R. S. Williams

All I want is to get the words right.

Wednesday Photo: 6/29/16

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“Light Fixture Rising Sun”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia – 3 December 2015

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Tune in to The Show on July 10!

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Just a reminder that on Sunday, July 10 at 4pm Eastern, I’ll be a guest on Columbus, Georgia-based video podcast The Show. Looking forward to talking with Brian Mallard and Timothy Childree about my work, recent and upcoming projects, weird Southern stories—and probably even our memories of The Four Horsemen of professional wrestling. Hope you’ll join us!

Oh, the shirt? It’s just telling the truth.

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Hillside Monday: 6/27/16

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“Silk Tree Shadow with Vinyl Siding”
LaGrange, Georgia – 6 June 2016

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Lusee, Our Fluffy Girl

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Lusee had the sweetest little face to match her fluffy five-pound body. Her personality, however, was not so sweet. Mom was the only person she liked. Everyone else could take a flying leap.

“Lusee’s a one-person kitty, that’s all,” Mom would say. “And she’s my kitty.”
No disagreement there.

This shot turned out unexpectedly well. Lusee had been snoozing away Easter Sunday afternoon in the top compartment of the outdoor kitty condo when the click of the shutter awakened her. She stared at me for a little while, acted as if she wanted me to pet her, and then lay back down in her cabana after calling for the pool boy to fetch her another daiquiri.

Lusee showed up at Mom’s house around Thanksgiving  12 years ago, half-starved and dirty. Mom brought her indoors and cleaned her up. Steve, my stepdad, fell in love with the sassy, tiny, full-grown cat. Strangely, none of the other cats took exception to the interloper. Lusee blended perfectly into the family. Well, just as long as nobody gave her any trouble. She was small, yet also the enforcer among all my mother’s pets.

We think coyotes killed her late one night in 2013. All my stepfather found was a pile of white and calico fur in the middle of the front yard. He still can’t talk about it.

We miss Lusee every day.

Photo: “Lusee, Our Fluffy Girl” (Heard County, Georgia – 8 April 2012)

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A Quiet Moment in Nashville

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Nashville, Tennessee – 16 September 2015

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At the fabric store with my dressmaker mother

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A warm summer morning at the fabric store…

ME: Ooooh, look! 60″ wide rayon challis!
MOM: No, no, NO.
ME: It’s feathers! Brightly colored feathers of different shapes and sizes!
MOM: And tacky.
ME: Awww! Come on, Mom.
MOM: What the hell would you do with that?
ME: It’d be a Diane Von Furstenburg-style wrap dress. What else?
MOM: Ugh. Just—ugh! [shudders]
ME: You don’t like it?
MOM: Not only no, but hell no.
ME: Look, you should be happy that at least one of your children is making a bold fashion choice.
MOM: Bold, yes. Fashion, no.

A few minutes later, at the cutting table…

ME: [sliding the bolt across the table] There’s not much left on here…
MOM: Thank you, Jesus.
EMPLOYEE: This print’s really been popular.
MOM: You mean to tell me there are people around here with taste as bad as my daughter’s?

Fifteen minutes later, at the thread display…

ME: Just think, Mom—if I were wearing a dress made out of that feather print, you’d never lose me in the fabric store ever again.
MOM: But I would try!

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Wednesday Photo: 6/22/16

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“Empty Pew, Sunday Morning”
Waffle House #918
Lumberton, North Carolina – 22 May 2016

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Hillside Monday: 6/20/16

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“Sunset in Blue and Flame”
LaGrange, Georgia – 16 March 2016

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Looking East from My Father’s Grave

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Heard County, Georgia – 3 April 2015

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Bass Fiddle, at Rest

 

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Nashville, Tennessee – 21 May 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 6/15/16

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“Dripping Rainbow Wall”
Raleigh, North Carolina – 22 May 2016

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Hillside Monday: 6/13/16

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“Determined Dandelion”
LaGrange, Georgia – 22 March 2016

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Little Lola Comes Home

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Heard County, Georgia – 26 September 2015

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Handed Down in Stone

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Heard County, Georgia – 7 February 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 6/8/16

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“Old Nails with Paint and Barn Floor”
Troup County, Georgia – 24 April 2016

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July 10: I’m a guest on The Show!

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Mark your calendars! At 4:00pm Eastern on July 10, 2016, I’ll be a guest on The Show (link to Facebook page), a wonderful weekly video podcast based in Columbus, Georgia.

Brian Mallard, Timothy Childree, and I will talk about my work and upcoming projects, plus country music, Southern food,  and whatever else crosses our minds. The podcast stream, which you can find here (link to website), begins at 4:00pm sharp on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Hope you’ll join us!

Text & photo © R. S. Williams (all rights reserved)
“I ♥ Remember Country Music” shirt by Standard Deluxe, Waverly, AL

 

Hillside Monday: 6/6/16

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“Emmylou, on Sentry Duty”
LaGrange, Georgia – June 2009

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Old Rose in Bloom

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Heard County, Georgia – 13 May 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 6/1/16

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“Flame-Orange Silk Douppioni”
Carrollton, Georgia – 16 May 2013

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Hillside Monday: 5/30/16

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“Tuesday Acrylics”
Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College
LaGrange, Georgia – 21 April 2015

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