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My personal experience about life after death
I got an ominous email today from an address that was a string of numbers, and that said only and ominously, "The death speaker is at 4 p.m. Friday." Not that I'm afraid of dying, despite our culture's denial, and flight, and extreme efforts to distance itself from old people, talking about terminal illness, or death. I once gave a presentation at a statewide church event in North Carolina about Alcoholism, and wa...
Jun 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeing things in a new light
I went totally retro on Wednesday, and put pen to paper, stamp to envelope, and card in mailbox to my 96-year-old mother-in-law in Grizzard, Virginia, who just fell and broke her hip. Not to worry, though. She had already conquered the stairs in her first week of rehab, so she'll be going home very soon. What put me in such a retro mood was not just wanting to send her a handwritten card, which she cherishes as mu...
Jun 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why church — or even God? Many seek answers
Ministers and rabbis throughout the U.S. have been asking themselves the question for several years now, "Why don't people go to church these days?" Depending on who they talk to, they then try to apply what they have learned to their various churches, coming up with things such as folk instruments and popular songs in church (1960s and 1970s), being more down-to-earth buddies who drink and party with their parish...
Jun 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 1 1 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 | 7 7 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 | 4 4 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 | 7 7 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 | 17 17 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 | 10 10 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 | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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