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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #061 Published January 1, 2006 ~~~
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Jesus’s Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins shows us that Wisdom is to Life as oil is to a lamp: it casts Light. Knowledge only casts Data into the Dark, Wisdom casts Light and chases the Dark away.
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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #061, January 2006
Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. January's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for January
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Egg Nog
6. Poem from Yes, and Even More!:"Sons of Beaches"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for January:

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

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #061
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1. January Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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2. HONORED READERS FOR January:
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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 January are:

Sydna Armstrong in Bethlehem, PA

Jerald Burns in Arkansas

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3. ON A PERSONAL NOTE:


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Out Our Way:
On the first day of the month, we got our two Dish Network receivers and dish installed at Timberlane by two young men from Gonzales who work as a contractor for Dish Network. Very competent at installing. They should have called me for instructions instead of using Mapquest directions which got them completely lost. Mapquest provides this service to us at no extra charge. The installers were able to put the dish right outside the Timberlane Screening Room and run it directly to the distribution panel inside. For a few extra dollars a month we now have a backup for Cox Cable if their land lines go down in a thunderstorm.

Del and I took Buster and Emily with us to the 2005 CODOFIL Déjeuner de Noël organized by President JB Borel of the Les Amis de CODOFIL, Rive Ouest. The Friends of CODOFIL, West Bank also held their Christmas Party at the Four Columns in Harvey. CODOFIL is the Council-of-Development-of-French-speaking-in-Louisiana, and Barbara Turner gave an eloquent talk about the contributions of Cajuns to Louisiana life and culture over the centuries. She quoted one Cajun man as saying after Hurricane Katrina,"All we want is the government to leave us alone to rebuild our lives." This has been the attitude for most Cajuns who, even in their original home in Acadia, only wanted to live in peace. After 250 years of living in South Louisiana, the Cajuns are thriving in the lowlands and marshes and ignore those who would have them live on higher land or away from their beloved coast-lands. Anyone who wishes to see the photos I took of the event can click here and request to view a slideshow or order prints of the photos: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8Abt2jNm3ctWUY

We played cards at Timberlane with JB Borel, Daddy, Emily, Paul, and Joyce. Del fed us with DiMartino’s Po Boys and Shrimp Potato Salad. After the game was over, I relaxed for awhile and then watched the LSU-Georgia game. Texas and USC had both won big, so there was no more mountain to climb and the Tigers were flat, as flat as we’ve seen them this year. Russell got injured and knocked out of the game. Russell looked sloppy and out of control all day. He sat out the fourth quarter. Should have sat out the whole game and we might have won the game instead of losing ignominiously. Matt Flynn came in and scored a TD. He looked all the world like Matt Mauch when he came in to replace Marcus Randall in the Georgia game and never gave up the controls from the rest of his career.

On Sunday we usually watch Hour of Power before heading to High Mass at St. Joseph’s Church. This Sunday it was the younger Robert A. Schuller talking about Dick Parker who flew P-47s during WWII, 101 missions over Germany. Last time he visited him, as he was leaving, Dick said, “Bombs Away, Robert!” Robert sensed a deeper meaning in the expression and Dick explained what it meant. On a bombing run, the pilot is in control until they approach the target at which time the controls are passed to the bombardier, who controls the altitude, speed, and position to line up to drop the bombs on the target. As soon “Bombs Away” is sounded, the bombs are released, and control is passed back to the pilot, who turns the plane and heads for home. Our lives are like that. We are the bombardier taken to our target by our Pilot (our Soul Captain), given control of the plane to accomplish our mission, and then we give controls back to our Pilot, who takes us home. Beautiful metaphor and an excellent application of it in Robert A. Schuller’s homily.

We met JB Borel at St. Joseph’s and afterward, I drove him in his car to PJs where I bought him a latte and shared my cranberry muffin with him. Then we drove to WV to meet Del and Doris, Stoney, Sue, and Sam for lunch. Well, the kitchen staff had dropped the ball and we had to drive to Bennigan’s Restaurant nearby on De Gaulle which had just opened. Got a table for seven –Stoney stood in line for us then called us. Del and I had our French onion soup and Caesars’ Salad. Doris and JB had the Monte Cristo Sandwich and ended up taking half of it home. We came home and hung up our Christmas lights outside, taking advantage of the sultry weather to do so. Web lights over the Indian Hawthorne and string lights wound around the four columns. Later that evening we drove to our club for hamburgers and a movie. I managed a grill cheese sandwich and some mushrooms for my dinner. The movie was a classic Capra film, “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938). (I marveled at how easy it was to set up a DVD projector these days and how silent it was compared to the old 16 mm Projectors of the last century. Truthfully, the days of the silent movies were very noisy.)

Three times during the course of the past two months I had to spend a day at our Hagan fourplex with plumbers and cleaners. Each day was the coldest day of the year to date. The second time came early in December and the temperature was in the low 50s with a brisk wind blowing down the driveway where a lot of the plumbing work had to be done. Also got a couple of ladies to clean the downstairs apartments on the same day. By the end of the day we were ready for the gas to be turned on. When I left Hagan in the afternoon, I passed by Terranova’s Supermarket which was due to re-open this month. Karen Terranova was behind the cash register and told me this was their Grand Re-Opening Day! I missed the champagne and mimosas , but some cookies were left. I noticed Jack’s Cookies is now making Stage Planks again. She gave me one. I then bought a half gallon of milk and a full box of Stage Planks. Wanted the milk to drink with my stage plank and some fresh ones for my duck hunting buddies in Alexandria, Wes and Oday.

Karen told me, “Jennifer was behind the counter during the TV taping. Watch WDSU tonight for the coverage.” Anthony and his grandfather Anthony were behind the meat display case in the butcher area in the back of the store. I said Hi to them. Karen thought at first that I was Jennifer’s uncle instead of her Grandpa. It was a joy to listen to the folks in line expressing their gratitude that Terrranova’s was open again in the Fauborg St. John. That night we watched WDSU news and saw the coverage including glimpses of Jennifer. Before the month is over, Jennifer would become engaged to be married to Anthony Terranova, the newest generation in the Terranova clan to work in the supermarket which has been around for over 70 years. The engagement proposal will take place in front of three generations of Terranovas and me and Del right over the supermarket.

We met our good friends Mark Parker, Ruth Ryan, and Ted Graham at the re-opened Marigny Brasserie on Frenchmen and Royal for Sunday Brunch and we were serenaded by the Pfister Sisters as we told tales of our Katrina Odysseys and Aftermath. We got a laugh from Ruth and Ted's Xmas card, which was taken as they tore out walls from their inundated house near the lakefront. (See above.)

We got out over a hundred Christmas cards this year (See Snow Oranges Card). Figured it was our way to remind people that Christ is the Reason for the Season we send Greeting outs during. We ensured that all our cards contained the greeting, “Merry Christmas”. Note: Xmas is a valid name for Christmas as the X is the letter "Chi" from the first letter of Christ in Greek. Del had some problem printing out labels for the envelopes using our contact manager data base called ACT2000. The email she sent me is full of double meanings which I hope you will also enjoy. I laughed out loud when I read it.

To my Computer Specialist and Best Friend-

Attached are the instructions telling us how to ACT with regard to Labels. Generally I prefer not to be labeled, but I've never had instructions on how to act when that occurs, up until now.

Love, Deli

We bought our Christmas Tree, a Frazer Fir as usual, but not without some searching — stocks of select trees were scarce and at a premium price this year. We found one the right height for $70 that Del liked and so did I. We put it in the stand and added the lights the first night. We had it all decorated by the time the 17th arrived with Kim, John, Stoney, and Maureen coming over with families for our Christmas present exchange and party.

Before that party, I had another frigid day at Hagan to supervise the installation of four hot water heaters. Then began the dance to get some actual gas to the fourplex from the street. I called Entergy and they sent a man out — no gas to building from the main. My neighbor on one side has gas, on the other side, none, but next to him everyone else down the block had gas. Apparently he and I were at the end of a gas line which was the low spot and filled with water. Several calls and trips to Hagan with no result were followed by a call from our one upstairs tenant to say they had heat! I drove over to view their gas heater glowing away! It had been difficult for me to enjoy a hot shower at Timberlane knowing that our tenants were unable to have hot water in their shower. Luckily they have been working most of the time in Grand Isle on a ship until after Jan. 1, 2006.

This month Del began studying with an RCIA group and asked me to come along. At the completion of our studies she will receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church, something that has been delayed some 45 years due to her father’s leaving the Church after she was baptized but before she was confirmed. Vera Macalusa leads the group and is doing a fine job covering the tenets of the Catholic church while offering points to ponder and asking for input from the group.

On December 17 we had our offspring and their children over to exchange gifts for our family Christmas party. Maureen, Steve, and Gabe came followed by Stoney and Sue, then Sam with the Gralapps, John, then Denise and the nephew, Randy, with their two children Brandon and Brook. A cute little boy and girl who loved the 38 Roadster pedal car and played with it a lot. Kyle also got in it and drove it around. I was glad I had recently reconstructed the broken plastic steering with metal braces.

As soon as Kim arrived, she and Del went to pick up Doris at WV. Needed the step chair to get her into the Yukon. I took Wes outside to pick a navel orange he chose. It wasn’t the easiest one, but I finally got it down with my pole with the slanted nail on it. As we opened the presents, I took Wes into the bathroom to show him how to use a shaving brush with the soap mug we gave him. His brush didn’t come in, but I told him I’d bring it up on Jan 5 and 6 when we go duck hunting in Alexandria. His duck report said everyone got their limit on the day after the split of the season. Cold weather must be driving the ducks down South to us. Could be a banner year for duck hunters.

The kids went outside to play Bocce Ball. Gabe asked me for the Bocce set. I looked at him and reminded him of how it took me a year to find the large red ball he lost in the yard the last time I let him play with the set. I made him promise me to be personally responsible for picking up the set, counting all the balls, and replacing the set where it is stored. Later, after they had all gone, I was able confirm that Gabe followed his promise to me to the letter. Sam and Weslee, our two teenage boys, played football outside until the drizzle started. When it started to rain, the kids came back inside and amused themselves in the hallway. Was great to have them all here. As they get bigger, the house and yard seems to get smaller. A great time was had by all.
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One night we went to a Christmas party and Joan and Tony Zimmerman's home. It included an outdoor fire for marshmallows, carol singing, and our good friends, Sandra and Fil Tranchina and their daughter Tiffany.

Worked on completing my review of “The Genius of Language” one morning. Gave it to Del to copy edit and drove to Hagan because the NO Entergy Gas men were there. The first one I saw was wearing a Santa’s cap. “Ho, ho, ho” I cried out when I saw him. “Are you bringing me a bag of coal or, I hope, some natural gas? If so, you’re answering my Christmas wish.” I told him what I wanted done, then recorded the meter no. for one apartment and delivered the bottle of wine and the replacement keys to another. We had attached an old fishing cork to the new keys since the old ones had been dropped into the water offshore where our tenants have been working recently. Got to meet Mark from Pennsylvania who is working with Trevor and Hilary on Grand Isle. Hilary said, “Meet Mark, the one who dropped the keys in the water.” They had a good laugh as they saw the cork on the keys. Mark had actually fished out the old keys from the water later. By the end of the day, the gas was connected and I drove back over to see the gas heater pouring out heat in Hilary’s apartment. She reported that the new gas hot water heater had fired up just fine, and she was waiting for the hot water to warm up so she could take her first hot shower since Katrina. One more step in our return to NOrmalcy. Later we got dressed and went to Arthur Lawson’s party. He’s the new Police Chief of Gretna. Got to talk to Ronnie Harris for a few minutes. The food was great. Told Del how ironic it was that we live in a city where the only person in the administration we know is the Mayor!

Christmas Eve was a busy day for us. First we took Del’s mom, Doris, with us to Bennigan’s for lunch. While we were eating I noticed that the New Orleans Saints football team was playing on TV. When we got back home, I watched the last quarter of the game which they heroically lost in the last moments on the strength of their famous and dependable “field-goal-offense”, 13 to 12. Got a call from our friend JB Borel who told me he had just gotten home from Meadowcrest Hospital where he spent a week as they removed fluid from his lungs. He was recuperating and didn’t want any visitors for awhile, but several days after Christmas I took him some seafood gumbo. He had called to ask us to pick him up for Sunday mass on New Year’s Day as he was taking medication and unable to drive for a couple of weeks. My brother Kevin returned my phone call to inquire about his plans for Christmas Eve. He was having a quiet at-home celebration with his new lady, Vickie, and her daughter, Tessa, and son, Travis. We drove by his house for a visit before heading to Daddy and Emily’s for our Matherne Christmas gathering. Things were a bit unsettling with Emily upset at Kevin and Debbie’s separation just a week or so before Christmas. Things brightened when I began taking photos of the four sisters-in-law who are now all 60 years old. Hard to believe it’s been ten years since we had our famous serial birthday dinners for the four Golden Girls as I call them. We band of brothers, Bobby, Paul, Steve, and David, ended up married to four women whose birthdays are all within 6 months of each other, Del, Joyce, Janice, and Barbara. This was the first time all four gals had been together since they all turned 60, so far as I can recall, so it was photograph time! We left there to attend Midnight Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Gretna, and arrived home to hit the sack about 2 AM — an unusually late night for me and Del — but a fitting cap for a very enjoyable day.

If the Eve of Christmas was busy for us, it was outdone by the Day of Christmas. We opened our presents in the early morning hours, just the two of us, and then drove to Del’s mom’s place to spend some time with her as she opened some last minute gifts. Then we drove to Maureen’s house on Marcie for a short visit which got elongated by an unexpected boon. Jennifer was there with her cute Shitzu puppy given her by her boyfriend, Anthony. She left for his house for their family Christmas. As we began to leave to drive to Baton Rouge, Maureen invited us to come with them to the Terranova’s house because it was rumored that Anthony was going to spring a surprise engagement proposal and ring on Jennifer there around noon. The surprise was complicated by the fact that he’d placed a large ad in the Times-Picayune Classifieds and people were calling Jennifer on her cell phone which Anthony had taken away from her.

We drove Maureen, Steve, and his mom, Jane to Terranova’s Supermarket. Anthony came down to lead us upstairs to the residence. Anthony gave Jenny another gift and when she opened it, she said, “This is just hand cream. I had to wait in line to buy it, used my own money, and ending up buying my own gift!” Anthony told Jennifer that she needed to read the newspaper to find her next present, but wouldn’t give her a hint as to which section to read. He had been asking her questions and she had been saying “yes” and then she caught sight of the ad with the big heart, saying, “Jennifer, Will you marry me? Anthony” she screamed “YES!” We had a great time with the Terranovas, meeting Anthony’s grandparents, Uncle Blue, Aimee, and others. Aimee made some great crawfish pistolettes which rival those of Steamboat Bill’s in Lake Charles.
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From there we drove to Baton Rouge to son John’s house to visit with his family. Kyle and Collin showed us their Christmas toys which included a curious robot Raptor which has a sensor which detects when a person approaches and makes some raptor-like movements of smelling and teeth-baring. Spooky device. From there we drove home to rest a bit before the last event of the long day, an evening wedding for Tiffany and her John. In an amazing synchronicity, Maureen’s two daughters ended up one getting engaged and one getting married all on the same day, Christmas Day, 2005.

Tiffany’s wedding plans had kept getting delayed for one thing and another, so Maureen told Tiffany, “Go get your marriage license and I’ll call Dad to do the marriage on Christmas Day when everybody’s here anyway.” So, with only a couple of days planning, the wedding got moved to John’s mom’s house. When Del and I arrived at Teva’s around 7 PM, Maureen had baked and iced a wedding cake earlier in the day and they were inserting roses around the base of the cake. No one seemed to be in charge of the wedding, so I began asking for volunteers. Finally Chris’s girl-friend, Carrie, took charge of being Wedding Planner. Suddenly Tiffany’s son, Ben — the ring bearer — was dressed in the suit that his friend Tyler loaned him. The line up of who went first was complete, the area around the lighted archway at the end of the stepping stone pathway in the garden was cleared, the Tiki torches lit, and the wedding proceeded. The wedding came off with only one hitch: Tiffany and John got hitched. Overall the whole wedding went as smoothly as any I’ve participated in thanks to the quick actions of Carrie. Thanks, Carrie! Thanks also due to Teva for providing her home, and all the other family members who participated in getting the food, the table, the wedding cake, the bouquet, and all the other intricate details together for the celebration of Tiffany and John’s wedding. It was tired and proud Grandparents, Bobby and Del, who drove home Christmas night from a Christmas Day we will long and fondly remember.
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The day after Christmas I cooked a big seafood gumbo with crabs, crawfish, shrimp, and oysters. I had held off cooking till Monday because Del’s brother, Dan, and his wife, Karen, were driving in from Charlotte, NC, for a Christmas visit with us, Doris, and Randy and Cherie, his two children who live locally. The next night we convened at the Beef Connection, Doris’s favorite restaurant, and dined together on Dick’s birthday. No one mentioned it to Doris, but we were thinking of the head of the Richards’s clan who had died about two years earlier as we enjoyed sumptuous repast together: Doris, Del and I, Dan and Karen, Cherie, Frank, and Heather. Stoney and Sue had been invited, but Stoney had come down with a bad cold and they were unable to come. Heather is very grown-up ten year old and was a delight to have around. After dinner we came over to Timberlane where my in-laws exchanged gifts with each other and we all enjoyed coffee and cheesecake and visited on the last of our multiple Christmas celebrations of family.

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? We’ll be with some friends wishing everyone of you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2005 was a year of changes and may we all build a new world out of the changes and challenges of 2005 as we move through 2006. May the Christ spirit enter your hearts and fill you and yours will with Love and Wisdom in the New Year.

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  • Selected items from this year's Darwin Awards:

    After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

    As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."



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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 http://www.netflix.com/ 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.):
    “My Mother’s Castle” (1991) A modern classic. Sequel to “The Glory of My Father”, it picks up with Marcel’s going back to the city from his beloved hills and pining for a return. Christmas holidays brings the first return trek to enchanted house in the hills of Provence, which soon repeats every weekend. Marcel meets a girl his own age and becomes her devoted admirer until she literally treats him like a dog. But there is a dark force at work on the 9 km walk each way to the house: a castle that causes Augustine, Marcel’s mother, to tremble in fear. And thereupon lies a tale. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “The Chronicles of Narnia” (2005) This is a movie kept waiting for computer-graphics effects. Hardly a human being in the body of the movie. Wolves, beavers, a Lion, cheetahs, leopards, unicorns, fauns, centaurs, dwarves, and every form of wild animal imaginable, of all shapes and sizes. And two sons of Adam, Edmund and Peter, and two daughters of Eve, Lucy and Susan, who will rule over them after the White Witch is defeated, but that will require a sacrifice, as Aslan well knows.
    “Pool Hall Junkies” (2003) Who can out-hustle the hustler? Mars Callahan stars in a brilliant performance as Johnnie the Hustler, Director, and Writer of the movie. In the climactic scene are Rod Steiger, Christopher Walken, and Chazz Palminteri. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Empire Falls” (2005) A cast of stars fill this look at a small New England village where everyone ‘nose’ everyone else’s business. Ed Harris unravels a dark secret of his past while he attempts to survive in the present running a small grill on main street. (2 DVD set)
    "Monsieur Ibrahim" (2003) with Omar Sharif playing a Sufi running a small convenience store on Blue Street in a Red Light district near Paris. He befriends Moses Schmitt, a young boy just turned 16, who shops and shoplifts in his store. He teaches Momo as he calls him about life using brilliant concepts and passages from the Koran, the eponymous flowers from the original title of this movie, “Flowers of the Koran.” Like Cinema Paradiso, this is a story of an aged man and a young boy from whom learns a trade, but what trade?
    “Polar Express” (2004) A frigid trip from skepticism into belief. Does that ring a bell?
    “Oklahoma!” (1955) Del and I both watched this movie for the first time fifty years ago. On the large SONY TV with letterboxing, it was like we were both back in the balcony of the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans with its TODD-AO projector and screen and high fidelity sound, only this time together. The movie has aged well. It was as delightful as the first time. Ali Kakim and Ado Annie, Laurey and Curley, Jud Fry, the whole gang had not aged a moment in fifty years and the timeless Abel-Cain story of the farmer and the cowboy played itself out with verve in front of our eyes. We laughed at the lines hones over years of Broadway productions before they were cast in celluloid for all time. The music I listened to from the 1940s as pop tunes on AM radio was as fresh as ever. “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” will make you feel once more that “everything is going is your way.”
    “A Box of Moonlight” (1997) John Turturro goes middle-age crazy when he searches for a lake from his childhood and runs into Sam Rockwell who “lives off the grid” and gridlock of John’s up-tight life and who unlocks a “box of moonlight” which holds the key to releasing John from his chains. A DON’T MISS HIT
    “Shine” (1997) with Goeffrey Rush as David Helfgott a great pianist driven neurotic by an over-controlling father. The last scene which begins with dressing for concert, he puts on a tuxedo and two different black shoes, a parallelism to his mismatched brain hemispheres. After this concert is a huge success, the standing ovation brings his two hemispheres into unison, and tears pour from his eyes. The movie ends with a cemetery scene in which David is talking normally, no stuttering or verbal perseveration, indicating the unison of his hemispheres.
    “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938) a wonderful life director Frank Capra’s farce about a riotous family in a house sought to complete an urban parcel by a stodgy magnate. When the magnate’s son falls in love with the family’s daughter, the two cultures meets in a hilarious denouement in which they live happily every after.
    “Long Kiss Goodnight” (1996) with Geena Davis and Sam Jackson doing a Schwarznegger and Jami Curtis “True Lies” bit of their own. Imagine a housewife waking up to find she had been a killer for the CIA and they were out to kill her. As her submerged ID emerges, she is chopping carrots very quickly and then throws the knife, impaling a tomato on the wall of the kitchen. “A chef can do that!” she says with a smile. Sam Jackson sings, “uh-uhn, uh-uhn-uhn,” as he walks around doing things, another memorable bit. Bullets fly, bodies strew around, and our heroes prevail in the end in this unbelievable, but fun movie to watch. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Grizzly Man” (2005) about Timothy Treadwell who studied brown grizzly bears by living with them in the wild. You’d think one would eventually kill him and eat him, and one did — both him and his girl friend. His camera was running, but the lens cap was covered. The sound track was too grisly and graphic of their being mauled and eaten to be played, Werner Herzog, the director, said and recommended that Jewel, Timothy’s former girl-friend who received his remains, never listen to the tape and destroy it. A film study of an amazing naturalist who gave his life for the bears containing amazing footage, up close and personal, of grizzly bears and foxes, who, apart from his girl friend, were Timothy’s only friends in the wilderness.

    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.

    "Down by Law" (1985) with Roberto Begnini of "A Beautiful Life" in a "A Boring Life". A guy drives drunk, goes to jail, breaks out. Walks around through swamps and not much happens. A DVD STOMPER
    “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (2005) The phrase DVD Stomper is much too mild for this one. Take an assault rifle and empty ten clips into it, then hit it with a rocket launcher. Blow up three houses in the process and then sit down and watch a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Whatever you do, don’t watch this movie in the first place. A DVD Stomper!

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


    “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984) Robin Williams' film debut as a Russian newly transplanted to the shores of the Hudson River in NYC. Insightful and entertaining look at modern immigrants taking a bite out of the Big Apple.
    “Head On” (2004) is a drive head on into a brick wall for the guy and a wrist-slicing for the gal of a couple who find each other in a psycho-ward and she says, by way of introduction of herself, “Marry me.” Knowing he was a Turkish man in Germany was enough to qualify him to be her husband. It was her trip out of the clutches of her family into the arms of other men for sex, other men meaning other than her husband. This is a torturous and tortuous courtship and marriage, but ends individuation for both.
    “Earth” (1998) Second movie in Trilogy by Deepa Mehta. An intense look at the Hindu, Muslim, and other factions in the aftermath of India’s independence from 250 years of British rule. You saw it from the British viewpoint in "Ghandi", now watch it from the Indian viewpoint, up close and personal.
    “Bewitched” (2005) with Nicole Kidman in a nested role: an actress playing a witch playing a witch in a reprise of a television show in which another actress played a witch. Nicole didn’t want it known she was a witch and neither did the TV witch she was playing. Well, they kept all the parts separate without becoming ludicrous, only mildly funny, and entertaining to the end when love wins over all obstacles.
    “Run Lola Run” (1998) which involves Lola running during the entire movie. Her boy friend has lost a bag with $100,000 in it and will be killed if he doesn’t get it back or replace it in 20 minutes. Lola runs and thinks and things happen to her, like she gets shot and killed. Somehow she begins the running episode again, only the outcome is different. And then a third time, the episode starts over. An intriguing look at alternate realities and the close timing of all events. Fun watching for the cars which collide in one version, then barely miss in the next one.
    “Two Sisters” (2002) about twin sisters who were separated at five years old when their mother died. The sick one was sent to live in Holland with a rich family and the other one was sent to a farm. A poignant look at how WWII alienated two sisters growing up in war-time Germany and Holland a few hundred miles away from each other.
    “Bewitched” (2005) with Nicole Kidman in a nested role: an actress playing a witch playing a witch in a reprise of a television show in which another actress played a witch. Nicole didn’t want it known she was a witch and neither did the TV witch she was playing. Well, they kept all the parts separate without becoming ludicrous, only mildly funny, and entertaining to the end when love wins over all obstacles.


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    This Cajun story was adapted from a story about Rudyard Kipling, a writer so famous, that everyone was supposed to have read Kipling. An old joke went this way: A young man asked a comely blonde he had just met, "Do you like Kipling?" and she replied, "No, but I'm willing to try anything. Is it anything like skiing?" And now it's time for Boudreaux. (Thanks to Dr. Robert Schuller for his Dec. 1, 2005 Positive Minute which contained the story about Kipling. It can be found in his book, "Hours of Power" which contains a short meditation for each day.)

    Boudreaux began writing novels and soon his books were very popular. The local newspaper in Breaux Bridge criticized him for being such a mercenary, saying, "Boudreaux is now writing just for money. He's getting fifty dollars a word!"

    A reporter from the New Orleans Times-Picayune accosted Boudreaux one day after a book signing in New Orleans and said, "So you're the famous Boudreaux who's worth fifty dollars a word. Here's a hundred dollar bill. Give me two words." He handed him a pencil and pad to write on.

    Boudreaux put the $100 bill in his pocket and wrote on the pad, "Merci Beaucoup!"

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for January, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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    Egg Nog

    Background on Egg Nog: If you're looking for Egg Nog that tastes like it was made from scratch, but only takes a few minutes, try this one. It always draws raves at parties and requests for "Bring some next year!" The secret is simple: make your own whipped cream, grind your own nutmegs, and buy the cheapest local egg nog by the quart.

    Ingredients
    2 qts local egg nog
    1 pt heavy whipping cream
    1 tbsp or so Confectioners Sugar (powdered sugar will NOT work)

    1 or 2 whole nutmegs (pre-ground will NOT work)
    Tools/Serving Dishs Kitchen-Aid Mixer with metal mixing bowl
    Nutmeg hand grinder
    Elegant glass serving bowl and cups
    Silver Ladle


    Preparation
    An hour or so before beginning, place Metal Mixing Bowl in freezer or refrigerator to chill it before whipping the cream .

    Pour whipping cream into mixing bowl and set speed on high. Cover with towel to catch splatter at first. Slowing sprinkle in the confectioners sugar. (Powdered sugar doesn't have cornstarch, so do not use it for best results.)

    Monitor consistency of whipped cream by stopping mixer and lifting mixing blades. When cream has a slight peak, it's ready. (If you over-whip, it will turn to butter, so monitor carefully after it begins to thicken slightly. The pre-chilling of the bowl helps prevent this also. )

    With spatula, move the whipped cream to the serving bowl. Hand grind one whole nugmeg over the top of the cream.

    Pour the egg nog from the quart container into the middle of the bowl. It will pour through the whipped cream, carrying some cream and nutmeg into the bottom, which will blend in and add a creamy texture and flavor to the egg nog.

    Serving Suggestion
    The egg nog can be prepared ahead of time a few hours and placed in the fridge till ready to serve. If you would carry the egg nog to a party, do not pour the egg nog into the whipping cream until you arrive at the party. The whipping cream will not slosh around if properly whipped. It will be the consistency of stiff meringue. Transfer store-bought egg nog to glass decanter. It will look like this when first poured into whipped cream.

    Other options
    Don't tell anyone that it's anything but home-made. You did whip your own cream and grind your own nutmegs, didn't you? Tell them it's Bobby Jeaux's Kitchen recipe, if you like, and that they can Google "Bobby Jeaux's Egg Nog" if they want to make it.



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    6. POETRY by BOBBY from Yes, and Even More!:
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    Sons of Beaches

    Those sons of beaches
           who haven’t been to the beach
           often enough

    Often have pools in their backyards
           until they’ve actualized the parts
           of themselves
           the pool symbolizes
           often enough,
           then their next house will be sans pool.

    If you can get the feeling a pool gives you
           without the hassle of a pool,
           you would never have a pool,

    But in life, you never know until you find out.

    Sons of Beaches: Written April 10, 1996 at Timberlane about 5:15 pm. I was listening to WWOZ radio playing Old Devil Moon, several James Rivers selections, and Postcard by Music Collage Records. My neighbor just build a pool in his backyard, which got me thinking about the beautiful kidney-shaped pool in my backyard in California. I enjoyed the pool, especially the cleaning of the pool which was a meditation I performed every Saturday morning. After three years of the pool there, I have no desire to have a pool in my backyard again.

    Soaking in water is a metaphor or symbol for activating a feeling state in yourself. If you don’t believe this is a universal symbol, watch any love story movie and watch the soaking with water that accompanies falling in love. The movie, Singing in the Rain, took the metaphor into its title. Love Story used frozen water, the snow angels. In Top Hat Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers got wet as they sang and danced to, “Isn’t This A Lovely Day to Caught in the Rain?” Just watch and wait, the water will show up. It may be a brief shower, a glass of liquid poured over someone’s head, football coaches after championship games get chests full of icy water poured over them, or a fall or dive into a pool — as in Goodbye Columbus. The details of entering a feeling state so that love can happen are endless, but water will is the omnipresent agent of the transition.

    One additional note: the last line of poem is Matherne’s Rule No. 2: You never know until you find out.

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for January:
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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 Genius of Language — Observations for Teachers by Rudolf Steiner

    Excerpts from Review:
    Ponder everything you learned about consonants and vowels in school, and you will likely, as I did, only recall being taught about the separation of the alphabet into 5 vowels and 21 consonants, and not much more. In these lectures, Steiner gives us much more to consider. Consonant sounds are those we make in imitation of the world outside of us. This easily explain the prevalence of consonants in the speech of primitive folk, such as the tongue-clickers of Kenya. Cultures just learning languages use gestures to discuss features of the outside world. This is something that it’s possible to watch today as people use gestures to complement their speech, especially when attempting to describe some physical object. Soon these gestures feed into the body and modulate the speech mechanisms to create analogous consonant sounds. Examples which come to me are words like flutter, jingle, tintinnabulation, etc. The consonants chop up sounds flowing from the larynx like the action in the outside world portrayed by word the consonants comprise.

    In the case of vowels — Aah! There’s the power of vowels! They allow us to express our inner feelings in a situation. “Oh, Boy!” is a demonstration of enthusiasm as much as a verbal phrase of language. Its power resides in the powerful repeated vowel, “O”. Anyone hearing that expression can immediately and directly pick up the excitement inside the speaker. Over the ages, the primitive peoples speaking only consonants begin to discover vowels along with the discovery of and wish to represent their inner feelings. The vowels begin to be interlaced with the consonants to form a type of speech we are more familiar with now. In an interjection the translator states, “Wadler once described the consonant as the musical instrument on which the vowel-melody is played, hence the ever-changing vowels in epochs of time and in comparable languages.”

    When one begins to grasp the interplay of consonants and vowels in language rightly, one must agree with Steiner that the “bow-wow” theory of language development is barking up the wrong tree! As he says further on page 28, “. . . the ‘bow-wow’ or ‘ding-dong’ theories are horribly wrong. They are incorrect and superficial.” Speech sounds, rightly understood, are connected with whatever we want to reveal of soul and spirit.

    The little boy or girl inside each of us is a feeler, a part of us which can tap into inward feelings and respond to them. It is the reason that nursery rhymes are so popular with children, and when parents read them to their small children, if they match with their children’s feeling states as they are intensified by the repetitive rhymes, they will enjoy themselves as well.

    On the other hand, we drive our children into materialism by giving them abstract instruction instead of nursery rhymes. Waldorf teachers were exhorted to use concrete examples when teaching subject matter instead of chopping up the subject matter into pieces and treating each piece as if it could exist outside of the total subject matter. The chopping into pieces of the school day is one example of this kind of so-called modern treatment of subjects which deadens the bodies, souls, and minds of the young children in schools. Those schools which use such digitization of a whole subject create materialistic robots who regurgitate material to achieve graduation from school instead of actually learning with their body, soul, and spirit.

    http://www.doyletics.com/arj/geniusof.htm

    2.) ART: Zen in the Art of the Tea Ceremony by Horst Hammitzsch

    The Tea Ceremony is one of the most inscrutable Japanese customs to the Western mind that I can think of. It consists merely of boiling water and drinking tea. Why would one bother to make a big deal of that? Don’t people drink tea in England every day? They boil water and drink tea morning, noon, and night. And yet here is an entire book devoted to this very same process which is called an art in Japan. The official name is the “Tea Way” or sado.

    [page 7] The concept ‘Way’ stands at the very heart of the cultural and intellectual life of Japan. It is the guiding principle of all the multifarious arts of the Japanese islands, and not least of the practice of ceremonial tea drinking. The Way is the tradition of any given art. In the absence of a Way there can be no progress for the practitioner of that art.

    In this review I have managed only to point to the Tea Ceremony as a ritual of living grace in simple surroundings in which two people, the host and the guest, may meet each other as equals. Do not mistake my description for an actual Tea Ceremony — that can only be experienced directly.

    [page 97] He who would admire the beauty of the moon
                     should not direct his gaze at the pointing finger!

    http://www.doyletics.com/art/ zenteace.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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    8. COMMENTARY:
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    In this section I like to comment on events in the world, in my life, and in my readings which have come up during the month. These are things I might have shared with you in person, if we had had the opportunity to coverse during the month. If we did, then you may recognize my words. If I say some things here which upset you, rest assured that you may skip over these for the very reason that I would likely have not brought up the subject to spoil our time together in person.

    1. Padre Filius sees an Interesting Billboard 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.


    2. Underwater Burglary

    One day I went to a plumbing supply house to get a replacement toilet valve. The guy behind the counter told me this true story he heard the day before:

    A guy in Stonebridge, a subdivision several miles away, had his house burglarized right after Katrina. When he returned home, he saw that his large screen TV set was stolen and nothing else. His only other major problem was the green scum in his in-ground swimming pool out back. Several weeks later, he got around to having his pool drained to be cleaned out and guess what they found in the bottom of his pool? That’s right! His TV set. Now guess what they found under his large TV set — the guy who was trying to steal it!

    3. Another Sign of NOrmalcy

    Our favorite NO radio station, WWOZ, is back in New Orleans in a new studio at the corner of Peters and Decatur overlooking the French Quarter. Sure is good to have them return from the temporary off-site location in Baton Rouge and physically back in New Orleans. Also great to have the DJs looking out on the streets of the French Quarter near the French Market. This is a community-supported radio station which is devoted to the Music of New Orleans and still has Disc Jockeys who select and play their favorite music. A new generation of disc jockeys have replaced my long-time favorites: The Fat Man, Big Mama, and Moose, but the music is evergreen and as good as ever. You can hear Old-time NO Jazz, Funky Blues, Zydeco, Cajun, Swing, Blue Grass, gospel, Brazilian, Caribbean, Irish, International Music (Cousin Dimitri), Brass Bands, Mardi Gras music, Jazz from the Park, 1950s Rhythm and Blues, Records from the Crypt, or whatever kind of NO music your heart desires played by a live DJ whom you can contact by email or phone to request a piece of music which you can listen to anywhere in the world. That's WWOZ, 90.7 FM or Live on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.wwoz.org/

    I've just sent off my contribution to help WWOZ rebuild and I encourage fans of this fine station elsewhere to do the same. Send checks to:

    WWOZ
    PO Box 51840
    New Orleans, LA, 70151
    4. Comments from Readers:
    • Thanks, Bobby, for naming me an "honored reader" for the month. Notice arrived on Nov. 30, my birthday, so it was like a birthday card.
      — Dorothy Bowles, Tennessee
    • I found your digest from a search on Askjeeves.com. It's a breath of fresh air. Only thing is, I can't seem to register....I would very much like to receive the digest if at all possible. Keep on keepin' on......I've been starving for a digest like the one you so generously share.
      God bless you,
      — Brenda Finch
    • I am moving in December to Seguin (pronounced say-GEEN), Texas, Bobby. We'll stay in touch as I shall be keeping abreast with the Good Mountain Press Digests.
      — Dave Lyons, formerly New Orleans, now Texas
    • Dear Bobby,
      Sam and I are ok. We lost our house and are living and working out of 2223 Lowerline, which was to have been my office. It's a bit tight, but we are making it work. We've been back since Tuesday before Thanksgiving. My therapy practice is doing well and I will start up "The Inner Journey Home" probably in January or February. I was glad to read in your newsletter that you and Del came through Katrina well.
      Love to you both,
      — Patricia Dunbar, New Orleans
    • [Responding to request for new Mailing Address:]
      Bobby & Del,
      Oh, thank heavens for organized wives and compliant husbands who cooperate to send Christmas greetings! My whereabouts these days is in Plattsburgh, New York.
      Yours, Kevin Dann
    • [Writing in my Guestbook:]
      Bobby,
      I am always brought to a good place by your writings, sir. You really are a skilled and educated fellow. Thanks for having the digest!
      Kevin Wiseman
      P. S. I put a link on my blog page.
    • [Sent Email to me:]
      You know those speed trap/red light cameras police departments often use to catch those who speed or run red lights ? Well, apparently one of them in New Orleans was still functioning during Hurricane Katrina and caught this infraction. Notice the speed caught in the black square ! In case you can't read it, it says 133.4 miles per hour.
      — Max Green, New Orleans

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