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INSIDE: Happy Labor Day, America; Good-Bye, Captain John McCain; World Headlines At A Glance; From Olya – Back To School In Ukraine, 21st Century Style; 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
HAPPY LABOR DAY, AMERICA; GOOD-BYE CAPTAIN MCCAIN
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea: Well, it was a sad week for many of us as we said good-bye to a fellow American whose last brave act was to have his own life support turned off rather than prolong his own suffering and the suffering of his family in a battle he knew he would not win. For a moving photo tribute to Captain John McCain, please go here.
Monday, September 2, America celebrates Labor Day…by taking the day off. For a quick look at how this all came about, we visited Wikipedia and found some outstanding information to augment what we already knew about the often bloody history of the working man in the United States and why that history is, in fact, so commemorated. We also found three songs that you might enjoy while you’re taking a look at this site. Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford Six Days On The Road by Johnny Cash 40 Hour Week by Alabama live at Farm Aid 1985
As a historical note of minor significance, this edition marks our 11th birthday. We began as a monthly in 1998 and among other things, brought you the first photos of the of the Kosovo War Massacres and a live account of the Nisqually Earthquake which rocked Seattle in February 2001.
When our Canadian editor succumbed to cancer, we ceased publication and when our grief ended, we returned in our present form and format. If you’d like to congratulate us with a coin of the realm thank you, this would be a good time and you can do that by going here.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
BACK TO SCHOOL IN UKRAINE, 21ST CENTURY STYLE
It’s 1 September and that means the start of a new beginning in schools and universities throughout Ukraine. I am wishing all who students the twin blessings of good luck and wise teachers who are guides along the highways and byways of knowledge.
According to BBC Ukraine, for 450,000 children, this will be their first year. I think they are very fortunate for they will learn by new conception without grades, and the lessons in the form of games. Knapsacks heavy with paper textbooks have been relegated to the past. Before lessons, the children will gather in a circle with a teacher to start the day. From a psychological perspective, this form of communication is great for creating a nurturing class environment.
From the same source, I also learned that the largest school in Ukraine is in Kiev (Kyiv). It has 2284 students. The smallest, in our remote Carpathian Mountains, has three.
Another aspect of this new style of education is that it is also online. As yet, according to sources I checked, there is not enough data for statistical analysis.
Anecdotally, I did read about an online school started in Odessa, whose purpose is mainly to give those from rural areas an opportunity for a formal education. A few schools have apparently appeared since then. One of them is targeting the people resettling from the Donbas and Luhansk areas.
It seems, however, that parents choose online education for a variety of reasons including a bad psychological atmosphere in local school; problems with communications with other kids; misunderstandings with teachers; a desire for more free time, changing place of living etc. And, of course, the online education option gives families more lifestyle flexibility.
I would also like to join our readers in congratulating the Northstar Journal as it opens its eleven chapter. I am wishing us full wind in our sails and that God grant us the wisdom and the strength to continue educating, inspiring and challenging those we serve as “the magazine with the heart.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay cool, 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.
According to Rusty’s infamous Uncle Seamus, sometimes the only way you can survive hard times is by sewing rubber pockets in your pants so you can steal soup.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: This past week, the world lost an exemplary human being. Here are his final words to us. ‘Do Not Despair Of Our Present Difficulties.’ Read John McCain’s Powerful Farewell Letter
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, UNABRIDGED
The answer to this one just might surprise you. Is Hypnosis Real? Here’s What Science Says
Hello HAL. Good morning, Rusty Apple Self-Driving Car Rear-Ended During Road Testing
THE GREEN BEAT
COMMUNITY, FAMILY, HOME AND LIFESTYLE
BEST OF THE NET
If you think this did not make a grown man cry, think again. Drake Fan Sofia Sanchez Receives New Heart After Birthday Wish
This is spectacular. Fireball Caught On Camera Over Perth
This is one of the best we have ever featured in here. Incredible Waterfalls To See In Every State )
JUST FOR FUN
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.
FOR A VERY ENTERTAINING SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH LOTS OF ACTUALLY USEFUL FREE STUFF
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.
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
To Save The Orcas, We Must Clean Up The Duwamish And we’re not talking about taking as long as the Monorail with this either, neighbors.
I’m not sure why we need to know this but oookay. Beluga Whales And Narwhals Go Through Menopause
I don’t imagine the State Chamber of Commerce is thrilled this news is getting out. Hybrid Super-Snakes In South Florida?
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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