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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #057 Published July 1, 2005 ~~~
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Quote for the Sultry Month of July:

Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.
-- David Whyte in his poem "The Winter of Listening" (from book The House of Belonging)

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. July's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for July
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Salmon en papillote with Green Lima Beans and Rice
6. Poem from Yes, and Even More!:"This Is A Poem Especially for You"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for July:

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

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1. July Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about what's right. (Second in a series of Andrew J. Galambos cartoons.)

#1 "Right On!" at

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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 July are:

Jane Persh in Southern California

Kevin Wiseman in New Orleans

Congratulations, Jane and Kevin!

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Out Our Way:

The month began with finishing up a few loose ends at our fourplex apartments. We needed a section of gas line replaced and the power lines coming into the apartments replaced. Thanks to the excellent work of Mike and Andrew the jobs were handled with dispatch and efficiency.

At home we encountered a flea problem which led the two Schnauzer to be banished to outdoors and us to fumigating the house a couple of times. The problem began with a simple miscalculation on my part. I had upgraded the Frontline FleaSpot we had been using on the larger Schnauzer, Steiner, who is 20 lbs, to the 43 lb size and applied half of it to him and half of it to the 10 lb female, Ita. But over the spring, the flea spot was no longer working and forced me to delve further into my assumptions. A discussion with their vet revealed two things: One: the flea spot works by spreading over the animal’s skin (and thus you cannot overdose and hurt the pet – it all remains in the skin). Two: he seemed to agree that my flea treatment plan, dividing a larger flea spot would work.

When it didn’t work, I had two problems: 1) fleas in the house and 2) figuring out what went wrong. I recalled that when animals grow bigger they get heavier in proportion to the volume of their body and that volume for a solid goes up as cube of its size while its surface area only goes up as the square of its size! Here's the deal — Frontline only puts enough extra juice in the 43 lb flea spot to cover the slightly larger surface area over the 20 lb flea spot. It is not doubled! We quickly switched to using separate flea spots for each dog to solve the problem. And we got to go to extra new release movies, “Cinderella Man”, “Star Wars III”, and “Batman Returns”, while the house said bye, bye to the fleas. To catch the few remaining fleas, we set up night lights in outlets in each room above a shallow bowl of water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid soap in it. The fleas are attracted to the infrared radiation of the light bulb, hop towards it, fall in the dish and die because the surface tension of the water has been reduced and they sink into it and drown. In addition to being cheap, easy, and effective, the bowls also give us a total of how many fleas are killed and a running estimate of how many fleas may be still around, which estimate is running down to none as I type these words. Our plan for any hatching new fleas is: Be Born, Jump, Drown.

This month I wrote an article on doyletics for the bi-weekly magazine Jana Mitran in Chennai, India at their request. I will publish it on the doyletics website as soon as I receive word that it has been published. It is the best short summary of the history, theory, and uses of doyletics I have written. It seems fitting to me that the first dead-tree publication of an article about doyletics, which will prove benefit to all the peoples of the world, should be in a magazine published halfway around the world.

My good friend Kevin Dann bought out the remainder stock of his book, Lewis Creek, Lost and Found, and is offering autographed copies of it for $10 including postage. Go to my review and click to order the book by email. Kevin is a modern day Thoreau and wanders through the Vermont area of New England. Lewis Creek, which drains into Lake Champlain on the western edge of Vermont, was his Walden Pond for a time. This book records his peregrinations of its watershed.

We began attending the Twilight Concerts at the Botanical Gardens in City Park again. It has expanded this year and its Thursday night concerts extend from May all the way through August. The first one we caught was the concert flutist Patty Adams playing operatic music sans singing with her quartet. The flute, cello, violin, and piano sounded like one grand instrument playing Tosca, La Traviata, and all. No reservations needed. Get there about five to get a seat. Show starts at 6 pm. Admission is $6 each.

One day I received a call from my son-in-law Wes up in Alexandria. He told me that he had been reading my Digest earlier that day when a colleague saw the photos and said, "Wow! Those are great photos." Wes said it made him realize just how beautiful my photos were, and he began to pause to appreciate them fully. He added, "Maybe you just found your main talent in life!" It was a great compliment. Thanks, Wes.

During the last weeks of LSU’s baseball season, I got a lot of time to update my webpages. They all needed new headers and footers, and I have been systematically going through them. Since the work involved is repetitive, it is something I can do while listening to a baseball game on my PC. When the obnoxious radio commercials come on, I mute the sound, and set a timer. About a minute and a half later I turn the sound on and continue the game. Since baseball is, as someone said, “17 minutes of intense action packed into three hours,” I generally get two plus hours of work done during a typical game. Since Skip Bertman skipped away from coaching duty, we haven’t made it to a championship in Omaha. The jury is out on whether Coach Laval’s teams have been all “smoke” or whether he needs to be looking in the “mirror” for the source of the shortfall since he replaced Skip as baseball coach.

Big news on the home front: We are moving to Gretna! I know that seems weird to those of you who think we already live in Gretna. Actually the Post Office says we live in Gretna, the ZIP code says we live in Terrytown, and Jefferson Parish says we live in its unincorporated area. What’s happening is that we are applying for Timberlane Estates to be incorporated into the City of Gretna. The process has begun and will likely take a few months for all the pieces to be put into place, but when it’s over, we will have limited access gates to Timberlane to eliminate its through streets from being pressed into service as a shortcut between Belle Chasse Hwy and Lapalco Blvd from now on.

Our son, Stoney Hatchett, sold his house in Severn, Maryland and came to town with Sue and Sam to sign the Act of Sale for their new home in Mandeville across the lake from us. When they left to return to Maryland to pack up their old house, Del drove them to the airport. When she called me right after she dropped them off, I thought something must be wrong, but instead something was right. She only called to tell me that this is the first time she had dropped them off at the airport that she didn't feel sad. She knew they were moving back for good. Stoney & Sue plan to live in Mandeville till Sam finishes high school in five years, then move into New Orleans.

The first tropical storm of the season began almost on the first day of the so-called season. It was Arlene and reminded me of a friend girl from my teens of the same name. Arlene was all mouth and the tropical storm made a lot of noise like its namesake, but did little more than drop a few inches of rain on folks who needed it. It amazes me the all the sound and fury wasted over a storm that would not be noticed as anything unusual but for all the media attention and weather bureau alerts and warnings.

Our son John and his wife Kristin went on a cruise and we were delighted to drive them across the river to the cruise terminal and pick them up again. While they were gone, we baby-sat for their two boys, Collin and Kyle, for a couple of days. It’s always a treat to have them here — for a couple of days. As soon as they left, we had a visit from a mountain man, Del’s cousin Lawrence Clark, from Idaho. Clem, as he is also known, stayed with us for a couple of days while waiting for the Legendre reunion in Mandeville. He makes his own bows, arrows, and knapps his own flint arrowheads. (See photo of his arrowhead collection he brought with him.)

We went to the Gretna City Council meeting about the proposed condo towers next to Del’s mom’s place on the river. Del spoke in favor of the project for her mom who was unable physically to attend the meeting. Action was postponed for a month, but the sense of most of the reasonable speakers was in favor of the project. Those against were of the “we’ve-never-had-anything-like-this-in-Gretna-before attitude. They clearly represented the sticks-in-the-mud which can trip up any progressive project. We hope the only sticks-in-the-mud we’ll see from now on are those outlining the foundation of the new condos in the coming year.

Next our two daughters came from Texas with their two girls and two boys. Joined by their sister from across the river, we had a houseful of daughters and grandchildren and one great-grandson vibrating the walls of the house. I fixed them some prima vera and spaghetti for dinner and Grandma Del watched over the gkids while my three daughters and I watched the wonderful movie, “Hitch” together in the Screening Room. They spent the night at their sister’s place and the walls stopped vibrating after a few hours, but the warmth in our hearts stayed around for weeks.

One Thursday night, we went to the Twilight Concert to hear Cole Porter tunes, but it was SRO and we were SOL, so we LEFT. Drove home to watch a movie instead. On the way home, I wrote this line which could be the basis for a blues song:

"I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that."

It would be a blues song sung by Del. The title and some of the verses echo things she’s complained about me as a writer — like this: "How come you are always right about your choice of words?" But this glosses over the tremendous help she is to me when she makes suggestions for elaboration, footnotes, etc, after she finishes the copy-editing of my works. I look now back at reviews I did several years ago and see things I would have likely changed had she been doing copy-editing back then.

Or it could be a complete haiku, since it comprises three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables:

I am married to
A writer and you can't get
Much wronger than that.

Here's how the blues song might go:

Married to a Writer
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that.
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that.

I never agree with my hubby on matters of fancy or fact,
you see,
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that,
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that.

He wants to go slow, I want to go fast —
Will this marriage ever last?
Ah, me!
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that,
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that.

He wants to end it with a laugh
I say write a brilliant paragraph.
Oh, me!
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that,
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that.

Writing is more fun than fighting
But fighting comes naturally!
Woe is me!
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that,
I am married to a writer and you can't get much wronger than that.

While the quavering strain of the blues harmonica fades away, let’s resume our random walk through the month of June. Next thing on tap was the Black Tie Cat & Mouse Dinner at Antoine’s in the French Quarter, a perennial fun night when the Mouse Practice guys dress up and take their ladies out for an elegant evening with good food and good friends complete with a post-prandial reading of poetry to their ladies. After dinner Del lost one of her earrings and when we got outside, I wanted to get a photo with the Antoine’s sign in the background of her wearing the remaining earring. But my camera lens was fogged over due to the AC from inside and the summer humidity outside. While I waiting for the lens to clear, a black guy named Lee came up to us dragging a box marked TIPS, and in the middle of the sidewalk began singing to Del this song from me to her, “You’re once, twice, three times a woman . . . and I L O V E you . . . ” ala Lionel Richie. It was a Hollywood moment, one of those movie scenes where someone suddenly begins singing a song while two lovers are in the middle of the sidewalk and the pedestrians have to walk off the edge of the curb to pass them. He went through about five songs all told, always coming up with one more. Doing the “Dock of the Bay” he even had the whistling part down pat. I gave him a twenty and he sang another two songs with the crumpled bill still in his hand. Obviously Lee did this for love more than money.

The next day was the Legendre reunion with Doris's family. We drove to Mandeville with Clem, leaving Timberlane early to drop off a mattress and bedding at Stoney’s new home in Mandeville so he and Sam would have somewhere to sleep later that night when they arrived in their car a couple of days before the moving van. Took a few photos of the house and pool and then drove a few minutes down to the Mandeville Yacht Club for the Reunion.

Another few days of maintenance filled the penultimate week of June for me. One morning Del was vacuuming the kitchen and hit the grille at the bottom of the front of the fridge. It shorted the micro-switch which I had added when the normal on-off switch broke which operated the interior fridge light. The electrical tape had come off the connections, and since I made the initial repair I had acquired over the years a heat gun and shrink wrap, so the new connection is insulated for the duration. Our fridge is almost 35 years old and going strong, while an equivalent full-function Kitchen-Aid refrigerator only three years old has failed in my daughter’s new house. She’s wanting to warn everyone about problems with Kitchen-Aid refrigerators. Best plan for old fridges: repair rather than replace if at all possible. They literally do not make them as dependable as they used to.

Anyway, having dispatched the insulation job and gotten the fridge working good as new again, I had entered my maintenance man mode and looked around for other waiting jobs. Slow Leaks! I had three of them which needed addressing. It was a Monday, we had almost a whole week without guests, so if any problem arose, I had time to get them fixed. Or so I thought. The main problem was the slow leak in Del’s toilet. If the toilet broke while I was fixing it, it would only be a problem if we had to share the Guest Bathroom facilities with a guest. I had failed to remove the valve seat on a previous attempt, but this time I managed to get the balky thing out of the toilet water valve mechanism. Hooray! Now to remove the Delta valve from my shower stall so I could put in replacement springs and washer to stop the slow leak. BUMMER! While trying to remove the cover from the valve the entire valve mechanism broke off the three quarter-inch tubing runs that attached it to the water supply. Suddenly the house was out of water supply because there is no shutoff valve for the shower valve! A minor repair had turned into a multiple day recovery effort.

I went to local plumbing supply house to buy a replacement fixture and they sent me to one in the boondocks of Chef Menteur Hwy. I bought a new fixture with no ideas how to install it, and my calls to two plumbers I’d used before went unanswered. While waiting to pick up the part and feeling like I was banging my head against a brick wall, a man came by and saw the problem part I had in my hands and said, “I’ve fixed one like that in a house in Lakeview. Takes some time, but you can unsolder the three tubing runs, and solder in some new ones.” I thanked him, but it didn’t seem feasible for me to do that. On the long drive home I kept thinking of all the reasons I couldn’t do the repair he suggested, and the big one was “I haven’t soldered any water pipes before.” Unable to get a plumber to Timberlane before the end of the day, I decided to buy the tools to solder copper pipes and the tubing. Beginning at 1 pm, it took me until 6 pm till I was able to turn the water to the house back on and exultantly report to Del, “No leaks!” I had a few things to tighten up and fix the next day but by the end of the week, three slow leaks in the house had been eliminated: two toilets and one shower head. To make the long trip back to return the shower faucet assembly enjoyable, I called Renee Lattimore who works nearby and we had lunch together.

On the next Thursday Del’s brother Dan Richards was in town to celebrate his mom's 82nd birthday, so Del was able to head to Alexandria to visit our daughter Kim and the grandkids there. First time she’s been able to drive up there for over a year and a half. I stayed in town to finish some reviews in peace (which I had had too little of in this hectic month), and to have a chance to visit with my old buddy, Glenn Martin, who arrived in town with his wife, Sara Lee, from California. I took them with me to the Twilight Concert, a symphonic choir singing Sondheim’s music. After the concert we walked around the Botanical Garden’s grounds and came upon a sign which read, “Train Garden”. Glenn and I joked about it being a place where they plant small trains till they grow into big ones. We continued our walk and stumbled into the Train Garden to find it was in fact a labyrinth of running model trains, probably HO grade, built up on tracks about waist-high with live plants simulating trees and shrubbery and model houses along the tracks. In addition there were about four New Orleans streetcars plying the same tracks — first time I’d seen a model streetcar running on a track. This is a must-see for any model train buffs when in New Orleans. For $6 admission on Thursday night one can get an air-conditioned indoor concert at 6 (get there early), botanical gardens, and a train garden. Then, if time permits, one can walk across the street into the Besthoff Sculpture Garden for a pleasant evening walk among great sculptures. I made a point of getting a photo of Glenn in front of the flute player sculpture in the botanical garden because he plays the flute himself.

The last weekend found me at the No Reason At All breakfast of my club which was enjoyable as usual. In the afternoon, Del and I went to Dauphine Street, left our car in the Park at its corner with Barracks and walked to Carol Fleischman’s condo where we could see a bunch of colorful balloons waiting for the parade to her 70th birthday party. We each got a couple of balloons and a kazoo to toot along with the trumpet player who played New Orleans favorites as we walked and tooted and sang and waved at the tourists eyeing this motley crew of marchers. We arrived at the park to find food arranged, a big birthday cake, and a Cajun band with a fiddler, a squeeze-box-toting singer, a guitarist, and a drummer serving up “Jolie Blonde” and other Cajun favorites. A representative of the New Orleans City Council had an official document proclaiming June 23, 2005 to be Carol Fleischman Day which he presented to Carol. Her family: daughters, sisters, grandkids was filled out by her extended family of locals to fill the park shelter with dancing, singing, dancing, and celebrating this wonderful lady’s life.

Del and Dan had several meetings on June 27th, so I offered to cook some crab-eggplant-shrimp etouffee (cresh) and bring it over to the Riverview Penthouse where Doris lives to have supper together. Instead of that scenario, the doctor admitted her to the hospital and Del and Dan came here for supper after they got her settled into a room. Del went back about 8 pm to take some some of the cresh which she truly enjoyed.

There is another lovely lady in our life that I have saved till last to talk about, Del's mom, the 82 years-young Doris Richards. As I type these words, she is at Meadowcrest Hospital near here undergoing another kyphoplasty on her Throacic vertebrae T10 and T11, I believe, right above her upper Lumbar vertebrae which have already been sealed by a similar process. This should be an overnight surgery with quick healing, but about a week or so recovery from the anesthesia. (Just heard from Del — Doris came through surgery fine and is in recovery.) She had two good weeks in early June, but the past two weeks she has been in intense pain and unable to rise from her bed unassisted. God Bless the Dependable Nursing service which sent us an angel, Gwenn, to care for her when she wakes up and gets her ready for bed. That allows Del to tend to her errands and needs during the daylight hours. As we go to press, Doris is expected to return home before the end of the month, and your prayers are beseeched for a full recovery.


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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.):
“Batman Begins” (2005) shows how Batman was created as a way of Bruce Wayne fighting his greatest fear. He used it to instill fear in others, operating in quick passes from the dark shadows. This movie was the truest to the comic book which I read back in the 1940s and 50s when it first came out.
“The Cinderella Man” (2005) about James J. Braddock, a boxer with a broken fist who couldn’t get paid for his last fight it was so bad. Starving in the middle of the depression, he shoe-polished the cast on his right arm to disguise it so he could get work on the dock. With his right arm partly disabled for a long time, he was lifting bales mostly with his left arm which had previously been useless in his sad fight career. When he returns to the ring with a strong left arm, his fortunes begin to turn. This show is the boxing equivalent of “Seabiscuit” — a beacon of hope for the down-trodden of America during the Great Depression.
“Hitch” (2005) Will Smith as date consultant Dr. Date who guarantees you will develop an authentic relationship with any woman you desire. Just follow his lead and suggestions and all will be fine, er, extraordinary. One problem though: who will advise Dr. Date when he falls for a woman who is as wise-ass and savvy as he is? Will the dweeby CPA really make it with the billionaire media icon chick? Want to see a fine movie? Go elsewhere — this one’s extraordinary from start to finish.
“Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005) When you complete a jigsaw puzzle, when the last piece falls into place there’s not much surprise involved as you know what is next to it on the sides. This one ends with three births: Darth Vada, Luke and Leia. Luke goes to live with a relative in the igloo shaped home in the desert. Leia goes to live with a Senator. Luke’s mom dies and her husband goes bad. The Republic becomes an Empire and the Jedi go underground. How all this unfolds is what makes the movie a fun ride.
“The Last Shot” (2004) with Alec Baldwin as a bumbling FBI undercover agent pretending to be a movie producer teaming up with clueless director-wannabe Matthew Broderick to shoot a movie about Arizona in Providence, Rhode Island where the sting is supposed to happen. Hollywood spoofs itself and the FBI — don’t miss this one.
“Beyond the Sea” (2004) Starring Bobby Darin newly resurrected by Kevin Spacey who sings every one of Darin’s songs and gives them a verve that is all Darin. A great story, but it is the songs as belted out by Spacey which raise this from a mere bio-pic to a bio-hit!
“Spin” (2004) Stanley Tucci plays a good-guy part as world-traveling adventurer pressed into guardianship of his nephew after both parents die in crash. He places the five-year-old boys in care of the Mexican couple caring for the estate and flies off in his biplane. When the boy reaches 17, his uncle returns to teach him to fly his dad’s plane that had been safely stored in the hangar for 12 years. A wonderful story of love and trials in the air and on the ground.
“Swimming Upstream” (2003) were the Fingleton family who would have else been washed to the sea by their drunken sot of a father who only seemed to sober up when it was time to train his two sons for swim meets. Both were champion swimmers: Tony in the back stroke and John in the freestyle, but Dad wants John to be a champion, not Tony, so he changes the Win-Win situation into a Win-Lose and Dad and John are losers in this needless internecine battle.
“A Walk to Remember” (2002) is the one down the aisle. The aloof girl in the ugly sweater turns out to be a winner when the popular boy in school falls in love with her. She keeps her “I” erect and working strong all the way through this fine movie.
“The Brooke Ellison Story” (2004) The last movie produced by Christopher Reeve before his death. Has his wife Dana in a cameo as a Harvard English professor reading a love poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Young Brooke breaks her C2, is paralyzed and needs a respirator to live, similar to Reeve. She finishes high school and graduates Magna Cum Laude from Harvard. True story.
“Virginia’s Run” (2002) in which Virginia helps birth the foal from Twister the mare her own mom was riding when she died in a fall. She names the horse Storm and is soon riding against her father’s wishes. A tale of triumph over all odds in her endurance race — surviving her teenage years.
“Into the West” I, II, III(2005) a Spielberg made-for-tv movie about pioneers heading for California and the Indians they passed through on the way. In Episode I: Jacob Wheeler leaves his dads wheelwright business for the West. Ends up meeting Loved by Buffalos young Indian shaman who predicted that the wooden spoked wheel would break the stone wheel. No one believed him. At the end of this episode Jacob is helping to repair the wooden wheel of the cart that an Indian brave brought home to the tribe all wrapped with rope to keep it together. Jacob shaped a metal band and set it over the wheel pouring water to shrink the metal to the wooden components. Magic, it seemed, to the Indians watching. In II Jacob marries Indian and returns to WV till call of California leads him to return and get lost from wagon train. In III, slave troubles in Missouri, the California gold rush, and the coming of the Pony Express which was soon replaced by a single wire telegraph line. Jacob is restored to his family and California becomes a state.
“Maria Full of Grace” (2004) was actually full of cocaine, some 52 large capsules of it, carrying it from Colombia in her stomach. Landing in New Jersey without a friend in the world except the other “mule” Lucy who died when one of the capsules broke, she has to make herself another life in a new country. Can she or will she head back to Colombia? That’s where the grace comes in.
“Widow of St. Pierre” a French language DVD which kept turning on the English language dubbing when we left it overnight. Del gave words to what I was feeling — turn the French and subtitles back on, the sounds of the voices are absent the feeling sense which goes with the movie. The eponymous widow turns out to be the long-awaited guillotine from the mainland which is to execute Neel who befriends the captain of the garrison and his wife and is allowed to move freely on the island. He is beloved by the people on the island, saving a lady’s life and helping everyone else. Everyone wants Neel to live except the State which has no heart or sense of humanity only a sense of Law and we wait for the widow’s blade to fall — but will it?

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.

“Gigli” (2003) rhymes with “really” — like in “really" sucks big-time. DVD STOMPER
“The Pacifier” (2005) Hold your nose during this one! It smells as bad as the baby diapers the cast threw around during the movie. Two thumbs in the mouth for this stinker. Vin Diesel trying to follow in Arnold’s footsteps with his version of “Kindergarten Cops” but he can’t pass the entrance exam.
“25th Hour” (2002) with Edward Norton who wanted to shoot an injured dog in the beginning of the movie, but instead nursed it to health. There is no nursing this movie to health. A dark movie with ugly people beating each other up which goes nowhere. Wish we’d shot this DVD stomper before we took it out of its mailing envelope. DVD STOMPER
“The Virgin Suicides” (1999) wastes the talents of James Wood, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst in a densely go nowhere movie, which is what Wood and Turner’s five daughters do when they commit suicide just like the movie.
“A Day Without A Mexican” (2004) A ragbag of vignettes extolling the presence of Mexicans in California. I recall in 1967 reading a book called the “Last Days of the State of California” which tried to make the country aware of what catastrophes would happen to it if California disappeared — how much the USA depended on the exports from California: the avocados, artichokes, lettuce, peaches, tomatoes, grapes, etc. Now a movie wants to make us aware that all these things are possible because of illegal Mexicans. I say all these illegal Mexicans are possible because of the vegetables, not vice versa. Another Hollywood message without a movie.

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

“He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” (2002) — a French movie about a “Fatal Attraction” in which the good doctor was not as lucky as Michael Douglas (he didn’t get laid). This is one movie split in two: first half from Audrey Tautou’s perspective and second from the doctor’s perspective.
“The Magdalene Sisters” (2002) I hope my grand-daughter who had a baby out-of-wedlock and raised him in the caring home of her mother and father watches this movie. She would have been an outcast in Ireland and abandoned into one of these slave labor Magdalene nunneries. 33,000 girls went through these bad-girl prisons until they were closed in 1996. True story with few light moments.
“Hostage” (2005) another movie beats up Bruce Willis till the very end of the movie when he comes out on top against all odds. As “the man” that hostage takers want to deal with, he crashes and burns in LA in the first scene so he shuttles himself off to the quiet suburbs till the unquiet visits him there and leads to rise to occasion or lose his family.
“Assault on Precinct 13" (2005) It was a dark and stormy night and Ethan Hawke was at his seediest in bad-cop-attacks-police-station flick to kill the good cops to protect their butts. Larry Fishburne is a stabilizing influence inside the precinct playing the mobster who broke a deal with the bad cops and got them angry.
“Frantic” (1988) Harrison Ford plays a confused and flustered doctor newly arrived in Paris whose wife has disappeared. While he showering, he ignores her plea from the bedroom after she receives a call about her switched luggage (they thought she had their smuggled contraband). And he continues to make mistake after mistake leading to several people getting killed before he sees his wife again. Alive or dead? Who cares? Not the Paris police. Not the US Embassy. Not the audience of this movie. A complete waste of Han Solo’s talents.
“Be Cool” (2005) had its moments, but none of them cool by any meaning of the word to me. Ugly and fat people shooting guns and pretending they were cool filled too much of the movie and took it down a notch when it was already near the bottom. Could have dumped their lardy asses on the cutting room floor and added more of the nice moments between Chili and Uma. Just barely makes it a Your Call.
“Maléna” (2000) A lonely and beautiful widow in a small town in Italy in 1941, Maléna attracts suitors and slanderous comments from the women like a pizza attracts teenagers. Can she survive the loss of her husband, the onslaught of the philandering dentist, her amorous lawyer, her food procurer, the German officers, and worse of all the jealous women of the town? We watch her through the eyes of an adoring waif as he grows in age and wisdom. Like him, we will never forget Maléna.

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Thanks to Ginger Thiele for this joke:

Boudreaux and Broussard worked together at the Fruit of the Loom Company in Franklin, and both were laid off at the same time, so they went to the unemployment office together.

When asked his occupation, Boudreaux , "Panty Stitcher. I sew de elastic onto ladies' cotton panties." The clerk looked up Panty Stitcher, saw it was an unskilled laborer job and said, "You will get $300 dollars a week, Mr. Boudreaux."

Boudreaux waited while his good buddy was getting his unemployment pay. The clerk asked Broussard his occupation. "Diesel Fitter," Broussard said proudly.The clerk looked up diesel fitter, saw it was a skilled laborer job, and said, "You will get $600 a week, Mr. Broussard."

When Boudreaux heard the clerk tell that to Broussard he was furious. He stormed to the clerk and asked, "How come Broussard got $600 and Ah got only $300 dollars?" The clerk explained, "Panty stitcher is an unskilled laborer and a diesel fitter is a skilled laborer."

"What skill?" replied Boudreaux. "I sew the elastic on da panties, Broussard puts a pair over his head and if it goes on easy, he says: "Yeah, dese'll fit 'er."

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for July, 2005 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
(click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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Salmon en papillote with Green Lima Beans and Rice

Background on Salmon en papillote with Green Lima Beans and Rice: This is a tasty combination of Salmon and Lima Beans that is easy to fix and tastes delicious.

Two cans of Trappey’s Baby Green Lima Beans
A Bay Leaf
Two Yellow Onions
Two Wild Pacific Salmon Filets
Parchment Paper

First prepare the green limas beans and rice using the recipe shown here substituting the green limas for the Butter Beans.

Cooking Instructions

While the beans are cooking, prepare the Salmon en papillote (which means Salmon wrapped in paper). Defrost the salmon per instructions. Remove the skin from salmon if present. Cut two pieces of parchment paper enough to wrap each filet several times around. Melt some butter and coat both sides of salmon. Place salmon in paper and then sprinkle majoram on both sides of salmon. Wrap tightly and place in 425 oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Slice in half and eat while hot.

Serving Suggestion
Serve green beans over rice and unwrap salmon and place to one side of plate.

Other options
A baked sweet potato makes a nice side dish as shown in photo.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Yes, and Even More!:
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This Is A Poem Especially for You

I look above
      for the good and true

I feel the pain
      of what to do

I cry for rain
      and get only blue

I ask for love
      and God gives me you.

This Is A Poem Especially for You: Written October 28, 1998 on page 11 of Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Lines 3 and 4 I wrote in the afternoon at Timberlane on the swing, and then Lines 1 and 2 I wrote in graduate class of Education 6600. The inspiring quote from the text of Alan Bloom splendid Introduction was:

[page 11] But at some point the child is likely to recognize that his tears have the effect of making things serve him through the intermediary of adults. The world responds to his wishes. His will can make things move to satisfy his desires. At this point the baby loses interest in providing himself with things; his inner motive to become strong enough to get for himself the things that others now provide for him is transformed into a desire to control the instrument which provides him with those things. His concern with his physical needs is transformed into a passion to control the will of adults. His tears become commands and frequently no longer are related to his real needs but only to testing his power. He cannot stop it from raining by crying, but he can make an adult change his mind. He becomes aware of will; and he knows that wills, as opposed to necessity, are subject to command, that they are changing. He quickly learns that, for his life, control over men is more useful than adaptation to things. Therefore the disposition of adults towards him replaces his bodily needs as his primary concern. His experience of his own will teaches him that others’ wills are selfish and plastic. He therefore seeks for power over men rather than for the use of things. He becomes a skilled psychologist, able to manipulate others.

This is the sort of man that seeks political office, one who has become accustomed to achieving what he wants by having others doing it for him. In the last decade of the twentieth century, such a man became president of the United States of America. His administration was fraught with abuses of power and seemed to be run by and for the polls than for the good of the American people.

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

1.) ARJ2: The Soul's Long Journey - How the Bible Reveals Reincarnation by Edward Reaugh Smith

What is the soul and what is the long journey it undertakes? Consider as analogy a child visiting Disneyland for the first time. What does it want? To ride on every ride. On the carousel, it feels joyful. The child gets off that ride and becomes bored and walks around looking for another ride. Once on the Dumbo ride the child feels like it’s flying through the air. In the Submarine, it feels like a fish swimming through the ocean. In the Haunted Mansion, it feels spooky. On the Matterhorn it feels thrilled and excited as its bobsled hurtles through tunnels. One child, but in every ride it feels like a different personality. Soon the child has been on all the rides and is ready to leave the amusement park after finishing a grand tour. One child has gone through many adventures, felt many things, evinced many personalities, and the amusement park will no longer hold the same allure as it did before. Consider the child entering the park as the spirit which has descended to earthly form and the soul as the specific personality evoked by each ride. The park is the soul world. Each ride is a different lifetime in the soul world where the spirit learns and perfects itself. When the last ride is over, the long journey of the soul is over and the spirit no longer needs to return to the park.

If you are a human being, this is park you are presently visiting. Are you ready to learn a bit more about how you come to be here and what is the long journey of the soul you are currently in the middle of? If so, this is a good book to start with.

2.) ARJ2: The Shelters of Stone — Fifth Novel in Earth's Children Series by Jean Auel

After following Ayla through her childhood year with the Clan of the Cave Bear, her growing up in the Valley of the Horse, her near adoption by the Mammoth Hunters, through her Plains of Passage with Jondalar, I couldn't resist reading of her adventures as she joined Jondalar's people (the Zeladonii) who live in the Shelters of Stone. The shelters are built into large horizontal clefts in limestone cliffs which are partitioned off into family spaces with a central hearth near the opening. In this adventure we get to enter the white-walled cave of Lascaux with its remarkable polychrome paintings as Auel describes it to us as it might have looked during the interstadial warming period between the Ice Ages in which Ayla and Jondalar lived.

Another marvelous read by Auel. Great stories, interaction between characters, touchingly beautiful episodes of intercourse (sharing pleasures) between Ayla and Jondalar, tales of people reacting to the first tame animals in history (two horses and a wolf), tales of jealousy, drunkenness, abandonment, support groups, marriage customs, and the daily activities of a people before history which are made to sound as comfortable and normal as country life today.

3.) ARJ2: The Star Thrower — Introduction by W. H. Auden by Loren Eiseley

This is one book where one misses a tasty morsel if one skips the Introduction by W. H. Auden. Like a succulent appetizer, it prepares our juices for what is to follow in the main courses. For example, Auden writes about Work and Prayer as two extremes which can only be balanced with hearty doses of Laughter, such as when one forgets one’s dignity as Eiseley did one day when he encountered a young fox who picked up a white chicken bone in its mouth. (From “The Innocent Fox”)

[page 23] “It was not a time for human dignity. It was a time only for the careful observance of amenities written behind the stars. Gravely I arranged my forepaws while the puppy whimpered with ill-concealed excitement. I drew the breath of a fox’s den into my nostrils. On impulse, I picked up clumsily a whiter bone and shook it in my teeth that had not entirely forgotten their original purpose. Round and round we tumbled for one ecstatic moment . . . . For just a moment I had held the universe at bay by the simple expedient of sitting on my haunches before a fox den and tumbling about with a chicken bone. It is the gravest, most meaningful act I shall ever accomplish, but, as Thoreau once remarked of some peculiar errand of his own, there is no use reporting it to the Royal Society.”
Eiseley would likewise be a great companion for a walk, and lacking the chance to do that, this book is a great substitute. One can open the book anywhere and take a short walk with Eiseley and see the world through his eyes and his soaring imagination. He was a man of science and a man of the fine arts, and he writes well about both.

4.) ARJ: An Occult Physiology by Rudolf Steiner

This series of lectures are like a jigsaw puzzle in that they form a complete whole, a picture of the human physiology from a spiritual science perspective, and any attempt which offers only a few pieces of the puzzle is doomed to fail. All the pieces must be observed in place and only then can an image of the whole be obtained. And yet, this is a most daunting book to read and to come to terms with, so any attempt to help a reader make sense of the thicket of fluid concepts which fill this work would likely prove helpful. This is the goal of my review of this book: to share with you, dear Reader, my partial understandings and perhaps inadvertently my confusion arrived at during my study of the book with the hope that together we make some sense out of its wealth of information. Consider attacking this book as you might a graduate seminar in a subject. Extensive background in the subject (in this case, Rudolf Steiner’s works) will be a prerequisite for understanding, and most importantly remember this: the knowledge you bring to your reading of this book and this review will be essential to mastering the material of both the book and the review.

Why bother with a material so rich in concepts about what a human being is? Steiner tells us why on page 10, “to remain unknowing is to sin against Divine Destiny!” He said elsewhere in several places that a “sin is a good out of its time.” It is good for us to reach an understanding of the human being as soon as possible and to avoid the possibility for such learning thus defers that good to some other time and becomes a sin.

Steiner describes the human body, but in a way dramatically different from how a lecturer in physiology in a modern medical school would. We will learn about how various systems of forces operate in the body. How food is modified as it enters the digestive system and continues to be modified by organ after organ until it can smoothly enter as nutrition into various sections of the body. The organs of the human will not be treated as objects, but rather as living components of systems. ocphysio.htm

5.) ARJ: The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, Vol. 7 by Henry David Thoreau

What are galls? They are swellings of plant tissue induced by moth caterpillars, beetles, flies, aphids, small wasps, fungi, mites, bacteria, and nematodes. Galls provide baby insects with food and shelter during early developmental stages. Insects lay an egg in the twig of a tree and insert nutrients for the egg to survive upon to maturity. The gall is the protuberance which is created by the insect for its young — an external protective shell for the otherwise unprotected egg of the insect. In this next passage Thoreau compares man to a gall planted in Nature, and Art itself to a gall.

[page 10] In the wood-paths I find a great many of the Castile-soap galls, more or less fresh. Some are saddled on the twigs. They are now dropping from the shrub oaks. Is not Art itself a gall? Nature is stung by God and the seed of man planted in her. The artist changes the direction of Nature and makes her grow according to his idea. If the gall was anticipated when the oak was made, so was the canoe when the birch was made. Genius stings Nature, and she grows according to its idea.
Henry David Thoreau was like a gall on the town of Concord, Massachusetts. What he stung Concord with is the seed of an idea about living in harmony with Nature which was mostly unknown during his time, outside of his own life. Take a copy of this book outside with you to read — like wild apples it must be consumed in the open air to be enjoyed to the fullest. tjr07rvw.htm

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

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

1. Padre Filius Walks Past Plumbing Supply House 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 walks past the Plumbing Supply Co I visited this month and notices a sign on the wall whose message should be familiar to anyone trying to fixing a slow plumbing leak.

2. Eddie Albert
It was sad to note Eddie Albert's passing this month. He played in so many great movies. I remember him best as the womanizing itinerant peddler, Ali Hakim, in the movie version of "Oklahoma", one of my all-time favorite musicals. I grew up in the 1940s listening to popular songs like "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" and it wasn't till a decade later that I was to see the musical which spawned them. Rod Steiger, Gordon MacCrae, Shirley Jones were some of the list of prominent stars in the musical.

But I digress. I got to meet Eddie Albert when I sat next to him at the Hilton Hotel in the early 1980s at the head table for a Joseph Newman Energy Machine. Read about it here.

3. Cousins Come in All Sizes
There are first cousins, second cousins, etc, but what is a first cousin once removed? Okay. If you and another person have a grandparent in common, you are first cousins. Great-grandparent in common, second cousins and so on up the line. If your first cousin has children, those are your first cousins once removed. If your uncle has children, those are your first cousins, but if your great-uncle has children, those are also your first cousins once removed. The “x removed” refers to x generations removed from your generation in either direction. See this handy chart if you’re still confused.

4. Presuppositions and Less
If you're not sure what a presupposition is and are unaware of when someone has laid one on you, it might be useful for you to review
Matherne's Rule #39: How quickly do you recover when hit by a presupposition? Or, in case you want to know right now, here's an excerpt from MR#39:

This rule contains a presupposition, an extremely important presupposition, one that is easy to miss. It is this: when someone uses a presupposition in a statement to you, they are placing you into a powerful hypnotic trance, one that will last for an indefinite time, a time that only you will have control over, once you understand the implications of Matherne's Rule #39. Think of the question: "How quickly do you recover when hit by a presupposition?" as the following compound sentence instead: "A presupposition places you into a trance without your necessarily being aware of the trance. This trance makes you accept the reality of something that you have only the influence of the trance to convince you that it is real. This trance puts you into a post-hypnotic suggestion to act as if the presupposition were true for an indefinite amount of time. Someday you will awake from the trance and when you do, you may know in no uncertain terms that it was a useful trance for you to be in, up until now."

That reminds me of a story. A young man in San Francisco, California went to a doctor for tests. The results were bad. His condition was inoperable and terminal if not treated. But, the doctor told him, it was treatable by a drug which was available that he was going to prescribe for the young man to take. To emphasize the crucial nature of his taking this drug every day, the doctor looked the young man in the eyes and said earnestly, "You must take this drug every day of your life, or you might as well go jump off the Golden Gate Bridge." The young man left the office elated, filled his prescription and dutifully took his drugs every day.

Everything went well in his life until he received a notice from the drug company that a new drug had been developed which would cure his illness rather than simply prevent it from progressing. The young man was once more exuberant. Cured at last! he thought. He went to another doctor who prescribed the new drug for him, and he joyfully threw away the old drugs and took the new one. Sure enough, when he went for a check in a few weeks, all signs of the illness had gone, and now he didn’t have to take any medication. Once more, the young man skipped merrily down the street from his doctor’s office.

The story would end right here except for a strange compulsion which came over the young man — he took to walking late at night in the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Finally he went to see a therapist about this compulsion. The therapist was unable to find anything wrong, so he put the young man in a light hypnotic trance and asked him to tell what was at the root of this walking compulsion. The young man in trance recounted these words of his first doctor, “You must take this drug every day of your life, or you might as well go jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.” The doctor had slammed a presupposition into the young man which lay dormant until he stopped taking the original medication and now it was actively working in him. The doctor with all the best of intentions had placed a post-hypnotic suggestion in the young man using a simple presupposition, and now it was firing off and unchecked could have led him to suicide.

The original version of this story I heard from Richard Bandler in a 6-day hypnosis seminar in 1981 as I recall. He told it in the first person as if it were a client which came to him as a therapist, and one can only presuppose that it was a true story. In Richard Bandler and John Grinder’s Structure of Magic, they included in Appendix B list of some 32 typical forms of presuppositions which people commonly use.

I leave you with this thought: When was the last time someone hit you with a presupposition? Was it a useful presupposition to you? How do you know, if like the young man in the story, you were unaware of the presupposition when it hit you?

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    Dear Bobby,
    A great, short review of Smith's very important book. Thanks,
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