The Journey of Writing… from Ben Franklin to The New York Times to Creative Writing Classes

Ben Franklin was born in 1705. He was America’s first millionaire. Though he never served as President to the United States, his face is forever inked into our currency on the hundred dollar bill and recognized worldwide. He did, however, serve as a delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania. He is a famous inventor […]

History, Haikus and Homage to the Past

What do the Daniel Island Historical Society, of Daniel Island, South Carolina (DIHS), and a Haiku have in common? On the surface, it would appear as if they were unrelated. Yet digging deeper into our past reveals that history may be their common thread. Despite today’s ‘modern-day’ era which continuously shouts, ‘What’s next? And what’s […]

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Artistic and daily inspiration can be found in a variety of unique places, depending on how individuals refresh and recharge themselves. Some people may prefer to listen to music, to a particular song or musical artist that holds special meaning. Others may find inspiration in the absence of noise, in silence — either through a […]

Capturing Stories of the Past… from Those Who Have the Most to Share

Throughout my adolescent years, I was ‘forced’ to make weekly trips to visit my grandparents just like so many other close-knit families of that day. The adults would talk, laugh and bicker, and then we would all eat dinner around the small kitchen table. As I grew older, and more insolent I’ll admit, I became […]

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 […]

Meet Christine Nolfi, Queen of the Redemption Story

Zobie Marsh hides the fearsome talent of prophecy. Young, poor and grieving the loss of her beloved Black Gram, she leaves home suddenly to avoid the advances of her mother’s latest boyfriend. Her decision to travel to South Carolina sets in motion Heavenscribe, a spiritual transformation devised by angels to aid a dying world. Bel […]

When a Wrong Turn Takes You to the Right Place

Sometimes, taking a ‘wrong turn’ in life can actually lead you exactly where you want or need to be. In the case of my family, and the exciting change in our lives this past year, that is precisely what occurred… After growing up in a coastal town in Maine, my husband and I spent many […]