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Cetuqupak – Grey Whale

by Peter Twitchell The grey whale was divided among the people of southwestern Alaska who wanted a piece of the Cetuqupak, Yup’ik word for the Grey Whale. People generously shared the blubber with their neighbors […]

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The Butterfly Effect

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is the “butterfly effect” and how does it apply to family therapy? Answer: The concept of the “Butterfly Effect” has its origin in Chaos Theory. Chaos Theory describes certain […]

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Subsistence Life is a Healthy Life

by Peter Twitchell The majority of people in villages still depend solely on their subsistence way of life. For most of us today, it is crucial to eat subsistence foods to maintain good health practices. […]

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There is no need to speed

by Peter Twitchell I’m glad the Bethel Police Department is alert to speeders in Bethel. Our roads are in poor shape and dangerous. I’ve been in older cabs that bounce around and bottom out after […]

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Lemony Friendship Bread

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This recipe comes from an old friend Bert Monfort. She stayed with us here at the B&B many years ago and was impressed with the friendship bread that we served (especially […]

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The First Mark of the Beast

by Tad Lindley This column is based on a message preached by Rev. Jimmy Toney at this summer’s family campmeeting in Sterling, AK. The second mark: 666 One of the best known passages of scripture, […]

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The Need for Sleep

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Does anyone know why we need to sleep? There has been a great deal of research on sleep and the need for sleep. We apparently create a sleep debt when […]

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Spicy Rice Pilaf

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This is a rice pilaf recipe worth keeping. It is from Teddy Wintersteen’s wonderful recipe collection – she sent it to me back in 1997. It comes from the Taste of […]

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The values of subsistence

by Peter Twitchell The Elders spoke earlier this summer about our Ancestors, who commissioned us to never fight about our resources like fish. However, we live in modern times and our sovereignty has been violated […]

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4th of July past

by Peter Twitchell Bethel 4th of July celebrations have always been a big event in the past. The preparation, where everyone pitched in, including City Municipality, as they do now, all service organizations, and someone […]

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Deep Fried Fish

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a recipe that you can use with salmon, halibut, whitefish, etc. I used this particular recipe for years on just about any kind of fish, but haven’t deep fried […]

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Philosophy of Marriage – Part 2

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury A second part to my philosophy of marriage is that it is unnecessary to fight. There is nowhere in any marriage vows that I have ever examined that says anything about fighting. […]

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Hooked on Phonics

by Tad Lindley In 1987 a new reading program hit the market. It was called Hooked on Phonics. If you had television back then, maybe you remember it. It was supposed to dramatically improve your […]

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Javanese Chicken

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This recipe comes from my friend Karen from Chico, CA. She is the mother of four and she loves to cook. Karen’s recipe is fast, nutritious and delicious which is what […]

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Problem Solver

by Peter Twitchell Scientists are so smart, sometimes baffling how they think and what they accomplish in life, but the question still remains, are they that smart? Can they tell exactly how many stars there […]

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Philosophy on Marriage

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is your personal philosophy on marrying young? Parents, churches, and in some cases, even the government have done a great job advocating for young people to abstain from sex, […]

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The Gray Bar Hotel

by Peter Twitchell I remember the time I went to the courthouse and sat in what I now know to be the main chamber. The attorney told me to be there by 10 a.m. so I […]

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Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is one of my favorite recipes for chocolate chip cookies. While looking for a cookie recipe, I discovered that I actually have several favorites that uses chocolate chips. The advent […]

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Becoming healthy can become a habit

by Peter Twitchell Historian Will Durant said, “To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.” What we say, what we think and what we do should all be in sync. When […]

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Weekend camping at Niugnilnguq

by Dr. Robert Nick It has been some time since I last wrote in the weekly Delta newspaper. As we had done for many years, my wife and I, along with some family spent last […]

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Lemony Baked Halibut

by Millie Bentley Greetings. The best ways to cook fish are the simplest ways, but sometimes we want something different or a little more ‘fancy’. What about halibut? Folks up and down the coast have […]

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Dope Dealer Turns Hope Dealer

by Tad Lindley If we were to talk to every kindergartner in every local school and ask them what they want to be when they grow up, we would get responses like, pilot, agent, health […]

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Climbing the Wall of “All”

by Tad Lindley If you live life behind the Wall of All, the scripture that I present to you is going to be difficult to believe. Even though I am writing this column, I have […]

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Please respect others property

by Peter Twitchell Sunday, May 28, 2016 I checked in my two pieces of luggage and a tote in Anchorage at 0945 hours. When I got home to Bethel, I checked my bags and tote […]

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A Split Personality

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is a Split Personality the same as Schizophrenia? Answer: The answer to that question is “No.” They are not the same. At present, it is believed that Schizophrenia is a […]

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Gingered Salmon

by Millie Bentley Greetings. While I was “fishing” for a recipe I remembered this old but very good one from a lady named Kate. She was with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Kate […]

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The Big King that got away

by Tad Lindley The net was laid out perfectly. The currents were just right. The corks jerked hard. They could feel him move the boat. The way the corks were going under, it was obviously […]

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Memories live on, make good ones

by Peter Twitchell I opened the folder to 1959 and looked at the pictures I took with my Kodak Instamatic camera back then. The photos were in perfect shape. I look at the pictures from 1909 […]

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Utilizing Your EAP

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Do you accept EAP insurance, and what is the benefit of using that over regular insurance? Answer: Your EAP isn’t an insurance, but it provides services similar to your insurance, […]

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Flipping Burgers

by Tad Lindley When I was growing up teachers used to try to threaten us into being better students. They would say things like, “Do you homework or else you end up flipping burgers at […]

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Person-Centered Therapy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is Rogerian counseling? Answer: Rogerian counseling is also known as Person-centered therapy. It was developed by the late Carl Rogers. At first, he described his orientation as Patient-centered, moved […]

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Crime is crime

by Peter Twitchell When I heard about the news from Dillingham concerning drugs and gun(s), I was confused. The news said a guy was arrested for “felony gun possession by a felon,” and that he […]

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Tasty Salmon Patties

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a recipe to use up your leftover baked salmon that you can eat with tartar sauce. Even the kids will love it, it is heavenly! Salmon Patties 1 pound […]

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Be a voice for your people

by Peter Twitchell One of the great privileges we have as Americans is we have a voice on many levels including boards and commissions. As citizens of the great state of Alaska, we are the […]

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They Got Tired of Winning

by Tad Lindley One of the themes of President Trump’s campaign speeches was winning. “We’re going to turn it around, we’re going to start winning again. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to […]

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What it Means to be a Gentleman

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Can you please talk about what it means to be a gentleman? I think it would benefit men and boys to know how to treat others with civility, especially women. […]

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Trumpeter Swan (Caqulegpak)

by Frank Keim If you’ve watched Trumpeter swans, there are two things you notice right from the get-go: their enormous size and their loud resonant call, which reminds me of, well, a trumpet. Trumpeters are […]

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What Will Our Kids Know?

by Tad Lindley Thinking about fish camp and those that have lead the way for us, I pulled this out of the archives. It still makes me cry to read it. Dad is now gone […]

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How to End an Argument

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Please give me some tips on how to stop arguing with my wife. It seems that she is ready to fight at the drop of the hat, and so am […]

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A Tasty Treat from the Banana Belt

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Happy Kuskowim break-up! This calls for a nice punch recipe that you can serve at your graduation parties or your spring get-togethers. It is a nice way to use up some […]

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Greek Potato Salad

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Have you ever been invited to a potluck but don’t know what to bring? Here is a nice potato salad recipe that you can make that goes good with any moose […]

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Shareholder privilege

by Peter Twitchell If you are a member of a corporation like I am, I consider it a privilege, first to be counted. As a shareholder, my input and voting a proxy ballot is important. […]

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A scary thought

by Peter Twitchell Our fears are based on things we don’t know about the future. The future is about the unknown, so why worry about the unknown because it is not for certain. Ever since […]

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Conni’s 5-Yum Summer Pie

by Millie Bentley Greetings! How does strawberry-rhubarb pie sound? It sounds great right about now. My sister-in-law Conni Bentley is a terrific baker and maker of desserts extraordinaire. Here is her recipe for Strawberry-Rhubarb Streusel […]

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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 well-worth […]

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Traditional Values

by Peter Twitchell When I looked up “values” it means: principles, standards, morals, ethics, ideals, and when we talk about traditional values it could include these Tlingit Values: Respect for self and others including Elders, […]

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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 of […]

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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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How are you doing?

by Peter Twitchell I wonder if the hospital really monitors the meds we’re prescribed? I wonder because I ask for a refill and often I get like nasal sprays and I feel just one time is […]

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New Patient Housing

by Peter Twitchell I was amazed when I went to ANMC this time to follow up on some health concerns I had. The new patient housing is awesome! Thanks for people who care about providing better […]

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What Are You Savoring?

by Tad Lindley When you savor something, you love it. It is special to you. You want to make it last. For me, one thing I savor is walrus soup. Walruses don’t swim upriver, so […]

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Nutty Kung Pao Chicken

by Millie Bentley Greetings! Do you like Kung Pao Chicken? Well, here’s a recipe that came about from a storm that left our B&B guests stranded for a few days. It’s a long story but […]

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Token Economy

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have four children, ages 4, 5, 7, and 8. When they were babies, they were so sweet and cuddly, but now that they are older, I am pulling my […]

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A Lot of Goodness

by Peter Twitchell I saw a lot of goodness at the 2A/B Regional basketball tournament. After a basketball game, recognition was given to a cheerleader of a different region. I really liked this. Just as an […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Ammonia

by Tad Lindley Even as my dad was telling it to me, I made up my mind that I would do it. He warned me sternly of the consequences of disobedience, but something welled up […]

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Delicious crock pot beans

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a quick and easy dish for a potluck or a picnic if you have a little bit of time to plan ahead and make it. It comes from an […]

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Pukuked By God

by Tad Lindley Where I grew up we never saw meat on the bone except for ribs. By the time it hit the grocery store shelf the bones were gone to the Jello factory. It […]

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Premenstrual Psychosis

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I don’t exactly have a question, but could you please write about Premenstrual Psychosis? Answer: This is an area in psychiatric/psychological care that I have very little experience. So I […]

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Decades of friendship

by Peter Twitchell Bobby Fredericks was my friend for the past 50 years. I first met him at one of the Cowan Hut dances we used to have back in the 1960’s. He came to […]

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Rekindling Romance

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My wife treats me as though she really doesn’t like me. I don’t know what I have done wrong. When we first married, she treated me well, and I really […]

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Notable people of Bethel

by Peter Twitchell Every day of our lives we see good, and good people. They are our neighbors, some of them deserve some recognition. And, I am glad to know them. I was at the […]

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Rich and moist 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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A tasty treat with a twist

by Millie Bentley Greetings. What a weekend of basketball throughout the delta. I hope everyone enjoyed cheering for their teams and got home safely. Here’s a treat that you can make for your ball players. […]

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Five Stages of Acculturation

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have been in Bethel a couple of months. When I first arrived, experiencing a new culture was exciting, and I felt as though I had found a culture that […]

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Make America Great Again

by Peter Twitchell There were many injustices done to innocent people throughout our history of humanity. I had exposure to injustice to Japanese – Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My future mom was […]

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Quitting Tobacco

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: We are in a financial bind. We can’t pay our rent, yet my husband smokes a pack of cigarettes each day. I know we are on the verge of being […]

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Delicious Potato Pancakes

by Millie Bentley Greetings! Have you ever had mashed potatoes left over from a feast or meal? Here is a recipe that you can use to make potato pancakes like mom used to make with […]

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Make Sure You Get It In Writing

by Tad Lindley Did you ever play that game telephone when you were a kid? One kid would start by whispering something in the next kid’s ear. It would start out as something like, “Which […]

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Do not ever drink and drive

by Peter Twitchell Alcohol is a chemical addiction in the YK Delta, has been for generations and will be for generations. Some of us learn the hard way. The first time we went to jail […]

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Red-necked Grebe Aayuli/Aarayuli

by Frank Keim The Yup’ik names of the Red-necked grebe describe this bird well. Both of the above names mean, “the one that really knows how to moan and scream loud.” Yes, indeed, they are […]

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Johnson River memories

by Peter Twitchell Time sure is quickly passing and winter will be spring again. It was a cold one, and I’m not certain too many people were on the ice making ice holes and hooking. […]

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Gram’s Homemade Sourdough

Here is a recipe for sourdough pancakes just like Gram makes that you can also learn how to make. Our grandmothers never used measuring cups or spoons so this recipe will make it easier for […]