Encouragement!

Leadership 101: “I want to thank you . . .”

  On Leadership   As I begin my 68th year on Planet Earth, I can sum up what I’ve learned about leadership in one sentence: “I want to thank you ahead of time for doing this, and I know you won’t disappoint me.” I’ve been a youth leader, parent, coach, teacher, principal, camp manager, missionary, and now a grandfather. That …

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Professor Cavanaugh’s Best Lecture

Audio Podcast of “Professor Cavanaugh’s Best Lecture. ”   A word from Curt Teacher. There’s no higher calling. Few professions can influence as much as a dedicated teacher. The best teacher I ever met was Charles Cavanaugh. This is his story. “Yes, God’s will—most often—is simply doing the best we can, right where we are.” Professor Charles J. Cavanaugh and …

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My Life Statement

  My Life Statement: What Really Matters As of Tuesday, July 2, 2024 Throughout my adult life, I’ve kept a journal of my priorities, which I call “My Life Statement.” I’m sharing them to encourage you to develop your own statement. Make it personal.  Write it down. Do it now. I fall short in every word and sentence below, but …

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How to Ride an Escalator Part 2

  How to get on an Escalator  Part 2   We’ll be updating “Escalator Stories” this week at www.creekbank.net Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1   How do you get on an escalator? Very carefully With faith. Emma, Eliza, and I stood at the foot of the longest, steepest …

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How to Join the Creekbank Family

OLD HOUSE AGLOW

We love it when readers/listeners choose to become a part of The Creek Family. There are all kinds of ways to join:  VIEW/Subscribe   Join Curt on the Creekbank YouTube Channel:   @curtiles56 LISTEN  Listen/Subscribe to the Creekbank  Audio Podcast. READ    You can read over 1500 blog posts (stretching back to 2009) at www.creekbank.net FOLLOW Become a Creekbank Facebook follower at  …

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Leadership: Thoughts on “Stewardship”

    Thoughts on Stewardship   Saturday, June 1 It’s the first day of a new month. June 1. It’s the first day of hurricane season. June 1. It’s my birthday. Number 68. 68. That’s a lot of hurricane seasons in Louisiana.   June 1. It could be considered the half mark of the year. It’s a good time to …

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A Memorial Day Story Worth Telling: A Soldier’s Story

A Note from Curt: As long as I’m alive, the story of Sgt. Leroy Johnson will be remembered.     It’s a story worth telling, worth passing on.  We need to be reminded that freedom is never free. It’s important to remember stories of heroes who paid with their lives for our American freedom. There is no better example of …

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Thoughts the Manly Handshake

Thoughts on a Manly Handshake It’s an art every leader must master. Let’s delve into the cultural significance of the manly handshake, a unique aspect of our Louisiana Pineywoods region. Sometimes it’s called a manshake. A man-shake is firm instead of its opposite number, the dead fish/damp washrag handshake. Men in our area are judged by their handshake. It can …

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Resolve

    Resolve This week I’m thinking about the word “Resolve “ and its double first cousins, Grit, Determination and Perseverance. “Resolve: to act with determination, boldness, steadfastness, and faith.” Resolve: it’s a good word to have in our toolbox.

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The Best Trade: A Christmas Tree for a Basket of Jelly  

    The Best Trade: A Christmas Tree for a Basket of Jelly This story from my first book, Stories from the Creekbank, is still a favorite of readers of all ages. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to all of my friends. -Curt Christmas jelly is probably my favorite holiday gift. Yearly, I receive this present from a …

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Bald-Faced Liars

  A Bald-Faced Liar “He’d rather climb a tree to tell a lie rather than stand on the ground and tell the truth.”   Where I come from, calling someone a bald-faced liar are fighting words. What’s the difference between a lie and a bald-faced lie? A lie is telling untruth. It’s wrong. It’s a sin. “Do not swear false …

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“A Tree Fell on the Old House.”

“The Old House at Night.”  by Bill Iles 1963 “A Tree Fell on the Old House.”   “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”    Proverbs 23:7 I’ve always dreaded it, but knew it’d happen one day.  My sister’s message was short, “A tree fell on the Old House last night during the storm.” Before I tell you …

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One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.    Psalm 32:8   I grew up on a one-mile stretch of gravel road in Dry Creek. Our house was the only house at the dead end of this narrow country lane. My Dad always …

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A Mentor Named Fox Conner

A Remarkable Mentor named Fox Conner. You’ve probably never heard of Major General Fox Conner.  He had an outstanding career spanning the Spanish-American War through the post-World War I years. There are three names marking him as remarkable: Patton, Marshall, and Eisenhower. Fox Conner evidently had the skill of bonding with young officers as a mentor and friend. It started …

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