Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Fear, anger at root of fundamentalist violence
America has an anger management problem. And the most recent shootings are only one symptom of the problem. The main problem is that we can’t even talk about the problem. And anyone who ever took Psych 101 (or has studied human nature) knows that not talking about a problem only makes it worse. Not talking about something serious just lets the problem stew, until one day, someone blows his or her top, and then you...
Nov 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Does changeless God fit with changing world?
"Let nothing disturb you; let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes. Patient endurance attains all things. Alone God suffices." This wonderful prayer of St. Teresa of Avila has always been especially comforting to me -- the idea that everything passes (yes, even the good things, but especially the painful events of life), that God is ENOUGH for me, right here, right now. But the idea that...
Oct 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drugs, alcohol, shopping fill God-shaped hole
A lot of good things have been said about the drug forum last week. As a former addictions counselor, as well as a recovering alcoholic, I had a lot of interest in the forum, with all of its implications for stopping the harmful effects of drugs on our community. Unfortunately, it looked like I was coming down with Round 4 of the Kodiak Krud, so I stayed away as a courtesy to all who attended. (It turned out to be...
Oct 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laughter is shortest distance between people
I went for an MRI at Providence Hospital early Tuesday morning and was very impressed with Dan, who did the CT scan, and the radiologist whose name I am currently spacing out who injected the contrast dye into my shoulder joint with a very long needle. Both were very upbeat, explained everything very thoroughly, and were thoroughly professional. So when I was escorted to the MRI trailer and met Patrick, the digita...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Help needed to thoroughly wash away sins
As I sat in the line at the Petro Express car wash waiting to wash the Katmai ash off my car Wednesday, I wondered what spiritual lesson I might be learning. Wouldn’t it be nice to just drive through and have our troubles washed off, safely inside my private bubble, without commitment, without really engaging with others? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some automated machine that could just rid us of our sins? I...
Oct 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Housing a matter of compassion, not politics
There is a serious moral and ethical issue threatening the soul of Kodiak. Whoa. I can already tell I'm setting myself up for trouble with that lead-in. I'm not talking about the drug problem or the break-ins, or even global warming, although all of them are crises in their own right. I'm not even talking about church attendance being down and how people's souls are in danger if we don't get right with God. I'll l...
Sep 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christians need to practice more humility
Sometimes I just get so tired. I know, it's not even winter, when the days will be shorter, and our world will be dark for 16 hours a day. I actually like the short winter days, with their implicit permission to stay indoors and read or get house stuff done. And yes, I admit it, play MahJongg on my iPad. No, the things that make me tired are more people-related things. After all, relationships are what is of highe...
Sep 18, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Practicing the 'E' word in word and deed
Did you know that National Back to Church Sunday is September 20? It started a few years ago, and I discovered it when I was looking for clip art for my church newsletter on Google Images. Not very good advertising, I thought. We try everything in the church but directly inviting a friend. Or Episcopalians do, anyway. The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona told once told a group of clergy that 85% of peopl...
Sep 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chiniak fire gets the rumor mill going
There is an old Chine Taoist fable — a story designed to have a moral — about an old farmer whose horse ran away one day. "What terrible luck you have," his neighbors all bemoaned. "Maybe so; maybe not," said the farmer, refusing to get all excited one way or the other, adding, "We'll see." A few days later the horse returned, with three mares following him. "What wonderful luck!" the same neighbors all told him. ...
Sep 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Room for everyone at cowboy church
This Sunday, Aug. 30, some Kodiak church folk will leave their stain-glassed buildings for a sanctuary in the great outdoors where their voices will harmonize with the birds and their prayers will go upward without obstruction of ceiling and rafters. The worship service, which will take place at the recreation center in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, is known as cowboy church. Some worshipers will dress f...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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