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Podcast: Sept 5

01 Leaning trees 1 “Leaning Trees” is a reader favorite from Hearts across the Water. It’s more than a story about pines trees after a hurricane, it’s about not giving up on people, especially young people.

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Wed. Sept. 1 Bent Trees are still Strong

This is a poem by my dear cousin, Mary V. Iles Hudson.  She lives in Lake Charles and is full of live at 90+. She is one of the last remaining great-grandchildren of my heroes in The Wayfaring Stranger/A Good Place,  Joe and Eliza Moore. ...

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Fri. Aug. 27: Gen. Patton in SW La.

“Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.”   –George Patton George Patton was an integral part of the 1941 La. Army Maneuvers.  In the movie, “Patton”, he refers to Louisiana and the maneuvers in his famous “American Flag” opening speech. The following scene ...

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Weeds and Seeds Tues. Aug. 24

Full Moon Living with a sense of wonder:  Full moon rises tonight@ 7:36 PM CDT/ Lake Charles. If the moon only rose yearly, or even monthly, or periodically like an eclipse, we’d turn out school to watch it.  The sight of this huge satellite rising ...

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Fri. Aug. 20

Special thanks to the Camp Bethany family for letting me stay and write at your camp.  Thanks to Robert and Joan, David and Derinda, Kelli, and staff. Camp Bethany is a beautiful Baptist Camp west of Shreveport on the Texas/La. line. A Spent Bullet: Coming ...

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Tues. August 17

“It is in spending oneself that one becomes rich.”   -Sarah Hernhardt   “Lord, may today be a day of life and giving in my life. Amen.” I’m gathering Oxen stories.  Do you know any of know of any oxen experts in your community?

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Sun. Aug. 15

On Getting Things Done…. “I’ve got to do this, and I can’t do it alone.” It’s that necessary tension between taking the ball in your hands vs. realizing you cannot do anything alone. I learn (and re-learn) it each time I write a book.  So ...

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Fri. Aug. 13 An unlucky day for the wild horses

Help!  The Army is planning to remove/sterilize the wild horses of Kisatchie National Forest.  Many are descendants of the escaped cavalry horses from the La. Maneuvers. I’m writing a children’s book on them, Uncle Sam: A Horse’s Tale. Spread the word that removing these horse ...

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Thur. Aug. 12

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The Ripple Effect

As requested by faithful reader and friend Mona Gibbs, here is my story, “The Ripple Effect.” The Ripple Effect From the book,  Wind in the Pines by Curt Iles           Copyright 2004   Creekbank Stories. Do all the good you can, ...

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Good Words to Remember

I asked my friend Randy Smith for permission to share his personal resolutions.  I believe they’ll be a blessing to you. I like each of them, including “Listen to the Martins.”   Birds are one of God’s gifts to us reminding us of his creation and ...

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Wed. Aug. 4

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.  -Thomas Carruther Thoughts on revising a 90,000 word novel: “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.” Morale is the single greatest factor in successful wars. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Tues. Aug. 3

Down in the Well “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”   Proverbs 3:4 My neighbor Dudley Mercer tells a story from his Dry Creek childhood.  His family farm had a 35-foot deep well on which they relied ...

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Mon. August 2

“Let another praise you…” The Parable of the Big Mouth Frog. Share this simple proverb with your children. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. …. Proverbs 27:2 There is a memorable proverb about a big-mouthed ...

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