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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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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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Jan. 2: Dinosaurs

Foreword: Dinosaurs “Tell me who you are, and I’ll tell you where you’re from.” –Wallace Stegner I was born in the Louisiana Pineywoods when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. Most of them are gone, and I still miss them greatly. They helped shape my life, ...

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Sing Your Life Song

A word from Curt November is NaNoWriMo. That’s National Novel Writing Month. I’m leading a group of six writers (I still have room for two more) to write a book (fiction or non-fiction) of 60,000 words. That’s 2000 words per day. The story below, “Sing ...

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From “The Pineywoods Manifesto”: Know Those Who Serve

  The following is from the upcoming book by Curt Iles, The Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s is a collection of essays and life lessons for his four grandsons. Noah, Jack, Jude, and Luke Iles. He is currently blogging book chapters at his website, www.creekbank.net Know Those ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Dream, Goals, and Plans

A word from Curt We continue with chapters from our upcoming summer book, The Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s written for my grandson about the values and priorities of the unique culture of western Louisiana. Our plan is to release end at summer’s end as an e-book ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Be Kinder than Necessary

This is another chapter from our upcoming book, The Pineywoods Manifesto. Be Kind.   Kindness: a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.   Always be kinder than necessary. It’s a trait that both blesses the receiver and the giver. It leaves ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: You’re not Define by …

A word from Curt My summer project is a small book entitled The Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s for my four grandsons and is my attempt to pass on the qualities and values of my home area of western Louisiana. Also, at our website, you can currently ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Be Amazed

  My goals at this season of my life: Stay Curious. Be Amazed. Share Remarkable Stories   “God is working in 10,000 ways around you, and you may be aware of two or three of them.” -John Piper As a Pineywoods Man, I’m committed to ...

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King Mockingbird

King Mockingbird Each day he sits up there—on the highest limb on the tallest oak in the campgrounds. I call him “King Mockingbird.” The area around the Tabernacle and First Aid building belong to him. He is the biggest and loudest mockingbird around. It is ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Don’t Carry a Lazy Man’s Load

In today’s Creekbank StoryLetter: A new story from The Pineywoods Manifesto. A Big Rattler. Thanks for helping us on our September Africa Trip. Get a free download of our most popular novel, The Wayfaring Stranger. Readers are enjoying As the Crow Flies. Do you have ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: A grounded view on death

    A word from Curt I’m blogging a new non-fiction project entitled, The Pineywoods Manifesto: Field Notes on the Full Life. Although I’m writing it primarily for my four grandsons, I’m also thinking about the values and qualities we cherish in the part of ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: An Enduring Lesson on Anger

Pa’s Enduring Lesson on Anger They’ve both been gone for nearly half a century. I was seven and ten, respectively when my paternal great-grandparents died. We called them Pa and Doten, and they were center of our family’s solar system. They each left an enduring ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Think First, Then Shoot

Rule 1: Think first, then shoot. Rule 2: If in doubt, don’t shoot.   A Word from Curt I’m writing a short book for my four grandsons entitled, A Pineywoods Manifesto: Field Notes on the Full Life contains brief stories and insights I wish to pass ...

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