All is calm, all is bright...
Silent Night...
Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Starry night in Anchorage, "City of Lights & Flowers."

Updates -

Illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Levi finds his toes...

Photo by Sarah Steinhauer
Levi's smile

UPDATE -- Rylie writes a letter
by Rylie Johnson
Moorhead, MN

Great Grandma Dorothy,

Mom's working today, so I'm in charge of keeping Daddy and Brooklynn busy. We spent some of the morning wrapping presents. Brooklynn's a VERY helpful present wrapper. Daddy cuts and wraps while I get tape ready for Daddy. Brooklynn tests the wrap job, to make sure there aren't any loose ends. As we wrapped my cousin Vincent's present, I told Daddy we should tease Vincent and tell him that we got him a necklace and earrings. Daddy laughed and thought that was a good idea. Then I told him we'd tell my other cousin, Hannah, that we got her some socks.

Wrapping presents got boring, so I figured it was time for Daddy to get out and shovel. Daddy took FOREVER to find all our snowpants, jackets, boots, hats, and mittens. I got to wear my new "Hello Kitty" mittens!

Brooklynn was a total maniac, and spent most of the time trying to walk out into the street. I spent my time trudging through the too deep snow, getting my feet stuck all the time. Daddy was babbling something about his 15 minute shoveling project taking over 45 minutes! Oh well, I had a good time, and Daddy got a little needed exercise and fresh air.

I love you!

Rylie & Brooklynn Johnson, left; Brook & Rylie in snow, right;

My Dear Sweet Rylie,

I must say you are one busy girl... I would think Daddy must need a nap after Mama gets home from work! I do hope you and sister Brook have a lovely Christmas.

I love the pictures you sent me and those blue satin pants look so cozy... I have a nightgown that is nice blue and shiny and I LOOVVVVE it ... because it is so smooth!

Thanks for writing to me!

I love you, too!
Great Grandma Dorothy

Jonathan Hill gets assist from Mom with birthday presents.

UPDATE -- Jonathan's first birthday party
by Brenda (Anderson) Hill
Wahpeton, ND

We just got done reading The Bulletin. It was very good, as usual! I love to read The Bulletin but find it harder to write!

Today we celebrated Jonathan's first birthday at Pizza Ranch with about 45 of our friends and relatives. He especially enjoyed the clapping after everybody sang "Happy Birthday" to him! He really didn't get into tearing apart the presents or cake. It really surprised us how neat and clean he still was after the party. We didn't even need the extra clothes that we had brought along!

I enjoy reading Donna's accounts about her "kids." It reminds me of a time when I heard Jazmine (2 years old) on a chair by the candy drawer. I asked her what she was looking for. She answered, very innocently, with, "I'm yooking for some yicorice for my moufh!" Another time, she hollered from the other room, "Mom, don't yook at me ... yook at Yonathan! Don't yook at me!" When I did sneak a peek, she was jumping on the couch! (She obviously knows better!)

Jonathan has figured out how to push his big sister around. He pulls himself up on her, leans into her, and then starts walking. He is lower to the ground, and he only weighs about nine pounds less, so he pushes her backwards around the room while she shouts, "Yonathan, no! Stop it, Buddy!" Kids are great entertainment!

Thanks again another good Bulletin! Keep up the good work!

Jonathan & Jazmine Hill, left; Jonathan at age 1 year, right.

UPDATE -- Two new family members
by Kristi Indermark
Portage, WI

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share our newest member of the family. Actually, we have two. The first one is Henry; he is a black cat whom Jordan loves. He also loves Jordan. Along with all of us, he is really getting into the holiday spirit. See picture below...

Our second member is Snowy; he was built today. He is a first for Jordan. All the daycare kids helped to build him and then they named him Snowy. Below are some pictures.

Happy Holidays,
Jim, Kristi, Jordan and Tyler Indermark

Henry under the Christmas tree ... notice the lack of ornaments at the bottom of the tree, left; AJ (one of my daycare boys) and Jordan by "Snowy," right.

Tracer, Trevor, and Trenton Roberson with gingerbread house.

UPDATE -- Boys will be boys!
by Angela Stahlecker Roberson
Hico, TX

Howdy Everyone,

Since my sister sent an update, I felt compelled to do the same. Scott and I just returned from a wedding in Kansas, and it was COLD! We got about five inches of snow while we were there. We were definitely glad to get home to warmer weather.

Hope everyone has nice plans for Christmas day. We'll all be in McGregor, Texas, at Uncle Stanley Dake's, if anyone wants to drop by for a visit.

Here's a couple of pictures of the kids. The boys (Tracer, Trevor, and Trenton) loved building, and destroying, the gingerbread house that Granna (Kathleen) gave them.

Also, Trenton and cousin Sully enjoyed playing at the park recently. Grandma Dake is so proud of Trenton's red "Dake" hair, that's like his Uncle Stanley, Uncle James, and Aunt Carol's. Of course, she's very proud of all her grandkids! (smile)

Best wishes to all. Have a safe and Happy Holiday weekend!


Sully Brown & Trenton Roberson ride a dinosaur.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Jayce, Sami & Caity in the hot tub.

Weekend Fun

Caity, Jayce and I would like to thank Shari for a fun hotel night stay with her and Sami this last Friday night. The kids loved the swimming, while we enjoyed our visiting time.

Saturday I took Caity and Jayce to spend the rest of their weekend with their Aunt Lori and Uncle Chris and the rest of the Chap family. Which meant lots of new presents brought home and a couple of very excited little people. And lots of things for me to unpack ... which is one of my least favorite things to work at, so needless to say, it's still waiting to be done.

Saturday noon found us exploring our friend Anita's new home. They've done lots of fun things, with many more things planned. It's already a wonderful home and it will be marvelous when they are finished. Anita, her son, Yoel, and daughter, Rachel, went out to eat with us at TGIF, across from the Mall of America. Then Rachel went shopping to the Mall of America with Sami, Shari and me.

We had a great time together, although getting into the mall and leaving again was a VERY cold experience! Poor Shari realized the 56 degrees in Florida that had seemed so cold, to the point she felt she had to bundle into a coat, maybe wasn't as bad as she used to think. She found out, after spending a week in frigid Minnesota temperatures, that even a cool Florida feels downright balmy to her!

Sunday, Shari had managed to get tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring The Rockettes. It was more than I expected! If you ever get a chance, please take some little one and attend. I was very sorry that Caity and Jayce had not been able to go along with us. My favorite scenes were also scenes that have been longtime favorites, since they debuted in 1933! They were the legendary Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity, which included live camels, donkey and sheep onstage! A very amazing production.

This site gives you a couple pictures; they do not do it justice, however.

I ate a late lunch with Donna Richards and we got in some visiting time before I headed home, to be there when Caity and Jayce got back. A thoroughly fun weekend was had by all!

Thanks to Shari for a super fun weekend! I loved it so very much!

Jayce floating, left; Sami models outfit from Grandma Shari, right.

The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Who Is This?

Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
(Send us some to run; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn.)

How many can you identify?

Answers to last week's mystery pictures (click here to review them):

The first picture in the mystery guess is Lori Anderson Mason. I think. The other one I do not know.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

The picture on the left (in piggy tails) looks like Lori Anderson-Mason. The one on the right must be a Dake -- possibly Sarah?

Brenda (Anderson) Hill
Wahpeton, ND

I have a GUESS on the second little girl, but not the first. Surely that is one of the Dake family children, but I don't know which one.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

I'm guessing the one on the left is little Lori Anderson and the one on the right, little Sarah Dake?

Donna Anderson Johnson
Ashby, MN

I'm pretty sure I have the answer to one of this week's mystery photos. The little girl on the left, with the very fashionable pigtails, is me [Lori Anderson] at about three years old (1981). I'm standing in front of Lisa's first car, a 1969 Cougar.

Lori Anderson
Irvine, CA

Ooooh, but of course ... that is my dear, lovely little Amy Ellen Dake on the right ... isn't she just the sweetest little petunia? Oh, if you could only see her now! Her Grandpa (LeRoy) Dake took that picture of her sitting at their kitchen table. I wonder if it wasn't taken about the time they moved back to Minnesota from Oregon and were living at New Germany. He has a print of that picture hanging on the wall in the pink room ... where the computer is. The pink room was my room when I lived at home. Oh, oh ...TMI (too much information).

I don't even have a guess as to who the little lady on the left is, but I 'spect somebody out there thinks she is pretty precious, too!

Ginny McCorkell
Blaine, MN

LTD Storybrooke

The Bhagwan From The Big Muddy
by Larry Dake

The boss's son and I proceeded to assemble the "bhagwan."

The bhagwan, I learned, was a portable house -- a cross between a tent and a cabin. It would be the home of the "night lamber," during the rapidly approaching lambing season. It was constructed of 4'x10' sheets of two-inch-thick, yellow Styrofoam sheets, each encased in a brown vinyl envelope. The pieces fit together with snaps, straps and zippers. The end result was a 10'x10' insulated cabin.

The bhagwan, so called, had been purchased upon the dispersal of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh's property on The Big Muddy Ranch. The boss's son told me that the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had brought a number of homeless people into the tiny town, adjacent to the ranch, to live in these temporary houses.

In return for their housing, these people were to help elect Rajneeshees to the city council. The Rajneeshees overwhelmed the tiny town. By a vote of 52 to 22 they voted to change the town's name, from Antelope to Rajneeshpuram.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh allegedly had left India owing $6,000,000 in back taxes. He and his followers had purchased The Big Muddy Ranch in north central Oregon. Publically, they planned to have a simple farming commune, but secretly the Rajneeshees had plans to build a city for 100,000 of his followers.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a "guru," taught eastern mysticism and sexual freedom. He flaunted extravagant wealth, including a large collection of Rolls Royces.

But the Rajneeshees ran into trouble getting the building permits they needed from the county. So they planned to win the countywide elections and put their people in control of the county government.

Their plan was to contaminate the city of The Dalles water supply with salmonella bacteria on election day. The entire town would be sick, they reasoned, and would fail to come out to vote. They would win the countywide election.

In a "test" of their plan, some of the Rajneeshees sprinkled salmonella bacteria on salad bars in the city. Hundreds of people became sick, and the resulting investigation revealed the Rajneeshees' plans to commit vote fraud.

His followers claimed that Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was the victim of a conspiracy between Ronald Reagan and Catholic Church, to prevent the guru's "enlightened" teachings from becoming widespread. They believed that he was subsequently exposed to harmful radiation, from a source hidden in his mattress, while he was held in a jail cell in Oklahoma.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was deported in 1985 on numerous criminal charges, including voter fraud, attempted murder, and immigration fraud. He was denied access to 21 different countries before returning to India. Rajneeshpuram held an election and changed the town's name back to Antelope.

The temporary cabins that had housed Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh's voters were sold. Our ranch bought a couple of the shelters to house ranch employees.

That is how it was that our "night lamber" came to live in a half-cabin, half-tent, that we called a "bhagwan."

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Apple & orange slices flank a birdseed-studded peanut butter bagel.

A Fancy Feast For The Birds
by Jerrianne Lowther
Anchorage, AK

I hadn't planned to decorate a holiday tree ... but then my friend Kate (the "flower lady" who started the gardening project in our neighborhood park and the Pioneer Avenue median strip) stopped by and presented me with two gifts. "This one is for your refrigerator," she said, handing me an open gift bag with jars of homemade raspberry and rhubarb jam, "and this one is for the birds."

In a gaily wrapped box with birds on the lid, I found sliced bagels, spread with peanut butter with birdseed pressed into it, and yarn loops through the holes in the bagels to hang them on the tree. Slices of oranges and apples and chains of Froot Loops tied with ribbons nestled there, too.

Kate's gifts look pretty, hanging in the spruce and birch trees in my yard, close to the windows where Miss Kitty and I enjoy watching chickadees and redpolls, juncos and nuthatches, and other little songbirds. Birds are Miss Kitty's favorite creatures and she's thrilled. We woke up from the longest night of the year to find a flock of chickadees fluttering about, trying to figure out how to get the birdseed on the bagels. We saw magpies, too. Miss Kitty can't take her eyes off them!

An Anchorage Daily News column from Haines, Alaska, I think you might like:

The author, Heather Lende, is one of my favorite Alaska writers. Last spring, this bicycle riding mother of five was accidentally run over by a truck that shattered her pelvis and we almost lost her ... but she is back on her feet, walking, hiking and coaching a high school cross country running team ... and her writing is stronger than ever. If you'd like to read more about Heather Lende, click here:

Home Cookin' H

In my pantry I noticed some ingredients, bought on a whim with no plan in mind, "just to try," and said, "Hmmm..." This is what I came up with. --Jerrianne

Triple Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Pie
Serves 6 to 8
1- 8-inch prepared chocolate cookie crumb crust
2-2/3 cups whole, 2% or non-fat milk, divided
1 small pkg. Jell-O cook & serve chocolate fudge pudding, made with 2 cups milk
1 pkg. Nestle's European Style Mousse mix, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle flavor,
whipped with the remaining 2/3 cup milk
Whipped cream or other prepared whipped topping, for garnish
A few fresh red raspberries (optional), would be a nice addition.

Cook the pudding according to package directions and pour into the crust. Cover the pie while it's cooling, so a skin won't form on the pudding. When the pudding is cool, prepare the mousse by whipping the mix with the remaining milk and pile it on top of the cooled pudding. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour (longer is better). Garnish with whipped topping and fresh raspberries (optional).

I used 1% milk for the pudding and non-fat milk for the mousse and it still tasted rich and creamy. It's very fast and very forgiving -- you can make it with whatever kind of milk is on hand -- and you could use other flavors of pudding and mousse mix, substitute a graham cracker crust, etc.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
December 25---Christmas

This Week's Birthdays:
December 25---Angela Stahlecker Roberson
December 26---Koen deBeen
December 29---Mitzi Johnson Swenson
December 30---Travis Quick
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
December 27---Earl and Kathleen Dake Stahlecker (31 years)

More December Birthdays:
December 3---Twila Jo Anderson Aydelotte
December 4---Carol Dake Printz
December 4---Elaine Anderson Wold
December 7---Aunika Swenson
December 11---Wyatt Wm. Meyer (6 years)
December 11---Ryan Henderson
December 12---Sarah Lynn Dake Steinhauer
December 13---Larry Dake
December 13---Derek Swenson
December 14---Kathleen Dake Stahlecker
December 17---Char Morgan Myron
December 17---Austin Printz
December 19---Barb Anderson
December 19---Lisa Boltz
December 20---Jay Pierre Miller
December 21---Melanie Anderson Shockey
December 21---Jonathan Glen Hill (1 year)
December 24---Ken Hellevang
December 24---Arbor Johnson (12 years)
December 24---Beaver Johnson

More December Anniversaries
December 20---Eric and Melanie Anderson Shockey (3 years)
December 23---Harold and Carol Dake Printz (38 years)

December Special Days
December 21---First Day of Winter
December 25---Christmas

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Miss Hetty,

I want to thank you and The Bulletin staff for the cute birthday card. We thought the pictures from my skating party were lost. They were just on the loose chip. I made invitations that said "Join me for a skate, because I'm 8." I had lots of fun at the ice skating rink. It was my first time on skates. I fell, but kept getting back up. My friends taught me some skating moves. I can't wait to go ice skating again. My friend's mom took the pictures of us skating and my older brothers took the other pictures. You can see them in my photo album.

I just finished my first gymnastics class. It was great. I liked the balance beam best. I wish I could have classes every day. It's so much fun.

Allison Aydelotte
Anchorage, AK

Allison Aydelotte, age 8, hosts ice skating birthday party.

Miss Hetty Says
Oof Dah! How does she know that?

Illustration © Virginia McCorkell

Keep Us Posted!

Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


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Thanks so much for another great Bulletin. It is so much fun to read everyone's input. When we have a picture with the story it really is wonderful.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Mom and Dad (Tom and Mavis Anderson Morgan) got to their winter home in Estero, Florida, this afternoon. Dahlquists helped them unpack the van and invited them over for supper. It was 65 degrees. Marlee and Troy and family will fly to Orlando tomorrow and drive to Mom and Dad's tomorrow evening.

Merna Hellevang
Fargo, ND

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone at The Bulletin for all your hard work. I always look forward to reading the articles and seeing photos of everyone. I've gotten to know your family even better than I did before. What a wonderful bunch of people!

You have so many talented writers in your group. Larry's stories are always wonderful, and I look forward to the stories from Beaver, Doug and Brianna, Ginny, Elaine, and all the others who keep us up-to-date on their lives, loves and travels. Flat Stanley, the world traveler, has taught me much, as well.

Thank you to everyone for keeping me well entertained!

Donna Richards
Eden Prairie, MN

I don't know if you know that Donna sends me your newsletter. I sure enjoy it. You guys do a great job and I think it's good for the family to keep up communications. I know it's a lot of hard work, but that you are "paid" in your heart because you know you are doing something wonderful for the family. I love to see pictures and read stuff about Donna, her family, and others I know. Thanks a lot for doing it. I do enjoy it.

Love and God bless you!

Cookie (Diane) Zierman
Brainerd, MN

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

I think I could be safe in saying this is the Dake issue! What interesting pictures of two of the key contributors to our Bulletin ... Larry and Ginny.

I was a taken aback to see Larry with a birthday cake with 50 candles on it. Larry, it wasn't that long ago that you were in the highchair. I was making pancakes for you "kids," because your mom was gone right then, and I made the kind of syrup we had at home. You were used to syrup your mother made, which was white sugar boiled in water. I had made it with brown sugar, and you would not eat it. You said, "That's not what my mother makes!" So there I was -- with this crying, hungry child, refusing to eat this delicious brown sugar syrup with maple flavoring in it.

I am so sorry Ginny missed visiting the Editor in her workroom. That was an experience I will always appreciate, being able to visit the Alexandria Bulletin headquarters. To see The Bulletin on her screen right there in her "office" was special to both Roy and me.

I loved the picture of all at the table, with both Larry and Ginny in it, plus the others.

Well, I hate to confess it, but I was just thrilled to see the close up of those Baby Blue Eyes. He is just about the sweetest and cutest and most innocent looking little boy. Thanks for putting that picture in The Bulletin.

The picture of Kurt and Jeni looks like it's right out of a magazine. Especially interesting to me, having also seen Kurt as a boy.

Welcome Home, Jim Pachan -- and may you be as happy being home as you hoped. We can't possibly enter into what you have in your memory, but hope it won't hinder you from getting on with your life here with loved ones in the peace of the homeland.

What a treasured photo that will be in a few years, Donna Mae -- the children in the concert. I fully intended to go to my great niece Shalana's concert, but took a short nap until time to leave, and woke up 10 minutes after it had started so I missed it. I was very disappointed, and I would think she would have been, too, having the doting old great aunt miss it.

I'd say the blind cat stalking the dog was quite a story. Pictures proved it, though.

Finally, we got another chapter of the sheep ranch episode. But it was totally different than I expected. I had so fully expected it to tell about them packing up and heading out of that forsaken place of nightmare expectations. Now, we still have to wait for further developments, and I haven't a clue as to what to expect.

So Flat Stanley is back in Texas. Wouldn't it have been interesting to watch them unpack the luggage he returned with? The Moose calendar will be a real hit with those school children. AND THE PICTURE of the Photo Editor and her beloved Miss Kitty. I love the way Miss Kitty is peeking around. That needs a caption, but I can't think of any. We don't see enough of these editors' write-ups or pictures, and if it weren't for them we wouldn't have a Bulletin. So, thank you again so much for all you do for this weekly favorite!

I love soft ginger cookies, especially with molasses. I see the secret is just not baking them as long. Otherwise they become "Snaps."

By now the Andersons have moved into their bigger garage. What a nice thing now for Dorothy to load and unload in the heated garage ... plus, Don now has a doghouse, woops, I meant to say workshop! Thank goodness for the cell phone, to keep in touch.

I wish you could see our home on a Saturday morning. We race between the computer and the coffee pot and the computer and the breakfast table and the computer and the morning chores and finally, we are repaid with The Bulletin arriving, and we hit print, and life can go on. Thanks so much. This was an especially successful issue, did you know that? I loved all the pictures of the people I know.

Roy and Betty


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