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Tapestry: Departing priest sets record straight on rumor of school closing
Father Joe Classen, pastor of the St. Mary’s parish, wants to set the record straight. Contrary to local chatter, Kodiak’s Catholic school is not closing its doors. Classen, who will be stepping down as pastor and taking a leave of absence from ministry, said rumors have been flying around town regarding an imminent closing. “There has been a lot of talk, misinformation and negativity and we’re trying to combat th...
May 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: An Unexpected Provision
It was another typical Kodiak morning. The temperature was cool and comfortable. The dogs and I began our morning walk as usual. We walked down to the corner by Spruce Haven and dropped back to walk along the beach and enjoy the low tide. The usual birds were working their way along the tide pools, the eagles were lined up along the runout from Potato Patch Lake, thanking Fish and Game for fingerlings they plant t...
May 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 262 262 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Norwegians gather for early celebration of Syttende Mai
The other day a fellow Norwegian had the urge to share his obligatory “Sven and Ole” joke. It had something to do with the guys burying their friend, Thorvald, at sea with a shovel. Lest those outside our circle form their opinion about Norskies through the “square head” jokes, I must say that Norwegians are proud of their history and culture, which gave the world the melodies of Edvard Grieg, the plays of Henrik ...
May 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Overnight celebrity heads Young Life conference in Kodiak
For a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things, Brent Cunningham gained national fame. But what ultimately matters to this statewide director of Young Life, a Christian ministry that works with high schoolers, is the eternal. Cunningham, who lives in Sitka, was one of the thousands who ran in the Boston Marathon. Less than an hour after he reached the finish line, the bomb exploded. As he and his wife, Karen,...
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Time for change
One of the most impressive sights to me was many years ago on a visit into Washington, D.C. While my friends and I were touring the Smithsonian museums and the many monuments throughout our capital city, we made our way over to Arlington and watched the changing of the guard on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The changing of the guard at the tomb is flawlessly carried out at regular intervals every day, and while...
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 216 216 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Bell choir concert rings out for Orthodox Easter
Historically, bells have announced news that soars the height and plumbs the depth of human experience: the birth of a child, the death of elders, the crowning of a sovereign, marriage, war and invasion. In Kodiak, the bells of Holy Resurrection Church clanged through the dark, ash-laden atmosphere calling people to a place of safety following the June 1912 Katmai eruption. Early Sunday, bells will ring in celebra...
May 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 218 218 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Time to clean up
May is clean-up month. This week, we will pay just a little more attention to picking up the litter that lines our streets and roadways. On Saturday, there will be crews out all over town to spruce up our image one more time before we get overrun with new faces so we can show them our best side. It doesn’t matter where you are, people seem to think roadways are their trash bins. Done with that McDonalds wrapper or...
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Tapestry: Lenten fast is not ‘punishment’ but means of spiritual growth
“Why don’t the followers of Jesus fast?” wondered the disciples of John the Baptist. Since then, questions about fasting — refraining from certain types of food or any food — have abounded. Why do Christians fast? What benefits does fasting have? Why do Christians fast during Lent — the 40 days before Easter? Some scoff at the whole idea of prescribed fasting, which for Orthodox Christians means eating no animal p...
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The secret's out
This has been a great week to walk the dogs early in the morning. The tide has been out, giving us some beautiful beach time on Mission Beach. Our little dog, Smidgeon, checks out every strip of kelp because she just knows there are some treasures there to eat. The people may tidepool for treasures, but she scavenges the scraps that the seagulls have somehow missed. Our chocolate lab rushes across the sand and spl...
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: An act of grace
The old adage says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We have all seen pictures taken by great photographers that give credence to that thought. Right here in Kodiak, we have some great photographers whose pictures are shared on the walls of the Fly-By from time to time by the Arts Council. Sometimes those pictures are shared by the Chamber of Commerce or Discover Kodiak on printed media or online. Sometimes ...
Apr 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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