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Another Day in Paradise: Last Farewells
I am not good at saying goodbye. Ask my wife, who began dating me over 40 years ago. I love ‘hello’. I enjoy spending time with people I know. I even enjoy meeting new people. But I hate goodbye. There is such finality to it. In the famous scene in Romeo & Juliet, Juliet says, “Good night! Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I should say goodnight till it be morrow.” I understood the sorrow part, but th...
Jun 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: The changing faces at Kodiak’s churches
Nearly half of Kodiak’s pastors have left or are leaving the island this summer for other fields of service. They share a mutual love for Kodiak Island where the people and natural elements have provided material for many a sermon. FATHER JOE CLASSEN — His own mascot bear Father Joe Classen, who came to Kodiak in 2011 to serve St. Mary’s Catholic parish, will take a leave of absence in a remote area to “think, pra...
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Preparing to go and looking back
Every story must come to an end. Next Friday, my wife and I will reach the end of our Kodiak story — at least in the first person. When I was in the Marine Corps, every time we were involved in an operation of any length, there were always the dreaded after-action reports. While these did not generally follow this specific format, there were primarily four questions that must be answered. The first question was, “...
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Tapestry: Norton was processing ‘laureate’ of the fishing industry
The salmon are in and the fishermen are out. When returning salmon are caught by hard-working gillnetters and seiners, cannery crews are hard at work as well. Even though their jobs don’t seem as robust and invigorating as the fish catchers’, the cannery workers nevertheless live an unpredictable summer as they fall lock step with the rhythm of the fleet. What would the industry do without them? Hats off to the ca...
Jun 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Lines in the sand
I know our weather has been beautiful. You might even go so far as to call it amazing. But in spite of our record heat wave of however many days we actually reached 70 degrees, there are some lines I just won’t cross. One of those lines is swimming out on our wonderful beach. As I watched many people wade out into the water, I couldn’t help but shiver. It doesn’t matter that our air temperature achieved a balmy 70...
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Tapestry: Hardens see ministry as spiritual parenting
When Rony Harden, Sr., pastor of Abba Father Christian Fellowship, is asked where he met his wife, he gives a simple, startling answer. “In prison.” As the inquirer catches his breath, Harden explains that he and Cynthia, who became Mrs. Harden, were officers for the Department of Corrections in Washington, D.C. Today the Hardens are joint pastors of a church founded in January 2012. Through counseling, mentoring ...
Jun 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Bearing our pains
As we have been moving boxes and furniture around, the old aches and pains reappear. Bruises that run up and down my arms, my back, shoulders and knees remind me that I’m not 18 anymore. I have increased my daily portion of anti-inflammatory and aspirin and have moaned greatly. I have been reminded twice this week that I have nothing to complain about. As we continue this packing experience, our dogs continue to b...
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Tapestry: Beverly Horn fits in Grand Marshal’s seat
Kodiak treats its elders well. Seniors are asked to share their wisdom at conferences on the aging; they’re privileged to go first in line at community potlucks and potlatches; at Native gatherings, younger spokesmen ask their permission to speak; and every spring an elder is selected to be grand marshal of the Crab Festival’s Grande Parade. When Beverly Horn, this year’s grand marshal, learned she was chosen for ...
May 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Storing our treasures
One of the great things about being a Salvation Army Officer is that when you move, there is a place waiting for you. You don’t have to worry about finding housing, you don’t have to worry about packing up furniture when you leave your last post, all you have to do is pack up your few personal belongings and give your current home a good scrubbing, so that the next officers find a place clean, ready, and waiting w...
May 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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