Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam
April 29, 2018 Volume 10 Number 34

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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


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

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



Olya’s shashlik


Hi Rusty:

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.



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Moscow Airports Enact Strict New Code Of Conduct

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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.

THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL GENERAL STORE is a page full of links to mostly free stuff and several unique gifts for under $5.00//4.5 EUROS, including Olya’s novel “Rocket Man” and mine, “Wrath of the USS Testament”.  The ‘shelves’ also offer films, television episodes, gadgets and apps to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.  Now, here’s the really cool part.  Load up your cart and instead of getting your plastic out, just drop in the jar on your way out whatever it’s worth to you.  You can even try it now and use the back browser to return to the rest of the magazine.


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ABOUT US:  The Northstar Journal reaches an international readership of strong, intelligent, proactively compassionate people like you, who are out there helping make this a better world.  We are proud to serve them as an information resource in that regard.  If you would like to help us help them,  please go here.  No contribution too large or too small. 

If you would like to sponsor an edition or contribute in some other way, please contact us at  Thank you and see you next week.  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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