The Summey Machine

[This column appeared first in the Charleston Post and Courier and is reprinted here with the author’s kind permission.] It is often the little things that tell you the most about how — and particularly why — business gets done in this town. Our Civics 101 lesson starts with the most mundane of chores of local government […]

Hire a Woman for CofC

[Originally published in the Post and Courier and reprinted here with the author’s permission.] by Steve Bailey Imagine that if within days of the news that Glenn (Jeb) McConnell was stepping down after four glorious years as president of the College of Charleston that the trustees announced they were embarking on a national search for his replacement […]

Three Days on the Kerry Way

Day 1:  Killarney to the Black Valley You wake up in the dark.  The wind outside is screaming. It’s the sea-bred, haystack-leveling wind that howled around Yeats’s tower and his stone bridge a hundred years ago.  For an hour the poet paced and thought while gloom came in his mind.  You’re not pacing.  You’re lying […]

Now for the hard part…

By Steve Bailey.  This column first appeared in the Post & Courier. Congratulations, graduates: Take a bow because you have earned it, whether you are getting that diploma from high school or college. We are proud of you. Now comes the hard part, that elusive, scary thing called “success” in your life ahead. In an […]

This is what community looks like

It feels as if tonight, for a couple of hours, we’re enacting what MLK called the beloved community here at the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) meeting at Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Rivers Avenue.