The Magazine With Heart
Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
November 19, 2017 Vol. 10 No. 12
INSIDE: With Tongue Planted Firmly in Cheek, Keeping Canadian Weather in Canadal; Headline News At A Glance Jump Page; From Olya – The Haunting Cries of the Birds of the River Mersey; For Your Consideration; Ways to Help; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Good Examples; Dalai Lama; Bad Examples; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Home, Family & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar Classifieds; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after being slammed by another Polar Express coming down from the Arctic south through British Columbia, Canada’s Fraser River Valley, freezing everything from the Olympics in the west to the Cascades in the east and on past the Puget Sound toward Oregon, I have come up with an idea that would also really make me good friends with Donald Trump.

I’m writing Canada’s Prime Minister, registering my complaint about what is essentially Canadian weather invading my space.  Canadians were born with skates on so frozen roads are like a walk in the park for them.  What most Americans were born with is silver and wouldn’t even paddle a tea cup.

So there really is a need for a wall that has nothing to do with immigration.  We need it to keep Canadian weather in Canada.  And Canadians have the materials and technology and person power to build a wall across the Fraser River Valley.  What they do not have is the money.

Not a problem.  America’s President wants to build walls.  He promised in his campaign to do that so he really doesn’t have a choice if he wants to get re-elected.  So let the Canadians build it and America pay for it.

And I’m not worried about whether Donald Trump will figure out why we really need that wall.  All we need to do is point out to him that at one time, there were at least 20,000 Canadians living and working in Seattle.  And out of a total population of 38-million, 2.8 million Canadians live and work abroad, most notably in America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.

Then we blow a little more smoke up his sleeve about The Fraser River Wall being an outstanding example of hands across the border.  I mean, if the wind can’t get across, right?

If anyone wants to join me in this little escapade, line forms to the right.  And don’t worry if you can’t sign your name.  An X will work just fine.


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




Hi Rusty from Liverpool, the holy land for all Beatles fans:

‘Let It Be’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ all these classical songs came to mind as I strolled down the narrow lanes in the center of the city.  Now it is easy to find all their songs on YouTube. But it was not that easy years ago in the country where I was born, a country where despite being hugely popular, they never performed. But the rumors about the impenetrability of the “Iron Curtain” of the USSR are a bit exaggerated.

In official broadcasts of radio and television, maybe one would not hear their music in Sixties and Seventies. But young Soviets had informal communication. They knew and listened to all popular bands from the West like the Stones, Smokey, Pink Floyd, etc. etc.

Just to get an actual vinyl LP record, we had to network with people we didn’t know sometimes, like on the black market but not exactly.  And we made our own posters from photographs.  It was not easy but my point is that bands from the West were popular among the PEOPLE of the USSR, even while being censured by the Kremlin.

My stay here in Liverpool was too brief to visit the little underground club where the Beatles first performed.  It is called The Cavern Club  It is 300 years old and the energy of the place is felt from first steps inside..

But the other little thing that will now forever remind me of Liverpool is the cry of riverbirds and the seagulls. Literally it was first impression I had stepping off the train at the railway station in town.

The haunting cries of the birds of the River Mersey will also be my enduring impression.


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

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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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