Grassroots art featured in ‘Crosses across Newberry’ group as ‘Faith over Fear’ sweeps US

Photo from 'Crosses Across Newberry' group; used with permission/Christy Reynolds
Photo from ‘Crosses Across Newberry’ group; used with permission/Christy Reynolds

Until now, if anyone told me we wouldn’t be able to worship in church on Easter Sunday, I’d have told them it was bunk. Courtesy of the Coronavirus, bunk is now reality. We’ll settle for virtual services.  Along with the on-site church service, my family’s customary Easter meal together won’t be fully possible. We’ve been doing the quarantine dance now for more than a month.

I did find some comfort, though, after joining a group on Facebook. Frankly, the level of comfort I found surprised me. Continue reading “Grassroots art featured in ‘Crosses across Newberry’ group as ‘Faith over Fear’ sweeps US”

In 76 year old murder case, author Kendall Bell puts reader on jury for new ‘trial’

New nonfiction book 'Triple Tragedy in Alcolu' by Kendall Bell
New nonfiction book ‘Triple Tragedy in Alcolu’ by Kendall Bell

If you grew up in South Carolina in the 1950s, chances are you’d eventually hear someone mention the case of George Stinney, Jr. Depending on the context of the conversation, you’d hear one of two things.

The 14 year old black teen executed for the horrific murder of 11 year old Betty June Binnicker was truly guilty and justice was served.

The 14 year old black teen was railroaded, pure and simple, and there’s no other way to see it.

A new book by Kendall Bell, Triple Tragedy in Alcolu, is out, and instead of hyperbole and innuendo, the author takes a neutral approach to his subject matter.
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Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville

Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)
Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)

Tyler Childers, in an interview posted on Spotify, pegged the new Nashville in a perfect way. He said of the city that is “the largest growing and developing city in the nation”, one traditionally known for country music, “Once you’re immersed in that, then there’s just a disconnect to the reality of what country life is.” In my opinion, Childers gets it right. Continue reading “Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville”

Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray

Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC
Photo of Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC by Indie Art South.

I spent time last week in South Carolina to celebrate my Mother’s birthday and to attend a family reunion with cousins I hadn’t seen in decades. Like many American families, we’re scattered around the country. There were 7 of us in my immediate family and we needed a place to stay. After a series of mishaps and no small amount of sleuthing, we ended up staying at Swaffield House on Lake Murray.

I’d never seen this house before. Continue reading “Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray”

New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

flipped truck on highway
Flipped trucks aren’t uncommon on any highway these days. (IAS photo)

My family travels I 95 frequently for many reasons, ranging from family to business. It’s a chaotic highway demanding defensive driving for survival. When we head to South Carolina, there’s a section of the highway that requires triple defensive driving. The section of I 95 between Savannah and our turnoff to I 26 is two lanes on both sides. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is, and South Carolina’s government should make a New Year’s resolution to fix it.  Continue reading “New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep”