... for sharing thoughts, memories of Loren
I thank you and appreciate very much the article on my brother's life, Loren Adkins, and passage. I regret not being home to give my input. My brother grew and developed more than any single human being I have known. Some of my greatest pain relates to the loss of a person who could understand many of my aha! moments, and who perhaps taught me to appreciate much about life in the first place.
About 18 months ago, I moved to Shishmaref, a small Eskimo community about 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It had been described to me as a junky village on a sand spit. What I found was quite different. When I first felt the connectedness of living so close to the land, my brother understood. When I first told him about dynamic nature of the shore ice formation, I could tell he was seeing it in his own mind. His delight over hearing about the "icebow" I saw while flying was wonderful. He often kidded me about my struggles as a type A personality working with the somewhat more laid-back Eskimo. I think he would not be surprised that my Eskimo friends have been my strength in these last weeks.
For much of his life he was turned inward, and was yet a great artist and a good man. Through his relationship with his beautiful and lively Brazilian wife Bel, he grew in strength, tenderness, vision, breadth and caring. In many ways it seemed as though he had just begun another, deeper life, yet God in his wisdom has taken my brother from his family and from a needy world. I trust God's decision, but grieve greatly for our loss. I would like to thank Loren's friends as well as the Empire for sharing thoughts and memories.
... to AWARE, United Way volunteers
A heartfelt thanks to Wells Fargo volunteers at AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) and the United Way of Southeast Alaska for sponsoring the Day of Caring. Through their efforts, Wells Fargo volunteers came to paint, polish and create sparkle and shine at our new facility. On behalf of the hundreds of women and children seeking safe shelter and supportive services at AWARE, we specifically recognize Sarena Mahle, Thomas Walls, Karen West, Lori Konoske, Kathy Vilandre, Marc Guervarra and Ray Jaravata for their commitment of time and hard work, which was all done with a sense of humor and spirit.
Through the community's contributions to the United Way, agencies like AWARE receive funding (and more) to provide important services in our community. It takes an entire community to create an atmosphere of zero tolerance for interpersonal violence. Thanks to the United Way and Wells Fargo for working with us to create a peaceful and healing environment for those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
... for making Juneau Ski Sale a success
Thanks Juneau! Once again the annual Juneau Ski Sale was a great success. We would like to thank the following for their support in raising funds for the Juneau Ski Patrol and Juneau Ski Club. Centennial Hall, Eaglecrest, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Alaska Marine Lines, Boarderline, KINY/KSUP, The Juneau Empire and the hundreds of volunteers without whose time and energy we would not be able to put on this great event. Special thanks to Mike & Sarah Satre, Bob Plumb, Gary Stambaugh, Margie Vandor, Susan Cox, Vince Wagner, Victoria Godkin, Mary Hakala and Alice Edwards and all our great volunteers for a job well done.
Ski sale chief