Branded

Branded A lesson on keeping your mouth shut I came of age in the 1960’s and early 70’s. It was a time of great upheaval and change in America. I saw the events of this time one by one on TV – the assassinations and an unpopular war that brought down one president followed by the political underhandedness that brought …

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Revival in Shreveport Aunt Margie

Aunt Margie and the “Shreveport Revival” (Pictured above) My musical heritage. My great grandmother, Theodosia Wagnon Iles, on the fiddle, my grandfather Lloyd Iles “playing the saw” and my barefooted Aunt Margie Nell Iles Walker on the piano. This picture is circa 1950 and taken at The Old House in Dry Creek. The Revival comes to Shreveport This story on …

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An Unbroken Circle

The following story comes from my second book, The Old House. An Unbroken Circle of Music One of life’s greatest joys is gathering with friends and family to share together in something we all enjoy. It may be fishing, playing dominoes, or just eating a meal together. But anything we do with those we love multiplies the joy. Therefore, on …

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Book Signing

Book signing this Tuesday. I really do enjoy book signings. It’s always an opportunity to see old friends as well as a chance to make new friends and readers. This week’s book signing is Tuesday May 12 at the Fontenot Memorial Library in Vinton. If you’re in the area, come by from 2:30-4:30 or 5:30-7:30 PM If you have friends, …

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A Dropped Wedding Ring

A Dropped Wedding Ring I’ve spent my life sitting in the pews, and have seen so many interesting things happen. Most memorable are times when I’ve seen (or heard) items dropped in church. I’ve seen the embarrassment of ushers dropping the collection plate as the coins rolled all over the auditorium I’ve heard songbooks slap loudly as they landed on …

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The Bookmobile: Gift from my Mom

* see additional entry at bottom of blog page. My Mom’s Best Gift (Photo above) A Texas bookmobile circa late 1950’s. My mother, Mary Iles, always described where we lived as “out in the sticks.” we didn’t even really live in the small village of Dry Creek, but out in the nearby woods on the “wrong side of the creek.” …

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“Don’t do it Wolverine!”

Hugh Jackman in “Australia” “Don’t do it, Wolverine.” In November, I was listening to a NPR interview with actor Hugh Jackman. Now I’m not very hip and haven’t seen Jackman in his “X-Men’s” role as Wolverine, the superhero. However, I did enjoy the character he played in the recent, “Australia.” In the above mentioned NPR story, Jackman told of playing …

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Book Plates and A Good Place

This is a “book plate.” It is an adhesive label for placement inside a book cover. If you have any of my six (6) books and do not have a personal autograph, I’ll be happy to send one your way. Here’s how: Email me and include the following. In the subject line, put “Book Plate.” In the text body of …

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Terry marries Sara

Getting married this month Sara Knuckles and Terry Iles It’s hard to believe that Terry, our youngest son, is getting married in less than three weeks. I fell in love with his wife-to-be, Sara Knuckles, long before he did. I met Sara when she first moved to this area as a middle schooler. Being manager of a youth camp, I …

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Unused Power: Thoughts on Curt Green

Unused Power I was born during a period of history when many World War I veterans were still alive. Of all those old men, the one that sticks out was a veteran named Manuel “Curt” Green. Curt Green was one of those country men who had never been anywhere, nor desired to, until World War I broke out. He traveled …

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Sheriff Bishop

Bolivar Bishop, Beauregard Parish Sheriff 1971-2008 My Sheriff I’ve lived in Beauregard Parish for fifty-two years And he was my sheriff for all but sixteen of those years. There have only been three parish sheriffs in my lifetime. I was born under the administration of Sheriff Paul Stark (1948-1972). When he retired, a banker, Bolivar Bishop, was elected. For the …

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The Evening Holler: from Africa

The Evening Holler This group of Zulu (South African) boys are giving the “Dry Creek Hoot Owl Call.” I’d been in their village the week before and shared “The Evening Holler.” They greeted me with it when we returned. It was a neat experience. To read this story– the first one in my first book (Stories from the Creekbank) click …

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Legacy: A Word to Live By

The Sixth Word to live by In the past week we’ve blogged about the six words I strive to live by. Here are the previous ones: compassion/passion, integrity, resolve, gratitude, , and relationships. My final word, and today’s subject is Legacy. Legacy is all about where you end up at. Legacy is about how you’ll be remembered. Anyone can start …

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Goma, DRC Africa

Green Lake, a volcanic lake near Goma, Congo. Eastern Congo is located in a branch of the Great African Rift valley. Because of this, Goma is surrounded by five active volcanoes. With one of the churches we visited in the foreground, Mt. Nyiragongo lets off steam. African stories and faces The walls of African churches are simple. The worship taking …

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