The Falcon

The Falcon My Daddy had a wonderful sense of humor. You had to know him well to be exposed to how he loved making fun of everything. He could really surprise you at times. We had an old 1963 Ford Falcon that had been passed ...

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Uncle Quincy’s Goose

This classic story is from our third book,  Wind in the Pines. Uncle Quincy’s Goose   “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”                       -Proverbs 21:23 This gift of human communication is a wonderful thing. But the corresponding trouble this ...

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What is The Creek? This week’s LLL Letter.

Our weekly The Creek Letter isn’t meant to be one-sided. We love hearing from readers and friends! We enjoy your emails and Facebook messages. The painting below is by my Uncle, Bill Iles. It depicts Crooked Bayou, the stream flowing through our family’s homestead in Dry ...

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Stranger in a Strange Land

He was a Stranger in a Strange Land.   How many days has it been Since I was born How many days until I die -Leon Russell Apr 02, 1942 – Nov 13, 2016 (age 74) Watch Leon perform “Stranger in a Strange Land.”    ...

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A Story for the Flag: “The Tale of Two Caps”

“A Tale of Two Caps” is from our third short story collection,  Wind in the Pines. With our current American conversation over a divided nation, I was reminded of this story.  It’s a timely reminder about the strengths of our country and the challenges we ...

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Your weekly LLL+Letter from the Creek

A word from Curt:  Friendship I’ve been thinking about friendship. Having friends is priceless. Being a friend is a gift you give yourself. Of all the maxims my mom pounded into my head, this may be the best. Link to see my current 6+ Words List.  ...

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Trespassing

Trespassing   He sees me about the same time I see him. And I’m trespassing. Trespassing on his land. The way he looks at me, I know he knows it. And so do I.   The trouble is I can’t go back: Behind me is ...

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A Story Worth Telling: A Soldier’s Story

A Note from Curt: As long as I’m alive, the story of Sgt. Leroy Johnson will be remembered. It’s a story worth telling, worth passing on.  We need reminding that our freedom is never free. t’s important to remember stories of heroes who paid for ...

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LLL+L The Creekbank Life Long Learner Letter

This is the weekly Creekbank LLLer + L. That’s the Life Long Learner Letter. Enjoy! We love hearing from readers and friends! A word from Curt:  Integrity I keep a list of words I attempt to live by.  I call the list my “6+ Words.” ...

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The Babe’s Homer

The Babe’s Homer   A few years before he died, My maternal grandfather, Sid Plott, told me this story. I always think about it during the World Series. I’ll tell it in his own words: I was a young man in Kansas City, the city ...

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Best Seat in the House

     It’s World Series time.  One of my favorite times of the year.  I always recall how my Daddy took this week off to imbibe in two of his loves:  squirrel hunting and the World Series. In those days,  the World Series began early ...

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Life Long Learning: Friday’s Notes

A word from Curt:  Privilege. We have a choice in life: to view things as a privilege or a burden. Whether to view something as an opportunity or an obligation. A journal reminder: it is a privilege. It’s all in how I choose to look ...

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Photos Worth Sharing

Photos of the Week What we’re about: Stay Curious. Be Amazed. Tell Stories. Here are photos that have touched my life in the last week. Enjoy!   In tomorrow’s Friday Life Long Learner blog, I’ll share more about Uncle Rube and As the Crow Flies ...

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“A $1000 Saddle on a $100 Horse”

                  A word from Curt After all of these years, it’s still one of my favorite stories. A humorous story with a good lesson. Enjoy! “A $1000 Saddle on a $100 Horse” This story was told to ...

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