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Thankfulness

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: It’s Thanksgiving. Is there any psychological research on the benefits of being thankful? Answer: I didn’t find any empirical research directly on the topic, but I found an article in […]

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Thanksgiving

by Tad Lindley We tend to think of Thanksgiving as a modern American holiday. It’s not. If you attended public schools, you may have been taught that the first Thanksgiving involved the English speaking Pilgrims […]

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Scrumptious Carrot Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Twenty-eight years ago, 6/27/91, the first Kitchen Korner was published. The first recipe from Lynn (then Lupson) Green was a favorite at Glacier Bay Lodge for the two years she and […]

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Why Crying Feels Good

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Why do I feel better when I cry? Answer: My initial thought was, “I don’t know.” However, in a recent study published in the journal Emotion, researchers found that crying […]

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Keep moving forward

by Peter Twitchell Domestic violence is real, it’s also scary. The violence we see in our homes is fueled by anger, resentments, and fear. Most of us grew up in one room dwellings with nowhere […]

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You choose

by Peter Twitchell Our people have been suffering tremendously for a long time from alcohol abuse. If it’s not from the guilt caused by our terrible mistakes when we’re drunk, it’s the addition to it. […]

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Crispy Chicken Thighs

by Millie Bentley Greetings. To the kitchen. This week we have a very simple recipe for chicken. Thighs are one of my favorite chicken parts and I usually cook the skinless, boneless variety. So here’s […]

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Diet or Exercise?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I keep hearing that exercise is better than dieting. What do you recommend? Answer: When you speak of dieting, I would imagine you are referring to fad diets that often […]

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Southwest Chicken Soup in Crockpot

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Soup weather. I’m going to haul out the crockpot and make this wonderful soup recipe given to me by a lovely neighbor in Palm Desert. She moved to an assisted living […]

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Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This a recipe Papa Jack sent me that calls for Meyer lemons. They always remind me of Spring – maybe because of their bright color. Meyer lemons are a cross between […]

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Are You Smoking Flax?

by Tad Lindley A long time ago the Yup’iks used seal oil lamps. They looked like little bowls or saucers. They would pour a pool of seal oil into the saucer and then make a […]

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Good role models

by Peter Twitchell I really appreciated my friend Chief Gary Harrison of the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council  NAY’DINI’AA’NA at the close of the 2019 AFN for telling Native Country of Alaska that we have been […]

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Turkey with Cornbread Dressing

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here are the recipes for gravy and dressing that I’ve used with our Thanksgiving turkeys. Along with it is a little something written by my son Geoff. I hope you like […]

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Sister on Your Mind

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Dr. Bradbury, I really need your advice on how to deal with my sister. I feel like she judges everything I do. She never says anything, but I really feel […]

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Getting ready for winter

by Peter Twitchell It is that time again, to prepare for winter. We’ve put our winter feed of dried, canned, frozen salmon and moose, caribou, deer and bear stored. Time to fit our kids and […]

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California Goulash with Dumplings

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This week’s recipe is a twist on one of my old favorites – goulash. What I like about goulash is that one can throw together almost anything, sprinkle it with a […]

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A message of divine love

by Peter Twitchell If God didn’t pay for all our sins He didn’t pay for any of our sins. If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me, Deuteronomy 4:29. Delight in […]

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Classic Coleslaw

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Digging through my disorganized files I came across this winner – a classic coleslaw. The coleslaw makes about 12 to 15 servings and, since it contains mayonnaise, must be kept on […]

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Be humble inside

by Peter Twitchell Webster’s definition of humble is “destroy the power or prestige of.” The reason I looked this word up is because one day this past summer I saw a middle-aged native man holding […]

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Competency to Stand Trial

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My brother was just sent to API for an evaluation to see if he is competent to stand trial. What does that mean, and how does someone at API determine […]

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Pork Chops with Onion Gravy

by Millie Bentley Greetings. We need lots of recipes for folks with diabetes. Because lots of folks have diabetes. Most recipes can be modified to fit a diabetic “diet”. One must avoid, or use sparingly, […]

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The Risk of Watching Violence

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I’m appalled at the violence in video games today. I can’t help but think that children immersing themselves in that level of violence will themselves become violent. What do you […]

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Our signatures are unique

by Peter Twitchell There were two signatures I liked when I was a boy growing up, and that was Mom and Dad’s. When Mom went to the B.I.A. School in the 1920s the teacher was […]

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Surf Scoter Akacakayak or Cingayak

by Frank Keim One of the Yup’ik names, Akacakayak, for this crazy looking duck describes its odd appearance perfectly. The male’s nose in spring does indeed look like a bird who has “overturned accidentally,” and […]

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Feasting is part of our Culture

by Peter Twitchell 100-200 years ago Mother Nature was our friend, it provided for our food and heat. You didn’t need much else – our Native people back then weren’t money driven, but they cared […]

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Clara’s Moose Curry

by Millie Bentley Greetings. It’s that time of year again when calls start coming in for “…that recipe for moose curry. You know, that really good, really simple recipe?” Yes, I know exactly the recipe […]

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Love in Action

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy of 3, 4, 5 years old I remember being taught Love, and realize now, it was the foundation on which the Yupiit People began their day, each […]

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Helicopter Parents

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Recently, I learned about helicopter parents, and it really hit home. I am afraid that I am one of them. Why do I have such a hard time letting go […]

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Ugly is More Than Skin Deep

by Tad Lindley You’ve probably heard the story before. Adam and the woman (she wasn’t called Eve until later on, Genesis 3:20) were in the Garden of Eden. Life was wonderful. They did not know […]

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King Ranch Chicken

by Millie Bentley Greetings. I thought of a chicken casserole I had on a trip I made to Chico one Fall. Can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but it was off Interstate 5 somewhere […]

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Our ancestors set the course

by Peter Twitchell In the days before tools and colonization, the Yupiit People buried their deceased loved ones above the ground for it was not possible to dig up the frozen tundra. When the human […]

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Münchausen Syndrome

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is Münchausen Syndrome? Münchausen Syndrome is a serious psychiatric disorder wherein an individual has a need to assume a “sick role.” This is accomplished by feigning a disease, illness, […]

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Morning Glory Muffins

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Some years ago we had published a recipe for morning glory muffins. These were simple yet very delicious muffins that one could make and enjoy immediately on the baking day or […]

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When the Bullets Start Flying

by Tad Lindley I knew what I needed to do, tap-tap, two shots in the chest and one in the head. The front sight dropped down between the rear sights. Forward on the right hand […]

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The Irritable Child

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Recently, as I stood in line at an airport terminal, I observed a child probably 3 years old whining for something from his mother. Finally, the whining turned to hitting […]

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Shooting Silver Salmon

by Peter Twitchell On July 1957 I was walking along the Kuskokwim River just a half a mile upriver from the Old Airport across the river from Orutsararmiut of Bethel as the Moravian missionaries named […]

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Margaret’s Salmon Pie

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is another salmon recipe. Can you take it? Actually this was published in 1992 and 2000, but I thought it should be published again. It’s Margaret Eubank’s recipe that she […]

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Salmonberry Rhubarb Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Some folks have asked about salmonberry recipes and I’ve searched without success for my salmonberry pie recipe. I did, however, find the following two previously published recipes which are quite good. […]

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One Baptism, But Which One Is It?

by Tad Lindley The Bible tells us that there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5). And surely that was the case when Paul was writing Ephesians, but nearly 2,000 years later there […]

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Five Stages of Acculturation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Below is information I have provided several times over the years of writing this column. Since teachers will be arriving, this may be beneficial to those new to our area. Shepherd […]

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Hamburgers with Secret Sauce

by Millie Bentley Greetings. A while ago some gentleman came up to Ryan Martin at the B&B and asked him about hamburgers in Bethel. He said he really loved big Macs and wondered if we […]

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Father’s Love Letter

by Peter Twitchell A message from Creator God to His children: My child – you may not know me but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1). I know when you sit down and when […]

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Barbecue Baked Beans

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. Here’s a recipe for some nice barbecue baked beans which includes some ground beef. This recipe makes 20 servings, but can be cut in […]

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Let’s put ourselves in their shoes

by Peter Twitchell There are three types of people in the world. Let’s personalize this and say – in your life. First, there are those who help you in your difficult times. Let’s take the […]

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The Need for Sleep

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury How important is it to maintain regular sleep times? In answering your question, it’s important to define what constitutes a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep will vary depending on […]

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A life of devotion

by Peter Twitchell Imagine how isolated we were in Alaska before colonization. There were no roads, trains, airports. Not until steamships started sailing north did we have people and goods. Even tools, dry goods, and […]

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Net Mending

by Tad Lindley My salmon gear was in particularly bad shape. It had accumulated a lot of holes. Every year I put it away telling myself, “I will mend it when spring comes around and […]

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Blueberry Ginger Muffins

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Last week we were supposed to publish a recipe for blueberry pie with cream cheese. However, we were not able to find it so we’ll keep looking. Meanwhile here’s a recipe […]

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Don’t forget who is in charge

by Peter Twitchell In the Bible, God’s Holy Word, it says “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That is His Promise to us. Although we (I) have left Him in my past. I […]

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How to be Single and Happy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have always wanted to marry, but it just has not worked out. I find myself spending a lot of time being depressed, or angry, or something, because I have […]

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Tasty Salmon Burgers

by Millie Bentley Greetings. It’s pleasant to think about all the salmon that have been swimming up the river. Here’s a tasty recipe to try for your leftover baked salmon, if you have any leftover! […]

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Marrying Young

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I am a Christian mother with teenage girls. We talk a lot about abstaining from sex and waiting to get married until they finish college and find just the right […]

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The Source of Personality

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Are people born with personality, or is it something learned? Answer: You bring up the age-old question of nature v. nurture. It’s probably a combination of both. Any parent who […]

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What’s She Doing at the Feast?

by Tad Lindley You’re probably a better person than me, but perhaps you’re not, so let me ask you this question, “Have you ever studied the people at a feast? Have you ever just looked […]

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Fry Sauce

by Millie Bentley Greetings. When I was in Anchorage at the assisted living house, one of the people there from Idaho told me of a sauce that used to be served there with French fries. […]

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Unhealthy noise pollution

by Peter Twitchell I have permanently moved from Anchorage to the Valley for one reason only – the earache the jets have been causing and the irregular sleep patterns last and this summer. There are […]

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Animal Psychologists

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is there such a thing as an animal psychologist, and if there is, what does an animal psychologist do? What kind of a degree would you have to have to […]

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Blackened Bethel Salmon a la Stevens

by Millie Bentley Bethel is so beautiful at this time of year, isn’t it? “Depends on where you look!”, one person replied. But isn’t that true of any place? “Depends on whose doing the looking,” […]

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We all have a lot to learn about life

by Peter Twitchell In reading the June 5, 2019 Delta Discovery Newspaper I found the writers and commentators to be diverse, provocative, informative, caring, self-expressive and interesting. Perhaps the paper leads us to self discovery […]

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Gadwall Uqsuqaq

by Frank Keim For gleaming colors, the male of this species is unremarkable, but for the visual texture of his plumage, there is no other duck that is comparable. The combination of the black and […]

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Encounters with Big Foot

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy about 8 years old I was walking to the Civil Aeronautics administration compound. I had a sense that there was something out there in the trees watching […]

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Have You Fed the Calf Lately?

by Tad Lindley Remember the Parable of the Elder Brother? Maybe you’ve heard it called the Parable of the Lost Boy or the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It’s about a young man who leaves […]

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Rhubarb Pickles

by Millie Bentley Greetings from Southern California. It has been a long time since I’ve talked to you. Most of you know that in October of 2017 I broke my leg and was medevaced to […]

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Life was simple

by Peter Twitchell I remember growing up in the village of Bethel. My parents David and Sarah Twitchell lived on the upriver south side of Bethel. Back in the 1950s life seemed simple. There was […]

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The Ministry of Dissatisfaction

by Tad Lindley Recently I read about a couple of newlyweds who went for a walk. The young couple just happened to be passing by, and a salesman called out to them and they stopped […]