The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart

News & Commentary; From Olya ~ Are There Kangaroos in Slovenia; Meade Travels to Boston ~ Adventure Photography & Other Travel News; Sara’s Fulbright Year:  Taichung, Taiwan; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; 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

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March 6, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 195  440th Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

James Stewart, Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

James Stewart, Jean Arthur – Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It has been a rather odd week here in the States, with Super Tuesday and all.  I was not pleased with Donald Trump’s landslide and was, for awhile, actually frightened by it, overwhelming as he did even people like Ted Cruz.

It actually occurred to me ~ for the first time in my life ~ that this election could be purchased.  Then a good friend reminded me that even in America, they have been and often still are.  She said that is really where the expression “you get what you pay for” came from.

She said that while she admired me for being a regional populist and that it was pretty much the same in any region, she also pointed out ~ appropriately ~ that it did not necessarily work well when several regions needed to cooperate for the ultimate common good.

“It’s like in Colorado, Hon.  When they sing about a rocky mountain high, they’re still talking about fresh air.  From San Francisco to Vancouver, BC, y’all are talking about a brand of marijuana.”

When I allowed that was likely true enough, she smiled.

“Hon, y’all can’t assume that just because you and yours are honest means the rest of the players at the table don’t have a couple three face cards on them somewhere.”  The moral of that story, she told me, was, “If you can’t cheat, darlin’, don’t play.”

Our elected officials do the job they’re paid to do and keep their hands in their own pockets.  From our Congressional delegation down to the city council level, I have no complaints.  Y’all sometimes may not have a flipping clue.  But at least you’re not hiding anything.

On that rather ambiguous note, then, good luck on the banks of the Potomac if you live here.  The rest of you have a great week, then, eh, gang?


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This is reassuring.  Closest Comet In 246 Years Approaches

How in the world have they survived without usLizard Chilling On Remote Island For A Million Years Just Discovered By Humans

How much warmer was your city in 2015?  The answer just might surprise you.



The United Nations Foundation’s monthly newsletter is online now and is an outstanding read.


Pakistan Hangs Killer Of Salman Taseer

Video: The Town That Handles N Korea’s Trade

North Korea ‘Fires Missiles’ Into Sea

Shinzo Abe And Okinawa’s Governor To Resume Talks On U.S. Base

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Tells Military To Have Nuclear Warheads On Standby

Indonesia’s Tsunami Sensors Were Down During Quake

New U.S. General Takes Command Of Coalition Forces In Afghanistan
U.S. Proposes Reviving Naval Coalition To Balance China’s Expansion

Afghan Taliban Refuse Peace Talks With Government

Bangkok Water Taxi Engine Explodes, Injuring 65 Passengers

Philippines Impounds North Korean Ship


In Xi Jinping’s Tears, A Message For China’s People

Xi Jinping’s Key Words On Opening Days Of Previous Three NPCs

China To Raise 2016 Defense Budget By 7-8 Pct: Spokesperson

CPC Draws Governance Wisdom From Tradition

Three Reasons Why China Voted In Favor Of New Sanctions Resolution On DPRK

China’s J-20, J-31 Likely To Be Deployed On Aircraft Carriers, Military Expert Says

Granny Models Strut Catwalk In Lanzhou

Reality Check: Government Targets And Achievements

China’s Finance Official Criticizes Rating Agencies’ “Ideological Influences”

Agenda Set For China’s Legislative Session

VR And 3D Technologies Used To Cover China’s “Two Sessions”

Statistics From China Say Coal Consumption Continues To Drop


India Budget To Boost Farm Growth

Video: Singing For India’s ‘Untouchables’

Man Starts Street School To Teach Kids From Slum To Read And Write

Indian Army Hopefuls Take Exams In Underwear

How A 156-Year-Old Homophobic Law Is Tearing Young Indian Couples Apart


Boko Haram Falls Victim To A Food Crisis It Created

Egypt’s Parliament Expels Lawmaker Who Dined With Israel’s Ambassador

Fellow Lawmaker Three Days Earlier Over The Same Episode, Which Highlighted Egyptian Sensitivity Toward Israel.

Raw Tensions Over Race Fester In South Africa

Democracy Have Muted Neither The Perception Nor The Reality Of Inequality.

Muslim Enclave Forged In Apartheid Now Faces Gentrification

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s Birthday Is Rife With Political Jockeying

South Africa: Oscar Pistorius’s Appeal Of Conviction Is Rejected

Zimbabwe: Ex-Ally Challenges Mugabe

Middle East

UN To Expand Syria Aid As Truce Holds

Video: Syria Ceasefire Key To Migrant Crisis

Gunmen Kill 16 At Nursing Home In Yemen Started By Mother Teresa

Guards And A Gardener In Aden Evoked Shock.


Putin Discusses Syria Crisis With European Leaders – Kremlin

Nanny Charged With Murder Of 4-Year Old Child In Moscow

Russian Lawmakers Condemn British Caricature Of Nanny Charged With Murder

Yavlinsky Says He Will Beat Putin In 2018 Presidential Elections

Normandy Four Fail To Reach Agreement On Eastern Ukraine Elections

Russian Ruble Strengthens Against U.S. Dollar And Euro As Oil Prices Rise

Russia Threatens Counter-Measures After U.S. Extends Sanctions

Record-Breaking Snowstorm Paralyzes Moscow

Rescue Workers And Miners Are Killed In Russia Accident

Russian Foreign Minister Calls For New Chemical Weapons Accord

Russian Prosecutors Seek 23-Year Prison Term For Ukrainian Pilot


Starbucks To Open First Shop In Italy

Video: Coral Reef Seized On Polish Border

U.N. Rights Chief Says Unlocking Gunman’s Iphone Could Open ‘Pandora’s Box’

Turkey Seizes Newspaper, Zaman, As Press Crackdown Continues

Serbia Dissolves Parliament And Calls Early Elections

2 Men Sentenced In Death Of Alan Kurdi, Syrian Boy Who Drowned In September

Mexican Tycoon Opens Bid To Take Over FCC Of Spain

Spain’s Socialist Leader Loses Another Vote To Become Prime Minister

Death Toll In Ukraine Conflict Hits 9,160, U.N. Says

In Ukraine Towns Ravaged By War, Evangelical Missionaries Find Fertile Ground

Turkey: Police Kill 2 Assailants

Germany To Continue Funding To Establish Provenance Of Looted Art

Turkey Cracks Down On Insults To President Erdogan

Turkey Seizes Newspaper, Zaman, As Press Crackdown Continues

Spain’s Socialist Leader Fails In Effort To Become Prime Minister

Facebook Faces German Antitrust Investigation

Italy Moves To Toughen Penalties For Olive Oil Fraud

Spain’s Socialist Leader Takes His Shot At Forming A Government

Prosecutors Lay Out Case Against Suspect In Destruction Of Mali Shrines

Europe’s Border Checks Become Economic Choke Points

Dealbook Column: ‘Brexit’ Vote And Donald Trump’s Surge Reflect Discontent

Hope And Fear Await A Basque Leader On His Release From Prison

Utilities Cautioned About Potential For A Cyberattack After One In Ukraine

With Humility, Starbucks Will Enter Italian Market

The Vatican

Video: Cardinal Addresses Australia Abuse Inquiry

George Pell, Aide To Pope, Is Put On Defensive In Abuse Inquiry

United Kingdom

Ten images celebrating Welsh wildlife

Pilots Call For Drone Strike Research

Chilling At The UK’s Comfortable Antarctic Research Station

Facebook To Pay Millions More In UK Tax

E.U. And U.S. Release Details On Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal

Shell And Nigerian Partner Are Sued In Britain Over Spills

Britain Drops Case Against Last Suspect In 1998 Omagh Bombing

Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s Ex-Chief Rabbi, Wins Templeton Prize


Ottawa’s Gay-Pardon Decision Applauded But Obstacles Still Exist

Canada’s Economy Grows More Than Expected, But That’s Still Not Very Much

Calgary Woman First To Receive Judge’s Approval For Assisted Death

Provinces Oppose Trudeau’s Carbon Floor-Price Proposal

Ex-Flight Attendant Suing Westjet Over Alleged Sexual Assault By Pilot

Alberta Crude Struggles To Reach Refineries Swamped With Foreign Oil

Lots On The Plate When Trudeaus Visit White House For State Dinner

United States

Testing For Joy And Grit? Schools Nationwide Push To Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

The Real Winner Of Super Tuesday Is Canada

24 States Put Juvenile Offenders In Solitary, But Advocates Are Trying To Change That

Owner Of N.Y.S.E. Confirms Interest In London Stock Exchange

Latin America

In Mexico City, Comedians Punish Society’s Scofflaws With Humiliation

Video: Ecuador Volcano Erupts

Brazil Mudslide £800m Deal Reached

Brazil’s Ex-Leader, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, Is Held And His Home Raided

Snapshot Of Brazil’s Web Of Scandal

Petrobras Oil Scandal Leaves Brazilians Lamenting A Lost Dream (Aug. 9, 2015)

Oceana & Polynesia

Thousands Unite In Glittering Pride For Sydney Mardi Gras 2016

Hunter Valley Sergeant Dies In Crash On Way To Help Colleagues

Abbott Won’t ‘Dwell On Past’ Amid Claims In New Book

‘Botanist Puppies’ Detect Weeds Threatening Kosciuszko National Park

Saint’s Treasure ‘Worth More Than Crown Jewels’ Sparks Church Battle

Police Arrest 10yo Boy After Child Suffers Serious Burns


Climate Change & Weather

Short Answers To Hard Questions About Climate Change

Cutting Carbon Emissions Could Save Lives Sooner Than You Think

Supreme Court Denies Bid To Block EPA Rule Over Mercury Pollution

Middle East Summers Could Become Unlivable By End Of Century

Scientists Pinpoint Areas Most Sensitive To Climate Change

Officials: California’s Enormous Methane Leak Permanently Sealed

Espionage And Terrorism

The Broken System Of Classifying Government Documents

Spain Seizes 20,000 Military Uniforms Bound For ISIS

2 Italian Hostages Of ISIS In Libya Are Freed, But 2 Others Are Feared Dead

A Swedish Girl, ISIS And A Cautionary Tale Of Global Terrorism

Refugee Crisis

EU To Unveil Emergency Migrant Aid Plan

EU Talks Focus On Greece Migrant Crisis

Video: Refugees In Kurdish Iraq Return To Syria

Migrant Crisis Alters E.U. Calculations For Greece As Its Debt Struggle Continues

E.U. Presses For Accord With Turkey To Ease Flow Of Migrants

Violence Erupts In Greece As Migrants Try To Cross Into Macedonia

France Faces Protests As It Dismantles ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp

U.S. Pays To Feed And Shelter Cuban Migrants Stranded In Costa Rica

E.U. Presses For Accord With Turkey To Ease Flow Of Migrants

Greece Tries To House Migrants As Other Gates Close


Scientists Find First Links Between Zika And Temporary Paralysis: What You Need To Know

Two Studies Strengthen Links Between The Zika Virus And Serious Birth Defects




Hi Mishka:

This week, I just want to share this picture, which is becoming viral on facebook.com.  Despite the obvious mistake, it’s just emphasizing the current state of things.

Isn’t it sad that after the last century and democracy achievements like falling of the Berlin Wall, that now, in the new century, even more walls, fences, borders and  blocks reappear geographically and in people’s minds?

And I agree with one of the comments to it that “fences are nothing but sources of new problems.”

The only hope is keeping in mind the spiral nature of development, and that the next spin of it shall bring us back to humanity on the higher level of consciousness.

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

Olya Bereza, European Editor  To comment for publication, email her c/o minstrel312@aol.com 

MEADE TRAVELS – This Week To Boston

Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Yep, find out here.  This is a Northstar Journal Five Star Recommendation. 

Also check out:

A Frozen Highway To An Ancient Kingdom

The City Of 187 Different Countries – More Than 40% Of Residents Come From Somewhere Else

Five Places You’re Not Allowed To Visit


Monday, February 29, 2016

Winter break from schools here is 3 weeks long, so after not writing for a long time, I have many updates and pictures to share!

East Coast of Taiwan: Hualien and Taidong: I traveled with my Taiwanese friend, Claire, to the east coast of Taiwan for a few days. We were along the coast the whole time and it was beautiful. We went to Taroko National Park, which was absolutely gorgeous. We rented a scooter (yes I was the passenger everywhere we went!) which made everything more convenient and do-able.

For photos and more fascinating narrative, please go here.


With all due respect, this is long overdue.  Female Pilot Unit Gains Support in Congress for Right to Arlington Burials

Way to goOregon Lawmakers Approve Pioneering Pro-Climate Coal Bill

And if they can do it…How A Small Town Won An Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com 


How can any man who considers himself such treat a woman like this?  The ordeal of ESPN’s Erin Andrews: Target of nude peephole videos and sexist affronts

Sad but true and sorriest of all for me personally, it is happening where I live.  Seattle Underbelly Exposed as Homeless Camp Violence Flares

This certainly needs to change.  Even On Ebay, Women Earn Less Than Men, Study Shows

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com 


This so does not surprise me.  And considering the novel I have authored, profoundly ironic.  Report Cites Dangers of Autonomous Weapons

Welcome home folks.  Glad you made it back safely.  ISS Crew Members End Year In Space

I’m not exactly sure I agree with this but it is certain an interesting idea.  A Plan In Case Robots Take The Jobs: Give Everyone A Paycheck


How Our Ancestors Drilled Rotten Teeth

Have We Found The Earliest Human?

Exquisitely Detailed 520 Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows Individual Nerves

Bacteria From Sahara On Swiss Glaciers

What Causes Death Valley’s Sailing Stones To Move?


New Hubble Photo Shows A Serene Blue ‘Bubble’ In Space

Study Suggests A New Trick For Finding Alien Civilizations

Astronomers Just Saw Farther Back In Time Than They Ever Have Before


The Promise Of Artificial Intelligence Unfolds In Small Steps

It Can Fix A Broken Statue, Repair A Frayed Iphone Cable, Plug A Leaky Boat — And Even Create A Prosthetic Leg For A Chicken.

The Cyber Kidnappers After Your Data


Earth’s Bees Need Some Human Help: What Can We Do?


Half Of New Cars Could Be Electric By 2040

Toxic Moss In Portland, Ore., Shakes City’s Green Ideals

Electric Cars In B.C. Get HOV Green Light, Bypass Occupancy Requirements

UBC-Vancouver Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 30 Per Cent

Seattle Among The Safest For Biking And Walking


Scientists ‘Find Cancer’s Achilles Heel’

‘Brain Movies’ Show Nicotine Affects Men And Women Differently

‘Seriously Flawed’ Study Linking Behavioral Problems To Gardasil Has Been Retracted

You’re Unlikely To Catch Ebola From A Survivor — Unless You Have Sex With Them

Pioneering Approach To Prevent Peanut Allergies In Children Provides Lasting Protection, Study Shows


Two-Year-Old Calls 911 With Wardrobe Emergency, Kindly Deputy Helps Her Put Her Pants On

Washington State Man Accidentally Killed Himself While Taking A Selfie With His Gun, Police Say

‘I Saw The Multiverse Open Up’


At the request of several of you who live near us, we are reviving Seattle Scenes as a kind of bulletin board for local news and events reflective of the community at large.  Rusty

Seattle police officers will soon wear body cameras that could help answer questions such as those swirling around the recent officer-involved shooting of Che Andre Taylor. But many new questions come up, such as: How will footage be shared with the public? What will be kept private? Lawmakers are wrestling with those issues.

The heroin epidemic in our region is getting renewed attention, as King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a task force to find ways to reach addicts, with a goal of providing treatment on demand. “We can make a significant impact on homelessness if we make an impact on addiction,” Murray said.

Think about the outdoors, inside. If you love golf, traveling, biking or adventures, you can skip them all and head indoors — to the CenturyLink Field Event Center for one of the two expos there this weekend.  

Or go climbing. Blake Herrington has scaled more than 100 peaks around the world, from Patagonia to all the gorges around Chulilla, Spain. These are his five favorite climbs in Washington and B.C.

It’s curtain time. You can take the kids to see Seattle Children’s Theatre’s “Brooklyn Bridge,” one of those rare children’s shows that doesn’t let adult characters talk down to the kid protagonist. Or, leave them at home while you check out a gender-fluid, immersive production of “Romeo & Juliet,” where the audience is shuffled from set to set.


Heart door

Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.

Abraham Maslow

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


Spooky sea sounds: Oregon scientists stuck a hydrophone in Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the ocean — turns out it’s a noisy place. The eerie cacophony includes whales, passing ships and even an earthquake. Listen to them here.

I came across this almost by accident and have since discovered that it is my favorite western.  Made in 1999, it is entitled Purgatory.

These are a never-ending source of inspiration to me.  This one is entitled “Encouragement”.


testament amazon.com cover

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


Advertising Copy ~ Classified and Display

Editing ~ General and International

Online English Tutoring

“Americanization” of International Websites

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing


Special Projects

Negotiable rates, flexible financing, payment via Paypal for international clients, Paypal, email or direct deposit for US.  Email me at minstrel312@aol.com and I will reply within 24 hours. For my background and other services provided, please go to http://nstarmed.wordpress.com  My name is Merritt Scott Miller and my friends and clients call me “Rusty”.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Which animal has the most babies?  The answer just might surprise you.

What I especially like about this is that this is where two of us on the magazine live.  King County, Washington Animal Shelters Find Homes For 90 Percent Of Pets

This is fascinating.  Milky White ‘Casper The Friendly Ghost’ Octopus Found Deep Below The Pacific


Oregon Wolf Population Grows To Triple Digits

Video: Rare Albino Whale And Calf Filmed

Mysterious Chimp Behavior Evidence Of Sacred Rituals?



Amnesty International



GritTV With Laura Flaunders

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

Mother Nature Network

Nature Conservancy in Washington

National Wildlife Federation

No Camels – Weekly Israeli Innovation News

Ocean Conservancy

Outside Magazine

The Rainforest Site

SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing The Sea

Showcase Magazine:  Today’s Media For Artful Living

Sierra Club

Sightline Institute

The Sun Magazine

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Extra Magazine

World Wildlife Fund

Writing For Peace

YES magazine


The People Who Can See Like Dolphins

Museum of Lost Objects: The Winged Bull of Nineveh

A Texan Who Called Obama A Gay Prostitute May Soon Control What Goes In Children’s Textbooks

In White Coat Bust 012616


Okay, before you go, I want to tell you about a weekly magazine and ask you a question.  This is a well-crafted publication draws its news and information from over two dozen different sources world-wide.  It also includes:

  1. News analysis and commentary with heart and humor
  2. Practical Living Information on Health & Lifestyle
  3. Educational Information on Science and Environmentalism
  4. Entertainment via Best of the Net, All Creatures Great & Small, Thought of the Week and You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up
  5. It is a magazine which can be read together as a family
  6. It is a total interactive experience you can put down for awhile and then return to for more.
  7. All it costs is what you think it is worth.

My question to you then is, how much would you pay to read a magazine like this?   Yep, I just described the Northstar Journal.  If you’d like to SHOW how much you’d pay to read a publication like this, here’s your chance.  Please go here. For more information and to receive us in your email, contact us at minstrel312@aol.com


About minstrel312

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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