TO ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY HARVEY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORTHSTAR
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Our hearts continue to go out to all those touched by Hurricane Harvey. We’ve watched both our local affiliates and read our own news sources for coverage.
I am gratified by how the entire nation is coming to the aid of several million of their fellow citizens. I wish more of them had flood insurance; one report said only one in six does. The media’s been outstanding about reminding us of aspects like this. It may not be “good” news but it is information vitally needed.
It is the quiet professionalism and relative absence of melodrama (which to me is Hysteria with popcorn and an intermission) on the part of responsible officials and disaster personnel. They are, for the most part, staying focused on the job at hand instead of engaging in bureaucratic slight of hand. I think that’s easier to do when a crisis is an “act of God,” rather than one of Her children.
I like it, too, that while we may not be able to stop things like this from happening (nor do I believe we should), we can certainly be more realistic in preparing for it.
And more compassionate in the healing after.
Now, as the headline suggests, with this edition, we are officially a decade old…as a weekly. From 1998 until the death of its associate editor, Shannon Goddard, of cancer in 2001, the Northstar Journal was a monthly whose news coverage brought you the first photos of the Kosovo Massacre and a special edition published from Seattle during the Nisqually Earthquake.
After my grief for Shannon passed, we started up again as a weekly. Since then, we have renewed our dedication to serving as an example of the kind of journalism we ourselves admire and respect. Our format is as traditional as Readers Digest and as useful as the Old Farmers Almanac. We’ve even got a separate page for news you might have missed and sections on every aspect of life in America and the 21 other countries from which you folks come.
We come to you every Sunday and have for 520 straight weeks now, our own personal circumstances notwithstanding and there have been some tough and lean years involved here. That’s the promise you were made and that’s the promise we’ve kept. We’ve also been free for those who cannot afford us and we have not conducted pledge drives.
Instead, we’ve counted on the integrity of folks like you to eventually express your appreciation in ways that help us pay the rent and grocery bill. If you’d like to do that now, as a birthday present to us, please go here.
And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
This week we had friends from America here in Ukraine for a visit. It was interesting to see their surprise at the prices in here. Of course if we were to compare average incomes, it would be a different story.
But for those who come from the West, the prices in the East are quite attractive. That is one of the reasons for the growth of Expatriate (“expat”) communities in such international cities as Kyiv, our capital. Here, every school teacher in Europe could live like a king.
But of course economics and the relatively lower cost of living in Ukraine is not the only reason for the growth of expats. In a modern world which becomes more open and more global every day, changing one’s place and style of living is much easier.
It is always interesting to hear their stories. There are a few of them Why_I_shouldn’t_have_moved_abroad The same site~ internations.org ~ is asking all expatriates to share their pioneering experiences.
In my experience communicating with expats, I should admit mostly they are interesting and open-minded people with good sense of humor. To these ones I would like to dedicate little writing experiment series. If you have a spare moment to find out about expats life and what’s in their minds have a look Expats. Introduction
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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