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A heartfelt collection of personal stories that connect a common past and offer hope for a promising future

For many, South Carolina is a sunny vacation destination. For those who have been lucky enough to call it home, it is a source of rich memories and cultural heritage. In this final volume of State of the Heart, thirty-eight nationally and regionally known writers share their personal stories about places in South Carolina that hold special meaning for them. While this is a book about place, it is ultimately about people's connections to one another, to a complex, common past, and to ongoing efforts to build a future of promise and possibility in the Palmetto state.

Editor Aïda Rogers groups the essays thematically, with poetry, vintage photographs, and even recipes introducing each section. She unites pieces by New York Times best-selling novelists Patti Callahan Henry, CJ Lyons, and John Jakes; USA Today best-selling mystery writer Susan Boyer; historians Walter Edgar, Orville Vernon Burton, and Bernard Powers; artist and author Mary Whyte; and cookbook authors Sallie Ann Robinson and the Lee Brothers—just to name a few.

Nikky Finney, a South Carolina native and winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry, provides the foreword. The afterword is written by Cassandra King, author of six novels, including the New York Times best seller The Sunday Wife.


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Date de parution 31 août 2018
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EAN13 9781611179040
Langue English
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S TATE OF THE H EART
State of the Heart
South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love
VOLUME 3
E DITED BY A DA R OGERS
F OREWORD BY N IKKY F INNEY
A FTERWORD BY C ASSANDRA K ING
2018 University of South Carolina
Published by the University of South Carolina Press
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
www.sc.edu/uscpress
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The Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data can be found at http://catalog.loc.gov/ .
ISBN 978-1-61117-902-6 (cloth)
ISBN 978-1-61117-903-3 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-61117-904-0 (ebook)
The Rent We Pay for Living excerpted in parts from Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors 1999 by Marian Wright Edelman. Beacon Press Boston. Published under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. www.beacon.org .
Front cover photograph by Larry Cameron
My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call. Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
C ONTENTS
List of Illustrations
Foreword: Heart Height and Weight , Nikky Finney
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Custom-Made
Morning
A Scrap of Heaven , Mary Whyte
Town People
The Rent We Pay for Living , Marian Wright Edelman
A Tale of Two Towns , Kim Boykin
Mystery and Contradiction: My Story of Ninety Six , Orville Vernon Burton
In Search of Peanut Butter Pie , Melinda Long
The More We Play Together
Getting Schooled , John W. Pilley and Pilley Bianchi
We Were Journalists Once. And Young , Kristine Hartvigsen
Charleston
My Charleston Is a Movie Set , John Jakes
Safe Keeping , Jon Pineda
The Precipice of the World , Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Better Homes and Gardens
Better than the Real Thing , Martha R. Severens
A Garden Is for Re-creation , Walter Edgar
Children, Water
Once More to Campbell s Pond , Chris Horn
Black Water River , Kate Salley Palmer
Summers on Stevens Creek , Pat Robertson
Swept in with Her Tide , Emily Clay
Land Rich
Deep Country , Kendra Hamilton
Sometimes You Just Get Lucky , Jim Welch
My Wild Life in Cedar Creek , Jane F. Zenger
Island People
An Enchantment of Light , CJ Lyons
Sweet Home Daufuskie , Sallie Ann Robinson
A Lesson from Ole Jones , H. A. (Humpy) Wheeler
This Isn t a Golf Hole , David Lauderdale
The Best Days of Our Lives , Patti Callahan Henry
Ocean Drive
This Magic Moment , Jonathan Sanchez
Zen Surfer , Michael L. Miller
Still Standing
Hotel Resilience , Mindy Friddle
A Nineteenth-Century Poet s Garden Bower , Tom Mack
More than a House, Bernard E. Powers Jr .
Questing
Lick Log Falls , Mark Powell
Peaceful Places , Margaret N. O Shea
A Little Something to Take the Edge Off , Susan M. Boyer
The Magic of Mepkin , Alex Sanders
Morning, Reprise
Heaven , Starkey Flythe Jr .
Afterword: The Same, yet Different , Cassandra King
Contributors
I LLUSTRATIONS
Egrets at Dawn
Junior League officers, 1949-51, Columbia
Rev. Arthur Jerome Wright
Maggie Leola Bowen Wright
Shiloh Baptist Church, Bennettsville
Town mothers, Bennettsville
South Boundary Avenue , Aiken
Ninety Six fountain
Vera Human Burton
Reunion in Ninety Six
Caf at Williams Hardware, Travelers Rest
Nancy and Joyce McCarrell
Wednesday lunch bunch
Seven Children Pose for the Camera , Sandy Island
John Pilley and Chaser, Wofford College
Elizabeth O Neill Verner
Holy City close-up
South Adgers Wharf
Sutherland-Masters House, Pickens County
The house on Mohawk Drive, Greenville
Walter Edgar, Columbia
Anthony DuPre and Ted Barrett in Jeremy Creek, McClellanville
Campbell s Pond, Sumter County
Edisto River waterwheel
Edisto riverbanks
Stevens Creek, McCormick County
Three generations heading to Harbor River
James McBride Dabbs, Mayesville
Lonnie Hamilton III and Clarissa Hill Hamilton, rural Greenwood County
James Welch at an abandoned moonshine still, Lower Richland
Atamasco lilies, Cedar Creek
Rocks in the water, Cedar Creek
Old wood, Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek kids
Picnic on the Sandbar
Sunrise on Hilton Head
Daufuskie dirt road
Sallie Ann Robinson, Daufuskie Island
Ginny s Fresh Air Market
Eighteenth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links
Gregg Russell entertaining under the Liberty Oak, Harbour Town
Daufuskie domicile
Meagan Henry demonstrating the art of island relaxation
1959 O.D. Pavilion
Ocean Drive Pavilion, 2000
Rhythm , Ocean Drive surfer
Adluh , Columbia
Banquet at the Poinsett Hotel, Greenville
Vintage Poinsett poster
The Westin Poinsett
James Mathewes Legare
Legare-Morgan Cottage, Aiken
Drayton Hall, Charleston
A Sacred Place: The African American Cemetery at Drayton Hall
Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville County
Lick Log Falls, Oconee County
Cooper River scene, Mepkin Abbey
Johns Island Presbyterian Church
Falls Park on the Reedy, Greenville
The gates at Mepkin Abbey
Alex Sanders and his mood-lifter
A South Carolina photographer s idea of heaven
Battery Creek, Beaufort County
F OREWORD Heart Height and Weight
One never knows when or where a true place will be found-a true place being somewhere our heart recognizes as just right then leaps into song, or suddenly and without warning rockets quietly out of our chest. When I was a girl, the edges of my grandparents pond were a true place. The sensualist in me was born in the arms of its muddy water, my toes always half in, half out. Without the sensualist of then, there would be no poet of now. This is not a blues song, but it was the muddy red water of South Carolina that taught me how to put one foot in front of the other and push off in search of the rest of my horizon. Back then on the shores of this watery land, I began to hear something, something I had no idea I would need to hear for the rest of my life, if I had hope of spending it in a long dance with words.
In Conway, South Carolina, the salty waves of the Atlantic covered me like a daily slippery caul, from that first kicking breath of birth to a few years later when I began to move upright in the world. Next door to this first body of water, on the seashell strand where my ancestors first stepped off slave ships or perhaps were pushed off to their knees, was where I learned to walk. This coastal water was the historic baptizing water of the South Carolina lowcountry. This coastal water took me to the next sacred water high in the upstate, where I walked ancient creeks that poked and hid deep down in the woods of my grandparents farm in Newberry, South Carolina. In my second decade of life, a muddy pond was cut out of the ground by my grandfather s hands and back, with the help of farm agents from the county extension office, which was looking for farmers, like my grandfather, who wanted to embark on a new rural enterprise alongside the staple crops of corn and soybean. My grandmother slipped a fishing pole in my hand.
I didn t like to fish. I didn t like to see any living thing upside down, struggling with a hook in its mouth. But I had to say I was going fishing in order to stare at everything else going on at the pond. To get there I had to walk due west, some five hundred yards from out of the small stone house my grandfather had built with his back and hands. Once at the barbedwire fence, I would take both hands to hold open the top and bottom wires until they jawed wide enough for my long legs and then contort first my head, then the middle of my body, my nine-year-old piney legs, and my bamboo pole all clear and through to the pond side. I would release the wire carefully behind me and climb the small ridge of powdery, ochre-red dirt, walking straight down to the edges of the lapping pond, where finally the adults back at the house could not see me anymore. There I would squat and take my place with other living things.
In the arms of this muddy red water, circa late 1960s, I stood and began my lifelong education into the lost art of thinking way too much about the world of what I believed were mostly overlooked things and beings. With my heels and toes anchored into the mud, the fake red worm now on the hook and hidden somewhere in the dark throat of the middle of the pond, I would spend hours marveling at the shore around my toes, uninterested in the worm or the catgut string or my hands clasped around the lip of the bamboo pole. I preferred to stare at the edge of the muddy water, where a complex system of insect life was all around me. There were ice-skating insects and trembling tadpoles and frogs moving through the warm water s edge, all in liquid flight. This mud hole, this pond of bug sounds and swirls, was where I learned to feel the zoom of my heart and to weigh it against the broken scales of the noisy, beckoning otherworld outside its banks. This sensory-rich, true place led me to other sensory-rich, true places.
At nine I didn t know anything for sure, but I felt everything for sure. I knew nothing about the physiology of the heart, but I knew I could hear mine best when my feet were in red muddy water. I could feel mine best when anchored in time with the jazz of life there on the pond. In the years that followed, I learned that the heart beats one hundred thousand times a day. I read somewhere that the right side of the heart pumps

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