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Bethel Men Found to Have High Rate of Limping

by Tad Lindley Fun things to do idea #491 Go around your town or village and observe all persons walking. Keep a count of those who walk with a limp, and those who do not. […]

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Go the extra mile

by Peter Twitchell Being an extra mile person is not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s getting easier. We always expect something in return. If you do something for me then I’ll do […]

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Jesus was Buff

by Tad Lindley I am so sick of seeing these limp-wristed pantywaist Jesus paintings and drawings. Jesus was buff. Instead, a lot of artists have presented an effeminate Jesus. Far from the rough, tanned hands […]

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Common Murre -Alpak

by Frank Keim I don’t remember ever seeing Common murres while living and teaching in the YK Delta, but I did see plenty of them in both Togiak Bay and Nushagak Bay while helping two […]

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A cleaner future

by Peter Twitchell As a boy in the Early Years of my childhood the sky was clear and the sun shown brightly in the 1950s. Our skies were not polluted like they are today with […]

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It is better to give

by Peter Twitchell Many of our native people have been cautious about getting a covid immunization, which is an individual choice, I won’t judge anyone. I chose to get a covid shot because I have […]

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July 4th Bethel Style

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy in Bethel, Alaska back in the 50s right about now excitement was growing with the July 4th Celebration a few days away. I thought about the Men’s […]

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5K Finisher

by Peter Twitchell Today I was getting ready to go on my usual mile walk, when I noticed booths getting set up on the compound where I live in Wasilla. An Elder told me that […]

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The Ten Virgins

by Tad Lindley You’ll have to read it for yourself and see if you can figure out if the man was going to marry ten ladies at one time, or if the ten virgins were […]

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We must respect our land

by Peter Twitchell I have to reflect back when I was a youngster growing up… our Elders loved to steam together and tell stories of the day’s successful hunts and laugh. They lived to be […]

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How Do I Go About Getting Married

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: How do I go about getting married? Yes, that is a real question that has been posed to me on several occasions. On each occasion the couple was living together, […]

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Grateful for our Blessings

by Peter Twitchell Year by Year our body is aging. I’m 71, thinking I am aging “gracefully”. I can still walk. I can walk full steam ahead for ½ mile and not feel winded and […]

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How to Become a Psychologist

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am interested in becoming a psychologist and being able to some day have my own practice like you have. How many years does it take to become a psychologist, […]

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The Power of Prophecy

by Tad Lindley Imagine that this year some well-known, but not so well respected elder were to stand before the AVCP convention and say, “The Lord told me that in the future, the Yup’ik people […]

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A man named Yulqutaq

by Peter Twitchell I noticed an old man back in the Fifties, he had my undivided attention! Every spring he took his kayak out from under the building and put it on a homemade sled […]

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Net Mending

by Tad Lindley This column was written in 2006. This year my king gear is in great shape, safely tucked away under the house. It’s my whitefish gear that’s being torn to shreds. My king […]

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Seal oil saved me

by Peter Twitchell My grandson “Agyaq” (Rising Star) loves cottonwood smoked strips and dried fish, first try! I guess all us Yup’iks love our subsistence foods. Its in our DNA and in our body. Our […]

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Freedom From Nightmares

by Tad Lindley Across this region, live many men and women who have served in combat from the Aleutian campaign in World War II to Korea, to Vietnam, and most recently the Middle East. Even […]

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Homelessness Disappointing

by Peter Twitchell A bit of sad happening at Watson’s Corner. Over the winter my Mom Sarah Twitchell’s home at Watson’s Corner was used by the homeless of Bethel and trashed. I was informed by […]

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Let us eat Blueberry Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings! Here is a Bethel-inspired recipe for Blueberry Cake from my friend Connie. You can use the tundra berries you have in the freezer if you have any left. It is time […]

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Friends

by Peter Twitchell Mr. Jack Hopstad was not only a lifelong friend but a lifeline for me. When I was a boy, Dad visited Olaf, Jack’s dad, and I was introduced to Jack. Dad immediately […]

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Sour Cream Banana Bread

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a recipe that you can make if you have any of those overripe bananas. It is my favorite – more moist and richer. It calls for sour cream and […]

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Social Media Common Sense

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: This really isn’t a question; it’s more of a request. I made a terrible mistake. One day when I was angry, I posted some rather embarrassing things about my husband […]

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Thunder Basketball Club

by Peter Twitchell Last weekend was an amazing weekend at Camp Verdes, Arizona. We enjoyed ourselves. For students and parents alike it was good to be back in the gym. The crowd, the momentum and […]

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The Joy of Here and Now

by Peter Twitchell I heard someone say, “I didn’t have much of a childhood.” When I reflect on this, and really think about what the man said, I can begin to understand what he meant. […]

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Herring Gull Arliaq/Naruyaq

by Frank Keim Of all the gray-and-white, pink-legged “seagulls” found in the YK Delta, the Herring gull is the huskiest in size and shape. Although they aren’t as numerous on the Delta as their cousin, […]

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Food for the table

by Peter Twitchell There are just too many guns in the world that are being abused, because they are in the hands of the wrong people. Here, let me qualify this statement a bit. First […]

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Multitasking

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I have been having some rather heated discussions lately. I find nothing wrong with multitasking, and he refuses to be interrupted to take a telephone call. I’m […]

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Your Ex Wants You Back

by Tad Lindley Did you ever know someone in a bad relationship? They finally got rid of the guy or the girl and you were glad to hear it, they were feeling safe again, had […]

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Preparing for higher learning

by Peter Twitchell COVID-19 did a lot of damage in lost revenue to everyone, loss of life, loss of work and small businesses, reduced funding to schools, lost revenue to colleges due to reduced classes […]

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The Ciivak Effect

by Tad Lindley My friend, Harry Lewis, once said this, “Marriage is like flies on a screen door. The ones on the inside are trying to get out, and the ones on the outside are […]

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Assertive Discipline

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury I am tired of screaming at my children. It seems they don’t even hear me any more. What can I do? There is a lot that you can do to train […]

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Colors

by Peter Twitchell David Johnson said, “Like death and taxes there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous yet what does it all mean?” People are more relaxed in green rooms. In the 1950s, Northern […]

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Why???

by Peter Twitchell I have happy memories of growing up on the other side of Bethel a quarter of a mile upriver. From the old Civil Aeronautics Administration (C.A.A.), as it was called, and the […]

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Diana’s Ramen Salad

by Millie Bentley Greetings. One of my favorite meals is a simple salad made by Diana Gamez. It’s a meal in itself and is best prepared ahead of time. So if you have a busy […]

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What Do You Worship?

by Tad Lindley I saw the Grateful Dead at Pine Knob in Detroit Michigan in 1988. We had floor seats, and I stood on my chair and danced through both sets, as did the thousands […]

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Don’t Help So Much

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Last week I responded to a question on enabling. In that response, I stated that I would follow with an article I had previously written on helping adult children become independent. […]

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Read Before Giving Up

by Tad Lindley This is for those times when you feel like giving up. I want you to cut this out and tuck it away in the back of your Bible for a rainy day, […]

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Enabling

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have been taking a class on addictions, and I am learning about how one spouse “enables” the other spouse to continue using alcohol or drugs. As I have been […]

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It is our Duty to Survive

by Peter Twitchell I thought I retired from working a job, but today I miss working with people and I really have this desire in my heart to go back to the work force! I […]

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Geof’s Spaghetti

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a recipe that my son Geof loves to make. Once, as a teenager, Geof went on a skiing weekend at Big Bear Lake. His one concern seemed to be […]

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Mental Illness or Mental Defect

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is the difference between a mental illness and a mental defect? Answer: A mental illness is also referred to as a mental disorder or a psychiatric illness. Generally, mental […]

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Are You Tired of the Torturers?

by Tad Lindley On those nights when you have trouble sleeping, do you get plagued by reliving your past? Do you think about situations where people took advantage of you or hurt you? Do you […]

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Slow Cooker Hunters Chicken

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This week I’m pushing slow cookers, also known as crockpots. Years ago a crockpot was my favorite cooking tool. Prep time the night before or in the morning before heading for […]

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The Revelation Part 2

by Tad Lindley Have you ever read the Book of the Revelation? If you haven’t, you are missing a blessing. The Bible even promises a blessing to us if we read the Revelation. Blessed is […]

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Parkinson’s Disease

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Can you discuss what the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are, what natural remedies can be taken to ward it off or at least postpone the inevitable, and what type of […]

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Tasty Shrimp Chowder

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a recipe that Geof, Nancy and I whipped up one time. They had a recipe for corn chowder but couldn’t locate it, and I have a basic chowder recipe […]

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For Peace of Mind

by Peter Twitchell As a Counselor I had to look at relationships with people. There is more to being a couple than meets the eye. When two individuals become (1) one with each other it […]

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Christian Counseling

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am a Christian and I am afraid of the secular theories of counseling and psychology. How can I find a psychologist or counselor who practices Christian psychology? First, I […]

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The Revelation Part 1

by Tad Lindley Have you ever read the Book of the Revelation? If you haven’t, you are missing a blessing. The Bible even promises a blessing to us if we read the Revelation. Blessed is […]

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Swiss Steak in the Crockpot

by Millie Bentley Greetings. I hope you are all doing good. This recipe calls for a slow cooker, which can come in handy during one of your buys days – just assemble the ingredients, toss […]

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An interesting trip to Arizona

by Peter Twitchell It was a very interesting trip to the State of Arizona. I was surprised that the terrain was not flat but mountainous and rough with steep rocky mountain ranges and deep valleys, […]

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God’s Preferred Pronouns

by Tad Lindley After the recent acquittal of former President Donald Trump, US Congressman, Eric Swallwell (who had been hoping for an impeachment) expressed his frustration saying, “We could have called God herself [as a […]

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In the Crosshairs of Eternity

by Tad Lindley It will be my name on this article, but the ideas are coming from a message preached this morning by Pastor Bradbury combined with the crosshairs analogy made by Kevin Augustine. Horizontal […]

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Healthy Muffins

by Millie Bentley Greetings. In observance of good nutrition, daughter-in-law Nancy gave me this recipe for some really good, healthy muffins. You might like to try these as a fast breakfast treat when you run […]

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New and exciting possibilities

by Peter Twitchell If we don’t keep up with today’s technology we sadly get left behind. Life has become easier because of satellites, microchips, fiber optics, cell phones, and the internet. Telemedicine is wonderful and […]

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Rusty Blackbird Cukcugli

by Frank Keim What a coincidence. Just moments before starting to write this article, a small troupe of Rusty blackbirds flew over my house, headed south for the winter. I used the word “troupe” because […]

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Tasty Pickled Red Onions

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Some years ago one of my sister-in-law’s give me a recipe for pickled red onions. I loved the results and it was so fast and easy. Unfortunately all my recipes are […]

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The Best of Friends

by Peter Twitchell There are many good stories about man and dogs in Alaska long before the western world moved in from beyond our horizon in western Alaska. My dad David Twitchell had his team […]

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Psyching Out People

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Are psychologists really able to tell a person all about themselves just be being around them for a few minutes. In other words, are psychologists able to psych people out? […]

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Sweet Coconut Bars

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Hope you all had a wonderful week. The following recipe was one I used many years ago when a group of used to come together bringing a dessert, usually cookies, and […]

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Full or empty

by Peter Twitchell A pastor in the church said, “What we think about God is the most important thing about us.” It is a good reminder to think on things of this nature as it […]

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When Someone Dies, We Bury Them

by Tad Lindley It varies from place to place. We’ve got good soil here, so we typically dig graves six feet down. Oftentimes we are blessed by AVEC’s drill rig and only have to finish […]

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Be a Friend

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: At the moment, I am very sad, possibly depressed. I have lived in Bethel a number of years, and it seems that whenever I get a good friend, she moves […]

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Safety for humanity

by Peter Twitchell 2020 was one tough year nothing like we ever experienced in recent years. We didn’t know what was going to happen to us, our uncertainty kept us on edge. We were told […]