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Both Sides Now

Stories about Africa with a Louisiana twist.

The Juxtaposition of “who owns this land.”

Ignore that fancy word. Juxtapositon. It simply means comparing and contrasting. How is an orange like an apple?  How is it different. It’s a big part of how my mind works as I take three steps daily: Being curious Being Amazed. Being Moved to tell ...

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Branded! Laugh and Enjoy

1. Stay Cuious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Share Stories. That’s basically what I do. It’s who I am. I have a curious soul and a love of stories. It often gets me in trouble but always results in memorable stories.   The story below is ...

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The Tsunami: “When the water buffaloes ran inland, we should’ve known . . .”

  A word from Curt  Over the next month, we’re sharing stories from our 2005 book, Hearts across the Water. This is my fourth short story collection and is set during the two twin hurricanes that struck Louisiana that year. Although the majority of the ...

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Hearts across the Water: Three Cities

A word from Curt    Over the next month, we’re sharing stories from our 2005 book, Hearts across the Water. This is my fourth short story collection and is set during the two twin hurricanes that struck Louisiana that year. Although the majority of the ...

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The Birds on Crooked Bayou: Who Owns the Land?

I’ve been reacquainting myself with the land where my roots are deepest. It’s been neat walking the fire lanes and fence rows that make up the end of Clayton Iles Road. I’m renewing friendships with the summer birds of Louisiana.  They are so different from ...

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The Harvest always follows the Plowing.

Plowing and The Harvest.   Enjoy the audio of this story. 1. Be Curious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Tell about it.   I get in lots of trouble being curious. But I also learn so much. The best stories begin with a simple question,  “I ...

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Irony, Solitude, Vocation, and Bob White Quails

The Week that Was It was more than ironic. I spent two days in the culinary capital of the United States: New Orleans. And I have no appetite for their wonderful seafood, soul food, po-boys, and beignets. We saw our doctor(s) at Tulane Medical.  They ...

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Happy and Sad

The voice spoke from the desert darkness, “Pick up stones and you will be happy and glad.”   There’s a mythical story concerning a trading caravan traveling through the Sahara Desert. After a long day, they camped in a wadi, a dry river bed. About ...

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Update: From Louisiana

  Sojourn:   a temporary stay.   Friday,  3 July    You’ve held the rope by praying! DeDe and I have been traveling since Tuesday night. Here’s a quick update: -We left Uganda at midnight on June 30. (Our time zone there is 8 + ...

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“Keep ‘er Between the Ditches.”

  A word from Curt Many of you are praying and holding the rope for us. Thank you. My dysentery bug has left me.  I hope for good. Pray for our trip this weekend to South Sudan.   “Keep ‘er between the ditches.” -Parting words ...

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Riding the Cyclone

  Clack . . . Clack . . . Clack. The rollercoaster slowly climbs the steep incline up the wooden carriage. I hear the boards below the rails strain and creak. I wonder when’s the last time they tightened the bolts and nuts. As always, ...

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Homesick Water

I’m sure every road-weary man around that wilderness campfire never forgot the moment. That sacred moment. A gift of love delivered at great risk and cost. Homesick Water   It’s strange the things you miss on an extended sojourn. That’s especially true in Africa. The ...

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At Garissa Part III

Tested faith can become stronger faith.   A word from Curt Today concludes the third part of a story,  “At Garissa.” It’s built around a recent tragedy in Kenya where Al Shabab terrorists killed nearly 150 college students. It is a harrowing story that has ...

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New Blood II: Dry Creek to Uganda

  Sunset on Banda Island, Lake Victoria Uganda New Blood II: Gotta have it. Yesterday, we shared about the need for new  blood in any organization and ministry. If you missed this blog about our new team member, JD Hull, and a guitar player named ...

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