R. S. Williams

All I want is to get the words right.

Wednesday Photo: 10/1/14

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Sky on Fire, Centralhatchee
Heard County, Georgia – 30 September 2014

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Yet another conversation with my dressmaker mother


Me:  Check this out: Simplicity, from 1941.
Mom:  Ooooh. Now that’s impressive.
Me:  People knew how to dress back then. I mean—this thing is fabulous, and it’s just a housecoat.
Mom:  Housecoat, my ass. You’re wearing this to work.


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Pattern and envelope illustrations © 1941 Simplicity Corporation

Hillside Monday: 9/29/14

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Lincoln Street – LaGrange, Georgia
9 February 2014

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The View from Cannery Row

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Nashville, Tennessee – 18 September 2014

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Life in the Ruins

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Leadville, Colorado – 9 August 2014

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Pink Fringe

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Heard County, Georgia – 17 June 2014

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We Sure Will

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Troup County, Georgia – 22 July 2014

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I’m on Instagram.


Look me up—I’m rswilliamswrite (opens in new tab). And I’m having loads of fun.

Wednesday Photo: 9/24/14

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Yellow and Gray with Window
Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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I love old country album covers.

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This old record was a gift from a friend, who picked it up at a yard sale for just 25¢. Ah, the days before Photoshop! I love how each good-naturedly sabotages the other’s guitar.

Red and Ernest’s version of Cindy Walker’s “Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age” does my heart proud, as does their take on Leadbelly‘s “Goodnight, Irene.”  If you like both country music and automotive metaphors, you’ll love “It’s the Mileage That’s Slowing Us Down.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a turntable.


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Cover art © Decca Records

Hillside Monday: 9/22/14

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Storm at Dusk: South Lee Street
LaGrange, Georgia – 27 June 2014

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Strunk & White be damned.

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My high standards for grammar and usage apply to everything except roadside produce stands. Fruits and vegetables taste much better when the proprietor’s signs disregard established rules for quotation marks and possessive -‘s. True fact.

Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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Reflections in a Puddle

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LaGrange, Georgia
19 August 2014

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Dilapidated and Dignified

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Downtown Nashville, Tennessee
25 May 2014

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Throwback Thursday: 9/18/14


July 1995:
On the back deck at my family’s house in Franklin, the summer before my senior year at the University of Georgia. Here, I’d just come home from my summer job as a Kelly Services temp (my first “office job”). This navy-and-white polka-dotted dress was one of my favorites. My sister and I traded it back and forth for another ten years before it finally wore out. The gold watch was a high school graduation gift from my mother. I still wear it all the time.

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Wednesday Photo: 9/17/14

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No Crimson, All Clover
Villa Rica, Georgia – May 2014


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“Gone to Be an Angel”

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The marble is so discolored that I can’t tell what type it is. Knowing a bit about geology, though, it’s likely Creole or Murphy marble, quarried from a half-mile-deep vein up in Pickens County.

Time, rain, and wind have worn the marble lamb’s face, yet its loving expression remains. Against the patient trees, against the sunset-dappled grass, and with a dirt dauber nest cradled in its ear, the tiny kneeling statue stays faithfully with little Mattie—as it has for 104 years.

“Mattie Will Gamble (1907-1909): ‘Gone to Be an Angel'”
Heard County, Georgia – 3 June 2014

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Hillside Monday: 9/15/14


Most of the dishware fragments I find around Hillside are plain: solid white or off-white, the glaze cracked by water and soil and pressure and years. Now and again, I stumble upon a shattered bowl or cup featuring a stripe or two along the rim. That’s about all most people in Hillside could afford for dishes back then—just the everyday, unadorned stuff sold one piece at a time at Woolworth’s or Kress, or that arrived in boxes of powdered laundry detergent.

When something this pretty shows up, I think of how much it probably meant to someone. I think of how a heart must have broken along with that special platter.

Blue-Ware Bird: Dish Fragment, Forrest Avenue
LaGrange, Georgia – June 2012

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Giant Lilypads with Gravel

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Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, Colorado – 6 August 2014

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In which I read my work to complete strangers

Here I am, reading a few short pieces at the 2nd Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Open Mic Night at Underground Books in Carrollton, Georgia, on 12 Sep 2014. Many thanks to owner Josh Niesse for hosting us once again!

And, just for grins, here’s a photo of me mid-read:

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The pieces are all previously published on this site, and are as follows:

Hope you’ll join us at the next reading in January 2015. For details, Like Underground Books on Facebook, or Follow me on Twitter (@WilliamsWrite) or Facebook (RS Williams).

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