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Sunday, October 12, 2014
If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife? Olga Bereza
TO SHORT STUFF, IN MEMORIAM
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Small publications like ours are modest history at best but as sustaining as the spirit of those who read them. We have been very honoured by your society. As difficult as it has been personally to sustain this operation during a near-fatal Recession, we have found often extraordinary means to do that.
This would not be possible without several individuals on the staff, one of whom is on a well-deserved holiday in Minnesota to attend a family wedding and to experience again life in the Red River Valley. His parents are aging and time is precious to him in this regard.
The Northstar Journal would also never have been possible without the dedication, talent, heart and chutzpah of a young Canadian woman who was dying of cancer when we met. Her passing occurred in October so this has been a difficult month for me, coinciding as it also does with my arrival in the killing fields of a long ago war.
She was a cowgirl from Manitoba and as untamed, even to the end, as the horses she loved so passionately. As a professional farrier, she fought sexism on the ranches of the North American prairies. She admired the characters Sharon Stone played because they resonated so much with her own nature. Had Sharon known Shannon, it might very well have been the other way around.
She was a slender slip of a lass everybody called “Short Stuff:” She loved karaoke and dancing atop the bar and when she took a cowboy to the hay loft, even the stud bulls blushed. If the west was a little wilder for it, so much the better and either get a flipping sense of humour or just bloody sod off.
Her last years were spent in controversy when she came west because she was accused of not only loving a married man but of convincing him to murder his wife and children. He got life in prison and she was totally exonerated of any persuasion in these regards.
The Court of Public Opinion even in Canada can be harsher than the Queen’s Bench. She became a pariah in Victoria and retaliated by designing cowboy clothes and selling them to the Canadian Forces and their families in Esquimalt. She apologized for nothing and fought back by making a good living for herself and her three kids, without help from her estranged husband and his new wife.
In the midst of the worst of it, she contracted cervical cancer and found out just how cruel people can be when many of them contended that this was how God punished Jezebels.
When her first round of chemotherapy failed, she knew she could not survive the pain of a second. She did not consult anyone. It was not her style to do that anyway about anything, so in this regard, she was consistent.
She gave the last 18 months of her life to making the monthly Northstar Journal the best magazine it could be. She believed in people, despite what some of them had done to her. When we came out, she used to walk outside late at night and imagine herself soaring over the earth, looking down on where “my readers live and stuff: She referred to all of you as her twinkling lights. You enriched her life beyond measure and for that, I am profoundly grateful. Thank you.
This edition is dedicated to her and to those of you who tap that donation request at the bottom. We thank you, then, for your support
Have a great week, eh?
When the Taliban attacked this Pakistani teenager for speaking out for education for all children, they almost killed her. She recovered, however, and took to the world stage to promote her cause. When asked if she feared the Taliban, she replied, “How can you be afraid of someone who is so afraid of you?” Please join me and most of the freedom loving people on the planet in congratulating the Nobel Prize Committee on their choice of the two they selected for this year’s Peace award. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of you impacted by this. Dozens Injured As Powerful Typhoon Hits Japan
I found this incredibly ironic. ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China
Israel lets hundreds of Palestinians leave Gaza to mark Muslim holiday at Jerusalem’s holiest mosque
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
French Author Wins Nobel Prize For Literature
Felina: Hello, fair and gentle readers. It is nice to see you again.
Sam: We enjoy “coming into your living rooms” each week with our form of animal vaudeville. You seem to enjoy it and we have a lot of fun with it too.
Felina: There are, however, times when the simplest and most direct point works best to promote our personal agenda.
Sam: Which is, believe it or not, helping you survive your own foolishness.
Felina: Careful, mate of my three lifetimes. If you talk down to them, they will assume you think you are superior to them. Theirs is a species which truly believes in its own preeminence among all the Creator’s children.
Sam: Yep, and defends to the death their right to be lethally stupid, rather than let wiser minds and wiser species prevail. However, we digress.
Felina: We are the Damon & Diogenes of Digression and the Soccer T of the smooth segue.
Sam: Nice, Sweetheart. Like watching a butterfly skate on thin ice.
Felina: Thank you, my rapacious rapscallion. That is so sweet. But to the subject at hand, one of the ways your species survives is by recognizing the humanly sublime among you. You turn instinctively to good as well as evil and so far, the “angels” among you are winning the battle.
Sam: You certainly have one among you now. We urge you to get to know her. She is one of your children and she stands for all that is compassionate, brave and noble among you.
Sam: And on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
This gave me another Proud to Be Made In Canada moment. Allies against depression: How a Canadian is driving science and business to find a cure
These folks definitely have the right idea. International Day Of The Girl A ‘Time To Recognise Challenges’
So do these people and what’s so cool is that they are my neighbors. Columbus Day in Seattle no longer: Now Indigenous Peoples’ Day
This should strike shame in the heart of every one of us who calls themselves human. A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear
So should this. Unearthing a Barbarous Past in Poland
I really hope she is kidding. If she is not, this is scary. Shelley Moore Capito Says Climate Is Changing Because It’s ‘Raining’ Outside
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
I found this fascinating. Is this Europe’s oldest city?
This too is an absolute must read. Don’t Say This — Or That — Abroad
Are we really ready for this? Coming soon: The 3-D printed car
NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY IMAGES — The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.
THE GREEN AGENDA
This should make some of us feel a lot better. How to save your memory
This is not easy to watch. Video: A 29-year-old cancer patient in PDX
I loved this. 12 Weird Health Tips That Really Work
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BEST OF THE NET
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Classified and other Advertising Copy Writing
Humour: Jokes & Monologues
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
You will definitely want to share this. How wolves saved a famous park
Attention Oceana! You folks need to do something about this before it is too late. Wallabies Teetering On The Brink Of Disaster
If this does not warm your heart, you do not have one. WATCH: Elderly Man Makes Friends With A Hummingbird
CORNELL LAB ENEWS — October 2014 – Features this edition include: Here’s How to Tell a Crow From a Raven, Blindfolded; Eight Migration Mysteries Explained by BirdCast and eBird; Which Species Is This? and Let Them Eat Berries. This one is a total lark and yep, pun intended.
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty