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On Monday we were scheduled to leave on the morning jet for Anchorage, where we have Officers Councils this week. Officers Councils is our pastoral retreat where all of the officers in The Salvation Army across Alaska gather for some business, some fellowship, some teaching and some much-needed R&R. We were excited to go, and so we waited with everyone else as the Era flight was cancelled and the Alaska Air flight...
Oct 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The Peace Of Morning Madness
There is a wonderful smell in the air in the mornings, but the madness keeps me from noticing sometimes. The air is crisp, the wind is sharp, and the rain beats the browning grasses into their long winter sleep. The smell of dead grass and decaying foliage from the bushes and trees sounds disgusting at the telling, but brings about many great memories of times long past. As the dogs and I walk along Mission Beach ...
Oct 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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St. Paul youth to share burritos and faith
Some show their philanthropy by writing checks to charities and organizing fundraisers. The St. Paul Lutheran youth group shows theirs by cleaning beaches, repairing boardwalks and handing out burritos to those who‘d like a bite to eat. Under the guidance of youth leaders, Matt and Rachel Wyman Dawson, the St. Paul kids will be giving burritos to hungry folks in the downtown area on Sunday, Oct. 7 after preparing ...
Sep 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Peace in the storms
I think that if John Milton would start over and write his poem today about Kodiak, Paradise Lost would not be about the fall of man, but of the great wind. I was walking our dogs one morning this week as the wind pounded and the rain pelted everything in sight. As we walked along, I was enchanted by everything that in the early morning grey dawn, was being blown along the beach. I watched the long leaves of kelp ...
Sep 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Determining our differences
As a young boy growing up, I was always fascinated by the actions and habits of animals. I watched the animals establish their territories. The deer did it with rubs against trees, the bears did it by reaching to their fullest extension and leaving their marks on the trees, the coyotes and wolves did it with scent. However they left their mark upon the world, it told others who passed by that they were here. Some ...
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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St. Herman’s Seminary begins transitional, 40th year on high note
Father John Dunlop, dean of St. Herman’s Seminary in Kodiak, has a positive outlook for the school year. “I feel a sense of vitality and vision for where we’re going,” said Dunlop, who has been dean of the school since 2007. “We have a good group of students who seem” to be eager to learn the ways of the Orthodox Church, he said. This year the seminary is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the school, which was f...
Sep 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The call of the wild cannot be drowned out
As a young man growing up, I spent many hours every week out in the woods that surrounded my childhood. Old growth logs lay across forest floors like silent sentinels of a time gone by. If you climbed up on top of these sleeping giants you could see the gentle twists and turns in the salmon berry bushes and ferns that hinted at the trails that lay hidden beneath them. Trails that were worn hard by the footfalls of...
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Another Day in Paradise: The promise of rest
Last month as I walked the dogs in the morning, it was bright and sunny and I had to shield my eyes to see. This month as I walk the dogs, the bright lights are from the cars that fail to dim their headlights and I have to shield my eyes to see. The first geese have passed through and another migration season begins. The salmonberries are still clinging to the bushes and are filled with their late season sweetness...
Sep 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lesch moves out of Kodiak ‘comfort zone’
When people move to a new place, they leave a comfort zone behind. That’s how Daniel Lesch, spiritual leader of the Kodiak Seventh Day Adventist Church for the past six years, views his move to International Falls, Minn., where he will serve a small congregation. God’s power is unleashed in people who are out of their comfort zone, Lesch said, using the disciple Peter as an example. Peter didn’t know God’s power u...
Aug 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Hearts and home forever
My wife and I live a wonderful lifestyle, but it is not one that many would choose. I grew up on the same property that my dad grew up on. The closest town the size of Kodiak was 40 miles away. We didn’t go there very often and to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t have wanted to live there. I loved the outdoors, and spent many hours in the forests and fields that surrounded us. I felt hemmed in when I was in the cit...
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