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Curt Iles

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

Tough or Hard- The Choice is Yours

    Tough or Hard—The Choice is Yours   In front of me are three objects: a hammer, a brick, and a flat piece of leather. They make for a wonderful lesson we all can learn from. It’s amazing observing folks as they go through ...

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Down in the Well

Down in the Well   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”   Proverbs 3:4   My neighbor Dudley Mercer tells a story from his Dry Creek childhood.  His family farm had a 35-foot deep well on which ...

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A Remarkable Story

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today. It’s a story worth retelling. His name is  John Stephen Akhwari and he had the dubious honor to finish last in the Marathon at the 1968 Mexico City ...

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Ed King’s Sermon in the Hayfield

The Sermon in the Hayfield   He was one of my heroes, and today would be his birthday. This is a story of what made him special.     Love is patient and kind. . .    I Corinthians 13:4 As far back as I can ...

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As You Were Chapter 1

The Hotel Bentley Alexandria, LA

  The following is Chapter 1 of As You Were, the sequel to our novel, A Spent Bullet. I’d appreciate your feedback on: What makes you want to pull for (and care about) Elizabeth and Harry? What emotions do you sense as Elizabeth stands in ...

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    Earthshine   If you study the moon and its phases, you’ll come to realize there is a God in heaven. -Unknown The quote above is true in my life as I’ve never grown tired of observing the moon. One of the best things ...

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Love and Discipline

Love and Discipline I once read a story about a father’s wise advice to his daughter, who was struggling with disciplining her young children. The father invited her to take a boat ride on a nearby lake.  The boat had two oars and the father ...

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The Wall

The Wall from the Curt Iles short story collection,  Stories from the Creekbank.    …By my God have I leaped over a wall. -Psalms 18:29   As I stood in the shadow of the twelve-foot wall, sweat popped out on my forehead. In my ears ...

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The View from the Teacher’s Desk

  For the next six weeks I’m teaching science at Menard High School in Alexandria. I’m filling in for a teacher on maternity leave, teaching chemistry, biology, and environment science. It’s been a good experience so far and has kept me busy brushing up on ...

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Baptized in Muddy Water

Immediately after Moses’ baptism, I jotted         the outline of this story in Journal #73 This week, I’m Camp Missionary at Pineywoods Baptist Camp in Texas. The following is a story I related to the boys at camp. I hope you enjoy it as they ...

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Sliding Into Home

The story below is one of my favorite ones. It’s a baseball story. But about much more than baseball. It’s about family and (attempting to) live the regret-free life.                   From the Curt Iles book, The Old ...

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Billboard Free

I-49 in Rapides Parish

Billboard Free “One call, that’s all.” I live one mile off Interstate 49. It runs north-south through Alexandria and cuts across Louisiana from Shreveport to Lafayette. There are two things I like about I-49: There’s a 75 mile per hour speed limit on most of ...

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The Eagle Has Landed

  Everyone has a memory of where they were for historic events. I was in second grade when JFK was shot, in a board meeting for 9/11… … and in the home of Ed and Kat King for the first landing on the moon. It ...

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A Christian Cuss Word

I recently read (and shared) a story on Christian cuss words. The author singled out the words “Luck” and “Fortune.”  He insisted that these words have no place in the life and vocabulary of a Christian. We followers of Christ believe that every step of ...

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