Gray-Headed Wisdom

“When an old man dies, a library burns.” -African Proverb “. . . precisely like the old-fashioned school-master, of whom it was written, ‘ And still, they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head could carry all he knew.’ ” -Rhyme in old New England primer. I have so many elders who fit those definitions.

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A Memorial Day 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 to be reminded that freedom is never free. It’s important to remember stories of heroes who paid with their lives for our American freedom. There is no better example of …

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Watch Out for the Fish

  This is a reader favorite from my third book, Wind in the Pines. You can order Wind in the Pines on Amazon. VIEW   Join Curt as he shares at the Creekbank YouTube Channel:   @curtiles56 LISTEN  Listen to the Creekbank  Audio Podcast or at  Spotify: Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories As always, enjoy. Curt Watch out for the Fish It’s trendy …

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Hauling Dogs

Hauling Dogs This story is so good that I didn’t have to make it up. I’m staying with my Mom this week and she is regaling me with stories. The following may be my favorite: When our family moved to Dry Creek in 1960, we had one vehicle, a beat-up GMC truck.  My Mom, who has always had a travel …

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Thoughts on Turning Sixty-Eight

  Thoughts on Turning 68   And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me . . .”  I Chronicles 4:10   I turn 68 in a couple of weeks. Now, I’m not planning on going anywhere, but I’m in a season …

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How to Feed a Stray Cat

    Listen to Curt read “How to Feed a Stray Cat” at our Creekbank Podcast. How to Feed a Stray Cat   I’m a dog person. I’ve always loved dogs. I like cats, but I love dogs.   What I really have is a soft heart for any strays. Maybe that’s why the stray cat in our Wal-Mart parking …

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The Sin of the Pineywoods

There is one cardinal sin of the Pineywoods:   “Forgetting where you come from.”   Or to state it as a maxim: “Always remember where you came from.” Many of my friends have stayed in Dry Creek their entire lives. That’s a good thing. Some leave the nest and fly on to bigger and better things, but they shouldn’t forget (or …

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Going Back in Time: A Visit to Spring Ridge

A Visit to Spring Ridge “Lord, help us to remember our past, so we know where to go in the future.” -Ken Terry Stay tuned to this blog post over the next several days. We’ll be traveling to a time and place that most don’t know exist. Journey with us to Spring Ridge Cemetery Day in the Aimwell Hills of …

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“Lord, don’t let me get too comfortable.”

Fireplace at Old House

  “Lord, don’t let me get too comfortable.”   I’m at the season of my life where it’d be easy to get comfortable.   Too comfortable.   To give in and coast to the finish line.   But I want to get out of my comfort zone.   And in this day and age, that’s difficult to do. It’s so …

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Loki and Roy

  Loki and Roy   I stood on the sidewalk outside Tamp and Grind Coffee, waiting for our weekly homeless Bible study to begin. That’s when I saw Roy. His face was a mask of pain, and his puffy eyes were ample testimony that he’d been crying. Roy’s countenance and body language weren’t contortions of physical pain. It was pure …

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The Road Less Traveled: Africa

  I can’ t get this poem off my mind. My life has been a succession of travel on the road less traveled. This New England poem takes me back to Africa. The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood …

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A Good Epitaph to Have: Leroy Columbo

This is a story from my first book, Stories from the Creekbank. It concerns a famous person from Galveston, Texas. The plaque mentioned is at sidewalk level atop the sea wall. A Good Epitaph to Have     Have you ever thought about what epitaph you’d like to have? Recently as I walked Galveston’s seawall, I read a plaque: In …

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A Healthy View on Death: Clayton Iles

  VIEW   Join Curt as he reads this story on the Creekbank YouTube Channel:   @curtiles56 LISTEN  Listen to the Creekbank  Audio Podcast or at  Spotify: Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories   My Dad was a remarkable man in many ways. He had a deep, unshakable faith that he shares so well in the following treatise. Please feel free to pass this …

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