THE HEART TO LOVE A RADISH

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

News & Commentary; From Olya ~Easter Reflections From Ukraine; Meade Fischer Travels ~ Adventure Photography & Other Travel News;  Good Examples; Bad Examples; Our Scienc Section Abridged; The Green Agenda; Health; Lifestyle; Best Of The Net; Thought of the Week; All Creatures Great & Small; Northstar Endorses; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us

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March 27, 2016  Vol. 9 No. 198  443rd Consecutive

Rusty Miller – Editor

Olya Bereza – European Editor

Dennis Steussy – Associate Editor

Meade Fischer – Contributing Editor

Amy Goldstein – Contributing Editor

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THE HEART TO LOVE A RADISH

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First, of course, I’d like to wish all our Christian readers a Happy Easter.  As long as Jesus is remembered, He lives.  And as long as He lives, there is a chance we might become worthy of sharing the same Father.  Thank you, Jesus.  And thank you, those of His brothers and sisters who love Him without hating anyone.

I came across this article about robotic gardening that I want to talk about for a second or several.  This Robot Is A Better Gardener Than You  By its definition, it is, particularly since I am a subsistence gardener who is not into trying to grow stuff faster, or grafting to make better fruit.

I came of age watching agribusiness take over small farms in Northern California’s San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys.  It ultimately poisoned the environment to such an extent that Sacramento itself is now one of the unhealthiest places in America to live.

Gardening is also something very spiritual to me, without the chanting or the symbols, but certainly the heart and mind set.  I’m bringing another life form into the world for the specific purpose of eating it when it either dies or reproduces.

During that time, I’m responsible for it and it behooves me to be as physically and emotionally nurturing as I would hope to be with any of God’s creatures, including puppies and children.

As sophomoric and as anthropomorphic as that might sound, it works in my house.  When potatoes, corn, tomatoes, garlic, etc start loving you back, you have a harvest fit for the Divine and a feast worthy of the love you invested.

Not everyone can grow stuff, just like not everyone SHOULD be able to reproduce.  So there’s definitely the Hand of the Deity in a green thumb.  We created that robotic gardener but only God can give it the heart to love a radish.

Have a great week, all.

Rusty

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THE NEWS

These are American cities most susceptible to Zika.  Is yours one of them?

Sometimes I think headline writers like to cruise a little over the top.  This one, for instance, made it sound like we’re about to get mugged by some very very bad dudes.  The Hubble Space Telescope Just Spotted A Gang Of ‘Monster’ Stars

Considering its place in the web of life, this cannot bode well, if it is permitted to happen.   Ash Tree Set For Extinction In Europe

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS

Global

February Soars Past Previous Warmth Record

What We’re Doing To The Earth Has No Parallel In 66 Million Years

We Had All Better Hope These Scientists Are Wrong About Earth’s Future

Asia

Japan Zebra Dies In Golf Course Lake

A Story Of Reincarnation In Nepal

Missing HK Bookseller Back In Mainland

A Revived Challenge To Islam As Bangladesh’s State Religion Goes To Court

Man Detained In North Korea Confesses To Spying For South

Philippines Releases Ship Linked To North Korea

Asian Financial Cooperation Association To Be Launched In July

China

China’s ‘Minecraft’ Military Camouflage

Xi’s Czech Visit To Send Diplomatic Messages

China, Russia Should Work To Settle Hotspot Issues: President Xi

1,706 Apartments Snatched In Advance Of Shanghai’s New Housing Policies

China Implements New Tax On Cross-Border E-Commerce

China’s Actors Teach Operas To Pupils As World Theatre Day Approaches

Juyongguan Pass Segment Of Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railroad Decorated By Blooming Flowers

Tourists Flock To Park To View Cherry Blossoms

India

Celebrate Spring With Our Favorite Photos Of The Hindu Festival Of Colors

Holi 2016: Hindu Festival Of Colors Welcomes Spring

Wild Elephants Kill 5 People In India In Separate Attacks

I Am Fighting Poverty, Not Tarun Gogoi In Assam, Says Pm

Pakistan Says It Has Captured Indian Spy In Baluchistan Province

Africa

Nigeria Targets Firms Over Arms Fraud

Ebola, Ruthless To Families, Leaves Liberian Man Alive And Alone

Ebola Fears Shut A Liberian Border

Congolese Politician, Jean-Pierre Bemba, Is Convicted Of War Crimes

Morocco Asks That U.N. Close Western Sahara Military Office

Attack Reported On Mali Hotel Used By European Union Military

BP And Statoil Pull Employees From Algeria Gas Fields After Attack

Angola: Yellow Fever Outbreak Kills 178

Congo Republic: President Is Re-Elected

Kenya: Exam Board Linked To Cheating On College Entrance Tests

Burundi: Army Officer Is Assassinated In The Capital

Middle East

Israel Soldier Detained In Shooting Of Palestinian

Israel Begins Murder Investigation Of Soldier Who Shot Palestinian

Egypt Continues Crackdown On Groups Documenting Government Abuse

Syrian Forces And ISIS Clash At Edge Of Palmyra

Iraq Retakes ISIS-Held Villages Outside Mosul

Egypt Implicates 4 Men Killed By Police In Death Of Italian Student

Family Sees TV Talent Scout Where Israeli Authorities See Jihadist Spy

Yemen: U.N. Envoy Unveils Truce Plan

A Spymaster Who Saw Cyberattacks As Israel’s Best Weapon Against Iran

U.S. Strike In Yemen Kills Dozens In Qaeda Affiliate, Officials Say

Russia

 Kadyrov Gets Putin’s Support, Will Run In Elections

 Plane Bomb Threat: Russian Citizens Arrested In Ukraine

 Putin And Kerry Discuss Syria, Ukraine, Savchenko At Moscow Meeting

 Russian Duma Deputies Propose Death Penalty For Terrorists

 Russian Investigators Say Khodorkovsky’s Yukos Acquired Illegally

 Anti-Doping Agency Records 123 Positive Tests For Sharapova Drug

 Majority Of Russians Support Troop Withdrawal From Syria – Poll

 Russian Cosmonaut On Forbes List Of World’s Greatest Leaders

Europe

Ukrainian Pilot Faces Russian Verdict

Hollande To Meet Paris Attack Relatives

Brussels Attacks Underscore Vulnerability Of An Open European Society

Credit Suisse To Cut Another 2,000 Jobs

Europe Was Once Home To Weird Wild Apes

Lawyer Defending Russian Soldier In Ukraine Is Found Dead

The Vatican

Video: Pope Francis ‘World’s Most Popular Leader’

‘Father Cody Is Dangerous’: Seattle Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case For $9.1 Million After Damning Letters Surface

United Kingdom

EU Exit Backed By 250 Business Leaders

‘Small’ UK Economic Impact From EU Exit

UK Car Pollution Checks Dropped In 2011

The Tsunami That Terrified Britain

Teachers Heckle Morgan Over Academy Plans

Canada

Hartley Bay, A Four-Decade Fight To Dump Diesel Continues

Reconciliation Starts With Educating About Indigenous Lives

Canada’s Bankers Petroleum Agrees To Takeover By Chinese Firm

Engineering Programs Looking To Expand Within Ontario Universities

Alberta Discards Timeline For Balanced Budget

BC Gets $1-Million Boost To Electric Vehicle Charging

Jian Ghomeshi, Former Canadian Radio Host, Acquitted Of Sexual Assault

United States

The Mideast Came To Idaho State. It Wasn’t The Best Fit.

In A Florida Party Town, Last Call Leaves A Financial Hangover

Hawaii Struggles To Keep Rail Project From Becoming A Boondoggle

Nuclear Plant Leak Threatens Drinking Water Wells In Florida

Flint Water Crisis Inquiry Finds State Ignored Warning Signs

As Coal Prospects Decline, A Colorado Town Reconsiders Marijuana Ban

How America’s “Worst Walking City” Got Back On Its Feet

Sexual Harassment Cases Tarnish Berkeley’s Image As A Center Of Social Activism

North Carolina Gay Bias Law Draws A Sharp Backlash

Wrong Man Convicted Of 1957 Murder In Illinois, Prosecutor Says

Latin America

Cubans Pack The Streets For A Glimpse Of President Obama

Video: Obama Invited To Tango In Argentina

Rolling Stones Performs Historic Concert In Cuba

Obama Family Spring Break: Making History And Doing The Tango

Obama Family Vacations: Highlights From 2009-2015

Obama Expresses Regret For U.S. Policies During Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

To Beat The Rush, Americans Rush To Cuba, Overloading Services

Dilma Rousseff, President Of Brazil, Resists Calls For Her Resignation

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.

Obama Visit Affirms Argentina’s Shift Toward Center

Obama Declares A New Partnership After Talks With Argentine Leader

Crisis In Brazil Widens With Report Of Firm’s Payments To Politicians

Obama, In Havana Speech, Says Cuba Has Nothing To Fear From U.S.

Cuban Dissidents Praise ‘Closeness And Trust’ After Meeting With Obama

Canada: Government Budget Will Seek Significant Increase In Deficit Spending

Stay Or Go? Cuban Entrepreneurs Divided On Where To Stake Futures

Oceana & Polynesia

Australian Stock Exchange Boss Resigns

Dramatic Sydney Siege Footage Shown

Fairy Circles, Long A Mystery In Africa, Now Found In Australia

TOPICAL HEADLINE NEWS

Climate Change & Weather

Worsening Droughts Spell Trouble For US Forest Fire Recovery

How Exploiting The Earth Can Fuel Violent Conflict

Espionage And Terrorism

Video: ISIS’s Signature Explosive In Europe

Strikes Claimed By ISIS Shut Brussels And Shake European Security

Two Brothers Behind Brussels Attacks

ISIS In Europe: The Race To The Death

Multiple Arrests Over Europe ISIS Plots

U.S. Indicts 7 Iranians In Cyberattacks On Banks And A Dam

A Top ISIS Leader Is Killed In An Airstrike, The Pentagon Says

ISIS Suicide Bomber In Iraq Kills Dozens At Soccer Game

Refugee Crisis

Video: Migrants Arrive In Lesbos Under New Rules

Massachusetts Clinic Treats Refugees With Mindfulness And Medicine From Home

Zika

WHO Expects Over 2,500 Zika-Linked Microcephaly Cases In Brazil

Zika Virus May Affect 50 U.S. Cities

Sex In A Time Of Zika: CDC Issues Ever-More Detailed Guidelines

FROM OLYA

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EASTER REFLECTIONS FROM UKRAINE

Hi Mishka:

Easter is one of the oldest of Christian traditions. For some, it is just a celebration with exchanging of gifts and cards and I think that is good.  For others, however, Easter is a reminder of the love nature of Jesus and what he faced from people on his own will.

And it is always challenging to look in the mirror and seriously ask, “Have we, as a people, changed much for the last two thousand years, even having the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) to read?”

Mishka, wishing you and yours happy Easter. I know you are one of those who do understand the meaning of this celebration. and good luck with gardening 😉

Stay well, my cousin.

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

MEADE FISCHER TRAVELS –The Pacific Crest Trail.

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.

SEE ALSO

Natural Habitat Adventures Cuban Tour

Mike Philbin’s Free Planet Blog

Scotland’s Wee But Wild Road

GOOD EXAMPLES

Outstanding.  Now if the powers that be will only listen.  Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call For Halt To Arctic Drilling

Outstanding Part II.  Video: Prince Speaks Out For Nepalese Girls

I believe them and good show!  Amazon.Com Says That There Is No Gender Or Ethnic Imbalance In What It Pays Its Employees

GE Extras

Amazon is adding Uwajimaya and PCC Natural Markets to its Prime Now fast-delivery service in Seattle. The two grocers say the arrangement makes them like neighborhood stores for area households.

Forget Nutraloaf—Prisoners Are Growing Their Own Food

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BAD EXAMPLES

This absolutely must stop and if that means going to sea in a small swift boat to do it, tell me where I sign on.  Minkies are among the largest but gentlest creatures on a planet that is mostly water.  And they certainly do not deserve this.  A Japanese Fleet Killed 333 Whales For ‘Research’

And this is the same state which gave us one of the most enlightened chief executives this nation has ever had.  It is, indeed, a rainy night in this place.  Parents in America’s state of Georgia were offended by the ‘Far East religion’ of yoga, so they got ‘Namaste’ banned from school

Under the “What Were They THINKING?” category and this really browns me off because I live in this state and I am normally very proud of it.  Hollow Columns Holding Up I-5, I-405 Bridges Could Implode In Major Quake

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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED

This will never happen in my house.  Welcome To Your Driverless Life

I honestly do not know whether to laugh or cry about this one.  Microsoft’s tay.ai chabot was a fast learner. Unfortunately the artificial intelligence bot, designed to converse with millennials on twitter and messaging services, quickly learned to parrot racist and other offensive comments. Microsoft took tay offline for adjustments.

I thought this was amazing.  Video: Century-Old Missing Ship Mystery Solved

EARTH

Get Up Close And Personal With The Smithsonian’s New Dinosaurs In This 360 Video

Searching For Shipwrecks From Space

The Coral Reefs That Almost Made Scientists Cry (For Joy)

OUTER SPACE

Why Parallel Universes Might Be Real

Kepler Catches A Supernova Shockwave

Five New Studies On Pluto Show Just How Weird The Little Planet Is

TECHNOLOGY

What’s The Best Way To Stop Trolls?

10 Black Women Innovators And The Awesome Things They Brought Us

Researchers Create A New Type Of Stem Cell That Has Half A Genome

THE GREEN AGENDA

To The Tune Of $10m, Wind Power Pays Off For Or Landowners

The Lure And Challenge Of Clean Power For Remote First Nation Reserves

Farms, Hydropower At Risk In West’s Changing Climate

The Return On Investment In Affordable Housing  

Love Solar But Got No Rooftop? “Shared Solar” Coming For You

Record Investment In Clean Energy In 2015

9 Figures To Help You Understand The State Of Renewable Energy

Eco Wave Power Turns Seawater Into Energy At New Gibraltar Plant

HEALTH

Wellness Magazine:  Chocolate, Money And Happiness

Artificial Hearts Ticking Along Decades After Jarvik-7 Debate

Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding To A Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl

F.D.A. Toughens Warning Labels For Some Opioid Painkillers

Researchers Find Key To Long-Term Preservation Of Organs For Transplant

What Makes Water Unsafe? Not The Color, Taste, Or Smell

TB Cases Increase In U.S. For First Time In 23 Years

LIFESTYLE

What To Do During A Terrorist Attack

A Year Later, Kids Turn Baltimore’s Uprising Into Art

The World’s Most Troublesome Names

Why Are People So Incredibly Gullible?

Tangos, Waltzes And Hand Jives: Obama’s Legacy As The Dancing President

SEATTLE SCENES

Seattle Facts & Figures

Ridership on Seattle’s light rail, after the openings of stations at UW and Capitol Hill, is higher than expected. Sound Transit is adding bigger trains to keep up with the crowds.  $50 billion is the tally of Sound Transit’s proposal to increase light rail, buses and commuter trains from Tacoma to Everett. The plan, which could be on the ballot this fall, would result in a network of 108 miles of light rail.

Hey, millennials: Microsoft’s snarky bot wants to talk to you. The bot — tay.ai, which is fluent at teenage Web speak — was built using machine-learning technology and some input from improvisational comedians.

Females in farming: “We’ve all been sort of conditioned to assume this farmer is with the hat, and he’s a man, and he’s white,” says Audra Mulkern, who takes photos for The Female Farmer Project. Her portraits of agricultural women at work — and the statistics — show that this is not the case in Washington.

Record-breaking restaurant: For the first time, our critic Providence Cicero is giving a four-star review: Renee Erickson’s steakhouse Bateau. Bar Melusine next door, also owned by Erickson, is great for oysters and little dishes.

Up for hiking, paddling, birding? How about heading to the South Sound? The stunning area around Olympia has a lot more options than you’d think for a great weekend, and none of them involves the Legislature.

Another tech powerhouse is coming to South Lake Union. Google is working with Paul Allen’s Vulcan to move into 607,000 square feet of office space in Amazon’s neighborhood. Between 3,000 and 4,000 employees could fit in the space.

Amazon is adding Uwajimaya and PCC Natural Markets to its Prime Now fast-delivery service in Seattle. The two grocers say the arrangement makes them like neighborhood stores for area households.

Dance dance revolution. Think ballet is all Tchaikovsky? Think again. This year’s “Director’s Choice” program (Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual grab bag of short works) includes performances set to Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens and Philip Glass — plus dancers stuck to a wall with Velcro.

BEST OF THE NET

Video: ‘Ode to Joy’ Played in Brussels Square

The Brussels Philharmonic and Vlaams Radio Koor performed Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at a memorial for the victims of this week’s attacks.

Video: American Missionary’s Account of Attack

Mason Wells, a 19-year-old Mormon missionary in Belgium, describes how he survived the terrorist attack at the Brussels Airport.

You will absolutely never look at bats the same way after this cute enough to die-for video of a little one named Titty.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Illustration by Norman Rockwell

Illustration by Norman Rockwell

The little things?

The little moments?

They aren’t little.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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FROM NORTHSTAR

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

Now available in both paperback and Kindle at amazon.com

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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL

Okay, so is this like something every subway should have?  London Underground Has Its Own Mosquito

I think if I saw this small fish on my front porch, I might get a little tweaked.  This Weird Little Fish Can Walk Up Waterfalls

I wonder how the father in this family handles thisHow Do These Beetle Moms Make Time For Their Kids? Very Unsexy Perfume.

SHORTS

Illegal Pet Trade In Madagascar May Threaten Conservation And Survival Of Endangered Lemur Species

4 UK Bird Species Join The IUCN List Facing Global Extinction

Cambodia’s Extraordinary Waterbird Colony – Prek Toal – Recognised As Ramsar Site

National Protection For Three Areas Off The Hampshire And Isle Of Wight Coast

Birds To Spot At RSPB Arne Nature Reserve This Winter

Urgent Rehoming Appeal From The Mare And Foal Sanctuary

Why Do Hares Go ‘Mad’ In March?

Star Grazers At Knettishall Heath

FOLKS WE FOLLOW

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.  Their Project FeederWatch eNews is now, as well.

NORTHSTAR ENDORSES

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

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EarthSkyNews

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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

YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP

The Mountains Whose Height Is A Mystery

The Eerie Grave Of 200,000 Monks

This 80-Year-Old ‘Black Widow,’ Who Lured Lonesome Old Men To Horrible Fates, Is Out Of Prison Again

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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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