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A Memorial Day Story for the Ages: 24,550 extra days of life

A Soldier’s Story Memorial Day 2012   It was a call I’d dreamed of :   “Sir, I’m contacting you because of your research on Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Leroy Johnson.  My father was with him in Company K on December 15, 1944.  In ...

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Riding the Sunset Limited with a girl named Elizabeth

  “I’m a thousand miles away from home Waiting on a train.”  -Jimmie Rodgers If you’ve been following my social media this week,  you know I’ve been on a adventure. Monday afternoon I caught Amtrak’s Sunset Limited in Lake Charles and rode it to Los ...

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A devotion for the birds

For the birds May is a great month for birds. This morning was foggy with humidity you could stir with a stick, but it didn’t phase the birds. They slept in a few minutes and began their rituals slightly later. The bluebirds won the morning ...

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“I Come to the Garden . . . .”

In the Garden It’s always been one of my favorite places. The prayer garden at Dry Creek Camp. It was evidently one of Harvey Jones’s also. He wanted his ashes spread there. His memorial service was yesterday.  It was a celebration of a richly lived ...

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Land of the Pines April 2012

"Louisiana's piney woods is completely different from well-known parts of our state like New Orleans and Cajun country.

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Wed. March 7 What is a “whupping stick”?

This is a favorite chapter of readers of The Wayfaring Stranger. Enjoy! Joe looked at the knife he already knew too well. He had felt its cold steel against his neck. He was facing a killer and he was now at a great disadvantage. They ...

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What to do with a “whupping stick.”

  The Wayfaring Stranger Chapter  38       On the third day after Joe Moore had disappeared from Ten Mile,  Amos Long and his men were sitting around a campfire, talking, drinking, and laughing  when a boy arrived. The boy, about ten or eleven, walked up ...

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Press Release: Sat. Feb. 25 Book event at Hastings Alexandria

Today’s Quote and Weather Report :  “For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.”  -George Glissing.   ...

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Louisiana History: May 1922

The true birth of Dry Creek Baptist Church   Most ‘Dry Creekers’ agree that this spot is Morrow Bridge.  I do know our church and the camp also baptized toward Three Bridges. I’m not sure if the date on the photo is May 22, 23, ...

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Creekbank Stories: Current and Future Book Titles

Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories   http://www.creekbank.net   Represented by Chip MacGregor/MacGregor Literary. Publicist: Sycomm/Lake Charles, LA Speaking: Christian Speakers Services Dallas, TX A Spent Bullet   First book in “Louisiana Skies” series     Historical Fiction       Status:  Finished 95,000 words Key word:  Moving! Premise:  Can two young people—a Milwaukee ...

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Book Event in Alexandria, LA Feb. 25 Hastings Books

We are excited about our upcoming book event in Alexandria, LA on Feb. 25 Notice, we didn’t say “book signing” although that will be part of the festivities from 2:00-5:00 PM. Hastings Books is an excellent book venue located in MacArthur Village near the junction ...

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‘Uncle Sam’, our new Louisiana children’s book. A companion to ‘A Spent Bullet’

      “Children are enjoying the book nearly as much as the adults.” The recent release of our new children’s book, Uncle Sam: A Horse’s Tale,  has been a great experience.  This early reader tells the story of Sam, a US Cavalry horse who ...

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Snapshots from a full life

Thursday, Feb. 9 I’ve blessed with so many things and people in my life.  Here are a few snapshots from my heart.    

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A Spent Bullet Chapter 7: Words and Letters

Author’s Notes: In chapter 6, Elizabeth Reed’s grandmother Ma and her younger brother Ben hatched a scheme to get Elizabeth corresponding with a solider.  The plot thickens in chapter 7.  Enjoy. I’m writing discussion questions for book clubs and Accelerated Readers.  I’d appreciate your help ...

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