Who is John Frum?

The long version of the story of John Frum and cargo cults requires an in-depth foray into history, anthropology and human psychology. But anyone dismissing the indigenous people of Tanna’s cultism as situational ignorance should take a good look around.

What is a cargo cult?

In January 2019, Patra Taylor decided to jump into the world of ob ed writers…quite the transformation from the family humor she specialized in for a decade and a half. When she bumped into John Frum deep into the internet byways, she knew immediately she had to re-introduce him to the world. So, Who is John Frum? Continue reading “Who is John Frum?”

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.

Read 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.”


Artist Manning Williams : 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.

Meet an Artist’s Artist, 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 “Artist Manning Williams : 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”

The wolf, the chocolates and the curse jar – Part 1

My decision to give up this skill that I had cultivated for the better part of half a century was prompted by a recent study that found that residents of Ohio, my birthplace, curse more than anyone else in the country.

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

I learned to curse from an expert

It’s hard to believe that one twelfth of the New Year is already behind us. To keep my mind off just how fast my life is slipping through my fingers, I decided to take a moment to evaluate how I’m doing on this year’s resolutions. Losing weight and exercising remain the top picks for Americans looking to begin improving their lives with the flip of a calendar. Sadly, aging found me facing the next 365 days embracing a new pragmatism. Continue reading “The wolf, the chocolates and the curse jar – Part 1”

From fanmakers to filmmakers

Built circa 1867 by Tobias Scott, a former slave who bought his freedom through his earnings as a fanmaker, the original house pulsed with the activity of his wife, Christiana (also a former slave), and their seven children.

Read About the Tobias Scott House

This article by one of Charleston’s most prolific feature writers, Patra Taylor, introduces readers to former slave/fanmaker extraordinaire Tobias Scott. In the article entitled Fanmakers to Filmmaker published in the Winter 2019 issue of Charleston Style & Design, the creative intention interjected into the house built by Scott in 1867 (just two years after the end of the Civil War) established the residence located in the heart of Charleston’s famed South of Broad neighborhood as a magnetic that has continued to attract creative souls throughout its long, colorful history. Continue reading “From fanmakers to filmmakers”