Words From Alda Clark

Earlier this year I blogged a story about how the bookmobile affected my life as a boy in rural Louisiana. My friend Alda Clark, who writes for our local papers, penned her story. Here it is for your enjoyment. Recently I was reading Brother Curt Iles’ Blog when I came across a story about the …

Privileged Speaker

I have the privilege of speaking at so many events. It is a joy to share stories, encourage others, and always put in a “good work on the greatness of our God.” The clip below is from Camp Pearl’s newsletter. Visit their website at www.camppearl. com to find out more about this wonderful camp near …

The Best Part Of Writing And Living: Relationships

The Best Part of Writing and Living: Relationships Shown above is my nephew Adam Terry. He’s showing off a copy of “God’s Timing” a poem I wrote. (See end of blog for reprint of poem)     Adam is congressional aide for Rep. U.S Congressman Rodney Alexander.   He and and his wife Jenny live …

The Adventures Of Journal #47

From the cover of my lost (and found) journal: PASSION: Dream it. Dare it. Define it. Do it. Get into it!     I once was lost, but now I’m found. The adventures of journal #47.     Pictured is Books a Million associate Anna with my journal. Bonehead Iles left it at the Lake …

Thoughts On Being Spiritually Dry

Thoughts on being spiritually dry. I’m part of a wonderful writers group called “Ripplers.” Our founder and mentor is Houston-area novelist Diann Mills. Our question for the day came from Diann, “What do you do when you’re spiritually dry?” Here is my short list. I guess because I’ve been spiritually dry plenty of times, I …

Jesus Was A Walker…

I’m planning an October Appalachian Trail hike. (I don’t want to hear any jokes about that South Carolina governor. He gave all of us A.T. hikers a bad name!)     I pulled out this poem from Stories from the Creekbank. It’s always been a favorite of mine when I get the wandering fever.   …

"A Good Place" Preview

Draft copy of front cover of A Good Place Current draft copy of back cover copy. Your input is always appreciated.       “Deep in the Louisiana piney woods is a good place.”   It’s called “No Man’s Land” and is where Mayo Moore begins his story of growing up during the turbulent years …

"A Good Place" In The Making

Our cover is being designed by Chad Smith of The Touch Studios. The painting is by my uncle, Bill Iles. A Good Place tentative release date November 2009 Below is a draft of our Back Cover Text. It is still “too wordy.” All suggestions and input are appreciated. What would you take out? What would …

"A Good Place" Book Cover

If I could live my life over, I’d invest it in young people.” -John R. Mott Today I was in Lake Charles at Books a Million studying book cover examples for A Good Place. There I saw one of “The African Queens”: Evan Adams. She and photographer Chad Smith ( The Touch Studios) worked with …

In Defense Of Hillary

Photo: Displaced Persons Camp in shadow of volcano Goma, Congo In Defense of Hillary My blog is not a political site. There are plenty of good blogs of that type available. My writing is more about being a good news reporter with stories of the common people who make the world better. So why in …

"A Good Place" – Chapter 1 Excerpt

  A Good Place     I’m finishing up the final draft on A Good Place. Below is a passage from Chapter 1. It describes the Moore family hunkering under their kitchen table during a surprise La. hurricane in August 1862.   Mayo Moore, then twelve years old, relates the story years later. Here’s my …

Integrity

I’m studying the word Integrity this week. It’s one of the “6 Strong Words” I want in my life. I’d be interested in hearing from readers as to how you define Integrity as well as people of integrity in your life. With your permission, I’ll use your input and feedback on this blog as well …

What Is True Success?

What is true success? If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it’s not success at all. -Anna Quindlen       Last week I inquired of my Facebook friends, “How do you define true success.” I’ve been blown …