Day 1: Riding the Sunset Limited to California

 This is day one of a three-part travelogue on my recent train trip to California.  Enjoy! “All Aboard!” The conductor called out. I hefted my backpack and stepped aboard the Amtrak train. “Where are you headed?” “San Francisco.” “That’s a long way’s from here in ...

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Riding the Sunset Limited from Louisiana to California

  “All Aboard!” The conductor called out. I hefted my backpack and stepped aboard the Amtrak train. “Where are you headed?” “San Francisco.” “That’s a long way’s from here in Lake Charles.” “Yes, it is.”   I didn’t reveal the reason for my trip.  He’d probably ...

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The ‘Long-Look’ is the best look.

A story was related to me this week by my friend Jeff James :  a local Mennonite farmer talked about the art of plowing a straight row.  “You’ve got to have the ‘long-look.'” The long-look is always the best look in making good decisions. That’s ...

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On The Journey: Tossing Your Hat Over the Wall

On The Journey Sunday, July 1 Mrs. Audry Tyler, age 90, shuffles past me on her walker.  Another church member says,  “Curt, I heard you’re going to be overseas on missions.” “Yes, we’ll be gone two to three years.” Mrs. Audry, who served me hundreds ...

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Thoughts from the Front Porch

Thursday, June 28 It’s a mockingbird morning. The mockingbird that rules our front yard is a providing a free concert in the (slightly) cooler Louisiana morning. I sit, cup of coffee and Bible, for my quiet time.  In spite of the racket of his 5 ...

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Wed. June 27

When Greg gets to Heaven   Greg Johnson is one of my friends. He’s also a hero and mentor.  I’ve learned way more from Greg than I could ever teach him. Greg lives in Union Hill and serves as a volunteer at Dry Creek Camp.  ...

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The 5 Big Questions of Life

Monday, June 25, 2012 The sun is so bright that I don’t have to prove it exists. I’m blogging this week on 5 of the biggest questions of life. This is certainly not an exhaustive list.  It is also not the only list.  I’d love ...

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On the Journey: Compelled

Thursday, June 21, 2012 Curt and DeDe Iles        Gondor, Ethiopia   circa 2007   Compelled:  to be driven along by a strong force or object. “It’s O.K. to be out on the limb.  That’s where the best fruit is found.” DeDe and I are taking the ...

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We lift our eyes to Heaven . . .

I’m blogging this week from G.A. Girls Camp at Dry Creek. Cade Gibbs leads the song,  “Christ be the center of our lives.                                                        Be the place we fix our eyes.” Young girls singing fills the Tabernacle. ...

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The Stories we hear . . .

Best part of my job:  I collect stories. The best stories I’m hearing now:  from the generation that saved the world.  Our Great Depression/World War II men and women. Join me in collecting their stories.  They’re all around you.  Grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, teachers.  They ...

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A Memorial Day Story for the Ages: 24,550 extra days of life

A Soldier’s Story Memorial Day 2012   It was a call I’d dreamed of :   “Sir, I’m contacting you because of your research on Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Leroy Johnson.  My father was with him in Company K on December 15, 1944.  In ...

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Heartwarmed in the Houston Airport

Everyone has a Story The Houston to Alexandria plane is late. It’s the story of airports:  hurry up and wait. I take my spot at Gate B-66.  Ready to get home to the Louisiana piney woods. It’s then I see her. Let me rephrase that.  ...

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Welcome to Fummat’s Home I don’t know if Fummat lives in the C Terminal restroom at Charlotte Int’l airport but he could. It’s that clean. Before boarding my Houston flight, I make a restroom break.  Freshen up, brush my teeth. This Men’s room in C ...

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A devotion for your day: Le Petit Baton Rouge

This devotion placed in the Blue Ridge Mtn. Christian Writer’s Conference contest.  I hope it blesses your heart. Le Petit Baton Rouge  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. -Jesus in John 13:35 When you step ...

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