INSIDE: He Flies For Us Al; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal gift page; Headline News At A Glance; Happy Holidays From The Northstar Journal; From Olya – Ukraine Now Celebrates Two Christmases; For Your Consideration; 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; We Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
HE FLIES FOR US ALL
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it is almost the anniversary of the birth of an exceptional individual, one whose influence, like that of other stellar religious figures, has endured down the millennia.
That, I believe, is what makes this a holiday which belongs to all of us. Each of us has someone like Jesus in our life. And we love them not because the patrician of our church so commands.
We love them because they were good people who cared for others enough to try to make a difference; and too often suffered horribly at the hands of those who preferred an ignorant population to an enlightened one.
So Christmas and the high holidays of all religions offer us a time to contemplate that exceptional human being in our lives. I do and I go through the same cathartic experience and emotional cleansing I do when I think about other people who emulated the example of – in my particular case — Jesus but who are not here so I can thank them and give them a big hug.
To celebrate like this is also to appreciate those around us and those who, on the broader stage, are out there trying to make this planet a safer and more humane place.
Merry Christmas, gang, and have a great week. Love Rusty
FROM THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL is a page full of mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS. It includes films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our work lives easier. And it also has songs and videos for both Hanukah and Christmas. So load up on the good stuff and if we have any spare change, drop it in the jar on wer way out. We can even try it now and use wer back browser to come back to the rest of the magazine.
UKRAINE NOW CELEBRATES TWO CHRISTMASES
Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and all Northstar readers who celebrate it on 25th of December. Since this year Ukraine officially joins in and has two Christmases both Catholic and Orthodox (on 7th January) joining other countries like Belarus to have double celebrations: “the countries that have two Christmases”
Personally, I totally agree with the economist headline: “So Nice, They Celebrate Twice”. While children have three months of summer vacations, to me it’s only fair for them to have almost a month at winter to let everyone relax and forget about school stresses.
Interesting where Ruslan Verin, the Ukrainian cyclist, who is now on his journey from Alaska to Mexico by bike. He passed through seattle and it was really curious for me to see some of footage of your town, Mishka.
You have a beautiful country and it is great to observe it through the eyes of a traveler
Have wonderful holidays. Cheersс уважением, ольга березаolha.email@example.com
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.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This is awesome. Funicular Railway: Switzerland Launches World’s Steepest Service
This is good news. ‘Milestone’ Reached In Fighting Deadly Wheat Disease
This is a good beginning. What The Black Box Revealed In The Amtrak Train Derailment
From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News: Opportunity Rover Still Going Strong – This Rover Has Been Exploring Mars For 14 Years. It And Its Solar Panels Recently Survived Winter Darkness And Are Now Facing A Possible Planet-Wide Dust Storm In 2018.
We still think the individual best qualified should occupy these positions. We are equally certain at least several women are. Former Time Warner CEO: It’s Time To Replace All Men At The Top With Women
This is also my favorite morning show. Video: ‘Today’ Show Airs Christmas Surprise For Local Families Who Lost Homes In Fires
Tackling destructive emotions and practicing loving-kindness isn’t something we should be doing with the next life, heaven or nirvana in mind, but how we should live in the here and now. I am convinced we can become happier individuals, happier communities and a happier humanity by cultivating a warm heart, allowing our better selves to prevail.
Why am I dismayed but somehow not surprised? Congress Spent $115,000 in Taxpayer Money to Settle Harassment Claims
This explains a great deal and it obviously needs to change. According To Science, Husbands Stress Their Wives Twice As Much As Their Kids Do – Here’s Why
This must stop. Women Say They’re More Stressed Out Than Men, Poll Finds
THE GREEN BEAT
HEALTH, MEDICINE & HEALING
We need to observe an emotional hygiene that corresponds to the physical hygiene with which we protect our physical health –Dalai Lama
HOME, FAMILY & LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
DAILY 10 QUESTION TRIVIA QUIZ: This one is from Daily Email Trivia and delivered to me in mine. There is also an opportunity, the site, to take more quizzes on a wide range of subjects and to engage interactively and competitively.
NEXTDOOR is a dynamic non-profit community networking association helping neighborhoods across America become friendlier and better organized. They offer membership profiles, free classifieds and local social networks, all at no charge. For more information, contact them at https://nextdoor.com
NORTHSTAR MEDIA SERVICES is my online editing, writing and tutoring service. For a full list of my services, visit my website at http://nstarmed.wordpress.com To contact me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks and I look forward to hearing from we. Rusty
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
My answer is yes. They were here first and I miss them. Want To See Grizzlies In The North Cascades?
This tugged at my heartstrings more than just a little. Loving Swan Reunites With Partner, And It’s Magical
This is nothing short of incredible. Firefighter Saves Deer Stranded On Slippery Ice
FOLKS WE FOLLOW
This month’s Project FeederWatch eNews is now online.
The Cornell Lab of Orthinology’s December newsletter is now online and their lead article is an outstanding one about Philippine eagles
WE GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
ABOUT US: The Northstar Journal reaches strong, intelligent, 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 we would like to help us help them, please go here. If we would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact me, Rusty Miller, at email@example.com Thank we. See we next week. RM/OB