Yearly Archives: 2015

December 20 Danish Christmas Jelly!

This is chapter 20 from Christmas Jelly. It’s written by one of my favourite people, Erik Pederson.  Mr. Erik touched all of us with his love, humour, and smile. He’ll always be missed in Dry Creek.   I encouraged him to write this story and had the privilege of editing it. A Danish Christmas    By Erik Pederson     One of …

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December 19 Tractor Time

    Tractor Time     When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face. I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space. On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be And there the world below can’t bother me. -On …

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December 18 The Heavenly Choir

                                                           The Heavenly Choir   Christmas season—The Dry Creek Church choir sings beautifully in a way beyond description. It’s much more than a musical . . . it’s a production . . …

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Dec. 4: Santa Claus is Coming . . . to School

My short story collection, Christmas Jelly, was written in 32 chapters.  This allows you (the reader) to enjoy one chapter per day beginning on December 1 and ending on January 1. Here’s today’s serving of Christmas Jelly! Enjoy! Santa Claus is Coming . . . to School   I’ve learned this: life is always better than fiction. You cannot make up a …

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Get ready for a spoonful of Christmas Jelly

A word from Curt Tomorrow,December 1, begins a daily blog of chapters from our short story collection, Christmas Jelly. The foreword below shares how you and your family can use these stories to brighten the Christmas season. Enjoy. DeDe and I and the Creekbank family wish you a Merry and Remarkable Christmas. Curt Order your copy(s) of Christmas Jelly at Amazon or www.creekbank.net …

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100 Words or Less: Holding the Rope

Here’s a quick note on ways you can pray: Pray for Boroli Refugee Camp Baptist Church. Pray for DeDe and me as we share this a.m. at Beauregard Memorial Baptist Church near Longville.  We also speak on missions three more times. Pray for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that supports our fellow missionaries. On Tuesday I begin the …

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Bo Rein to become next LSU Football Coach

Bo Rein to become next LSU Football Coach The Associated Press has reported that Bo Rein, current North Carolina State coach, has been picked to head up LSU’s Football Program. The LSU Athletic Department has neither confirmed or denied the report. If hired, Rein would replace long-time LSU Coach . . .   Before you get rattled, this is a …

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Saturday (or Friday) Night in Oak Grove, Louisiana

The East Beauregard Trojans head to Oak Grove, Louisiana tonight for the state football quarterfinals.   In honor of the team, and my brother-in-law Coach Gordy Glaser, I’m dedicating this song to the Trojans:  Tony Joe White’s “Saturday Night in Oak Grove, Louisiana.” It’s one of my favorite tunes from Louisiana blues/folk singer Tony Joe White, who is a native …

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Another Black Friday

Turkey Pinecones and cornbread dressing Last week I ate twice at school cafeterias. It was Thanksgiving lunch and we grandparents were invited. I don’t miss a grandchild event if I can help it. One day was with our adopted (truly) African-American granddaughter, Daizy Mae Thomas. The next day was with Luke Iles, aka Chief Wampum. Both meals featured turkey, cornbread …

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A Spray-Painted Prayer

A word from Curt Thanksgiving. It’s more than a day. It’s a life habit.   There are many images of thankfulness in my heart. But the sketch below illustrates one that touched me the most: It was scrawled in black spray paint on the side of a partially burned house trailer. It was east of Pitkin on Hwy 113/10. Probably …

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How to Bury a Country Man

  One of my young pastor friends called as he prepared for his first funeral.  This is simply insight I’ve gained from others as well as the experience and privilege of helping folks as they walk through the shadow of death. How to Bury a Country Man “The thing about common sense is that it ain’t common, Son.” –Erik Pederson …

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Tidbits: Phases of the Moon

A word from Curt I’m living in 1881 and 1882 today. I’m right at 92,000 words on As the Crow Flies.  My goal is to have 100,000 words by the week’s end. In the second draft, we’ll begin cutting down on words.  My goal is the book to weigh in at about 75,000 words in its final form. What I’m …

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A Short Post on Giving Big

I’m thinking about thanksgiving. Not the day but the attitude. It’s about gratitude. And it should be about giving. All day long, an image has been playing out in my mind. A small dirt-floored church in a northern Kenyan refugee camps. Hundreds of South Sudanese crowded in for worship. It’s time for the offering.  In African culture, you come forward …

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Driving Miss Daizy

A word from Curt: This is an excerpt from our ebook, Trampled Grass. The read more: “The O Word” from Trampled Grass Today is Grandparent’s Day at Peabody Montessori School in Alexandria. DeDe and I have been invited by Daizy Mae Thomas. She’s our 9th grandchild. Read below and you’ll see why.   The final adoption story is extremely personal. The …

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