John Wooden’s Socks

John Wooden’s Socks   “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”   -John Wooden   I was a college senior the year I met John Wooden in 1979. I was preparing to embark on my journey as a high school basketball coach. I traveled to Monroe, Louisiana to hear John Wooden speak at …

L.T.W.B.T.U.F.I. Leave this world . . .

Leaving this World Better . . .  “L.T.W.B.T.U.F.I.” Leave this world better than you found it! It’s a good motto to live by. Whatever we touch. Wherever we go, we ought to leave it better. I’ve always loved camping and hiking. Part of the joy is in setting up camp along a bubbling mountainside creek …

January 1: Lagniappe

A word from Curt The following story, about King George VI and his famous Christmas message and poem to the British people during the darkest days of the War. Scroll down to read this remarkable story   January 1 Lagniappe A New Year  This is the final post from our book, Christmas Jelly. We’ve enjoyed …

The Proverbs Plan

The Proverbs Plan Part of my daily Bible reading involves the Old Testament book of Proverbs. It’s a book of short wisdom sayings compiled by King Solomon and others. Because Proverbs contains 31 chapters, it is conducive to reading a daily chapter related to the day of the month.  i.e. on July 5th, I read …

Curious and Amazed

Oakdale Mill bluebird box. Notice log truck and cranes in background. My mantra: Stay Curious. Be Amazed. Share Remarkable Stories. I work Mondays as a chaplain at Roy O Martin’s Mills. Today, as I entered the Oakdale mill, I stopped by the bluebird boxes. It’s not on my job description, but I always check the …

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 Out Your Life Song” is from my November project, The …

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 Book List. These are the books that occupy a special …

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 read earlier chapters at www.creekbank.net/blog.    Roma uno die non …

A Remarkable Word: Telelastai

A word from Curt curt@creekbank.net ___________________________________ Today’s post is brief, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t significant. It concerns what I believe to believe the most important word spoken in history. Telestai. I’m no Greek scholar, so I’m not even sure how to pronounce it, but in that language it means, “paid in full.” It’s the …

Wow! Post #1297

Scroll down to order your copy of As the Crow Flies. #1297 Blog Posts and Counting Stay Curious. Be Amazed. Tell Remarkable Stories. That’s how I’ve gotten to nearly thirteen hundred posts on the Creekbank Blog.  I’m always curious, easily amazed, and love hearing (and telling) remarkable stories. It’s really that simple. As we approach …

Growing up in a Small Community: The Rich Life of Eva Cole

Growing up in a Small Community: The Rich Life of Mrs. Eva Cole “Oh, those small communities . . . “ -John Mellencamp   I grew up in Dry Creek, Louisiana. It would be an exaggeration to call it a town. It would be pretentious to call it a village. Reeves is a village. Dry Creek …

In the Wilderness

Wednesday, January 25, 2017   This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. -King David in his wilderness time from  Psalm 34:6 In the Wilderness I’m still learning this: Sometimes God delivers us out of the wilderness, but often he instead chooses to walk with us through …

It’s LLL Day (Life Long Learner)

Like most of you, I’m committed to being a Life Long Learner. It’s an attitude. It’s a habit. It’s the desire of my heart. It defines my mantra: Stay curious. Be Amazed. Tell Stories. “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; the second best time is today.”           …