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Holding the Rope and The Week

If you missed last week’s Story Letter, you can read it here.    When you pray, you hold the rope. Thank you for covering our writing, speaking, and ministry with prayer. Here are current prayer needs for DeDe and me: I consider it a privilege ...

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A Saddle on a Pig

The Old House, Cover

If you missed yesterday’s story letter,  click here to read. Erik and Yvonne Pederson had been on my mind all week. Yvonne was buried yesterday in her beloved Dry Creek.  I had the privilege of delivering her eulogy. I had spoken at her husband’s funeral ...

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Louisiana Rain: a short post

Louisiana Rain A word from Curt:  Prayer. It’s a powerful word because it links us to a powerful God. The following story occurred this week during my chaplain work at Roy O. Martin’s two mills. Enjoy. Stay curious. Be amazed. Tell a story   While ...

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A Tall Pine Knot Pile: Thoughts on Earthly Treasure

Dry Creek’s finest and biggest pine knot pile in the yard of my friends, Mark and Kari Miller. The following is a short sad story on how I lost my own pile. Earthly treasures, pine knot piles, and 401 (K) accounts All of a sudden, ...

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The Friendship Lane: Thoughts on Getting Along

    Yesterday’s post concerned the issue of land ownership in Uganda.  If you missed it,  you can read,  “This Land Ain’t for Sale” here.     The story featured in both the podcast (audio) and post (below) is called “The Friendship Lane.”  It’s one ...

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Dead Tree . . . Deep Roots

A Dead Tree with Deep Roots This morning I went by to check on one of my favorite trees in the whole world. As my youngest son Terry and I left our deer stand deep in Crooked Bayou Swamp, we made a detour through the ...

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A Life Lesson: One Step at a Time

A word from Curt The word is faith. It’s a hopeful word. It has to do with things we cannot see. Yet. Today’s blog means so much to me.  It was a life lesson principle that still guides my life. I shared “One Step” last ...

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Long May It Wave: Independence Day

That Flag A word from Curt It’s a good word for today. Freedom.   Trampled Grass is coming your way.  You can pre-order your printed copy here. We’d love to hear your comments on this story. You can use the form at the end of this post or send ...

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The Week Ahead: Holding the Rope

A word from Curt Oxygen.  We cannot live without it. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.  It’s communion between us and the Father.  All made possible by the Son’s sacrifice and release.  And the Spirit guides all believers in how to pray.   DeDe ...

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Homesick!

We’re continuing our summer camp features.  Seth and Terry, two of the campers in this story, are now grown men. Seth is getting ready to hike and bike across Europe. Terry is moving to Boston. I surmise they’ll handle their homesickness. Seth’s Big Camp Day ...

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Sad Eyes

A word from Curt Uno. I’m camp missionary at Living Waters Kid’s Camp this week.  Africa and missions are on my mind.  That’s where this story comes from.   It’s a card game called Uno. You know it as a card game. I call it ...

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Curt@60: It’s Hurricane Season and my birthday.

Read our latest story letter: Excerpts A Word from Curt: Gratitude One of my 6+ Words* for 2016 is Gratitude.  What a wonderful word. My deepest desire is living the gratitude-filled life.  It’s hard to be cynical, bitter, or complacent when we view everything (and ...

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Amazing: A WWII story you’ll have to share

A word from Curt: Amazing!  What a good word. During this current season of my life, my writing (and life) is focused on three things: Staying Curious. Being Amazed. Telling Stories that Resonate. This story, told by my friend and mentor, Ron Perry, is my ...

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A Walk in the Woods

  Come to the woods for here is rest.  -John Muir   The Trail stretches across Arkansas from near Little Rock westward to Oklahoma.  I walked a section last week. Here are images from my trek.               Two slanted ...

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