It’s LLL Day (Life Long Learner)

Like most of you, I’m committed to being a Life Long Learner. It’s an attitude. It’s a habit. It’s the desire of my heart. It defines my mantra: Stay curious. Be Amazed. Tell Stories. “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; ...

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A Father’s Love

Listen to the podcast of  “A Father’s Love.”  “A Father’s Love” From the Curt Iles book, Wind in the Pines. The story below always gets two strong reactions when I tell it. First, laughter. That is a good thing. Secondly, many times this story brings ...

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The Sermon in the Hayfield

Listen to an audio of Curt telling this story. The Sermon in the Hayfield   He was one of my heroes, and tomorrow would be his birthday. This is a story of what made him special.     Love is patient and kind. . .    ...

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The Life Long Learner Story Letter Fri. Oct 14

                            Order your discounted copy here.                                    Special Offer:  No shipping through October! We believe in the ...

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A Country Man named Billy Ray

Billy Ray He who wins souls is wise. -Proverbs 11:30 It’s a Southern thing, y’all. We like our double first names.  I’ve got my Aunt Margie Nell and my Aunt Lloydell. We all know Billy Bob, Jerry Jeff, and Peggy Sue. And then there’s Billy Ray. In ...

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Having a Life Song and Life Playlist

I’m a firm believer in having both a Life Song and Life Playlist. A Life Song is the song that captures your soul and always touches you when you hear it. My Life Song is “How Firm a Foundation.” The final verse is my favorite ...

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L.T.W.B.T.U.F.I. Leave this world . . .

A tidbit too good to miss         Leaving this World Better . . .   “L.T.W.B.T.U.F.I.” Leave this world better than you found it! It’s a good motto to live by. Whatever we touch. Wherever we go, we ought to leave it ...

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Trampled Grass Photo Gallery

  We’re excited about our newest book,  Trampled Grass. Rather than tell you about it, we’re sharing the best photos from the book and its forty short stories. Scroll down to read a reader favorite, “The Southern Gospel.”               ...

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LLL: Thoughts on Life Long Learning

  I. This week’s keyword is Legacy. It’s about investing in what matters. Paying attention to what (and who) will outlast us. II. Life Long Learning   I finished a fascinating book this week, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.  It’s a memoir of the problems the ...

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D.W.W. Driving While White

  DWW     Driving While White Like all Americans, I’ve been stunned and confused by events of the past few months. Our country is hurting and is extremely divided. It’s easy to deny and ignore it, but that doesn’t make it not so. As part of ...

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A Fine Story: The Beard of Joseph Palmer

I recalled this wonderful story while visiting with my uncle, Bill Iles, who has worn a long beard since the late 1960’s. This article, by Stuart Holbrook, was written in the mid-20th century. Palmer is buried near the present home of my son, Terry.  On ...

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In the Mouth of the Panther

Max Earl Cole was buried several weeks ago. I was away and missed his funeral. Like me, he was a Dry Creek native, who attended East Beauregard High School. Max Earl was a lanky rawboned basketball player on the excellent Trojan basketball teams in the ...

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It’s Friday’s and We’re Thinking about Life Long Learning

  What we’re about in 2016: 1.  Staying Curious. 2. Being Amazed. 3. Telling Stories. It’s Friday, which means it’s time to think about LLL. That’s Life Long Learning. It’s the reason I want to stay curious,discover, and share good stories. I. This week’s word ...

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A Story Worth Telling: Louisiana Rain

A Word from Curt A daily goal: Stay Curious  Be Amazed. Tell Good Stories. Louisiana Rain “Rain, rain, Louisiana is your name.”   While making my rounds at the mill, an employee named Harley* enthusiastically stopped me. “Chaplain, do you remember praying with me to ...

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