Saltwata Vibes: Sankofa Seeds from Geechee Roots (working title)

Saltwata follows the brother and sister – children of Ron and Natalie Daise, from popular 1990s Nickelodeon TV show “Gullah Gullah Island”. Chronicling their generation of Gullah Geechee, together they face the challenges of finding an identity when you are born within a culture, that is within a culture, that is within a culture. The […]

Captain Scott B and the Ingredients for a Magical Life (working title)

Betsy’s father, Scott, was her best friend. When he dies following a 4-year dance with cancer, Betsy finds herself lost in dark sadness unlike any she’d known, until her dad’s old home movies and journals cast a light. Something in the unmitigated joy of Scott’s storytelling stirs her soul and she sets about finishing the […]

Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands

St. Helena Island is a rare gem on the South Carolina coastline. African Americans have farmed and fished here for centuries: first as plantation slaves, then as freedmen owning small subsistence operations. In Gullah Gone: Preserving the Land, Water and Culture of the Sea Islands, four landowners on St. Helena struggle to make a living off […]

Pushed Up the Mountain

Over a hundred years ago, Victorian-era plant hunters traveled to southwest China and brought back “exotic” Chinese plants to the UK. Today, some of those plants are endangered in their native China. A few years back, a group of Scottish scientists re-introduced some species in Sichuan province to try and augment dwindling populations. Now, Chinese conservationists […]

Between the Rivers: The Story of The Land Between the Lakes

They had called their community “Between the Rivers” for more than 150 years because water had separated them from the rest of the world—the Cumberland to the east and the Tennessee to the west. But when the dams came and the rivers bloated into lakes, the Between the Rivers community, consisting of over 800 families, […]