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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.

THANK YOU, CANADA, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE  THANK YOU, CANADA, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  First of all, we’d like to wish our northern cousins a Happy Birthday.  Saturday, July 1, is Canada Day.  … Continue reading

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RONALD MCDONALD LEADING A CAVALRY CHARGE

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE “The arc of the moral universe may be long, but it bends toward justice.” – Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. RONALD MCDONALD LEADING A CAVALRY CHARGE Hi again, from the shores … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF JAMES COMEY

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE IN PRAISE OF JAMES COMEY Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, the big news for me this week was former FBI Director James B. Comey’s public testimony before Congress. I … Continue reading

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A LESSON FROM WHICH WE COULD ALL BENEFIT

  TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE  Donations Accepted Here  A LESSON FROM WHICH WE COULD ALL BENEFIT Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It was another interesting week, was it not, gang? America’s president did something … Continue reading

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TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE  TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, MEMORIAL DAY 2013 To watch this speech on YouTube, please go here.  It is right after the Armed … Continue reading

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A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another interesting week. Seattle has moved one step closer to Cascadia with a … Continue reading

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I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION

TO VIEW IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE  I DO NOT AGREE WITH ED’S DECISION Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, gang, this has not been an incredibly fun week where I live after the announcement that our … Continue reading

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