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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.

KILLER FOG AND MAKING GOD LAUGH

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here KILLER FOG AND MAKING GOD LAUGH Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it’s been another interesting week on our battered bluegreen marble, has … Continue reading

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NORTHSTAR JOURNAL To us here at the Northstar Journal, this holiday season belongs to all of us, regardless of faith or absence of it.  It is a time when we remember the goodness in ourselves and … Continue reading

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A TRULY AMERICAN BRAND OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE Reader Supported:  All Contributions Appreciated and Accepted Here A TRULY AMERICAN BRAND OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  It’s been an interesting week, has it not?  Maybe you guys can … Continue reading

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“IF ARMAGEDDON COMES, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL RUSTY’S DONE EATIN’”

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE Reader Supported:  To Donate, Please Go Here  (Note:  The donate link was broken but is now fixed.) “IF ARMAGEDDON COMES, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL RUSTY’S DONE EATIN’” Hi again, from the shores … Continue reading

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WITH TONGUE PLANTED FIRMLY IN CHEEK, KEEPING CANADIAN WEATHER IN CANADA

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE WITH TONGUE PLANTED FIRMLY IN CHEEK, KEEPING CANADIAN WEATHER IN CANADA Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, after being slammed by another Polar Express coming down from the Arctic south through … Continue reading

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THIS LETHAL INSANITY WILL EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE THIS LETHAL INSANITY WILL EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I don’t know about you guys but I am starting to get a little irked at individuals who … Continue reading

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AN ORWELLIAN DYSTOPIA IS NOT THE ANSWER

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE AN ORWELLIAN DYSTOPIA IS NOT THE ANSWER Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  As I’ve mentioned before, there’s an online coffee house I go to for “first coffee”.  I’ve known some of these people … Continue reading

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