Science fair draws cynical parents closer to nature

Mandatory science fairs and their evil spawn, science projects, are the scourge of parenthood brought on by the “Sputnik scare.” They should have been banned, like nuclear proliferation, at the end of the Cold War.

Here’s a bit of family humor by one of the Charleston Mercury columnists, Patra Taylor.

How many ant farms does it take?

It’s been weeks since Punxsutawney Phil poked his sleepy little head out of his burrow, spied something dark and ominous, and darted back to his comfy featherbed to wile away another six weeks of winter. Most people believe Phil was frightened by his own shadow. I have a different theory. Continue reading “Science fair draws cynical parents closer to nature”

Relaxation Reimagined

With a focus on every detail, this unique spa is legendary for its ability to sooth the body, mind and spirit.

About the Dewberry Spa

This article by one of South Carolina’s prolific feature writers, Patra Taylor, who introduces readers to the luxurious Dewberry Spa, tucked inside the Dewberry Charleston, a beleaguered federal building turned destination hotel. And what’s a destination hotel without a spa? But as you’ll read, the Dewberry isn’t just any spa…it’s a spa worth traveling halfway around the world to visit.

About Charleston Style & Design

Charleston Style & Design is a quarterly magazine for the discriminating reader who has a zest for living and is eager to discover new horizons in Charleston and the Lowcountry. It is the premiere design publication in the Charleston area. Quentin Senise is the publication’s publisher, and Debra Kronowitz is the editor. Patra Taylor is one of many talented feature writers who regularly contribute to the quarterly publication.

Quote from article: “Once clients step beyond the reception area, they are enveloped in a fresh, subtle fragrance that comes from the cypress-paneled walls. This distinctive scent mingles with the gentle sound of water flowing from a fountain. Here, clients begin their personal journeys from the stress of daily life to complete euphoria. With a focus on every detail, this unique spa is legendary for its ability to sooth the body, mind and spirit.”


Inspiring Charleston’s neo-Renaissance

Despite his numerous commissions, Williams’ role inspiring a new generation of artists may one day be considered his most significant contribution to the Charleston art community.

One of Charleston, SC’s feature writers, Patra Taylor, remembers artist Manning Williams.

The art of Manning Williams

At the turn of the 20th century, Charleston languished as an old Southern town that time had forgotten. Devastated by the Civil War, Charleston’s rich heritage hung over the city like a faded dream. But in 1920, an amazing collaboration of artists and writers spearheaded a dramatic cultural revival that would last 25 years and help Charleston reclaim its title as one of the most significant art and cultural centers in America. Continue reading “Inspiring Charleston’s neo-Renaissance”

The chicken and the egg plant

“Federal prosecutors call it modern day slavery…their paychecks kept by their traffickers.”

Who Writes Op Eds About Chickens?

Op ed columnists have long intrigued writer Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing, feet first…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half. As fate would have it, The Chicken and the Egg Plant virtually wrote itself when she discovered that the chickens AND the eggs, the subjects of the article, were located in Marion, Ohio, a mere hop, skip and a jump from her hometown of Lima, Ohio. And these chickens and eggs were the predicates for human trafficking! Continue reading “The chicken and the egg plant”