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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Sandra Dee (1942-2005) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Movie Star of 1950s and 60s ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #056 Published June 1, 2005 ~~~
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Quote for the Busting-Out-All-Over Month of June:

Movie Quotation:
Man: “Fools get away with the impossible.”
Woman: “That’s because they’re the only ones who try it.”

— spoken by Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, in “His Kind of Woman”(1951 B&W movie)

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. June's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for June
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Redfish Courtboullion Sloppy Jeaux Sandwich
6. Poem from Yes, and Even More!:"Listen Carefully"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for June:

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
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
2006: Jan#061,Feb#062,Mar#063,Apr#064,May#065,Jun#066,Jul#067,Aug#068,Sep#069,Oct#06a,Nov#06b,Dec#06c
2007: Jan#071,Feb#072,Mar#073,Apr#074,May#075,Jun#076,Jul#077,Aug#078,Sep#079,Oct#07a,Nov#07b,Dec#07c
2008: Jan#081,Feb#082,Mar#083,Apr#084,May#085,Jun#086,Jul#087,Aug#088,Sep#089,Oct#08a,Nov#08b,Dec#08c
2009: Jan#091,Feb#092,Mar#093,Apr#094,May#095,Jun#096,Jul#097,Aug#098,Sep#099,Oct#09a,Nov#09b,Dec#09c
2010: Jan#101,Feb#102,Mar#103,Apr#104,May#105,Jun#106,Jul#107,Aug#108,Sep#109,Oct#10a,Nov#10b,Dec#10c
2011: Jan#111,Feb#112,Mar#113,Apr#114,May#115,Jun#116,Jul#117,Aug#118,Sep#119,Oct#11a,Nov#11b,Dec#11c
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2014: Jan#141,Feb#142,Mar#143,Apr#144,May#145,Jun#146,Jul#147,Aug#148,Sep#149,Oct#14a,Nov#14b,Dec#14c
2015: Jan#151,Feb#152,Mar#153,Apr#154,May#155,Jun#156,Jul#157,Aug#158,Sep#159,Oct#15a,Nov#15b,Dec#15c
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1. June Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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For newcomers to the Digest, we have created a webpage of all the Violet-n-Joey cartoons! Check it out at: Also note the rotating calendar and clock that follows just to the right of your mouse pointer as you scroll down the page. You'll also see the clock on the 404 Error page if you make a mistake typing a URL while on the website.

The Violet-n-Joey Cartoon page is been divided into two pages: one low-speed and one high-speed access. If you have Do NOT Have High-Speed Access, you may try this Link which will load much faster and will allow you to load one cartoon at a time. Use this one for High-Speed Access.

Beginning in June, 2005, Violet and Joey talk about Dr. Andrew J. Galambos and his pioneering work in freedom — how he provides the basis for a true government of the free, by the free, and for the free. This month Violet says she'll wait for the book. That book, only a promise in 1982 when Bobby was taking course V50T and drawing these cartoons, is available from booksellers today.

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Each month I 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 June are:

Barbara Knobloch Gasperetti in Arkansas

Penny Doerries in Dallas

Congratulations, Barbara and Penny!

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Out Our Way:
One of our joys at the beginning of each month is to attend the CODOFIL Breakfast. The first one we attended was this past April, and an article appearred in the Times-Picayune about it. Check out this link to find out about the breakfast: Thanks to Anna Keller for sending this link along.JB Borel, President of the chapter, came over to Timberlane afterwards for some of my redfish courtboullion and a lesson in "Pay Me!" which we played together with Paul and Joyce for a couple of hours. JB showed his beginner's luck and was the big winner of the day. My luck was bad in cards, but I decided to try my hand at Scrabble against Del that evening. I was well ahead most of the game till Del got “wickets” for 150 points — I stayed within five points of her till I got bogged down with two U’s and three other vowels and Del crossed my “zoo” into “zoom” in the upper right corner and I never got within 50 points of her after that.

Later in the month I attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Les Amies du CODOFIL Rive Ouest and have included a couple of photos of the event below. Got to visit the Gretna Community Center, a lovely, spacious new building on Monroe Street I had not been to before, for the celebration. There's a rumor that our home may be incorporated into the City of Gretna proper, so we'll become residents instead of ersatz residents by virtue of the US Postal Service's city assignment to our street address. Currently we're officially in the unincorporated section of Jefferson Parish with a ZIP of Terrytown and a City of Gretna. Go figure.

Speaking of the City of Gretna, a color photo of an artist's rendering of two 16-story Condominiums appeared on the front page of the Times-Picayune this month. See above Photo. These condos will be built to the downriver side of the Richards' Bldg which Del's mom, Doris, owns. It will block her view of a beautiful tank farm and add to her property values. The condo project is in review by the Gretna City Council currently and construction could start in 2007. This would be a major upgrade to the formerly all-heavy industry riverfront area downriver from the Gretna-Jackson Avenue Ferry. The Publicker Alcohol Co. owned the property and ran a distillery there during the War and my dad, Buster Matherne, worked there when things were slow at the distillery at Nine Mile Point where he usually worked.

A few years ago Buster was talking to Dick, my father-in-law. Dick loved to drink J.W. Dant, and said his father always told him to always drink at least 100 proof whiskey (like Dant) because it had no fusel oil in it." Buster said in reply, "Yeah, we used to skim the fusel oil from the top of the alchol vats at Publicker." Now, I took advanced organic chemistry and never heard of fusel oil, but here was my dad and Del's dad chatting and both of them knew what it was. It's a high-carbon chain alcohol with an unpleasant smell which is created as a by-product of distillation. It is insoluble in ethyl alcohol and can be removed by skimming. I seriously doubt that 89 Proof whiskey has anymore fusel oil than 100 Proof, by the way, as the Proof is creating by later dilution with water.

The month of May was filled with glorious weather, and we improved the dry, clear, and cool days by working in our garden. The hill of mulch was leveled and tilled into the extension of the round garden as we planned a year ago. In addition, I liberally applied some Bio-Dynamic Barrel Compost to the garden. In the isthmus we inserted the tub for our water garden.

We brought home a King of Siam lotus plant, which cost so much money I told Del we had to give it a name and make it a member of the Timberlane family. Her name is Aubergine because of her delicate eggplant color. After a few days I noticed lots of mosquito larvae swimming in the water around Aubergine, so I went to PetSmart and asked, “What eats mosquito larvae?” “Goldfish came the answer,” as I expected and I bought 2 dozen small goldfish, 3 larger ones, and a small koi (biggest of the fish). On the shelf I noticed a package of mosquito larvae for feeding fish. I laughed. The air provides enough mosquitos to create larvae around here. Must be for indoor aquariums. But I doubt I would want mosquitos growing in my aquarium and have to depend on the fish eating all of them inside of our home before they matured. Soon we had the new garden all situated with lotus, fish, and flowers and some photos of the initial condition are in this Digest.

After three weeks, Aubergine is blooming her heart out with three blooms each day, the goldfish seem to have stabilized, and the archway we placed over the water garden has its blue potato flower vine growing up the trellised sides and blooming. In addition, we now have a new edible product from our garden for the first time: an avocado is growing in the tree I planted about a dozen or so years ago. Next year we hope to have enough for weeks of Audrey Avocadoes prepared freshly picked from our own tree.

Had a marvelous lunch with Del’s school chum, Ginger and her hubbie, Buster Thiele, at the Bon Ton Restaurant on Magazine Street downtown New Orleans. Del and Ginger talked without stopping, and Buster and I talked without stopping. His name is actually Henry, but I like calling him Buster which is also my dad’s nickname. We swapped recipes and cooking stories, I told him the “crate” Boudreaux story which graces our Digest this month, and we enjoyed our memories of New Orleans. He calls what he and Ginger did by moving to Michigan and starting a business, “reverse carpetbagging” — going North and bringing back a carpet bag full of Yankee money and laughing all the way! We owe Ginger and Buster a visit up in Michigan some summer when Doris is recovered and we are able to travel again. See photos.

Seated in the table next to us at the Bon Ton was Charlotte Ford, a friend of ours we hadn’t seen for many years. Neither I, Del or Charlotte could believe it’s been almost thirty years (BD) since Charlotte and I dated. (BD= Before Del)

The first week of the month, writing-wise, was devoted to an enormous database project which will likely not make much sense to those of you who are not readers of Rudolf Steiner. I created a Study Guide for Steiner’s most famous work, “The Philosophy of Freedom,” based on the results of Tom Last’s extensive and intensive study of the book. By his estimate he has spent about 7,000 hours reading and re-reading this one book and each time he has extracted new spiritual insights. The database I created allows readers easy access to the insights of Tom by tables of hyperlinks which access index card size passages from the book. See my review blurb below for more detail.

My daughter, Maureen, called to invite us to her son Gabriel’s first chance to blow his horn in public: a 6th grade concert. Gabe is already in both the beginning and the advanced band section. The concert featured an original piece of drumming music that was stirring and dramatic. Rose Bowl parade quality, I told Jay Haydel the band leader. He’s trying to get a $2million fine arts center built for John Quicy Adams Middle School and I wish him the best. What’s he’s doing with those middle-schoolers is amazing. Also amazing was “Bahama Bayhi” with her Cowbell Trio. See photo.

After the concert, we took Gabe out to eat. He wanted a hamburger at Burger King afterward so we took him. Was my first time in Burger King in twenty years or so. Rather unappetizing place I thought, but we had a good time with Gabe and then drove him home. Maureen showed us how she painted Steve’s new storage shed in back yard. Looks like a Hansel and Gretel cottage in the forest. (See bottom of Digest.) She had just finished the flagstone walkway to the shed when we arrived.

On May 8, after Mass at St. Joseph’s, I drove to Del's mom's building and went upstairs with her to present Doris her birthday card and present from me. I waited till she had opened Del’s present and card. When she opened Del’s card, she thanked me for it. I then handed her the one I’d labeled “Belle Mere” which is Cajun for Mother-in-Law. She was looking good that day although still in her robe with no make-up on. Later that afternoon, however, she fell flat on her back between kitchen and LR while turning around. Del gave her some pain pills and she seemed to be no worse for the wear. Within a few days, the pain was bad and Del took her to the emergency room to get back X-Rays. They showed no break. Slowly Doris is recuperating from this latest setback and as the photo of her and Del shows, she can still manage a genuine smile for her favorite photographer.

Update on Doyle Henderson’s health. He had a close call this past month and ended up hospitalized for about a week. His heart stopped working. He had been having trouble breathing and had checked himself into the Acute Care facility. They quickly rushed him into intensive care and put him on oxygen. The doctor had just come to talk to him when I reached him in his room a few days later. Thanks to Warren Liberty for letting me know of Doyle’s condition. The doctor said he would be released shortly and that he had a few good years left. Doyle was in great spirits in spite of the close call. As many of you would suspect, he has no “fear doyles” left, having traced them away over the years. He says it’s difficult to find alternate words to express his concern without using feeling-loaded words which do not represent his fear-free state. The best he can do is say, “I’m concerned.” He’s back in his motorhome in Redlands, California, so far as I know.

One Friday afternoon John and Kristin brought grandsons Kyle and Collin over. I showed them how to watch the fish in the water garden while holding onto the arbor, which they both learned to do very well. Kyle loves the sandplay box already. He's still in the sifting stage, but we got him to become aware that he’s not to drop sand on the floor of the North Portico. I showed him how to build a school, a church, and house and I think he picked that up. Collin was interested in finding a lizard to take home with him, but wanted Del or me to catch the lizard for him. John tried, but couldn’t get one and we demurred. John and Kristin had a fancy dinner at the Ritz-Carlson downtown and we tucked the boys in for the night in the guest bedroom. About 3 AM I heard Kyle crying a bit and found him standing beside the bed looking all lost. I picked him and tucked him between me and Del and we all slept peacefully till about 7 AM. Was a great visit.

One Sunday we drove to Camp Street to the quaint cottage of Bruce and Melissa Gordon for a 60th birthday party. (see photo at top) Their master bath has a mural across the tub by artist Melissa Smith. A lot of club members were there, several CG Jung Society folks, and other friends of the honoree Battle Bell were there. Battle came on time and was duly surprised when we shouted surprise and began singing Happy Birthday to him. Melissa Gordon asked if I’d come up with a question to ask Battle [a Jungian analyst] and I came up with this:

“Name a famous New Orleans Hotel on Canal and LaSalle streets, a famous Swiss psychiatrist, and a adjective for someone who is under 60 years old.”
The answer is of course, phonetically, “young”, even though New Orleanians always mis-pronounce it as the "Juhng" Hotel instead of the "Yuhng" Hotel. Battle’s eyes lit up with recognition and he sheepishly mumbled “young”, but several people didn’t know the answer and had to ask him to repeat it, so he shouted, “YOUNG!”

Our fourplex kept me busy on and off this month again. This time it was some electrical problems stirred up by a cable guy moving stuff around. We needed a section of gas pipe replaced and a grounding rod installed from the electrical distribution system.

One night while waiting for Del to fix the popcorn before our movie du jour, I caught the ending clip of an original Kojak episode with Angie Dickenson and Telly Savalas. Telly never said a single word as Angie did an incredible, dramatic scene of confession. The two of them walked outside where the arresting cops greeted her and she entered the police car to drive away. Not a single word from either of them, but I was riveted to the screen. A knowing look and sympathetic nod from Kojak before they closed the door. As the car with blinking yellow light above it drove down the water puddled night-time city street, Kojak slowly walked down the same path it took down the street, looking ever so much like Jimmy Durante in his famous spotlight exit on his 1950s tv show. Wow.

When we were invited to Battle’s party, his wife Susan said, “Don’t bring gifts.” So we didn’t, but I took home a gift from the party — a summer cold. Achoo! This has slowed me down a little the last week of the month, but unfortunately not enough to stay away from LSU baseball games on radio in the SEC tourney. Are they saving their all for Omaha? Hard to know — their bats have been silent on the issue. One can only hope that dreams of another World Series Championship will wake up their bats in June.

Great news: Del's mom came over to Timberlane for a visit — first trip out except to doctor in many months. She had only gotten verbal reports about the new water garden, the new bench, the flowers in the newly expanded center garden, etc. When Doris arrived, she walked out to water garden to meet Aubergine and her playmates, the goldfish and Koi. She loved what Del did with the garden. Then she came inside and looked at the photos of Kyle and Collin’s visit and Battle's party. The photo of Del and Doris smiling was taken on that day. She's not free of pain, but she's building up her strength a bit every day. Thanks for all of your prayers — they are most appreciated.

Added a new stained glass panel to the bottom of the window between Del and my desks. Del inspired me to find this panel with her comment a week earlier as she sat on the East Portico looking through the window into our office area, “That window sure looks tacky with all the equipment showing through the window.” Now it looks elegant.

Del’s cousin Lovee and her son David Moore came to visit Del and her mom. She lives in Virginia and David in San Diego and New Orleans was a central meeting place where they could also visit relatives.

The month is ending in a syzygy of converging activity: Del’s son Jim and his lady Gina are visiting from Beaumont with their two kids, Kirt and Amanda. Jim’s coming to my poker night. Grandson Chris Bayhi is graduating from Bonnabel. That’s just the planned activity for the long Memorial Day weekend. May you all have a blessed and safe holiday weekend. Till next month. Bobby


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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.):
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005)— that’s the Milky Way, not the Ford Galaxy, but Arthur Dent’s buddy, Ford, seems to own the Galaxy and know how to hop a ride almost anywhere in it, which when you use the Improbability Drive is where you are likely to end up. Trillian, Zaphod, and the planet designer all show up in hilarious fashion. Alan Blackman as the depressed robot is a hoot! Just wait till we meet at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and we can all talk about our favorite parts. Till then, 42!
“Two Family House” (2000) in Staten Island about a singer who gave up his big chance to be a crooner with Arthur Godfrey because of his insecure wife. All wives grow up, but her insecurity grew with her. After helping Buddy to fail in all his endeavors to stand on his own, she failed at stopping his tavern. Narrated by the current owner of Buddy’s Tavern who tells the story of how Buddy came into his and his mother’s life. A poignant, lovely, and romantic story from beginning to end about a man who had to dump his millstone wife so he could just stand up like a man.
“The Girl of Your Dreams” (1998) is a movie about making a Spanish movie in pre-WWII Nazi Germany. All dialogue in Spanish and German with translations back and forth into each other. Spanish cast speaks too fast to read the subtitles in English. But all of it is magical fun for a whole two hours. Penelope Cruz is spectacular and I’m sure she was singing and dancing in my dreams for nights after I watched this delightful movie.
“The Englishman who Went up the Hill and Came Down a Mountain” (1995) was Hugh Grant, who else? A cartographer and surveyor, Grant and his rotund pal have to measure the height of a local hill/mountain in Wales. Problem is: the hill vs mountain distinction is 1000 and the local prominence measures out at 984. Locals decide to build a mound on the top which is subsequently blessed by the good Reverend and Hugh and Betty, each in their own inimitable fashion.
“A Love Song for Bobby Long” (2004) — a movie set and filmed in New Orleans and in Gretna, along the river mostly, about an aging English professor who left Auburn under mysterious circumstances and lived in a beat-up house near the river with recently deceased Lorraine and his former teaching assistant who was working on a novel. Another movie where the novel being written during the movie becomes the movie. Travolta is at his seedy best as Bobby and Scarlet Johansson sparkles as Purslane, Lorraine’s estranged daughter. Slow movie at first, but gets better as it goes along, like Bobby.
“Suspect Zero” (2004) A suspenseful thriller with Ben Kingsley in the background being pursed as a serial killer. Agent Mackelway gets lots of clues, but stays one step behind the killer until he finally meets Kingsley.
“Color of Paradise” (1999) A heart-wrenching portrayal of a young Irani boy of about 10 years old who waits for his dad to fetch him for summer vacation, but his dad doesn’t show up till very late in the day. Then his dad pleads with the administrators of the blind school to keep his son for the summer. But there’ll be no one there for the summer. So off to Grandma’s house with him while the dad works in the charcoal factory and tries to save money to get a replacement wife and mother for his three normal girls and his blind son. Mohammad is like a millstone around his father’s neck and one wonders if he will survive the summer. His teacher told him, “ God is invisible, so if you wish to experience God, you will have to feel him.” So the young man searches everywhere with his hands and at the end of the movie we see his hands light up and we know.
“Best of Laugh-In, Disk 1” (1968) Watched Feb 5 and March 25 episodes in full on DVD. This is the best of “Best Of” DVDs: two entire hour programs were on one disk. No compilation of disjointed sequences like Best of Carson. Brought back fond memories of the wildly popular variety show that was the forerunner of Saturday Night Live in many ways. It was not live, but carefully cut and edited without a studio audience because the audience took too much hand-holding between takes, Gary Owens said in the interview at the end.
“The Sea Inside” (2004) A young man is distracted for a few moments by a lovely lady and he dives into the sea which has become too shallow due to the tide going out and he breaks his neck and is paralyzed below the neck for 28 years, most of which was spent trying to commit suicide. Julie and Rosa come into his life in this movie — will either love him enough to kill him?
“The Whole Wide World” (1996) Out in west Texas a young man was writing Conan the Barbarian tales and shaking up the world with his audacity. In the same town was a genteel school teacher who wanted to become a writer in the best way. Together they forged a friendship and love affair which is poignantly told in this movie based on Novalyn Price’s book.

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.

“Primer — Will it work?” (2004) No. The time machine did but the movie didn’t. Disjointed movie which never came together to make sense as Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind both did in their own fashion. Geeks in a garage shop built this thing and want to use it to win the lottery, punch some guy in the snout, etc. Juvenile crap. Not even worth stomping!
"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (2004) — or how three orphaned kids whose specialties are inventing, reading, and biting can survive one catastrophe after another and outwit adults who either oblivious or evil. Put yourselves to bed and let the kids watch this one — they may be deluded into believing it.
“Mesmerized” (1999) with Jodie Foster as the teenage wife of John Lithgow in this dark drama which lightens up when . . . well, that’s the problem, it never lightens up.
“Anything Else” (2003) A daffy romance by Woody Allen who appears as an older comedian giving a younger comedian advice on life, love, and less. His charge’s only response is to talk to the screen as he were Alfie, but he’s no Jude Law. My advice: watch anything else than this movie.
“Book of Love” (2003) — the title song tells us all about the movie, “the book of love is a long boring thing”. A ménàge à trois — which just barely ménàges — involving a 15-yr-old boy, 28-yr-old woman and her husband.
“Swept Away” (2002) The plot of this Madonna turkey sandwich matches the blurb on the BlockBuster DVD jacket: it was blank. One Madonna Latin Dance as the only meat sandwiched between a slice of a surly rich bitch on a billionaire’s cruise who belittles the Italian crewman Giuseppe, calling him PeePee instead of Pepe like everyone else and the same rich bitch washed up on a deserted island with Pepe as his slave. Neither slice of white bread is believable or tasty.

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

“White Noise” (2005) Watching this movie is a lot like using radios and TV before digital tuning. Lots of noise being listened to and watched by folks trying to discern what program it was. Do it long enough and one will hear and see what one expects. I expected a better movie.
“Girl from Paris” (2002) — memorable scenes of her walking her goat herd along the path to the mountain pastures overlooking the Rhone valley. She came from an agricultural school in Paris to take over an isolated farm from an old man and run it herself after he left in 18 months. Story is of their almost relationship, which we are led to believe may have flourished after the credits rolled.
“Lost Boys of the Sudan” (2003) A documentary about some young men who nine years earlier scattered to safety into Kenya and survived the slaughter of their siblings and parents. Homeless since age ten, this is the story of some of them shipped off to Houston, Texas about age 19. They were on their own to cope with paying rent, electric stoves, automobiles, basketball, driver’s licenses, learning English, attending high school (if they could get in), and auto insurance, among many other things. A no-holds barred look at what happened to Peter and Santino, up close and personal.
“Phantom of the Opera” (2004) Opera usually puts me to sleep as did this movie when we watched the first half. On the next night we gave it another chance: the second half kept us awake, but still made us both wonder why we bothered to watch it. Having to wait till the end of the movie to find out who the phantom was is a bit of a stretch, don’t you think? Best not to watch this on a full stomach or any day of the week which ends in “day.” If you get sleepy, move to the middle of the movie. You won’t miss much. This gets a slight nudge from AAAC to Your Call.
“The Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou” (2004) seems to be a wacky take-off on Jacques Cousteau’s life or maybe it’s a mockumentary, who knows? Should have been called, “The Awkwardic Life.” The stupid red wool caps and the speedos were costume de rigeur for the crew and any lost sons who might show up. I felt all at sea during the whole movie and kept wondering what it was really about. Do you suppose Bill Murray (The Man who Knew Too Little) knew? Or did the meaning of the movie get Lost in Translation? Another slight nudge from AAAC to Your Call.
“Edges of the Lord” (2001) roams around the edges of a good movie without intruding on it. Title is a metaphor for the unsanctified bread from which the communion hosts are cut out for Catholic Mass. A Jewish boy whose life is saved by a Polish family who risks their own lives to save him from death in a concentration camp shows his gratitude by refusing to become a Catholic, only pretending to be one and eating only the “edges of the Lord”. Shows the life along the train routes to the death camps. On the edges of being of being rated an Avoid at All Cost.
“Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001) Two teenaged boys who roll in the hay with their girl friends, each other’s girl friends, an older lady Luise, any female who’ll stand still long enough. If you don’t watch out, it’ll be an eponymous “and your mama, too!” This movie is no day at the beach — it’s five days for the boys and Luise and one of them doesn’t return.
“The Aviator” (2004) Didn’t anyone care that Howard Hughes was tall and Leonardo DiCapricio is short? They must have used up all the short actors in Hollywood to make him seem tall. The movie was interesting, but not particularly entertaining — like a film of making sausage would be. Del and I were amazed to learn all the details of Hughes’ personal life, especially how he publicly lambasted the Senator in PanAm’s pocket, or how quickly and easily he made major decisions, like buying TWA, and how long it took him to wash his hands.
“Moonlight Mile” (2002) a disjointed plot about a guy whose fiancée is shot to death a week before the scheduled wedding. Dazed, he moves in with her parents and the true story of his life, the parents’ life, and Birdie the US Postal Girl’s life unfolds.
“Winter Sleepers” (1997) about a ski instructor and his lady friends and what happens after he leaves his keys in his new sports car while he enjoys a little afternoon delight. Two people die as a result of his slipup. And one is born.


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Boudreaux was getting married to Marie in a week and his buddies gave him a stag party a couple nights before the wedding. Things got a little rough and Boudreaux ended up going to the doctor who examined his sexual organ.

“Looks like we’re going to have to put it into a splint to make sure it heals out straight again, Boudreaux.”

As Boudreaux watched, the doctor took four tongue depressors and strapped them gently around the hurt organ.

The marriage went on as planned and on their honeymoon night they are at the New Orleans Fairmont Hotel in the Bridal Suite.

Marie comes out of the bathroom in her pretty Victoria's Secret negligee, looking all fresh and beautiful. Boudreaux’s eyes are riveted on her as she spreads open her frilly gown to reveal her charms and says seductively, “Look at this, Boudreaux, no man has been there before.”

Boudreaux gets up, drops his pajamas and says, “Mais, look at this, Marie, it’s still in the crate!”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for June, 2005 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Redfish Courtboullion Sloppy Jeaux Sandwich

Background on Redfish Courtboullion Sloppy Jeaux Sandwich : Anybody ready for something simple? Well, simple after you've mastered making Burkhardt Bread (though any good Stone-ground Whole Wheat Bread will do) and cooking Redfish Courtboullion (I doubt any other courtboullion will do). This quickie and delicious sandwich was dreamed up by my Chief Assistant Executive Chef and Taster, Adele Richards Matherne, whose olfactory nerves and tastebuds are unmatched. Del's creative imagination for culinary delights will be obvious to anyone who fixes this sandwich.

Some Leftover Redfish Courtboullion
One thick slice of Stone-ground Whole Wheat Burkhardt Bread

(or as close as you can get)
Blue Plate Mayonaise

Cooking Instructions
Warm up Leftover Redfish Courtboullion in Microwave.
Toast Slice of Burkhardt Bread.
Spread Blue Plate Mayo on one side.
Ladle courtboullion to cover one-half of BB Toast
Slice in half and eat while hot.

Serving Suggestion
Slice in half and eat while hot.

Other options

Talk about good, Cher!
Note: Have plenty of Scott Towels (Cajun napkins) ready to clean up afterwards.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Yes, and Even More!:
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Listen Carefully

“Peace be with you,”
      Christ told us from his Higher Self.

Listen to your Higher Self,
      that small, quiet voice inside you,
      call it God, if you will,
      and you will find peace, comfort, and ease.

Not listening to your Higher Self,
      surrounding yourself constantly
      with noise and distraction,
      is the source of all dis-comfort,
      the font of all dis-ease.

Listen Carefully: Notes: I penned this poem in the margin of page 63 of Tracks by Robyn Davidson on May 23, 1996. May have been driving at the time, no notes as to where I was. Converted into final poem on May 29, 1996.

On page 165 Robyn Davidson says, “If, as someone has said, ‘to be truly civilized, is to embrace disease,’ then Eddie [her Aborigine companion during desert trek] and his kind were not civilized.” It’s as though part of being civilized involves ignoring the pleas and urges of our Higher Self, up until now.

In a room full of noisy, importunate people, it’s very hard for a mute person to get one’s attention. This makes sense, if we consider that our Higher Self is like a mute partner: it communicates silently with feelings that can be easily missed in the hurly-burly of civilized life. To be an Aborigine, as Ms. Davidson discovered during her trek, is to walk silently through the desert, attentive to everything that moves within and without oneself. To be at peace with yourself, you need to provide the silence without that will allow you to pay careful attention to your Higher Self within.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for June:
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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: Study Guide to Philosophy of Freedom by Tom Last and Bobby Matherne

The Study Guide provides a unique way to study the Philosophy of Freedom (PoF) in the light of Human and Cosmic Thought (HACT). Rudolf Steiner wrote his landmark book on freedom in 1894 (PoF) and about 21 years later he gave a series of four lectures (HACT) in Berlin to the Anthroposophical Society in which he explained how one may view the world through 23 cosmic conceptions. The conceptions emcompass 12 world outlooks, 7 moods, 3 tones, and the one earthbound view. Tom Last had read PoF a couple of times before he read HACT and discovered that Steiner written each chapter of PoF in a different mood and inside of each chapter were sections that progressed through each of the 12 world outlooks in a regular order.

Here's Tom's description in his own words:

      I referred to the sequence of 12 views as presented in H&CT starting with Materialism and examined a chapter. I looked for the Materialism view and it appeared near the beginning in an obvious way. From there I located the other views as they followed. If I would not be able to see a view, I would skip down and find another one. Then the others would get sorted out. A chapter could be done in a day. It wasn't a big deal. It is like working on a puzzle. People should try it for themselves.
      It didn't take long to find the views with the sequence known and the view descriptions in hand from HACT, but it takes a long time to work through the reading comprehension of all the views in the book.
      In terms of a study guide, this serves one purpose. By studying the HACT outlook along with that section in POF it increases reading comprehension. If you know the outlook from which the view originates it enhances reading comprehension of that view. Also if you know the shift points when he moves to another view you avoid the confusion of trying to understand a section composed of two halves of two views.
      After reading comprehension is achieved the more advanced study is that of the relationships between the views. This is where the musical analogy comes in.

The idea behind this study guide is to make the invisible structure of PoF as revealed by HACT visible to readers of PoF so as to facilitate their understanding of this unique and important document in the history of humankind. By intensive use of hyperlinks one is able to read the PoF by following various threads of thought. One might begin at Chapter 1 and read all the sections having to do with Idealism, for instance. The use of Tables on the Main Page of the Study Guide and two linked lectures of HACT allow one to become familiar with the meanings of the various terms used in HACT: world-outlook, mood, tone, planets, and anthropomorphism.

Reading PoF is a bit like playing Bach on a piano. No amount of reading the score of his Goldberg Variations will help you to understand it fully. Only when you perform it yourself or hear it performed will its meaning arise in you.The Philosophy of Freedom is like that because it is what happens inside of you when you read it, the process you undergo, that is important. You may, as one reader did, find yourself listening to a circle of 12 people, each one taking a different point of view from their sustained world outlook and moodm and come to realize that you live in a world where this is the essence of communication. When communication is effective, people move around all the 12 outlooks, the 7 moods, and the 3 tones until a flow of information moves fluidly back and forth.

If you've read PoF before and wondered what it was all about, this is your chance to read it again with beginner's eyes. If you've never read PoF and are curious about what's the big deal, the Study Guide can help you get over the rough spots.

The idea behind this study guide to make the invisible structure of PoF as revealed by HACT visible to readers of PoF so as to facilitate their understanding of this unique and important document in the history of humankind.By intensive use of hyperlinks one is able to read the PoF by following various threads of thought. One might begin at Chapter 1 and read all the sections having to do with Idealism, for instance. The use of Tables on the Main Page of the Study Guide and two linked lectures of HACT allow one to become familiar with the meanings of the various terms used in HACT: world-outlook, mood, tone, planets, and anthropomorphism.

Tom suggests one way to work with the tables is this: say you are working with a particular section of POF. You open a second window so you can bring up the outlook that goes with the POF view. Then you can work with two windows and examine the relationship. Working with multiple windows is the great advantage of having things on the computer.

In his Philosophy of Freedom Rudolf Steiner communicating what must happen for effective communication to take place. He is communicating with his individual human thought operating in the way that universal cosmic thought operates. Thus one is able to learn to think using the process of cosmic thought through the activity of reading The Philosophy of Freedom.

No one can make you read this book. It is your decision to make, in freedom and light.

2.) ARJ2: The Renewal of the Social Organism by Rudolf Steiner

Even though he was writing about 85 years ago, it seems that Steiner could have been talking about the Republicans and the Democrats in the USA today. He was pointing out a situation in which two large groups of people each want their partial solution to the problem to be implemented — just as the Republicans and the Democrats wish in the USA, Labor and Conservative party members in the UK, etc. The members of each party are fighting and agitating the “proletarian masses” — what we might call the “working populace” today — trying to talk them into voting for their own party’s solution. Ironically each party can only offer a partial solution because the solution they seek will only do the same old ineffective thing in a new and equally ineffective way — but they will be out of office by the time that is realized by those who voted for them. The voters will shrug their shoulders, become disgruntled, and later go to the polls for vote for another new and equally ineffective way of doing the same old ineffective thing.

[page 87] Within the mass of the working classes, there is a dull consciousness that demands a change in their form of life, which they see as a result of capitalist forces dominating the economy. Yet the manner of their participation in economic life hitherto has not made them aware of the way these forces operate. Thus they are unable to conceive any fruitful way of transforming these forces. The intellectual leaders and agitators of the proletarian masses are blinded by utopian ideas and theories which derive from a social science still based on the old economic concepts that so urgently need changing. These agitators have not even the faintest idea that their notions about politics, economics and cultural life are in no way different from the "bourgeois notions" they are fighting, and that at bottom all they are striving for is to see the old notions realized by a new group. However, nothing really new ever comes about when different people do the same old thing in a slightly different way.

To read the rest of the review, click on the link below:

3.) ARJ2: Love and Soul by Robert Sardello

To review or not to review, that is the question I held unanswered for a month before I proceeded to write this review. I decided not to review this book so much as share the thoughts that arose in me as I read the book, and to restrict my sharing to thoughts which were positive and useful.

The "Getting Started" chapter was the most useful to me, so most of my comments and quoted material came from there.

If you are not sure what a soul process means, this review may help get your thoughts around it.

4.) ARJ2 The Enchantment of Reason by Pierre Schlag

The enchantment of reason for legal matters is similar to the enchantment by paradigm of scientific matters. It acts as blinders to keep any possibility of a change from occurring. Although there have been many scientific revolutions as Kuhn points out, there has been only a progressively more and more encompassing enchantment with reason and not a single legal revolution. Anyone who pays the dues to become a journeyman lawyer or attorney becomes so enamored of reason that they cannot perceive of any other way to argue or to conceive an argument in legal matters.

Like Sleeping Beauty, the legal profession is mostly asleep when it comes to understanding its creation of a rule of reason in an unreasonable fashion. Will Pierre Schlag (Byron White Professor Constitutional Law, University of Colorado, Boulder) manage to hack his way through the brambles of legal mumbo-jumbo and plant a kiss on Beauty's forehead to awake her in time? Or will the rational frame constructionists, King Law's clothiers, continue to construct the King's New Clothes with mega-yards of satiny words, so that, when King Law appears in public, only naive children (who know not from words) will be able to see that King Law is, in fact, naked?

This is a book worth reading. To discover this for yourself, this review is a good place to start. enchantm.htm

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1. Padre Filius Reads the New Orleans Times-Picayune 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 reads a Headline about the Garbage Collecters on Strike.

1. The Man from Charity

I drove up to my favorite PJs coffeeshop at Manhattan and Lapalco one day and saw a Sheriff’s car parked in a drive lane. On the entrance walkway at the corner of PJs was a Deputy talking to a little old man in blue hospital garments. He looked to be about 82, gray-haired, sunken cheeks, in a very frail condition, and was holding onto a walker with which he could barely move about. I went inside and jokingly asked PJs had started serving donuts because of the policeman outside. “No,” came the reply, “that old man has been outside awhile and we called the Sheriff to see if he needed help.” The Deputy came to explain to the manager of PJs what the problem was. The old man had been released from Charity Hospital in downtown New Orleans earlier that morning and had gotten on the wrong bus to go home. Instead of ending up in Metairie, he had ended up in Harvey on the opposite bank of the Mississippi River about 15 miles away, and probably three or four bus transfers away. The Deputy assured us that they would find a way to get this little old man home.

As I drove home with my double latte, I thought of Del’s mom. About the same age and just as slight of built and as frail, but she has something that little old man apparently doesn’t have: someone to pick her up from the hospital and ensure that she gets home safely. Doris make one more trip to the hospital this month for X-Rays after she fell on her back, but thankfully there were no further breaks, just more pain and an increased resolve to use that walker even when she’s walking around her home.

2. The Cadillac That Ate My Gold Button

While the outside of the building where Del’s mom lives is being repainted, we’ve been using her Cadillac Northstar to keep it away from the painters. Having been spoiled by the amenities of the Nissan Maximas Del and I have driven over the past 20 years, it has taken me a while to get used to a GM product again. The seat belts, for instance, are very tight and one cannot buckle them without strapping down one’s clothes and causing wrinkles. One Sunday this past month, I got into the Cadillac with my favorite Blue Blazer on and when I pulled the right side of my blazer up to keep it wrinkle-free, it suddenly became button-free as one of its gold buttons flew into the air. It had been snapped free from its moorings, decapitated by the edge of the extra-tight lap-belt of GM design. Okay, no problem, I figured, I can retrieve the button when we get back.

I looked under the seat and all I saw was a maze of wires and small hydraulic mechanisms. The formerly clear area under automobile seats has completely disappeared for power seat installations. With a small flashlight and an extendable, flexible mirror that I use for examining the insides of computers, I got on my hands and knees. I examined every nook and cranny with the flashlight and the mirror and there was no sign of any gold button, nor anything other than metallic gray and black wires. The button is well-protected somewhere in the bowels of the Cadillac and I suppose someday when I have learned to make friends with the strange domestic automobile, it may regurgitate the button for me. Till then I have a one-button blazer and a yearning for Maxima days again soon.

3.Comments from Readers:
  • Subject: "Art is the Process of Destruction"
    Dear Bobby,
    How can one not reread and reread again and again this 2002 essay? And ponder more and more the illustration of your words through your daughter's "Angel and Vase"! (I printed this essay and regretted that her painting at the bottom of one page did not fully copy.) Hoping you're not too busy to respond to a woman filled with awe and wonder here in Bethlehem, PA.
    Thank you for your essay! And thank you for your "process" at present. ;-)
    Sydna G. Armstrong
  • "Enjoyed the digest very much as always. The pictures were really good. Thanks. That seafood jambalaya sounds really good. Wish I could get all the fresh ingredients to make it." Barbara Knobloch Gasperetti in Arkansas
  • Bobby - Thanks for making me an Honored Reader... As you are well aware, we all appreciate being recognized at times....Also, wanted to say I'm happy you and Del had such a great birthday week... And, my prayers and thoughts are with Doris... I almost feel as though I know her after reading your message...Again, thanks for everything you do...Bob Morris
  • Good Day:
    After several searches your site reveals a "lords prayer silver moebius bracelet". I have seen this once and am trying to locate it for my daughter-in-law. It is referenced in two articles. Any help trying to locate a vendor would be greatly appreciated. Loved the other articles also.
    Thank you in advance
  • To you other Good Readers who may wish to order a silver möbius bracelet for someone you love, the catalog is called "Signals" and their link is:

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