The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
June 25, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 43 

Peace Arch at Blaine, Washington, America & Douglas, British Columbia, Canada 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we’d like to wish our northern cousins a Happy Birthday.  Saturday, July 1, is Canada DayShe turns 150 and with all due respect, she is certainly holding her age well.

I have some familiarity with that nation, her history and her people.  I am, as well, acquainted with the stereotypes and some of them make me wince.  But then ignorance tends to have that effect on me.

We have shared the same continent since the first Europeans came to both shores and fought one another from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812.  With the permanent defeat of the British, both nations were free to pursue their individual “manifest destinies.”

Even after her own independence, Canada remained both a member of the British Commonwealth and a staunch ally of the United States.  When the need arose, Canadians defended that Commonwealth and protected America as well.  Canada was the first of the two nations to answer the call to God and Country in two world wars and they fought, bled and died in every theatre of operation in both those conflicts.

She was there with us during the Korean War and though formally neutral during the Vietnam War, many of her young men and women enlisted in the American armed forces, believing, as so many of us did at the time, that we were stopping the spread of something that would destroy us.  She has sent troops to Afghanistan and other places considerably less publicized.

There are many other reasons I like and appreciate Canada but these are the most important.  I owe my freedom and the freedom of my nation, to a larger extent than most of us realize, to our northern neighbor.

Thank you, Canada.  Happy birthday.


Rusty Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.




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Beautiful Dnipro River. Photo by Olya Bereza 


Hi Rusty

I would like to share with you this wonderful shot of Dnipro River. When I look at it famous Ukrainian poet Shevchenko verses appear in my mind dedicated to this river.

Thoughts of mine, thoughts of mine,

You are all that is left for me,

Don’t you desert me, too,

In this troubling time.

Come fly to me my gray-winged


From beyond the wide Dnipro

I recently found an interesting old video almost of my age of former Dnipropetrovsk city that is now renamed after Dnipro River.

You could see in the video what was the architectural dream of the Soviet era in many of the older buildings.  Now the challenge facing modern builders is how to renovate those old structures.  Here is an interesting article on this subject

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

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.  For comments on this please go here.


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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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