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Hillside Monday: 4/17/17

“Roof Replacement in Black and White”
LaGrange, Georgia – 17 March 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 4/12/17

“Waiting on a Train, Part 7”
Denver, Colorado – 1 March 2017

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Hillside Monday: 4/10/17

“Daffodils with Painted Concrete”
LaGrange, Georgia – 9 March 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 4/5/17

“Breakfast and Check”
Waffle House #646
LaGrange, Georgia – 25 March 2017

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Hillside Monday: 4/3/17

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 cheap in the early 1900s. It was how poor people heated their homes. Its dust sticks around for what seems like forever. 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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Wednesday Photo: 3/29/17

“Waiting on a Train, Part 6”
Denver, Colorado – 1 March 2017

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Hillside Monday: 3/27/17

“Light in August”
LaGrange, Georgia – 21 August 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 3/22/17

“Waiting on a Train, Part 5”
Denver, Colorado – 1 March 2017

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Hillside Monday: 3/20/17

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

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Wednesday Photo: 3/15/17

“Waiting on a Train, Part 4”
Denver, Colorado – 1 March 2017

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Friday Photo: 3/10/17

“Mother Church Windows”
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, Tennessee – 16 September 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 2/8/17

“The Real House of Blues”
Denver, Colorado – 10 November 2015

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Hillside Monday: 1/2/17

“Winter Windows”
| LaGrange, Georgia – 17 December 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 11/2/16

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“Tile Foyer with Shadows”
Columbus, Georgia – 27 August 2016

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Old Tiles, Sandwich Shop Exterior

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Raleigh, North Carolina – 20 May 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 8/24/16

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“Waiting on a Train, Part 3”
Anniston, Alabama – 23 June 2016

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Wednesday Photo: 8/17/16

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“Waiting on a Train, Part 2”
Anniston, Alabama – 23 June 2016

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Hillside Monday: 8/15/16

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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 through the 1960s. I found them lying on the ground after a heavy rain. They were probably buried decades ago, after the house came down to make way for a public library.

Photo: “Blue Tiles, Coleman Library”
LaGrange, Georgia – April 2014

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View from Salem Road Bridge

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Troup County, Georgia – 3 May 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 8/10/16

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“Waiting on a Train, Part 1”
Anniston, Alabama – 23 June 2016

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Another Quiet Moment in Nashville

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Waffle House #511
Nashville, Tennessee – 17 September 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 7/13/16

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“Reserved for Paying Customers”
Wedowee, Alabama – 19 September 2014

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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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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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Wednesday Photo: 5/25/16

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“Quiet Country Barn Demolition”
Troup County, Georgia – 24 April 2016

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Hillside Monday: 5/16/16

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“Doc Speir’s Front Window”
LaGrange, Georgia – 24 October 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 5/11/16

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“Bank Building Mural, Late Afternoon”
Meansville, Georgia – 6 November 2014

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Track and Sky

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Abandoned mining camp, Leadville, Colorado – 9 August 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 5/4/16

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“Dilapidated and Dignified”
Nashville, Tennessee – 25 May 2014
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Hillside Monday: 4/25/16

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During their epic March 2016 tear-off party, the roofing crew discovered four layers of shingles—including the original!—on my century-old Hillside mill house. Most houses can bear the weight of (at most) just two layers. No wonder the rafters and deck on my home were in such terrible condition.

In my hand sits one hundred years of nail history. With each new layer of shingles, the nails had to be longer and longer. Their shapes and relative condition speak to how nail manufacturing evolved from the first roof (circa 1915) to the fourth one (circa 1975).

“100 Years of Nails”
LaGrange, Georgia – 23 March 2016

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History and Tragedy

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This stunning masterpiece of early 19th century architecture boasted 16-inch foundation beams hewn from trees that, if I read the ring counts correctly, were 350 to 400 years old in the early 1830s. The rafters in both the original structure and the circa 1890s addition were three- to five-inch saplings that had been stripped of branches and bark, then flattened on the decking side. I could still see the centuries-old axe marks.

The site on which the house once stood is on Whitesville Road, about a hundred yards from a truck stop and Interstate 85. The acreage is for sale. All the buildings are gone: the main house, the barn, the chicken coop, the slaves’ cabins, everything. No, there’s no historical marker—not even a little something that points descendants to the cemetery out back (most recent grave dated 1868). Word around town says we’ll soon have another strip mall right there. You know, because this place really, really needs another strip mall.

Just thinking about it makes me furious.

Fannin-Truitt-Handley House (built 1831-1833; demolished September 2012)
LaGrange, Georgia – 27 May 2012

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Wednesday Photo: 1/20/16

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“The Real House of Blues”
Denver, Colorado – 10 November 2015

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Wednesday Photo: 12/10/14

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End-cut wood parquet floor, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nashville, Tennessee – June 2008

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Wednesday Photo: 11/26/14

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“Bank Building Façade #1”
Meansville, Georgia – 6 November 2014

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Wednesday Photo: 11/19/14

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“Bank Building Mural, Late Afternoon”
Meansville, Georgia – 6 November 2014

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Herringbone Brick with Blue

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Downtown LaGrange, Georgia – 24 September 2014

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Fleur-de-Lis and Sky

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LaGrange, Georgia – 24 September 2014

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Worn to Perfection

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Ladies’ room floor at Mercy Lounge
Nashville, Tennessee – 18 September 2014

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Late September: Brick Building and Sky

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Downtown LaGrange, Georgia – 24 September 2014

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The Door at St. Mark’s

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LaGrange, Georgia – 18 July 2014

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History and Tragedy

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This stunning masterpiece of early 19th century architecture boasted 16-inch foundation beams hewn from trees that, if the ring counts served me correctly, were 350 to 400 years old in the early 1830s. The rafters in both the original structure and the circa 1890s addition were three- to five-inch saplings, stripped of branches and bark and barely flattened on the decking side. I could still see the centuries-old axe marks.

Just thinking about it makes me furious.

Fannin-Truitt-Handley House (built 1831-1833; demolished September 2012)
LaGrange, Georgia – 27 May 2012

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Friday Photo: 4/19/13

Glass Door Insert, after Frank Lloyd Wright (by Gina Adamson-Taylor - Heard County, Georgia - 11 Nov 2012)

Heard County, Georgia—11 November 2012

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