“IN 1971, A YOUNG WOMAN DIED AT THE AGE OF 20”

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A weekly ezine of news, commentary, health, humor and general interest
The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary, From Olya: Teachers Day, A Nobel Laureate And A Barefoot Protest, Good Examples, Bad Examples, Our World & Beyond, The Green Agenda, Health & Lifestyle, Sara’s Fullbright Year: Taichung, Taiwan, Lifestyle, Northstar Comics, Thought Of The Week, Best Of The Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Northstar Endorses, You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up, About Us

Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

October 11, 2015  Vol. 9 No. 4

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Associate Editor

Dennis Steussy – American Associate Editor

Lyn Helton

Lyn Helton

“IN 1971, A YOUNG WOMAN DIED AT THE AGE OF 20”

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  October is breast cancer awareness month.  This edition, then, is dedicated to Lyn Helton.

“In 1971, a young woman died at the age of 20.  She left behind a husband, a two-year-old daughter, and a journal of tape recordings…a journal that told what it was like to be young, and a mother, and in love, and dying.”

These words introduce a 1973 television movie entitled “Sunshine”.  Tenderly and with sensitivity and integrity, it chronicles the last San Francisco – High Sierra Mountains months of a dying young woman who left behind a box of cassette tapes for her daughter.

“Dying is beautiful, even the first time around…at the ripe old age of 20.  It’s not easy most of the time, but there is a real beauty to be found in knowing that your end is going to catch up with you sooner than you expected, and that you have to get all your laughing, loving, and crying done as soon as you can.”

To her, it was as simple as a Sierra outing and especially precious during her waning months:

“Oh, I was so happy I was going to explode…so full of love for my baby, and my man, and the absolutely mind-blowing mountains.  There just wasn’t room for anything else.  There wasn’t room for sickness or pain or fear.  Life was too incredibly beautiful.”

And as passionate as shouting at God:

“I can’t die and leave you guys.   Who’s going to clean the toilet?  Who’s going to clean the oven?  What’s the matter with you, God?  My family’s not just a bunch of Boy Scouts who can figure things out for themselves.  That’s what You taught ME to do.  That’s why I’M here.  What are You, some kind of idiot?  What do you gain?  I just don’t understand.”

She yearned so desperately to love…and she did…richly, sincerely and memorably.  Her time among us was brief and her recorded legacy perhaps but a faint echo (The soundtrack ID is MCA-387).

She was moving enough to make a movie about and I was one of the folks in the front row.  Some three decades later, after an era which saw so much killing and sadness, she remains one of those very special human beings who knew the beauty of simply being.  And someone who to me, a Vietnam veteran at the time, gave new meaning to courage.  And a reason to come home.

Her name is Lyn Helton.  And she was wrong when she said she didn’t understand.

To watch Sunshine on YouTube, please go here.  Take care, stay well and God Bless.

Rusty

THE NEWS

This is not good news.  Cyber ‘risk’ for nuclear plants

We half expected this.  California bans paparazzi drones

Thank you, Mr. President.  Obama apologizes to aid group for deadly attack

GLOBAL

Trans-Pacific Free Trade Deal Agreed

What Is TPP? Understanding The New Pacific Trade Deal

World’s Most Multilingual Cities

Marine Life Numbers Fall By 50% In Just Four Decades

Former U.N. President And Chinese Billionaire Are Accused In Graft Scheme

AFRICA

Video: ‘I Was A Child Soldier In Kony’s Army’

Assassination Attempt In Tunisia Highlights Mounting Challenges

Burkina Faso Charges General Who Led Failed Coup

Bombs In Nigerian Capital Kill 15 In Surge Of Violence

Rwanda: Legal Battle On Term Limits

No New Ebola Cases Were Reported In The Past Week, Health Agency Says

Zimbabwe: Elephants Poisoned At Park

Burkina Faso: Coup Leader Is Detained

Central African Republic: Aid Groups Seek Better Access To Strife-Torn Capital

Global Court Takes Up Case Of Cultural Crimes In Mali

Burkina Faso: Coup Leader Finds Haven

Dozens Killed In Clashes In Central African Republic

Burkina Faso Military Puts Down Last Holdouts From Coup Attempt

Central African Republic: Hundreds Escape Prison Amid Days Of Unrest

Burkina Faso Coup Plotters Refuse To Give Up Arms, Imperiling Deal

ASIA

World Bank Cuts Asia Growth Forecast

Suspect Arrested In Philippine Abductions Involving Two Canadians

Video: A Journey Through North Korea

At Military Parade, a Rare Public Speech by North Korea’s Leader

Bao Zhuoxuan, Son of Detained Rights Lawyer, Is Said to Disappear in Myanmar

Southeast Asia, Choking on Haze, Struggles for a Solution

For Afghans in Kunduz, Taliban Assault Is Just the Latest Affront

Once Seed Was Planted, Chinese Headwear Fad Grew Like Weeds

State Rulers in Malaysia Press for Inquiry Into Premier, Najib Razak

Hajj Stampede Tarnishes Saudis’ Image In Pakistan

Indonesian Rescuers Recover Bodies From Aviastar Plane Wreckage

Baptist Pastor In Bangladesh Survives Knife Attack

N.Y.U. Student Detained In North Korea Is Released, South Says

Former Hong Kong Leader Is Charged With Misconduct

CHINA

China In Cautious Welcome Of TPP

China Faces Smoking ‘Death Epidemic’

Lagarde: China Not All ‘Doom And Gloom’

Fushun Journal: Coal, Which Built A Chinese City, Now Threatens To Bury It

Answering An Appeal By Mao Led Tu Youyou, A Chinese Scientist, To A Nobel Prize

INDIA

India’s Temples Of Sex

Desperate Families In Delhi As Dengue Overwhelms Hospitals

Pakistani Singer’s Concerts in India Are Canceled After Shiv Sena Protests

MIDDLE EAST

Israeli Officials Struggle To Contain Spate Of Violent Attacks

Palestinian Protests Turn Up Intensity And Draw A Diverse Crowd

Israeli Soldiers Kill 6 Palestinians In Gaza As West Bank Unrest Grows

Netanyahu Bars Politicians From Holy Site In Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia: News Agency Compiles New Tally For Stampede’s Death Toll

Iran: Shunning An Event With Salman Rushdie

Historical Certainty Proves Elusive At Jerusalem’s Holiest Place

Bill De Blasio To Travel To Israel Next Week, A Tradition For New York Mayors

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Warns Against More U.S.-Iran Talks

EUROPE

Turkish Jets ‘Intercept Russian Plane’

Russia Airspace Incursion ‘No Accident’

EU Launches Anti-Smuggler Operation

For Families of Germanwings Victims, Anger Burns Through Grief

Blasts in Ankara, Turkey’s Capital, Kill at Least 86

The Accidental Mourners

Italy Sends Eritreans To Sweden As E.U. Migrant Relocations Begin

Behind The Nobel Peace Prize Selection

Britain: After Recovering From Ebola, Nurse Is Hospitalized Again In London

Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded To National Dialogue Quartet In Tunisia

After Clothes-Shreddings, Air France Asks For Trust

Coca-Cola Bottler Wins Labor Suit In Spain 

Mayor Of Rome Resigns Amid Expenses Scandal

Hague Court May Prosecute In South Ossetia War

U.N. Council Plan To Impede Human Smuggling

Germany Faces Few Mass Shootings Amid Tough Gun Laws

Historian Who Probed Austria’s Nazi Past Begins Sentence For Defrauding State

Researchers Say They’ve Recreated Part Of A Rat Brain Digitally

Waves Of Young Syrian Men Bring Hope, And A Test, To Europe

Greece: Premier Alex Tsipras Wins Confidence Vote

Ending An Albania-Serbia Game And Inciting A Riot, With A Joystick

RUSSIA

For Vladimir Putin’s Birthday, Ice Hockey And A Missile Strike

Russian Profile – A Timeline

THE VATICAN

Italian Priest Dismissed After Blaming Children For Sexual Abuse

UNITED KINGDOM

London’s Underground Languages

Paul Rose Challenges London To Stop Littering The Thames

Charity Auction In Support Of Ocean Protection »

Unusual Visitor To Sharpness Docks »

A Novel Way Is Developed To Sniff Out How Many Harvest Mice Live In The UK

Muslim Winner Of Baking Contest Defies Prejudice In Britain

Business Briefing: Bank Of England Maintains Interest Rate At 0.5%.

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Federal Court Rejects Ottawa’s Bid To Suspend Niqab Ruling

What The Trans-Pacific Partnership Means For Canada

Foreign Investors Avoid Taxes By Buying Real Estate In Canada

Nissan Warns Canadian Dealers Against Cross-Border Sales

Canada To Pay Out $4.3-Billion To Farmers In Wake Of TPP Deal
Escaped Buffalo Dies After Crashing Into Two Cars On Highway In Niagara Falls

Engine Failure Sidelines Canadian Destroyer Hmcs Athabaskan Involved In Major Nato Exercise

In Event Of Coalition, Canadians Aren’t Sure Who Should Lead, National Poll Finds

UNITED STATES

American Apparel Files For Bankruptcy

Thousands Of US Inmates To Be Released

After One Campus Is Attacked, the Others Adapt

Flint Officials Are No Longer Saying the Water Is Fine

Campus Shootings In Texas And Arizona Kill 2 Students And Wound 4

NYC, State Reach Deal On Mass Transit Capital Funding 6 Minutes Ago

Residents Of Contaminated Town Wary Of Government Efforts15 Minutes Ago

Police Identify 18-Year-Old Killed In Texas Campus Shooting31 Minutes Ago

Training Aims To Help NYC School Aides To Kids With Autism33 Minutes Ago

Tegna, Dish Spar Over Contract Fees

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil’s Brutal Prison System In Crisis Proves A Tough Cage To Rattle

Endangered Salamander Habitat Saved In Guatemala

C.I.A. Believed Pinochet Ordered 1976 Assassination In U.S., Memo Reveals

Guatemala: More Bodies Are Recovered In Neighborhood Hit By Landslide

Chile: Documents Point To Direct Role By Pinochet In 1976 Killings In U.S.

Calling Protesters In Chile ‘Dumb,’ Pope Francis Sets Off Uproar

U.S. Indicts Members Of Powerful Honduran Family

U.S. Commerce Chief Makes A Pitch In Cuba 

Flow Of Central American Children Headed To U.S. Shifts But Doesn’t Slow

Cuba And U.S. Agree To Work Together To Protect Marine Life

Officials In Guatemala Urge Residents To Leave Settlement Hit By A Landslide 

São Paulo Journal: Fighting Resistance, A Mayor Strives To Ease Gridlock In A Brazilian Megacity

Hundreds Missing In Guatemala As Landslide Cleanup Begins

China’s Ambitious Rail Projects Crash Into Harsh Realities In Latin America

Frantic Search For Survivors In Guatemala After Mudslide Kills 69

OCEANA

Video: Spike In NZ Tourist Car Crashes

New Species Of Deadly Adder Discovered In Australia

Coal Mining’s Promise Falls Through for Remote Australian Town

Terrorism Cited In Killing In Australia

THE VATICAN

Priest Punished For Blaming Children For Pedophilia

TOPICAL

AFGAHNISTAN

Video: US: Afghans Requested Kunduz Help

U.S. General Says Afghans Requested Airstrike That Hit Kunduz Hospital

General Is Said To Think Afghan Hospital Airstrike Broke U.S. Rules

MSF Demands Kunduz War Crimes Probe

Obama Issues Rare Apology Over Bombing Of Doctors Without Borders Hospital In Afghanistan

Taliban Gain Advantage In Tug Of War In Kunduz

Afghan Forces Report Progress In Kunduz As Taliban Press Other Fronts

ESPIONAGE AND TERRORISM

Islamic State ‘Blows Up Palmyra Arch’

Obama Administration Ends Effort To Train Syrians To Combat ISIS

Al Qaeda Announces Tunisia Jihadist’s Death

4 U.S. Military Efforts On ISIS And Syria Yield Mixed Results

REFUGEE CRISIS

Video: Can Turkey Stop The Migration Flow?

Video: ‘Europe Needs Solidarity Over Migrants’

Video: Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis

EU Talks Tough On Deportations Amid Flood Of Syrian Refugees

Waves Of Young Syrian Men Bring Hope, And A Test, To Europe

Canadian Prime Minister’s Office Ordered Halt To Refugee Processing

Video: Child Refugees Still Dying At Sea

The Refugee Crisis in Europe: How Is Asylum Granted?

Avoiding Risky Seas, Migrants Reach Europe With an Arctic Bike Ride

Angela Merkel Calls For United Europe To Address Migrant Crisis

Hungarian Fashion Photographer Defends ‘Migrant Chic’ Spread

SYRIA

Russian Soldiers To Join Fight In Syria

What An ISIS Chemical Strike Did To One Syrian Family

U.S. will not work with Russia in Syria

U.S.-Led Coalition Aircraft Re-Routed To Avoid Russians

Iran Pulls The Strings In Syria

Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

Video: Russian Warships Launch Rockets

Russian Cruise Missiles Help Syrians Go On The Offensive

WEATHER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

S Carolina Rains ‘Once In 1,000 Years’

End to Rain Is in Sight, but Floods Will Persist in South Carolina

Ancient Town Swallowed By The Sea

Canadian Cities: Step Up And Act On Climate Change

A Missing Ship With No Signs of Survivors

Questions Are Raised About Safety on Ship Missing After Storm

Coast Guard To Suspend Search For Survivors Of El Faro

The Effect Of The Drought On California

FROM OLYAOlya Bereza – European Associate Editor

lookingtostars

TEACHERS DAY, A NOBEL LAUREATE AND A BAREFOOT PROTEST

Hello Mish:

I would like to invite all of you in celebrating Teachers Day, which was held last Monday, October 5.  I am involved in education and to me, there is something magical in a class waiting for students or children to come, when all materials are prepared for curious eyes. Maybe that is the most distinguish feature of humanity – passionate strive for knowledge which lead us from caves to what we are.

This week all attention was to Nobel Prize committee decisions and especially flattering that Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich, Belarusian author, born in Ukraine. The author was praised for her interview-based documentary works among which a book about Chernobyl disaster.

It was interesting to read the interview with her where she shares her thought that at the moment, Europe passes examination on humanity. She also talked about being invited to a major pro-refugee demonstration taking place in Italy called The March Of the Barefoot.

This makes me once again believe that we may be on the right course now, despite our long journey from a cave to stars.

That’s it for this week.  Stay warm, Mishka.

Olya

GOOD EXAMPLES

This headline is a little melodramatic but the story is accurate.  Seattle, in Midst of Tech Boom, Tries to Keep Its Soul

Outstanding and a standing ovation for these folks.  Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisia mediators

And for these folks too.  Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich And Aziz Sancar For DNA Studies

BAD EXAMPLES

Satan’s got a suite reserved for this alleged human being.  Ottawa doctor who sexually abused patients barred from seeing female clients alone: College

I honestly do not know quite what to think about this.  Toronto university discovers that boys look at girls, and other reasons to fear for humanity

This absolutely needs to stop.  24,000 Elephants Killed In 2015

OUR WORLD AND BEYOND

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a “lorry” is a truck.  And you will NEVER find me in one of these.  Driverless lorry tested on motorway

I ‘fly’ AMTRACK but for those of you who take to the skies to travel, this is probably an important issue.  Is flying a radiation risk?

I have a feeling this is going to be very popular.  UK firms develop drone-freezing ray

EARTH

The World’s Most Liveable City

The Wave That Engulfed An Island

Scientists Hope To Learn How Pompeians Lived, Before The Big Day

Scientists Recover First Genome Of Ancient Human From Africa

SPACE

Facebook Plans Satellite ‘In 2016′

Probe Captures Pluto’s ‘Blue Sky’

Atlas Rocket Blasts Off With U.S. Spy Satellite And 13 Mini: Satellites

Life on Mars? You Read It Here First.

Photos Of Shaving In Space And Other Routine Apollo Moments

Photos of the Super Blood Moon’s Rare Appearance

JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE

Greek Lizards Change Their Digestive Tracts To Cope With Food Shortages

Proust On Wheels  –The Pedal-Powered Bookstore That Doesn’t Charge A Cent

The Windiest Place On Earth

OTHER TECHNOLOGY

The Amazing, Deep-Diving Subs

Microsoft Launches Windows Laptop

If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router

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

The Train That Powers Its Station

Lexus Builds A Drivable Paper Sedan

Cost The Earth Sources

Let’s Modernize Our Environmental Laws

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Is The Chilli Pepper Friend Or Foe?

California Enacts Right-To-Die Law

The Biggest Myths About Autism

For Weight Control, Fruit And Vegetable Choice May Matter

A Long Walk Or A Short Stair Climb?

Study Does Not Link Breast-Feeding With Child’s I.Q.

Hearing Loss Costs Far More Than Ability to Hear

Is It Old Age, Or A.D.H.D.?

Take An Eye Exam On Your Laptop

A Myth About Refreezing Foods

SARA’S FULLBRIGHT YEAR:  TAICHUNG, TAIWAN by Sara Goldstein

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Over the past three weeks I have been able to see even more of Taiwan, as well as everyday life here in Taichung. I have started attending a yoga class with one of my LETs (yes it is completely in Chinese!), I am singing in a choir and helping to create a local a capella group, I am more comfortable ordering and/or asking for things in Chinese now, I have started going regularly for acupuncture, and I continue to take my language class twice a week. The list goes on … It is a wonderful experience to be here and to meet all of the wonderful people whose paths I have been blessed to cross.

For more of this fascinating narrative, please go here.

NORTHSTAR COMICS

We’ve collected what we consider the most wholesome, family-oriented and genuinely humorous comic strips we could find on the Net.  They include:  Adam@Home, Calvin & Hobbes, Emmylou, For Better or For Worse, Foxtrot Classics, Garfield, Get Fuzzy, and Peanuts.  Either click the banner or this link.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Immaturity~silly

Don’t be afraid to be open minded.

Your brain isn’t going to fall out

~ unknown

To subscribe and experience Thoughts in their original, please contact Ame at SpringggRain@aol.com

BEST OF THE NET

Photo Workshop: Coping With Snow

Ben The Dog And Duggie The Dolphin

Emperor Penguin Migration

FROM NORTHSTAR

Small Testament Cover

WRATH OF THE USS 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 which spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves.  Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

THE BACK COUNTRY GALLERY’S new free monthly nature wallpaper is available here.  Lens jockey Steve Perry also has a newsletter offering a great deal of cool stuff for wildlife photographers, amateur and professional, alike. 

NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Which species is the best builder?  The answer just might surprise you.

This is good news.  Two Ex-Circus Lions Given New Life In South Africa

I sure hope this works.  Last Attempt To Save Wild Sumatran Rhinoceros From Extinction

SHORTS

The Epic History Of Sharks

24,000 Elephants Killed In 2015 »

Endangered Salamander Habitat Saved In Guatemala »

Removing Wildlife From US Vegetable Crops Has Not Cut Down On Human Diseases

OTHER FOLKS WE FOLLOW

The October NestWatch is now available.

NORTHSTAR ENDORSES

Amnesty International

Ecofinder-Kenya

Grittv With Laura Flaunders

Help End World Hunger & Poverty | Heifer International® | Heifer.Org

Mother Nature Network

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Outside Magazine

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Wildlife Extra magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Chinese Motorists Trapped In 50-Lane Toll Road Traffic Jam

New Zealand Hikers Film Fall From Collapsed Bridge

Two Men On Horseback Flee Police After Rodeo Fight

ABOUT US

The Northstar Journal is an international news, commentary and general interest weekly Internet magazine reaching readers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceana.  We also have a website linked to both Facebook and Linked-In.  While we occasionally accept classified advertising, we are otherwise entirely reader-supported. If you enjoyed this edition and would like to contribute to the next, please go here. For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com

 

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MERRITT SCOTT MILLER Bio Wrath of the Testament Author and Northstar Journal editor Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is a former newspaper reporter who has published extensively in the Pacific Northwest and several times nationally. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his career in the alternative media of the mid-Seventies. His own Sacramento-based monthly ~ Rapline ~ drew praise from Sacramento BEE metro columnist Herb Michelson in a column published that that newspaper; and from Berkeley Film Quarterly editor and author of the bestsellers Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging, Ernest Callenbach. A Northern California native with roots in British Columbia, Mr. Miller has written for several Northwest community newspapers, United Press International, the daily Portland Oregonian and for such Seattle publications as the Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Press and the University Herald. As an investigative reporter for the McMinnville, Oregon News-Register ~ and in conjunction with CBS News in New York, Washington, DC and Flagstaff, Arizona ~ Mr. Miller localized a story of alleged Contra gun-running by an international air freight company headquartered in that Willamette Valley community. During the 1987 Angel Complex Fire in southern Oregon, Mr. Miller worked as the lead dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service and covered the disaster for National Public Radio and as a special writer for the Portland, Oregonian. His 1988 series on child abuse for a rural weekly earned him praise from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. In his career as a journalist, Mr. Miller has interviewed a Nobel peace laureate; an internationally renowned abstract artist; a popular folksinger and various Pacific Northwest elected officials, include a state treasurer and governor. An accomplished travel book writer, Mr. Miller has penned demographic and feature copy for the “Best Choices” series on Eastern Washington, British Columbia, Virginia, South Carolina and Atlanta. As either a contract or staff publicist, he has served a host of clients including the Olympia Music Festival, Umpqua Valley Community Hospital, the City of Canyonville, the Tiller Ranger District, The English School, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, Yamhill County Assessor Kim Worrell and Workers of Oregon Development. His freelance publications include: United Press International, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Oregonian, Forest World, American Trucking, Trucks, Oregon Adventures, Oregon Education, Old Oregon, The Entertainer, the Seattle Press, the San Juan Island Sounder, Northwest Passage, Northwest Connection, Seattle Source, Seattle Forum, the University of Colorado’s Writers Forum, Clouds, The long Beach Literary Journal and the Pacific Media Group. He has worked since the age of 13 and has been a hop harvester, professional musician, civil servant, forester, convenience market clerk, lumber mill worker, temporary word processor, technical writer and editor. He has also led a social services research and development team and has six years of radio and telephone communications experience. His interests include astronomy, aviation, camping, Canada, communications, conversation, cooking, dancing, economic development, education, environmentalism, exploration, film/DVDs, fine dining, government, green technology, health. History, human rights, International community, Internet media, law, literature, marine engineering & design, medicine, music, nature, networking, outdoors, pets, photography, romance, science, sexuality, technology, travel, water, wildlife His honors and awards include: Letter of Appreciation - Amnesty International; US Senator Patti Murray Letter of Appreciation for The Northstar Journal Blog; Editors Choice, International Library of Poetry; Congressman Edward Murray Letter of Appreciation; Congressman Frank Chopp Letter of Appreciation; Hersch Best Read on the Net Award for The Northstar Journal; President Bill Clinton Letter of Appreciation; Workers Of Oregon Development Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Police Department Certificate of Appreciation; City of Canyonville Mayor’s Office Certificate of Appreciation; California Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird Letter of Appreciation; Northwest Magazine Editorial Board Letter of Appreciation for Rain; Editorial Award, Society of Professional Journalists; Sacramento Bee Metro Column; Honor Roll: California State University Long Beach; Deans List: Long Beach City; Mr. Miller currently resides in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to edit and publish The Northstar Journal. He is working on two novels concurrently and a sequel to Wrath of the Testament.
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