The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
September 24, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 4

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Neptune Theatre, Seattle – Photo by MS(R)M


Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  We’ve talked with you guys before about the need for a vacation, even if you can’t afford one.  And we’ve provided examples of the flights you can book into fantasy and absurdity.  Yep, welcome aboard another one.

What if the reality is that all of the things we declaim in life actually are the way things are supposed to be?

Take something as basic as good health.  If the goals of good health and longevity were actually realized, the results could be economically catastrophic.  Just stop and think for a minute.  Healthy people don’t need medicine.  Big industry there, including advertising and delivery systems.  What would all the people employed do for a living, remembering that they too will be living longer and in better health?

Even assuming accidents and natural disasters, with no chronic condition patients to fill them, what would hospitals become if there were not very many sick people or people requiring surgery?  Maybe they could be converted to veterinary facilities, animal rehabilitation and more research into what compromises the quality of life for other creatures on the planet.  Besides us, I mean.

First responders and emergency rooms would be economically and vocationally safe.  Unless people also behaved in saner fashions and dramatically reduced the at risk behaviors which keep this segment of the health industry in business even on a sunny day.

And finally, what about the birth to death rate?  If we were living past the century mark, there would be a lot more of us out there unless we either voluntarily accepted a child per family limit or decided that the first requisite of every species was not necessarily to reproduce.

Sometimes we really need to be careful what we pray for.  Someone might actually be listening.

And 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.




Hi Rusty:

Autumn came to Ukraine quietly with the rustle of the fallen leaves under the shoes. September is the month when all the parents could sigh with relief as their dear ones finally came back to school after three months of holidays. There is an interesting article about Ukrainian children’s school uniform with typical for girls braids tied up with classical white chiffon

And just as not much has changed with school uniform, so it has been in the classroom for those who would like a choice besides schoolchildren sitting at the desk from 9am to 3pm.  Which really is not much different from a work schedule, is it?

And the usual approach is the same: be quiet, don’t stand out, ‘no initiative goes unpunished.’  That is how it was in my childhood when you try to participate in the lesson, be active, trying answering questions of the teacher and in the end just because your voluntary answering was not that correct as teacher expected you receive a bad grade. While others not even trying just don’t.

It made me wonder if maybe I wasn’t really trying to somehow be in a worse position than those who remained quiet and docile.  On the other hand, maybe it’s just our Eastern mentality.

Remembering that our schools trace their roots to the Athenian Greek tradition of discussing different philosophical matters in their free time just makes wonder how modern schooling went so far from that experience.

And so far away from playful children nature. Most people I know suffered at school and no one ever said they liked it. Times change but not, it seems, a system whose behavior demands thaat children “Be quiet, don’t stand out, no initiative goes unpunished”. And every one of those neat looking children dreams of spending time outside where kids belong and not inside in their uniforms, sitting quietly at their desks and morphing into the next generation of perfect employees.

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 strong, compassionate and proactively green readers in 22 countries who are making 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 you can afford, please go here.  If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty, at minstrel312@aol.com  Y’all take care now and thanks for the ear.  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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