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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Don Knotts (1924-2006) ~~~~
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #066 Published June 1, 2006 ~~~
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Quote for June in New Orleans, Louisiana:

Living in Houston has taught us that if you’re from New Orleans, you know that being in New Orleans is like being in Oz and being anywhere else is like being in Kansas.
Heard this while listening to the Pfister Sisters (singing group) talking and singing over WWOZ radio.

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Table of Contents

1. June's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for June
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Leeks-Crawfish Étouffée
6. Poem from Towards Imagination:"On the Wings of Words"
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8. Commentary on the World
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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#1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
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This month Violet and Joey learn about the Memory Jogger.

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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 June are:

Annette Fuselier in Arkansas

Renee Bork in Texas

Congratulations, Annette and Rene !

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Out Our Way:

May Day began with a call I fielded for Del from a woman who is in her garden club. After I hung up I had a burst of Treppenwitz (in English, staircase wit ), which is the German word for the witty comeback you think of while walking up the stairs at home after returning from the party at which you should have said it: "You have to call her on her cell phone. Del may belong to the garden club, but she doesn't let any grass grow beneath her feet." I didn't say it, I wasn't climbing up the stairs, and there was no one around to hear it, up until now.

We've begun going to the Gretna Farmer's Market each Saturday morning and with inexpensive leeks available for just one dollar a bunch, I've been using them in several new dishes. The first one was in a Leeks-Crawfish Étouffée. You can find the recipe, complete with photos of preparation and final dish served, in the Recipe of the Month in this Digest. At another time during the month, I made an omelet with a frozen segment of Crawfish-Eggplant Dressing and decided, since I lacked green onions, to use some chopped leeks from the freezer. I sautéed the leeks in olive oil and added the egg batter on top it and the delicious results will appear in an upcoming Digest. People ask me all the time what are leeks good for, and my answer to their questions is: Check Bobby Jeaux's Kitchen Recipes on-line.

With Del's mom's car in the shop for minor repairs to the bumper, I drove Del around or she used our Maxima for the first week of the month. As we backed out of the driveway to take Del to Sandra's for her Bible Study luncheon, the postman approached us with a box in his hands. We opened it on the way and it was our Sparrow Music Box we had ordered with Roger William's playing "His Eye is on the Sparrow." I suggested that Del take it with her to show her friends, but she demurred. I explained the MOM approach used by detectives to identify suspects: Motive, Opportunity, and Means. She said she didn't have a motive. "Well," I told her, "you could say that I made you do it — that would qualify as a motive, wouldn't it? She took it in and it was a big hit with her group. When I went into pick Del up, I got a slice of rum cake from them for our trip back.

Later this month we finally got around to cleaning up the last of the tree problems left over from Katrina. These were minor eyesores compared to the huge mess right after the storm. Del and I went outside and I cut away the dead trees. I removed the leaning and dead Lombardy Poplar and the leaning but alive Japanese Yew tree. I was going to upright it, but Del said take it out to relieve the Meyers Lemon tree which had been covered over by the leaves of the Yew. Taking out the Yew was the biggest project. Cutting the roots of the tree with a small chain saw did the trick, but it required careful cleaning and oiling of the saw afterward. Also straightened a lot of tilted citrus trees. Then I mended the fence by replacing the two temporary boards that had closed up the fence temporarily. The Loquat tree leaning against the Garrity fence also went, as did a lot of overhanging oak and cypress branches. The debris from this extensive pruning stayed about a week on the front lawn's debris area until I called Jefferson Parish and a large crew came by to haul it away. One of the workers even used a lawn rake to clean up the area afterward.

Dan Richards, Del's brother, was in town and stayed with us for a few days. We took their mom, Doris, out to dinner at their favorite restaurant on Friday — it was the place and the night that Doris and Dick, her husband of 60 years, traditionally went out to eat. Doris is healthy again, mostly, but moving slow and has memory challenges. We strive to get her outside to do things as often as possible. Each week she has at least one hair appointment plus maybe a doctor's appointment. We had her out for Dan's visit, one or two stopovers at Timberlane for a visit after her hair do got done, and a large gathering of her grandkids at the Red Maple for a Mother's Day Brunch.

The first Saturday of May was CODOFIL Breakfast followed by our monthly PAY ME! card party at Timberlane. This month, we ordered some finger sandwiches from Casey Jones for the card gang and JB Borel, Anna Keller and her friend Marcella, plus Paul, Joyce, Buster and Emily all had chances to win at least one hand. As soon as the card game was over, Del and I got dressed for Kentucky Derby Day at our club. I wore my new Brooks Bros. seersucker suit, New Orleans traditional summer wear, and Del wore white. Del won two of the races, picking Barbaro to place! I had loaned her money for one of the races and we split that pot, so we both won. We seldom schedule three events in one day, but this day was worth it. And to top it all off, that night we had Dan sleeping over and Del's cousin, Lawrence Clark, flying in from his home in Idaho to stay with us. That meant arranging an inflatable bed for him in the Timberlane Screening Room and driving to pick him at Louis Armstrong Intl Airport about 10 pm. I was asleep by the time Dan and Del returned from the airport with Clem — his nickname.

On Sunday we drove to the Gulf Coast for the first time since the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to take Clem to stay at his mother's place. Aunt Lois, Clem's mom, is Doris's sister, and she lives in an apartment in Ocean Springs, enough blocks from the coast to have easily survived the storm. But every trace of homes were wiped clean for a block and a half from the beach road on the Gulf Coast from Ocean Springs to Gulfport, which is only so far as we drove along the beach. It was an awesome sight. We saw huge motel slabs three stories high that were naked in the breeze. Only other things still standing were some few posts nearly erect whose sign age had blown away. It looked ever so much like a three football field wide bulldozer had cleared the area from the beach road inland as we drove towards Gulfport's downtown area.

With Del's car in the shop waiting for parts to come in she drove a couple of times with me to PJ's for coffee and found that she liked their iced coffee and the Sunrise muffins which are bran muffins with raisins, nuts, and other fruit in them. The second week was filled with LSU baseball games, but not a very game LSU baseball team. They showed flashes of mediocrity mixed with subdued brilliance. They were bounced out of the SEC Tournament in the second game and did not qualify for a regional game. The headline in the Picayune said, "LSU Stunned by being Shunned for Regional." Hogwash! LSU didn't play well enough to deserve a regional. If there's a National Championship in store for these young and unseasoned LSU baseball players, it will have to wait a year or two from the looks of things so far. With my subscription to the Geaux Zone on, I have enjoyed listening and/or watching the games on one PC monitory while I'm doing website maintenance, etc, on the other monitor. Next events begin with football season in late August. Go Tigers!

Speaking of football, Del and Stoney have purchased five season tickets for the Saints football games for the coming season. Our first ever season's tickets. Season tickets are at an all-time high for the Saints, and with Brees throwing to Bush in the backfield, the holes for Deuce should open in the line with regularity. Go Saints!

The following Saturday was filled with activity again. First we attended the last Gretna Art Walk until the Fall, and met some friends. Bought a beautiful watercolor of the lighthouse which graced the middle of the Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park when it was open during the past century. It is shown by the artist, John Goodwyne, as it appeared next to the water's edge before the amusement park was built, before the midway and the beach extended the water's edge a football field or more from the lighthouse. He explained that the unique shape of the lighthouse comes from its having its height extended from its original base. This gave it a profile that no other lighthouse in the country has. Typically New Orleans. See Photo.

We left the Art Walk and Farmer's market with our framed watercolor and fresh veggies and dropped them off at Timberlane. We headed out to Houma's Southland Mall to the B. Dalton Bookstore where Anna Keller and Warren Perrin were doing book signings. We had already bought a copy of Anna's Belle Terre Acadie, so we bought a copy of Warren's Acadian Redemption. You can read my review of both these books by clicking on their names.

A curious thing happened on this Saturday — I heard two stories of a car careening and crashing through someone's kitchen! The first story was told by Amy Belle Duet Theriot from Galiano while I was at the book signing. She mentioned that Our Lady of the Sea Hospital there was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, and I commented that my daughter Carla was born in that hospital. It would have been only 8 years old at the time she was born. I asked Belle if she knew what happened to Dufrene's Bakery and she said that a Duet relative of hers, who had worked at Dufrene's, was now working for Duet's Bakery in Galiano and making the same great French bread that Dufrene's was famous for down the bayou. Imagine a French bread so light, crusty and delicious that you could eat an entire large loaf with nothing else but a few pats of butter on it. Now I know where to get some again.

The subject of that bread brought up Randolph's Restaurant who made delicious Po-Boys using most of a loaf of Dufrene's French bread. She told me that a woman drove her car at high speed into the kitchen of Randolph's and the son who was running the restaurant at that time wanted to get out of the business and closed it forever. Cher Pitié! That's an expression I heard my mom and many aunts say often as I grew up. It's a Cajun expression which means "dear pity" and is pronounced "Sha pee tyah!". Mary Perrin reminded of the expression and told me what it meant. I was still unsure as I left the book signing exactly how to use it. That was to be resolved soon after I heard the second story of a car ramming someone's kitchen.

This time, it was my Aunt Carolyn, my dad's youngest sister, who told the story. Seems that some teenager with no license turned onto the Texas Gulf Road at high speed and crashed into the back porch outside her kitchen and knocked the house slightly off its foundation. In the process all of the glass in the kitchen shattered and landed on the floor. He tried to get away by driving into her backyard and hit her garage before he sped off. Luckily the neighbor saw what happened and identified the truck he was driving and the local police picked him up.

A few minutes after she had told the story, I asked her to give me an example of how one might use the expression, Cher Pitié! "Well," she said, "when I saw all that glass lying on the floor of my kitchen, I could have said, Cher Pitié! " Later she told us that she'd heard that her 83-year-old brother, my Uncle Purpy, may have open-heart surgery.

On the way to Carolyn's house — she's only three year older than I am, so I hardly ever call her Aunt Carolyn — I took Tunnel Boulevard and got lost on the outskirts of Houma. In finding my way back, I drove right past the foundation of the ten-story high WWII Blimp Base which dominated the bayou-side along Bayou Terrebonne when we drove to our grandparents house in Bourg as young children. Even after it was imploded, the large inverted U-foundation slabs stuck up into the sky until recent years when even they became hidden behind the airport and industrial park buildings. I was close enough to throw a rock onto the base and had my camera so I took a photo of the remains of the base. You can see the photo I took right below a file photo of a blimp of the type it stored there during WWII and for almost fifteen years afterward.

After our visit to Carolyn, we stopped by Aunt Clarice and caught her right as she was entering her house from four o'clock Mass at St. Ann's in Bourg. My cousin Danny Barrios was taking his mom, Clarice's twin sister, Clara to dinner for Mother's Day and we just missed them. Aunt Clarice said that she is scheduled to get her knee operated on and is hopeful of being able to walk very soon without pain. I phoned my cousin Gaton Clement up the bayou and he said to come on by, everyone's outside. As we drove up, Gaton was finishing up painting the foundation under a porch and Helen was driving up from the back of their 15 acres on a golf cart with her granddaughter. We had a nice visit on a beautiful late afternoon, filling each other in on our children and siblings lives post-Katrina. Gaton's IGA grocery fared very well through Katrinadue to a large generator he had rented for the storm. No food lost at all. No flooding in the Chauvin area of the store. But along came Hurricane Rita a week or so later and after he had returned the generator. Plus the southerly winds of Rita pushed up the bayou into the store about six inches or so and due to lack of a generator, they lost all their meat and some of the refrigerated cases. His daughter Michelle runs the store, but Gaton is still very much involved when problems arise.

Mother's Day brought our two of our sons, John and Stoney, and their families to Gretna to have dinner with their mother Del and grandmother Doris. We had a large table reserved at the Red Maple for eight plus the two small grandsons, Kyle and Collin. Sam, the other grandson qualifies as an adult. We all ate very well, including Doris, who truly enjoyed her Mother's Day with family.

That night Del felt really bad, and her symptoms indicated a gall bladder attack from all the food. On Monday Del ate only a little bit, but felt bad all afternoon. She began drinking only water and soon she had an enormous sinus headache in addition to a caffeine-withdrawal headache. She had for weeks before been suffering with pains in her left should and the gall bladder exacerbated that and she was a basket case. I finally forced her to accept a wet face cloth to put on her chest and she insisted she wanted it on her head, so I got her two more: one for head, one for chest, and one to let cool off. With that she was able to be comfortable enough to watch a movie with me before she went to bed.

The next day she woke up with a splitting headache, but in much better spirits. Her stomach felt better and she dug out her healing book to find out what to do for her gall bladder attack. Primary thing is to avoid over-eating from now on. She's on a water diet for the several days, and then will begin fruits and juices. During the afternoon when Del took a shower, she called me to look at some rash she had developed on her body, several areas of several square inches were inflamed, almost like spider bites, but no central lesion. I put some Dr. Tichenor's antiseptics on a couple of the large ones and within minutes they seemed to go away. Later that night when we got ready for bed, the areas had expanded into bands around her waists, large belt sized, but were lighter in color. The next day they were almost all gone. She went to the doctor who did an ultrasound and said all her organs, gall bladder, etc, were okay. Doctor confirmed what we suspected: the rash was likely due to the fast she was on. She suggested Del continue her fast and gradually add light foods. This worked well for her. I was planning my conference in Houston which required me to leave Thursday morning, but wouldn't leave unless Del was feeling better, and by Wednesday, after the doctor's visit, my trip was a go.

Somehow we managed to get out Tuesday night for our good friend, Rosie Harris's election to post of President Emeritus of the Les Amis du CODOFIL River Ouest Chapter [Council for Development of French-speaking in Louisiana]. Del and I got dressed and drove to the Marrero Senior Center right across from Immaculate Conception Church. Her son, Ronnie Harris, Mayor of Gretna and his wife Donna, came, as did Rosie's daughter, Cathy, from Slidell. Councilman John Young from Jefferson Parish also came and did the installation of new officers. Rosie was promoted to President Emeritus of the Les Amis du CODOFIL River Ouest Chapter and she received proclamations from the Chapter, City of Gretna, and Jefferson Parish. JB Borel was reelected as President, Anna Keller as VP (to replace Rosie with someone who could take over as President), and the other officers I didn't have the names of. Tom Verret was there. I took a lot of photos for JB at his request. As soon as it was time to eat and I had nibbled one egg salad sandwich, Del's head was splitting. I hated to leave without sampling the rest of the food and without a group family photo of the Harris family and the rest of the guests, but I needed get Del home to bed. I was glad she was able to attend the function at all. I did get lots of photos for President JB Borel on the inauguration of himself, Anna Keller as new Vice President, and the rest of the officers, honored guests, and members. It was a wonderful celebration and the Center was packed with people.

On Thursday morning I left for Houston at 4 AM and arrived at my daughter Yvette's house in Bellaire at 11 AM. She was busy finishing up a quilt with her friend Sandra when I arrived. I took a short nap and then she drove us out to the Intercontinental Hotel which is only a few miles away. She took the side streets which confused me a bit and made it exciting when I had to drive by myself there on the freeway later in the day. We had lunch at Taco Milagro — she had a "miracle taco" with sweet potato in it and I had a strange-looking and tasting chile relleno. At 5 PM I drove into the IH and registered for the FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) Conference and attended the opening dinner and lecture. Met a lot of interesting people, such Carl Jarvis and Rich Katona. Richard Ebeling gave the opening address. His wife Anna was born and raised in Moscow of parents who ensured that she was taught to read French and English ("So you may read something of the truth that you won't find in Russian.") and at 13 she was given a handwritten copy of Bastiat''s "The Law" in English to read which changed her life forever. She could no longer believe the lies she had been taught about the USA.

The first full day of the conference didn't begin until 11 and the hotel was only ten minutes away, so I went with Yvette to Starbucks to meet Katie Woods (formerly of New Orleans). She brought along her two-year-old son, Brady, who has suddenly developed legs and who ran around Starbucks exploring every inch, over and over while we three adults tried to talk. Brady took coffee bags off the shelf and placed on the floor. He broke the arms off a cup, which Katie then bought for him. We enjoyed our visit and then I drove myself to the conference. Met several more people. Max, Bernice, Kevin, and Jack Calvert who teaches economics at a local college. Jack wanted to know about Andrew J. Galambos, as a friend of his used to talk about him a lot.

Anna Ebeling poured out 2500 years of an express train of economic and freedom history. I thought that she needed to add Dr. Galambos to the bottom of her list, as his Volitional Science adds onto those of the other innovative thinkers she had listed. Richard Ebeling taught Monetary Policy, Trade Barriers, and even more in the afternoon. He was followed by Sheldon Richman who talked about other stuff. All good. Breaks were too short to complete all the conversations which arose between me and others.

I left at almost five to get to Yvette's to change my shoes and take off my tie and put on a short sleeve shirt. I drove to Joe's Crab Shack off 518 St off 288 (Nolan Ryan Expressway) south of I-610 to meet my nephew, Sean Matherne, his mom, Marlene, and her husband Bob Hunter for dinner. I found out that Sean is going to Texas A&M, Marlene is enjoying take care of the house, yard, and Bob who is working for a small electronics company, helping them retrofit modern PCs into their antiquated control systems. I enjoyed the food and the visit.

After dinner, I called Yvette and she guided me by cell phone to Kent and Raine's house off Avenue B on Mayfair. Kent is a large guy with a double-screen monitor who builds web-sites and knows how to do Style Sheets and promised to send me software and info on how to use them for all my web-paged reviews. I taught them to play Pay Me! and they learned it quickly.

After we left there, I called Del and she said she had dinner with Dave Roberts, a friend of ours in from San Diego.

Only problem I had during the seminar was during the lunch the next day. Some gal took the seat I was holding for Rich Katona by placing her food dish on the empty place setting and only then looking down at Rich's briefcase reserving his spot. "Whose bag is this?" she asked obvious to her faux pas. Since there was an open spot on the side of me, I simply moved the bag so she and her friend could use the two open seats to my right. It was a mistake I was to rue for the rest of the lunch. The guy who sat next to her was a pain, an obtrusive boor. He said he'd like to ask my opinion about something, but it turned out to be a pretext for giving me a sales pitch about wireless PC connections and "free telephony" using it. I told him how after Katrina, it was only the phone line, the hard wired lines around for 150 years or so, that got through when nothing else worked. I explained how the first Atlantic cable used not transistors, but vacuum tubes because vacuum tubes had been around longer. Nothing fazed him - he was more monomaniacal than some activist at the conference who was also trying to convert folks to his views. Finally I asked him outright, "Do you want my opinion or do you want to make a sales pitch?" That slowed him down only a tad. I finally told that I was perfectly happy for the time being exactly the way I was and there was nothing he had said so far that could change my mind and I didn't want to discuss it further. He had shot his wad so far as I was concerned, so I turned to my left to ask Rich, who I had been unable to talk to all lunch and said, ""Let's go outside for a smoke." Now, neither Rich or I smoke, but it gave us an excuse to leave and a chance to actually talk to each other finally.

On Sunday, the day I was heading home to Timberlane, I got up and talked to Yvette and read the paper before leaving about 8 to drive to Carla's house in Beaumont along the way. Carla said her van was in the driveway and I pulled in alongside it. Her house looked good. I went inside and saw everything all arranged. Lots of furniture, so I asked her where were the rooms with no sheetrock on it, she smiled and said this was her mom's house. Okay, we walked down the street one house over to where her home was obviously still under restoration from the storm damage. She had made several changes to open up the living room and the kitchen. A beamed ceiling has been added to the living room and a patio and french doors leading from kitchen area to it. Nice touches. Walls were floated and ready for painting. Nice size house for a single mom with two small children. I could tell she was proud to show off her hard work and that she was ready to move in as soon as it's done.

The last full week of the month was a full one for me. Our fourplex needed a new shower stall and faucets installed. The plumber called and said I needed to come over and seal up the wall around the shower. That took me on a trip to Lowe's on Elysian Fields which was jampacked with people. Had to install some backer board behind the shower. I was exhausted by the time we got home and just wanted to take a nap. Del invited me to go to a local PoBoy shop with her and Clem for supper, and I acquiesced. "Would you drive?" she asked as we got to the garage. Again I acquiesced. We had a pleasant meal and as we left, and just as I got ready to back out the large Cadillac from its parking slot, a large SUV passed behind me, pulling into the place I was going to back out into, I kept looking at the SUV, modifying my path to ensure that I wouldn't hit it backing out, and I backed into a large pickup truck that I hadn't seen. That re-busted the tail light we had just a week earlier taken to be repaired! No scratches on the large truck's grille, but I felt even worse than I had earlier. Then when I got home, the tenant from the apartment with the new shower called to say the rainstorm caused water to be dripping into the front room of her apartment. That was the low spot of the month for me. I fixed the leak with some concrete caulking a few days later to replace some twenty year old caulking that had peeled away causing the leak. Seems a shame to be selling a place if I'm fixing stuff that will last another twenty years. But selling the fourplex will be like my second retirement. I lost two days of writing at least while worrying about and repairing the items at the apartment.

The very next morning, I was at work as the Maintenance Man for Timberlane this time. As Del left to get some garden soil and mulch for the Center Garden, the spring holding up her garage door broke. I heard the noise from my desk where I'm typing and stopped to determine what might have happened. Sure enough, I saw a broken lift spring hanging down. It was the same spring which broke shortly after Katrina — only this time it was the other end from the one I spent several hours banging a new hook for. At the time, the Overhead Door Co. had not re-opened and we needed the spring for the door opener to work. When Del arrived back with Clem I invited him to drive out to pick up a new spring. Bought a complete set and installed the two new springs. Now Del's door no longer makes the obnoxiously loud noises going up and down as it did previously. "It will work good, last a long time," as my friend Manuel O'Canas liked to say when he fixed something.

On the next Saturday, I forgot to take my camera along when we went to Gretna Farmer's Market and missed a chance to get a photo of a cousin of mine. First we picked up our friend Rosie, then stopped for double latte and muffin at PJ's, then drove to the Market where we ran into JB Borel and my first cousin, once removed, Sheila Bonvillain Blair, her husband Jack, and daughter Leslie. Asked Sheila if she knew where the name Bonvillain came from and her husband interrupted to say, "Good and twisted" or "Good and ugly." He said he got it from her grandfather. I explained how words evolve from descriptive to evaluative and that villain originally meant merely a person of the village and only much later devolved into its current derogatory meaning of dastardly person. "Thus," I told Sheila, "you can rest assured that your maiden name really means 'a good person of the village.' " I think she was glad to gather a better understanding of her maiden name.

Also met our next door neighbor, Domini, there. Her brother runs a Landscaping Place over next to the old Becnel Fruit Market before the Tunnel to Belle Chasse. He said that they have some small Purple Dawn camellia bushes for sale there. We need to get one to replace the one I just dug up that died after Katrina. Also bought some Creole Cream Cheese from Kathy's Creamery, actually from Kathy herself, who says she will be there every week with her delicious and authentic creole cream cheese, made the way my mother used to make it. Well, actually I'm sure that they don't make it by putting spoiled milk in an old pillow slip which they hang on the clothes line as Mom did. But it tastes like hers and has a similar texture.

One more problem arose: my cell phone stopped working. Early Monday I scooted over to Verizon and bought a new battery for my LG2500 phone. It seems that my phone was set up to try one of two NAM's and when I inadvertently lost one NAM, it switched to the other and after that would never place a call since I had only one NAM. (NAM is something like Network Address Mechanism, one for phone, one for emails, etc.) The new battery solved my problem for only $25. Then later that day, I noticed a tire on the Maxima was low and had a nail in it. Back in maintenance mode I brought it to TwinTire for fixing and they found a nail in the side of the other front tire and that one had to be replaced. Lucky for the Road Hazard warranty, it only cost me half as much as a new one. And the low-profile, sporty tires on our Maxima have a maxima cost of $248 dollars. Hope this completes the maintenance work before we leave on Sunday, June 4, for our week on the beach in our Orange Beach condo. Only blue skies, emerald green waters, white sandy beaches, and a rainbow of skimpy bikinis to punctuate the view for a week. We had 28 of us in various condos year before last, so we're looking forward a rather peaceful week of mostly me and Del enjoying the beach and each other with no maintenance or yard work to distract us from our relaxing week.

Del and I would like to ask your prayers for two special people in our lives: Uncle Purpy and our friend, Battle, who are both suffering from cancer. Pray with us that they will be healed, with God's help.

Enjoy your month of June. Till next month . . . Bobby and Del


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  • A man who never has gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal from the whole railroad.
    Theodore Roosevelt

  • The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types—the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.
    G. K. Chesterton

  • It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
    Adam Smith

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    Christopher Reeve
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Movies we watched this past month:

Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
P. S. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
“Elizabethtown” (2005) Suicide attempt by exercise machine and Ginsu Knife gets delayed by death of Drew’s (Orlando Bloom) father. This starts off gobbling like a turkey, but ends up soaring like an eagle! Kirsten Dunst and Orlando bloom together as “substitute people”. Plan for lots of laughing out loud bouts during this one. You’ll never guess what happens next at any point. Truly the Best American Movie we’ve watched in a year or more. You’ll never think of Kentucky again without fond memories of Elizabethtown. A DVD Extraordinaire!
“Memoir of a Geisha” (2005) — a intimate portrayal of a geisha — a Japanese performance artist — equivalent to a courtesan or hetaera, a cultivated female companion, but with exquisite grace and dancing skills. Sold as a young girl by her parents to a geisha house, she is miserable until one day a kind stranger buys her a sweet treat and she resolves to become his geisha one day.
“Must Love Dogs” (2005) which is more about Diane Ladd and John Cusacks igniting sparks of love in middle age than dogs. Stockard Channing and Christopher Plummer seem satisfied with a warm glow.
“Mrs. Brown” (1997) Judi Dench as Queen Victoria with her consort, Mr. Brown, who follows her everywhere after Prince Albert dies. Powerful backstory of the reclusive queen who ruled England for so long.
“Capote” (2005) A look at the events which led Truman Capote to write his documentary book, “In Cold Blood”. Capote saw Perry the killer as taking a path Capote might have taken himself given the similarity of early events in each’s life. This is a gripping drama which carries you all the way to the end even if you know the outcome of the killers’ lives from other sources.
“Paradise Now” (2005) about two young Palestinian men who volunteer to become suicide bombers and replace the dull lethargy of their world with “paradise now.” Their contact doesn’t show up and one of them has the bomb removed and the other is suspected of collaborating with the Israelis, so the bombers move to a new hideout. The one without the bomb attached looks for his friend with the bomb to help him out. Once he locates him, he finds his friend ambivalent about getting the bomb removed. A close-up look at the issues of suicide-bombers in Israel from both sides.
“The Interpreter” (2005) Nicole Kidman as a UN interpreter who overhears a plot to kill a high-ranking official. A “Manchurian Candidate” drama with interesting twists that will rivet you to the seat to the very end.
“The Mean Season” (1985) A Miami newsman, Kurt Russell, writes up another murder and this time, the murder calls him and uses him to get the publicity he didn’t get in five previous murders. Then things get personal. Movie is well-scripted and plays itself out in gripping fashion.
“Bee Season” (2005) with Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche in story about their daughter in a Spelling Bee who has a very special gift which, like the plot, slowly evolves during the movie. The low ranking of this movie on Netflix is probably from folks who didn’t wait for the final third of the movie when family life begins to unravel and things really begin to sparkle and tinkle.
“White Countess” (2005) Ralph Fiennes in another film like “English Patient” and “The End of the Affair” where he is disabled in some way, this time, as a newly blind man who looks and acts for all the world like a sighted man most of the time. His paths cross pre-WWII Shangai with a family of displaced Russian countesses, including the two Redgrave sisters and the eponymous countess played by Natasha Richardson. These woman evince Russian royalty with every syllable they utter. He opens a lavish dance emporium called the White Countess and strives through the Japanese invasion to survive and love.
“Out of Sight” (1998) An rollicking movie of a novel by Elmore Leonard of “Get Shorty” fame starring a host of stars like Clooney and JLO with Sam Jackson and Michael Keaton in cameo roles. No one does comedy and crime like Leonard. Put the kids to bed and expect a couple of hours of fun.

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.

“The New World” (2005) Imagine a slow ballet with no music, only sullen looks, mumbled soliloquies, and primitive babbling — all this set in a muddy swamp being trudged through by guys in armor. Every scene brings new things to puzzle over. Imagine watching a normal movie and the sound disappears for 15 minutes at a time and comes only for a minute or so. That’s the adventure awaiting anyone attempting to watch this DVD Stomper. Keep this one out of the hands of your loved ones.
ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) are awaiting word of how long they will go to jail. Lay and Skilling trashed their company by booking potential sales and recording it as profits! The stock price kept going up and the value of the company kept going down. Now the perpetrators of this massive fraud are going down. Movie barely worth watching due to Hollywood message (read that as LIE) that somehow deregulation caused this immoral fiasco.
“Firefly” (2002) This is a sci-fi TV series set in 2502 A. D. using 1952-type weapons and a crew of moral retards. The only hint of spirituality comes from the one they called the Shepherd, but the Captain didn't buy any of his warmed-over sheep-dung religiosity. Space is a lonely enough place, but without humor and without spirituality, it’s a place to avoid at all costs. This one goes down in flames in the first episode.

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

“The DaVinci Crud, er, Code” (2006) in which Chaucer (who can’t keep his clothes on), Forrest Gump (who’s always running), Amelie (the French Audrey), Gandalf (on crutches), and the Professional (French hit man) star in a spoof of Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” and the “Vagina Monologues.” Watch this one before it’s banned in Boston by the Harvard Lampoon.
“Jarhead” (2005) A long walk through a desert for a Marine platoon with smoke-filled skies raining oil. Our hero, a sniper, never gets to pull the trigger, but becomes a hero anyway just for surviving the inhumane treatment of his basic training and subsequent assignment in Kuwait for Desert Storm. For the masochists among you, have at this one — it’s your call.
“A Sound of Thunder” (2004) Another Hollywood message about money-grubbing capitalists destroying the world by stealing the primary property (ideas) of an innovator. This time, a time machine is used to take hunters on an expedition to kill a T-Rex 60 million years ago. Something goes wrong on one trip and suddenly time waves from the past roll over the world like metamorphic tsumanis. And inside of the cataclysmic changes in which the city has huge trees growing through apartment buildings, flying carnivorous baboons armored like dinosaurs, our intrepid team has to locate some 1.5 grams of material one of the hunters brought back with them which altered the entire globe. A mind-bender from a short story by Ray Bradbury brought to gruesome detail.
“Testament” (1983) A sobering look at a post-nuclear war America in a small town in northern California. A young Willam Defoe and even younger Kevin Cosner as husbands trying to protect their family.
“The House of Mirth” (2000) is anything but. It’s rather a house of long-winded conversations and lives skewed, skewered, and screwed by societal encrustations and expectations.
“The In-Laws” (2003) had the working title “Till Death Do Us Part” referring to the imminent marriage of a young couple. Her father is a phobic podiatrist (Albert Brooks) and his father is a loose cannon CIA agent (Michael Douglas). Douglas is his “Romancing the Stone” best in this rollicking adventure which never seems to stop. Can he save the world? Can love conquer all? Is it really possible to bake muffins in a Lear Jet on autopilot? Fasten your seatbelts and put your trays in their upright position for this one, folks.
“The Producers” (2005) Nathan Lane’s moves conjure up Zero Mostel from the dead for this musical reprise of the Mel Brooks 1960s classic comedy. No one in sight who could do Dick Shawn’s hippy-dippy Hitler, so they eliminated the incredible Hitler bits from the original. Don’t miss the hilarious chorus line of little old ladies in walkers at the end!
“School of Flesh” (1998) about a lonely fifty-something lady with money falling for a lanky twenty-something bi-sexual hustler with none. Anyone but the French could see this relationship was going nowhere, slow. But thereupon lies the tale, and pieces thereof.

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This story modified from one told by Abby Thibodeaux in the Times-Picayune on April 30, 2006:

Boudreaux and Broussard were driving down a road along a bayou going bulleyeing for rabbits when they spotted a large set of eyes across the bayou.

“Stop de truck,” Boudreaux told Broussard, who was driving. “Dat’s a large deer over de bayou dere!”

The two buddies got out the truck. Broussard saw that Boudreaux was raising his gun to shoot the deer. “Mais, hold up,” he whispered to his buddy, “how we gonna get dat deer back across the bayou if you shoot it?”

Boudreaux explained, “Dat’s simple. You see dis beam of light from the bulleye? After I shoot the deer, Ah’ll shine it across the surface of the bayou and you gonna walk across on de beam of light.”

Broussard said, “Oh, no, Boudreaux. You must t’ink Ah’m crazy or sumpin! Wat if the light bulb burns out when Ah’m on the way back?”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for June, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Leeks-Crawfish Étouffée

Background on Leeks-Crawfish Étouffée:

This is a new dish which I created one night for a special dinner for Del's birthday. I used the base for the Mushroom-Leeks Soup from digest053.htm and modified it for crawfish instead of the mushrooms. Instead of onions as in the normal crawfish étouffée, I use leeks. This adds a special flavor which the Cajuns would express, after eating it, as "Talk About Good!"


3 Leeks, chopped
3 TBSP butter
3 TBSP flour

16 oz Louisiana crawfish, peeled, with fat added, preferrably unfrozen.
1 can of chicken broth or stock, 14.5 oz
4 oz evaporated milk (or heavy cream)
1 tsp of Shrimp Powder
1 TBSP chopped parsley
1 tsp of chopped garlic
Salt & Pepper (Season-All, Tony’s, Malabar pepper)

Chop leeks and mince parsley. Place stock in a large measuring cup and heat in microwave for about 3 minutes to get it hot.

Cooking Instructions

Melt butter in a large frying pan and add the chopped leeks, garlic, and parsley. Saute for 5 minutes, allowing a few small pieces of leek to char (adds color to final dish).
Add peeled crawfish and continue to stir for about five minutes on medium heat.
Add flour, stirring all the while for another five to ten minutes. If mixtures balls, add a bit of stock, and keep stirring.
Add the hot stock and stir until the mixture boils. Reduce heat to a Simmer and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. See Photo of étouffée in Pot. Add the cream and return to a simmer.

Serving Suggestion
Can be served immediately. Best served over wild rice/long grain rice mixture as show above and here.

Other options
Add chopped mushrooms for a special savor and texture. See photo here of it in the pot with mushrooms.

If desired, this recipe also makes a great topping over grilled fish. For the topping, add an extra TBSP of flour for thickening during cooking, or add some cornstarch after cooking is done. For cornstarch, add a TBSP or so to 2 oz of COLD water on the side and heat in microwave for a minute or until thick. Then add to étouffée in the pot. For topping, add about 8 oz lump crabmeat and use heavy cream for added flavor and elegance.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from
Towards Imagination:
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On the Wings of Words

       Love is borne from soul to soul
             on the wings of words.

       No dictionary can reveal
             the meaning of
       The words that fly soul to soul
             on the wings of love.

       No transcription can reveal the warmth
             of love that flows
       Love is borne from soul to soul
             on the wings of words.

       No philosopher can explain
             the magic of
       The words that fly soul to soul
             on the wings of love.

       If you wish to share the love
             a'borning in your heart
       If you wish to span the gap
             keeping you apart

       Fill your words with Love
             and send them flying o'er
       Love is borne from soul to soul
             on the wings of words.

This Poem was Inspired by the following Passage by Rudolf Steiner in a lecture in Berlin in July, 1916. I wrote it in my review of “Towards Imagination”:

“Psychology claims we do not see into the soul of another person but can only guess at it by interpreting what that person says. In other words, we are supposed to interpret the state of another's soul based on his or her utterances. When someone speaks kindly to you, you are supposed to interpret it! Can this be true? No, indeed it is not true! The kind words spoken to us have a direct effect on us, just as color affects our eyes directly. The love living in the other's soul is borne into your soul on the wings of the words. This is direct perception; there can be no question here of interpretation.”
Words, rightly understood, comprise the vehicle which transports the soul meanings from one person to another. There is much more carried by words than can be found in their dictionary meanings. This poem helped me to express what I felt as I read the above passage.

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

1.) ARJ2: Seeing Red — A Study in Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey

What do we know about consciousness? Humphrey gives us two quotes to whet our appetite:

[page 2] The British psychologist Stuart Sutherland, in his Dictionary of Psychology in 1989, gave a curiously sardonic definition of consciousness. “Consciousness is a fascinating but elusive phenomenon; it is impossible to specify what it is, what it does, or why it evolved. Nothing worth reading has been written about it.” [page 4] The philosopher Tom Nagel has written, “Certain forms of perplexity — for example, about freedom, knowledge, and the meaning of life — seem to me to embody more insight than any of the supposed solutions to those problems.”
It is as if both men and Humphrey are saying that the questions raised by consciousness are more interesting than the answers provided to date. And yet Humphrey seems to have adopted this as the theme of this book: to provide some answers to the questions of consciousness, especially the perplexing question of does our individual consciousness survive after death. Two questions came to Humphrey from Joe King (page 1, 2), a country and western singer, in 2003, “I have been concerned lately that when I die this crippled body might be all I have. My question is. Do u(sic) believe consciousness can survive the death of the brain? Is there good scientific evidence for this?” King asks two questions 1) belief about survival and 2) good scientific evidence. It is clear to me that any good scientist, such as Humphrey is, would give the same answer to both questions, namely, “not a chance.” And that is the answer that Humphrey will give King on page 133 at the end of the book. By giving that answer, Humphrey is confirming, to my mind, both Sutherland’s dictum “that nothing worth reading has been written” about consciousness and Nagel’s observation that the perplexity of consciousness contains more insight than any solution to it.

Read this book if you have wondered about consciousness — Humphrey distills the contents of many larger and harder-to-read book on the subject into one short and easy-to-read-and-digest volume.

2.) ARJ2: Acadian Redemption — From Beausoleil Broussard to Queen’s Proclamation by Warren Perrin

Now the shadows of night gather round,
Foreign drums make their terrible sound.
They may tear us apart,
But they can't still the heart
            of your people, O sweet Acadie!

The above verse from the song O, O! Acadie! by James Peter Louviere [page 53] speaks to the hearts of all people of Acadian descent. At age 35, I didn't know I was such a descendant — until that day I stood on the ground impounded from the sea by my ancestors in Acadia over 350 years earlier. Luxuriant green fields stretched out in every direction with only the Church of St. Charles in Grand Pré punctuating the view, and a feeling welled up inside of me that brought tears to my eyes, tears which yet arise today as I type these words. This land, stretching as far as I could see, belonged to my ancestors and it was rudely and illegally wrenched from them in the eighteenth century by an agent of the British crown. I felt as if I had returned home to a place that I had never been before.

Warren Perrin has brought the story of the peace-loving Acadians to life within the covers of this book. He describes how our mutual ancestors only wanted peace with their neighbors and whoever claimed to be "governing" them, the French or the English. Unfortunately both the French and English disliked the Acadians and made life tough for them. After the Acadians had been promised to be allowed to remain peacefully settled in Acadia, a Governor of the region, without authority from the Queen, decided to deport all the Acadians, stripping them of their land, their farms, and most of their possessions. How this came to be is the heart of this book.

When I stood in the green grass of Grand Pré in June, 1975, it never occurred to me that I was violating a law of the Crown specifying that Acadians would be subject to punishment, even death, for returning to Acadia! That law stood unchallenged on the books until Warren Perrin, a Cajun and a lawyer, challenged the Queen to issue a proclamation to undo the law and apologize to the Cajuns, among other things. In December, 2003 the proclamation was issued.

3.) ARJ2: Hopkins — The Mystical Poet by Gerard Manley Hopkins

This book of Hopkins' poetry sat on my desk at arm's length unread until one day I was studying Nicholas Humphrey's book Seeing Red and read therein the poem As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Hopkins. This prompted me to read about this Anglican turned Catholic priest, Jesuit, mystic, and poet of the last half of the nineteenth century, and the selection of his amazing poetry. For example, read these Thoreau-ic lines from "Inversnaid":

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      What would the world be, once bereft
      Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
       O let them be left, wildness and wet;
       Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Hopkins will likely inspire any earnest reader to write as lyrically as he does. For example, take what Rev. Thomas Ryan, CSP, writes about mystical experience as having two paths, a day train and a night train.

[page 8] Because Christianity believes in an all-transcendent God who becomes incarnate, mystical experience is both negative and positive, personal and impersonal, characterized by divine darkness and an experience of the other as Friend or Lover. It travels, one might say, by both a night train and a day train. The day train sees and affirms God in all creation. The night train's passage is in darkness and unknowing, requiring one to journey in blind faith that "something is out there even though I can't see it or name it." Both trains deliver one to the station, and both require investment in a ticket of loving service.

The best description of Hopkins' poems comes from an unsigned review in the Times Literary Supplement, London, Jan. 9, 1919, describing the first book published of his work:

[page 16, 17] The whole book thrills with spirit, a spirit that does not disdain sense but heightens it. The poems are crowded with objects sharply cut, and with sounds no less sharp and clashing; you fight your way through the verses, yet they draw you on. There is beauty everywhere without luxury, the beauty that seems to come of painful intense watching, the utter, disinterested delight of one who sees another world, not through, but in this one. It is as if he heard everywhere a music too difficult, because too beautiful, for our ears and noted down what he could catch of it; authentic fragments that we trust even when they bewilder us.

Jump on the night train with Hopkins and enjoy more of his thoughts, inspirations, and poetry in this review.

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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 converse 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 a Headline of the Weekly World News 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 about an Exorcism.

2.Comments from Readers:

  • Email from good friend and fellow worker at Lockheed Electronics Data Products Division in California. He's retiring from Northrup:
    YO Bobby,
    Glenn Martin here. I am in the process of sending an invitation to my “Retirement” Party. It is on June 10th here in Yorba Linda.
    I hope you can come

  • Email from Chris Bryant in Corpus Christi area of Texas. Originally sent to World-Wide Doyletics List. Chris points out how doylic memories act as emotional reflexes to situations. These emotional reflexes are so automatic and strong, people tend to treat them as "part of who I am", but through the Speed Trace of doyletics, unwanted emotional reflexes can be traced and permanently erased in under a minute with a little practice. Chris writes:
    I was trying to explain a doylic response to my son the other day as I was leading him through some speed traces. My experience has shown me that a doylic response is very much like a reflex such as the knee jerk response to tapping your patellar tendon below your knee cap, or gulping in a big breath of air when you’ve held your breath for as long as possible. If you respond to something doylically, you don’t have a choice it just happens. Once you trace out that doyle and can respond on a higher level (cognitively) you do have a choice. At least that has been my experience for nearly three years now. I still get unhappy when Jake Plummer makes a bad play but I don’t have to throw the remote at the TV.

  • Email from Bruce H. McCausland, an old friend from Steiner98 and earlier Steiner lists
    Hi Bobby. Hope you are well and that you survived Katrina. Wow! What a blow to a great city. Let me know how you are doing. Best regards, Bruce

  • Email from Sarah Cherry, another long-time friend from Steiner98 and earlier Steiner lists
    HI, Bobby, So good to hear from you monthly. I still think of our visit with great fondness and really enjoy the Digest.

  • We also want to acknowledge many other emails from old friends and new friends, among these: Nick Humphrey, author of Seeing Red, Edward Reaugh Smith of Burning Bush, Gary Arnold of Course in Miracles Blog, Kevin Dann of Lewis Creek, Lost and Found, Madalyn Suozzo of Original Sex, Paavo Pylkkanen of Sweden, author of upcoming work on Physics and Consciousness, and Carol Hicks Lankton of

3. Fast Fish, Loose Fish, and Religious Education as an Oxymoron

Professor Arnold Weinstein of Brown University said in a lecture on Moby Dick, that Melville talked about fast fish and loose fish in the novel. Fast fish are those that were held fast on a line, and loose fish are those still running loose in the water. It occurred to me that Captain Ahab was a fast fish when Moby Dick was still a loose fish because his destiny seem held fast to that loose fish until he turned it into a fast fish. But when he got the harpoon into Moby Dick to hold it fast, it was Ahab once more who was held fast literally to Moby Dick, who was remained a loose fish roaming the sea with Ahab held fast upon his back.

Melville, he said, recorded amazing statistics about the whaling industry. It was America that led this industry world-wide with 735 of the 900 whaling ships under its flag and manned by its citizens. The production of whale oil in its various forms was a huge industry in the USA until replaced by petroleum-based products. Now the whaling industry is defunct and whales are viewed for pleasure by spectators. We entered the twenty-first century with a petroleum industry that is on its last legs, and this writer wonders how much fun it will be to watch oil that will be left untouched if we do not drill for and utilize the oil reserves of our country. The Alaskan National Wildlife Preserve was formed by an act of Congress which set aside a large portion of Alaskan wilderness to preserve its flora and fauna and a tiny portion of one edge of this wilderness for drilling for oil and gas. Can you imagine people taking sight-seeing tours as they do for observing whales today to observe the oil and gas left untouched in the days and years to come when petroleum products have been replaced by more modern technologies such as petroleum products did to the whaling products?

It’s time for Congress to stop playing fast and loose with our petroleum reserves, before they become completely worthless, replaced by the next new technology. If we have petroleum reserves in ANWR held as a fast fish, let’s turn the spigot on those reserves and let it loose to fill our gasoline tanks.

It occurs to me that there is a religious aspect to fast fish and loose fish. Simon and the other disciples were loose fish until Christ Jesus approached them and held them fast. As fast fish, they went out into the world to hold other loose fish fast to the teachings, as they understood them, of their Master. Thus religion is the process of turning loose fish into fast fish.One can see the process in the roots of the word religion which is ligare — which means to hold together. It is also the roots of common words such as ligaments which hold together the joints of the human body. Education has its origin in the word e-ducare which means to draw out or stretch. We find ducare in such words as ductile which applies to metals such as copper, silver, or gold which can be drawn out into fine wires. Thus it came to me to notice that the phrase "religious education" is an oxymoron! Religious education can readily be seen as the process of drawing out, stretching or turning loose someone's mind which must remain held fast to some dogma!

4. In the Best News is Bad News Category

In the Times-Picayune this morning, I read an interesting passage within an article on page A-3 whose headline read: “Student data-gathering systems prove costly and complicated.” The passage read:
The survey found Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Utah to be among the states with the most advanced statewide data systems.
Here’s the curious thing to me: Over the years I have seen headline after headline, usually on the front page, which said things like “Louisiana last” or “Louisiana among the worst” in just about any category of education, quality of life, or anything you might name, but here, embedded within a third page, below-the-fold column is a case where Louisiana among the seven best states in education!

5. Govenor Lamm's Speech

This Tidbit of Information has been garnering a lot of readers this past week, and well it should, given the intense debate on the Immigration Bill in the Senate and the rest of the country. I wrote earlier about this speech:
This may be the most powerful and influential speech since Abraham Lincoln scratched out the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope on the train trip to the famous battlefield where so many Americans died. Any form of so-called government which fosters Gov. Lamm's plan is doomed to disappear from the face of the Earth. — Bobby Matherne, July 21, 2005

After Governor Lamm gave his speech, the Tidbit reports:

There was no applause.

A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today.

Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy are deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

Read Gov. Lamm's speech at: and join the debate.

6. The Pledge of Freedom

"You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way." —Abba Eban

I imagine that many people will object that Abba Eban was not a Socialist when he said these words which I would label the Socialist's Mantra, but that is not to my point at all. What he said in the quote above is the underlying argument of all socialists and all manner of socialistic thinking, namely, that some people must be forced to sacrifice that others may do better. In simple talk: socialistic planners can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way.

Let's look at how one "gets in another's way." It requires that one infringes upon another's life, thoughts, ideas, or anything that derives from one's thoughts and ideas. If one has the idea of buying the rights to a piece of land upon which to build a prosperous and long-lasting business and handing that business over to one's children, and grandchildren, what are the various ways that others may get in the way of this goal?

In the United States, the so-called "freest country in the world", there are many ways this may happen. In less free countries, one suspects the various ways are multiples of the ways here. Frederick Bastiat said there are in general only two ways: legal and illegal plunder. Let's look at a few ways and characterize them accordingly.

1. Imminent Domain: the town in which the business is located may wish to incorporate its land into a larger business owned by someone else and to achieve this, pass an ordinance to take the land away from one business to give it to another. (Legal Plunder)
2. Theft: someone may steal the entire stock of the business and burn down the store making it impossible for the store to re-open and require the owner to sell the land to someone else. (Illegal Plunder)
3. Regulation: someone may re-zone the land or make the sales of its stock illegal, requiring the owner to go out of business. (Legal Plunder)
4. Fraud: someone may modify the title to the land, thereby creating a different owner. (Illegal Plunder)
5. Death Taxes: when the owner dies, the heirs have so much inheritance taxes to pay, they are forced to sell the business and the land to pay them. (Legal Plunder)
Thus it can be seen that the so-called government of the United States of America acts as if it operated under Abba Eban's motto: "You can't achieve anything without getting in someone's way." Through income taxes, tariffs, excise taxes, imminent domain, inheritance taxes, and volumes upon volumes of onerous regulations, the State, the "one Nation, indivisible" gets in all of its people's way, every day, in numerous ways, up until now. To lay claim to the title "the freest country in the world" and yet foist all these and more kinds of interference with the everyday lives of its citizen is lie in the face of reality.

The United States were free, once, but every time we say the "United States is the freest country", we belie the our origin and separate states and accept the dictates of the socialistuc thinker, Francis Bellamy, who wrote the words of the Pledge of Alliance in 1892, "One Nation, Indivisible" — Socialists and those who think like them want all Americans to think of the United States as "one indivisible nation." Their fondest hope is to turn our republic of united states into a democracy of one nation with all the attendant evils which accompanies such a way of governing. What better way to foster their socialistic agenda that to have all school children forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day?

"What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?" a lady asked. Ben replied, "A republic, dear lady, if you can keep it."

The best way to keep it is for you to use the plural when you think of or say the words, "United States." And a change to the Pledge of Allegiance would be appropriate. Here is a version I call the Pledge of Freedom, which I wrote about twenty years ago when I first began seriously thinking upon the issues of freedom:

I pledge allegiance to this Land
      and to the Freedom for which it stands,
One Country Under God,
      with Liberty and Justice for All.

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