Ides. A word of portent and mystery.

Of course, all it really means is the middle of the month. The fifteenth day, to be precise. Which is pretty much the timeline for this occasional blog. New posts and updates will happen on the ides. Or thereabouts. Sometimes.

southlandishlogotrimI’m not sure if it’s the Tennessee birthright or all those Civil War novels I read before I was 12, but whatever the reason, for most of my life I have found myself compelled to do as Faulkner himself instructed and “tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there.” (Though “Why do they live at all…” is admittedly beyond my ken.)

And so this blog feature is more of the same, a telling of things southerly–that is, of things situated toward the South. Topics range from food and drink to books and basketball, and content focuses on defining these items and exploring their place in Southern culture.

clovericon6Clover & Pine is an original collection of typographic design and visual art. Most designs are illustrations of literary quotes (my roots as an English teacher) and carry the tag redux, a stamp of poetic license indicating an interpretation or a re-alignment of some kind, as in the order, omission or alteration of some words/lines. Redux gives credit where credit is due while also announcing that some artistic liberties may have been taken.

Visit clover & pine on Etsy to view and/or purchase prints of some of the designs featured in site’s portfolio.

This blog feature is more like an op-ed column, giving voice to the everyday-run-of-the-mill-type of person, a non-sensational perspective so titled in that it often runs counter to the hype and hubbub of today’s glamified society.

Topics are sociocultural in nature and largely relate to identity, technology, and just getting through the day. Some topics may overlap with the Southlandish series.


In my alternate life as a disc jockey, this would be the radio show I’ve been planning since high school. Essentially this feature is a way to carry on the proud tradition of the mixed tape.

From time to time, this site will post a playlist of 8 songs on a specific topic. Songs will be from various genres of music (though mostly rock, alt/pop, and blues-influenced stylings).


arrowhsquare2Hilary Brooke Hall lives with her family in North Carolina. She blogs because, really, “quiet desperation” is so nineteenth-century.

She has a B.A. in graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.



[ quotation attributions ]

“Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there.  Why do they live at all…”   •   from Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”   •   from Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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