Our Weatherman: You mean that’s his real name?

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes. We’re sharing excerpts from Hearts across the Water, a personal memoir written during 2005. Chapter 17 : Lyle Whitlake August 29, 2005 It’s 2:30 am and I’m driving from the Houston airport east toward my Louisiana home. ...

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He may have been the Reason I was sent to Indonesia

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A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll ...

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Bruce the Millionaire

  A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning next ...

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He just wanted us to hear his story

A death flag in tsunami debris. It denotes where a body was recovered.

  A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning next ...

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“Belum”: An Optimistic Word

Our Tsunami American medical team at Laampuk, Indonesia.  Nationals shown are nursing students.

A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. Beginning next week, ...

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The Missionary Prayer: “Lord, I’ll get it down but . . . “

New cover of 'Hearts across the Water' ebook.

A word from Curt As the tenth anniversary of the Louisiana hurricanes approaches, we’re sharing stories from our book,  Hearts across the Water.  This week’s posts concern the aftermath of the Indonesian tsunami.  I was part of a team that worked there in March 2005. ...

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Prayer

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A Word from Curt Thank you for praying for us. I have been well all week with only one day of sickness. I am so grateful.   My sweet wife DeDe is the most spiritual person I know.  I envy her steady intimate walk with ...

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“Have you ever met one of your American Presidents? I met two on this beach.”

Chapter 5 : Henry     I met Henry among the ruins of Lampuuk on our first visit there. It had been over eleven weeks since the tsunami. Henry lived in a tent not far from the only remaining building in Lampuuk: the local Mosque. ...

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The Silent City. The Sad City.

New cover of 'Hearts across the Water' ebook.

We’re continuing with excerpts from Hearts across the Water.  This collection is a memoir from the year 2005 and three events that shook the world:  the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I was part of a Louisiana medical team that landed in ...

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The Tsunami: “When the water buffaloes ran inland, we should’ve known . . .”

"This house belongs to Masha Hidup/ Tsunami 26 Des 2004   Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  A word from Curt  Over the next month, we’re sharing stories from our 2005 book, Hearts across the Water. This is my fourth short story collection and is set during the two twin hurricanes that struck Louisiana that year. Although the majority of the ...

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Hearts across the Water: Three Cities

"Triple Antibiotic" is 'Hearts' story that still moves me deeply.

A word from Curt    Over the next month, we’re sharing stories from our 2005 book, Hearts across the Water. This is my fourth short story collection and is set during the two twin hurricanes that struck Louisiana that year. Although the majority of the ...

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Thoughts on Shooting Cecil

Lion in Kidepo National Park, Uganda.

I’m sure you’ve followed the recent furor over Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion/Dentist Killer story.  Here’s my take. Shooting Cecil   The headlights illuminated his silhouette. He was crouched in the edge of the tall grass. I’d been hunting for him all week. One of us ...

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