R. S. Williams

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Steel and Sky

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Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Downtown Nashville, Tennessee – 5 June 2008

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Wednesday Photo: 4/22/15

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“Hey, I’m Doing the Best I Can”
LaGrange, Georgia – 10 April 2015

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Hillside Monday: 4/20/15

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“Another Storm in Hillside”
LaGrange, Georgia – 10 April 2015

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Concrete Love

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University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia – 16 February 2015

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Oak over Horace King’s Grave

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Stonewall Cemetery
LaGrange, Georgia – 21 February 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 4/15/15

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“LaGrange College Color Study No. 2″ (artist unknown)
LaGrange, Georgia – 10 April 2015

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Hillside Monday: 4/13/15

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“Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Azaleas—Oops, Too Late”
LaGrange, Georgia – 10 April 2015

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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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Wednesday Photo: 4/8/15

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“Pink Petals, Green Marble”
Birmingham, Alabama – 21 March 2015

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Hillside Monday: 4/6/15

After the Storm (LaGrange, Georgia - 1 September 2012)

“After the Storm, with Pedicure”
LaGrange, Georgia – 1 September 2012

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Charles P. Borders: A Friend to All

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Stonewall Cemetery – LaGrange, Georgia
21 February 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 4/1/15

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“Purple and Blue on Steel”
LaGrange, Georgia – 4 February 2015

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Hillside Monday: 3/30/15

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“Magnolia Leaf with Rain Water”
LaGrange, Georgia – 5 May 2013

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Sky, Water, Cracked Pavement

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Oxford, Alabama – 14 March 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 3/25/15

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“Concrete Abstract”
Oxford, Alabama – 14 March 2015

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Hillside Monday: 3/23/15

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This cast-iron fireplace front probably dates from the early 20th century (as does the lead-based paint still clinging to it). It’s from one of two original chimneys in my circa-1915 mill house. When we freed this beauty from the wall where it had been closed up for over 60 years, it bore a thick layer of coal dust. As we tore out the bricks from the chimney and hearth, our faces did, too.

Coal, though sooty and potentially dangerous, was also cheap in the early 1900s. It was how poor textile mill families heated their homes. Its dust sticks around for what seems like forever, too. More than six decades after this house stopped using coal heat, I still find the silvery-gray dust in the old walls, or in the cats’ fur when they sneak into the chimney space (soon to be a walk-in closet).

“Cast Iron Fireplace Front with Paint”
LaGrange, Georgia – 15 March 2015

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Quick! Before It’s Gone!

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LaGrange, Georgia – 15 March 2015

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Advice from Raptors

As I washed this evening’s dishes, I heard them call from the water oaks behind the house: Who-who? Who-who? Who-cooks-for-YOU? Barred owls—the first time this season.

Some folklore traditions regard owls as harbingers of doom. Others maintain that they signal change of many kinds, not necessarily bad news. Still others hold that owls mean your house and property will soon become rodent-free. For a long time, I discounted the first two. But that was before the hard-partying bunch of barred owls moved into the trees around my house two years ago.

Since then, every new phase of my life—whether painful or pleasant—has arrived in the company of owls. They go quiet for days or weeks, then return, and HOLY SHIT WHAT WAS THAT?!? something new and previously unimaginable shows up along with them. Tonight, when the first hoots reached my ears, I almost dropped a soapy dinner plate into the floor: “Please, universe. I can’t handle any more. Please, please—have mercy on me.”

Fortunately, neither the owls nor the universe heard my plea.

When I stop and listen to the stillness of my soul, I’m sure of several changes heading my way. While I don’t yet know what they’ll look like, what form they’ll take, I know to expect them, to get ready and do what they need for me to do when they finally get here. Others, though, I cannot and will not know until they are upon me. The owls are just the early warning system.

Good or bad, sweetness or sorrow, I’m grateful and humbled to hear those feathered harbingers call once again from the walnut tree. Whatever they bring, I brace myself and welcome it with open arms. Which, honestly, is about all any of us can do.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to sit in the cool of the back yard for a while. I’m gonna soak up the dark and the quiet and the peace. I’m gonna listen for advice from raptors, whatever they may decide to pass along.

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Wednesday Photo: 3/18/15

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“Handed Down in Stone”
Heard County, Georgia – 7 February 2015

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Spring Breakthrough

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LaGrange, Georgia – 11 March 2015

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