The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
May 21, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 38

Friends and housemates Dac Coillins and Russell Babbitt working on our house garden.


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another interesting week. Seattle has moved one step closer to Cascadia with a city income tax resolution. We support such measures and any others that reduce reliance on federal funding. Independence is not free. It is just usually not as expensive as the alternative.

The fiery rhetoric and apocalyptic wailings of some of the media around the latest antics of America’s current chief executive seems a bit melodramatic. In view of the rolling snowball of his inadequacies, ineptitude, arrogance, ignorance and flagrant chicanery, cussing him out is a little like getting out of a 737 at 30,000 feet so you can go around back and give it a good push.

And in the “we don’t just write about it, we do it” department, our own house garden is progressing. We cleared about 200 square feet and built the box portion of it, with tomato and jalapeno starts. One of our number is in Cuba on holiday now and when he returns, we’ll be building a rain barrel collection battery consisting of three barrels feeding one with several spigots on it.

Even though it will still probably be cheaper to buy our groceries at the supermarket, the processes involved in this project underwrite a growing sense of self-reliance clearly evident in our city and state’s resistance to the present presidential efforts to rewrite the Constitution under the spiritual mentorship of Prince Machiavelli. We’ll keep you posted and when Dac returns from his holiday, he’ll be filing a report on his experiences in this small island nation, post Castro.

And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.

Rusty Miller

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Kiev at night. Photo by Olya Bereza.


Hello, Rusty, from sunny Kiev:

It was interesting to watch the city in the wake of the celebration of diversity, the Eurovision song contest. As I write, I am sitting in a nice place on top of famous Pinchuk Art Center enjoying coffee and a good view.

With about 60 000 visitors who came to this contest, our capital city did not face much difficulties in accommodating and entertaining. Ironically, this year was at least three times less compared to Euro 2012’s “biggest tourist flow”.

Maybe it was not the same joyful atmosphere as before, but Ukraine successfully accomplished its host role. A few days after and cheer is still in the air, especially following news of a visa free-regime with the European Union and Vyshivanka Day, day of traditional Ukrainian costume.

The only thing that affected a generally positive attitude was the controversial decision to block access to Russian sites   Some organizations like the Human Rights Watch reacted very strongly

That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.

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Olya Bereza, 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.

Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.

The Northstar Journal reaches readers in 22 countries. Admittedly a demographic rainbow, they share a strong, passionate and proactive desire to help make our world a better place. We are proud to serve them as a resource in that regard.

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

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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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