. . . and now it begins: Bah Humbug Week

For the next week, through January 1, I’ll share a daily short short story with thoughts to help us all navigate that wonderful week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I lovingly call it “Bah Humbug” Week. It can be the most difficult week of ...

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A Brand New Christmas Story: A Soldier Comes Home

                Another Soldier Comes Home for Christmas I wonder when they finally took his Christmas stocking down. What year did the family remove his vacant chair from the Christmas dining room table? His name was Lt. Commander James ...

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Christmas Eve: “Thoughts on ‘Easy Marks.’ “

  An Easy Mark “I’m a thousand miles from anywhere, waiting for a train.” -Jimmy Rodgers “Waiting for a Train”   Calling someone an “easy mark” is normally not a compliment. We use it in the context of taking advantage of someone and associate it ...

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Christmas Eve-Eve: Dec. 23 “The Hay’s All in the Barn.”

Merry Christmas from the Iles Clan. I wish the very best for you and yours during this Christmas season. Living Gratefully, Curt     The Hay’s in the Barn It’s “Christmas Eve-Eve.” Two days until Christmas. It’s close but there’s still time for planning and ...

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The Best Present Ever

Upcoming book appearances Sat. Dec. 9 Grant Christmas Tree Farm Friday, Dec. 15 2-5 pm Thrifty Way-DeRidder Saturday, Dec. 16  8-noon  Nichol’s DeQuincy   Learn more about Christmas Jelly and our other twelve books at www.creekbank.net The Best Present I Ever Received Chapter 7 from ...

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The Best Christmas Present I Ever Received

Upcoming book appearances Sat. Dec. 9 Grant Christmas Tree Farm Friday, Dec. 15 2-5 pm Thrifty Way-DeRidder Saturday, Dec. 16  8-noon  Nichol’s DeQuincy   Learn more about Christmas Jelly and our other twelve books at www.creekbank.net The Best Present I Ever Received Chapter 7 from ...

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A Day Late: Dec. 6 : Another Serving of Christmas Jelly

My short story collection, Christmas Jelly, was written in 32 chapters.  This allows you (the reader) to enjoy one chapter per day beginning on December 1 and ending on January 1. Here’s today’s serving of Christmas Jelly! Enjoy!  The following fictional short story comes from a story ...

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The First 5 Chapters of ‘Christmas Jelly’ for Dec. 1-5

 Days 1-5 Christmas Jelly   Foreword Most of these stories are true. Others are the invention of my imagination. They’re all from my journals or laptop. Most of all, they’re from my heart. I hope they move you. Go ahead and laugh. Cry. Celebrate. Believe. ...

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The Annual Creekbank Christmas Catalog

                Merry Christmas from the Creek! This Creekbank Christmas Story Letter contains:Foreword to Christmas Jelly The best and shortest chapter in the book. Super sale on Christmas Jelly for unique Holiday gifts. One day sale on our latest ...

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Ways You Can Order ‘As the Crow Flies’

Don’t miss Curt on these book events:  Grant Christmas Tree Farm this Saturday (December 2) as well as next Saturday, December 9.  We’ll also make our final Christmas book signings on Saturday, December 26 at Nichol’s in DeQuincy and Thrifty Way-DeRidder. _______________________ A word from ...

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Sleeping on the Ground

  Scroll down to find how easy it is to get your copy of As the Crow Flies. Sleeping on the Ground   When you sleep on the ground With the stars in your face, You can feel the full length Of the beauty and ...

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A Great Offer + A funny story: “The Shortest Bus Run”

  A word from Curt We have a special offer for you to own the three-book Westport Trilogy. It follows Joe and Eliza Moore through The Wayfaring Stranger, A Good Place, and the final book, As the Crow Flies. Each book is a standalone novel ...

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Coming of Age

Coming of Age: it always involves a good story       Cherry Winche Creek lies deep in the Ten Mile country of western Louisiana. Our new novel, As the Crow Flies, begins when the drifting Cotton family’s wagon breaks down at the creek. ___________________________________________________ ...

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Blog #1300 Our most popular blogs over the years

Blog Post  #1300:  Our Most Popular Blogs Today marks the 1300th blog post I’ve published. According to views and shares, here are some of the most popular: Enjoy! *Scroll to the bottom of this post to order a copy of our newest novel, As the Crow ...

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