A Dry Creek Haircut

A Dry Creek Haircut   I was in an Alexandria barber shop yesterday. A ten-year-old boy was in the adjacent chair getting a good buzz cut.   I immediately thought of Pete Harper, Dry Creek’s circuit-riding barber.   Every Monday, Mr. Pete set up shop in a tiny square building that served as our polling place.   Pete Harper made …

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Leaders Have Big Hearts

Visit The Quiet Leader Blog more at www.creekbank.net Leaders Have Big Hearts   “Always put people above paper.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower The best leaders always have big hearts. They are looking out for their people. Their big-heartedness overflows into mutual love and respect. A team will follow a big-hearted leader wherever she leads. She’s built trustworthiness by being a servant-leader. …

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Solving a problem with a sandwich and cup of coffee

A cup of coffee . . . and sandwich with Paul I hope you’re enjoying our thoughts on the short book of Philemon.  I ask for your comments and insights.  That is how we learn best! In verse 1, Paul identifies himself as a “prisoner of Christ Jesus.” This humble term identifies Paul and is the first floorboard in building …

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The Old House at the end of the road

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            ”The Old House at Night”  1963  tempera on cardboard by my uncle, Bill Iles. The Old House in Dry Creek. First constructed by my great-great grandparents circa 1892, this family home is my favorite spot in the world, the source of many of my stories, and my best writing muse. Below is the opening …

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Love and Discipline

Love and Discipline I once read a story about a father’s wise advice to his daughter, who was struggling with disciplining her young children. The father invited her to take a boat ride on a nearby lake.  The boat had two oars and the father told the daughter to take one oar and row. The boat went in a circle. …

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Riding the Cussin’ Bus

  Riding the Cussin’ Bus   When we first moved to Alexandria, I worked as a chaplain for Roy O. Martin Corporation. My mission field was the two ROM mills near Alexandria.  Because of the noise and busyness inside the mills, it was challenging to build relationships. As I got to know the workers, they would open up when in …

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Surround Yourself with Good People

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  Wise words from King Solomon, the wisest man: “Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11‬:‭14‬ ‭The Message   Surround yourself with good people Surround yourself with good people. Surround yourself with people who will give wise counsel. Surround yourself with people you respect and will listen to. …

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Leadership 101: “I want to thank you . . .”

  On Leadership   As I begin my 68th year on Planet Earth, I can sum up what I’ve learned about leadership in one sentence: “I want to thank you ahead of time for doing this, and I know you won’t disappoint me.” I’ve been a youth leader, parent, coach, teacher, principal, camp manager, missionary, and now a grandfather. That …

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Leaders Eat Last

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Leaders Eat Last You can listen to the podcast episode of “Leaders Eat Last”  at our The Quiet Leader Podcast Thoughts on Servant-Leadership   “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 I’ve recently discovered a fascinating book, Leaders Eat Last by …

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My Writing Manifesto: Why I Write

My Writing Manifesto Curt Iles July 2024 I write and tell stories that connect with people’s hearts. I write about what I know: the unique and fascinating stories of Louisiana’s people, places, culture, and history. I am a writer who is very comfortable in my own skin. I am a Southern writer/storyteller who lives in Louisiana and tells stories from …

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Professor Cavanaugh’s Best Lecture

Audio Podcast of “Professor Cavanaugh’s Best Lecture. ”   A word from Curt Teacher. There’s no higher calling. Few professions can influence as much as a dedicated teacher. The best teacher I ever met was Charles Cavanaugh. This is his story. “Yes, God’s will—most often—is simply doing the best we can, right where we are.” Professor Charles J. Cavanaugh and …

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“I will walk with you”  Thoughts on ‘Kusindikiza’

        More at www.creekbank.net Today’s Mini-Blog “I will walk with you”  Thoughts on kusindikiza   Takeaway: there are so many simple acts of grace we can show others. It’s called common courtesy.   Kusindikiza Pronounced “ku-sin-di-kiza.” It’s a Swahili term I have yet to find a comparable English term. Google Translate gives “To escort” as the English …

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See Dirt? Throw Seeds!

More stories at www.creekbank.net See dirt? Throw seeds.   It’s one of my favorite quotes. It’s simple but profound. See dirt? Throw seeds. It is a multi-faceted statement. Here are several applications: If we see a situation that needs improving, get involved and make a difference. Dig in and become part of the solution. Secondly, when we throw seeds, we …

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A Quiet Leader

Listen to “The Quiet Leader” Podcast. The Quiet Sheriff   He was my sheriff and one of the quietest leaders I’ve known.   Friday, September 23, 2005 10:00 AM CDT DeRidder, Louisiana There was palpable tension and anxiety in the crowded meeting room. Over a hundred Beauregard Parish leaders had gathered for a final briefing on Hurricane Rita. This strong …

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