Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
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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Kodiak is full of volunteers
Want to meet some of the finest people you will ever meet? Look for a volunteer. Despite what many civic organizations like churches, Rotary, Lions, and Elks club are finding with their requirements of long-term commitment, finding volunteers isn’t hard to find. I went by the Humane Society the other day (maybe another dog will find its way into my heart!) and two pre-teen girls were keeping an eye on the cats whi...
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Until God is enough: Dealing with food
I ate a McDonald's Egg McMuffin in front of Lindsay today. Yes, THAT Lindsay. Gym trainer Lindsay, who probably eats puffed grass for breakfast with fat-free soymilk. Five percent body fat Lindsay. (I don't really know if these things are true, except the gym trainer part; all the rest of the stuff is just my inner fit person being projected onto Lindsay). Yes, I carried my McDonald's bag into a public place, and ...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Barbara Hoedel to become a deacon, inspired by the late Beverly Horn
When Barbara Hoedel is ordained as a deacon at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, she will be honoring the late Beverly Horn, one of the founders of the church in Kodiak. The Right Reverend Mark Lattime, Bishop of Alaska, will officiate at the service. If Horn were still around she’d most likely be in the front pew, nodding her head in approval. “It’s heart-breaking not to have ...
Aug 14, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reflecting on pilgrimage to St. Herman's hermitage
Early Saturday morning (way before I am usually awake and about), seven boats departed from the Kodiak harbor into a foggy whispery sea, beginning the physical part of a pilgrimage to the hermitage of St. Herman on Spruce Island. Say that three times. Pilgrimage to St. Herman's hermitage or Pilgrimage to the hermitage of St. Herman. It has been something I have wanted to do since I first looked up Kodiak, Alaska o...
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There’s a spiritual solution to busy-ness
Don't you admire people who can take short breaks, stop and smell the roses (or the coffee, which I prefer), and even take power naps? I don't. As a somewhat compulsive person (but trying to recover), I have two speeds: on and off. When I am on, I get a sort of tunnel vision, where the goal is all that matters. Except that, on the way to the goal, there are way too many distractions, which belies the tunnel vision...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don’t use the Bible as weapon to condemn
While having lunch at a local coffee shop recently, I had a couple of people stop by my table to thank me for bravely taking a stand in favor of gay marriage. I did not do it to get thanks, or to be popular, despite what many conservatives say about more open churches being so “PC,” as in “Politically Correct.” PC, with air quotes, and said sarcastically, has become the disclaimer many people use to justify their ...
Jul 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ruckers’ ‘yes’ brought them to Kodiak
Saying “yes” to God opens doors to places — geographical and spiritual— that you never dreamed of going, said Fr. David Rucker, who, along with his wife, Rozanne, joined the staff of St. Herman’s Seminary last semester. “If we say ‘yes’ to God -- ‘We’ll go wherever You want us to go, we’ll give what You want us to give, we’ll do what You ask us to do’ – anything is possible,” said Fr. David. “The journey is filled...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dressing up for tea
Wow! It really is true that you appreciate the sun much more when you only see it one-third of the year. Days like we had yesterday and Wednesday, with the perfect temperature of 65 degrees, a light breeze, and just a few puffy, friendly clouds in the sky make for paradise. And yes, the sky is bluer in Alaska! (But it’s Carolina Blue in Chapel Hill) So, such perfect conditions made for a delightful “Tea by the Sea...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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