The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 6 2017 Vol. 9 No. 49 

Bertha Landes, Seattle’s First Woman Mayor 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, for the first time since 1926, Seattle will have a woman mayor.  In a field which included a former city chief executive and more men than women, the top three finishers were female.  Two of them will face one another in November.

The media’s making a big deal out of this but the fact is that despite the 91-year historical gap, women in government, elected and appointed, are hardly new here and they’re all around.  They include a police chief, two governors, most of our Congressional delegation, a reckonable number of state legislators and community leaders at all levels all over the state of Washington.

I think I finally figured out something about Donald Trump and his rather acute fondness for Tweeting.  What’s embarrassing for me about this is that I do the same thing.  He thinks out loud and so do I.

Both of us sometimes do it in front of people and while mine tends to be a way of exorcising demons, his is targeted for effect.  Even though with both of us, it can be a running monologue, mine means less than Shakespeare’s sound and fury.  His impacts every human being on the planet.

I’m glad that finally dawned on me and so are the people I live with.  It has been a lot quieter around my house as a result.

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.



The Kharkiv Troupe performing “The Egg.” Photo credit: :


Hi Rusty:

Again as another aspect of cultural life of Ukraine I find very interesting is the 10th annual theatrical festival Moloko, which is “milk” in English.  It is held August 1 – 5 in Odessa, on the Black Sea, which is also known as “the south pearl of Ukraine.”

It features 25 of the most prominent and thought provoking performances from the whole Ukraine with a few foreign guests like the Tbilisi, Georgia troupe.  Some of them are presented in the open air.

According to festival founder Mikhail Zhuravel, the main goal of the festival is to contribute to the development of a modern theater in Ukraine.

The winner of the festival traditionally receives a cash prize.  Also MOLOKO organizers will provide the theater-winner with professional PR-support.

As you know, Mishka, I participated in amateur theater so for me it’s quite a resonating experience. My vote is for Kharkiv troupe with their mistic play “The Egg”.

Despite of the hot weather of Odessa, it seems both the spectators and actors enjoyed communication with each other and of course in free time on the golden beaches of the city.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Stay cool.  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.


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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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