INSIDE: To An Unsung Good Sam; News In Review; From Olya – May Day Remember & Olya’s Recipe For Shashlik; Rusty’s Uncle Seamus; For Your Consideration; Our Science Section, Unabridged; Praise; Censure; Travel; The Green Beat; Health; Community, Home & Lifestyle; Best of the Net; Masha & the Bear; Northstar General Store; All Creatures Great & Small; You Guys Think We Make This Stuff Up; About Us
TO AN UNSUNG GOOD SAM
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. In the 500 or so columns I’ve written for this magazine over the last ten years, I have very seldom singled out a single human being who was not already in the media. There are reasons for this and there are, of course, exceptions to that rule, as well.
Putting an individual in the spotlight casts them in unnatural light and strips them of the right to be as fragile, as vulnerable and as foible as the rest of us. I was privileged to know and to have loved and been loved by one of the most attractive women a sensual god ever created and her admonition resonates to me this day, even though she’s Up Yonder and has been for some while.
“Mishka, please do not put me on a pedestal. There’s not much room up there to dance.”
This column is dedicated to that unsung hero who, by a simple act of kindness on a bus last week, kept me from having the kind of day you have when you lose your purse or wallet with everything in it except prayers from a pope. Mine slipped out of my sweat pants as I was preparing to disembark from the 107 northbound from where I live to where I shop in Seattle’s Rainier Beach.
This man, who’d been sitting beside me, saw what happened and I suspect without even thinking, bent over, scooped said brown leather wallet up, tapped me on the hip with his cane and wordlessly handed me my life back. There was just time enough to give him a business card and to get kidded by the bus driver a little.
So I hope wherever this now sung good Samaritan is, he is reading this. It is the small acts of kindness like his which keep this planet from spinning off its axis and sending morons and messiahs alike to the Good Place ahead of schedule.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
MAY DAY REMEMBERED
It is always interesting for me to look back in history and find out the causes of that or other event. It’s first of May. or as they call it, International Labour Day here. This time that made me curious. Ironically the history of it started in your homeland although Labour Day celebrations there it seemed on some later date in September.
1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago. In that year, beginning on 1 May, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday. On 4 May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb.
I think I was too young for knowing the reason for 1 May while it was a Soviet paradigm. I do these vague memories of long parades and lots of red flags around. For me later on it was always not just ideological but an opportunity to spend an additional day off with family and celebrating traditionally for this part of the world,
Making shashlik and enjoying nature and the outdoors.
Now, here in Ukraine many years later, I am even able to do my own recipe: for a kilo/2 lbs of meat, squeeze juice of one lemon and put there also chopped one onion. Keep it one-three days in fridge before going to event where you then cook the meat on an open fire.
Interesting how celebrations just seem to be inherited without much knowing of the meaning. But I guess that is how these things are usually continued – by inertia. And in the beginning of May, it is just so nice to have a rest. Even if you support the Labour Party (wink and grin)
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay dry, my cousin. Olya
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
She had a voice so soft and warm, even the stars stopped to listen when she sang to them.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
This is more or less what we thought all along, having been through several in two states. Earthquake Expert: We Can’t Predict Or Warn You About The ‘Big One’
Cool, if it lives up to its press. Amazon’s New Echo For Kids Will Train Your Children To Say ‘Please’
And he knows this how, again? Macron: ‘There Is No Planet B’
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, HOME AND 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.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
I’ve always wondered about this. (smiling) Why Leopards Eat In Trees
This needs to go global. Eu Member States Support Near-Total Neonicotinoids Ban
This is good news. Oregon’s Wolf Population Continues To Grow
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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