The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
July 30, 2017 Vol. 9 No. 48 

Seattle Skyline Looking South From Wallingford Across Lake Union.  Photo by Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  One of the reasons I love living in Seattle has to do with weather forecasters who tell us “there’s a big bunch of clouds moving in from the Coast…”

And y’all know what that means, right?  If they make it over them O-limm-pick Mountains, it’ll probably rain some on us before it dies tryin’ to climb the other mountains.  Wind won’t amount to much so umbrellas are cool. Two layers today, though.  It’s a mite cold out there.  We got more of the same tomorrow and I’ll have an update for you in the morning.  Have a good day and drive safe.  God loves you and so do we.

No, I am absolutely NOT making fun of this.  I apprenticed with ABC News Radio in Los Angeles and I appreciate that style.  Our network affiliates deliver it over a high bar.  Weather is also a hobby of mine.  But this is not Los Angeles and I like being talked to like a neighbor I meet when I go out on the walk in my bathrobe and slippers for the paper before another neighbor’s dog swipes it.

Seattle has all the prerequisites of sophistication but few of the pretensions.  It is almost embarrassingly liberal.  With its incredible ethnic diversity, it is dramatically pro-immigration.  It has a strong sense of its own identity and like most of the Pacific Northwest, it is actively anti-Trump.

We are also a collection of neighborhoods still looking for City Hall.  We are united by several characterstics, most prominently, a strong sense of self-reliance.  We grow our own food.  We have our own neighborhood associations, including Nextdoor.com.  We are socially and politically active.  We are generous and we are not reluctant to protect and defend what we have here.

For all of that, Seattle is not for every one.  It is not for those who come here to improve things.  That’s presumptuous in most cultures and particularly offensive here because it assumes what we have doesn’t work well enough.  Talking about things like that is a good way to become professionally and socially ostracized by the very people necessary for success here, locals with home ground advantage.

Seattle is also not for those who assume that because we are polite or nice to someone means we like them.  To strangers, “Hi, how you doing?” is not a request for a health report and it is certainly not an invitation to intimacy.  It’s just being polite.  We don’t need to ask one another.  Body language, facial expressions and gestures are eloquent if you know the language.  They’re also non-intrusive.  It’s comfort offered with no details necessary.

Perhaps most important of all, it is a good place for new starts and for reaping the harvest of lessons learned.  It is a place where it is okay, if not even cool, to just be.

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.




Hi Rusty:

It’s not often one hears a voice from the past which seems to resonate so strongly today.  But that happened when I read a recent article entitled ‘Embrace’ The AI Revolution that mentioned Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov.

Kasparov, you will remember, was beaten by artificial intelligence, specifically a supercomputer in 1996/97.  In this articles, he contends that computers just make life easier so there is no to be afraid.

I agree.  In my opinion, there is so much for human beings to do that sometimes it seems filled with nothing but routine work that neither soul nor body appreciates. That’s why we should all have a basic income as this World Economic Forum article suggests

With guaranteed incomes, the sometimes crippling challenge of essential survival can be met and the additional time, energy and talent can go toward helping all of the bees in our great hive enjoy what they produce.

On that philosophical note (smiling), Olya  — 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.


The impulse to try to solve problems by use of force is out of date and old-fashioned. Since we are now all so interdependent, the appropriate solution is to engage in dialogue—it’s something to which we can all contribute.


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This is not reassuring, guys.  Close shave from an undetected asteroid

Same as above, different perspective, and it still sounds like something out of a science fiction movie I would not watch because I don’t like nightmares.  A test of NASA’s asteroid defense system


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A kid friendly story about Little Queen Harmony and her best friend, Rocky the Rocket, as they head out to enter Rocky in the World Space Models Championship. A very cute Kindle Book, it is on sale here for just $0.99: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701471

Thought of the Day:  For true inspiration delivered to your email every week, contact Amy at SpringggRain@aol.com  It will be the nicest thing you’ll do for yourself today. 

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. http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-USS-Testament-tale-rebellion-ebook/dp/B004DNWL6G

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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 minstrel312@aol.com  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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