A Good Laugh: The US 165 Billboard

I travel US 165 daily in and out of Alexandria. The following billboard (facing southbound traffic Hwy 165) continues to be a source of plenty of conversation.   The small towns up and down US 165 South are infamous for their speed traps.  Evidently, Joey ...

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The Clearcut

  A word to the Creek Tribe: In the coming weeks, we’re going to have fun with several creative book sales.  As I’ve inventoried our backlist of twelve books, I’ve thought,  “We have too many good books in this closet needing to be in the ...

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A Month Called February

What is it about February? I read this excellent essay yearly on February 1. It’s written by Bobb Biehl. Thanks to Chip MacGregor for sharing this four years ago. Enjoy! Curt February habits Whenever we get past the January “new year resolutions” and starting moving ...

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In the Wilderness

Wednesday, January 25, 2017   This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. -King David in his wilderness time from  Psalm 34:6 In the Wilderness I’m still learning this: Sometimes God delivers us out of the wilderness, ...

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Thinking about Transparency

Transparency is a Good Thing. “But he (Jesus) said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” ...

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Two Faces: Refugees and Illegals

I never met Tyler Lundin. At least not when he was alive. My journey to learning about his life and death began on a dusty soccer field near the Nile River in Uganda. Africans wear all manner of American shirts and caps.  I always enjoyed ...

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Life Lessons from Hog Dogs

It’s a new year. Always a good time to think about the speed of life and balance. This story from my childhood sums up what I’m still searching for: the balanced life.   “Come apart or you will come apart.”  – Vance Havener I come ...

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The Tribe: The Most Important Man in Alex

  Welcome to Friday’s The Tribe* Story Letter   The Most Important Man in Alexandria   Always be kinder than necessary. -J.M. Barrie   I didn’t get his name or badge number, but I firmly believe that today—Friday, January 6—he provided the greatest job in ...

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CoCo Harper Lives Again

  From The Old House by Curt Iles “Coco” Harper Lives Recently, they built a new Post Office in Dry Creek. It’s a large modular building complete with glass doors and modern conveniences. Out in front of it, the Postal Service poured a large concrete ...

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Kat King

Current wanted poster in our Alexandria Zip 71307 Post Office. Viewing it brought the following story to mind. A Lady Named Kat To my knowledge Kat King was never featured on a wanted poster, but I still think of here when a see a F.B.I. ...

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“Moving Out” Thoughts on a New Year

    A Word from Curt Grateful. Gratitude is one of my 6+ words for 2017. I’m thankful for the wonderful gifts in my life. Today I’m thankful to have the calling of writing. It’s what I do. Who I am.  I’m thankful that you ...

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December 28: The 100 Foot Line/Bah Humbug Week

  December 28 The 100-Foot Line     There’s a fine stand of young slash pine at Dead Man’s curve on the Longville Road. I’ve watched the growth of this forest since it was clear cut, then replanted in straight rows. The following year, the ...

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“Two Masters” Bah Humbug Week Continues: Dec. 27

December 27   We’re walking you through the week after Christmas.  I call it “Bah Humbug Week.”  It’s a time of recovery from Christmas.  It’s often a difficult week. I believe it’s an essential week.   A time to slow down. A time to take ...

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Bah Humbug Week Begins: 26th of December

  I love Christmas.  I really do. I’d glad it occurs yearly. And glad it only occurs yearly. I call the week after Christmas,  Dec. 26-Jan.1, “Bah Humbug Week.” It’s a week to recover.  It’s a week to reflect.  I use this week to look ...

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