ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Northstar Journal:  The Magazine With Heart

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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 31, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 44

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, as some of you know by now, we are, to quote Willie Nelson, “On the road again.”  If that seems a familiar theme to some of you, you do not need to ask the Wizard for an attention span.

We moved out here from Seattle back in January, with expectations all around of living here for a couple of years.  Then the bottom dropped out of the housing market in the greater Puget Sound.  The owner of the house is a real estate professional caught in a double whammy.  He needed to sell the house and he needed to reduce his income because when this happens, his commission on what he sells drops as well.

I’ve got about two months to find another place and even though I’m low-income, I also travel light and don’t need much.  I’ve got an organized search going and help with transportation to look at places and for moving in expenses when I do find one.  I write good classified ads for other people and here’s the one I wrote for myself.

I don’t really have any profound wisdom to offer about an event that happens to probably far too many of us under circumstances and for reasons as complex as the economics involved.  For me, it’s like the ocean.  I’ll never understand the sea but I can be a good sailor.

It is also not something that needs to be feared as much as I have.  It does not need to be overwhelming and there’s a real simple game plan.  You inventory your resources and project your relocation expenses.

If you do not have enough, you scale back what you need and see if there’s any way you can raise more than just the rent you’ll be paying once you’re moved in.  That can range to having a garage sale to seeking appropriate government assistance.

Once you’ve got that done, you write an ad like the one I did, listing (realistically) what you can afford.  You post that on the CraigsList or its equivalent in your community and on other Internet bulletin boards in your area.  You keep a calendar that tells you when you need to renew the ad.  I’d also recommend running that ad past people whose opinions you respect.  I did.

Then, every morning, you check CraigsList, Roomster, etc. for people with rooms to rent or who need housemates for a shared home within your area and price range.  Also, email that ad to everyone in your own network but just be subtle about it.  Like  “Hi (so and so):  I just thought this might interest you.  Then you put in the link to your ad.

This gives them a chance to take a look at it, get over the shock and compose themselves for a response.  Just as you needed a little time to adjust to the need to move, so your friends and family will as well.

People will want to help and there’s one sure way your local area friends can do that.  You can have like a several family garage sale.  Those are fun to organize and fun to do.  And you’d be surprised at how much you can make.  That’s another way your friends can help.  They can buy some of the stuff at the garage sale.

It is usually inside the box reasons for why this happens so it should not be that surprising that it would take some outside the box thinking to make it right again.  And despite the platitudinous sound of this, it really is an opportunity to meet new people, improve on your physical surroundings and end up being more satisfied that you were at the place you need to live.

It doesn’t take a whole lot to satisfy me.  I hope that where I live next, they let me have a kitten and smoke pot in my room with the door shut, the window open and a fan on.  Where I live, it’s legal.

That’s it for this week, gang.  We’ll keep you posted and when we get settled in, we’ll share that in words and photos.  Have a great week ahead and take care of yourselves.

Rusty

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FROM OLYA

Procession and Moleben near the monument to Vladimir air / Ukrainian News

Procession and Moleben near the monument to Vladimir air / Ukrainian News   

Procession and Moleben to Vladimir the Great, A Prayer For Peace

Hi Rusty:

This time I would like to share a beautiful religious Orthodox ceremony – Moleben to Vladimir the Great.  He introduced Christianity to Kievan Rus, the earliest Russia which then included Ukraine, 1028 years ago.  This is a video of such a procession and moleben.

The moleben followed the Cross Procession that started at the two highest ranking Ukraine Orthodox monasteries as two processions, one from the east and one from the west, made way towards each other.

The first part of procession went west from the Holy Assumption Sviatohirsk Laura (monastery) in the Donetsk region on July 3 and another procession went east from the Holy Assumption Pochaiv Laura (Ternopil region) to meet them in Kiev on July 9.

 The participants of procession range in age from the very young to the very old, with many children walking with icons different age walking a total about 500 km/310 miles before meeting each other at the Kiev Pechersk Laura on  July 27.  For more details, please read this article entitled “A Prayer For Peace.”

According to the article UOC Moleben on Vladimir Hill was watched by 4.5 million viewers.  The Moleben had the highest share of all the events on the Ukrainian TV that day and coverage was also the best-rated programme of the day on Ukrainian TV.

Ukraine is a nation of several religions and many atheists.  To me, that does not matter.  This is also a profound celebration praying for peace and that is probably why it is attended by so many of all faiths or who profess no faith at all.

When any ceremony of any faith is also a prayer for peace, that celebration belongs not to one religion.  It belongs to all of them.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Take care, my cousin, and be safe. Бог любит тебя.

Olya Bereza, European Editor

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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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