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The Week that Was

A word from Curt Review It’s a good word. It’s means looking back with a purpose. Not living in the past but learning from it. Friday and Saturday are the days I look back over the past week and plan for the coming week. Here ...

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Will It Last? A gut check on cynicism

A word from Curt We continue our summer camp journey. The following story is a reminder about avoiding cynicism. The story,  “Will It Last” is featured in our book, Stories from the Creekbank.    Will it Last? It’s a full house in the Tabernacle tonight. ...

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Red Touch Yellow

A Word from Curt Two words:  Summer Camp I’ve been at Summer Church Camp for the past two weeks.  There’s nothing like a week with preteeners to be reminded of the joys of life, camp, and much more. Next week (June 27)  I return to ...

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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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Two Enduring Lessons.

Pa and Doten

One taught me how to live . . . The other taught me how to die.   They’ve both been gone for nearly half a century. I was seven and ten, respectively when my paternal great grandparents died. We called them Pa and Doten, and ...

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The Sweet Smell of Honeysuckle

                                                                A honeysuckle bouquet from Crooked Bayou Swamp   Honeysuckle time is when I ...

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The Regret-Free Life: Sliding into Home

A Word from Curt     Baseball season opened this weekend. Our beloved Houston Astros were scheduled to begin play today in New York against the Yankees. Rained out. Baseball shouldn’t be played north of the Mason Dixon Line until May. As my son Clay ...

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The Tomb is Still Empty

It’s amazing that my deepest image of Easter doesn’t come from a memorable sermon, movie, or a book. My Easter theology was shaped by a simple country woman married to a former Texas Ranger.  Her name was Lucille Mosley and she lived on Greentown Loop ...

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Two Truths That Never Change

A word from Curt  This is one of my favorite African images. It’s near the entrance to a large refugee camp in northern Uganda. The sign is homemade and heart felt. If you love people, people will love you. 2. Trust God.   About 82.7% ...

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Two Doors

The Civic Center Doors 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. ...

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Miz Girlie’s Prayer Tree

Trelvis and Phil Thomas. The inspiration for this story from The Wayfaring Stranger. Miz Girlie’s Prayer Tree The follow scene from our first novel, The Wayfaring Stranger, tells of Irish immigrant Joe Moore’s arrival in western Louisiana. The Irishman has been befriended by Miz Girlie ...

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What a novelist does.

“The historian tells what happened. The novelist tells how it felt.” -E.L. Doctorow     As many of you know, I’m in the midst of writing our fourth novel, As the Crow Flies. It’s the third book in the Westport Trilogy (the first books are ...

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36 Years and Going Strong

Scroll down for “Director’s Cut Comments” on our wedding photo. 36 Years and Going Strong Let me set this straight. I married way above myself. Men, don’t laugh. Most of you are in the same category. The night in 1976 when I get the courage ...

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A Reader Favorite: The Wash Spot on Crooked Bayou

The Wash Spot on Crooked Bayou Hear Curt read this story. The darkness always comes more quickly down in the swamp. I’m always amazed to come out of the dark woods at dusk using a flashlight, and then upon entering the open fields, realize there ...

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