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”

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”

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”

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?”