R. S. Williams

All I want is to get the words right.

Well?

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LaGrange, Georgia
18 July 2014

 

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Hillside Monday: 7/21/14

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On my walks around the neighborhood, I often find broken dishware where mill houses once stood. The homes were demolished long ago for a variety of reasons, but these fragments remain. They stay behind as tiny reminders of the thousands of people who called Hillside home—who worked, lived, and died here.

Before the advent of landfills, dumpster sites, or curbside trash pickup, people disposed of broken dishes in two ways. Some threw the razor-sharp pieces into a pile at the far edge of their yards. Others threw the shards beneath their houses. In renovating my own mill house, built around 1915, I have discovered many dish, bottle, and drinking glass fragments both in the yard and in the criminally small crawl space. Luckily, time and the coarse-grained, sandy front yard have worn away most of the sharp edges. These little jewel-like surprises say hello most often as I’m climbing out of the car.

The pieces pictured here came from sites where homes have not stood in 50 years. The patterns have been out of production longer than that. The coins, too, have lay buried for decades (check out the 1950s penny). My assistant here is the ever-helpful Smokey.

Hillside: Cat with Coins and Dish Fragments
LaGrange, Georgia – June 2012

 

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Every day, really.

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US Highway 27, near West Point Lake
Troup County, Georgia – 4 October 2013

 

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Killer Red

1959 Corvette, 3/4 View

1959 Corvette
Blue Ridge, Georgia – 18 June 2011

 

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33 1/3 Kinds of Wrong

One bonus of country music research—and of teaching a survey course titled “Country Music and Southern Culture: Beyond Drinkin’, Fightin’, and Cheatin’”— is the material students find on their own for class.

Years ago, after a great discussion of how country music often ignores African-Americans’ contributions to the genre, one student brought me this 25¢ yard sale gem. “Since we talked about DeFord Bailey, Charlie Pride, and Ray Charles last week,” he said, “I thought this might be interesting.”

The next day, I showed it to the class. “Based on our discussion the other day, tell me what’s going on with this album cover.”

At the back of the room, one student raised a hand. “Well, Professor—how much time do you have?”

 

The Tender Side of Ray Charles (front cover)

 

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Album cover © 1978 Suffolk Marketing, Inc.

 

Wednesday Photo: 7/16/14

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Magnolia Leaf and Rainwater
LaGrange, Georgia – 5 May
2013

 

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Hillside Monday: 7/14/14

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Forrest Avenue railroad bridge
LaGrange, Georgia – 14 February 2014

 

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Mothra Lives

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LaGrange, Georgia
23 June 2014

 

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Gracefully mundane

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Downtown Nashville, Tennessee
25 May 2014

 

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Throwback Thursday: 7/10/14

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LaGrange, Georgia – Fall 1998
Photo by Kenny Gray

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Wednesday Photo: 7/9/14

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Peony Blossom with Rain
Heard County, Georgia – 10 May 2014

 

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Hillside Monday: 7/7/14

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Former laundromat, Clark Street
LaGrange, Georgia – 20 June 2014

 

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Happy Independence Day

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Buck Owens’ guitar, on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Nashville, Tennessee – 21 June 2013

 

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Wednesday Photo: 7/2/14

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Sunset with Tulip Poplar
Heard County, Georgia – 3 June 2013

 

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Another conversation with my dressmaker mother

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Me:  Look what showed up in the mail yesterday. 
Mom: 
Good God. What now?
Me:  A Vogue dress pattern, from the ’30s.
Mom:  [deep sigh]
Me:  Aww, Mom. Where’s your sense of adventure?
Mom:  In the ’60s—where it belongs.

 

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Pattern and envelope illustrations © Vogue Patterns

 

Hillside Monday: 6/30/14

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Any Minute Now…
LaGrange, Georgia (Hillside) – 17 May 2014

 

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Never a dull moment

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“Just the other day, I had to walk out in the parking lot—on my break—and tell two characters they were NOT allowed to pee in the bushes. Seriously: it’s 2014, people. We have indoor plumbing.”

“I’m always watching out in case somebody tries to get me. Pretty sure they’d bring me back after a while, but I still don’t want ‘em to get me.”

“Drop two bacon and a hashbrown, scattered!”

 

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Gloriously, riotously unashamed

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Cerise-Yellow Daylily
Heard County, Georgia – 17 June 2014

 

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Wednesday Photo: 6/25/14

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Splatter Painting #2 (latex interior wall paint & metallic spray paint on canvas)
LaGrange, Georgia – October 2012

 

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Hillside Monday: 6/23/14

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These are likely bathroom tiles, judging by their shapes and color. This shade of greenish-blue was popular in working people’s homes around here from the 1920s-1950s. I found them lying on the ground after a heavy rain; they were probably buried decades ago after the house in which they’d been installed was demolished to make way for a public library.

Behind the old Coleman Library, Forrest Avenue, Hillside
LaGrange, Georgia – April 2014

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