Carolina Q: The War Mouth & Buxton Hall

Pit-cooking a hog requires a lot of dedication. At its most basic, it is a culinary craft that takes several days. The actual process of cooking the meat can take 7-15 hours, depending on the size of the fire and the size of the animal. To begin, an oven is built into the earth by…

One Year Later: Reflections on Columbia’s Flood

I remember waking up on the day of the flood a year ago. That Sunday, my mother called. “Have you seen the news?” she asked. We had been making a big family breakfast with bacon and pancakes. My husband had discovered some wet spots on the carpet in our finished, ground-level basement that morning. We thought…

The Bridal Designs of Alexis Doktor

If you have ever attended a Columbia City Ballet performance, you are already acquainted with Alexis Doktor’s work. As costume designer for Columbia, South Carolina’s premiere ballet company, she is responsible for every seam and sequin that jetes across the Koger Center stage. Doktor is a woman of many talents with an innate eye for…

Southern Comfort: Bartenders On What Pairs Best with Fried Chicken

This was written to kick off a series of posts pairing drinks with iconic Southern food. As the original publication focused on women in the South, I asked some female bartenders in Columbia, SC, to give their suggestions for the best pairings for fried chicken. An unassuming protein, chicken can be used as a vehicle for so many…

A Glimpse of the South: An Interview with Kathleen Robbins

Kathleen Robbins is a photographer and associate professor of art at the University of South Carolina. She grew up in the rural Mississippi Delta and returned, after a period away, to live in the Victorian farmhouse built by her great-great grandparents. Into the Flatland is a collection of images inspired by her exploration of the…

Hard Candy Christmas Video with Jade Janay Blocker

This was an exciting collaboration that brought together some of my favorite artists and organizations. During the time I was writer and photo editor for a regional Southern publication, they were running a video series called, “Southern Cover Girl.” For the series, Southern indie artists were chosen to perform songs by Southern women. I invited…

Empowered Women: Halloween Portraits

  Frida Kahlo Frida turned her personal struggles into art and painted life with an unflinching eye upon herself and an unfailing allegiance to the colors, symbols and indigenous culture of her beautiful Mexico. She was such a bold and unique woman who seemed to embrace life with ardor, even when it was severely unkind to her….

Girls Rock Columbia: Sisterhood is powerful

Girls Rock Columbia launched in the summer of 2013. A mentoring program, GRC uses music as a tool to empower girls and trans* youth through activities that foster self-respect, leadership, creativity and collaboration. As part of the curriculum, I taught a photography workshop for the first two years. In 2015, I served the board of directors as…

Those Lavender Whales

Those Lavender Whales are a band living and working in Columbia, SC. We recently shared an afternoon and made some fun image for you to enjoy.