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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Connect

There are numerous ways to join us at Creekbank Stories.   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  Amazon:   Curt Iles/Creekbank Facebook Followers     https://www.facebook.com/TheCreekTribe/ Facebook Friends:   Creekbank Stories X/Twitter:     Curt Iles Creekbank  

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Blog 1500: The Cardinal and Mr. Smith’s Plane

    Today’s Creekbank Blog Post is number 1500 in a long string of blog posts stretching back to June 2006. You can trace them all back by scrolling our blog posts at www.creekbank.net After you read “The Cardinal and Mr. Smith’s Plane,” we believe you’ll enjoy this story on YouTube  as well as our Audio Podcast. The Cardinal and Mr. …

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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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Know Those Who Serve You

  Know Those Who Serve You   I wrote this story for my Grandsons. I believe you’ll enjoy it, too.   “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” -Jesus in Luke 6:31 ESV “You can tell a great deal about a man from how he treats those who serve him.”   His name was Raymond, and we …

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Screen Door Living

Folks are enjoying many ways to enjoy the Creek:   AUDIO: You’ll enjoy stories  as you drive or work at the  Creekbank Audio Podcast.   VIDEO:  Visit our YouTube Channel to join Curt on the Old House porch as he shares stories weekly. FACEBOOK: Follow us at The Creek Facebook Page. Become a Facebook Follower and keep up with news from The …

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Visit The Creek on YouTube, Audio Podcast, and Facebook.

Here are ways to stay abreast weekly of what’s happening at The Creek: AUDIO: You’ll enjoy stories that resonate at our Creekbank Audio Podcast. VIDEO:  Visit our YouTube Channel to join Curt on the Old House porch as he shares stories weekly. FACEBOOK:  Follow us at The Creek Facebook Page. Become a Facebook Follower and keep up with news from The …

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Putting my friends, Noah and Maggie, to bed . . . for now

We are putting Where We All Belong for a rest. Sea Change: A NOTE TO MY READING FRIENDS Because of your encouragement and investment, I wanted you to hear this from me: After nearly two years of researching, writing, and editing, I am putting aside my historical fiction novel,  Where We All Belong, for now.  I’ve carefully put Maggie, Noah, Pieter, …

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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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