BOAT is Only an Acronym

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Someone once said that the word boat is only an acronym for “Bring Over Another Thousand”. Having lived up north for 16 years and maintained a 23 foot inboard boat for all those years, I can certainly agree with the expression. Down here in Texas, if you have trouble out on the water...

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Hotel Room

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I was sitting in the hotel room in Greenville, Texas when the phone rang. I had been on a “tryout” visit down from Ketchikan, Alaska and was waiting for Steve Ramsey to come by and take me fishing on Club Lake. I kept looking out the window to see his vehicle maybe pulling into the...

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"Brother, Can You Spare $5?"

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“Brother can you spare 5 bucks?” was all I could hear as I was walking backwards down the road that day way up north above the Arctic Circle. I was walking backwards down the road that day because the wind was blowing and it was 10 below zero. When the wind blows it finds little...

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“We Can’t Do That”

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(Update in italics below to this story that I wrote a year ago) Chuck, who ran our Seamen’s Center in Ketchikan, came to me with an idea one day. My first response was “we can’t do that, it’s too much work”. He said he wanted to sell barbecued chicken at a booth on...

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Managing Time

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Managing time is an important concern in today’s Culture. We are so pulled. There’s no place where our cell phone isn’t. Every application to be completed asks for multitudes of numbers so that we or our next of kin can be reached in “an emergency”. There’s...

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Other Easter Sunrises I have known

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During the Easter season I have had time to look back on all the Easters I have known. Like everyone else, for my earliest memories there was all the tradition about the bunny whoever he is. And of course dyeing real eggs was always great excitement, especially as the oldest who assisted his...

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Tags: connection, easter

Easter Sunrise Baptism

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“Long ago and far away” are words of many a novel beginning sentence and yet that’s what comes to mind when I think about that first or second Easter Vigil sunrise service back in 1977 or 1978. “Long ago” certainly fits because that was another age in the life of...

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Tags: baptism, easter

Easter Afternoon

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In the early days in Alaska we didn’t have family other than ourselves to spend Easter lunch with. After all the excitement of Sunday morning it was nice to have some folks to hang out with. Of course when eating with other folks there is always the excitement of combined recipes and...

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Tags: communion, easter, fish

Killer Whale Remembers Easter

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It was early Sunday morning as I drove back to my house to rest a little and prepare for the late service. I had gotten up early that day for Easter Sunrise service up in Ketchikan. Easter Sunrise comes real early up there in Alaska, somewhere between five and five thirty. This 6 am thing in...

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Brussels Sprouts

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“What’s that smell?” I asked. I had just walked into the church office up in Ketchikan. The church secretary looked at me and said “You know what it is, don’t you? It’s the Brussels sprouts.” “Well, it’s pretty strong” I said...

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