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Showdown on MacArthur Drive

Branded
 This story, from Deep Roots, is one of my favourites to tell to a live audience.

“He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”

-Proverbs 21:23

 

The fight on MacArthur Drive was one-sided, and although it was over quickly, it’s never been forgotten.

To truly appreciate Donald Perkins’ famous lop-sided 1970 scuffle in the middle of MacArthur Drive’s four lanes, you must understand where he came from.

The place is called Pitkin.

Pitkin. I’ve always liked the way it rolls off your tongue. They…

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“Le petit Baton Rouge”

This is one of my favourite stories from Deep Roots.

Enjoy!

“Le Petit Baton Rouge”

The strong smell of hot peppers and vinegar stings your eyes and nostrils when arriving at Avery Island, Louisiana.

You’re at the home of Tabasco Hot Sauce, south of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Avery Island is not an actual island. It is a rounded hill rising above the surrounding flat marsh. Its elevation is due to the underground salt dome beneath the “island.”
This salt dome led to development of the world’s most famous hot sauce. Salt is one the three major…

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A Lesson from Rufus Hanchey

The Friendship Lane
 
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

–Henry Boye

Here’s a question: for what price would you sell your friendship. What amount of money would entice you to turn your back on a neighbor, friend, or family member.

Most of us easily answer, “No amount of money.”

That’s the correct answer but I often wonder if it’s what our actions say. I’ve seen folks fall out over a family heirloom or perceived slight. I watched a brother and sister fall out over a three-foot-wide strip…

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“Leaning Trees” from Deep Roots

Leaning trees

“When I observe a young person I experience two strong emotions. First, I feel great affection for the young person they are. Then secondly, I feel a deep respect for the adult they will one day become.”

-Louis Pasteur

On the morning before Hurricane Rita arrived, I made one last survey of my tree farm. Sadly, I knew it would never look the same.

In our part of Louisiana, there are thousands of acres of pine tree plantations, or tree farms. Grown in rows for future harvesting, they are the backbone…

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From Deep Roots: The Door

The Door
 

This is a warning: Be careful with the doors at the Lake Charles Civic Center! I was there last week and as I entered the men’s room, I recalled Roy Greene’s story.

The Lake Charles Civic Center opened thirty years ago. It was constructed on sand pumped out of the adjacent lake that gives the city of Lake Charles its name.

In keeping with the French heritage of our area, it was christened “Le Civic Centre.” In carrying out this Acadian motif, the restrooms were labeled as “Messieurs” and “Madames.”

The…

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Running in the Lobby

A word from Curt

During July our oldest son Clay and his wife Robin are visiting.

Best of all, they’re bringing their four children.

Our wonderful grandchildren: Maggie, Luke, Jude, and Noah.

We’ve not hugged them since January 2013.

DeDe and I plan to make up for that during their visit.

I plan on being a full-time grandpa while they’re here.

We’ll be posting stories from my favorite Creekbank book,  Deep Roots.

We hope you’ll enjoy these short stories posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for the privilege of sharing with you.

Gratefully,

Curt

Learn more about Deep Roots…

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The Landmark Pine


A word from Curt

During July our oldest son Clay and his wife Robin are visiting.

Best of all, they’re bringing their four children.

Our wonderful grandchildren: Maggie, Luke, Jude, and Noah.

We’ve not hugged them since January 2013.

DeDe and I plan to make up for that during their visit.

I plan on being a full-time grandpa while they’re here.

We’ll be posting stories from my favorite Creekbank book,  Deep Roots.

We hope you’ll enjoy these short stories posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for the privilege of sharing with you.

Gratefully,

Curt

The…

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Across the Pea Patch: Remembering Don Hunt

A Word from Curt

(L to R) Alice and Monica at RCS.  Technician Jacob is not shown.

I want to thank my friends at RCS Communications for working on my Satellite Phone.

This phone gives us coverage when we’re deep in the Bush.

Today is Don Hunt’s birthday.

He’s in Heaven, but we’re still celebrating his birthday (and life) down here.

That’s a thought:  do they celebrate birthdays in Heaven?

I don’t talk about Don Hunt in the past tense.

His earthly…

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Deep Roots: Thoughts about the Things the Matter

 
A word from Curt
During July our oldest son Clay and his wife Robin are visiting.

Best of all, they’re bringing their four children.

Our wonderful grandchildren: Maggie, Luke, Jude, and Noah.

We’ve not hugged them since January 2013.

DeDe and I plan to make up for that during their visit.

I plan on being a full-time grandpa while they’re here.

We’ll be posting stories from my favorite Creekbank book,  Deep Roots.

We hope you’ll enjoy these short stories posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for the privilege of sharing with you.

Gratefully,

Curt

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Journal #73 Sketches and Stories

   See more sketches and stories at   http://www.creekbank.net/journals/

A Writer is someone who wrote today.
I write.

It’s who I am.

It’s what I do.

I’ll let you in one a little secret.

I write for therapy.

 

I write when I’m discouraged or depressed. The written prayer above is from a day last week.

When I’m struggling, I write.

It always helps.

Read more (and see more sketches) at our journal home page.

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