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Toward the Light: Live in Fairfield, CT

Here’s a song from the gig last week where I opened for Declan O’Rourke in Fairfield, CT. We had a sold-out show.


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Jimmie Dale Gilmore of the Flatlanders Comments on My Year as a Clown


With the Flatlanders in New York playing Carnegie Hall this week, I thought I’d share what Jimmie Dale Gilmore said about my book. I’ve known Jimmie for many years, but it was still a surprise to get a call from him about my book. To be honest, that’s about as good as it gets. If you’re in NYC on April 13th, his show is not to be missed.

“When we first meet Chuck Morgan, the main character in Robert Steven Williams’ new novel, My Year as a Clown, he’s broken, twisted and confused. And that’s what makes him so interesting. Like other intriguing literary heroes, Chuck is at his best after life has knocked him to the ground, forcing him to find a new way to be strong again; damaged maybe, but more confident this time, with a kinder, more open heart.” Jimmie Dale Gilmore, singer, songwriter, guitarist, member of the Flatlanders

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New Widget for My Year as a Clown

“My Year as a Clown” by Robert Steven Williams on GanxyRead the rest

Homeless Man in the Backyard

homelessA homeless man was living in my backyard brush. Someone spotted him and the cops came and moved him along. The man was wearing khakis and used a camouflage tarp to keep out of sight. He’d set up camp and had been there several weeks.

The guy hadn’t bothered anyone, nor had he broken into nearby homes. He must possess impressive survival skills because the weather has been miserable–which is one reason why I hadn’t noticed him back there.

After he’d been reported, it still took the cops awhile to find him, he was that well concealed.

During a week that we saw yet another record for the Dow Industrials, there seems to be a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. Many cities are in collapse, education is a shambles in neighboring Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford and New Haven. One could say many of the have-nots are down to their last not.

My backyard homeless man may be anecdotal, but for millions, times are still tough, for some, much worse.… Read the rest