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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #062 Published February 1, 2006 ~~~
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Quote for the Mardi Gras Month of February:

It is hereby decreed that melancholy be put to route, and joy unconfined seize our subjects, young and old of all genders and degrees...that the spirit of make-believe descend upon the realm and banish from the land the dull and the humdrum and the commonplace of daily existence.
Morgan L. Whitney, King of Carnival (Rex),1967

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #062, February 2006
Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. February's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for February
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Eggs over Rice
6. New Poem by Bobby :"On Writing a Sonnet"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for February:

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 #062
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1. February Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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For newcomers to the Digest, we have created a webpage of all the Violet-n-Joey cartoons! Check it out at: http://www.doyletics.com/vjtoons.htm Also note the rotating calendar and clock that follows just to the right of your mouse pointer as you scroll down the page. You'll also see the clock on the 404 Error page if you make a mistake typing a URL while on the doyletics.com website.

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This month Violet and Joey learn that it's Gonna Be One of Those Days.

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2. HONORED READERS FOR February:
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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 February are:

Emanuel Blosser in Haslett, Michigan

Stephen Chesnut in New Orleans

Congratulations, Emanuel and Stephen!


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3. ON A PERSONAL NOTE:


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Out Our Way:

Let me start with a note about a New Year’s Eve party we attended at Ruth Ryan and Ted Graham’s temporary lodgings in uptown New Orleans while their home near the London Avenue canal is undergoing restoration from its inundation by the dour ladies, Katrina and Rita. At the party we met Ernie Kadoe’s widow, Antoinette. She was wearing a T-shirt proclaiming herself “Emperor’s Widow” since her husband was a New Orleans musician famous for proudly calling himself, “The Emperor of the Universe.” Later in the month I heard this story from Cousin Dimitri, a WWOZ Disc Jockey, which may or may be true, but it would seem fit for Antoinette to have done this thing. The story claims that a newspaper article in the Atlanta Constitution stated that Ernie Kadoe evacuated New Orleans during Katrina. This might be considered a serious news story, if the reader didn’t know, as every New Orleanian does, that Ernie has been dead for some time. Since Antoinette has a full-size mannikin of her dead husband in her home, she wrote to the Constitution refuting its story thusly: “I want you to know that Ernie Kadoe did not evacuate New Orleans during Katrina. I have him wrapped in three plastic bags in my attic.” As we hereabouts like to say, “Only in New Orleans!”

For New Year’s Day, I made the traditional New Orleans dinner: black eye peas and cabbage. After mass at St. Joseph’s we came home to have dinner. In the afternoon I watched the Saints game while viewing three lectures on economics through the twentieth century. Some professor at UCSB gave a lecture about his book “War Made Easy” lambasting the Bush administration. In the Q&A period afterward, no kid in the audience had any questions about the professor’s assumptions, having apparently introjected fully his blatant anti-Bush rhetoric. For example, he quoted Voltaire, “Anyone who can make you believe in absurdities can lead you to commit atrocities.” Sounds to me that’s exactly what he’s attempting to do: convince young college students to believe in absurdities so that atrocities by terrorists will be made easy. In another spot in his lecture he quoted King Lear, “Madmen lead the blind.” Gee, that sounds exactly like what Howard Dean is doing to the Democrats!

Early this month we lost the TV Guide Scroller which announces the coming programs on cable. COX action seems onerous since the Times-Picayune since Katrina is no longer publishing the TV Focus each Sunday, so now we viewers have no access to what programs are on TV at all! I began bookmarking our favorite cable channels in my browser to make it possible to check programs airing each night. The DISH Network Satellite in the Timberlane Screening Room offers us a scroller which is also helpful for satellite programs that are common to them and COX, but not for local broadcast and cable channels. By the end of the month, we had arranged to have digital cable installed by COX for an extra $8 a month and now have a user-interactive program scroller which is integrated with the DVR (Digital Video Recording) so a simple button push of a program on the scroller gets it recorded.

Anyone who hasn’t gotten a DVR yet has a treat in store. Recording is done on a random-access hard drive. No rewinding pauses ever. Plus whatever program you’re currently watching is automatically recorded whether you ask it to or not. Why is this important? Ever have a phone call you need to take during a critical portion of “Law and Order” or “JAG”? With DVR, simply PUSH the PAUSE button and when you return, two wonderful things happen: First, when you push PLAY, the program continues from where you were so rudely interrupted. Second, you can then FAST FORWARD over commercials until you reach real-time broadcasting again. If your phone call was lucky enough to outlast the time used for commercials in the rest of your program, you can speed over all of the commercials. To set this possibility up ahead of time, simply leave your DVR set to the channel of your program and begin watching it when the real-time program is about halfway through. Simply rewind to the beginning and then you can be sure to skip all the commercials. A DVR is like owning a time machine which allows you to move backward and forward in time in the world of live television.

First week of the month, I needed to go duck hunting and have my power supply replaced on my PC, so I scheduled them to occur during the same week. I drove up to Alexandria in time to watch the 2006 BCS National Championship game. LSU won it in 2004. One in a row for LSU and one in a row for UCS, and now one in a row for Texas. The next morning we were in the duck blinds in a rice field and more ducks than we’d seen in years visited our blinds. We took home almost a full day’s limit of ducks: two green head mallards, two female pintails, several spoonies (widgeons), gray ducks, teal and a black duck. The next day was just as enjoyable even though we shot only one duck.

I did have an adventure trying to find a duck stamp in Alexandria. My son-in-law Wes told me to go to Security Sporting Goods. I did and the lady in Customer Service told me there were no duck stamps left in the entire city! This is the major city in Central Louisiana, the heart of duck hunting for middle part of the state and no duck stamps! I was incredulous! She told me of two small towns I’d never heard of where it is reported that the Post Offices still have duck stamps. I asked for directions to Tioga. She said, “Take the Shreveport Highway north . . .” “Wait,” I told her, I need highway numbers to find this place on a map.” The guy behind me said, “Hwy 71.” I had only about two hours to find this small post office and buy my duck stamp before it closed so I could go duck hunting the next day! I arrived in Tioga in time, located the Post Office next to a tire store as I had been told. About five people came in behind me, and the gal I asked for a duck stamp went in the back to retrieve one. The other gal at the counter, a comely blonde, said, “You know, you need one for every duck.” She gave me a smile which let me know she was kidding, but I played along with the game and said, “And where do I attach the stamp to the duck?” She replied without missing a beat, “Anywhere it will stick,”. I said, “I came all the way from New Orleans to Alexandria to go duck hunting, and I can’t buy a duck stamp anywhere in the city!” The guy behind me said, “That’s because of all the people from New Orleans who came here to go duck hunting.” Probably an accurate depiction of the case.

On the way back to Alexandria, I stopped to buy some Hammond Strawberries at a roadside vendor for $15 a half-flat. Then I stopped at the site of the original 1860 LSU campus in Pineville and walked the trail around the remaining foundations of the ruins of the original buildings.

Kim and Del were in Beaumont meeting with Carla and Jim and Gina so Wes gave me a couple of options for restaurants for supper and I chose the Suburban Garden, an Italian restaurant where all the politicos meet to eat. Camille Gravel, recently deceased, was a prominent diner there with his own crowd and room to eat in. I had the shrimp fettucine and it was very good. We brought some of their famous bread back with us. It is really good warmed up the next day.

This has been a month of moving things around. Out with the old furniture and in with the new. To make room for the two Bombay (Bombé) chests from Del's mom, we gave our glass étagères, end tables and matching glass lamps to our granddaughter Tiffany. We have finally reached the point where all eight of our children are flush with furniture so we are able to turn to the next generation for castoffs. The next move will be the dining room set, china cabinet, and tv set from her mom's place, which to find room for, we will need to move stuff around here in the garage, bedroom, Screening Room, and Dining Room.

For several months we've been wanting to go our local Gretna Farmer's Market. We had attended the one in Bloomington, Indiana with our son, Rob, and wanted to see the new version here a few miles away. Coincidentally, it was on Rob's birthday, so I called to see if he went as his custom to his Farmer's Market on Saturday, but he was sleeping in on his birthday. When we got there we noticed that it was the second Saturday of the month and therefore had the Art Walk as well going on. Had a great chance to talk to photographers who were displaying their artworks and ask them if they were using digital. Unanimous "Yes". Also asked what camera they used. One photographer told me he usually showed his work in Bay St. Louis, but "it doesn't exist any more." Another Katrina victim. But it will come back to its status as a local art colony someday soon, no doubt.

One day Del was having trouble with her email folders. After some wrong paths, I finally found the solution. Later that day I received an email from her saying "Many, Many Thanks! What would I do without my live-in computer guro? My files would be eternally confused." It is a little known fact that the hierarchy of "guru" progress upward from gura, gure, gury, guru, to guro. I must have guro'ed on her.

Our first Carnival Ball of the season was the Caesar's Ball at the downtown Hilton Hotel Ballroom as guest of Mike and Wendy Jamison who had a daughter, Michelle, as a Maid in the Caesar's Krewe. Had a great time with the Jamisons and the Webbs. We felt like part of the Jamison family this night. Had a table close to the front, which made for good viewing and obnoxiously loud music. UGH! Had the Top Cats blaring horrible music into our ears. Got much better when the Bobby Cure’s Summertime Blues band took over on the opposite side of the ballroom. Michelle Jamison looked beautiful in her jazz motif gown as she paraded down the aisle. Filled my Sony CyberShot with photos. Del took two photos of me and Wendy which got a laugh when I showed them to folks back and forth in quick succession, so I created an animated .gif of the two photos. Wendy is at least an inch or two taller than me, and in the first photo I was looking at her accusing her of having on high-heeled shoes — which she denied — while standing on my toes to be as tall as she was (for a minute or so) during the photos. To view all the photos I took of the Caesar's Ball, Click Here.

We attended the CODOFIL breakfast at LeBlanc's restaurant this month, but didn't play cards at Timberlane afterwards because we had to take Del's mom, Doris, to the airport to fly to Charlotte, SC, for a followup eye operation. Good news was she was healing so well, she didn't need the operation after all. She managed the flight on commercial airlines just fine this time and enjoyed the few days visit with her son, Dan and his family.

I updated my various Steiner reviews this month so that every review has a link to SteinerBooks webpage where they can buy the reviewed book. Before these changes, most of the reviews simply pointed to the main page of the SteinerBooks website. In exchange, the SteinerBooks webpages for each of the books I’ve reviewed links to my review for people who may need more information about the book before choosing to buy it.

Mostly good news in the Sports Pages this month. The Saints have new 42-yr-old head coach, Sean Payton. As a quarterback coach, he is likely to provide us a solution to the inept handling of Saints’ quarterbacks for the past sick, er, six years. The Hornets have raised their record to 50% at 19-19 for first time in a while and seem to be playoff bound. Wish they were New Orleans bound. LSU beat Miss State and Ole Miss and are an unbeaten 6-0 in the SEC so far. Only losses were last minute losses calls to Top 20 teams outside the SEC like Ohio State and Connecticut. Look for LSU in the Top 25 soon. If the acrobatic Tyrus Thomas gets comfortable with his short jump shots, watch out! And Baseball Season for the Tigers begins soon.

Our son, Rob, gave me a Ticket to the Moon for Christmas. One breezy, sunny January day with temps in the 60s, I used my Ticket to the Moon and took a twenty minute nap in it. Ticket to the Moon is the name of my parachute silk hammock which tucks into its own attached pocket. Becomes so small I can put it in my side cargo pants pocket. Only 14 ounces in weight. It would have been too cold to lay outside in one of our rope hammocks but it was wonderful inside the silk cocoon thanks to the blue flap which could be pinned shut. I could sleep peacefully for a refreshing twenty minute nap. With my Ticket to the Moon in my pocket, I’m ready for as long a hike as I want. Anywhere there’s trees, I can take a relaxing nap in the middle of my hike.

This month we moved a step closer to having all eight of our children married. Jim gave Gina a dozen long-stemmed red roses, got down on his knee, and proposed marriage to her. She accepted! This will automatically bump our grandchildren total by two. The new grand total is 19 and great-grand total is 2. Welcome Gina, Amanda and Kirt to the family! Hallmark Greeting Cards’ stock should climb a bit on this news.

Our Christmas present from Del’s mom arrived this month in the form of a newly landscaped front yard. We settled on a couple of our Marcie Street kids who called Del “Mom” when they came over to play with Stoney and his brothers, Peter Marino and John Henry Marino. They are living out of state and want dearly to return to Louisiana. Peter and his friend Doug own a landscaping business in Oakland, California and are here for a couple of weeks to get their business started here. Before they were finished with Timberlane’s front yard, at least two of our neighbors stopped and asked them to do their front yards. Seems our front yard now has “curb appeal” thanks to the Marino brothers and Doug! Thanks, guys! The best part of the new landscaping is the smile it has put on Del’s face. She has wanted this for a long time.

After the Cable Girl installed our Digital Cable Box and DVR, I needed to integrate it into the five TVs in the Screening Room. After my first attempt I had two sets of sounds coming from speaker system. Problem came from putting a sound Output into the Output instead of Input of Video 1 causing the sounds from two sources to be merged together. Then I connected VCR No. 4 so that it could drive the Sanyo TV. I had to create a legend and a diagram with tables showing what displays what so that anyone (including me) could operate the system with minimal training. Spent about 4 hours doing that and with the help of the diagram and my understanding I was able to make it simplified enough to communicate it to Del without her having to go on overload as she often has in the past when I described how to use the devices in the Screening Room. After that I realized that I had done the 4 hours of work in preparation for a lesson lasting only about 15 minutes. I incorporated what I had learned from studying Steiner’s “Soul Economy” and did it right away, Kid!

This month we finally received a bid for restoring our fourplex by a local contractor and authorized him to get started as soon as possible. In addition we hired some painters to repaint the basement apartments we have cleaned out over the past two months. They had not been painted for about ten years and needed it badly. Next step is to get new flooring installed.

Bought and viewed a DVD of “Stir It Up” by the Imagination Movers (See blurb under Hits below). I remember our friend Mary Hicks telling me that her husband Smitty was part of this group doing fun and educational stuff for kids, so when I spotted the DVD for sale at the PJs Coffeeshop on Orleans Avenue, I bought it. And now we need to get all our small grandkids a chance to watch it. Click Album Cover for more information on how to order one for your kids.

Well, February is next with more King Cakes, Balls, and Mardi Gras parades. It is the time of year when New Orleans comes alive, and that rejuvenation is especially important this year. Those nay-sayers about Mardi Gras have no idea how important it is for the city and surroundings. People need their soul filled like construction machines need their gas tanks filled or no work of reconstruction will get done. The Mardi Gras Season fills the soul of the people who voluntarily put on these balls and parades at their own expense. Pro Bono Publico is Rex, King of Carnival's motto: For the Good of the Public, and we will see that Mardi Gras is for the good of the public, especially during this year of reconstruction and restoration. We have been blessed with helpers in our reconstruction from distant places like Michigan, Idaho, Maryland, Connecticut, among many other places in this great land during the past five months. What better way of saying thanks than inviting them to our huge block party called Mardi Gras? Laissez Bon Temps Roulez! Merci Beaucoup, nos Amis!

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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.):
“Island” (2005) is a haunting drama about marginalized people like in Bruchner’s Woyzeck — this time they are clones created to provide spare parts for their sponsor if an organ is needed. The clones are called “products” and a recall of this product means mass extinction of living human beings. But the products go willingly because they have won the Lottery and get to go to the Island.
“Nora” (2000) is a headstrong Irish lass who attracts James Joyce and marries him. We get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Joyce’s family life as he and Nora head to Trieste to raise two children, live, and write. A Don't Miss Hit!
“The Great Raid” (2005) takes us crawling on the ground with the mission to rescue 517 American troops from a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines. We also catch glimpses of loved ones supporting the underground resistance in Manila and the horrible conditions inside the prison camp.
“The Incredibles” (2004) What if Super Heroes have to drop out of sight? Can they keep their powers hidden or sneak in a good deed every so often? A fun look at superherodom and the foibles of today’s parenthood.
“Joe the King” (1999) is a boy growing up in a dysfunctional family who resorts to stealing to survive. A heartbreaking look at survival in a family and school system which either ignores him or abuses him or both. A Johnny Ray song brought to life.
“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” (2005) and the even wilder Mark Bittner, who loved them, a much saner human being than the “Grizzly Man,” fill this heart-warming look at love in action on Telegraph Hill — Coit a trip. A Don't Miss Hit!
“The Chorus” (2004) Clément Mathieu lands a job as Prefect at a boarding school for boys and forms the rowdy bunch into a chorus. He does an amazing job of establishing rapport with his students even though the head master attacks him, sabotages him, and eventually fires him. This is the “Dead Poets Society” in French. A Don’t Miss Hit!
“Stir It Up” (2004) by the Imagination Movers. Four guys named Scott, Dave, Rich, and Smitty light up the screen with their imagination and rhythm and get all kids of all ages up and moving around. Clean up your room! Brush your teeth! Go to sleep! None of these events ever seemed more fun than when the Movers get moving. Fifteen “Blue Suit” videos in Movervision.

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.

“Chasing Amy” (1997) Ben Affleck is a total waste of talent in this confused movie. A DVD Stomper
“Constant Gardener” (2005) was shoveling manure in the form of Hollywood messages. DVD STOMPER.
“Naqoyqatsi” (2002) The good news is that we learn how the title is pronounced right away. The bad news is that it is the only word spoken during the entire movie! The blur of images and music may be meaningful to some people, but I’d rather lie down on a bed of sharp nails for an hour and half than spend the time watching this DVD STOMPER!

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

“All I Wanted” (2002) was someone to love, Joshua Wood’s character seemed to be saying. He wrote letters to a father he never knew and stored them in a trunk. His mother was hopelessly neurotic. Lisa was in love with the stage, and Jane was in love with some lanky guitar player. Will he ever get all he wanted?
“Slap Shot” (1977) A bunch of slap-happy hockey players who are tired of getting beat up by their disgruntled fans take it out on their opponents and make the finals. Paul Newman is the player-coach in a role that must have been fun for him to play.
“Mondays in the Sun” (2002) about some newly unemployed dock workers who hang out together in a bar. Yep, that’s pretty much it. One guy jumps to his death, and another’s working wife almost leaves him.
“All I Wanted” (2002) was someone to love, Elijah Wood’s character seemed to be saying. He wrote letters to a father he never knew and stored them in a trunk. His mother was hopelessly neurotic. Lisa was in love with the stage, and Jane was in love with some lanky guitar player. Will he ever get all he wanted?
“Crash” (2005) is how people in L.A. get to touch each other is the premise of the movie. Together with a lot of Hollywood messages involving a lack of class. The impenetrable cloak was a nice touch. Stuff happens as they say, and brings people together.
“Broken Flowers” (2005) Bill Murray’s life as Don Johnston is empty. The only life in his elegant house after his girl friend Sherry leaves him is the cut roses in the vase on the floor next to a barren wall. Roses are “broken flowers” — cut away from their earthbound stems and roots, they are doomed to die. They give beauty and pleasure for a time before they disappear, like Sherry and the rest of bachelor Don’s ladies who seemed to fade away, leaving only thorns and a lifeless memory of what once was. This is Becket’s “Waiting for Godot” crafted into film form. [Note: Del’s comment when she read this blurb: “Well, the review’s a lot better than the movie was.”]


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Boudreaux went over to see his good buddy Broussard who had just returned from a cruise with his wife. Broussard was watching an LSU game and Boudreaux joined him. During half-time, Boudreaux said, “Wahl, told me about dat cruz you went on.”

Broussard said, “It was nice, 'specially de food. Talk about good! Mais you couldn’t turn around no, not without bumping into some buffet or hot meals. And the Captain’s Dinner — me I had to put one of dem tuxi-suits on. We had de champagne every meal, and the desserts, Bon Dieu! Never ate so much before again in my life, Boo!”

Boudreaux said, “Dat sounds like sumpin me and Marie would like. Told me, wat’s the name of the ship dat you was on?”

Broussard scratch his head, looks down, as if thinking real hard, and then finally looked up at Boudreaux and said, “You know that kind flower wat’s got dem sticky t’orns on it and smell real good?”

“You mean a rose?” Boudreaux asked.

“Mais oui! Dat’s it! Hey Rosie! Wat’s the name of dat cruise ship we was on last week?”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for February, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Eggs over Rice

Background on Eggs over Rice: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Hot Meal for Breakfast, Lunch, or Supper

Ingredients
Two medium eggs
Left-over Long grain/Wild Rice mixture
Salt and Pepper
Bertolli’s Extra Lite Olive Oil



Preparation
Scoop enough rice on dinner plate to cover middle. If rice was in fridge, heat for 30 seconds in microwave. If frozen, then heat for at least 60 seconds. Test middle of rice is warm by touching under middle of plate. (This is my universal test for whether a dish from microwave is heated throughout — test the bottom middle of container — it is the last place to receive heat.)

Cooking Instructions
Place enough olive oil to barely cover bottom of large frying pan. Turn heat on medium for about ten minutes before putting eggs in.

Crack two eggs carefully so as to keep the yolk whole and place them so they are separate in the pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and grind black pepper over them.

Cook until white is nearly solid, but yolk is still mostly liquid, then flip on opposite side and cook for only about ten seconds before transferring to top of warmed rice on serving plate. This makes one serving. For hearty appetites, add a third egg.

Serving Suggestion
This is a simple dish, but it will require several attempts to get it just right. The egg yolks must be liquidy enough to coat the rice in the plate or the result will be too dry for good eating. If one egg yolk breaks and cooks solid, add another egg to achieve the right balance.

Other options
This makes a great impromptu breakfast or light supper. My mother cooked this for us on many occasions as a child, and invariably the plates were wiped clean. If you have never frozen rice before or tried my Long Grain/Wild Rice recipe, check it out by Clicking Here. It includes instructions for freezing rice in convenient serving size portions for using with gumbos, soups, red beans, and eggs over rice.



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            On Writing a Sonnet

As I arranged my words upon the paper,
They seemed to me in complete disarray —
I tried to pull them into some order
But they resisted in a funny way.

The harder I pulled the harder they fought
To maintain their riotous behavior,
Not provide the denouement I sought,
And require me to become their savior.

So I decided to take another tack —
Lay the metric feet out back to back.
To find a resolution at the end
I did this sestet carefully append
In hopes this would end up like a sonnet
Rakish as a feather in a bonnet.

January 19, 2006: After listening to a lecture about the sonnet form, about how it needs some disorder, some feeling unresolved, some tension to be felt and then released, I thought that process would make a good theme for a sonnet in which my challenge would be to display in process and content the tensions which go into writing a sonnet.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for February:
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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 Four Sacrifices of Christ by Rudolf Steiner

From the title one might expect to find Steiner talking about four sacrifices that Christ Jesus made in the Bible, but only one of the sacrifices is written in the Bible, and that is the one which Steiner calls the Deed of Golgotha. The other three sacrifices are written in our human bodies and souls. These first three occurred long before writing came into being, and only the second and third appears to us out of the ages, not in the form of writing, but in the form of striking images.

What is a sacrifice if not a selfless act? One undergoes or gives up something for another. Four times during the Earth epoch of human evolution, Christ has unselfishly undergone a courageous act for the benefit of humankind. We have been the recipient of these four unselfish deeds, and we are consciously aware of only the fourth and most recent deed, up until now. That is the deed Christ Jesus performed by dying on Golgotha which is described in the New Testament.

What are the three earlier deeds and do we have records of them in some form in ancient writings? Read the review, or better yet the book, and find out.

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

2.) ARJ2: The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, Vol. 8 by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau lived a free life, working only occasionally as surveyor, and scarcely mentions working in these journals. He hated work, not because he was lazy, but because he saw better things to be doing with his time.

[page 7] Nov. 5. I hate the present modes of living and getting a living. Farming and shopkeeping and working at a trade or profession are all odious to me. I should relish getting my living in a simple, primitive fashion. . . . I believe in the infinite joy and satisfaction of helping myself and others to the extent of my ability. But what is the use in trying to live simply, raising what you eat, making what you wear, building what you inhabit, burning what you cut or dig, when those to whom your are allied insanely want and will have a thousand other things which neither you nor they can raise and nobody else, perchance, will pay for? The fellow-man to whom you are yoked is a steer that is ever bolting right the other way.
Read this book and enjoy shadowing Henry David Thoreau in his rounds of the woods, streams, and lakes of his beloved Concord and environs. Shiver with him through the big snow winter of 1856, the worst since 1780. Learn when he tells us his uncle was born during one big snow winter and died during the other. Catch glimpses of him remembering his mother on one occasion and his father on another. Attend the funeral of a great elm tree and read the obituary and eulogy he writes for the tree. Dog his heels from November through August and what do we learn from our time spent? We learn that walking with Henry is never dull — there is always some adventure, some lesson for him to learn in his university of the world, and we are blessed with the opportunity to audit he courses he is taking.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/tjr08rvw.htm

3.) ARJ2: Soul Economy — Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education by Rudolf Steiner

The answer to the question of what is "soul economy" requires the study of this entire book and the assimilation of its content and meaning at a soul level. Steiner has given us, as he might give to students in a Waldorf School, the concept of soul economy by the simplest means possible, this book. He arranged the maximum amount of material to be presented to us in the simplest means. This should help each of us to retain an overall view of this subject, not so much intellectually, but very much in our feeling life. Now read the next passage and imagine the two or three hours of preparation Steiner spent for these lectures for every half-hour he spoke or every half-hour we will spend reading them.

[page 118] The aim of Waldorf education is to arrange all of the teaching so that within the shortest possible time the maximum amount of material can be presented to students by the simplest means possible. This helps children retain an overall view of their subjects — not so much intellectually, but very much in their feeling life. It is obvious that such a method makes tremendous demands on teachers. I am convinced that, if teachers apply this method (which I would call a form of teaching based on "soul economy"), they will have to spend at least two or three hours of concentrated preparation for each half hour they teach. And they must be willing to do this if they want to avoid harming their students.

Do you understand that the task before you and me, dear Reader, is how can we help the genius in our children and grandchildren so that their wings of spirit are not clipped away by some desiccated, parchment-faced pedant following their rule book of educational practices? If so, you will recognize that until educational practices in public schools begin to take into consideration the reality of the full human being, it is comforting to know that there are Waldorf schools nearby to provide a place of unfettered flight for our beloved offspring.

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/soulecon.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 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 Reads the New Orleans Times-Picayune this Month:

Padre Filius, the cartoon character created by your intrepid editor and would-be cartoonist, will appear from time to time in this Section of the Digest to share us on some amusing or enlightening aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations. This month the good Padre reads a Sign on a Post-Katrina New Orleans Bar.




2. Rebuilding New Orleans: Ruth and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Our good friends Ruth Ryan and Ted Graham are rebuilding their home which was inundated by the London Avenue levee breach. They are transplants from Michigan who came to New Orleans because they love the music and culture here, and no hurricane Katrina water damage is going to deter them. Their section of the city was heavily damaged, and while they have some neighbors who have begun to restore homes around them, their home is much farther along than the others. Just got the gas restored, and their new electrical wiring is ready to be turned on. They are definitely pugnacious about rebuilding, as this photo shows which appeared of Ruth in front of their home in the New York Times on Jan 26, 2006. Way to go, Ruth and Ted!


3. Happy Valentine's Day to the World

"For God so loVed the world
        That He gA ve
             His onLY
             BegottEn
                   SoN
                       That whosever
         Believeth In Him
           Should Not perish,
        But have Everlasting life."

                   John 3:16





4. "No Parrots Died"

That was the headline of the "Parrots Monthly" in their first issue after the Titanic sank. I was reminded of this parochial view of the world when our local newspaper, The Times-Picayune, ran this headline the morning after President Bush's State of the Union Speech last night:

"No new promises for N. O. from Bush"

The Ship of State is still afloat, unlike the Titanic, and thanks to our courageous president, there have been no new terrorist attacks. What has sunk, however, is the chance that he will be able to keep the fiscally unsound pyramid plan of "Social Security" from sinking and carrying the so-called "government" of the USA with it to join the Titanic in Davy Jones' Locker together with the other follies of humankind. And in the most blatant display of their stupidity and cupidity to date, the entire contigent of Democrats rose to give him a standing ovation when he acknowledged that the chances for Social Security reform is dead. It was as though Inspector Clouseau had dumped the mauled dead body of a husband at the feet of his wife, who had just run the family car back and forth over him seven times, and she stood up and applauded!

5. Comments from Readers:

    RE: Digest #061 for January, 2006:
  • And a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you both. The digest is a great work of art. Love, Carol Fleischman


  • The Four Sacrifices of Christ Review:
  • SO, Bobby, not having any acquaintance at all from Rudolf Steiner's lectures or anywhere else with these pre-Golgotha sacrifices of Christ, I was stunned to read of them. Indeed, once again you have brought under my nose another completely uplifting aspect of spiritual scientific knowledge. Just when I thought that I had the general layout of the deeds of Christ and their meaning, along comes Bobby with Rudy in hand to blow me away once again. Thanks.

    Yours,
    Kevin Dann, SUNY



  • Dear Bobby,

    You have written a beautiful review of this precious lecture. I love the way you have woven in the Prometheus story. I also enjoyed your insight into the Lords prayer.

    Thanks Bobby for bringing sacrifice and selflessness to my attention at this time.

    Blessings,
    Kristina



  • RE: Zen and the Art of ... Reviews:
  • Dear Mr. Bobby Matherne

    I seem to remember your name as one of the email author participants on the "Barfield List", and am pleased to be writing to you with a suggestion:

    In researching Barfield I came across your Reader's Journal, Vol 1, where you have a list of Spiritual Science books. In this list you show: Zen in the Art of Archery , Zen in the Art of Flower Arranging, and The Method of Zen.

    May I suggest you add the book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"? In many ways it is a practical expansion of Zen in the Art of Archery. I assure you, a reader who likes the latter will like the former! Also you may be surprised to here that there are many common themes (and agreements) between "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and the books of Owen Barfield, especially Saving the Appearances. On top of this, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", is now rated as a classic and among the "Top 100 Spiritual Books of the Century"!

    Henry Gurr, Professor Physics Emeritus, Univ. S. Carolina, Aiken



  • RE: Genius of Language Review:
  • Bobby,
    WOW! (a word I'll never say mindlessly again!) I just read your review of Steiner's lectures on language. Your mentioning of poetry toward the end raised a question of my own that I can now go down a thoughtful path to the answer. "Why can lyrical music have such a dramatic effect on the soul of the listener?" Most all lyrics are poetic in nature. And I'll never forget Steiner stating that music is the art form closest to the spiritual world because it is invisible (although expressed through instruments, the music itself has no physical body). Being a professional musician, this knowledge gives me a profound feeling. Thank you. I look forward to your email. I will go for now. I still have the other review to enjoy that you sent me!

    Eddie Coryell



  • RE: Baton Rouge Premiere of New Movie At Last in which Carroll Devine, a friend of ours, has a speaking part:
  • Well, at last “At Last” is happening. It’s the movie made in New Orleans that I have a small speaking role in which is going to have its Baton Rouge premier this Friday evening at the Siegen Village 10 theater at 7166 Siegen Lane. The movie starts at 7:40 and is preceded by a little introduction and Q & A by the director.

    The principal stars are Kelly Lynch, Martin Donovan, and M.C. Gainey. It’s a beautiful love story - the story of the writers of the script, in fact – Tom Anton (director) and his wife Sandi. If you should go, you’ll see me in only one scene across a desk from Kelly Lynch. She’s the director of a non-profit organization and I’m being interviewed for a volunteer job. The movie, that has several scenes of pre-Katrina New Orleans in it, has already won feature film awards from three film festivals. You can read all about it at www.atlastthemovie.com , and there had been a big spread about it in the Jan. 20th Baton Rouge Morning Advocate's entertainment section (similar to the Times-Picayune’s Lagniappe).

    I don’t know how big a crowd there will be or the need to get advance tickets via the Net or phone (225-292-6197), but if you’re The director will be taking the film to “openings” in various cities for weeks to come, but for obvious reasons, New Orleans is not one of them.

    I hope that in spite of everything we have to deal with these days you find every day some reason to smile, and that you might treat yourself to the pleasure of a good and honest love story on the big screen.

    Be well.
    Carroll




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