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There are many beliefs and studies on using coffee grounds in the compost or as a mulch in garden beds. Many gardeners believe they are acidic enough to use directly around their blueberry plants. However, studies show that the acid is in the coffee, but no longer in the grounds. Many expert…

My January “Happy New Year” greetings have lacked some enthusiasm. 2021 feels much the same to me so far! Where are we to find restfulness in such turbulent times? Consider Psalm 131. Here are three truths for contentment independent of circumstances. One, learn humility. “My heart is not li…

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The symbolism and renewed energy of the new year is, in and of itself, enough to fire us up and encourage us to keep going, to push a little harder, to dream a little bigger and to never give up no matter how tough the going gets.” – from anna@thehouseandhomestead.com

It was early 1960s — rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz — David Trathen played them all on his guitar. And he was good. While he was in college in Florida, he formed a band and found it to be more enjoyable and more lucrative than going to school. Besides, playing gigs till early mo…

My husband’s family liked to eat lutefisk and lefsa, pickled herring, Swedish meatballs with allspice, and potatiskorv (a ground spicy potato sausage), then you could cover most of the above with white sauce. I was an eager adherent to these new foods. This was followed by an array of desser…

Anyone who ever needed to find their way in the dark knows how hard it is. We fumble around and try to take steps, all while trying to avoid bumping our head or knocking something over.

Christmas traditions have always centered around plants, so to narrow the discussion to just 12 is not easy. Many of those we honor in America came from all parts of the world. And some we may know nothing about.

Heartfelt condolences to the families of Cassandra (Allen) Kipp, of Lapwai. Cass journeyed to the spirit world Friday, Dec. 18, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Prayers of comfort for her loving husband, Robert Kipp, her children, Gregory Crowe, Andre Picard, Angela Picard and Earl Kip…

Have you heard any lies lately? Whether it’s little fibs or big whoppers, lies tear at the fabric of our lives; whatever is held together with lies comes apart easily.

My apologies to the George and Martha Meisner family for omitting their youngest son, Andy, from my last article. Also, to clarify, the home that George and Martha built on Glenwood Road is now owned by their grandson, Clayne, and his family.

Tourtière can be traced back to 17th century Quebec. French settlers would attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and then celebrate afterwards with a late-night feast called a Réveillon. One of these indulgences was Tourtière, a pie traditionally served in a cast-iron cauldron and stuffed wi…

In America, we commonly hear politicians say, “God Bless America” and the populace seems to think God is present, that He will indeed bless our land. However, his may simply be P.C. talk. Yet this time of year, we Christians are reminded of a higher thought which is found in Matthew’s gospel…

Deepest sympathy to the family of Jordene Bear. Jordene journeyed to the spirit world this past weekend. Jordene was a very skillful seamstress and made very beautiful, beaded earrings and bracelets. Jordene was known for her Fast & Fancy Shawl Dancing; she won many Fancy Shawl Dance con…

GLENWOOD-CARIBEL -- Martha Lacey Meisner grew up in Woodland and attended school there from kindergarten through 8th grade. The students who were in grades 9-12 attended Kamiah High School. Since there were no school buses at the time, the kids stayed during the school week with families in …

It’s an American tradition to decorate a Christmas tree. But, exactly how we do it can have many options. And families may change their option from year to year. When we lived in south central Idaho, it was our family tradition to cut a tree: sometimes into the snowy mountains on snowshoes, …

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For whatever reasons, many local gardeners grew an over-abundance of squash in 2020. Some were due to zealous volunteer, unknown varieties. Some planted green acorn squash and had an abundant harvest of beautiful, white acorns. Some planted saved-seeds and even store-bought seeds, and found …

This past Thanksgiving weekend there was much sorrow and heavy hearts throughout our communities and reservation. Lifelong Kamiah resident, Lyle Davis, journeyed to the other side to be with his twin brother, Kyle. Lyle was laid to rest at the Second Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Frid…

I heard about two young brothers who were both praying about what they wanted for Christmas. The older boy prayed very loudly, almost yelling, that he wanted a brand-new red bike for Christmas. The younger boy looked at his brother and said, “You know God can hear you even if you don’t yell.…

Wildlife turkeys are instantly recognizable game birds, and while they are often seen as gullible and comical, they have a noble history in their native North America as well as throughout the world.” - thespruce.com.

A mechanically inclined neighbor suggested I call Steve Kelley and talk to him about his amazing machine. So, I did. The thing looks like it belongs in a space capsule. It’s a grinding machine called a Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and its function is to manufacture small metal parts for…

Some months ago, I wrote about the law of sowing and reaping. Galatians 6:7-8, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall re…

Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant that’s found in plant foods, most notably in deeply colored nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables. You are probably already thinking blueberries and dark cherries. Yum. You can buy it in pill form or you can continue to harvest it year-round for free from…

Kooskia resident Pam Reidlen shared this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 15, of swans at the Heart of the Monster outside Kamiah.

Heartfelt condolences to the families of Jamie Jackson. Jamie was taken from this world Sunday, Nov. 1, over at the Yakima Valley. Though a quiet young lady she always greeted others with a sweet smile and a kind word. Prayers for safe travels for her family as they make arrangements for her…

As I write this article, the outcome of the presidential election remains nail-bitingly undecided. Can 2020 get any more bizarre—COVID-19, economic upheaval, social unrest and now a disputed election result? Only God knows, but whatever the future holds we can choose how we face it.

Voting at the Old School House on Glenwood Road has always been a nice (can I say quaint?) experience, and this year was no exception. The atmosphere was pleasant, with cookies and coffee being offered to the voters and the voting booths decorated with star-spangled fabric. Everything ran sm…

There is somewhat of a joke among gardeners, house plant lovers and growers, that you can’t have too many plants. Much like quilters and their fabric collections. I am that way when it comes to herb plants. So when checking out the herb section of a local nursery this summer, and finding one…

Are you spending too much time alone? As we head into the darker and colder winter season, with many of us spending more time indoors, loneliness, social isolation and depression can be a problem, particularly for older folks, according to AgingCare.com. With the cancellation or moving onlin…

The annual shift from Daylight Saving back to Standard Time occurred last week when clocks were set back an hour, providing us with a little extra sleep and some mind numbing adjustment to the fact that most of us will now get up in the dark to go to work and come home from work in darkness …

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I have a favorite garden herb recipe: Emerald Salt. It is a combination of dried, then powdered herbs, mixed with salt and it is delicious on just about anything you would use a saltshaker on. Find the recipe on mountainroseherbs.com. Use 2 parts rosemary, 1-part nettle leaf, 1-part dandelio…

Very sad news for our Nimiipuu and throughout Indian country. Hearts were very heavy as we heard of the passing of Bessie Blackeagle. Bessie was a unique young lady, a skillful seamstress, talented Women’s Traditional, Jingle and Fancy Shawl dancer throughout the pow-wow trail. Bessie repres…

When people up here ask where I live, and I tell them, they usually say, “That’s a big place!” Yes, it is. Then when I tell them that Dee and I live with my brother, David, and sister-in-law, Lynn, they usually say, “Really? Does that work?” Yes, it does. The house is sort of like a duplex, …

Healing prayers for all our respected Nimiipuu Elders and community members suffering from COVID-19. Continue to practice proper hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID, frequent hand-washing hand sanitizer, face masks and social distancing. We need to do our part to keep our friends, family …

Christians are a curious sort. They don’t easily fit into anyone’s mold. Not for nothing are they called “peculiar.” Sometimes they even seem to contradict themselves. One Sunday they sing: “This Is My Father’s World,” and the next they may recite “This World Is Not My Home.” Well, which one…

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You may have noticed a colorful, blooming flower garden along Highway 12 this summer as you pulled into Cloninger’s parking lot and wondered where it came from and who planted and maintained it. Well, you have questions and I have answers. For years this particular garden bed was maintained …

The Kingdom of Heaven is not far away. I’m not talking about the end of the world and the Kingdom of Heaven replacing it. John the Baptist and Jesus both taught 2,000 years ago that the people should repent because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. (See Matthew 3:2 and 4:17). In other words,…

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If you’re familiar with firearms, you might know what checkering is. If you’re not, you might not. It’s both a functional and a decorative way to give the shooter more grip on the stock, especially when it is wet or greasy. Parallel grooves are cut into the grip panel and the fore-end panel …

Sincere condolences to the family of Mike Lopez. Mike, a very good friend to many Nimiipuu, crossed over to the Holy Land, Sunday, Oct. 11. Prayers of comfort for his son, Carter, and Carmen Lopez, and his loving grandchildren.

There are two seasons of pear varieties: summer and winter. They both need to be picked when the fruit is full size, but not ripe. Pears are one of the few fruits that do not ripen on the tree, because they ripen from the inside out. When they appear ripe on the tree, they are too mushy on t…

In these days, folks across the nation are struggling with our times. COVID, unemployment,unrest in some of our cities, disparity in equality in sections of our nation, possibility of the upcoming election mismanagement the killing of police officers, with alcoholism and drugs, marital abuse…

Decluttering and downsizing: People are looking at the collections of stuff in their homes these days with a new eye toward simplifying their lives, or more practically, gaining space to reclaim a shelf, closet, room or even a garage.

Have you ever thought, I don’t want to end up in the hospital with a bunch of tubes keeping me alive? If that’s the case, have you written this down so your desires are clear to family or friends? Who do you want to make decisions about your medical care if you become incapacitated and can’t…

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The Nez Perce Tribe Fall General Council, that was scheduled for Oct. 15, 16, and 17, has been postponed until a later date. General Council officers want to do their part in preventing the spread of the COVID virus. A later date will be announced.