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Tapestry: Islanders come to Sugaks’ aid on troubled voyage
It was the kind of day that Emil and Tonya Sugak had been waiting for. Calm; no sign of foul weather on the horizon. The perfect day to close up their fishing lodge in the village of Karluk and travel to their Kodiak home. Recalling the stories of elders and heeding their own sea sense, the Sugaks prepared for unforeseen delays: they took plenty of food and fresh water, dry clothes, extra fuel and a rifle. They ca...
Feb 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Take time to rest
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the heart of timber country. Most of the jobs revolved around logging or some aspect of the logging industry. It was a fast-paced industry. When the whistle-punk sounded ‘stop’, the choker-setters had better be running. They had to get to the chokers, wrap them around the logs, set the ends, and get back clear before the whistle sounded ‘go’. When the whistle said ‘go’, the to...
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Another Day in Paradise: I plead mercy
It’s not fair. We deserve better. My driver’s license and my mailing address both say I live in Alaska. It’s now February. Winter activities should be the norm. I should be able to hike along snow packed trails or break new ones. When the sun makes its brief appearances, it should shimmer across the landscape, reflecting off of a million snowflakes at a million different angles. On a clear night, the moon should c...
Feb 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Former Kodiak pastor serves new seminary in Southern Sudan
The Rev. Frank Gardner wears a T-shirt inscribed with a Bible verse and the words, “This shirt is illegal in 51 countries.” In those places, he said, “you can be shot, stoned to death or put in prison” for wearing a shirt emblazoned with a Bible verse. The shirt is not illegal in Uganda and South Sudan, where Gardner, a former Kodiak pastor, preaches, teaches and works with local Christians in building the Kingdom...
Feb 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Martha Randolph lived like she hugged
Martha Randolph embraced life like she hugged — tightly, as if she’d never let go. When she finally did let go of life on Nov. 26, 2012, she was doing what she loved. Martha died in Palmer while visiting her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Kent Kluever. She had traveled there on the ferry (she loved riding the ferry), not allowing her physical problems to keep her from doing what she wanted. Martha, who suffere...
Jan 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Change is our only constant
One of the great blessings of living in this paradise we call Kodiak is change. We watch the seasons change. We go from wet and cold winter to wet and chilly spring; to wet and coo. summer; to wet and chilly fall. About the only thing that changes in our wet is the form it takes. Sometimes it’s snow, sometimes it’s ice, sometimes it’s rain, and sometimes it’s sea spray. Occasionally, okay, regularly, it’s driven b...
Jan 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Icons topic of Dunlop presentation
The history and theology of icons will be the topic of a presentation by Dr. Bea Dunlop, St. Herman’s Seminary patristics professor, at the Baranov Museum, Wednesday, Jan 23, at 7 p.m. The free lecture is part of the Museum’s exhibit featuring old icons donated by former post master, William Lamme. The icons will be on display during the museum’s Family Day on Saturday, Jan. 19th. Dunlop will take the audience thr...
Jan 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Holiness in the shadow of grace
I am one of those people who read one book at a time. It probably has something to do with my attention span. If I try to read more than one at a time, I usually end up weaving a twisted thread from one into the other, until eventually, it’s more like reading one book. My mind may finally get its full grasp on the storyline, but the line that it grasps is usually a convoluted amalgam of both that may or may not re...
Jan 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Boyhood friends keep in touch
Kodiak Island is a place where deep friendships are forged, and where friends long separated by time and space reunite to reminisce about their experiences. Neil Malutin, Jay Baldwin and James Brisbane, now in their 40s, recently got together to talk about the fun they had as youngsters on the Kodiak Island. During their visit they had their picture taken in the boat harbor, in some way replicating a picture that ...
Jan 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: New year, new opportunities
I sometimes wonder whether the media’s fascination with a new year and resolutions is because writers are actually interested, because they want the starting point of marking failures, or whether they are like so many and are just stuck in a rut. I think it’s probably the latter. I remember listening to a great speaker once who stated that a rut was “just another grave with both ends open.” It’s an apt description...
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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