The Pineywoods Manifesto: Humility! You Didn’t Get Where You Are Alone

Life is a long journey, and you don’t get where you are alone. “He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple to get there.”                             – Comment on ...

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You can help with our September Africa Trip!

  DeDe and I are excited . . . and somewhat nervous. We will both return to Africa in September to be part of what God is doing in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and beyond. This will be our first trip back since leaving in ...

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A Remarkable Story: Why our Freedom is Never Free

Stay Curious Be Amazed Share Remarkable Stories As you end a fine Memorial Day weekend, may I remind all of us that our freedom isn’t free. Generations of Americans died on battlefields and asea to preserve the amazing freedom we have in America. I just ...

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The Books that have Shaped My Life.

Stay Curious Be Amazed at Life  Tell Remarkable Stories A Word from Curt   The 5 books that have most shaped my life. I encourage you to have a reading list for 2018.  I hope you include in this list what I call your Life ...

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Pineywoods Rule: Always Remember Where You Came From

A word from Curt This is another chapter in my upcoming e-book, A Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s a collection of anecdotes and lessons for my four grandsons. Today’s story will be part of a speech I’ve giving Tuesday night to the 150 Honor Graduates in my ...

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The Pineywoods Manifesto: Good Things Take Time

  A word from Curt: I’m writing an e-book entitled A Pineywoods Manifesto. It’s for my four grandsons (who have great dads) plus the many young men without a positive male role model to teach them the things every man needs to know. You can ...

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An Honest Day’s Work for . . .

From the upcoming e-book, A Pineywoods Manifesto: Field Notes on the Full Life by Curt Iles.   “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” -Solomon in Ecclesiastes 9:10   An Honest Day’s Pay for an Honest Day’s Work In the ...

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A Pineywoods Manifesto: Chapter 1 Part 2: Eye to Eye

  We’re (yes, you’re part of this project) writing an e-book entitled, A Pineywoods Manifesto: Field Notes to the Full Life. It’s written to my grandsons as well as those young men who haven’t had a male role model to teach the basics of life. ...

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An Essential Life Skill: Shake Like a Man

  A Pineywoods Manifesto: Thoughts on the Full Life I’m writing an e-book for my four grandsons. It’s also for young men who have no male role model to teach them these simple but essential life skills. Today’s chapter is entitled “Shake Like a Man.” Shake ...

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Some Upcoming Remarkable Events from the Creek

A Word from Curt We’re on a journey and our map is: To stay curious. Continue to be amazed at life. Share Remarkable* Stories with our friends and readers.   *A remarkable sound: a dueling duet between a Cardinal and Mockingbird in our backyard. I wonder ...

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A Remarkable Man: Playing Catch with My Dad

A Word from Curt Last night when the Astros won an improbable 1-0 10 inning victory over the Padres, I wanted to call my Dad and discuss the bizarre ending of the game. But I can’t.  Today, April 8, marks fifteen years since his death. ...

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A Remarkable Day: April 6 is Whipoorwill Day

A word from Curt This afternoon my oldest grandson Noah and I will slip into the edge of Kisatchie National Forest near Woodworth. We won’t have our guns. Turkey season doesn’t open until tomorrow. We’ll be there (rain or not) to look and listen. I’m ...

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A Remarkable Word: Telelastai

A word from Curt curt@creekbank.net ___________________________________ Today’s post is brief, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t significant. It concerns what I believe to believe the most important word spoken in history. Telestai. I’m no Greek scholar, so I’m not even sure how to pronounce it, ...

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A Remarkable Story: The Corporal and the Colonel

A word from Curt  My calling: Stay Curious Never Cease to be Amazed. Share Remarkable Stories.   The following story, from our second book, The Old House, always moves me when I read it again. It really happened and I was there to see it.  ...

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