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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Robert L. Heilbroner 1919-2005) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Economist, Author of "Primer on Government Spending" etal ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #053 Published March 1, 2005 ~~~
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Quote for the Windy Month of March:

Synchronicity is just coincidence with a pedigree!
Bobby Matherne Publisher, Good Mountain Press Digest

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Table of Contents

1. March's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for March
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Mushroom-Leeks Soup
6. Poem from Yes, and Even More!:"Here By Design"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for March:

8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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1. March Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about a fuzz that never was.

#1 "Fuzzy, was he?" at

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Shirley Cox in Cyberspace

Mickie McGee in Lincolnton, GA

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Out Our Way:
This was Mardi Gras madness month. First event for us was my luncheon at Galatoire's on the Friday before Mardi Gras. To gain a table downstairs on this day, one needed to hire someone to hold your place in line for two days. Cost about that of a Super Bowl ticket. But we had the same food upstairs for our luncheon. We were nestled between the nubile Ladies of Hermes and the ladies of Iris in a jam-packed room where somehow the shrimp remoulade and trout almandine got served to everyone eventually. One of the ladies of Hermes asked my name and I discovered that Kathy Hornsby, a friend from Del's Northwestern Mutual days, was a member of the krewe. Look for a photo of us wrapped in her purple, green, and gold feather boa.

Galatoire's was the first of several parties for me that Friday. The second was the pre-party at a friend's on Broadway where everyone meets before our krewe heads to the streetcar barn. This year, thanks to a generous offer from Doris Richards, Del’s mom, we drove to the Ball in a stretch limousine, first picking up Ann and Cordell. After the pre-party our limo took the royal court to the next party at the streetcar barn from which we embarked on the Royal Streetcar to the Winter Palace. We marched the last two blocks led by bagpipers and flambeaux carriers. At the Ball Arthur met his Guinevere and general gala and merriment proceeded to the music and singing of the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot orchestra till midnight at which time we proceeded back to Broadway for the post-party before heading for home.

After a couple of days rest, it was time for Mardi Gras day itself. The weather cleared up after a rainy few days and we decided to head downtown New Orleans via the ferry as is our wont. We walked through the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, then down to Jackson Square and took in all the sights, before heading for a spot on Canal Street to catch the entire Rex parade. The sights that I recorded for the day can be seen, with some discreet editing, at:

We had our good friends Renee and Burt Lattimore over for some seafood gumbo one night. The side dishes were shrimp potato salad, baked yams, and brussels sprouts. From the leftover sprouts, I made some soup later in the week. See recipe for doing this in an upcoming recipe in the Good Mountain Digest pages.

Another big event happened on Saturday after a few more days rest: the Superintendent’s Conference which was led by our oldest daughter, Maureen Bayhi, for the Jefferson Parish School System. Over 130 principals, assistant principals, and staff were present for a day-long adventure in Resilience. Maureen had organized for them a day of totem-making, motto & banner construction, and scavenger hunt with prizes for the best teams. The room stayed abuzz with activity from the seven teams all day. The tribes of the Aka Aka, the Maka Hana, the Ike Papulua, the Ohana, the Hano Hano, the Ku’oko’a, and the Kahana were each gaily decorated with their colored bandanas and each represented one of the seven aspects of Resilience, but each had to learn all seven aspects in order to make it through the day. Perhaps no greater challenge came for them than the Scavenger Hunt which required each tribe to solve riddles, take photos of the answers, and add the photos into a PowerPoint presentation slide show.

On a Sunday morning I noticed that Del had organized all the Warranty & Instruction Sheets for the House that had been jammed into one big expanding file that was overflowing. She put it into a plastic hanging file box with labeled files by categories. I had to sort through some to throw away trash – stuff we don’t have anymore and thus we could discard any written material about. I found instructions for replacing our Delta faucet washers and decided to go immediately to see if I had re-installed my lavatory faucets correctly,according to the instruction sheet, and to determine if it would make a difference. I unbolted the faucet and lifted off the stem and a huge stream of water shot up! I had forgotten to turn off the water to the faucet! Quickly I jammed it back into the slot and held it with my left hand as I turned off the shutoff valve below the sink. Whew! My glasses were all soaked, as were the front of my clothes and the blue Instruction Sheet I was holding.

I quickly looked at the top of the Sheet, and there was
Of course, I knew that was the correct procedure. I'm being replacing washers in faucets since I was twenty years old and over 45 years of doing so, I had never forgotten to turn off the water first, up until now!

I walked as I was immediately to where Del was standing in her bathroom which is on the other side of the wall from my bath, but requires a walk down the hallway. I handed her the soaking wet blue Instruction Sheet and asked her to read Step 1 aloud. She read it dutifully: “Turn off the water to the faucets.” Then and only then did she really notice me standing there all soaking wet and she started laughing. I left to go back to my bath to dry myself off and when I arrived there I could her voice laughing through the wall. “Alright!” I yelled, “that’s enough!” And by later reports I learned that when she heard me yell at her, she laughed even more, albeit more quietly.

This unexpected turn of events required me to immediately clear off the lavatory top to locate the spring which holds the vital rubber gasket against the turning faucet base. I found the cylindrical gasket quickly, but had to completely move everything away to locate the tiny spring, to no avail. With my lavatory top clear, I began to Bon Ami the marble top to remove 15 years of stains from daily use by me. I noted the vertical piece on the left edge had come unglued from the wall and made a note to buy some glue to reseal it before I put everything back together. I was able to re-use a spring from my earlier replacement of the washers, which I had luckily saved, and after buying some adhesive caulking compound and new caulking gun (which doesn't ooze when you stop pressing on the lever — neat!) I re-caulked the lavatory and bathtubs and it looks really nice.

One of the gifts I received for assisting my daughter with her Supt's Conference was a Starbuck's Gift Card. On the Monday after the conference, I drove to Barnes & Noble to use my Starbucks gift card in the Starbucks coffeeshop there. With impeccable logic, the clerk informed me with disdain — “We’re Barnes & Noble, not Starbucks.” I apologized for my presumption for thinking that I could use a Starbucks Gift Card in a coffee shop with signs saying Starbucks everywhere. I left and drove down to my favorite PJs and got me the double latte and cranberry muffin, I would have ordered at Starbucks, if it had been a real Starbucks. A few days later, Del reminded me of a Starbucks alongside Verizon on Manhattan. Can it be that I will actually get to use this Gift Card yet? I wondered.

My hopes for a successful utilization of the Starbucks Gift Card were dashed by an extraordinary series of events which sent me back to PJs once more. I went sheepishly up to the counter and asked, "Do you take this Starbucks Gift Card?" The clerk looked at me with disdain for asking such a foolish question and said, "Yes, of course." So I boldly ordered a double latte and a cranberry muffin and I hit my first ominous snag, "We don't have a cranberry muffin, only a cranberry-orange muffin." Okay, I thought, how bad can that be, so I said, "I'll take it." I paid with my card and she rang up $5.60 (60 cents more than at PJs)and I gave her an extra dollar and said, "Keep the change."

Can anyone tell me why it is that whenever I give someone a tip in advance of them providing me a service, they fall flat on their face and I want my tip back. Now, I've never asked for a tip back during those frequent circumstances, but I was sorely tempted on this day, which was not over yet, believe me. Starbucks had a plan for me.

I received my cranberry muffin with the superfluous orange flavoring in it and asked the Robo-Clerk, "Where is your microwave to heat my muffin?" She looked at me with that disdainful look again which surely they must teach her in a Starbucks training class, and said almost joyfully, "We don't have a microwave oven." As she wandered away from my dazed look at the counter, I muttered, “I suppose I could always eat it cold, or maybe drive down to PJs to heat it in their microwave.”” I doubt she was interested enough in me as a customer or a person to have bothered to listen to my words, so I took my adulterated cranberry muffin and gnoshed on it at a table where I could watch the other SB-clerk prepare my latte. There was at the time only one other customer in the place and three people working there, so far as I saw while I waited for the order I had already paid for and tipped for to become ready. I ate slowly and awaited whatever surprise the Sons of Starbucks had in store for me.

About halfway through my orange-mush muffin, I noticed that the clerk was having a nice long conversation with the one customer in front of her counter as she, hidden from my sight, was perhaps fixing some coffee concoction behind the counter. Meanwhile I noticed Robo-clerk walk past behind the counter to the backroom. And another employee walk out of the backroom. Still no latte materialized. With trepidation, I began, even more slowly to nibble at the second half of my insipid muffin. I was nearly on the last bite when one paper cup of Starbucks beverage appeared from behind the counter and was set on the top. Hooray, I thought, prematurely, my latte will be next.

My hopes were dashed as the conversation continued in earnest and apparently the clerk behind the counter was doing something with her hands. Another beverage, perhaps, mine? I thought. But the customer didn’t leave, and their conversation resumed where they left. By this time, I was wishing I had sat close enough to eavesdrop on their conversation to while away the time. Suddenly Robo-clerk appeared from the bowels of the back room and I caught her eye and asked, “Is she fixing my latte?” Once more the look of disdain accompanied a tone of don’t-bother-me, and she answered with a complete sentence, “Yes.”

I watched as a second beverage appeared from behind the mysterious counter and the one customer who had consumed the time of all of the active employees of this Starbucks for some 15 minutes walked away from the counter. I looked and waited. No sounds from the behind the counter. No “Your latte is coming up, Sir.” Dead silence. Not a creature was stirring. Not even the mousy Robo-clerk.

I made an executive decision. I walked out of the store. I walked past the counter from behind where the clerk was perhaps doing something with her hands. I walked past the now abandoned cash register which contained my Starbucks Gift Card for $5 and my 40 cents tip. I walked past the Starbucks Beans in the kiosks. I opened the door — and just at that moment, the clerk says something in a weak voice that I could scarcely hear, “Your latte is ready.” The door closed behind. I walked to my car. I got into my car. I drove to PJs for a latte.

Only nice thing about this whole experience is knowing that the more Starbucks Gift Cards that people give away, the more business PJs Coffeeshops will receive.

On February 17th I gave my lecture on the Two Jesus Children at a local club I belong to which has a 100-year tradition of providing lectures by prominent professors and others. This was a subject which most of the people in the room were unfamiliar with, so I needed them to begin "thinking outside of the box" right away.

My approach was to warm up the crowd with a couple of Sufi stories. Since most wouldn't know who Sufis are, I brought along a brass statuette of Nasruddin on his back-to-front donkey, and told them the story:

Nasruddin was invited to go horseback riding at a fancy riding club. When he arrived, all the club members were sitting on fine Arabian stallions and all that was left was a small donkey. Nasruddin quickly hopped on the donkey facing its rear end and holding its tail, ready to ride. One of the members came over, looked down on Naruddin and said,

"Perhaps you are unaccustomed to the riding habits of gentlemen?"

Nasruddin looked up with his enigmatic smile and said, "Perhaps you thought I wouldn't notice that you stuck me with a back-to-front donkey?"

Then this one:

Nasruddin was named Judge for a Day, an honor that brought with it the chance to hear real cases. When the first case was brought before him, the prosecutor detailed the crimes of the defendant eloquently and when he was done Nasruddin proclaimed, "I do believe you are right!"

The bailiff leaned over and whispered into Nasruddin's ear, "But Judge you haven't heard the defense's side of the case." So Nasruddin called the defense to the bar. The defense attorney pleaded the innocence of his client in the matter with equal eloquence and when he was done, Nasruddin proclaimed, "I do believe you are right!"

The bailiff said, "But Judge, they can't BOTH be right!"

Nasruddin looked at the bailiff and said, "I do believe you are right!"

[To me, the bailiff sounds like the theologians of today who don't understand how it is that both Christmas stories are right.]

Next I told the famous one about the lost key which Nasruddin is under the streetlight searching for. His friend comes to help him and finally asks, "Nasruddin, exactly where did you drop the key?"

"In the house," Nasruddin replies and keeps looking around on the ground.

"If you lost it in the house, why are we looking out in the street?" his friend asks incredulously.

"Because there is more light out here," Nasruddin replies.

So, to find the key to this "obscure tradition of two Jesus children," we are going to have to go into the darkness of the house and bring some light into the obscurity.

That was my start. From there I read the Matthew and Luke version of the Christmas stories, a passage from clip from Steiner's Gospel of St. Luke, and the Ovason review with its art history images comprising the PowerPoint slide show. See blurb on review of Ovason's book below.

The next night we went to the German American Cultural Center on Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna, a few miles down the road from us, and watched "Good Bye, Lenin". Del thought Lenin was spelled with two n's, but I said, "No, this is the Commie from Russia spelled Lenin, not the one from Britain spelled Lennon." See my movie blurb further down in this Digest. We also met a young German film maker from Berlin, Julia Dorn-Buckler, who has recently settled in New Orleans. Her short filmm, East by East-West documents interviews of people in Berlin after the Wall came down. Her DVD wouldn't work on the DVD player due to some "Area-Limitation" because it was made on her German laptop and needs some kind of translation of format to play on US DVD players. We hope to see it later during the next German film in the series.

And the next night we were back at the GACC because Ellen C. Merrill was discussing the very book my daughter Maureen had given me for Christmas this year, "Germans of Louisiana", and which I had begun reading a short while ago. Look for a review of it in coming months.

The last weekend of the month was a busy one also. Friday night was my occasional poker night with the guys preceded by an excellent dinner. On Saturday we were invited to a Day at the Races by friends Jim and Gail Webb and we had a great time. Took photos of us with the Rolls-Royces parked near entrance. It was the Delta RR Club day at the Fairgrounds Race Track. I bet on Jaguar Girl to win the Rolls-Royce race and she paid 13.20 on a $2 bet — that enabled to me to break even for the day at the window while coming out far ahead in the fun and companionship. Mike and Wendy Jamison joined us there and the six of us had a great time. On Sunday we went to a crawfish boil, first of the season, at Fil and Sandra Tranchina’s. Great crawfish and great folks there, including an old schoolmate from Westwego High School, Tony Zimmerman, and his wife, Joan.

A short month long on activities and fun — that’s New Orleans in February. My newly planted Lombardy Poplars are sprouting, our bromeliads are flowering, our azaleas blooming, signs of redbud flowers are showing and we can’t wait to get into our garden. The mulch mound will be plowed under in a few weeks and the round garden will be replaced by an elongated garden across the back yard with a small water pond in the middle. Till next month, may your month of March be merry and the luck of the Irish be with you.


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1. The Way of the Urban Samurai A humorous look at the Modern Japanese Male
2. How I Grew A Memoir by Mary McCarthy of her early years.
3. The Adventures of Captain Underpants A Comic Novel for pre-teens by Dav Pilkey.
4. Thucydides' 'Speeches of Pericles' Translated by H. G. Edinger
5. David's Question 'What is Man?' An Anthroposophical Commentary on the Bible by Edward Reaugh Smith

Most Popular Reviews of Rudolf Steiner books (of my 150 or so reviews):

1. The Archangel Michael by Rudolf Steiner
2.The Christian Mystery by Rudolf Steiner
3. An Outline of Occult Science by Rudolf Steiner
4. A Psychology of the Spirit by Rudolf Steiner
5. Bees by Rudolf Steiner


Movies we watched this past month:

Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
“Shall We Dance?” (1995, 2004) Two wonderful movies which came in from on the same night. Which one shall we dance with first? I had no idea that these two were identical movies: the 1995 one made in Japan with subtitles, and the 2004 in Hollywood with Richard Gere, now no longer an officer, but always a gentleman. The hero of these twin movies is a gentle man who is embarrassed by his new found love of ballroom dancing (dancing together touching each other is considered weird to Japanese) triggered by a pensive female standing in the window of a dancing studio each night as the staid accountant takes the commuter train home from his unexciting desk job. We chose the Japanese one to view first and it will always remain a hauntingly beautiful look at a man’s recovery of his anima through the medium of dance. If you look at these two in quick succession, you will be able to experience the deep differences between Japanese and American culture — it comes in a wordless way — things spoken about in the US version remain tacit in the Japan version. These are both hits – your choice comes in which one to view first.
“Good Bye, Lenin” (2002) Absolutely first class movie filled with situational humor about a son of a coma victim who missed the downing of the Berlin Wall due to a heart attack. He attempts to recreate the pre-unification East Germany for his mother so she won’t die from the shock. Don’t miss this one. The eponymous footage of the statue of Lenin fly-by is priceless.
“A Walk on the Moon” (1999) with Diane Lane and Liev Schriever as a dull-ly married couple with a rebellious teenage girl and wife. The girl and the wife run off to Woodstock during their summer stay at a lower middle-class resort in the Catskills, and what the girl sees her mom do there with Viggo Morgenstern changes her life. Can a marriage survive what happened to a couple in a stale marriage during a walk on the moon? Get your TV set fixed and watch what happens during the walk on the moon in the Catskills.
“Tortilla Soup” (2001) is a palette pleaser at every gustatory and sensory level imaginable. Hold your shiny crystal glasses high, ding them together, give a rousing cheer, smell the fragrance of the wine in the glass, and drink deep draughts of this movie till the last drop — it will hold its delicious flavor. Do NOT watch this movie on an empty stomach — every scene is full of culinary delights that will moisten your taste buds with anticipation. The story of the fifteen year widowed Latino Chef and his three daughters he’s raised is a bunch of energy, verve, and maturation at all levels. Even a clownish imitation of a grown woman by Rachal Welch cannot taint in the least the bounty of this marvelous movie. [WATCH "Eat Drink Man Woman" first!]
“Girl with a Pearl Earring” (2003) Have you ever looked at a painting of a woman and wondered how the artist came to paint the portrait, and who might have modeled for him? Take Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting of a girl with a pearl earring. Her mouth is sensuous, her look is riveting, and the pearl earring is exquisite. In this movie you get a chance to walk inside Vermeer’s studio as he paints. The girl is a maid who is anything but simple as Vermeer discovers when he asks her to tell him the colors she sees in the clouds. She says she sees yellow, blue, gray in addition to white. Soon she is mixing his colors and mixing up his life. In one painting, Vermeer has a chair set up in the studio as part of a painting. While the girl is cleaning the studio, she studies the painting and moves the chair away from the table and notices an improvement in the scene. Vermeer later removes the chair from the painting as he notices the same thing after she has tacitly pointed it out by removing the chair. Walk around inside of the paintings of Vermeer — what a rare treat awaits anyone who can tell clouds are not white.
“The Notebook” (2004) A tour de force for James Garner and Gena Rowlands. Garner visits a lady in a nursing home who has lost all her memories and reads her stories each day. Actually one long story that we discover is being read from a notebook. We watch as this love story unfolds and memory begins to gleam in her eyes as the story seems familiar. Will she remember who she is with the aid of the story? Will she remember her husband and her children? Will she be reunited with her husband at the end of the story? You might very well think so, but I’d rather let you find out by enjoying this marvelous movie.
“The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004) about a 1952 motorcycle trip up the length of the South American continent by two young doctors. This is an amazing movie in which you are simply allowed to view the adventures of these two young men on “The Mighty One” a WWII vintage Norton spewing smoke as they took off on their trek. Fuser said the trip changed him and he was soon preaching of One People of a Continent without Borders and was given for his first name the word he and his Argentine companion used a lot, “Che”, when he became the revolutionary leader we know as Che Guevara.
“Head in the Clouds” (2004) Who’s got their head in the clouds? It seems almost everyone in this movie of love and war. Guy, our hero, wants to save Spain from Fascism. Gilda seems content to sleep with the enemy and save only herself. When Guy returns to Paris, Gilda ignores him when she sees him on the street and then has passionate sex with him when he barges into her apartment. What is going on here? A steamy look at the ideals and morals of a group of friends and lovers in WWII.
“Ella Enchanted” (2004) — Ella receives a gift from Lucy, a fairy infamous for her problematic gifts, the gift of obedience. What’s the problem? Imagine you must follow anyone’s orders blindly and without deviance. That was Ella’s blessing to those who loved her — she would accede to their requests and do what was best for both of them — and that was Ella’s curse when those who only loved themselves gave her orders for their amusement and to further their own agendas and political careers. Will Ella become an afternoon snack for ogres? Will she kill her beloved prince? Will she find Lucy in time to get her gift removed? Thereupon hangs a fairy tale which will titillate and delight you. Will she be made to sleep by the fireplace and become known as Cinderella by her ugly-acting step-sisters and step-mother? Hey, this is Monty Python’s work — expect the unexpected.
“First Daughter” (2004) — a fairy tale produced and directed and introduced by Forrest Whitaker (his voice) about the only child, daughter of the US President, who is growing up, going to college and striving for freedom with every step she takes. And every step she takes has two Secret Service men two steps behind her. Till James appears — is he to be her savior? Her lover? Her companion through life? Or a college chum? The actress playing the daughter has a wonderful smile that lights up the screen and the hearts of those watching her as she enters adulthood by flying from the tender trap of her nest in the little white house in which she grew up. And undoubtedly she will live happily ever after. . .
“Without a Paddle” (2004) A mix of “The Big Chill” & “City Slickers” — A canoe trip into the wilds of Oregon by three boyhood chums who meet for their fourth chum’s funeral and discover a map treasure map he left behind for them. Did it ever occur to them to check out “Widowmaker’s Bend” before canoeing into it? Nooo... A rollicking good time for the audience and lessons for the chumps, er, chums like this one: when spooning in your BVDs to keep warm in the forest, don’t conjure up images of sexy girls.

“Secret Window” (2004)This movie is an interesting counterpoint to “Passion of the Mind”. A writer accuses another writer of plagiarizing his novel and creates a demonic personality out of his awareness to force the plagiarist to end the novel the way he feels it should end. A psychological thriller with Tuturo and Depp — send the kids to bed for this one.
“Intimate Strangers” (2004) What if you went to a psychiatrist to tell your deepest most intimate secrets and then you discovered you had mistakenly gone to a taciturn CPA instead? If you controlled the conversation and never gave him a chance to correct your mistaken impression and you began to like your conversations with him, would you continue going? This happens to Anna in this French-speaking movie with subtitles and it just keeps getting more and more interesting as the sessions go on and you don’t want them to end.
“Guys & Dolls” (1955) — we appreciated the music and the delightful repartee of the Damon Runyon characters. May be the best movie Brando made in my opinion. Contrast it with the insipid movie made 12 years later “Countess from Hong Kong” which was a waste of his talents. Jean Simmons reprises her role in “Elmer Gantry” in this movie — this time her revival tent is an off-Broadway Salvation Army chapter and the Burt Lancaster role is filled by Marlon Brando who is smitten by her and brings crowds to her tent. Worth another look if you haven’t seen it in 20, 30, 40 or 50 years. Watch it as an adult and find new things to appreciate in this remarkable musical.
“Bon Voyage” (2003) A marvelous look behind the scenes of the French abdication of Paris for Bordeaux and points South during WWII through the eyes of a young man who was a childhood sweetheart of a famous French actress. Mix in a physicist who has large jars of the world’s only heavy water necessary to make an atom bomb which must be kept out of the German’s hands, a German spy masquerading as a newspaperman (Peter Coyote), and a French minister (George Depardieu) infatuated with the actress and you get a high-energy film which will hold you to the end.
“Four Feathers” (2002) When Heath Ledger as a budding officer in the British army is called to war in the Sudan, one hardly expects that the intrepid hero of “A Knight’s Tale” would turn timid, resign his commission, and stay home. When he later receives a white feather of cowardice from four of his closest friends, he resolves to redeem each of the feathers, but three of them are being massacred and imprisoned by the fiercest nomads of the Sudan. A powerful and gripping tale of love and uncommon valor.
“Coming Home” Vol. 1of 2 (1996) — a two-part series with Peter O’Toole and Paul Bethany about a great mansion on 2,000 acres on the coast of Britain and the family who lived there. A tad of “Mansfield Park” with a Fanny Price-type ugly duckling who grows up into a beautiful swan. First episodes ends with Bethany’s WWII fighter plane being shot down during a raid on Germany.

Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

“Eulogy” (2004) doesn’t deserve a decent burial. DVD Stomper
“Widow on the Hill” — a TV movie about trailer trash who covets the house on the hill and when she gets called to nurse the dying wife, she latches her hooks into the bereaved husband and slides the estate, minks, and jewelry out from under the two bereaved daughters. Fine example of how not to run one’s life. The trash escaped from the trailer, but attracted flies wherever she went.
P.S. (2004) P. S. It sucked.

Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:

“Shadow of Fear” (2004) David Spader stars as leader of weekly group of pals he holds control over and which our hero observes but is not allowed to join at first. Our hero leaves the meeting after imbibing alcohol and pills and crashes into a man standing in the middle of the highway. The man dies. He hides the body and leaves. Soon it is discovered it may be his wife’s druggie brother who had just held up a bank and he needs to join Spader's group. The plot thickens so much that we the audience are left in the dark about details, except that Spader seems to be the puppetmaster and we only get to watch the puppets until finally our hero, ala Pinocchio, turns into a real person.
“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” (2004) “Notably forgettable” Del said and I agree. It was fun to watch the new technology where all the movie except for the human actors were computer-generated. A retro-look at the world of tomorrow where prop planes rule the skies and slow-lumbering robots rule the ground.
“Jesus of Montreal” (1989) A small repertory company does a passion play on the mountain over looking modern Montreal and soon life is replicating art and the Bible.
“From Russia with Love” (1963) One of the first James Bond movies. Mostly watched it for the scenes of Istanbul especially the underground cisterns of Constantine’s time. When James Bond entered his hotel bedroom, I was able to predict successfully that,“A naked lady will appear on that bed within 2 minutes.” Amazing to watch the agent who, upon being shot in the crook of his arm, didn’t show any blood until he grabbed the spot with his other hand and applied the blood capsule. Movies have certainly changed in forty years.
“Princess Diaries Part2: The Royal Engagement” (2004) “A bit of fluff,” Del said, “but delightful fluff.” She enjoyed it — I found it rather uninteresting and predictable. Twist at the end is interesting.
“Control” (2004) A killer is given a reprieve from his execution in exchange for participating in a controlled experiment to see if he can find remorse and turn his life around. He is like a bull in a china shop until the drugs finally start working or do they? Worth a look to find out.

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Boudreaux and Marie were attending a wake for a good friend and were standing around talking with Father Blanchard.

The good father told Marie, "You have led a full life, Marie. You and Boudreaux have been married 45 years and I was wondering if there is anything that you would really like to have at this point in your life."

Marie thought for a long time and then answered in her thick Cajun accent, “Mais, oui, ‘apPEENess.”

Boudreaux blushed red and quickly piped in, “Mais, Ah t'ink you mean ‘HAPPiness’ Sha.”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for March, 2005 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
(click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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Mushroom-Leeks Soup

Background on Mushroom-Leeks Soup: It's still winter in many parts of this northern hemisphere, and this savory soup will warm you inside as it tickles your taste buds. I had been looking for another way to use leeks and this new soup is a keeper. Any resemblance between this soup and canned cream of mushroom soup will disappear with your first taste.


3 TBSP butter
2 Leeks, chopped
8 oz mushrooms
3 to 4 cups chicken stock
1 can evaporated milk (or 8 oz heavy cream)
½ tsp tarragon
1 TBSP parsley
Salt & Pepper (Season-All, Tony’s, Malabar pepper)
1 Bay Leaf
3 TBSP flour

Chop leeks, mince parsley, and slice mushrooms. Place stock in a large measuring cup and heat in microwave for about 5 minutes to get it hot.

Cooking Instructions

Melt butter in a large frying pan and add the chopped leek. Saute for 5 minutes, allowing a few small pieces of leek to char (adds color to final dish).
Add sliced mushrooms and continue to stir for about five minutes on medium heat.
Add flour, stirring all the while for another five to ten minutes. If mixtures balls, keeping stirring.
Add the Bay Leaf and the hot stock and stir until the mixture boils. Reduce heat to a Simmer and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. See Photo of Soup in Pot. Add the cream, tarragon, and parsley and return to a simmer.
Remove Bay Leaf before serving.

Serving Suggestion
Can be served immediately, but it will be nice and thick if allowed to cool for an hour or so and re-heated to a simmer before serving.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Yes, and Even More!:
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And now, here by design, is my poem for March: Here By Design

“Welcome! You are here: By Designtm Studios!”

“You want a hair-do or don’t you?”

"You didn’t come here by accident,
       You came here by design.
Your hair-do will not be by accident,
      It will be by design.

You want a by-accident,
      You go down the street,
      You get one there for nothing.”

“You want an ad-campaign or a don’t-add campaign?”

“You didn’t come here by accident
      You came here by design.
Your ads will not be by accident,
      They will be by design.”

“You want a preventative health organization?”

“You want health prevention or health creation?

Health doesn’t happen by accident —
      Health happens here by design —
You came here by design, didn’t you?”

Here By Design: Written December 26, 1995 at Timberlane. This poem works on the ambiguity of “by design.” One idea I had was to trademark the name “By Design” and use it for an ad agency, for a book publishing company, or even a hair saloon.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for March:
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And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

1.) ARJ2: The Two Children — A Study of the Two Jesus Children in Literature and Art by David Ovason

A couple of years ago I offered to give a lecture on the Two Jesus Children to a private club who offers lectures to its members and guests by prominent professors and others each week. I bought this book and read it and prepared for the lecture, but the offer never came. Finally, in the first week of February, I gave up on the lecture and decided to write a review of Ovason's book. A week later they called me. They wanted me to fill in for a missing lecturer for the first lecture of Lent. An appropriate time to be discussing issues of religious importance.

My approach to the lecture — given to folks who have no background on Rudolf Steiner's groundbreaking work in this area — was threefold:

1.) Bible verses of the two versions of the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke.
2.) Share Rudolf Steiner's insights as to how the Two Jesus children merged into one Jesus of Nazareth adult who was baptized by John in the Jordan.
3.) Share the Art History of the Two Jesus Children — in form of about 35 slides of artworks depicting two Jesus children with the Madonna.
First I began with three Sufi stories to warm up the crowd and open their minds for what I had to say. The lecture was well received and the only antagonistic questions and comments came from one couple who missed the Sufi stories at the beginning. You can read the review which contains some of the art history records or you can buy the book and see all of them.

2.) ARJ2: The Life of the Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck

I listened to the lecture Professor John Fisher of Rollins College gave on Maurice Maeterlinck and decided to read his work for myself. I was not disappointed. Maeterlinck is writing about Bees but he may as well be writing about human beings, truth, and beauty — as that is what his depth of lyrical expression conveys. Want to learn something about yourself, read this book — it's a honey! [Note the review contains a link to the on-line text of the book itself.]

3.) ARJ2: On BS by Harry G. Frankfurt

On BS is a euphemism for the full title of the small book by Professor Harry G. Frankfurt whose full title is displayed from the book cover. Want to learn about the essence of BS? What the two levels of deception are in a lie? The difference between lying and BS'ing? All this BS can be found by reading the review and even more BS can be found by reading the book.

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I hear often from my Good Readers that they have bought books after reading my book reviews. Keep reading, folks! As I like to remind you, to obtain more information on what's in these books, buy and read the books — for less information, read the reviews.

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In this section I like to comment on events in the world, in my life, and in my reading which has come up during the month. These are things I might have shared with you if we had the opportunity to converse during the month. If I say some things here which upset you, rest assured that you may skip over these for the very reason that I would have not brought up the subject to spoil our time together in person.

1. Padre Filius Returns with a Look at the Headlines this Month:

Padre Filius, the cartoon character created by your intrepid editor and would-be cartoonist, will appear from time to time in this Section of the Digest to enlighten us on some aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations.

This month the good Padre is reading a story about some coercive bureaucracy which is proposing a tax on cosmetic surgery. (This cartoon uses an actual headline for a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, my daily newspaper fare.)

2. Political Correctness Equals Political Intolerance

"Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions." — Thomas Jefferson
This quote from the USA's third president, Thomas Jefferson, should give those pause who would persecute religious groups who wish to celebrate their holidays without interference from the secular humanists who find all religious thought or displays of it abominable. Those a-theists are against all religions and their minute minority seemed to have overshadowed the religious majority in recent years. Thank God that the president in the recent inaugural was able to Thank God! The man who sued to prevent this from happening lost his case, this time, but it augurs ill for us as more so-called "liberal judges" attempt to legislate from the bench exactly the kind of despotic and wicked politically motivated religious intolerance as Thomas Jefferson warned us against 200 hundred years ago.

On the lighter side, catch a view of this Mardi Gras group of costumers who are satirizing the Pope and his minions with their Pontificatering Kiosk. I asked them if they had any Mardi Gras Seasoning and the guy in the chef's cap said, "No, but that's a good idea." The nun to his side said, "We'll add that next year." Hope you can read the names on the Ten Condiments below.

3. Greenhouse Effect Due to Bull Excrement

A friend wrote me this month about the Kyoto Accord and I must say that I was totally in accord with his opinion that the USA should stay out of the Kyoto Accord. Thank God, we have a president who agrees with that position. Here's correspondance excerpted from our emails.

Dear Dave,
      Obviously I think the global warming craze is bull excrement. Pure BULL. The science, hard science, does not support it. We don't have temperature trends for thousands of years to support global warming trends. What we have is rampant opinions masquerading as scientific fact. The Kyoto Accord is a global mistake. Thank God the USA has an administration which recognizes it!

Dear Bobby:
       I agree with you. The hard science does not yet support what the panic-stricken fanatics would have us believe. I do not think we — as a species — can produce the kind of volume of green-house gasses, and other debilitating atmospheric conditions, that a single 1883 Krakatoa did. A series of simultaneous volcanos would do us in much sooner. But I sent it out to get the juices flowing, so that serious debate can ensue, rather than accepting what the fanatics are saying. Thanks for your feedback.

Which led to this response from me:

Dear Dave,
       Glad to hear that. Have you read Velikovsky's work at all?
       I met Immanuel Velikovsky in 1975 at the McMaster University Symposium in his honor in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a genius of interdisciplinary studies. He work showed that Venus had an incandescent temperature of 800- 900 degress F back in 1952 ! ! !
      He was ridiculed for his saying that by the establishment scientists of his time, esp. Harlow Shapely, prominent Harvard astronomer who threatened to pull all of Harvard's textbook from MacMillan Press if they published "Worlds in Collision" for Velikovsky, so they pulled it and Dell published and it was a best-seller. Now here's the skinny on how greenhouse theory got started, believe it or not:
      Venus was thought by Shapely, etal, in the 1950s to be a greenhouse! With surface temps of 68 to 70 degrees. You can look this up. I remember that detail from my teenage years when I studied science in the 1950s.
      Now these scientists were so WRONG — off by 800+ degrees is egregiously WRONG — wouln't you say? So, how did they strive to redeem themselves for their grossly bad behavior to Velikovsky? Did they invite him to the AAAS meeting to say "We're sorry"? No, the AASES invited him and kept him till last on the podium after a long series of establishment scientists BLASTED Velikovsky and his theories and then and only then they let the frail, aging scientist on the podium — note this: ALL the media covering the AAAS had long left the premises! So only words in the press about the event were negative to Velikovsky. What a shabby treatment from the AASES! And yet, get this: EVERY ONE of Velikovsky's 26 predictions made in "Worlds in Collision" has since been proven true! Radio emissions from Jupiter. Noble gases in the surface of the Moon. are two I recall offhand in addition to the temperature and atmospheric makeup of Venus.
      And here's the coup de grace! The same scientists, when the Venera Spacecraft crashed into Venus and proved Velikovsky exactly correct, did these scientists say, "We're sorry about our error, Velikovsky. We admit you were right about Venus: it is not a greenhouse. Its atmosphere is covered with hydrocarbon gases, exactly as you predicted a protoplanet would have and its surface temperature is incandescent in the range of 8 to 9 hundred degrees Farenheit." Did they say that? No way. What they said was this:

"The atmosphere of Venus USED TO BE 68 to 70 degrees, like the greenhouse we thought it was, but ALL those GREENHOUSE GASES it emitted caused VENUS to HEAT UP TO ITS CURRENT TEMPERATURE!"
      Now, on the face of it, they saved face, but they heaped upon themselves more ridicule than they ever heaped on Velikovsky by creating a theory that is as harmful as it is far-fetched and downright wrong!
      These are the facts as I experienced them first hand and pieced together the evidence from them to come to understand the actual origin of the theory of the "greenhouse effect" — it is a coverup, a CYA effort on the part of the established scientific community which doesn't care about the costs to the consumers who would have to pay higher prices for almost everything they would for needless and excessive regulation of emissions of CO2 to keep us from "becoming a planet like Venus".
      Venus, according to Velikovsky, was a comet, a proto-planet spewed out from Jupiter, which ran in an elliptical orbit which came in near collisions with Earth every 50 years or so till the time of Exodus when it came close enough to fill Earth's atmosphere with its hydrocarbonic gaseous and block out the Sun for 40 years. Plasma discharges between Venus and the Earth caused the "pillars of fire" in the desert. The huge hydrocarbonic clouds which winded sinuously across the Earth's atmosphere seemed to be chasing the bright orb of Venus like a dragon with a pearl in its mouth. Mana came from microbes in the Earth's atmosphere who thrived in the Sunlight upper atmosphere and converted the hydrocarbons into carbohydrates which fed the otherwise starving populace of the people below.
      Venus went on to slash the girth of Mars with plasma discharges and cause the huge mountain and canyon across the planet our flybys of Mars with cameras have found. It's not water which caused the canyons and river-like structures — it was caused during the inter-planetary lightning bolts of the close approach of Venus to Mars which ended up sending Mars into a trans-Earth orbit and Venus into position between Earth and Mercury just as Velikovsky predicted.
      Now you know the "Rest of the Story" as Paul Harvey would say,

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