How to tell a Panhandler from a Truly Homeless person.

How to tell a panhandler from a truly homeless person. Living in the city has been an education for me. Homelessness has always bothered me, but I’ve never been able to get my hands around the presence and problems of homelessness. This led me to become involved in the homeless ministry in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana. I’ve also learned to differentiate …

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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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Aisle Three at Walmart

“Help Needed On Aisle Three”   “Son, there’s only one thing you need to know if you’re going to marry my daughter . . . ” My cousin Mark Roy died suddenly last week.  I am saddened by Mark’s death and am praying for Debbie, their three daughters, and Mark’s mom, Aunt Florence Roy. If there’s one word to describe …

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A Reader Favorite: Bro. Hodges’ Best Sermon

    Bro. Hodges’ Best Sermon The preacher stood in the middle of the muddy red clay road, staring at the problem straight ahead.   It was a long way from his pulpit, so he had no idea he would preach “his best sermon” right here in a few minutes. This preacher standing in the middle of the road was Kenneth …

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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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Living the Unoffended Life

    The Unoffended Life “The unoffended life is the best way to live.” What is the unoffendable life? It’s the mark of a person who doesn’t easily get bent out of shape. They don’t carry a chip on his or her shoulder. They let offenses roll off their back and choose to overlook slights, real or perceived. In the …

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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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Social Media Links to the Creekbank

There are numerous ways to join us at Creekbank Stories. You’re always welcome. Curt   Social Media Links to The Creekbank: Website and blogs:  www.creekbank.net Join Curt as he reads on the Creekbank YouTube Channel:   @curtiles56 Listen to the Creekbank  Audio Podcast or at  Spotify: Curt Iles/Creekbank Stories Amazon:   Curt Iles/Creekbank Facebook Followers     https://www.facebook.com/TheCreekTribe/ Facebook Friends:   Creekbank …

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