INKLINGS: Possum Pasta and Oysters Roosevelt

Friday, January 3, 2014 12:01 a.m.

By Barbara Lynch Hill

Inklings: What’s in a name? UPDATED

Friday, December 13, 2013 12:01 a.m.

What’s in a name?

INKLINGS:What it isn’t, is turkey

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Yesterday was Turkey Day for most of us – or maybe ham. We’ll also enjoy these same entrées for a few more meals. Then before we know it, we’ll be doing it all over at Christmas. These are great meals. Many people, my husband included, probably enjoy cold turkey and dressing as much, if not more, than the original hot …

INKLINGS: What were you doing . . . UPDATED

Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Fifty years ago today? I was ironing. Of all the mundane things to be doing while the President of the United States was being shot!

Eight ways from Thursday

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:37 a.m.

This was the third year for the eight of us. But the adventure began six Octobers ago when my sister Cynthia first took me for an autumn weekend at her Virginia hideaway. Then came my daughters Cathy and Mary Clare. Soon thereafter, we were joined by daughter-in-law Amy and her mother Kathy. Two years ago we made it three generations by adding …

Through the lens: Photo Show reflections UPDATED

Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:19 p.m.

          “It’s wonderful!. So creative and beautiful. Not the same old tourist pictures, but gorgeous pieces in different subjects and sizes. You’re going to get a lot of attention on this one!”         So said retired teacher Fran Townsend after viewing the Juried Fine Art Photography Show at the opening reception at Town …

INKINGS: Kitchen Tour tales & tidbits UPDATED

Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:18 p.m.

 There’s never enough room to include all the information on all the families and homes in the Kitchen Tour brochure. There’s not enough room here either, but I can at least hope to tickle your curiosity to learn more about them and the Pine Forest Inn (PFI) area of the 2013 tour Sunday, October 6, which benefits this area’s …

Trolley Tour reviews UPDATED

Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:54 p.m.

          “Capturing word-of-mouth wisdom" is often the best way to judge the effectiveness of a product or service. Witness a review website such as Angie’s List which uses the above quote to illustrate its mission. The current series of the Chamber of Commerce’s Sweet Tea Trolley Tours is a case in point. Those who take the …

Inklings UPDATED

Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:56 p.m.

Today’s designated number: 153         These are my most liked digits at the moment because they represent the total scores of my five favorite football teams in their winning opening games last week. My husband loves football – the game – and he’ll watch most any game in most any league – at least at the beginning of …

A grave revisited UPDATED

Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:32 p.m.

 The death of one of your children is cruel pain. No matter how long the lifespan – from youngster to senior – the loss is deep and devastating. Part of you has gone.But part of these offspring remain in the memories and methods you choose to keep them alive in your mind. It’s hard to write about – but that doesn’t …

A bridge (game) over troubled waters. UPDATED

Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:26 p.m.

          I was sitting in a surgery waiting room Monday, listening to a taped interview via pink ear buds and making notes on my “laptop” – aka – a small paper notebook. The woman next to me tapped me on the shoulder saying I was wanted on the phone.         Unplugging myself, I learned Jim’s new knee had been …

INKLINGS: “What did I do with . . .?” UPDATED

Thursday, August 15, 2013 7:56 p.m.

 Those of us of a certain age – which is definitely me – can be constantly beleaguered by questions like the one above, in addition to such queries as: “Have you seen . . .?” or “What did I come in here for. . .?” When septuagenarians live together there are unlimited opportunities for shaky memories. Jim and I …

“Getting to know you . . . UPDATED

Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:53 a.m.

         . . .Getting to know all about you,” are part of the lyrics from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I.” To me these words can well apply to the town you live in as well as the people you live with. And that process can pay many dividends. I should know. In Jim’s 25-year Air Force career we moved 22 …

Baked Soup UPDATED

Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:24 p.m.

 I’d thawed a huge turkey carcass with lot of meat on it, planning to make soup. Then, last minute appointment changes meant we’d be leaving early and be gone most of the next day, when I’d planned to cook. The crockpot was the obvious answer, but turned out to be much too small for the carcass and everything else I was planning …

Loco Lulu celebrations UPDATED

Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:00 p.m.

          This pictured – and much pampered – pup runs a vineyard in North Carolina. Actually, her humans run it, but admit she is the …

Pyramids of plates UPDATED

Friday, July 19, 2013 2:18 p.m.

          The answer: “21 days, 19 hours and 7 minutes.”         The question: “How long was I without a dishwasher?”         Now, if you’re lounging at the beach or luxuriating on a cruise, that amount of time stretches your enjoyment. But days still pass all too quickly. However, if you’re a woman who has …

Piece of cake UPDATED

Thursday, July 11, 2013 3:41 p.m.

 Not everybody has a more than a half-century old dessert on their dining room table. Well, not exactly dessert. But I guess it could be called that as it was the cake served 56 years ago tomorrow as the finale at our wedding reception. I can’t believe it myself, but I still have the top layer. For 11 months of the year it decorates a …

Summerville, circa 1776 UPDATED

Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:37 p.m.

          There was no Summerville as such in 1776, but as we observe our country’s Declaration of Independence this weekend, we can also observe the sowing of the first seeds of Summerville some 237 years ago. And it all began with pine trees and mosquitoes.         James Stewart, a local rice planter and militia captain, loved his …

Misleading odometer UPDATED

Thursday, June 27, 2013 7:41 p.m.

A short time ago I got an email from a special someone in Summerville. It featured a “List of 45 Lessons Life Taught Me” by Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper columnist Regina Brett. The lessons are delightful, thoughtful and incisive – all well worth remembering and sharing. It included a catchy visual, a photo indicating the …

INKLINGS: Tours for “Locals First” UPDATED

Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:51 p.m.

          How well do you know your town? Whether native or newcomer or somewhere in between – like me – I’ll bet there’s a lot about Summerville that you don’t know. For instance, are you aware that the settlers of this summer village can trace their history back 383 years, via Colonial Dorchester; or how and why we …

Rectory rightfully rises

Thursday, June 13, 2013 2:41 p.m.

Like the snare of mythical sirens, Jerry Musselman, riding in the back seat of a car with his wife Wally in1979, was lured by the outside charm of an old Summerville style cottage. He insists it “called me by name.” So of course he bought it. Wrote an earnest money check then and there, without even getting inside. His practical and …

Cauliflower: Cabbage with a college education! UPDATED

Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:56 p.m.

          So says a paraphrased quote from Mark Twain. I don’t know anything about his culinary credentials, but his analogy was apt. With a …


Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:15 p.m.

  Look familiar? Sort of?I first came across its sister phrase “Ars Gratia Artis” when I watched MGM movies as a kid and saw those words arcing over a roaring Leo the Lion as that movie company’s motto. The translation, “Art for Art’s Sake,” I was told it meant that creating the best art possible could be for …

The Girl from Tishomingo UPDATED

Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:33 p.m.

          I'd never meet anyone from Tishomingo before. Turns out this versatile lady, Tina Zimmerman, hails from a small Oklahoma town which, at a population of 3500, bears a striking resemblance to Old Summerville, in the days when we had our first tourism surge.  Tishomingo, which is named for the Chickasaw Indian Chief, was founded in 1852, …

Inklings UPDATED

Friday, May 17, 2013 12:19 a.m.

The official branding of our town as the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea,” a recent tourism incentive of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, has spawned added enticements for visitors. These include the already established Sweet Tea Trail and the hoped for Sweet Tea Trolley Tours as well as Sweet Tea Home Tours.         …

Tea Time in Summerville UPDATED

Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:50 a.m.

          Our town has recently – and officially – been branded as the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea” by the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce.  The chamber has also trademarked “Birthplace of Southern Hospitality” and “Birthplace of Sweet Tea and Southern Hospitality,” at the …


Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:12 p.m.

Primitive women, I’m told, beat the dirt out of their clothes with stones. Probably the preferred laundry method for a wardrobe consisting mainly of animal skins.My grandmother, who was born in 1865, had a five-pronged clothes-  washing protocol: use a metal ridged wash board; boil in tin tub over an open fire; pull out of hot bath with a …

Fun-filled family festivities UPDATED

Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:11 p.m.

 In this season of arts, culture and sports celebrations, my nearest and dearest have imbibed in all three. The most heartening to us was our coinciding family reunion.My brother Dan enters the Masters lottery each year for tickets to the coveted practice rounds at Augusta Georgia’s yearly summit of golf tournaments. He’s been pretty …


Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:00 p.m.

From poetry to prose, from tours to tea, from sculpture to storytellingand from Gullah to gibbons, the Humanities Festival is coming to  town.Opening next week it spotlights Summerville in the ideas and thoughts,along with customs and skills of our townspeople – in other words, localculture. In addition to the above, events include music, …

You did what? UPDATED

Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:22 p.m.

Alas, this question is much too often asked of me. And unfortunately quite a bit this year. For instance, the other day Jim bent down to kiss me goodbye and stopped in mid-buss.“What happened to your lip?”“I dropped the roasting pan on my face.”“You did what!”That query again! I explained that being vertically …

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