Where I Come From 2024

That Showing-Off Moon of Ours

I looked up at the full moon as it rose last night. “Boy, you’ve had a busy April. First, you totally blacked our closest star, the Sun, during that Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th. You were in the new moon phase but helped put on a show for the ages. “Now, here you are as a full moon showing …

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Thoughts on Dickie Betts: Jessica

“Jessica” Allman Brothers’ guitarist Dickie Betts died last week at 80. His songs, especially ‘Jessica,” have always been my favorite ABB cuts, and he will forever hold a special place in my heart. I’ve listened to the Allman’s since 1972 and still circle back to them several times a year. “Jessica” is an instrumental written for his baby daughter Jessica. …

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She smiled at me, and I was changed.

She smiled at me, and I was changed. Thursday, April 18, 2024    Atrium Oschner’s Hospital  New Orleans, Louisiana   I saw the lady as she passed my table in the busy atrium of Oschner’s Hospital. She was walking briskly, and I immediately saw she had no arms, only nubs that ended past her shoulders. Then I noticed something else. …

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First Snake of the Year

First Snake of the Year   Tuesday, April 16, 2024 It’s mid-April, and the snakes are crawling out of their winter homes.  The warmer nights are the impetus for them to stick their heads above ground. I’ve spent the winter months not worrying about where I walk or put my hands. But that is changing. I’m waiting to see my …

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When Venus and Jupiter Came Out

When Venus and Jupiter Came Out Monday, April 15, 2004 I’ve purposely waited until a week since the eclipse to write about it. I wanted to let the dust settle from the event and my soul. I won’t try to describe how it looked when our sun was completely covered by our moon. You’ve seen the photos, and the images …

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Thoughts on Greetings: The Manly Handshake

Thoughts on a Manly Handshake In a series of upcoming blogs, we’ll discuss the unique greetings found in our Southern culture. We’ll explore handshakes, nods, hugs, tips, winks, and a whole host of unspoken greetings we use here in the Louisiana Pineywoods.* Let’s delve into the cultural significance of the manly handshake, a unique aspect of our Louisiana Pineywoods region. …

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An Obituary I’d Love to Have.

An Obituary I’d Love to Have. One of the reasons I still receive a paper copy of The Town Talk is to read the well-written obituaries submitted by families. I was touched by the concluding sentence of the obit. of Judge Frank Alan Little, Jr in Sunday’s April 7, 2024 edition. “He often remarked that his wife, family, and friends …

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April Fool’s Day 2004 You’ll laugh at this story!

  Join Curt as he reads this story at the Creekbank YouTube Channel:   @curtiles56 Listen at the Creekbank  Audio Podcast or at  Spotify: Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories For more social media contacts, scroll to the end of the newsletter.   Happy April Fool’s Day   I love April Fool’s Day. I’m an unreformed prankster. I’ve pulled some fine pranks on …

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‘Where I Come From’ Chapter Titles and Taglines

            Creekbank Family, My upcoming short story collection is entitled Where I Come From: Field Notes from the Pineywoods. I’ve listed chapter titles and taglines.  I’ll be adding new chapters, so stay tuned. Most of these chapters have been published on the Creekbank.net/blog. Take a look. As always, I welcome your input. questions. and feedback …

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The Old House Comes Alive

Fireplace at Old House

  The Old House Comes Alive Again I leave my mom’s home and walk the short distance to the Old House. It’s sunset and our homestead, built in 1892, stands starkly against the background of Crooked Bayou swamp. I hurry in from the cold and build a fire in the middle room fireplace, my favorite room, where I spent countless …

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Chicke Snakes, Two Sisters, and ‘Falling-Outs.”

    “Chicken Snakes, Two Sisters, and ‘Falling-Outs.’”   I was told this story years ago. It’s still one of my favorites. Two brothers were excellent carpenters and built houses together throughout the hill country near Fredericksburg, Texas.  But one day, they had a falling-out, and the result was that they stopped speaking to each other. Despite that, they continued …

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Outdoor Living: Where is your Prayer Tree?

  Visit our Creekbank YouTube Channel to view Curt reading “Outdoor Life.” Listen to an Audio Podcast of “Outdoor Life.”   Outdoor Living: Where is Your Prayer Tree? Years ago, I visited two of my sweetest friends, Phil and Trelvis Thomas. They lived north of Leesville on Mrs. Trelvis’ family homestead. After coffee, Mrs. Trelvis led me to a nearby …

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The Seed Tree

  Curt’s rendition of “The Seed Tree” can be seen on our Creekbank YouTube channel. Our audio Podcast is also available at Spotify. The Seed Tree I’ve been studying this majestic Loblolly pine for over thirty years. It’s located along LA Hwy 113 after you cross the Calcasieu River and enter Louisiana’s No Man’s Land. It caught my eye because it …

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