Fountain Pen Envy

Something there is about the grace and charm of a fountain pen that attracts a writer’s fancy. The efficiency of a keyboard can’t be denied, but occasionally a fountain pen is the instrument I want for journaling or for the first draft of a difficult writing assignment. A fountain pen slows the hand to match […]

The Many Artistic Layers of Charleston Writer Nicole Seitz

I first met Nicole Seitz at Palmetto Christian Academy (PCA), a private Christian-based school that I was visiting for my son’s upcoming academic year. Clad in a smock apron, Nicole smiled warmly and had a smear of paint on her high cheekbones (though I may have imagined that part). Her personality was wholly and gracefully […]

Mapping the Promised Land: A Review of Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep

I find maps fascinating, not so much for their directions, as for what their place names reveal. Take Georgia’s map, for example. First, some patriotic names: Jackson (also Jackson County, Jacksonville), Rossville, Jefferson (-ville and County, too), Madison, Monroe, and Washington (& County). Next, names suggesting  homesickness, longing to travel, or even beauty: Oxford, Rome, […]

Three Long Mountains and a Wood

When I was in Camden, Maine, in late May, I took the Edna St. Vincent Millay walking tour. Granted, more than 100 years after this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet left the town where she grew up, there isn’t much left to see of her. The small house where she lived on Chestnut Street, a block away […]