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XtraTuf touches Kodiakans’ heart, makes their sole sing
I just spent an enjoyable time with The Thursday Ladies at Harborside Coffee and Goods, getting caught up on important events in town — wondering who has taken awhile to grow up and where grandkids have ended up this summer. These are wise women who have seen a lot of changes, lost much and kept their senses of humor. My kind of people. The matriarch of the group, possibly the matriarch of Kodiak, is Margaret Hall...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dealing with the Kodiak Krud
Here, on my first anniversary of being in Kodiak, I have achieved official status as a resident for two reasons: I have finally experienced the grey cloud surround of REAL Kodiak weather for what feels like 9 months, after I had enjoyed three months of the perfect weather we had last year between May and August. Everyone kept warning me: "This is not typical. Don't even enjoy it." I shuddered everytime I heard tha...
May 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter to a young Midwestern student
I recently received a request to send a postcard and lengthier email about Kodiak to a young elementary schooler in Seneca, Missouri. I thought I would share with you what I wrote to him: Dear Jaden, I just sent you two postcards from Kodiak, Alaska. There isn’t much space to write on a postcard, so I also sent this email to tell you more about Kodiak. Our island is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean just South of...
May 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yes, God loves dorks
Observations about Kodiakans No. 24 and 25: Kodiak residents are very proud of their town, and wear clothing proudly displaying the name Kodiak, or next best, Alaska the 49th state founded in 1959. This is not true of many other places I have lived, where you only wear your own town's name if it is a college town, as in Colorado State University, or better yet, North Carolina or simply Carolina, where alums believ...
Apr 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak’s caring people show faith at work
“You must help the weak,” said the Apostle Paul as he bid farewell to his beloved Ephesians, “and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" I didn’t see that Jesus quote plastered on the posters that advertised the fund-raisers for Annette Kutyna and the McCarthy brothers, James and Peter. But the impetus behind the words was at work amongst those wh...
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Revolutionaries wanted: No experience necessary
It's Wednesday at Harborside Flyby Coffee and Goods, where I usually write my column. But first, I must play all my outstanding Trivia Crack games. As I play, seemingly absorbed in my game, people around me are meeting together, sipping coffee concoctions or chai, munching on cookies and biscotti, or slurping soup, as I am. In addition to Trivia Crack, I have become addicted to the Hot and Sour Ramen, which really...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Death becomes life in Orthodox Easter
Christianity is a religion that transforms. Blindness becomes sight; mourning is turned into joy; a self-centered tax collector becomes a generous man; a devout Jew once participating in the murder of Christians becomes their spokesman, writing a significant portion of the New Testament. The most dramatic transformation occurs during the Crucifixion and Resurrection of the God-Man Jesus Christ. The cross — an ugly...
Apr 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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The holy mystery of ducks, committees
The other day, I sat people watching in the Safeway lobby while selling “duck” tickets for the Rotary. No, we were not selling rubber ducks, as our table deviously seemed to advertise (thanks, by the way, to all the kids who got their parents to stop and look. You will each receive a Rotary scholarship when you reach college age). People watching is more fun than selling anything. I am a terrible salesperson, and ...
Apr 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Conquest of death has meaning in any place, era
Sometimes humanity forgets what is promised to us. Sometimes we forget our hope. Sometimes we forget the reality of our future. Easter is our pleasant reminder. As Holy Week concludes the liturgical season of Lent, churchgoers will be reminded of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We will be retold of the plot against his life. It will be recounted to us the love and encouragement that Jesus entrusted to his ...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Minister recounts path out of occult
Rob Radosti heard that Anton LaVey, author of “The Satanic Bible,” cried out to God on his death bed. Radosti has no way of verifying that story, but he can vouch for his own experience of crying out the name of Jesus, a name he had hated and avoided. Sharing his story with the people of Kodiak Christian Fellowship, Radosti said his conversion happened during a Creation Festival in Pennsylvania. He attended the ev...
Mar 27, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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