The Magazine With Heart Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam January 15, 2017  Vol. 9 No. 19 Theme:  I Have A Dream speech   $1.00 US – If You Can Afford It

The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
January 15, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 19
Theme: I Have A Dream speech
$1.00 US – If You Can Afford It 


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Tomorrow, Monday, January 16, America celebrates perhaps one of the greatest individuals this troubled, controversial and often seemingly neurotic nation has ever produced.  Given the tidal wave of bigotry riding the skirts of a new and radically different presidential administration, this Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Day has, to me, particular irony.

I do not wonder what he would say if he was here now because to me, he has never been gone.  He would certainly warn ethnic communities to prepare to defend themselves but he would certainly not propose a pre-emptive strike.  He would remind all of us that we are the government, we, the people, and that if we permit one voice to go unheard, we turn a deaf ear to all the voices.  And one day, all those voices will turn a deaf ear to our voice.

I hope he would remind us of the contributions all those born here and who come here to live have made to making this nation the largest democratic republic in the world.

I believe he would find the rhetoric of 21st Century haters to be preposterous but that it does little, if no, good to attempt to reason with a bigot or to attempt to change their mind.  Bigotry is based on a totally erroneous set of perceptions by which the person of prejudice (POP) experiences and interacts with at least human society.

Anything which contradicts what a POP experiences is ~ in their minds ~ clever deception and sometimes even entertaining.  But it is never convincing because it is untrue and that which is untrue should not be believed, regardless of what is used to support this false perception most of the rest of us call “reality”.  You cannot make him see a rainbow when the only two colors he acknowledges are black and white.

I believe Dr. King would remind us ~ as outgoing American president Barack Obama did ~ that what we do is change the world in which persons of prejudice live.  We do this in America by enacting legislation with teeth in it.  We do it by reflecting the best in our culture and the rest for what it is.  We do it by creating a user-friendly government and a neighbor-friendly society.

From the Declaration of Independence forward, we have been doing this.  In contrast to other nations during the same 241 years, our social evolution ~ as bloody as it has been ~ has nonetheless been far less violent and has ultimately influenced the planet a great deal more.

It is simply, I believe Dr. King would say, a matter of continuing to build on that progress as citizens of the greatest democratic republic in the world.  That’s what I intend to do and that’s what this magazine intends to do.

Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty Miller


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White Christmas in Ukraine.  Photo by Olya Bereza

White Christmas in Ukraine. Photo by Olya Bereza 

Hi Rusty:

It’s been a magical week in Ukraine starting with Orthodox Christmas, always white, as in this popular song “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas“.

Also this weekend, we are having celebrations of a New Old Year. It sounds like an oxymoron but even after adopting the Gregorian calendar, the Julian calendar is still traditionally used for unofficial celebrations. That fairytale around inspired me to write a little story.


It was a rather an ordinary milk chocolate bar no different from thousands that were born everyday in the mechanized stainless steel world. After birth it was efficiently dressed in a colourful package and sent with her sisters to a warehouse in a big box. Embracing each other in the darkness, feeling secure.

Suddenly bright light entered the box and everyone was lifted out and carefully placed on the top shelf of a supermarket. Christmas music played in the background and the chocolate bars chatting excitedly.

A few moments later a group of them were grabbed and dropped with a shopping basket before entering a plastic bag. A bump ride and coming to rest in a cool dark environment.

Our chocolate did not know exactly what she was waiting for, but knew something exciting could happen.

At last a clatter of heels and joyful voices. Lifted back into the warmth and light by a small woman’s hand, the chocolate noticed the glisten of a shiny bracelet.

“A gift from me”.

“Thank you. It looks delicious,” said a kind voice.


This time the chocolate bar was bathed in orange light from another plastic bag.

In the background music and conversation started getting louder.

Outside of a restaurant, an old man wearing shabby clothes was asking passersby for help. People hurried walked by, taking no notice of his plight, but he did not take offense. It was awkward for him to beg but circumstances were such he had no choice. Surviving day by day, hoping for better times ahead.

The small woman hand entered into orange bag again this time carefully taking chocolate bar and handed it to the old man who was say grateful. She also gave him packaged restaurant food.

They, the chocolate and old man, were on the “move again” this time a long slow going by feet. Lots to see though, in the dim lantern light. Snow started falling in big flakes coating the world in white.

Chocolate felt happy watching all the people and beauty around.

She felt her mission in life was approaching.

The old man turned into courtyard. It became very dark only the stars above were brighter.

“Grandpa,” cried an excited little girl’s voice.

The apartment was cold and damp but despite the obvious poverty, there was love. On a table sat a few pine tree branches wrapped in shiny ribbons. It was the only indication that it was Christmas.

The old man hugged his granddaughter. He then handed her the chocolate bar which caused a cry of surprise and laughter. The wrapping was immediately removed, foil gleamed in the lamp light.

It was a rather an ordinary milk chocolate bar, which became a great joy to a little girl.

Happy New Year, Mishka.  Stay warm, my cousin.  See you next week.

Olya Bereza – European Editor ` Пятница, 30 декабря 2016, 14:53 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:


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