Tara Bailey – Writer, Pizza Enthusiast, and Lover of South Carolina

Hello there!

ME IN MY OWN WORDS: Good question ... I have held many positions in my working life that have prepared me for the ultimate job at the South Carolina Picture Project. I have been everything from a naturalist in an Audubon Center to a columnist, a Charleston tour guide to an English teacher. Finally, I am home!

ALMA MATER: Presbyterian College and the Citadel (graduate school, not the Corps of Cadets!)

A RANDOM FACT OR TWO: I love metal art and weld in what used to be my free time. I have also lived all over this great state, which gives me perspective on SC history and culture.

ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: I used to say climb Mount Everest until I discovered that I could barely handle the ice storm of 2014. Now it is just to see Mount Everest (and then quickly go inside).

WHAT I BELIEVE: We need to take better care of our planet and education is the key to most of our economic problems.

MY HOMETOWN: I was born in Charleston and grew up in Spartanburg.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, I'D: Provide scholarships for kids with no family support

Why it's awesome being a Sandlapper ...

A SOUTH CAROLINA SMELL I LOVE: Pluff mud, boiled peanuts, and anything from my mother's Spartanburg garden

IF I HAD A TIME-MACHINE, I WOULD: Attend the 1736 opening night of The Recruiting Officer at the Dock Street Theatre

MOST HILARIOUS SC LANDMARK: The Peachoid in Gaffney

MY PALMETTO STATE TRUTH: Anyone from the Palmetto State can criticize South Carolina ... anyone from off may not.

MY SC "CLAIM TO FAME": I was once in a Piggly Wiggly ad and grew up in my grandparents' Columbia bookstore, The Happy Bookseller.

PLACE IN SC I WANT TO PROTECT: Wetlands

FAVORITE SPOT IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Pawleys Island

FAVORITE SC PLANT: Wax myrtle

FAVORITE SC ANIMAL: Bottle-nosed dolphin

FAVORITE SC CELEBRITY: Who else but Stephen Colbert?

These are a few of my favorite things ...

FAVORITE BOOKS: Moby-Dick and A Confederacy of Dunces

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Princess Bride

3 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY: Stomping around the woods, rainy Sunday afternoons, and family night on Fridays

SEVERAL THINGS I ADORE: Boiled peanuts, salty air, the barred owls in my backyard, hiking at Table Rock, tomatoes, taking my kids to the camp where I worked in college, and roaming downtown Charleston with no schedule

MY DREAM CAR: A Prius – not adequate for a family of five

A SOUND I LOVE: White-throated sparrows, cicadas, and treefrogs

A SMELL I LOVE: A freshly-cleaned bathroom

A GUILTY PLEASURE: A cheese platter at Summerville's Accent on Wine

FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: Cheese grits

FAVORITE SOUTHER SAYING: "How youuuuu???"

MY TRUE LOVE(S): The crazy people who live in my house


                       
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