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The One and Only, Rusty Thompson

Rusty Thompson on the highway In the coming weeks, we’ll be blogging our funniest stories. Some will be new and others will be old favorites. The following one, entitled “Rusty” is from my third book, Wind in the Pines. It’s a favorite story of my ...

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Honduras

Church Thermostats . . . Open Windows Pews. . . Boards, Carpet. . . Dirt Floors I’m still full of stories from Honduras. I fully believe folks in other places can teach us as much, or more, than we have to teach them. An example ...

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Honduras Nov. 2011

The Beauty of Honduras. One of the best parts of our Honduran trip was becoming friends with many young people. Stephanie, shown reading from my book, Wind in the Pines, was one of our translators. We are working on a translation of my stories/devotions into ...

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Coca Cola and Honduras

An Armed Guard on the Coca Cola truck Sometimes I think things in the “Developing World” resemble the old American West. I sketched this picture alongside a Honduran highway. One of the Coca Cola workers had a shotgun slung over his shoulder. He was truly ...

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Corazon! A Good Word

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 Santa Ana, Honduras Billy Harper (center) with his pastors “Corazon” My favorite Spanish word A few thoughts on the life and death of Billy Harper My friend Billy Harper arrived back in Louisiana today. When I left him a week ago ...

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Honduras: The Dump

I left my heart at the Tegucigalpha Dump These two pictures are from the city dump outside Honduras’ capital city of Tegucigalpha. Over 300 adults and children live among the dump eking out a living from digging in the trash. Shown above are the crude ...

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Honduras: Looking Back

The Honduran flag’s two blue stripe represent the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The five blue stars are for the original Central American countries: Honduras, Costa Rico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Back from Honduras . . . with lots of stories. We had a great ...

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The Open Door

The Door is Open To be invited into an Honduran house is a great honor and is always a favorite part of any trip. The hospitality of folks in other countries is so wonderful. It seems like the door is always open to visitors . ...

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Travel and Humility

The Humility of Travel Santa Ana, Honduras “I’m a thousand miles away from home, Standing in the rain. A thousand miles away from home, Just waiting on a train.” -Jimmy Rogers “Waiting on a Train.” Travel—especially travel internationally—builds humility. In a foreign land, you’re off ...

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Roy Greene’s Door

Roy Greene’s Door This is a warning: Be careful with the doors at the Lake Charles Civic Center! I was there last week and as I entered the men’s room, I recalled Roy Greene’s story. The Lake Charles Civic Center opened thirty years ago. Amazingly, ...

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Why I Write

Why I write I write for influence. The written word can travel into places– and hearts– far away from where we are. This is a picture of Josh Miller, a great great great great grandson of Joe and Eliza Moore. Josh is a student at ...

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Coming Home to Sugartown

Another Iles comes home to Sugartown My Iles ancestors came to what is now Beauregard Parish in about 1819. Before you begin to think I’m puffed up about that, remember this: Most early settlers of this part of Louisiana called “The Outlaw Strip” were runninElg ...

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A Handup . . . not a Handout

“A Hand up… not a Handout” From the book, Hearts Across The Water by Curt Iles Background: After the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, I traveled there with a medical group. In a small village called Garut, I listened in on the ...

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An Enduring Marriage of 77 Years

76 years of marriage—no, make that 77. They were always together. In my fifty years of knowing them, I can seldom recall seeing one without the other. And that’s how Uncle Gordon and Aunt Letha will live on in my heart. With the recent death ...

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