Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sam Morton

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sam Morton

Sam Morton, a wonderful writer, father, husband, and friend, passed away on April 1, 2016. A Citadel graduate, he wrote essays, thrillers, and YA novels; worked as a potato chip slicer, professional wrestler, deputy sheriff, and media consultant; belonged to the Inkplots writing group and Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime; and gave hilarious speeches, one time stripping down to his wrestling tights (worn under his clothes) when he talked to the Lowcountry Romance Writers. In February, Sam and I escorted Hank Phillippi Ryan on a private SC Statehouse tour. Sam’s words and gregarious personality remain a powerful, enduring force.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Living Last Supper

In March, for the fifth time, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church presented the Living Last Supper during Holy Week. Our cast and crew have been together for at least the last two bi-annual performances. Some of us have participated since the first. The production was enhanced this year by violin and cello accompaniment from Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian, her sister Jacquie Taylor, and her daughters. Our generous audiences donated over $1,200 for the Oliver Gospel Mission, an organization that helps feed and shelter our community’s homeless. Wayne Fields accepted the collected funds from Pastor Metze, Reggie Hall, Arthur Suggs, and me.
Arthur Suggs, PGB, Wayne Fields, Pastor Metze, Reggie Hall

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy
In The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy wrote: “My wound is geography. It also is my anchorage, my port of call.” Pat found his “home” in Beaufort, SC, now his final resting place and the location of a literary festival in his memory. So many of his fictional works depict his lowcountry experience and offer personal glimpses of his family (The Great Santini), his education (The Lords of Discipline), and his work (The Water is Wide). He passed away on March 4th, perhaps leaving a message to keep “marching forth” and striving. His words and honesty remain a continuing influence.