A Pineywoods Manifesto

Aisle Three at Walmart

“Help Needed On Aisle Three”   “Son, there’s only one thing you need to know if you’re going to marry my daughter . . . ” My cousin Mark Roy died suddenly last week.  I am saddened by Mark’s death and am praying for Debbie, their three daughters, and Mark’s mom, Aunt Florence Roy. If there’s one word to describe …

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She smiled at me, and I was changed.

She smiled at me, and I was changed. Thursday, April 18, 2024    Atrium Oschner’s Hospital  New Orleans, Louisiana   I saw the lady as she passed my table in the busy atrium of Oschner’s Hospital. She was walking briskly, and I immediately saw she had no arms, only nubs that ended past her shoulders. Then I noticed something else. …

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First Snake of the Year

First Snake of the Year   Tuesday, April 16, 2024 It’s mid-April, and the snakes are crawling out of their winter homes.  The warmer nights are the impetus for them to stick their heads above ground. I’ve spent the winter months not worrying about where I walk or put my hands. But that is changing. I’m waiting to see my …

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When Venus and Jupiter Came Out

When Venus and Jupiter Came Out Monday, April 15, 2004 I’ve purposely waited until a week since the eclipse to write about it. I wanted to let the dust settle from the event and my soul. I won’t try to describe how it looked when our sun was completely covered by our moon. You’ve seen the photos, and the images …

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Living the Unoffended Life

    The Unoffended Life “The unoffended life is the best way to live.” What is the unoffendable life? It’s the mark of a person who doesn’t easily get bent out of shape. They don’t carry a chip on his or her shoulder. They let offenses roll off their back and choose to overlook slights, real or perceived. In the …

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An Obituary I’d Love to Have.

An Obituary I’d Love to Have. One of the reasons I still receive a paper copy of The Town Talk is to read the well-written obituaries submitted by families. I was touched by the concluding sentence of the obit. of Judge Frank Alan Little, Jr in Sunday’s April 7, 2024 edition. “He often remarked that his wife, family, and friends …

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April Fool’s Day 2004 You’ll laugh at this story!

  Join Curt as he reads this story at the Creekbank YouTube Channel:   @curtiles56 Listen at the Creekbank  Audio Podcast or at  Spotify: Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories For more social media contacts, scroll to the end of the newsletter.   Happy April Fool’s Day   I love April Fool’s Day. I’m an unreformed prankster. I’ve pulled some fine pranks on …

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Blog 1500: The Cardinal and Mr. Smith’s Plane

    Today’s Creekbank Blog Post is number 1500 in a long string of blog posts stretching back to June 2006. You can trace them all back by scrolling our blog posts at www.creekbank.net After you read “The Cardinal and Mr. Smith’s Plane,” we believe you’ll enjoy this story on YouTube  as well as our Audio Podcast. The Cardinal and Mr. …

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‘Where I Come From’ Chapter Titles and Taglines

            Creekbank Family, My upcoming short story collection is entitled Where I Come From: Field Notes from the Pineywoods. I’ve listed chapter titles and taglines.  I’ll be adding new chapters, so stay tuned. Most of these chapters have been published on the Creekbank.net/blog. Take a look. As always, I welcome your input. questions. and feedback …

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The Old House Comes Alive

Fireplace at Old House

  The Old House Comes Alive Again I leave my mom’s home and walk the short distance to the Old House. It’s sunset and our homestead, built in 1892, stands starkly against the background of Crooked Bayou swamp. I hurry in from the cold and build a fire in the middle room fireplace, my favorite room, where I spent countless …

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Screen Door Living

Folk are enjoying many ways to enjoy the Creek:   AUDIO: You’ll enjoy stories  as you drive or work at the  Creekbank Audio Podcast.   VIDEO:  Visit our YouTube Channel to join Curt on the Old House porch as he shares stories weekly. FACEBOOK: Follow us at The Creek Facebook Page. Become a Facebook Follower and keep up with news from The …

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Chicke Snakes, Two Sisters, and ‘Falling-Outs.”

    “Chicken Snakes, Two Sisters, and ‘Falling-Outs.’”   I was told this story years ago. It’s still one of my favorites. Two brothers were excellent carpenters and built houses together throughout the hill country near Fredericksburg, Texas.  But one day, they had a falling-out, and the result was that they stopped speaking to each other. Despite that, they continued …

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Outdoor Living: Where is your Prayer Tree?

  Visit our Creekbank YouTube Channel to view Curt reading “Outdoor Life.” Listen to an Audio Podcast of “Outdoor Life.”   Outdoor Living: Where is Your Prayer Tree? Years ago, I visited two of my sweetest friends, Phil and Trelvis Thomas. They lived north of Leesville on Mrs. Trelvis’ family homestead. After coffee, Mrs. Trelvis led me to a nearby …

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