April 11, 2021
Volume 13 Number 19
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Inside: Not Waiting For The Bed To Fall On Me; Reflections From A War Zone; American Community, Culture & Lifestyle; Beyond Our Pale; People Making A Difference; Economics; History; Covid-19; General Health & Wellbeing; Home & Family; Garden & Kitchen; Our World and Beyond; Earth; Climate & Climate Change; The Green Agenda; Space; Technology; Funzone: Travel; Best of the Net; Movie of the Week; Masha & the Bear, All Creatures Great & Small; Strange But True; About Us
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NOT WAITING FOR THE BED TO FALL ON ME
Rusty Miller, Editor
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Sometimes I absolutely detest being right. This is one of those times. When Covid 19 surfaced in Seattle some 13 months ago, I feared that hate would emerge as the greater health crisis This CDC Declares Racism A Public Health Threat suggests to me I was right.
Hate is toxic and compromises the body’s first line of defense – the immune system – from being able to do its best job. Your immune system is what you bolster up with extra vitamins and health foods, that physiological Maginot Line.
Love is healing and healthy and bolsters the body’s immune system. It’s important not only to be loved by someone but to love someone yourself. It does not in most cases need to be a fan club or a legion of followers, just people we really enjoy hanging (out) with who think we’re cool too.
My sense is that while many of us may not appreciate it, most of us actually do have that. Covid-19 may not give us much choice when it comes to dying alone. But it’s certainly our decision whether we want to live that way.
I prefer not to wait for the bed to fall on me.
Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller aka “Mishka” is an author, photojournalist and editor. A Northern California native, he has lived in Oregon and Washington State and resides now in South Seattle, Washington. For comments, please go here
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REFLECTIONS FROM A WAR ZONE
Olya Bereza, Associate Editor
You asked how I feel about the recent escalation in the east of Ukraine. Within the context of the following headlines, I do not blame you for being concerned.
I know all the above mentioned should make me worried and scared. I don’t know why I don’t feel that way. Maybe it’s “the boy who cried wolf” effect as one just can’t live for seven years in constant fear. This is how long that conflict has already lasted. In 2013-2014, I was really fearful and had severe panic attacks with long lasting effects so acute that had to leave my job.
Now in the same situation just a few hundred kilometers from the border for some reason I’m not. I am concerned for the people of Donetsk region. They have already been through so much pain it is difficult to imagine how they will survive more military activity.
I was one of 75% who on presidential elections voted for a “peaceful solution” so I still think it’s the last resort to put on the shoulders of soldiers the task of solving the stalemate situation instead of politicians who should be on the front line of finding a way.
Maybe it’s my unconditional trust in the Universe and eternal sunshine of the Mind. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe in a better world.
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. She travels Europe in conjunction with a family intelligence technology business and is proactively involved in protecting the forests of the Carpathian Mountains. For comments, please go here.
AMERICAN COMMUNITY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE
BEYOND OUR PALE
Family Torn Apart By Iran Imprisoning Father Begs For His Release
PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
GENERAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
HOME & FAMILY
GARDEN & KITCHEN
OUR WORLD AND BEYOND
In This Illustration, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Stands On The Red Planet’s Surface As The Perseverance Rover (Partially Visible On The Left) Rolls Away. Image Via NASA/ JPL-Caltech.
CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
THE GREEN AGENDA
BEST OF THE NET:
MEDIA OF THE WEEK: HOME OF THE BRAVE — From Academy Award-winner Irwin Winkler comes Home of the Brave, the story of four American soldiers nearing the end of their tours of duty in Iraq. Shortly after learning their unit will soon return home, they are sent on one final humanitarian mission to bring medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. The unit is ambushed and takes heavy losses. The surviving troops suffer both physical and psychological injuries. Now, as they return to the United States, four soldiers must face memories of the past as they look towards the future and return to civilian life. These are their stories. Home of the Brave is about hope and courage and the impact of war on both the individuals who fight it and the people close to them. Running time: 1:46:45
WRATH OF THE TESTAMENT: A super power no longer, a resource hungry and repressive America faces a Latin American armada rampaging its west coast and a strong, silent and powerful Canada manning the North Wall. The fires of rebellion burn in the Pacific Northwest and it is into this crucible and forge that the cybernetic patrol boat Testament and her crew of three men and three women are thrust. Individuals of duty and conscience both, when they join the other side, all Hell breaks loose. A rollicking adventure for anyone who loves the sea, a good yarn and characters who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, please go here. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G
ROCKY THE ROCKET: Associate editor Olya Bereza is also the children’s novelist Holley Dovetail. This is one of several of short novels for the young and the young at heart. To preview and/or purchase on amazon.com, please go here. https://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Rocket-Holley-Dovetail-ebook/dp/B071XYRDB5
RAINBOW RISING: This is another of Olya Bereza’s works for kids. This little fairy-tale short story dedicated to a pet-friend gone chasing the rainbow. For kids their first lost and challenge in life is letting go of their pet friends that once became part of their world. This little story will help in times they have to say good-bye without falling into despair. Yep, go here. http://litnet.com/en/book/rainbow-rising-b187572
ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL
Fascinating. 9 Interesting Facts About Wolves
I so wish I had been there for this. Dolphin Stampede: 1,000 Dolphins Seen Swimming Off the California Coast
How Ants Help The Planet (And Do Lots Of Other Amazing Things) Best part is the little dudes stay out of my house.
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