always overwhelmed by art. Art can be transforming, while connecting a community that may not be otherwise connected. It has been an honor serving the Mount Pleasant community for seven years, and in that time, engaging in hundreds of public meetings centered on or including the conversation of art. The elected body has…

Love in the ordinary

In February we tend to think of romantic love and our partners. In every shop the aisles are full of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and pretty cards. We’re overwhelmed with commercials showing intoxicating scenes of lovers on desolate beaches that are intended to make us run out to the mall and buy some perfume, of course there are also roses....lots…

A Healthy New Year

I was upset last October when I read an article that suggested we are all our skinniest in the fall and it takes 5 months to lose the weight we typically gain in the 10 weeks between Halloween and the New Year. So, I decided I’d be good to myself and not indulge in every holiday treat that I came…