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Mon. Nov. 22: The Gratitude-Filled Life

Our theme for the week at the Creekbank is living with thankfulness. I like to call it “The Gratitude-Filled Life.”  It’s the state of being thankful to God for each and every blessing in our lives. I caught the gratitude-bug when I saw this sign ...

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Fri. Nov. 19: Faith, Speech, and more

On Prayer: The first purpose of prayer is to know God.   -Charles L. Allen “Life without faith in something is too narrow a space in which to live.” – George Lancaster Spalding In Whom is your faith? Today’s Proverb: “A fool’s mouth is his ruin, ...

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Thoughts on Life Mon. Nov. 15

“Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.”   -Carter Lindberg “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”  -David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a ...

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Thur. Nov. 11: Are you from Brooklyn?

I walk into the Lake Charles Books a Million and speak to a young man leaving the store. He stops me. “Sir, are you from Brooklyn?” I nearly laugh. My accent clearly tells you I’m not from Brooklyn. “No, I’m at home right here.” “I’m ...

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Thur. Nov. 11

Click on cover image to see a larger view. Does anyone recognize this tree and its location? Hint: It’s near Dry Creek but not in Dry Creek.

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Fri. Nov. 5

Listen to the Introduction Chapter of Deep Roots Quote of the day: “It don’t cost a nickel to be nice to people.”  -George “Sparky” Anderson, Hall of Fame Baseball Manager.  He died yesterday at 76.  He managed two of the greatest teams of the 20th ...

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Mon. Nov. 1: Bill Iles Art Show in New Orleans

Quote for your day:  Either you run the day or the day runs you. -Jim Rohn I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone. -Bill Cosby It’s a wonderful truth I’ve discovered: in my writing, ...

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The Skeleton of a Story: Deep Roots

The Landmark Pine[CI1]   It’s the lone pine tree on the front/back cover of this book. It’s a landmark tree. Deep roots Rita The Louisiana Landmark Tree The Louisiana Landmark Tree was given to these 28 Live Oaks, forming the entrance way to Oak Alley ...

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Fri. Oct. 22

Quote for your day: You will treat people and relationships differently when you know you are going to reap the harvest in a later season.  -Priscilla Shirer I’m reminded of the words of “Sparky” Anderson, longtime manager of the Cincinnati Reds during the “Big Red ...

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Tues. Oct. 19

Today’s Proverb:  Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses the way.  Proverbs 19:2 ESV A Prayer for the day:  Lord, keep me from two places:  Lagging behind your will for my life and being ahead of your will.  ...

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Mon. Oct. 18 Proverbs 18:9

On the Road Why I write:  I pass a soldier in the DFW Airport. His nametag reads Cross and his patch shows a cross. He’s a Christian Chaplain named Cross. I hand him a copy of “Wayfaring.” He’s on his way back to Afghanistan and ...

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Wed. Oct. 13 A New Word: Plethora

Plethora |ˈpleθərə| noun ( a plethora of) an excess of (something) : a plethora of committees and subcommittees. • Medicine an excess of a bodily fluid, particularly blood. Being a writer, I naturally love words.  I learned a new word this weekend from the best ...

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Tues. Oct. 12 Stewardship

Stewardship: “The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.” Proverbs 12:27 NIV Stewardship is about the wise use of the resources God has placed in our hands and heart.  Stewardship is the result of humility and gratitude. Traveling ...

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A Spent Bullet

Hey ladies, I need your help on this romantic (kind of) chapter in the middle of A Spent Bullet. Here’s the elevator speech on the plot: Elizabeth Reed is a young Louisiana schoolteacher who dislikes soldiers. Harry Miller is a Wisconsin soldier who hates Louisiana. ...

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