Category Archives: South Carolina and Florida

One more thing about my Florida trip…

In a used bookstore in St. Augustine, I found a copy of Thomas Merton’s The Sign of Jonas. As I’ve written,  it was on my first visit to Mepkin in 2014 that I first read Merton’s The Seven-Storey Mountain. Jonas is a … Continue reading

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Matanzas

St. Augustine is an island in the Matanzas River, an estuary connected by St. Augustine Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean. I divided my trip home into three stages: the first, between St. Augustine and Bluffton SC, took me through the Timucuan … Continue reading

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After Gainesville…

…I drove east to St. Augustine, according to Wikipedia, “the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States,” founded in 1565. I stayed in a studio apartment on the second floor of this house…on Pomar … Continue reading

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A year later…

Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner SC, 16-20 January 2017 This was my third visit to Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery established in 1949 on the Cooper River, 40 miles north of Charleston. I went there first at the end of August … Continue reading

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