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The highway that never ends

by Peter Twitchell People in my village of Bethel Alaska say that we have a total of 15 miles of road in Bethel. I have been on a road that ever ends! Route 66 from […]

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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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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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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 […]

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Grateful for a new day

by Peter Twitchell I really want to write about the Pandemic of 2020. COVID-19 virus was devastating to the human race. The virus took so many lives but here we are still hanging on to […]

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Christmas

by Peter Twitchell Christmas is bankruptcy time for me. What does Christmas really mean? Jesus came into the world, He came as salvation to the world. He paid the price for the forgiveness of man’s […]

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Thankful for Family

by Peter Twitchell During this time of the year we’re thankful for our children and grands, our past families who gave us a strong foundation on which to stand on and weather the storms of […]

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Learn from your past

by Peter Twitchell We were taught in psychology not to live in our past, but to leave it and move forward! But research is finding that we can examine our past and be empowered and […]

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We need a sound foundation

by Peter Twitchell The world needs us right now indigenous people to guide our youth in using our value system. We need our youngsters to respond to this positive stimulus. We need to brighten a […]

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Let’s be a blessing to others

by Peter Twitchell After ten months hunkered down because of the coronavirus, I see the world through a different lens. Life is precious. I thank Creator God each morning that I am awake, what a […]

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Grandparents burden

by Peter Twitchell Baby Boomers, of which I am one, born in 1950, were expected to go to school. It was what was expected of us. We finished our school K-through-12, so we went to […]

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If you see something, say something

by Peter Twitchell Very disheartening to get a call first thing in the morning, “Peter, someone broke into your house and looks like destroyed everything.” What is the world coming to when grandparents know their […]

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Remembering a dear friend

by Peter Twitchell Luther Oscar was my friend and he always acknowledged me. He was my best friend, Samuel Oscar’s oldest brother. He treated me no different than he would a brother and I really […]

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Cast your vote this election

by Peter Twitchell Local, State, and National Elections are important and they matter, by allowing us the “voice,” at the election booth. If you do not vote then you do not have a voice. Some […]

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Hardship teaches lessons

by Peter Twitchell What is money anyway? It’s only paper, right? Absolutely correct. The Creator and his infinite wisdom has been teaching me the value of the dollar in the last several months. I haven’t […]

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Sod Huts

by Peter Twitchell Sod huts (dwellings) for men and boys on the tundra were referred to as qasgiqs by the “real people”, Yup’iks of southwestern Alaska at the turn of the last century. Our Ancestors […]

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Great men in my life

by Peter Twitchell Today was a swell day to reminisce about a different time when my mind was being filled with what was good, and a time in Bethel when people were impressionable. My dad, […]

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COVID-19 Virus

by Peter Twitchell I’m addressing all the young men and women. COVID-19 virus is not a laughing matter. I know what you’re doing when you get a bottle of whiskey. You sit there drinking out […]

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KYUK Local Gospel Hour

by Peter Twitchell I was lying on the bed with my eyes closed when the Dr. told my wife, “Peter has a 50/50 chance.” I prayed, “Dear Lord, you made me in your image. I […]

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Crucial services

by Peter Twitchell December 30, 2016 was the last day I worked a fulltime job in Bethel, Alaska after receiving notice that my employer Akeela, Inc. was going to cease contracting their substance abuse treatment […]

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Let the People tell their Story

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy we had “White Alice” Communications System (WACS), a United States Air Force Telecommunications Network with 80 radio stations constructed in Alaska during the Cold War. It used […]

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Practice understanding

by Peter Twitchell When it comes to incarceration, we need to practice, first and foremost, understanding. There are at least five (5) people that are affected by this dilemma. And, it’s a worldwide problem, not […]

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Bethel was hopping

by Peter Twitchell When I came on the scene in 1966, Bethel was a quiet little town, until the weekend rolled around. The Yupiit were hot blooded and we loved to dance! It was “fun” […]

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Friends & Family

by Peter Twitchell I have so many friends and family to thank for lifting me up and being there for me during the COVID-19 Epidemic. I would have nothing but names on this page and […]

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Confusion

by Peter Twitchell When we were boys in the EARLY DAYS before modern media like we know it today, we were living in a world that covered an area as far as the eye could […]

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A Wake-Up Call

by Peter Twitchell It amazes me how Creator Almighty God will give us a wake-up call. I have heard a lot of complaining about our current situation with COVID-19 virus. For one thing, we have […]

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Our Love of Tundra

by Peter Twitchell Since hunkering down toward the end of February 2020 I’ve been communicating at least twice a week with my friend and bandmate Frank Hunter. When Frank and I begin dialoguing we never […]

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Act of Forgiveness

by Peter Twitchell Jesus Christ of Nazareth came into the world to love us sacrificially, unconditionally – true and genuine love (selfless love). He wants us to love each other, John 13:34-35. “34) And now […]

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Bobby, Johnny & Me

by Peter Twitchell Today I am grateful for my former bandmate guitar extraordinaire: Robert JM Gregory who was always there for me with his amazing guitar licks and riffs on the guitar neck when I […]

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What’s it going to be like in 3020?

by Peter Twitchell In a hundred years will it be necessary to use N95 face masks to protect ourselves from infections? Face masks protected us from the flu and tuberculosis in our past. Today a […]

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Ilkivik

by Peter Twitchell Hunting and fishing safety becomes an important issue as you age. I have participated in hunting, fishing subsistence activities ever since I was a boy. I remember one spring day in April, […]

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Technology is full of surprises

by Peter Twitchell My friends have been urging me to get with it and get into internet. For a long time I ignored them. With the COVID-19 pandemic I’ve had a lot of time on […]

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Mother’s Day Past & Present

by Peter Twitchell I am happy to report I made it to another special day – “Mother’s Day”, just recently recognized in Eskimo Country. By the term “Eskimo Country” I’m thinking of all the Native […]

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Enjoying God’s Wonders

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy I walked in the woods all day sometimes from sun up to sun down. Poor Mom, what I must have put her through. I know in my […]

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70 & COVID-19 Virus

by Peter Twitchell I’ll be 70 years old tomorrow. I was born April 25th, 1950 in a makeshift hospital Quonset after the Bethel Hospital burned to the ground. I was born to David & Sarah […]

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You take care

by Peter Twitchell As a child I heard stories told by our elders of the flu epidemic, tuberculosis, which took the lives of so many of our Native people. Today our generation is experiencing the […]

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Carefree days

by Peter Twitchell Remember when we used to have carefree days when we were a lot younger long ago? We got up in the morning and got ready for school. All of us knew it […]

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Concept of the Flying “V”

by Peter Twitchell I like the concept of the letter “V” formation geese and other migrating birds fly in. Someone told me once that the reason geese fly in a “V” formation is so they […]

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Counting our blessings

by Peter Twitchell Until this period of time since the emergence of the COVID-19 virus have I really appreciated the cell phone. It was like taking my family and friends for granted until now. Every […]

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Setting the record straight

by Peter Twitchell I, Peter Adams Twitchell, wish to set the record straight once and for all. I write this being of sound mind and body. I was born April 25, 1950 to Sarah and […]

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The mirror and the truth

by Peter Twitchell You ever look in the mirror and see a fake smile? A smile comes from the heart where love, peace, and the joy of God reside. Are you truly happy? Being happy […]

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Memories of the past

by Peter Twitchell Congratulations to Dee Dee Jonrowe dog musher extraordinaire. She has come a long way against all odds. She lifted the institution of dog mushing and racing to heights above the expectations of […]

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Read the fine print

by Peter Twitchell I’ve received gifts and bought items with labels stuck to them that I need a magnifying glass to read the fine print. It tells you where the item was made and which […]

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An amazing life

by Peter Twitchell For the last month I’ve pondered a question I believe man has pondered. It is truly amazing to me how a chicken can have eggs, any bird for that matter, and the […]

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The Power of Music

by Peter Twitchell I have always believed that music unites us! No matter who we are on this planet we have that in common. It is one common denominator we share in our journey through […]

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Every good thought

by Peter Twitchell The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Wisdom and knows everything, knows what we say, do, think. The Holy Spirit speaks to us all the time. Every wonder where your good thoughts […]

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The Anchorage Folk Festival

by Peter Twitchell I was invited by Mary Walker to join her and Carl Jack at the Anchorage Folk Festival 2020 on January 19, 2020 at the Wendy Williams Auditorium Stage that evening at 7pm […]

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Wolves terrify hunters

by Peter Twitchell I’m just going to repeat a story I was told recently, and then comment on it. Three men were out in the field not too long ago. They were tracked and stalked […]

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Children need to be taken care of

by Peter Twitchell Where is the child support? The way I see it, mothers of young children are not seeing their child’s support payment each month consistently. The child or children are being neglected by […]

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Good wishes for 2020

by Peter Twitchell As we begin down the road in 2020 help us to follow you. Open our hands and our hearts to receive this day as a special gift from you oh Lord. You […]

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Subsistence life

by Peter Twitchell For a hundred years before I ever heard about a deep sea fishery our salmon population was strong. After half that time since the 1970s our salmon fishery has dwindled to what […]

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The Reason for the Season

by Peter Twitchell Merry Christmas and remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Give thanks everyday we’re here. As I look back to my childhood, I was disappointed in man. I sat on Santa’s […]

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Get honest with yourself

by Peter Twitchell It’s time to face reality. I know some people who play hide and seek with their disease of alcoholism. It’s a self-defeating attempt to try and deal with your disease on your […]

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Answered Prayer of 2019

by Peter Twitchell Twenty-three years ago a doctor in Bethel told me that I had arthritis on one of my spinal discs back of my neck. I called is a stroke of Bad Luck. I […]

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Remembering a longtime friend

by Peter Twitchell As a boy I never worried or gave much thought to my future. Grandma Hannah and Mom always reminded me to help others and especially Elders. We lived in the moment. “The […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To protect and serve

by Peter Twitchell When it comes to policing in a village community I can only imagine how challenging it must be to be a police officer where you know everybody and you’re related to them. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]