Wednesday, April 5 Continental breakfast from the farm & pantry 10-11am Yoga (optional, but recommended) Mirabai 11:15-12:45 Free time, lunch on your own 1:00-4:30 Workshop Intro/Welcome Mary Brent Cantarutti Picture Book Presentation Cathleen O’Brien Intro To Gullah Sharon Cooper-Murray Stirring the Spirit 4:45-5:15 Break 5:30 […]
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Pearl Fryar’s Garden Martha Dabbs Greenway The first time I visited Pearl Fryar’s garden is a story in itself. It was in early spring when my friend Myra and I decided to drive the twenty-five miles from Sumter, South Carolina, over to Bishopville. I wanted to find this fabulous topiary garden I had read about […]
Good or Bad Death by Laurie Raucher I’m wondering after being in the South, to be exact the lowlands of South Carolina where 18 feet above sea level is considered a mountain of high ground, whether or not I’m going to die a good or bad death. (more…)
Crazy About the South by Robyn T. Murphy There’s the way you just eat cream with some grits and shrimp as a bonus; and deep fried everything, without apology and without shame. The way you can get snockered on gin and sugar but feel refined if you just wear a wide brimmed hat. And there […]
Sullivan’s Island Bucket List by Toni Carreiro In April 2013, I made my first visit to South Carolina with the Southern Sampler Artists Colony (SSAC). A small group of writers and artists, we were participants in the annual Southern Sampler Artists Colony workshop, our residence was a rambling, turn-of-the-century beach house on Sullivan’s Island. Shortly […]
We Southern Samplers just fell in love with Folly! Folly Beach, that is, located eleven miles from Charleston and known locally as “The Edge of America.” It was the tenth SSAC Writers Workshop—the seventh in Charleston—but this was the first time we stayed at Folly. (more…)
Angel of the Battlefield by Sarah Wilcox Clara Cox pulled her thin woolen cloak tighter and peered through the flap of the medic’s tent to see the small cluster of soldiers waiting for her ministrations. What had happened to the balmy winds blowing across Charleston Harbor? The chill winds blew the palmettos noisily. She was […]
No Questions Asked by Paula Tevis I enter the labyrinth with the usual questions: How will I know where to go? (more…)
At Mepkin Abbey by Ursula Bendixen The Irish call it a thin place, a place where the barrier between this world and the beyond may allow you an opening. I looked up. I saw the vast light blue sky where gentle soft but vague clouds, typical of the low country floated overhead. (more…)
Mepkin Abbey by Mary Brent Cantarutti The Southern Samplers visited Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery located near Monks Corner, South Carolina, in April 2010. It was a day like no other. Our hearts were lifted and our spirits soared. (more…)
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