R. S. Williams

All I want is to get the words right.

Happy HalloNOMNOMNOM

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Buddy and Miller, at Play
LaGrange, Georgia – 10 October 2014

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Waiting #2

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Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 10/29/14

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“Title Pawn Siren Song”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Poke Salad and Clouds

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LaGrange, Georgia – 19 August 2014

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Hillside Monday: 10/27/14

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“Garage at Dusk”
LaGrange, Georgia – 20 August 2014

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Converging Paths with Maple

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University of West Georgia
Carrollton, Georgia – 2 October 2014

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Abstract Cabinet

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Acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, oil, and ink on 1960s enameled steel cabinet
3rd floor studio, LaGrange College Department of Art
LaGrange, Georgia – 1 July 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 10/22/14

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Cat, Chair, Linoleum
LaGrange, Georgia – 9 May 2014

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Trumpet Vine and Mural

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LaGrange, Georgia – 19 August 2014

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Hillside Monday: 10/20/14

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“Saucer Magnolia Petals, First Avenue”
LaGrange, Georgia – 16 March 2014

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Seeing the Seer

Last night, I dreamed I was traveling through the Randolph County, Alabama, countryside of my childhood. It was a cold, rainy morning, and I was a field trip leader for a group of college students I had just met. In Rock Mills, the bus stopped at what used to be Bennett’s Grocery (closed since 1984). The students milled around the store, buying sodas and snacks for the day.

As I waited near the entrance, someone handed me an English 1101 essay, done up as an 8½” x 11” newsletter. It was a proud newsletter, too: set in fancy glossy colors, letterpress-printed on heavy paper, full of bravado—but, overall, a shoddily written big fish in a poorly designed little pond. The frustration disengaged my brain-mouth filter.

“Dear God, this is awful,” I almost shouted. “Just awful. It reads like ten miles of dirt road after a hard rain.” I handed the newsletter to another trip leader and walked outside.

By the door, one student stared intently at me. She had icy-blue eyes.
Three icy-blue eyes.

I swallowed my fear, gazed directly into that middle orb, and spoke again. “There isn’t a single documented fact in that essay. It’s all poorly supported opinion—the weakest content I’ve seen in a long time.” I took the newsletter back from the other trip leader, and pointed to the most egregious parts. “And the typos are thick as fleas. Readers deserve better. In my class, there’s no way it would pass.”

When I glanced at her again, the third eye had disappeared. She still stared at me, but less intently. The notepad in her hand looked nearly full. She scrawled another note or two, nodded deeply in my direction, and took her seat on the bus.

I awoke thinking that it takes tremendous courage to tell the Oracle of Delphi she’s full of shit.

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Yellow Canna, Late Summer

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Carrollton, Georgia – 15 September 2014

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Throwback Thursday: 10/16/14

EPSON MFP image

Rock Mills, Alabama – February 1983

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Wednesday Photo: 10/15/14

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3rd floor art studio, LaGrange College
LaGrange, Georgia – 1 July 2014

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Dusted in Riches

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Although the Ibex Mine was abandoned nearly a century ago, its buildings still gleam with a fine, permanent coating of copper dust. The mine’s 11,000-foot elevation and the arid High Rockies climate keep the fir timbers remarkably well preserved.

Leadville, Colorado – 9 August 2014

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Hillside Monday: 10/13/14

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“Simply the Best” (Forrest Avenue)
LaGrange, Georgia – 14 February 2014

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Truth + Sublimation

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University of West Georgia – Carrollton, Georgia
7 October 2014

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Waiting #1

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Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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Sunset: Yellow Jacket Creek

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Troup County, Georgia – 7 October 2014

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Fleur-de-Lis and Sky

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Downtown LaGrange, Georgia – 24 September 2014

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