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April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34

Canada’s Easter Beaver


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we would like to wish our Christian readers Happy Easter.  I got to explain to a three year old from another culture that the bunny of said holiday does not actually lay the eggs but delivers them for Easter chickens who prefer to donate anonymously.

In Australia, they have an Easter platypus that both lays and delivers the eggs.  But in North America, only delivery.  The US has the Easter bunny and in Canada, of course, the Easter beaver makes the rounds.

I think it is cool to have so many traditions behind one of the greatest miracles our species has ever witnessed.

Apparently the American commander in chief exercised a tactical prerogative with some historical precedence.  Apparently the largest non-nuclear bomb in their arsenal was used against ISIS in Afghanistan with predictable results.  That’s what you do if you want to win a war.  Apparently that’s the goal here.  There’s a new sheriff in town and this one notches his six guns.

it was kind of a rough week for presidential spokesmen, wasn’t it?  In all fairness, I knew what Spicer meant with the comparison between Hitler and Assad.  Poison gas, so lethal in the First World War, was not used in combat during the Second.  Everybody knows what Hitler used it for.

Sometimes the press reminds me of a flock of vultures waiting for the mules of a July desert wagon train to drop.  Or hungry alligators in a Florida swamp waiting for a canoe to tip over.  I am absolutely not a Spicer fan but I am fond of fairness.  And when a pack jumps on a single individual for what was obviously a mistake and not a pronouncement, that’s bullying.  And it doesn’t matter who does it, it is just not cool.

And to wrap it up, Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet.  It falls on Saturday, April 22.  For more about how it got started and how people celebrate it around the world and in your community, go to the official Earth Day homepage at www.earthday.org

And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear

Rusty Miller

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Our news sources include ABC News (Australian); AllAfrica.com; Associated Press; BBC; CBC (Canadian); EarthSky News; Globe; Guardian; KIRO 7 News Seattle (CBS); KUOW – University of Washington (NPR); Moscow Times; New York Times; Peoples Daily Online; Reuters; Russia Beyond The Headlines (RBTH); Sightline Daily; Spiegel Online; WorldPost Europe; Xinhua


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Paska, Orthodox Easter bread, as seen through the eyes of a child.


Hi Rusty:

Thank you, Mishka, for sharing quite interesting traditions of Western Easter. This year, as it rarely does, Orthodox/Eastern Easter is in on the same day.  For me, it is symbolic maybe as I mentioned before, once I got rescued on Easter when it was the same day in the east and the west.

The more I travel, the more think we all are more alike than different.

To talk about Orthodox Easter traditions many of us would fast for about 40 days before. On Thursday this week was the day for cooking Paskas, an Easter bread, as well as painting eggs.

The simplest recipe for the latter is just let eggs boil in onion skins.  This will give a nice, somewhat pinky color to the eggs. But of course creativity of all sorts could be expected, making Easter basket very bright, with colorful eggs and Paskas to take to church on Easter morning to be consecrated.

No fairy animals in Eastern tradition in my part of the world although I find very cute this children-friendly side of Western traditions including chocolate eggs hunt. Probably with time this will come to our celebrations too.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday

Olya Четверг, 9 марта 2017, 13:55 +02:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:  For comments on this please go here.


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Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller and Olya Bereza, editors.

Rusty is an author, editor, writer and photojournalist in Seattle, Washington.

Olya, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.  She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries.  As demographically diverse as they are, they have in common a sincere and extremely proactive desire to help make our world a better place.  We are both proud and honored to serve them as a resource in that regard.

If you would like to donate to the next edition, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition, with credit and a link to your organization, please contact Rusty at minstrel312@aol.com

Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless.  RM/OB



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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