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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 | 286 286 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 | 219 219 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 | 37 37 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 | 75 75 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 | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Former Kodiak resident involved with prison ministry
Statistics can be discouraging to those who want to make a difference in the lives of prisoners. As former Kodiak resident, David Phillips, ministers to prisoners at the Palmer Correctional Center, he’s aware that 75 percent of those who are incarcerated return to prison. He finds another statistic that is encouraging: faith-based programs, such as the one he is involved with, have only a 35 percent rate of recidi...
Apr 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: The Mold Of Sin
My wife and I are in Angoon this week as part of a six-member team that is clearing out some buildings in preparation for a contractor to arrive and assess for repairs. This has been a most interesting week. Our weather has been typical Kodiak weather. One day it began overcast, turned windy, rained, hailed, snowed several times, and closed clear and calm. The buildings have been vacant and without heat since 2004...
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Tapestry: Wine-tasting event will raise funds for memorial site
The other day, Dodi Cobban asked me if I’d like to buy tickets for the upcoming Fishermen’s Wives wine-tasting party and dessert auction. How could I turn her down? She slapped the tickets in front of me, but before I could reach for my pocket book, I asked Cobban and her friends, Wanda Jentry and Barbara Burch, to tell me about the organization which they’ve participated in for many years. By the time they answer...
Apr 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Packing for a journey
My wife and I are getting ready for another journey. We will be traveling to Petersburg for the Southeast Alaska Congress, a large gathering of all of the Salvation Army units in the Southeast. That tradition has been going on with The Salvation Army since before Alaska was a state. After Congress, we will be traveling to Angoon with four other Salvation Army officers to get the property there ready to reopen this...
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