The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 23, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 47 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after reading about a president whose staff is researching whether he can pardon himself or not, the last thing in the world I want to talk about this week is front page news.  Besides, it’s summer in Seattle.

And contrary to popular myth, we do have one here.  I’m not going to bore you with weather statistics.  I’ve lived here for 26 years and while it has warmed some and the winters tend to be wetter, this sprawling megalopolis of 700,000 in a county the size of the American states of Rhode Island and Delaware, despite its eight microclimes, always has had a summer.

Hitchin’ up my overalls and scratchin’ my head for a second.  I can recall the one of two thousand and ought six.  By golly, there was one to remember.  It got up to 106F / 41C.  The mayor declared a Sun Day so we all knocked off and went swimming.  A great time was had by all but the City spent a week and a couple million dollars scrubbing the ring off the Puget Sound nka the Salish Sea.

So far, we’ve been 33 days or so without rain.  But that’s good for the garden.  It just means trucking water down in plastic watering “cans” instead of using the rain buckets.  It’s good exercise though and a reminder not to take what rain does fall for granted.  It’s also a measure of the dedication of those involved.  The secret is that it really doesn’t take that much.

This land, despite its soggy reputation, will grow anything including pod people.  (Walmart’s Greeter Division has a big greenhouse over in Magnolia where they grow them organically.  Turns out, they’re almost as polite as Canadians.)  Like the rest of the planet, our three acres is a living organism in its own right.

Like most other life forms on the planet, it responds to recognition, acknowledgement, respect and nurturing.  You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat their land.

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.



Drawing painted on Bitcoin Community office in Kyiv saying “Bitcoin is freedom”. Photo by Olya Bereza. 


Hello, Rusty:

For the last few days, the news and social media has been full of speculation about the so-called “Bitcoin’s Existential Crisis”. Bitcoin swings as civil war looms over problems that faced miners and actual owners of this cryptocurrency

Based on built-in constrains, the ledger of past transactions, known as the blockchain, can have only 1MB of data added to it every 10 minutes. But luckily in the virtual world, people are more sensible than sometimes in real life so no “civil war” is going to happen.

Already miners and owners have reached an agreement led by Bitcoin on markets.  So Bitcoin won’t lose its leading ranking on CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations

I can understand people fearing on something new and not feasible like electronic equivalent of money, but progress couldn’t be stopped and there will be no surprise if in few years crypto currencies whether it be Bitcoin lightcoin or any other will be in common use.

As for myself, I cannot make investments in popular cryptocoins as they already are a bit expensive.  But I enjoy the possibility of earning by my writing. That is a win- win situation, having of hobby and being paid for it, as provided by the SteemIt community.

I also enjoy its network of open minded people. From all social networks at the moment, my first ranking is for SteemIt that gives opportunity to be paid with Steem crypto currency. So yes I will agree with the words on mural in general that crypto is freedom for future generations.


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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I wonder how long it will be before real estate prices go up there.  Island Rises Up Off Cape Hatteras

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Coal Ash: Coming To A Town Near You?

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15 Places In Washington You Must See Before You Die

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How to Stop Breaking Up

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The 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America

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The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s July newsletter is now online.  And it is a beaut.  Check it out here.

Their NestWatch July newsletter is also now online. They’re a bird lover’s matched bookends.  Check this one out here.

This is turning out to be a very good week for bird lovers.  The Audubon Society announced their annual photo contest winners in their July newsletter.  Check them out here.


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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.  If you would like to become one of them and subscribe for whatever it is worth to you, 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




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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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