Weekly Update for February 20, 2022

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Welcome to my weekly update for February 20, 2022!

We went to the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site yesterday. Charles Pinckney was “a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution” according to the NPS website. He was very active in the Constitutional Convention and contributed roughly 28 clauses to the final document, some of which are very significant (Two chambers in the House of Representatives, one executive called the President, the “elimination of religious testing as a qualification to office.”) He was also a slave owner and either a proposer or supporter of the Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted each enslaved person as 3/5 of a person for the purposes of determining representation in the government (His role varies depending on the source I checked.) He also said “if slavery be wrong, it is justified by the example of all the world.” So he’s a mixed bag, like so many of our Founding Fathers.

This site is also part of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor. The Gullah Geechee people are descendants of enslaved people who retained much of their African heritage because the plantations where they were enslaved were so isolated.


  • Snee Farm House
  • Camellia Bush and US Flag
  • Camellia Flower
  • Gullah New Testament

All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022

  1. Charles Pinckney’s House at Snell Farm
  2. Camellia Bushes and the US Flag
  3. Camellia Flower
  4. New Testament in the Gullah Language


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Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack #12) by L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren 🌟🌟🌟

North American Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the Continent by Matthew Bucklan and Victor Cizek, illustrated by Jack Dunnington 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, written and read by Rob Sheffield 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World by James Cheshire, Oliver Uberti 🌟🌟🌟½ Stars

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf 🌟🌟🌟 ½ Stars

Currently Reading:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

 The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Beach Music by Pat Conroy, read by Jonathan Marosz

The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry, edited by Jay Parini

Up Next:

Each of these books is over 500 pages (Something I most definitely did not realize as I downloaded them!) so I’ll be reading them for quite a while.

What did your week look like?

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  1. I’ve about the Gullah Geechee people. One of the places I’d love to visit one day. I feel like all of human history is just a mixed bag! Charles Pinckney is not one you hear about often.

    I see Serafina and the Black Cloak on there. I definitely want to visit Biltmore house one day. My son and I jus started the fourth and final book in the series.

    Love Is a Mixtape is on my list for books on grief. I should get to it this year.

    I hope you have a lovely week!

  2. Beach Music is one of my lifetime favorites! It’s been easily 25 years since I read it and every year I intend to read it again, but never do. I’ve reread two books so far in 2022, so maybe I’ll continue and reread a favorite each month. How are you enjoying the audio version?

    1. I really like it! I’m trying to decide if the narrator is really a Southerner. It’s different from my own Appalachian twang so easier to fool my ears. And it’s becoming more rare to hear a heavy accent in either case, since we’re all watching more TV. Real or not, I like listening to him!

  3. Enjoy your big books! I haven’t read any of the ones you’ve mentioned, but I tried Big Magic and didn’t finish it. I had The Rook on my radar for a while, and still want to read Love Is a Mix Tape. Thanks for visiting my blog! I have my daughter visiting from NY this weekend, so haven’t had much time for blog hopping, even though Presidents’ Day is a holiday for me.

  4. Love the pictures. I also love all your books about maps – makes my Geography Major’s heart happy. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I haven’t used Blogger since 2016 so I probably won’t be much help. I think Blogger uses a block editor now? I use a gallery or tiled gallery block to arrange multiple covers in WordPress. Blogger should have something similar, I imagine. For Top Ten Tuesday, I just usually create a collage in Photoshop. Good luck! It’s pretty easy in WordPress once you know there’s a block for it.

  5. I am pretty sure I had a book about Charles Pinckney kicking around here for a while, but I never read it. I might have donated it to the library book sale.

    Meant to read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Glad to know you liked it. The poetry anthology looks interesting. Hope you enjoy it.


  6. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is one of my favorite books! I read it first in college and several times since, although it has been a while since I picked it up. Maybe it is time for a re-read?

    Have a great week!

  7. Founders a mixed bag and politicians today, same. Love that you get to visit such historical places. 500 page and counting books can soak up reading time for sure.

  8. Yes the Founders wanted all the rights for themselves just not women or black or Native Americans, no one other than old white men. I planted a camellia bush last year but it’s not very big yet. It’s great seeming picture of places you visit.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    1. Pinckney was surprisingly young to be at the Constitutional Convention. Something like 25 or 30. But yes, I agree with your sentiment. Old white men wanted and a lot of them still want all the power for themselves. It’s infuriating.

  9. There is so much history in that area! Thanks for sharing your travels… you’ve given me a few ideas.

    I remember loving Beach Music when I first read it 20+ years ago. I borrowed it from the library a couple of years ago following Pat Conroy’s death, but never got a chance to reread it. Maybe this year…

    1. I’m really enjoying Beach Music so far and kicking myself for not reading Conroy’s works earlier. I think I just said essentially the same thing about Anne Bronte in another reply above. I may have overwhelmed myself with chunksters but at least they’re good chunksters!

  10. I remember seeing a little about the Gullah Geechee quilts, maybe at the International Quilt Festival a few years back. They were amazing.

    I’ve been curious about The Invention of Nature, so I thank you for your review. And I’m glad you enjoyed North American Maps for Curious Minds.

    Those are some big books. I certainly didn’t realize the Brontë book was that big!

    1. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is right at 500 pages. I grabbed an edition at the library that is combined with Agnes Grey. I thought each book would be about half the length of the whole volume. Nope. Tenant is 2/3 of the brick!

      I’d like to do a Gullah Geechee history tour while we’re here in Charleston but I’ve only found one real option so far and while it has great reviews, most people agree that the guide doesn’t say much about that culture. I’ll keep looking.

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