The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
August 13 2017 Vol. 9 No. 50 

Robert E. Lee 


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it was not a good week for tolerance in America.  Charlottesville is a symbol of this nation’s attempt to decide what to remember and what to forget.  It was Skokie, Illinois for black Americans.  I wish, however, that the subject of the statue could have been judged on his own merits.  Despite leading the army of a nation which practiced slavery and was defeated and restored to the Union, Robert E. Lee was a great American who contributed perhaps more in peace than he ever did in war.  Sometimes history is not about choosing what to love and what to hate.  Sometimes history is about understanding.

It was not a good week, either, for Donald Trump’s approval rating, which sank to 36%.  I did some research and in the last 37 years, two Democratic and two Republican presidents have received lower marks.  Yep, check that out here.

North Korea has apparently decided to test American’s gunboat diplomacy by targeting the waters off Guam, a West Pacific island of some 160,000, seven thousand of whom are American military personnel.

The 210 sq mi (544 km²) island was settled 4,000 years ago and then colonized by, successively, the Spanish, the Americans, the Japanese and then the Americans, who own it now.  It is about 2,000 miles/3218 km from North Korea.

The Pentagon has said that the US can shoot those missiles down.  One Guamanian interviewed on National Public Radio was philosophical about it.  Citing her land’s colonial history, she said she and her neighbors refuse to get upset by things they can do nothing about.  Apparently many of them are turning a deaf ear to the saber rattling.

I hope all those impacted do not turn one to diplomacy.  There is very little margin for error in this kind of brinksmanship and wars have been started with far less provocation.

On that note, then, 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.



Azov Sea. Photo by Olya Bereza 


Hi Rusty from the shores of the most gentle and warm sea of Ukraine, the Azov Sea:

Whatever time of day or night, the water greets with its pleasant temperature.  It is a real treasure for Ukraine to have this little, locked in land and so very obedient little sea.

Another addition is a medical clays of the neighboring on Arabat Arrow. Which is also a so-called “salt lake.”  A favorite recreation site, it is a fun place for kids especially to get dirty, when at last they are allowed to do so.  Smiling.

Several kilometers away, the Crimean Peninsula seems quiet. Lots of seagulls remind me of the famous American novel by Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

That’s it for this week, Mishka.  Be good and stay safe, my cousin.  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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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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