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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
October 29, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 9
INSIDE: If Donald Trump Moved Next Door To Me; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – Halloween Gaining Popularity In Ukraine & Eastern Europe;
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To Danny Quinn, In Perpetual Memoriam
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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As my beloved cousin Olya can attest, my mind sometimes travels to interesting places.  Out here in the American Pacific Northwest stbka (soon to be known as) Cascadia, our elected officials are also our neighbors.

If Donald Trump was my neighbor, here are three things I would not do, based on what I have observed of him.

Donald needs to be noticed.  One way to do that is to borrow something important from a neighbor.  And then not return it when agreed.  So even though he has one for every day of the year, he would still want me to loan him my power mower.  I would not do that.  The machine is not top of the lawn but it sails under its own steam, which makes it ideal for the hilly terrain on which we live in South Seattle.  Donald knows this.  Once he has my machine, he has me.

Unless I have two of them.  I am, in fact, saving up for another one.  And I have a plan. I am also recording the sounds of this one, just in case he bribes me with something I cannot resist and gets me to loan it to him that way.  Once the lasagna’s all gone, I can make it sound like I bought another mower, this one a muscle job, and with the volume of those audios turned up, I can make it SOUND like I’m fighting The Lawn That Ate Seattle and I have to keep mowing it or it will eventually take over the planet.

Donald is insecure around people he doesn’t know.  So I would be invited to one of his backyard barbecues, out on this lawn as big as Luxembourg. I would not accept.  My mother raised me to be more than an extra in a megalomaniac’s motion picture.  These events are also never lightly attended, thanks to Flowers By Guido de Nostra, whose family you do not really want to get to know.

That lawn may be huge but it’s got a big wall around it and its guards are paid to kill.  My Uncle Seamus de Fernandez, the Irish bullfighter, said that Trump’s barbecues are gladiatorial blood sports with ultimate spectator participation.  The “bulls” are one another and a bounty per head, killed, maimed for life or scared insane.  Uncle Seamus, who changed his name and has since become famous for feats less esoteric, did admit that the food afterward was to die for.  But he does not recommend the Spring salami.

If Donald Trump moved in next door to me, I would not tell anyone ~ not even God or my cousin Olya.  I would invent a cover story to explain anything untoward, which would have to be very that word given the relative isolation of this evergreen urban oasis.  It would need to be a story authentic enough to explain helicopter landings and an increase in limousine traffic.  Not a problem.

I am blessed with neighbors who still believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Leprechauns.

I would just tell them this was the set of an Albanian-Macedonian-Australian television series about Donald Trump being produced for Euro TV.  My neighbors are artistic in their own right and appreciate good product values in other media.  They would enjoy keeping a low profile about this.  It would be a secret kept by 700,000 people.  And I would be doing my patriotic duty by protecting the privacy of America’s chief executive and his entourage.

Okay, that’s it for this week.  Take care and thanks for the ear, gang.  Rusty

Merritt Scott “Rusty” Miller is a journalist, author, editor and photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  For comments, please go here.




Hi Rusty:

According to my observations Halloween in recent years has become more popular in this part of the world. I guess kids and teenagers as well as young adults like the idea of spicing their lives with another celebration that involves magic in a way.

Of course marketers are extremely fond of this idea as well for all sorts of promotions. While still most of us wouldn’t be able to answer what date exactly Halloween should be celebrated or the origin of it except it came to us from America, surely mostly everyone enjoys the pumpkins invasion.  (smiling)

In any event, pumpkins are good from both aesthetic and nutrition points of view. So with remnants of curved pumpkin easy to make a pumpkin soup. For entertainment there is funny article What Each Myers Briggs Type Does On Halloween  I wasn’t surprised to read about my type, ENTP, “Was too busy saving the world all month to get a costume in time.”  What does your type do on Halloween?

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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ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches strong, compassionate and proactively compassionate 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 Miller, at minstrel312@aol.com  Thank you.  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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