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”

Time travel a reality in Charleston

Charleston stands as a doorway to a time and a way of life worthy of reflection.

Civil War Charleston

[Written by one of the Charleston area’s foremost feature writers, Patra Taylor, the article was first published in 2001, at the turn of the 21st century to help encourage tourist from around  the world to visit the Holy City.]

Photo of cannon at Fort Sumter.A prominent Charleston attorney often recounts the story about the time he was talking to a woman in Boston. As she clicked away on her keyboard, finalizing hotel arrangements for his upcoming business trip, she casually asked him if Charleston was in the same time zone as Boston.  He replied, “Yes, same time zone, but different century.” Continue reading “Time travel a reality in Charleston”

Actor/director Terry Serpico enjoys success in the South

When “Army Wives” wrapped in 2013, the production office locked its doors and the actors and crew moved on to other projects. But Serpico stayed.

About Terry Serpico

The Southeast Film Guide is a resource guide featuring articles, location information, bios and support services specifically written for film industry professionals. In the article, Actor/Director Terry Serpico Enjoys Success in the South by one of the Charleston area’s freelance feature writers, Patra Taylor, readers learn how the actor discovered Charleston SC while filming the seven seasons of Army Wives, an American drama television series that followed the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families. Serpico played Lt. Col. Frank Sherwood in the popular series that was filmed on location in and around Charleston, the nation’s top tourist destination. Continue reading “Actor/director Terry Serpico enjoys success in the South”

Should we stay or should we go?

The answer to that gajillion-dollar question came in the closing days of December in the form of a presidential tweet.

Op ed columnist Patra Taylor weighs in on…

Leaving Syria

As the clock struck midnight on December 31, many Americans tooted horns and tossed confetti as they wished family and friends a Happy New Year. Being of a certain age, I wiped the sleep from my eyes just long enough to pull the curtain back on 2019 for a little peek at what’s in store for our nation in the coming year. “What fresh hell is this?” Continue reading “Should we stay or should we go?”