Belle laughs while leaning against a post with a cigarette

photo credit: Georgetown Digital Library, Belle W. Baruch Foundation

The Belle of Hobcaw Barony

Belle W. Baruch (1899-1964) was the daughter of one of the wealthiest American financiers in the early twentieth century, Bernard Baruch. She spent her childhood in New York and on the family’s 17,500 acre retreat, Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, South Carolina. Wildlife was plentiful, fishing and hunting were rich, and Belle grew to love the … [Read more…]

Let Your Boys Dance

photo taken by Karla Turner

This is a conversation between three like-minded moms in Columbia, South Carolina, about three boys who dance ballet. We all met in different ways but our relationships crystallized at the annual audition for Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker. We are real dance moms. We aren’t alone. We think you should…

A Week’s Worth of Women in the News: August 30 – September 5

Supreme Court of the United States ends marriage discrimination - Obergefell vs Hodges

From rock stars and rape, racist videos, VMA rivalries, and our new comedy hero to saying goodbye to your college-bound kid, a new novel from Amy Stewart, the Black Panthers, a Ghanaian’s response to Christianity in Africa, and Kim Davis going to jail for defying SCOTUS, here’s a week’s worth of women in the news. … [Read more…]

The Magic of Women Making Medicine: An Interview with Corinna Wood

Corinna Wood harvesting nettles.

This October women will gather in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville for the 11th annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. These women will learn how to make and use herbal medicines in the Wise Woman Tradition. They will also dance, sing, laugh, and generally have an awesome weekend focused on the conference theme … [Read more…]

From the Mouths of Babes: Yik Yak at USC

Yik Yak screen 1 (1 of 1)

As the University of South Carolina geared up to start their first day of school in the fall semester, I decided to look into Yik Yak, known as an online space where college students share their thoughts without reservation. Where better to look for truth than an anonymous message board system frequented by the young?