Thoughts On Being Spiritually Dry

Thoughts on being spiritually dry. I’m part of a wonderful writers group called “Ripplers.” Our founder and mentor is Houston-area novelist Diann Mills. Our question for the day came from Diann, “What do you do when you’re spiritually dry?” Here is my short list. I ...

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Jesus Was A Walker…

I’m planning an October Appalachian Trail hike. (I don’t want to hear any jokes about that South Carolina governor. He gave all of us A.T. hikers a bad name!)     I pulled out this poem from Stories from the Creekbank. It’s always been a ...

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"A Good Place" Preview

Draft copy of front cover of A Good Place Current draft copy of back cover copy. Your input is always appreciated.       “Deep in the Louisiana piney woods is a good place.”   It’s called “No Man’s Land” and is where Mayo Moore ...

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"A Good Place" In The Making

Our cover is being designed by Chad Smith of The Touch Studios. The painting is by my uncle, Bill Iles. A Good Place tentative release date November 2009 Below is a draft of our Back Cover Text. It is still “too wordy.” All suggestions and ...

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"A Good Place" Book Cover

If I could live my life over, I’d invest it in young people.” -John R. Mott Today I was in Lake Charles at Books a Million studying book cover examples for A Good Place. There I saw one of “The African Queens”: Evan Adams. She ...

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In Defense Of Hillary

Photo: Displaced Persons Camp in shadow of volcano Goma, Congo In Defense of Hillary My blog is not a political site. There are plenty of good blogs of that type available. My writing is more about being a good news reporter with stories of the ...

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"A Good Place" – Chapter 1 Excerpt

  A Good Place     I’m finishing up the final draft on A Good Place. Below is a passage from Chapter 1. It describes the Moore family hunkering under their kitchen table during a surprise La. hurricane in August 1862.   Mayo Moore, then ...

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Integrity

I’m studying the word Integrity this week. It’s one of the “6 Strong Words” I want in my life. I’d be interested in hearing from readers as to how you define Integrity as well as people of integrity in your life. With your permission, I’ll ...

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What Is True Success?

What is true success? If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it’s not success at all. -Anna Quindlen       Last week I inquired of my Facebook ...

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Thoughts From A Good Day

  Thoughts from a good day. “Isn’t life amazing, we go somewhere seeking to be a blessing. Instead, the folks we’ve ‘come to help’ are the blessing to us. It’s a paradox of giving that always amazes and humbles me.” I had the privilege of ...

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Prospective Cover For "A Good Place"

Prospective Cover for A Good Place This is my 201st post on Creekbank blog. To all of you who read, encourage, and comment I extend my heartfelt thanks. This beautiful painting by my uncle, Bill Iles, hangs in the living room of my sister Colleen’s ...

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"We Sang ‘Til The Cows Came Home"

“We sang ’til the cows came home.” I can’t recall a better time than what we had at last Saturday’s “Clayton Iles Singing.” I’ve posted photos below and links to YouTube videos (of some of the performances). Be sure to visit You Tube to see ...

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Liberian Grass Cutting

Liberian Grass Cutting- A lesson in Perseverance. This video shows the Liberian method of grass cutting. It was really neat to see the skill and hard work of these men who used this cutting tool to mow literally dozens of acres at Ricks Institute. Click ...

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Having a Learner’s Lean

  Having a “Learner’s Lean”   Paul had it.* (* keep reading and I’ll share more.) I want it. Throughout history, all great leaders who finished strong possessed it. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll call it the “Learner’s Lean.” Next time you’re in a meeting—whether it ...

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