Author: goddessofgumbo

Nothing Could Be Finer …

Dappled sun and shade on the garden beds at our new home in South Carolina.

… than to be in Carolina? On a morning like this–70 degrees with dew dripping from the collards and a Carolina wren warbling his heart out overhead–I agree. I absolutely agree. The long silence in Goddess of Gumbo-land has been…

When it’s time to say good-bye

This is our worship meditation space

I’m leaving my home of the past 20 years–and what I’m leaving behind me… is a garden. I didn’t do it by myself. I did it in partnership–with my beloved, the McVicker, and with my “beloved community,” my church family…

When I need comfort…

Chicken perloo, also known as "chicken bog"--a simple and delicious dish based on the staple dish of the Lowcountry: rice.

This is not easy, y’all. Only nine days to go before the POD must be filled, and there are so many things moving along on so many parallel tracks… Even in the midst of the madness, though, the family’s got…

Dark Mansion of Tween Passions

The comic collection my mother clung to for nearly forty years--a map to my 13-year-old mind.

Wrapping up the tangled threads of a 20-year residence in a beloved place is no simple matter. So much to do–work matters to conclude, charities to guide to a gentle stopping place, people to see–or not to see according to…