The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 9, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 45

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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I think it does us all good to once in awhile step back from the stuff of headline news and focus on things closer to home. This week, I want to share with you several of my pet peeves. Feel free to respond with your own and we’ll run those next week.

People with a compulsive need for attention. These are the folks who stomp around the house, much to the delight of people living below them. They are also the ones who cruise through their neighborhood with the car radio blasting or keep large dogs who bark at everything including their own shadow. They are also the ones who talk on their cell phones as if the whole world wanted to hear.

People who take emails for granted and do not respond to them with even a “thanks” or “cool”. They are also the ones who are usually short in the “Please” and “Thank You” Department. They see the world with a sense of entitlement bordering on the narcissistic and also believe that the earth is the center of the solar system, just as they are the nexus of their own.

People who make promises with no intention of keeping them. These folks belong to a subspecies known for its passive aggressive behavior. They will tell you what they think you want or should hear and then tell everyone else except you how they really feel. These people are generally cowards whose definition of vested self-interest excludes everyone but themselves. They spend most of their life watching the ink dry on self-authored sad endings.

Frightened people looking for a god they no longer believe in. They seek the Divine for protection and pay for it by surrendering their right to defend themselves. They look for leaders when they should be seeking companionship and they embark on an odyssey of approval instead of basking in the affirmation that is inherent in every good deed, however large or small.

All that having been said, I can honestly report that the cool folks in my life outnumber the other kind. God says we have to love everybody. But She NEVER said we had to hang with the lowest common denominators.

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


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



Art I found on Golden Beaches in Odessa. The caption reads, “Control Yourself” Olya 


Hi, Rusty:

Hello from the shores of Black sea. While many of my Ukrainian friends on Instagram and FaceBook enjoy European holidays due to the European Union’s visa free regime, my holidays take me to Odessa.

I like this combination of gentle sea and the possibility of going back in the long history of this city to discover such amazing things as the Potemkin Stairs to the Catacombs.

Even in 1925, silent film  The Battleship Potemkin was a total fake as that shooting never took place but this made the Steps very famous throughout the world. It is just another reminder that from early days, unfortunately cinematograph was frequently used to propaganda against the Tzar by the Bolsheviks.

But coming back to now, I just don’t see any reason to go from Ukraine in summertime as it is just perfect weather conditions here.  So I am absolutely extending my stay in Ukraine.  Here are 12 reasons why.

Have a good weekend Rusty

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.


Motivation is very important. We can show love, respect for others, honesty in whatever we do, whether it’s politics, economics, business, science, law or medicine. With a good motivation we can help humanity through what we do. But if, for example, we use science and technology with a poor motivation they can bring fear and the threat of global destruction. That’s why compassionate thought is important for humankind.


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Canada Apologizes And Pays Millions To Citizen Held At Guantánamo Bay


Turkey Police Hold Rights Activists Including Amnesty Chief

Cuts To Tribes, Lands Would Be ‘Devastating,’ Former Interior Secretary Says

More Than 100 Shot In Chicago Over July 4th Weekend


The 25 Most Influential People On The Internet

If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?

Quiz: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States


This surprised me.  The Biggest Impediment To Electric Vehicle Adoption

Congratulations, you guys!  Welcome to space.  Ghana Launches Its First Satellite

This is way beyond anything the esteemed Jules Verne could have imagined.  The Mysterious Rivers Of The Deep Sea


In Neanderthal DNA, Signs of a Mysterious Human Migration

The First Europeans In The New World

A Birth Announcement From The Forest


Satellite Mega-Constellation Production Begins

Bepicolombo: Joint Mercury Mission Ready For ‘Pizza Oven’

What Lies At The Core Of Mercury?


Tesla To Build ‘Historic’ Large Battery

Robots And 3D Printers Begin House Build

The Cyber-Attack That Crippled A Nation


France Wants To Ban Gas Cars. Could America Follow?

Our Best Shot at Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public

Banks Have Cut Funding For Fossil Fuels Projects 22 Percent

Oregon’s Big Road Package Has Some Green Features


11 Images That Prove Mount Rainier National Park Is One Of The Most Underrated Places In The USA

China To Debut World’s First Bird ‘Airport’

China’s Impossible Engineering Feat


How the Summer Heat Affects Your Mood

High Heels: High Risk?

The TIME Guide to Exercise

12 Habits That Sabotage Your Mental Health

4 Unexpected Ways Summer Heat Affects Your Body

These Heartburn Drugs Are Linked to a Higher Risk of Early Death

Bad Sleep Is Linked To A Higher Alzheimer’s Disease Risk


10 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Day

How To Cook Your Food For The Biggest Health Benefits

Toxic Algae Is Growing In Some Ponds And Lakes

These Meals Are Almost As Easy As Takeout


A Famed Sandwich That Defies Definition

Stunning Photos That Capture A Century

Baby Elephant Falls Into Pool, Then Herd Frantically Races Into The Water To Pull Him Out 


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Botswana safari surprises leopard and her kitten. Click photo to watch the video. 

I totally loved this.  VIDEO: Surprise Mother & Cub Leopard Sighting

This is just a little unnerving.  Tropical Sea Creatures Make It To Alaska

Creating a wildlife garden?  Try camping out in it.


Woman Finds A Baby Bird Alone On A Busy Street, Makes An Extraordinary Discovery

The Chameleon The Size Of An Ant

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In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine

Strange Mammals That Stumped Darwin Finally Find a Home


VIDEO: This Bear Trashed The Kitchen For Six Hours – And The Owner Slept…

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Siberian Tigers Pose For ‘Selfie’


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.

We are entirely reader supported.  To contribute,  please go here.  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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