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Prayer

A Word from Curt Thank you for praying for us. I have been well all week with only one day of sickness. I am so grateful.   My sweet wife DeDe is the most spiritual person I know.  I envy her steady intimate walk with ...

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“Have you ever met one of your American Presidents? I met two on this beach.”

Chapter 5 : Henry     I met Henry among the ruins of Lampuuk on our first visit there. It had been over eleven weeks since the tsunami. Henry lived in a tent not far from the only remaining building in Lampuuk: the local Mosque. ...

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The Silent City. The Sad City.

We’re continuing with excerpts from Hearts across the Water.  This collection is a memoir from the year 2005 and three events that shook the world:  the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I was part of a Louisiana medical team that landed in ...

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The Tsunami: “When the water buffaloes ran inland, we should’ve known . . .”

  A word from Curt  Over the next month, we’re sharing stories from our 2005 book, Hearts across the Water. This is my fourth short story collection and is set during the two twin hurricanes that struck Louisiana that year. Although the majority of the ...

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Hearts across the Water: Three Cities

A word from Curt    Over the next month, we’re sharing stories from our 2005 book, Hearts across the Water. This is my fourth short story collection and is set during the two twin hurricanes that struck Louisiana that year. Although the majority of the ...

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Thoughts on Shooting Cecil

I’m sure you’ve followed the recent furor over Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion/Dentist Killer story.  Here’s my take. Shooting Cecil   The headlights illuminated his silhouette. He was crouched in the edge of the tall grass. I’d been hunting for him all week. One of us ...

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The Week that Was: Photos and Sketches

The Week that Was   Be a superhero.  Write. Share. Influence your World.           A word from Curt Each weekend, I have my weekly review.  It’s an opportunity to look back over the past week. (I split my review from Saturday ...

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Three Words

    We’ve just posted a new story letter.  Click here to read “3 Words” and see the photos. Thanks for being part of The Creek Tribe. Curt  

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Faithful unto Death

Faithful unto Death  Markus Giwa is a missionary in South Sudan. He and his family live in difficult conditions in the capital of Juba. Markus was sent by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Much of the most effective mission work in Africa is being done cross-culturally ...

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36 Years and Going Strong

Scroll down for “Director’s Cut Comments” on our wedding photo. 36 Years and Going Strong Let me set this straight. I married way above myself. Men, don’t laugh. Most of you are in the same category. The night in 1976 when I get the courage ...

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Thoughts on the Victory Dancer

  Today would be the 81st birthday of my Dad, Clayton Iles. Spending the month of July in the house he built has brought back such a flood of good memories. He was fun. He was solid. He was my Daddy   “A giant has ...

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A Reader Favorite: The Wash Spot on Crooked Bayou

The Wash Spot on Crooked Bayou Hear Curt read this story. The darkness always comes more quickly down in the swamp. I’m always amazed to come out of the dark woods at dusk using a flashlight, and then upon entering the open fields, realize there ...

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The Birds on Crooked Bayou: Who Owns the Land?

I’ve been reacquainting myself with the land where my roots are deepest. It’s been neat walking the fire lanes and fence rows that make up the end of Clayton Iles Road. I’m renewing friendships with the summer birds of Louisiana.  They are so different from ...

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God’s Timing Is Always Right

  During this season of my life, I’m learning about God’s timing on our Life Road.  It seldom matches ours but is always the best. The story behind this poem is found at the end of post. You can listen to the Audio Podcast read ...

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