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Curt Iles

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

The Evergreen Cedar Tree

This story, from my second book, The Old House, tells about a sacred place in our community: Dry Creek Cemetery. Later in the story, I share the touching and heroic tale of my friend and neighbor, Arlean Crow Courmier. Yesterday, we buried her father, Arthur ...

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A Spent Bullet Synopsis

A Spent Bullet Readers: This blog contains a three-page synopsis (0verview) of my current work in progress. I’ve looked at it until my eyes are crossing. I’d appreciate any and all reader feedback for improvements before it begins its journey to publishers.A Spent Bullet I’m ...

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Kojak The Fireman

  The last two nights I’ve had dreams from my years as a school principal. I always wonder why I still dream of events of nearly twenty years ago. (In one dream I had an office full of students in trouble as well as angry ...

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Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season is winding down. Hooray. Hallelujah. I know it’s not officially over until November 30, but it’s safe to say this will be a below normal season, especially for our battered Gulf Coast. Shown are two of my favorite hurricane items. One is my ...

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More On Planning and Planting

More on planning and planting for the future. Beth Koop is one of my Dry Creek Camp friends. Her parents are a classic example of a lifelong good marriage. Beth shared this concerning the future and tree planting. “My daddy was talking about planting a ...

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Rome Weren’t Built In A Day

We get things done over time by working hard and showing persistence. A wise quote: “People overestimate what they can do in five years and underestimate what they can do in twenty years.” -Ligon Duncan i.e. The twin powers of time and patience can crack ...

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How To Pray In October

How to pray in October One of the best things about the Internet and social networks is how it is a great vehicle to share news and events. I want to use it this month (October 2009) to share a great prayer need in my ...

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On Being "A Friendly Hermit"

On Being “A Friendly Hermit.” Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen. – John le ...

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Opening Of "A Spent Bullet"

Opening of A Spent Bullet Below is the prologue and two epigraphs from my current novel in progress, A Spent Bullet. I’m about half through (50,000 words) the first draft.   Read over it and give me feedback. I have several questions below the prologue. ...

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Two Weddings – One Day

My former student, Kay Campbell Fox, commented on my recent blog about a newlywed couple running through the lobby at the Denver Marriott. It’s a wonderful story. From Kay: Two weddings – one day – Just shy of 21 years – all to the same ...

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The Ripple Effect Continues

The Ripple Effect continues I received three journeyman prayer cards yesterday.   They were from Micah, Erica, and Lydia. I’ve never met Micah, but I love him and am proud of him. His mother, Debbie Walley, was one of my closest friends through the Baptist ...

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Dolly Is The Horse's Name

Dolly is the horse’s name Below is a draft passage from my current work in progress, A Spent Bullet. The scene: a barn in Bundick, La. September 1941. 18 year old Butch struggles with his decision to join the military as war clouds loom. His ...

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Brand New i-Macs At Rick’s Institute

This is a press release from Ricks Institute in Liberia. This is the school we worked with in July. The iMacs in the Ricks Library. The Liberian flag is shown in the background. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Brand New i-Mac Computers Installed at Ricks September ...

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3 A.M., 40 Miles, 4 Trucks, 2 Cups Of Coffee

3 am, 40 miles, 4 trucks, 2 cups of coffee I left home this morning at 3:00 am, on my way to the Houston airport, then Denver for a writing conference. On my forty mile drive from Dry Creek to DeQuincy, I only meet four ...

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