low country

no musical genre is intrinsically superior to any other musical genre!!  even if the content is not your dish or the community around it has issues your feelings are subjective!!  art has value regardless of medium!


The Haint Blue color of the Low Country/Gullah culture and why the residents paint their porch ceilings blue.

If y’all have never heard of it before, Haint Blue is a popular color to paint porches (especially porch ceilings) in the Low Country of South Carolina and parts of Georgia. Haint Blue isn’t just a pretty way to decorate your home, it comes from an old Gullah culture tradition.

The Gullah believe that “haints” (haunts, ghosts, spirits, and the such) could not cross water, so to protect their home, they would paint porches, shudders, doors, etc. outside their houses in a light blue color to trick the spirits/ghosts into believing it was water so they wouldn’t cross into the home.

The tradition caught on and crossed cultures and people in Charleston, Savannah, and throughout the Low Country started painting outside parts of their homes in a light blue color, thus starting the Haint Blue trend.

There is a myth that the blue color deflects mosquitoes and such, but that’s not true, at least any more. Paint in the old days used to include lime in the mixture, which tended to ward off bugs, but not completely, of course. Now lime is no longer used but the myth remains.

There is no one specific Haint Blue shade of blue. Many different pigments were used in the old days, varying the shades of light blue. As long as the hue is of a light blue color, like water, and it’s used on the outside of a house, it’s considered Haint Blue.

So next time you are in the Low Country and see a blue painted porch ceiling, you know we have the marvelous Gullah people to thank!

Hunting Island Fall 2017 35 Panorama – Hunting Island State Park, St. Helena Island, South Carolina, November 13, 2017

Hunting Island State Park has been the site of severe beach erosion for several years. Hurricanes Matthew and Irma contributed significantly to the degree of erosion and wind damage away from the beach–over 5,000 trees have been cut and removed from the inland areas of the park. Cabins, camp sites and restrooms have been destroyed, and the park exists as a testimony to the impact of rising seas and global warming.

Beaufort Fall 2107 04 Panorama – Beaufort, South Carolina, November 14, 2017

Be aware of the discordant forces
at work in a situation,
and hold them in your awareness
while you consciously
put yourself in accord
with the deep harmonies
of goodness and truth.
Ocean waves might
remind you of those rhythms,
or a Buddhist Singing Bowl,
or the AUM at the heart of life.
Practice living within the discordant realities
as one who is in accord
with who and how you are.
Respond to the things that happen
out of the integrity of your own oneness of being
in each situation as it arises.
Be the Buddha under the Bo Tree,
Jesus in Gethsemane,
Rosa Parks in the front of the bus.
Grounded in YOU,
face the world.