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Curt Iles

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

“Finishing Strong” December 31: Last Day of the Year

A word from Curt Beginning this week, I’ll be sharing short posts about how I am learning to use the end of the year/beginning of the new to review the past year and plan for the new one.  Join us at the Creekbank beginning on ...

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December 30 Moving Out

        A Word from Curt   Grateful. Gratitude is one of my 6+ words for 2016. I’m thankful for the wonderful gifts in my life. Today I’m thankful to have the calling of writing. It’s what I do. Who I am.  I’m ...

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December 29: Sharp Hooks

December 29  Sharp Hooks   Reas Weeks was a Dry Creek legend who lived and died before my time. He was a bachelor who lived in a remote area along Bundick Creek. He never owned a vehicle or held a regular job. He supported himself ...

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Bah Humbug Week: Day 3 “The 100 Foot Line”

December 28 The 100-Foot Line     There’s a fine stand of young slash pine at Dead Man’s curve on the Longville Road. I’ve watched the growth of this forest since it was clear cut, then replanted in straight rows. The following year, the pines ...

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. . . and now it begins: Bah Humbug Week

For the next week, through January 1, I’ll share a daily short short story with thoughts to help us all navigate that wonderful week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I lovingly call it “Bah Humbug” Week. It can be the most difficult week of ...

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A Brand New Christmas Story: A Soldier Comes Home

                Another Soldier Comes Home for Christmas I wonder when they finally took his Christmas stocking down. What year did the family remove his vacant chair from the Christmas dining room table? His name was Lt. Commander James ...

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Christmas Eve: “Thoughts on ‘Easy Marks.’ “

  An Easy Mark “I’m a thousand miles from anywhere, waiting for a train.” -Jimmy Rodgers “Waiting for a Train”   Calling someone an “easy mark” is normally not a compliment. We use it in the context of taking advantage of someone and associate it ...

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Christmas Eve-Eve: Dec. 23 “The Hay’s All in the Barn.”

Merry Christmas from the Iles Clan. I wish the very best for you and yours during this Christmas season. Living Gratefully, Curt     The Hay’s in the Barn It’s “Christmas Eve-Eve.” Two days until Christmas. It’s close but there’s still time for planning and ...

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The Best Present Ever

Upcoming book appearances Sat. Dec. 9 Grant Christmas Tree Farm Friday, Dec. 15 2-5 pm Thrifty Way-DeRidder Saturday, Dec. 16  8-noon  Nichol’s DeQuincy   Learn more about Christmas Jelly and our other twelve books at www.creekbank.net The Best Present I Ever Received Chapter 7 from ...

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The Best Christmas Present I Ever Received

Upcoming book appearances Sat. Dec. 9 Grant Christmas Tree Farm Friday, Dec. 15 2-5 pm Thrifty Way-DeRidder Saturday, Dec. 16  8-noon  Nichol’s DeQuincy   Learn more about Christmas Jelly and our other twelve books at www.creekbank.net The Best Present I Ever Received Chapter 7 from ...

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A Day Late: Dec. 6 : Another Serving of Christmas Jelly

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!  The following fictional short story comes from a story ...

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The First 5 Chapters of ‘Christmas Jelly’ for Dec. 1-5

 Days 1-5 Christmas Jelly   Foreword Most of these stories are true. Others are the invention of my imagination. They’re all from my journals or laptop. Most of all, they’re from my heart. I hope they move you. Go ahead and laugh. Cry. Celebrate. Believe. ...

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The Annual Creekbank Christmas Catalog

                Merry Christmas from the Creek! This Creekbank Christmas Story Letter contains:Foreword to Christmas Jelly The best and shortest chapter in the book. Super sale on Christmas Jelly for unique Holiday gifts. One day sale on our latest ...

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Sleeping on the Ground

  Scroll down to find how easy it is to get your copy of As the Crow Flies. Sleeping on the Ground   When you sleep on the ground With the stars in your face, You can feel the full length Of the beauty and ...

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