INSIDE: “I Love You My Brother, Whoever You Are”; World Headlines At A Glance; On The Ground In Ukraine; 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
“I LOVE YOU, MY BROTHER, WHOEVER YOU ARE”
By Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller: Editor
Any week which starts with trouble between Russia and Ukraine and ends with the passing of an American president is interesting. Olya gives us a window on the first and we’ve broken it out in Headline News At A Glance under Europe. We realize that Ukraine is not the only nation going through this. But it’s like when you have people on the ground, it becomes personal. It can’t get any more personal for us than this.
We are also marking the passing of an individual we admired greatly, even when we did not agree with his politics. During the Second World War, he was the youngest fighter pilot in the US Navy and racked up 58 carrier missions in the Pacific, including one that got him a dunk in the water. He came back to marry a future first lady the likes of which had not been seen in this country since FDR’s beloved Eleanor.
They brought into this world, sons whose contributions to this country were a source of pride to both of them. He was as fine an American from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Mexico and from Honolulu to Hackensack as this nation has ever produced.
This evening, Sunday, December 2, marks the beginning of Hanukkah and for a fascinating look at this eight day celebration and why aspects of it appeal to those of all faiths, please go here. We would also like to remind all of you of something a very wise man who is not Jewish said. It speaks, as well, for us.
“I love you, my brother, whoever you are – whether you worship in a church, kneel in your temple, or pray in your mosque. You and I are children of one faith, for the diverse paths of religion are fingers of the loving hand of the one supreme being, a hand extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, eager to receive all.”
ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE
By Olya Bereza: Associate Editor
This week, the world closely follows the current situation in Ukraine (Russia-Ukraine sea clash in 300 words) and is actively predicting what effect this will have. When such complicated processes are taking place in your country, it is impossible to stay aloof, especially appreciating all the help of international organizations who stepped in and hopefully, under their pressure, all of the Ukrainian sailors will come back to their homes.
To the question the reporter of BBC asked the people on the streets “Ukraine-Russia Sea Clash:Are Ukrainians Worried” I think I can add only personal reflections. Doing my usual train ride, I didn’t really know the news as night trains don’t have wi-fi and actually I prefer low technology phones without connection to Internet.
I remember even going that day to the cinema to watch “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the legendary lyrics of this famous song were still in my mind when, in the evening, I opened social media. Out of the blue, first it was the totally unexpected news that there martial law is to be imposed in parts of the country. It wouldn’t be that surprising in the midst of nightmare of 2014, the one of the most tragic points for Ukrainian army.
Thanks to international support staying positive that situation will be under control. We all need and appreciate problem solvers when there are so many trouble makers in this world.
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, while there well may be, as our esteemed James Kavanaugh contends, men too gentle to live among wolves, I suspect it would be a grave mistake to transgress upon these particular Lambs of God.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Russia And Ukraine: Why Tensions Between Them Are So High— Video
OUR WORLD, UNABRIDGED
This is by Scientific American and it is outstanding. Welcome To The ‘Hellocene’
Congratulations, guys. Finest kind. Insight Lander Sets Down Safely On Mars
Most of us – God willing and the Creek Don’t Rise – will live to see this. Let’s hope we treat the Red Planet a little better than we have the Blue Green one. ‘The Day Humans Land On Mars Is Coming’ — Video
THE GREEN BEAT
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.
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
This creature also happens to be my totem. What One Photographer Learned After Spending Nearly A Year With Pumas
This is probably a good thing to know in America. What’s Your State’s Deadliest Animal?
Someone’s going to make an Oscar-sweeping film out of this one. Sinatra The Husky Returns Home After 2,200-Mile Adventure
YOU GUYS THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP
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