Happy Mother’s Day

Mom and I

My mom, Shirley Nilsen, and I on Isle of Palms

My mother taught me everything…how to be a strong woman, how to be a caring friend, how to be a respected professional, how to also be a loving mother. One of the most memorable lessons I ever learned was from her. She said,

“ Always appreciate what the person in front of you is saying. You will grow by listening to their story.”

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Sunday by Ashley Rhodes as it appears in SOUTH

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Please enjoy this essay by Ashley Rhodes to honor all of the wonderful Southern mothers and grandmothers who have made impacts on all of our lives. This Mother’s Day, give your Mama a gift that says, “I love you” and “Thank You.”


Sunday By Ashley Rhodes

Ashley Rhodes

From the second pew of the little brick church, the benediction begins and the choir wails and claps to “Victory in Jesus” as Granny bangs away on the ivory keys. Nodding from her large framed glasses she plays “by ear,” but mostly by memory. The song concludes and we all bow our heads for the final prayer as the pastor saunters out  the back door to speak to each person as they leave.  We do not join the line; Granny whisks us out of the side door by the piano as she whispers, “Hurry, the roast is gonna burn.”  Frantically we all pile out of her little Chevy Nova and into her little white cottage.  The house is a buzz as her five living children and their families make jokes and pitch in to prepare  Sunday “dinner” (that’s lunch in the South).  The fire alarm sounds and Momma yells, “Rolls are done.” Everyone chuckles, as it’s an every Sunday occurrence, and haphazardly make their way around the black player piano, hutch, and crammed dining room table to hold hands.  Everyone becomes quiet; Uncle Kelley raises his chin and says, “Let us pray.” Read More

About Wendy

Wendy Pollitzer is a versatile writer living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.


"I love Wendy Pollitzer’s writing. Her instincts are remarkable, her nose for truth infallible. I can’t pick up a journal or magazine that she’s written for without going straight to the table of contents in search of her piece. What I think is so interesting about her work is that she really believes in what she’s doing, in getting it right. She’s very, very good. "— Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides, South of Broad) 1945-2016