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A Remarkable List: 1351 Blog Posts

Today is Journey # 1351 at www.creekbank.net. I thought you’d enjoy the first story I ever blogged on December 1, 2006.

The Journey of one thousand miles begins with one single step.

-Chinese Proverb

 

Catfish Lies: Straight from the Delta

When is the truth a lie? We talk about “little white lies” and half-truths. Is there such a thing? Here is one of my favorite stories. You decide for yourself if the parties involved told the truth or a lie:

American catfish farmers of the South are having a hard time economically. As is true in so many other fields, foreign products are selling much cheaper and undermining the American market.

A decade ago, this problem came home to catfish farming. A large influx of imported catfish hit the market and this glut depressed domestic catfish sales.

The “new catfish” was packaged and labeled “Delta raised catfish.” To any catfish connoisseur, which every Southerner considers himself, Delta catfish means raised on farms in the Mississippi Delta region of Louisiana/Mississippi.

Research and reading the fine print on this new Delta catfish revealed that it was truly Delta-raised. it came straight from the Mekong Delta of Vietnam!  It’s not the same type of catfish we are used to eating. It is a species called basa, a very distant cousin of our catfish.

As they say in court, “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

Read the full blog post #1, dated December 1, 2006, at https://www.creekbank.net/57/




How you can help on our upcoming Africa trips.

  •    Pray 

DeDe and Colleen Iles Glaser at Kakuma Refugee Camp.  Aug. 31-Sept. 13

Curt at Uganda Baptist Seminary and traveling to Ugandan/South Sudanese border.  Sept. 6-Oct. 1

  • Sponsor a student at our Ugandan Baptist Seminary.    The following men are currently students and need tuition ($200 per man) for the coming year: Obang Akila, Simon Akuku, James Metaloro, Moses Yeka, Denish Amadra.  If you wish to sponsor one of these students, send a check (to “Open Hands Missions”* and notate: “Seminary Student.”)  Our process is that I forward the money directly to the Seminary through our International Mission Board.
  • Purchase a story cloth(s) at $8 each.  These are one of our most effective tools. Learn more at www.calvaryroadministries.com.
  • Purchase a solar-powered audio player(s) at $65 each. Learn more at
  • Help buy ($350) a video projector to show the Jesus Film in the heart languages of the refugees.
  • We’ll buy heart-language Bibles ($10-20 each) as they are available in Uganda.
  • Most of all, please pray daily during our trips.

Please send your gifts to our Open Hands Missions* We will order and distribute items. Gifts are tax-deductible and you’ll receive a receipt.

*Open Hands Missions

PO Box 6060

Alexandria, LA 71307

If you prefer, you can easily give at our Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/help-with-our-sept-african-trip

Questions?   curt@creekbank.net or 318.623,3778

 


Our Books: How you can help:

  • Go to your Public Library and request the following titles through Ingram Spark or directly through www.creekbank.net.
  • Write a review on Amazon, Kindle, Goodreads, or Audible.
  • Share with your friends about your favorite Creekbank groups.
  • Ask the Service Clubs (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis) in your area to have me speak. My best contact is curt@creekbank.net.

As the Crow Flies is now on Audible!

First of all, you can listen to a sample free.  Secondly, if you don’t yet have the Audible app on your phone or device, email me and I’ll send a link where you can download the audio book free. Here’s the caveat: That you listen to it, honestly review it, and share about it with your friends on social media!

Many of you, “read” your books on audio. Our latest novel, As the Crow Flies, is now available through Audible. It is professionally narrated by Whitney Ann Jenkins and is a rollicking good story.  Download the Audible app and take a listen.

This is the link to the book: https://www.audible.com/search?keywords=Curt%20Iles&ref=a_home_t1_hdrSrc


Upcoming Books. We haven’t forgotten about our main calling: writing remarkable books! Here are current and upcoming projects:

  • The Pineywoods Manifesto    A small book written to my grandsons. It is a legacy book of the qualities I want to pass on that are found in rural western Louisiana. Stay tuned for upcoming info.  You can read chapters at www.creekbank.net/blog.
  • An Owl Called My Name  Subtitled “1918 Louisiana’s No Man’s Land”.   Our next historical novel that will tie together As the Crow Flies and A Spent Bullet. Release date expected in 2019 or beyond.
  • In the Wilderness.  A memoir of my journey through depression. Coming in 2019.
  • As You Were.   The sequel to A Spent Bullet.  Expected release in 2020.

 

Upcoming events

Saturday, Aug. 18   Iowa Arts and Crafts Fair . 9-2

Monday, Aug. 20   Johnson Bayou Schools and Library

Tuesday, Aug. 21  Jennings Rotary Club

 

 

 

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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