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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005) ~~~~
~ "He was a Pope who knew how to pope." (anon.) ~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #055 Published May 1, 2005 ~~~
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Quote for the Merry Month of May:

When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground.
Thomas Jefferson
Third President of the USA

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Table of Contents

1. May's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for May
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Seafood Jambalaya
6. Poem from Yes, And Even More! :"Choose for the Best"
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8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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#1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
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1. May Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Amend and Amen!

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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month. One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for May are:

Bernard & Christiane Cressend in the Alps of Savoy, France

Bob Morris who sent Tidbit in March

Congratulations, Bernard & Christiane and Bob !

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The big news this month was the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Our local priest at St. Joseph’s Church flubbed the place in the Mass when he names the pope, saying “John Paul our Pope” and then correcting himself. After some 28 years of one Pope, it will take some getting used to for everyone. I’ve heard our former Pope called “John Paul the Great” which, if it takes, will add him to the pantheon of the likes of Frederick the Great, Charlemagne (Charles the Great), and Peter the Great, among others whose impact on the world was so great that the adjective was added to their name.

We had attended the CODOFIL Breakfast at LeBlanc’s Restaurant and Del and I were playing Pedro with Dad and Emily when the announcement of the Pope’s death was made. We have enjoyed these breakfasts the first Saturday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to speak Cajun French during the meeting. We say the Pledge of Allegiance in Cajun and sing Cajun songs together. I learned that Belle Mere means mother-in-law and Beau Pere means father-in-law in Cajun this past week.

This was a month of coordinating repairs at our four-plex apartment. One day while watching the Roto-Rooter man fight to get his writhing black gook-covered cable back into his rotator mechanism, a cable he calls a “snake,” I imagined him as a human equivalent of Mi-cha-el the Archangel with his foot on the snake (or dragon) as he fights the forces of darkness in our world. That same day when I returned home I saw that my review The Archangel Michael had drawn over 300 pageviews that day, about ten times any other normal top review page.

This was also the birthday month of Del, my companion, spouse, copy-editor, and best friend. Her name is Adele, but she has always been called Del by her friends. On the day she was born, April 12, 1945, a famous president died in Warm Springs, Georgia. That was Franklin Roosevelt, whose middle name was Delano. To celebrate Del’s 60th birthday, all of her four offspring came to town. First Jim and John, her identical twins, came with their children and their ladies. Kyle and Collin enjoyed playing in the yard while the adults visited on the Oak Tree Patio. At one point, Collin was put into time-out in the middle of the yard, and our little Schnauzer, Ita, came over to comfort him. John, the dad on duty, told Ita to stay away — that Collin was not allowed to do anything fun while he was in time-out. John and Kristin went back to Baton Rouge with Kyle and Collin, and we visited with Jim and Gina who stayed over night.

The next morning we headed to Commander’s Palace for the Jazz Brunch. We had a delicious meal topped off by their famous bread pudding souffle while a jazz trio came by and serenaded us with “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?” No one who’s lived for any time in New Orleans can listen to the words of that song without having a tear glisten in the corners of their eyes. When I lived in California, I would go to New Orleans Square in Disneyland, sit sipping an imitation mint julep listening to a trio play that same song, and wish I was back home among those “moss-covered vines, tall sugar pines, where mockingbirds used to sing.” Now when I listen, I’m reminded again of how good it is be home.

During the brunch, Jim asked a question I had prepped him to ask, “Could we go see the K&B Sculpture Garden in City Park?” Sure, I said, and off we drove to an appointment with a surprise birthday gift for Del. A few weeks earlier when I read about a gondola ride which is new to the park, but I didn’t mention it to Del. Instead I said wistfully, “For your birthday, I’d like to take you to Venice, Italy for a gondola ride.” We mused about how it would be nice, if we had the time to leave for such a trip. When we got to the park, I drove to the old Casino building and found Robert Dula, our gondolier, and when Del came up she thought I was only showing her this beautiful boat. Imagine her surprise when she found out the boat was reserved for her and us for her birthday cruise through the K&B Sculpture Garden! We had enjoyed the sculpture from the shore but never from the center of the lagoon. All the banks were lined with yellow and purple wild Louisiana irises all abloom. As we floated under the first bridge the gondolier told us that is a tradition to kiss your loved one when transiting under a bridge, so we did. The second bridge we came to revealed a large white swan swimming its way towards and past us. It was a memorable day for Del and the rest of us, and we said goodbye to Jim and Gina who drove off into the sunset towards Beaumont and home.

The day of Del’s birthday was Tuesday my normal grocery day. At the A&P I got Del a birthday card, a present to unwrap, and a butterfly for our butterfly garden. I mounted the card on the glass door so if she stood there and read my message, “If you look carefully, a butterfly will appear” she will be able to see the large, sparkling butterfly sculpture in the North Portico Garden. Well, Del leaned over to snatch the card off the sliding door, and I had to suggest to her that she walk over to it and read the front of the card. She did and was surprised. And she loved the butterfly. That night I took her Cajun dancing at the Four Columns where we met up with my brother, Paul and his wife Joyce, who introduced us to a bunch of their friends. Live Cajun band, hot dinner of sausage and lima beans over rice, and four hours of dancing all for $8 a piece. We all had a good time celebrating Del’s birthday evening together.

We missed the dance lessons because Del’s mom, Doris, had taken ill with a severe migraine. Del got her suppositories to stop the nausea and vomiting to keep from dehydrating. We had to wait until the night-time sitter arrived before we could leave. I called Del the next day and Doris was sitting up eating some soup in the LR. Del said her mom told her she had been to the Gates of Hell yesterday. I asked Del to ask her if she noticed a sign along the Road to Hell saying, “This Road paved with your good intentions!” Del said it hurt when she laughed. And laughs have been few and far between for Doris. This month she had another operation on her back, this time one of the lowest Thoracic vertebra, T10, was sealed with a kyphoplasty, an over-night stay after outpatient surgery. She has recovered fine, but it is still day-to-day as to whether she will get full relief from the severe back pain. Your prayers for Doris are most appreciated. As well as prayers for our patience in helping her through this period of trials.

A couple of days after Del’s birthday, I met some old Hahnville High School chums at the Casablanca Restaurant. There was no Sam playing “As Time Goes By” on a piano, but thirty years had gone by since we had last met for a meal together like this. It was great to get together with my Boutte buddies: Anna Kadak, Barbara Knoblock, Dot Duet, Shelby Duhe, and Sidney Montz. Del came just a little late, but in time to eat, and take the photo above. Anna and Barbara had each married men who worked in the Middle East, in Bahrain, Saudi, Algeria and other places so they ordered for us their favorite things. The Middle Eastern food with strange names tasted delicious, and we all enjoyed the meal and the camaraderie.

Del’s birthday week came to a close with another trip to Commander’s Palace, this time for dinner on Friday night compliments of our daughter, Kim, and her husband Wes. Kim had prepared a passel of gifts for Del to open at the table. Small, fun gifts which Del will treasure, but more than anything else, the thought, the love, and the hard work that went into assembling them. The last of Del’s four, Stoney, came to New Orleans to visit the following Tuesday and stayed with us till Saturday as he looked for a home in the New Orleans area to live in when he moves back from Baltimore this summer. Nearly 12 years he’s been gone from home, in Baton Rouge, in the Air Force in Saudi, in South Carolina, and then in Maryland, and now he’s shortly going to be returning to New Orleans. He’s made it clear he wants to live in the city eventually after Sam finishes high school. Our engagement calendar is due to fill up with Sam’s football games when he enters high school. He’s been playing football since forever it seems. Before Stoney left, he had placed an offer on a new house across the lake and had enough time to take in the first day of the Jazz Fest with his East Jefferson buddies.

At our annual visit across Lake Pontchartrain for Nobie and Kathleen's seafood boil there were boiled shrimp and crawfish filling several tables and dozens of hungry mouths. Jane Bayhi, Maureen's belle mere (mother-in-law to you non-Cajuns out there), was there as usual and as usual didn't like her picture took, so her son and my daughter made a "love sandwich" and gave us a chance to see Jane actually smiling. See photo.

Near the end of April, I innovated a new recipe. I had been cooking it up in my head for several months. I call it Seafood Jambalaya — it is our Recipe of the Month. I used the techniques I had developed for cooking a sausage jambalaya but with crawfish, shrimp, crabmeat, and oysters in place of sausage. For Sunday brunch, I heated a plateful of the jambalaya, placed a couple of soft fried eggs over it, and it made an absolutely wonderful dish. Reminded me of some of the brunch entrees from Commander’s Palace. The recipe is definitely a keeper.

I received a call from Julie Ginther of The Daily Reveille, the LSU Student newspaper. She asked me questions about the years I spent living in the North Stadium dormitory which is located between the seats of Tiger Stadium. Her article appeared on the front page and may still be read if you click on the link under the name of the paper above.

On Sunday we drove out to meet Burt and Renee in Meraux for dinner. First they took us on a tour of Jumonville North, a new community they’re building a subdivision for in the northern stretch of their family’s land. Fancy New Orleans-style street lights and convenient traffic rotaries highlight each corner. For dinner Renee fixed a wonderful dish which she called “shrimp with white sauce” and I dubbed “Shrimp Renee” — it was much too delicious for a mundane name. And her bread pudding was as delicious as the one we raved about at Commander’s a week before. Del brought some leftovers to Doris and Renee tells me she received a nice Thank You note from Doris. That’s how good it was — thank you note for leftovers! Friends and relatives of Doris should take heart that she is eating well — she gets leftovers like Shrimp Renee, Seafood Jambalaya, and such.

This past week my dad’s brother Purpy and his wife Maryann visited us from Florida. I met them for lunch at the New Orleans Food and Spirits on Lapalco where the food was delicious and the spirits were high. Daddy and Purpy were were eating with their sister Lydia and their ladies, Emily and Maryann when I arrived. After we ate, I invited them to play cards at Timberlane which was nearby(Photo above). Within minutes we were playing Pay Me! and Del was on the way home to join us. Del got into the second game and won most of the hands. We all had a great time and invited Aunt Maryann and Uncle Purpy to join us if possible for the next CODOFIL breakfast, first Saturday in May.

On a sad note, my shirt studs, which I loaned to a friend after our Arthurians Ball, have disappeared into the bowels of the US Postal dis-Service. My friend put the two studs into nested envelopes for safety and mailed them to me. I received an empty envelope. The gold studs with the mother-of-pearl faces had been squeezed from both envelopes through the edge by the automatic stamp-canceling machine. Some “thoughtful” person at the USPS had then carefully taped over the hole made in the envelope to protect its now empty contents! ! I had to make a trip to the jeweler’s to buy some new cufflinks and shirt studs for my Black Tie Tuxedo for my upcominmg reading. I led off our Shakespeare Society reading of the play“As You Like It” with these words by Celia, “I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry.” The evening performance went exactly as you like it — a Hit.

Till we meet again in these pages next month, my coz, be thee likewise merry.



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    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.):
    “Apocalypse (2002)” Spectacular movie with Richard Harris in one of his last starring roles as the Apostle John in his last years on Patmos. Imprisoned in a mine, he is safe from the Emperor Domician’s attempt to wipe out Christianity and especially the one remaining eye-witness to the Christ events almost a century earlier. Safe, until the son of a Roman general is planted as a spy in the mine. This Italian film does a great job of special effects showing a version of what John later wrote about in his Revelations, also called the Apocalypse.
    "Beyond Silence" (1996) Amazing German language movie about a deaf couple raising a hearing daughter. She would translate phone calls for her mom and dad, teachers conferences (imagine the power of creative translation), and her mom’s movies using sign language. But the one thing she wanted to do, play the clarinet, neither parent could appreciate. Till she moved to Berlin. A warm, wonderful, poignant and loving movie at many levels.
    “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995) Woody Allen seems to decide on the ending of the movie and creates the back story till the beginning builds to the end he wants to happen. Like in “Play It Again, Sam” – where he wanted to end a movie with the ending of the movie “Casablanca”. In Mighty Aphrodite he wanted two people to meet at the end of a movie and be raising each other’s child without knowing it. The Greek Chorus is a coup de grace — F. Murray Abraham and Olympia Dukakis star in the Chorus Line — they dance, they sing, they do Cole Porter, they do cameos during the movie (like Bogart in “Sam”), what more could Aristophanes hope for in modern film? If you haven’t seen this one, I can guarantee it will be still be watched when everyone has forgotten about Greek Gods and Choruses.
    “Spanglish” (2004) Christine Moreno has to write an essay to be admitted to Princeton on “The Most Influential Person in My Life” and this movie is the result. Her amazing letter fills the narrative gaps between marvelous scenes of her life with her mother. Abandoned in Mexico by her husband, Flor and her daughter come to Los Angeles where she becomes a full-time housekeeper, cook, and nanny for Adam Sandler and his occasionally functional family. Fun begins when Christine is forced to move in with the family for three summer months on the beach at Malibu. Flor has to learn English in order to raise her daughter. Turning point is when Flor tells Adam “No drink. Must keep clear head tonight.” Her Ego is so strong that she exerts a healing influence on everyone who comes around her. A fine movie you don’t want to end.
    “Eat Drink Man Woman” (1994) If we’d known this movie was remade into “Tortilla Soup” we would’ve watched it first. Hard to watch a predictable movie in a foreign language. Same plot lines, retired chef, widower with three girls who are ready to leave the family home. Both are great movies, but watch this one first. If you want to know what it’s all about, Alfie, think of the title of this movie, as the chef explains life to his assistant, Uncle Wen, “Eat drink, man woman.”
    “Vatel” (2000) was the Chief Steward to Condé the Sun King’s general who wanted to impress the King so he would be chosen to go to war against Holland. Gerard Depardieu did a masterful job playing the masterful steward, chef and festivities production manager. Marvelous staging, banquets, dancing, and behind-the-scenes shenanigans including a roll in the hay with Uma Thurman. Another movie full of food being prepared.
    “Malunde” (2001) An eleven-year-old black South African street boy is trying to locate his mother far away in the big city and foists himself on an unsuspecting traveling salesman selling tins of wax no one wants to buy. Soon Wonderboy is showing the Boer how to sell wax and a wonderful friendship slowly opens up the war-hardened and deadened hero and he undertakes the daunting task of returning Wonderboy to his mother. All English, no subtitles, and Wonderboy’s English is almost indecipherable, but this hardly detracts from the amazing story.
    “Hotel Rwanda” (2004) Amazing portrayal of a “war-of-all-against-all” — in this case between the Hutus and the Tutsis. What is sad is that these two so-called races did not exist before the Belgians created the distinction between them Over a million people lost their lives in this 1994 debacle. And the ones who began the problem left the country when the two sides began to kill each other. Don Cheadle deserved an Academy Award for his portrayal of the local Hutu left to run the hotel alone in a country run wild.
    “I Am David” (2003) a pre-teen boy escapes a WWII prison camp near Bulgaria alone with only the instructions from James Caviezel guide him to Denmark and a sealed letter he is not to open till he arrives in Denmark. He stows away as instructed on a boat to Italy and heads north, his only map a colorful label from a crate of tomato paste in the hold of the ship. The big question is will he ever learn to smile. A poignant and grueling story of survival. See also digest077.

    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.

    “Indigo” (2004) just goes to show how well you can make a movie with a low budget: not at all. This is a movie which strives mightily to rise above the defects of a poor script, untalented actors, bland directing, etc., and never makes it — not even close. The premise of kids with special abilities is lost in a maze of run-down old men, angry young men, scornful women, petulant children, and an angry audience which expects more from this film. So close to a DVD Stomper, but that wouldn't be fair, as we watched it all the way through in hopes for the best — which never arrived.
    “Birth” (2004) dies early on. If you wish to watch its slow death, you’re on your own. Great acting in a script which goes nowhere and stays there. This is as much about reincarnation as “Meet the Fockers” is about raising geniuses.
    “The Final Cut” (2004) for this movie was about 45 minutes too long. The producers took a fine premise for a movie and klutzed up the ending. Bummer. I wish I had gotten an Interference Tattoo before watching this movie so that my memory of watching it could never make the “final cut” for my Rememory Ceremony.
    “Sylvia” (2003) “Notably forgettable,” Del said about this one. “Can’t believe she gassed herself in an unlit oven with two children in the house.” This movie has all you want to know about the life of Sylvia Plath and less — a few of her poems about dying are read by a suicide-prone friend during the movie. Keep this one for one of those nights when you’re too busy to watch a movie and return it un-watched.
    “All You Need” (2001) is to avoid this one at all costs. Drunken mother, enabling father, and three dysfunctional daughters’s marriages. Food preparation begins this movie, but this pot-boiler goes nowhere fast and stays there.

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

    “Sideways” (2004) — an object lesson in why the Best Man should carry the rings that answers the question should the Groom have sex with strangers during the week before his wedding. A movie which moves from dull to depressing and back again with flashes of stupidity and naked bodies, mostly male ones. Makes you glad for winos, they just drink the stuff, not bore you with words about it. How about a little Chateau Libido to sip with the movie — a whine with a nutty, fruity aura best drunk while the groom is boffing another stranger. . .
    “After the Sunset” (2004) Peirce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in a funny heist movie. It’s not what happens after the sunset, but Salma aiming for the two of them to retire from diamond heists so they can go after the sunset together, that is, sit on the deck in the Bahamas and watch the sun go down in peace. A peace which is punctuated periodically by the comical ineptness of Agent Lloyd (Woody Harrelson) whose discomfiture the two find too tempting to resist. Thereupon lies a tale. Only flaw: a too slick jewel theft is difficult to raise suspense over.
    “Nearest to Heaven” (2002) The title comes from “An Affair to Remember” when Deborah Kerr looks up to the Empire State Building and says the line. The title is as close as this movie comes to heaven at any level. Entranced by the movie, Catherine is determined to relive it, to meet her lover at the top of that building. Deneuve! What happens on the way to the top is William. Will he get the girl or be Hurt in the end?
    “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998) A British version of “Pulp Fiction” with a twist of “Enemy of the State” where a guy gets ripped off by the Porno King of a half million pounds in a rigged poker game which money he now has to repay. When he asks to his three buddies help him, they grab some money and lose the money a couple of times and they wind up with only two old shotguns, worthless we think. Gory, bloody, dark scenes, seamy characters, but full of surprises and enough humor to make the end result enjoyable.
    “Stealing Home” (1999) with Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster — one of those long trips home for a funeral spent in flashbacks. Ever see a guy steal home from third base while the pitcher was preparing to deliver a pitch? I haven’t, but Mark manages it twice, at the beginning and end of the movie. In between he steals home in the body of the movie to scatter Jodie’s ashes in someplace she said he’d know, but he doesn’t. A movie about growing up and staying young.
    “The Story of the Weeping Camel” (2003) A documentary of a family living on the steppes of Asia. A camel gives birth to a white baby camel and will not accept it for nursing. A violinist is called in to serenade the camel who weeps while the music is playing and gradually allows the baby camel to nurse. No sex, violence, crime, or scripted animal handlers — just real life folks. Yes, this is a tear-jerker, folks, but only for camels.
    “Go Fish” (2000) — a film by Lawrence Simeone about a hyperactive retarded child now grown into a man and his three infantile older siblings who are facing having to take care of Timmy now that his dad and mom have both died. A dark movie about the seamy side of family politics when three separated siblings meet to decide Timmy’s fate and their own.
    “Blind Horizon” (2004) with Val Kilmer as an amnesiac hit man who is trying to recover his memory in time to keep from shooting the president. Val at his scruffiest and hardly a glimpse of his “Ice” smile from “Top Gun”.
    “The Triplets of Belleville” (2003) a wacky animated movie which gives new meaning to “animated” — how many times can you watch an animal (dog Bruno) run up the stairs to bark at a passing train? Movie begins with a B&W reel of the “triplets”, three gals who played in vaudeville. Then our Champion’s grandma meets them as aged eccentrics and together they strive to rescue Champion from his kidnappers.

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    This may be a true story, I don't know for shore, me.

    Boudreaux had 50-yard-line tickets for the 2004 BCS Sugar Bowl. As he sat down, a man came down and asked Boudreaux if anyone would be sitting in the seat next to him.

    "Mais, non", said Boudreaux, "Dat seat be empty, yeah."

    "That's incredible," said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Sugar Bowl, the biggest sporting event of the year for LSU, the SEC champions, the first time since 1987 they make it to the Sugar Bowl — where they are playing Oklahoma for the National Championship yet, and then not use it?"

    Boudreaux said, "Mais, dat seat belong wit me. Dat's my wife Marie's seat. I wuz comin' wit my wife, but Marie, she done pass on. Dis be de first L.S. and U. football game we don't come wit each udder since we bin married in 1960."

    "Oh...I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else — a friend, a relative, or even a neighbor to take the seat?

    Boudreaux shook his head sadly. "Mais non, Sha, dey all be at de funeral."

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for May, 2005 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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    Seafood Jambalaya

    Background on Seafood Jambalaya: I had made sausage and meat-based jambalaya for over twenty years when I decided to try to re-create the flavor in a seafood based jambalaya. The big challenge to make this jambalaya moist without the natural oils of the sausage and other meats. Give it a try and see if you agree that it is possible to make a delicious jambalaya using only seafood.


    2 lbs peeled shrimp
    2 lbs peeled crawfish
    1 lb lump crabmeat
    1 qt of oysters

    5 stalks of celery
    2 yellow onions
    1 bunch of parsley
    3 bunches green onions
    1 large green bell pepper
    2 or 3 leeks (optional)
    1 lb fresh mushrooms
    1 Tbsp chopped garlic

    Bertolli’s Extra Lite Olive Oil
    shrimp powder
    Salt, Pepper, Tony’s, Zatarain’s Liquid Crab Boil, Olive Oil Lite
    4 Cups of Wild/Long Grain Rice cooked.

    Chop greens and mushrooms. Let shrimp and crawfish soak in water with a ½ capful of Zatarain’s Shrimp/Crab Boil.

    Cooking Instructions
    In large 10 qt cooker, saute greens in Bertolli’s Extra Lite Olive Oil. As greens are being cooked completely, open center of pot and add some juice from the oysters. Bring to boil, then add mushrooms, crawfish, shrimp, crabmeat, and oysters a little at a time, bring to boil for about 4 minutes, then mix into greens and add some more. The idea is to ensure the seafood is cooked without overcooking. Shrimp, crawfish and oysters shrink as they are cooked past the point of done. Generally 5 minutes in boiling liquid is plenty, but they will cook slightly in the pot after the boiling, so about 4 minutes in the boiling liquid is fine. When all the seafood and mushrooms are cooked into the greens this way, lower to a simmer, if the rice is newly cooked and still hot. Mixture should look this way before you add the rice. [If you are going to add cold already-cooked rice to the pot, either microwave the rice first or keep the heat under the main pot until the rice mixture is all hot.] The dish is done except for final seasoning with Tony Chachere’s Seasoning, Malabar black pepper and sea salt to taste.

    Serving Suggestion for Leftovers
    For extra savor, add a pat of butter to each dish before serving, when re-heating a day or so later. Next morning heat a plateful in microwave for 2 mins while frying a couple of over-easy eggs (or poaching them). Add eggs to top of jambalaya and you have a Sunday Brunch entree worthy of Commander's Palace. Freeze some in tubular form in a Ziplock for incorporation into jambalaya omelette later. Use the recipe at this link and modify for using this jambalaya.

    Other options
    Note: This is a FOUR CUP recipe. Cut ingredients by half for TWO CUP recipe. For first time, prepare Wild Rice/Long Grain Rice ahead of time and have ready. Click here for recipe for rice.

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    6. POETRY by BOBBY from Yes, And Even More! :
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           Choose for the Best

    “What does EAT-O-TWIST mean?”
    Everything Allways Turns Out The Way It’s Supposed To.
    “Yes, but what do you suppose that means?”
    I suppose that means:
    Whatever one wants to be happening
    Whatever one is afraid of happening
          will happen.

    “How am I supposed to choose for the best?”
    Whatever you want,
           you create with your will,
    Whatever you’re afraid of,
           you create with your will,
    And whatever you will
           you will create a memory in the future
           which will seed the action in your present,
           in your presence.

    Yes, and even more.
    “Even more?”
    Yes, you get to choose:
    Whatever you will
           Whenever you will
    You will create a memory of the future
    to seed the action in your present,
           in your presence.

    “I suppose I’m supposed to choose my supposing
           very carefully.”
    Yes, that’s what EAT-O-TWIST means.

    “Do you suppose I’ll ever learn?”
    If you suppose you will, it will turn out
           that you will.

    “Oh, EAT-O-TWIST!”

    Poemlet Notes on "Choose for the Best": Written on June 1, 1998. This poemlet helps explain EAT-O-TWIST in some detail, which explanation is long over due, some might say. I say, EAT-O-TWIST!
    Note (1): EAT-O-TWIST is a useful epithet to use when things happen to you that you don't understand. It becomes a reminder to yourself that whether good or bad, the things which occur to us are part of our own plan for our life which is systematically unfolding. How is this possible? God knows. (For more info, see MR#10 and MR#36)

    Note (2): A word about my new book of poems, Yes, And Even More!, from which this poemlet is taken. The poemlets are conversations between two people. One person's words have quotes around them; the other persons words do not. The eponymous phrase "Yes, and even more" will appear one or more times in the conversation. It is a reminder that reality is allways more than we speak about with the maps we erect using words. You may be thinking "Does Bobby expect me to believe that?" and you would be right. Yes, and even more.

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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: Move Ahead with Possibility Thinking by Robert H. Schuller

    If you, dear Reader, wish to understand possibility thinkers, maybe even become one, you must first be able to recognize impossibility thinkers. Schuller gives us this précis of impossibility thinkers:

    [page 2] Impossibility thinkers are people who make swift, sweeping passes over a proposed idea, scanning it with a sharp negative eye, looking only for the distasteful aspects. They look for reasons why something won't work instead of visualizing ways in which it could work. So they are inclined to say "No" to a proposal, never giving the idea a fair hearing. Impossibility thinkers are people who immediately, impulsively, instinctively, and impetuously react to any positive suggestion with a sweeping, unstudied, irresponsible assortment of reasons why it can't be done, or why it is a bad idea, or how someone else tried it and failed, or (and this is usually their clinching argument) how much it will cost! They are people who suffer from a perilous mental malignancy I call the impossibility complex. They are problem imaginators, failure predictors, trouble visualizers, obstacle envisioners, exaggerated-cost estimators.
    If you are surrounded by friends who are impossibility thinkers, then it's time to replace those so-called friends with possibility thinkers. These special people are fewer in number, but one or two possibility thinkers in your world can replace a whole passel of impossibility thinkers. Schuller compares possibility thinkers to the California hummingbird which lives in the desert where blooms are few and far between.
    [page 2] He jets over the wasteland and spots a bright flower blooming on a remote cactus. He dives down, spearing the blood-red heart of the sweet desert blossom, and drinks his honey. When others finds nothing to eat, the hummingbird finds a flower. In his way, he is a possibility thinker.
    Would you like to become a possibility thinker? Tune into Robert Schuller and the Hour of Power each Sunday. Check out the website. And get yourself a copy of this book to read from cover to cover. It's the best way to start. I know. I did it myself.

    2.) ARJ2: The Reasons of Love by Harry G. Frankfurt

    How should a person live?

    This is the question that Frankfurt poses to us and answers in the course of this book. Although he is a philosopher, he proposes to deal with this question, not with some abstract theory, but in a concrete, personal way.

    He strives to show us how the answer to this question bears on "how we conduct ourselves" and "how we experience our lives."

    It is important to note outright that how we experience our lives bears directly upon how we conduct ourselves and vice versa - the two processes are recursive and operate upon each other.

    Loving is a way we conduct ourselves vis-a-vis the world and it is also a way we experience ourselves in the course of our conduct.

    3.) ARJ2: Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke

    This is a book which one can open and read at any point and find a treasure. Or one can read it as a continuous paean to Orpheus sung by Rilke. Orpheus was the minstrel who sang so sweetly as he played his lyre that, after his beloved wife died, he was allowed to leave Hades with Eurydice on the condition that he not turn to look at her until they were safely home. He does turn, and she is pulled back into Hades. One must know at least this much to appreciate the sonnets that Rilke sings to Orpheus — how he conjures up Orpheus’ trek into Hades and back in the course of the book.

    [page 3, Sonnet 1]
    A tree stood up. Oh pure uprising!
    Orpheus is singing! Oh tall tree in the ear!

    Thus Rilke begins. And from these beginning lines, David Young was introduced to these sonnets by a German teacher who had trouble grasping the metaphoric flights of Rilke: "There was a German poet who had a tree in his ear." One should not expect a teacher of German to be a poet simply because some Germans were poets. But, poet or not, to that teacher we owe in some way this book, this translation of Rilke. Also! Viel Danke!

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    1. Padre Filius Reads see a New Orleans Bumper Sticker 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 share us on some amusing or enlightening aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations.

    This month the good Padre sees a Variation on the Civic Pride Bumper Sticker: "New Orleans -- Proud to Call Home."

    2. Art as a Bootstrap Process

    You cannot understand the essence of my essay titled, Art is the Process of Destruction, unless you can also understand the bootstrap paradox and how the bootstrap process works, in your life, in the world of art, and in the computer you are likely using to read or used to print out these words you are reading. Without a bootstrap process, a computer is dead, defunct, moribund, lacking the ability to do anything useful. If you have had your favorite computer become unable to boot-up you knows how useless such a computer is. The technical terms for such a computer are "night light", "heater", or "boat anchor". But what is the bootstrap process and why is it called that in the first place? To answer these questions, I will share a footnote I just added to my essay. First the passage footnoted then my words from the footnote.

    [From Essay] The thought hit me with shattering force: Art is the process of destruction! But, but, but, but, . . . the word kept repeating itself in my mind as I was forced to re-examine all the conventional wisdom that this brief insight had destroyed.
    Note how my initial insight was an example in process of what I came later to express in content in the phrase "art is the process of destruction". This is an example of the bootstrap paradox at work. I have written on this paradox in several dozen reviews and essays which you can find by doing a Google on "bootstrap" for this website. Check this one for a complete discussion of the bootstrap paradox.

    Simply put, you cannot load a program into a computer without a program in the computer which loads programs. The computer must be able to do in process a capability it wishes to load in content. That is, the computer wants to load a "program loader" program (programs are always content), but it needs to already have the ability to load (load means run a program by the central processing unit or CPU, therefore "in process") a program to get the program loader into itself. (It's the computer equivalent of a lumberjack lifting himself off the ground by tugging on his own bootstraps — now you know why it's called a bootstrap program and the process is called booting up or rebooting.)

    Thus, a handwired bootstrap program must be included in every computer sold. In the old days of mini-computers we had to hand key the primitive bootstrap loader every time we turned on the power; today it's done for us automatically. The bootstrap loader that our modern computers use has of necessity to be hand-coded for the first time by a computer designer at the factory.

    Let me make myself clear about how my initial insight is an example of the bootstrap paradox or process. The phrase "convential wisdom" expresses a sameness, a stagnant map of the territory of life. The insight, when it hit me like a gale, blew the stale air of conventional wisdom right out the window and, with that defenestration, left behind the exhilarating fresh air of a Spring morning. It's like what happens inside of a moribund computer when the reboot buttons are hit — everything inside the computer springs to life and your screen becomes active again. What happened inside of me was exactly the process of the destruction of sameness that the phrase "art is the process of destruction" refers to in content.

    Open the doors and windows of the soul, an insight has arrived and newness has entered the world! Let the oxen tremble!

    3. When the Oxen Tremble

    There is a wonderful footnote on page four of Harry Frankfurt’s The Reasons of Love which I was unable to find a place to use in my review but I would like to share with you, dear Reader.

    [page 4 footnote] Aristotle is talking here, of course, about the Pythagorean theorem. There is a nice story about this. When Pythagoras made his extraordinary discovery, he was profoundly shaken by the nearly incredible, and nearly unintelligible, but nonetheless rigorously demonstrable fact that the square root of two is not a rational number. He was stunned by the recognition that there is something that, in Aristotle's words, "cannot be measured by even the smallest unit." Now in addition to being a mathematician, Pythagoras was the leader of a religious cult; and he was so deeply moved by his theorem — by its revelation of the mysteriously nonrational character of mathematical reality — that he ordered his followers in the cult to sacrifice a hundred oxen. The story is that, ever since then, whenever a powerful new truth is discovered, the oxen tremble.
    Oxen were more familiar animals back in Pythagoras’s time than they are today. One couldn’t feed one’s family in ancient Greece unless one had at least one oxen to pull a plow. Oxen are less common today, but this story shows the intimate connection between the thoughts of humans and the domesticated animals such as oxen whose very lives are affected by thoughts of the humans they live in a symbiotic relationship with. boa

    When Doyle Henderson first got the idea that feelings are recapitulations of stored bodily states (doyles), certainly the oxen must have trembled. Then later he discovered that if someone went below five years old while removing a doyle, the doyle never returned, but if that same someone only went to six or seven or eight years old during a trace the doyle would later return. Again the oxen must have trembled as the truth of the Memory Transition Age (MTA) of five years old was discovered. Later I did my first doyle trace and discovered that one only needed to go back before the age at which the doyle was stored to erase it (convert the doylic memory into a cognitive memory), not cycle above and below as Doyle was having folks do until then. This signaled the birth of the simplified and very fast speed trace which opened the possibility of removing doyles by everyone all over the world and led to the founding of the science of doyletics . . . and surely the oxen trembled.

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