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The Books that have Shaped My Life.

Stay Curious Be Amazed at Life  Tell Remarkable Stories A Word from Curt   The 5 books that have most shaped my life. I encourage you to have a reading list for 2018.  I hope you include in this list what I call your Life ...

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Pineywoods Rule: Always Remember Where You Came From

A word from Curt This is another chapter in my upcoming e-book, A Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s a collection of anecdotes and lessons for my four grandsons. Today’s story will be part of a speech I’ve giving Tuesday night to the 150 Honor Graduates in my ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Good Things Take Time

  A word from Curt: I’m writing an e-book entitled A Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s for my four grandsons (who have great dads) plus the many young men without a positive male role model to teach them the things every man needs to know. You can ...

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An Honest Day’s Work for . . .

From the upcoming e-book, A Pineywoods Manifesto: Field Notes on the Full Life by Curt Iles.   “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” -Solomon in Ecclesiastes 9:10   An Honest Day’s Pay for an Honest Day’s Work In the ...

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A Pineywoods Manifesto: Chapter 1 Part 2: Eye to Eye

  We’re (yes, you’re part of this project) writing an e-book entitled, A Pineywoods Manifesto: Field Notes to the Full Life. It’s written to my grandsons as well as those young men who haven’t had a male role model to teach the basics of life. ...

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An Essential Life Skill: Shake Like a Man

  A Pineywoods Manifesto: Thoughts on the Full Life I’m writing an e-book for my four grandsons. It’s also for young men who have no male role model to teach them these simple but essential life skills. Today’s chapter is entitled “Shake Like a Man.” Shake ...

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‘Buried Hams’ A favorite story told by my cousin, Harold Iles, Sr.

The best part of writing about Pineywoods Louisiana is how my books open the door for others to tell me their stories. Most of my historical fiction comes from actual stories told by my friends, both old and new. This is especially true with A ...

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Perseverance! 92 Dry Holes

You can order Deep Roots in various formats including ebook and Amazon. Learn more here.  92 Dry Holes   A Story on Perseverance and Resolve Once my wife, DeDe, and I visited Ft. Worth, Texas where our son Clay and his family lived. One of ...

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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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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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Storms don’t create Character; they reveal it.

  Storms don’t create character; they reveal it. We saw that in the good folks of Texas and Louisiana as neighbors and strangers helped each other.         The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline, ...

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From Small Starts Come Large Trees

It’s true.  Many things that seem insignificant can become momentous. Yes, from small starts come large trees. _____________________________________________________________ Kickstarter Update Speaking of small starts: We started our Kickstarter campaign on May 1. We’ve nearly done it. In twelve days, you’ve backed As the Crow Flies ...

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“Disregard that first message.” A New Story

The new edition of our first book, Stories from the Creekbank, features five new stories.  This is one of my favorites.   “Curt, disregard that first message.” Any school principal knows that phone calls from about 3:30 PM to suppertime are never good. They are ...

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The Creek Tribe: Always Grateful

This is the weekly Tribe Creek Storyletter.  It’s just an opportunity to tell you what’s going on in our writing world, and hopefully encourage and inspire you.   I try to live by a series of words.  Right now, gratitude is filling my heart. I ...

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