The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 34


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, sometimes all of us need to unplug or at least distance ourselves from headline news, especially the stuff we can do little or nothing about.  Which some weeks tends to be a lot.  Even for people who have been doing this every week for almost nine years now.

I’m lucky because I live in a cooperative living arrangement where I’m one of two “senior residents,” or as the landlord calls us, “his two anchors.”  I’m not going to go into detail about the house because that would be an invasion of privacy.  They read the magazine and enjoy it.  With that, however, comes the silent caveat.  What belongs to the house, stays in the house.

I can, however, talk about it as a concept, or as Marlon refers to it, “a work in progress.”  He bought the property about a year ago and it wasn’t in the best of shape since its construction in 1956.  It looks like lots of ideas were tried on these three acres and from that, our landlord and friend, got an idea.

He found tenants with the skill sets he needed to begin transforming this into a kind of “village” where people with trades working at home could set up on the property as part of the rent, but with the expectation that if the house needed something that does not require the skills of a licensed general contractor, certified electrician or plumber, we pretty much take care of things inhouse.

He invited us to make this our home, to share in his dream and to help him build it.  I signed on because it’s a good dream and because I sincerely believe Marlon has the chutzpah to pull it off.  With our help.

This is also a household of people who have seen some living, in some cases survived things of almost epic proportion and have, for the most part, come to a profound understanding of how to get along not just with cultural diversity, but with issues that make each of us distinctive but not really different.

We live in Seattle, in a city, state and region, which we call Cascadia, at an incredibly dramatic and critical time in history.  We are being forced to oppose a federal government whose policies we can no longer support because they are not good for us.  And “us” is everybody who lives here.

In order to effectively do that, we’re going to really need to have our proverbial act together.  We’re going to have to come up with the money to replace what we’ve been taking from “the other Washington”.

We’re going to need to hone our statecraft and our ties with sister cities and provinces.  We’re going to need to stay cool and loose doing it and most importantly, we’re going to need to remain focused not on what is wrong but on what we ~ as a family, a neighborhood, a city, county, state/province ~ are doing to fix it.

It’s interesting being an agent of change in the house where I live.  It’s been some while and I wish the circumstances were better.  On the other hand, I don’t need to look very far for greener pastures.  They’re right outside my window.

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

Rusty Miller

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Hi Rusty:

It was great to have Earth Day this week as a reminder of what each of us could do on daily basis to make our Blue Planet a nicer place to be. Little things just like sorting household rubbish could make a big difference.

This week I saw an outstanding example during a walk through a former landfill site at Cheshire County, UK.  The place was, not long ago, a facility for disposing of household waste.  But now, that picture is stunningly green.

As it said on an information board nearby, since the closure of the waste sit,e an amazing transformation has taken place.  Today, the site is managed for its wildlife value and as a place for appreciating nature whilst taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh air. The only thing they ask is not to smoke as waste still decomposing beneath the surface could still produce some flammable gases, for this special infrastructure is made.

What a great idea to give the former waste tipping landfill back to nature. For more information, visit the Cheshire County Ranger Service Facebook page at

It is certainly an example from which the Ukraine could benefit and in particularly Lviv, the city West Ukraine, that ~ at the moment ~is having a big problem with waste storage after its site caught  fire last summer. Having said that biomass energy recycling plants would also help. Hopefully local authorities will look for updating their waste polices to modern day standards.

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

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A superpower 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 who spring to life even as Testament herself leaps the waves. For a $4.00 Kindle Book adventure you will remember for a lifetime, 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

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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