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The Northstar Journal: The Magazine With Heart
News & Commentary; From Olya ~Happy Spring From Snowy Ukraine; Meade Fischer Travels ~ Adventure Photography & Other Travel News; Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Science Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; 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 20, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 197  442nd Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor



Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s only Monday and I’m already working on the lead so I predict one of those very interesting weeks we sometimes have around here.

First, I want to thank everybody who wished me a happy birthday.  The magazine is in a production run on Friday and Saturday so I didn’t have the chance to respond in full measure to each of you but I did manage to thank all of you.  I was particularly moved by those of you who included the magazine in the greeting.  I work with some very outstanding people and I know they appreciate it when you guys do that.

As I write, our end of the Salish Sea fka the Puget Sound, is recovering from a rain and wind storm that came with 65 mph/105 kph blasts, left 100,000 (out of about 650,000) without power and resulted in the tragic death of a man who was driving through Stewart Park when a tall evergreen tree lost its rooting and smashed down on his car.

I lived in the impacted area for almost twenty years and only left two months ago for higher ground across Lake Washington in East Renton Highlands.  When it storms, the rain here all runs down hill and the winds are generally some tired by the time they get here.  I feel bad for my former neighbors, but as frustrating as adapting to some aspects of a more rural lifestyle have been for me here, I think I understand now why I’m on higher ground.  Yep, a quiet man’s humble epiphany.

I also want to thank those of you who took that International Women’s Day test Meade found, where we were asked to identify 10 iconic women of the 20th Century by their photograph.  I appreciated the email response from India suggesting that perhaps he needed to learn more about these women and another from an American Rustbelt high school history teacher who gave that test to her senior students.

Oh, and as a final thought, we’d be remiss in not wishing all of you north of the equator a happy Spring.  It started today where we live.  To chart the seasons around the world, check this out.

Have a great week, all.


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This is reassuring.  Dragons, Aliens, Bugs? Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of The Desert’s ‘Fairy Circles’

It looks like it might be really possible to have a clean climate and a prospering economy after allThe Economy Is Growing, But Carbon Emissions Aren’t. That’s A Really Big Deal

This could explain a great deal of contemporary human behavior.  Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins, Study Finds



Trump Presidency On Top 10 Risk List — Donald Trump Winning The US Presidency Is Considered One Of The Top 10 Risks Facing The World, According To The Economist Intelligence Unit.


Indonesia’s Harsh Response To Illegal Fishing: Blowing Up Ships

Bangladesh Bank Boss Quits Over Fraud

US Urges North Korea To Free Student

Junpei Yasuda, Japanese Journalist Missing In Syria, Surfaces In Video
North Korea Fires Missile Into Sea, South Korea Says
Pakistan: Musharraf Leaves For Treatment In Dubai

Tibetans Vote To Elect Political Leader To Succeed Dalai Lama


A Chinese Perspective On The Spring Equinox

China Is Said To Be Holding Jia Jia, A Journalist, Over Xi Jinping Letter

Chinese Tycoon Criticizes Leader, And Wins Surprising Support

Chinese Premier’s Annual Work Report

Starbucks Sued For Underfilling Lattes

Cherry Blossoms Decorate The Most Beautiful Expressway In China

China’s New Nuclear Power Plant Installs Key Component

Leonardo Dicaprio Promotes Movie “The Revenant” In Beijing

Chinese Vice Premier Urges Stronger Structural Reform

China’s Nature Reserve Wins Top Conservation Award Of UNESCO


The Secrets Of Success In India

Man Tied To Hindu Vigilante Group Among 5 Held In Deaths Of 2 Muslims

Body Of Sepoy Vijay Kumar K Recovered From Under 12-Feet Of Snow In Kargil

Obscene Acts In A Private Space Are Not A Crime, Says Bombay High Court

Chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ Cannot Be A Litmus Test For Patriotism


Horror At The Beach: 22 Dead In Terrorist Attack On Ivory Coast Resorts

Video: Can Drones Help Malawi Battle HIV?

China Resumes Diplomatic Relations With Gambia, Shutting Out Taiwan

Ebola Flare-Up Has Ended In Sierra Leone, W.H.O. Says

Morocco Orders U.N. To Cut Staff In Disputed Western Sahara Territory

Elephant In Stealth Mode: A Bull Named Morgan Survives Somali War Zone
U.N. Officials Warned That Congolese Soldiers Were Linked To Rape
Morocco: U.N. Chief Angers Officials
2 Female Suicide Bombers Attack Mosque Near Maiduguri, Nigeria, Killing Over 20
South Africa: A Rich Family’s Clout
Monrovia Journal: Fearing The Tide In West Point, A Slum Already Swamped With Worry
Al Qaeda’s Branch In Africa Makes A Lethal Comeback
Nigeria: Huge Methamphetamine Lab Built With Mexican Help, Officials Say
European Union Suspends Aid To Burundi Over Political Crisis
Witness Recalls Ivory Coast Attack: ‘Shooting, Then Boom, Boom, Boom’
16 Killed In Terrorist Attack On Resort Hotels In Ivory Coast
Arts | Long Island: Documenting Violence Against Women, Even If It’s Hard To Look
Angolan President, In Power Nearly Four Decades, Says He’ll Step Down

Middle East

Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, The History-Making Olympian Who Called Out SXSW For Telling Her To Remove Her Hijab

Turkey Strikes PKK After Ankara Bomb

Video: Military Exercises In Saudi Desert

World Leaders Hope Russia’s Exit From Syria Will Help Peace Talks

First Russian Planes Leave Syria

Sanctions Eased, Iran Sends Black Market A Strategic Warning


Passenger Plane Crashes While Landing In Russia’s Rostov

 San Marino To Export Meat And Cheese To Russia

 U.S. Defense Secretary: Russia Is Main Threat To U.S. Security

 It’s Light Out In The Moscow Kremlin For Earth Hour

 Dreams In Isolation: Crimea 2 Years After Annexation

 Moscow Metro Closes 3 Dark Green Line Stations On Saturday

 Police In Southern Russia Link Crime Increase To Ukraine Crisis


Video: Blast Off For Europe Russia Mars Mission

Video: News Briefing On Brussels Terror Raid

Brussels Raid Manhunt Enters Second Day

Kurdish Militants Say They’re Behind Car Bombing In Turkey’s Capital
Germany: Spy Who Sold Secrets To C.I.A. Gets 8 Years
Robert Fico Retains Power In Slovakia With New Coalition
A ‘High Degree Of Miserable’ In A Refugee-Swollen Greece
Once A Darling, Spanish Solar Company Abengoa Faces Reckoning
European Museums Adapt To The American Way Of Giving
Germany Bans Neo-Nazi Group As Far-Right Gains From Migration Crisis
Belgium Says Algerian Killed In Raid May Have Had Links To Radical Islam
Florence Journal: Florence Tackles Duomo Defacement With A New Tool: Virtual Graffiti
Denmark Ranks As Happiest Country; Burundi, Not So Much
Poland’s Tatars Feel Uncertain As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Grows
French Student Who ‘Took Some Breaks’ Earns Doctorate At 90
Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein Leader, Skips White House Visit Over Security

The Vatican

Get Ready, Internet. The Pope Has Joined Instagram.

United Kingdom

Letter From Europe: E.U. Referendum Threatens To Expose Fissures Across Britain
George Osborne Warns Of Brexit Risks And Cuts Growth Forecasts

Crown Courts To Be Filmed For First Time

Prince Harry Visits Nepal Quake Sites

Princess Diana Memorial Garden Being Planned


Stabbing At Toronto Military Site Investigated As Terrorist Act

Critics Question Methadone Usage As Patient Numbers Soar In Canada

National Parks Improvements Planned, With Goal Of Attracting More Immigrants, Urbanites

Transcanada Strikes Blockbuster Deal To Buy Columbia Pipeline

More Sectors Pushing For Exemption To Foreign Worker Restrictions

RCMP Drops Investigations Against 24 Senators Flagged In Forensic Audit

United States

Guilty Verdict For Aiding In Attack On Anti-Islam Cartoon Event In Texas

It’s Not Just Flint. Lead Taints Water Across The U.S., EPA Records Show

Obama Just Took A Big Step Toward Powering New York With Offshore Wind

Obama Pulls Plans To Allow Oil Drilling Off Southern Atlantic Coast

US Troops Punished Over Hospital Attack

The Mysterious Infection That Might Be Behind 17 Deaths In Wisconsin Has Spread To A Second State

Trump’s Grammar In Speeches ‘Just Below 6th Grade Level,’ Study Finds

Hulk Hogan Awarded $115 Million In Privacy Suit Against Gawker

US Releases Video Of Obama With Cuba’s Best-Known Comedian

Two American Citizens Killed In Istanbul Blast: White House

In Louisiana, The Poor Lack Legal Defense

Texas Abortion Law Has Women Waiting Longer, And Paying More

Latin America

Video: Why Brazilians Are Angry

Video: Children ‘Used In Peru Oil Leak Clean-Up’

Argentina Sinks Chinese Fishing Boat

Brazil’s Lula To Be Chief Of Staff

Rousseff Backed Into Corner As New Revelations Stir Turmoil In Brazil

In A Rebel Camp In Colombia, Marx And Free Love Reign

Cuba On The Edge Of Change

Colombian Children Pay High Price Amid Peace Talks, U.N. Says

American Firm, Starwood, Signs Deal To Manage Hotels In Cuba

Oceana & Polynesia

Closing Offshore Detention Centers Could Save Billions, Data Shows

Family First To Challenge Senate Voting Reforms In High Court

Victoria To Defy Federal Government On Safe Schools Program


Climate Change & Weather

Rising Sea Levels May Disrupt Lives Of Millions

Antarctica’s Ice Is Being Carved Up From Below

The More We Learn About Antarctica’s Past, The Scarier The Present Looks

Why Climate Change Action Can’t Succeed Without Social Equity

The Vast, Shrinking Northern Glaciers That We Never Even Talk About

In This Tiny Arctic Town, Dramatic Warmth Threatens Everything

As Temperatures Soar, New Doubts Arise About Holding Warming To 2 Degrees C

It’s Official: We Can Now Say Global Warming Has Made Some Weather Events Worse

Espionage And Terrorism

ISIS Commander Omar Shishani ‘Dead’

Kurdish Militants Claim Ankara Attack

California Attacker ‘Inspired By ISIS’

Salah Abdeslam, Suspect In Paris Attacks, Is Captured In Brussels

U.S. Steps Up Airstrikes Against ISIS After It Gains Territory In Afghanistan

A View Of ISIS’s Evolution In New Details Of Paris Attacks

Interactive Feature: ISIS’ Industry Of Rape: Our Reporters Answer Questions

In Months-long Hunt For Salah Abdeslam, Missed Chances And High Alerts

U.S. Marine Killed By Islamic State Rocket Attack In Iraq

Refugee Crisis

Video: The Graveyard Of Anonymous Migrants

European Union Reaches Deal With Turkey To Return New Asylum Seekers

3 Sentenced In Germany For Arson Attack Against Refugees


Puerto Rico Braces For Its Own Zika Epidemic


Cleaning snow in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine        Photo courtesy of DevanArt

Cleaning snow in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine Photo courtesy of DevanArt


Happy spring Rusti, from snowy today Ukraine:

It’s been a hard week.  On  circumstances, I spent some days in  a children’s hospital.  But it was here that I met a very young and positive mother, who, in response to her four-year-old blond son, “Am I ill?” responded with a confident smile and then a hug.  “We’ll cure you”.

Unfortunately, at present, there is no cure for diabetes, but as she said to me, they follow all the recent researches. Somewhere in England, one professor proved this process can be reversed back to normal state. Also she read that now the scientists try to create artificial pancreas.

Looking at this blue-eyed blond boy child, my heart melted. Hopefully with his mother’s  attitude and scientific progress the cure will be found.  My fingers are crossed and my admiration to all whose works are intended to help others.

On a note of irony here.  When I asked the little boy what he wanted to become, instead of one of the usual professions, he said, “an innovator.” And I thought maybe if we have more innovators, scientists,  and researchers, this will be of more benefit to society then just a money makers.

That’s it for this week.  Have a nice spring Sunday, Mishka.

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


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.


The Empire The World Forgot


If this does not bring tears to your heart, you haven’t gone one.  Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Police Reward

These ladies should inspire us allInspirational Women In Conservation

So should these women.  Unsung Black Heroines Launched A Modern Domestic Workers Movement—Powered By Their Own Stories

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This dude is a real flipping prince, isn’t he?  Breivik Back In Court With Nazi Salute

We need to get this kid out of there and home.  And we definitely need to teach fundamental common sense and good manners in our schools again.  US Student Jailed In North Korea

Well, thank Allah and God both then, that there was a rational explanation for this.  SighSuspect Said ‘Allah Told Me To Do This’ During Double Stabbing At Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre, Police Say

To comment, email us at minstrel312@aol.com 


Off they go, into the wild blue yonder.  Newest Mars Mission Blasts Off!

I know why Caesar had to do this.  But not the rest of us.  Why beware the Ides of March?

I don’t want to say I’ve told you so.  But I have.  Often.  Google Car Crash ‘Not A Surprise’


Are There Too Many People On Earth?

Everything You Need To Know About the Vernal Equinox But Were Too Embarrassed To Ask, Including Why This Is The Earliest Spring Since 1896

At The Bottom Of The Arabian Sea, A 500-Year-Old Shipwreck From The Fleet Of Vasco Da Gama


Ceres’s Mysterious Spots Brighten And Dim Unexpectedly

Mars Mission Blasts Off From Kazakhstan

Signs Of Modern Astronomy Seen In Ancient Babylon


Modeled After Ants, Teams Of Tiny Robots Can Move 2-Ton Car

Could you fall in love with this robot?

World Drone Prix Racer: ‘It’s Like Flying A Jet’

The Drone That Can Climb Walls And Other Tech News


Real Life Hacks To Cut Your Carbon Footprint (Plus: A Personal Emissions Calculator)

Shared Solar Power Could Fix Clean Energy’s Inequality Problem

The U.S. Has As Many Televisions As Humans. Here’s How Both Can Waste Less Energy

Using Nature As Inspiration, Architects And Designers Are Building Seattle’s Biofuture


On Average, How Far Do Fruits And Vegetables Travel Before Reaching A Plate In North America?  The Answer Just Might Surprise You.

Scientists Expose Vaccine Volunteers To Dengue Virus And Find 100 Percent Were Protected

Our Alarmingly Polluted Environment Is Killing 12.6 Million Each Year, WHO Warns 

How Schools Are Using ‘Mindful Eating’ To Help Prevent Eating Disorders

Kids With August Birthdays Are More Likely To Get An ADHD Diagnosis. Here’s Why.

There’s A New Theory About Why Some Cancer Therapies Fail. It’s About Timing.

Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey May Be Your Best Bet

Most Dangerous Time at the Hospital? It May Be When You Leave


Video: ‘I’m Like Any Woman In The World’

What Writing About Death Taught One Woman About Life

Poor Families And Blue-Collar Heroes: “The Confirmation” Is Keeping Hollywood Real

5 Prisons Improving Life On The Inside

Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids

The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager


Seattle Facts & Figures

Whereas a generation of hackers grew up tinkering with iPhones and Androids for fun, today’s up-and-comers — thwarted by the security that has been added to smartphones — are shifting their focus to virtual-reality headsets, self-driving cars, the cloud, mobile apps and other systems with less-tested locks.

Mushers pressed their dog sled teams closer to the finish line in Alaska’s famous Iditarod on Sunday after a snowmobiler intentionally rammed into two top competitors at speeds up to 100 mph, killing one dog and injuring others.

REI reached a new peak in sales and member dividends in 2015, the outdoor gear co-op says. The growth was fueled in part by more than a million new members.

Get a little culture. This is not just regular butter. Make your own cultured butter — with depth and complexity, and some real character. (Mmmm, butter.) And this type is a revelation.

All lanes of Interstate 405 will be toll-free on nights and weekends, beginning Friday, the state Transportation Commission decided yesterday. Here are the details on how and when you can use the restricted lanes for free. The move is a reaction to driver fury over the tolling and ensuing congestion.

Three students injured in the Ride the Ducks crash want to sue the city and the state. They say the governments were partly to blame for ignoring safety hazards on the Aurora Bridge.

Ride the Ducks has admitted to 463 safety violations and agreed to pay $222,000 in penalties over a deadly crash last fall on the Aurora Bridge.

Growing Seattle software startup Usermind has snagged $14.5 million from prominent Silicon Valley investors.

Coloring books for adults — a genre once considered little more than a novelty — are suddenly a big business, a bright spot in the financial results of publishers and retailers alike.

Nonstop chef: Twitch — Amazon’s video-streaming service known for airing live matches between gamers — is consecutively streaming all 201 episodes of Julia Child’s “The French Chef” in a bid to widen its audience.

First, the Nooksack tribal council gave itself the power to disbar attorneys. Seemed a curious move — until the council disbarred its biggest foe, Gabriel Galanda, who has been fighting for three years to prevent the tribe from kicking out 306 members.


The Great British Spring In 11 Images

Flying ‘Low And Slow’ With Bc Floatplane Pilots

‘Bike Batman’: The Crusading, Craigslist-Scouring Superhero Seattle So Badly Needs


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 http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion/dp/1511900660/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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

Comedy ~ jokes, monologues

Ghost writing


Editing ~ General and International

“Americanization” of International Websites

Online English Tutoring

Special Projects

Northstar Media Services


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I really think especially those of us who live here in the American Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada need to take a look at this.  The source is impeccable and affiliated with the University of California.  They live in the environment they seek to protect and the research they do is then used by government and private agencies and associations to proactively mediate and mitigate.  This study is entitled Canadian / US Failure Of Collaboration Puts Salish Sea (fka Puget Sound) At Risk

We have these little dudes (and dudettes) where I live and they are absolutely awesome.  Hummingbirds’ Extraordinary Migratory Marathons

This is absolutely good news.  SeaWorld announced today it is ending its practice of killer-whale breeding after years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity. It is also ending its theatrical shows, and will partner with the Humane Society. What happens next for the orcas.


New Home For Vulnerable Rhino

Long Road Ahead For Monarchs

Octopus Casper Could Be New Species

Seduced By Junk Food, Storks Are Opting Not To Migrate


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s March 2016 newsletter is now online.  This one has an outstanding video of a golden eagle doing aerial acrobatics and a discussion of how many species of birds there are and why.


If you’re feeling generous and want to spend some  money making yourself feel good, instead of a trip to the mall or the deli, check out one of the outfits on this list and consider joining it.  You’ll be contributing to something really important and each month, you’ll be reminded of what your contribution is doing.  Some of them even have cool things like sweatshirts with their name on it or coffee mugs with lids.  As the King of Kitsch, that kind of appeals to me.  And if you want to throw a couple of bucks or Euros in our sugar can, here’s now to do that.   Thank you very much, guys.  Rusty

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 Immortalist: Uploading The Mind To A Computer

The Goliath Spider That Dwarfs The Rest

Lost At Sea And Presumed Dead, This Dog Miraculously Found Its Way Home

In white coat, thumbs up smiling 021116ABOUT US

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.
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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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