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Tapestry: Jim Brighenti was no 'ordinary' guy
If we’ve learned anything in Kodiak, it’s that there is no such thing as an ordinary person. I mistook Jim Brighenti for just an “ordinary guy” when he helped out at Katmai Wilderness Lodge in 1998. I was a cook and I’m not sure what his official position was. What I remembered most about him was that he often reminded me to not slam the door. His advice didn’t do any good, because, as my wife tells me, I still sl...
Nov 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: St. Mary’s priest is man of many talents, interests
What does an image of a man riding a donkey say about God? Quite a lot, says Fr. Frank Reitter, St. Mary’s Catholic parish priest. “God is one who carries us; He’s the one who leads us home; He’s the one who bears our burdens,” Reitter explains. Reitter made this theological statement in a short story about a monsignor who hires a man to paint a mural that will depict the face of God. When the monsignor sees a pai...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Gardening instincts kick in for Ginger Duncan at remote retreat
Hoophouses are becoming as common as banyas on Kodiak Island. And they’re just about as hot. Ginger Duncan found that out as she sweated away her summer days in her hoophouses and outdoor gardens at Alderwood Retreat on the shores of Kupreanof Strait. For years, Ginger and her husband, Stan, ran a lodge in the isolated setting of north Kodiak. The economic collapse in 2007 took a toll on their business, so the Dun...
Oct 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Summer camp volunteers feel kinship with monk and people of Ouzinkie
Members of an Orthodox Christian Mission Center team that visited Kodiak this summer felt a kinship with the saintly monk who evangelized the island more than two centuries ago. Before the team left, they also felt a bond with the people they came to serve. The Michigan team organized a weeklong church camp in Ouzinkie. In order to gain a spiritual perspective on their work, they first visited the site where the m...
Oct 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Alitak superintendent finds purpose for everything
Woody Knebel, superintendent of Ocean Beauty’s Alitak processing plant, sees beauty in the ordinary. Everything serves an aesthetic purpose — even rusty wrenches that crumble with the slightest torque or an old wooden dory that was used in beach-seining operations at the turn of the century. The dory is the centerpiece of a museum Knebel has been developing for the last four years. “You can see rub marks on the si...
Oct 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Kodiak Island Experience…Alaska is nightmare’s dream come true
Kodiak Island Experience…Alaska is a dream come true for Bud and Cherie Carter who spend summers at remote Kupreanof hosting visiting pastors and their wives who come for a week of rest and relaxation in a refuge from a busy, often hectic life. But this beautiful retreat on Kodiak Island’s west side started out as a nightmare. When he was a child, Bud dreamed that he was being chased by a bear. The dream stuck wit...
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: 103-year-old JP Pestrikoff delights in teaching
What are the day’s highlights for a centenarian? A conference with his caretaker? A meal that’s still tasty to a century-old palate? One of those rare days when he can get out of the house and visit the neighborhood? Providing he can hear it, the ring of the telephone, the knock at the door? Company. Port Lions resident John (JP) Pestrikoff, 103 years old, loves company. One of his favorite guests is Alutiiq langu...
Sep 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Doctrinal purity is treasured at Lighthouse Baptist, says pastor
The Apostle Paul admonished a young Christian leader named Timothy to “let no man despise his youth” and to be a role model. Wes Stafford, pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church, quotes that scripture with personal insight. He’s been in Timothy’s sandals, providing spiritual guidance to people who, by and large, were older than he. But he was confident that God had led him into a leadership position in the first plac...
Sep 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Martha Garcia's 'place' will always be Kodiak
Martha’s place is now in Juneau, but the local epicure and interior decorator will always have a spot in Kodiak, if not a physical address. For more than 20 years, Garcia brought the spicy flavor of Mexican food to the streets of Kodiak in her lunch wagon, Martha’s Place. Martha closed her mobile restaurant about a year ago after taking a hard fall that broke her wrist and put her back out of joint. Besides carryi...
Sep 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Indian pastor visits Kodiak
In the past, Christian ambassadors from Europe and the United States evangelized the people of India. Today, Indian missionaries and evangelists are returning the favor by bringing the Gospel to an increasingly secular West. One of the Indian emissaries, Arun Michael Lall, recently spoke at Kodiak churches. Lall said that while people in Alaska generally seem to be hungry for God, many in the Lower 48 communities ...
Aug 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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