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The right to a peaceful environment

by Peter Twitchell When we were boys not too long ago, and we were going out to play we were given instructions by our mom and dad and grandparents, “Ilaten ata kenkurluki piurqina.” Meaning, “Love […]

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Focus on empowering yourself

by Peter Twitchell I met Carla Maxwell recently here in Anchorage who told me about her death in a traumatic car/van accident. She died bewildered, not sure what was going on around her. Her state […]

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What Would You Do With a Million Dollars?

by Tad Lindley The old joke goes, “They asked the farmer, ‘What would you do if you won the lottery?’ He said, ‘I reckon I’d just keep farming until the money ran out.’” As Christians, […]

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Hoarding Disorder

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is the difference between a hoarding disorder and collecting junk? Hoarding Disorder has been talked about for some time, but it finally made its way into the DSM-5. The […]

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To serve on council is an honor

by Peter Twitchell The fair City of Bethel, Alaska is not a thriving community with unlimited municipal funds like Barrow, for example. I don’t believe the Bethel City Council members should be paid public servants […]

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Bonaparte’s Gull Nacallngaq

by Frank Keim Athough the Bonaparte’s gull is Alaska’s smallest gull, I’ve never seen a feistier one, and I suggest not picking a fight with it.* This means, if you approach their nest or their […]

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Comforting Carrot Bread

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a comfort food recipe. This sweet carrot bread recipe was in the local newspaper in California back in 2007, how time flies. It is a good one. It makes […]

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Why is Easter Always on a Different Date?

by Tad Lindley Did you ever notice that Easter never falls on the same day? For instance, Independence Day always falls on July fourth. In fact, many people have quit calling it “Independence Day”, instead […]

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Fried Buttermilk Scones

by Millie Bentley Greetings. I’m always on the lookout for good fry bread. So many of you folks out there make wonderful varieties. Meanwhile here is a recipe for fried scones which are mighty tasty […]

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Easter Memories

by Peter Twitchell While I was growing up in Bethel in the 1950s, money was scarce this time of year. The money dad made the summer before at Bristol Bay was spent, and there was […]

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Multiple Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is Multiple Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder the same? Answer: No. They are two separate diagnoses. However Multiple Personality Disorder, which is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), is often […]

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Manipulation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband tells me that I use manipulation to get my way. I just don’t see it, and am wondering if you would be able to write an article about […]

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Spinach Potato Salad

by Millie Bentley G reetings. Here’s a tasty recipe to go along with your barbecue if you are planning on grilling. It is a little bit different, but very good. Spinach Potato Salad 4 pounds […]

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Early Entry into Kindergarten

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury It’s the time of the year when parents of children who miss the entry date into Kindergarten by a few days, weeks, or even months consider whether they should have their […]

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The Soporific Properties of Walrus

by Tad Lindley I’m hearing rumors of lots of walrus on the coast, even seeing pictures on Facebook, but I’m not going to believe them until I taste the walrus between my teeth! Shouts out […]

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Blueberries Breakfast Bread

by Millie Bentley Greetings. I hope you will like this recipe that calls for those blueberries still in freezer, if you have any. Amanda Galliher who used to work at the Bethel Police Department as […]

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Role of a Psychologist

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: As a psychologist, what is it like being able to psych people out all the time? This is a common misperception of psychology and psychologists. I suppose every psychologist has […]

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Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

by Peter Twitchell Queen the rock band from the 1970s recorded “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I wasn’t aware of the values “good thoughts, good words, good deeds” as being joined to each other. We were taught these […]

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Who Would You Die For?

by Tad Lindley In Helmand Province, Afghanistan on February 9, 2008. Matthew Croucher and three other British Marines were on a reconnaissance mission. While going through a building, they triggered a trip wire grenade. In […]

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Salmon Casserole

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Do you have any frozen salmon still in your freezer? Or what about that can sitting on the shelf? Until we can get that first fish from the river this summer, […]

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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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A Musical Ear

by Peter Twitchell I come from a long line of musicians, including mom and dad. When I was born mom already had a pump organ that she and her husband had shipped up from Seattle […]

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Carmel Walnut Bars

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Without any further ado let’s go to the kitchen and make some nice, comforting, low-calorie, low-carb cookie-like bars. (Comforting? Yes. Low-calorie/carb? No. Good? Yes!) Carmel Walnut Bars 2 cups flour ½ […]

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How to Avoid Isolation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have recently moved to Bethel. I have never lived so far away from everything. How do you avoid feeling isolated in an isolated place? Answer: I was unable to […]

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Congratulations to our Iditarod Champion

by Peter Twitchell Congratulations to Pete Kaiser, our 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Champion! You have set the course for future generations of Yup’ik mushers! A Yup’ik by birth Pete’s ancestral roots go deep into […]

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Breakfast Casserole Deluxe

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This week we have a recipe from Denise Thulin. Denise lived in Bethel for a number of years and cooked breakfast at the B&B. Her recipe is a breakfast entrée that […]

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Killed By a Craving for Cucumbers

by Tad Lindley Imagine that you had been a slave, that you had been frequently beaten by the overseers. Imagine that the government had sought out your sons and killed them as soon as they […]

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Moose Chili and Beans

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a nice dish to warm your innards. I looked around for some really good wild game recipes and found one that’s pretty easy as well as delicious. It has […]

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Our Lost Children

by Peter Twitchell There was a test putting a vehicle in a middle class neighborhood to see what would happen to it. After a week or so the vehicle was untouched. And then part of […]

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What is Nyctophilia?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is Nyctophilia? Can a person be cured from this and what are some things they can do to get help? This is the first time I was introduced to […]

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What Causes Spring Fever?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: With the weather turning warm so early, I feel like I am coming down with spring fever. What causes spring fever? When I first received this question, I thought I […]

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Life and death

by Peter Twitchell Who doesn’t want to live forever? I think that we all do, to a certain extent. I believe I’m starting to accept the fact that death is an integral part of life […]

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How time flies

by Peter Twitchell It’s good to see high school, college-age parents and grandparents fill up the dance hall at Carpenter’s Hall in downtown Anchorage, where the young and old mingle. I never see kids running […]

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A Definition of Love

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I was wondering if you could offer a good definition of love. Can you point me to some good literature that might help me better understand love? Love is one […]

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The World Stage

by Peter Twitchell All of us have prepared ourselves, if not consciously, by our teachers, cohorts, parents, and the efforts of those closest to us for the world stage. My Grandma Hannah shared her values […]

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Life After Amputation

by Tad Lindley Before you read any further, I want you to get to a place where nobody is watching you. Are you there? Now, look at your favorite hand, and tell it, “Hand, I […]

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Both are Worse

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury This article is an attempt to respond to comments on the Delta Discovery Facebook page in response to the article titled, Which is Worse? Alcohol or Marijuana? But before I respond […]

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Got Religion, but Still a Dry Drunk

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Dr. Bradbury, some time in the past, you wrote an article explaining the “dry-drunk syndrome.” I don’t know where I put the article and I would like to read it […]

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Music is alive and well

by Peter Twitchell Just a couple schools of thought. My relative David Chanar reiterated the return of vinyl records! They are here so are the phonograph record players! Available in every major store and pawn […]

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Getting involved unites us

by Peter Twitchell Tonight 3-4 bands will play at the Carpenter’s Hall following a potluck. It will be a sober event where families gather. Activities here in the biggest village in Alaska are a little […]

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Man Gets Subtweeted By God

by Tad Lindley Did you ever get subtweeted? You don’t have to be on Twitter to get subtweeted. Now for those of you in the middle age bracket like me, you may be unfamiliar with […]

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Blessings for 2019

by Peter Twitchell Two weeks already into a new year, it’s time to lighten our load of excess baggage! Let’s get rid of resentments, jealousy, hatred, envy, anger, blame, temper, even our great BIG ego, […]

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Disagreements Over Disclipline

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My wife often scolds me for not disciplining the children when they misbehave, but when I do try to discipline them, she attacks me for being too harsh. I find […]

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You Need to Get Married

by Tad Lindley Just this morning (I’m writing this on a Sunday evening January 13, 2019), a middle aged couple from the Yukon was walking by our church in Bethel before 9:00 AM. They decided […]

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OCD and Beyond

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What does it mean to be OCD? If someone has OCD, what would be on the other end of the continuum? Answer: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that is […]

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

by Millie Bentley Greetings. One great piece of kitchen equipment to use when making one (or several) of these hearty meals is a slow cooker, or crock pot. They’re just wonderful to have when you […]

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Elderhood

by Peter Twitchell “It’s times like these we need a savior” just popped to mind – the Holy Spirit at work. I do miss our leaders, like Eddie Hoffman, William Lomack, Axel Johnson, Nora Guinn. […]

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Turn on the Light

by Tad Lindley In the beginning In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the […]

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Help for Internet Addiction

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Two weeks ago, I wrote an article on Internet addiction and one of readers of this column responded with the following: Hello Dr. Bradbury, I wanted to point you and your […]

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Good wishes, happy Slaaviq

by Peter Twitchell I awoke from a wonderful dream of Mom’s old house in Bethel. In my dream it was full of my grandkids. Kids have always been and still is our family connection in […]

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Tasty Tater Cakes

by Millie Bentley Greetings. My mother did not like leftovers; she almost always made just enough food to fill us up with no leftovers. (One of the reasons for that is she probably didn’t have […]

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Internet Addiction

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is being on the computer all day long a disorder? If yes, how can someone get help? Over thirty years ago (1977), Marie Winn wrote an influential book entitled The […]

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King Herod Kills Kids

by Tad Lindley Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The place of his birth was actually prophesied about in the book of Micah, As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah – […]

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Christmas brings families together

by Peter Twitchell Christmas in the 1950s was a special time in Bethel. Students were getting ready for Christmas by making rings out of cray paper. Mrs. Fancher helped us cut strips of colored paper […]

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Turn on the Light

by Tad Lindley In the beginning  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the […]

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Apple Cranberry Coffee Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings! I would like to share a really good coffee cake recipe that I have. It has, in the past, received rave reviews from folks. (Rave reviews are when every last crumb […]

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Remembering a good friend

by Peter Twitchell My cousin Joseph Adolph Woods Jr. and I were like brothers. We grew up together in Bethel. We hunted together with our cousins Joseph “Manny” Evon and Henry Kohl. We were successful […]

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The Sleeping Giant

by Peter Twitchell The earth is like a sleeping giant, when it awakes it is uncontrollable. In my 67 years walking the tundra, the land has been friendly. I experienced my first earthquake November 30, […]

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Border Crossing: Checkpoint Israel

by Tad Lindley They knew Jesus was coming. His people were watching and waiting. They were expecting him to ride in with trumpets blaring. It had been prophesied from way back that the Messiah would […]

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Gussak Agudaq

by Millie Bentley Greetings and Merry Christmas! Let’s go straight to the kitchen. I want to give you my version of that ice cream you folks know how to make and love. I don’t even […]

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Be a part of an Elder organization

by Peter Twitchell I had the great pleasure, first of all, to play my bass guitar in David Chanar’s “Pilot Bread” Fiddle Band, then on top of that to perform for the Elder’s of Wasilla’s […]

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Holiday Breakfast Casserole

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a holiday breakfast recipe for December. It was originally published as a recipe to make for Easter morning, but I thought it could also be used for Christmas. I […]

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Marijuana and Creativity

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have friends who have almost convinced me that there are many benefits, besides pleasure, in using marijuana. One of the things they stress is the creativity that results, particularly […]

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Holiday Horror

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have come to hate holidays because without fail my wife is miserable. I have not been able to figure it out, but I think she looks forward to the […]

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Judo is fun

by Peter Twitchell Judo is fun! As in all sports a strict set of rules governs competition at all skills ensuring safety from club to national tournaments to Olympic games. Judo is best known for […]

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LUV Talk

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I love each other, but it seems that he never wants to deal with the issues that cause the problems in our marriage. Instead, he is likely […]

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Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

by Millie Bentley Greetings! Thanksgiving is here so I thought I’d publish a good dessert recipe. One of my favorites is pecan pie and one of my favorite crust recipes is one given to me […]

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My friend Harry

by Peter Twitchell My friend Harry Nicholai became a man of God, he was a humble man, a quiet man who would not retaliate if you said anything to him. He listened to what you […]

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Spicy Cornbread

by Millie Bentley Greetings. November 11th was Veterans Day. I wish to thank all the men and women who are serving, and have served, in the Armed Forces of our country. That’s why we celebrate […]

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It is good to see old friends

by Peter Twitchell I’m not one to believe that I should vote for a candidate for Governor because he wants to give me $3,000.00 for something he voted against giving me in the first place. […]

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Order in the Home

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: The house is a mess. Dishes are piling up. Can you give me some tips on how I can get everyone in our household to start helping me get the […]

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When you vote, you win

by Peter Twitchell If you are a late teen and in your 20s, it’s your duty to get out and vote and hopefully you are a registered voter! It’s our duty to listen to your […]

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What is Gaslighting?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My husband and I are estranged, living in separate locations due to his verbal abuse. I could not tolerate it anymore, so I left the relationship. Though I have not […]

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A good remedy

by Peter Twitchell Cramping legs and feet, the thing I dread the most about cold fall wet weather and the cold temperatures of winter months. It’s the worst thing that has happened to me while […]

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One Lord

by Tad Lindley It is one of the great truths central to scripture: there is one God. This is why when the scribe came to Jesus and asked him which commandment was the greatest, Jesus […]

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Overwhelmed and Immobilized

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I feel overwhelmed with work and I don’t know where to begin. As a result, I find myself feeling immobilized. Any suggestions? Answer: Several years ago, Peter Bregman wrote an […]

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Our Youth are the Hope for the Future

by Peter Twitchell Today marks the day of the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention held at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The Elders and Youth Conference begins today (Oct. 15th, 2018) – we celebrate […]

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John Fogerty live in concert

by Peter Twitchell On October 10, I got to see one of my favorite rock-n-roll icons from 1968. Suzi and I shared the excitement at the Wynn Encore Theater in Las Vegas on our way […]

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Signs of Emotional Abuse

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What are some signs of emotional abuse? Answer: Unlike physical abuse, emotional abuse often goes undetected. In fact, it’s possible that both the people doing it and receiving it may […]

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Jimmy Dean Savory Cupcakes

by Millie Bentley Greetings! Coming up with recipes for Bethel and the Delta is tricky. For one thing we don’t have access to a full range of ingredients – especially fresh produce – and folks […]

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Philip’s Scooby Doo Moment

by Tad Lindley While I have not had television most of my adult life, I did growing up. Those of my generation might remember the old Scooby Doo cartoons. In those shows they would always […]