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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Battle Bell, III (1945 - 2006) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ [ Architect, Jungian Analyst, Co-founder, C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans ] ~~~~~

                         I am not earth-born, though I here delay;
                         Hope's child, I summon infinite powers,
                         And laugh to see the mild and sunny clay
                         Smile on the shrunk and thin autumnal hours;
                         I laugh, for hope hath happy place with me,
                         If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea.

                   ~~~   Ellery Channing , 1843 "A Poet's Hope"


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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #068 Published August 1, 2006 ~~~
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Quote for the End of Summer Month of August:

Experience is the hardest teacher because it gives the test first and lessons afterwards. — Lindsey Thomas (double amputee)

Spoken during her interview with Rev. Robert H. Schuller during his Hour of Power interview broadcast on Lifetime Channel (34 on local Cox Cable) on July 16, 2006. She walked across the altar of the Crystal Catheral on her two leg prosetheses for her interview.

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. August's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for August
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Cresh, Simplified
6. Poem from A Course in Miracles Review:"Does One Mind?"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for August:

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

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This month Violet and Joey learn how to get down (First of a Set of Three Cartoons).

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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 August are:

Rick Normand in New Orleans

David Dial in Los Angeles

Congratulations, Rick and David!

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Out Our Way:

July was a month of "Two Weddings and Three Funerals" plus lots of other activities which kept me and Del very busy.

The last days of June were rather eventful, so we'll begin with them before we segue into July. The sales agreement for our fourplex at 1209 Hagan Street in New Orleans was set to expire on June 30, but the buyer, had a delay, so we agreed to postpone act of sale and closing to the next Thursday so she could get her insurance binder processed. Del came home and we packed the Maxima and headed to Grand Isle on Thursday, June 29 where our four Matherne offspring were gathering in a rented camp with the Bayhi clan. The camp was one of two with a Dr. Seuss theme. Remember the rhyme, "One Fish, Two Fish/Red Fish, Blue Fish"? One camp had a red door, roof, and Seuss fish cartoon on the front, and the other had all that in blue. We stayed in Red Fish. It was clean, airy, newly constructed, and had a large kitchen and living area with a wall-to-wall view of the Gulf of Mexico through the windows or on the outside porch. The surf, shrimp boats, and oil rigs were visible over the broad expanse of Van Gogh sunflowers fifteen feet high through which a short walk took one to the sand and water's edge.

But the drama of our weekend began before we left town. Driving down the raised Westbank Expressway at its end, our rear passenger wheel began rumbling and I decided to continue off the expressway and took the first right. By then the tire had come loose from it sidewall completely and I was riding on the sidewall. The car did not swerve or handle dangerously, but just rolled to a stop on Carmadelle Street in an empty lot next to a used car place.

I noted the name immediately, "Look, it's Carmadelle, Karma, Del!" I yelled back to Del who was sitting in the car in the 92 degree heat. Called AAA right away and they said, "75 minutes". I noted I was given selections 1 to 6 having to do with St. Louis and other places in Missouri and Illinois when I placed the call. I was forced to select 7 for "Other." Some 80 minutes later , no AAA. Called again and they told me "Truck had a problem", and said another 45 minutes. Another 50 minutes later I got out the jack and began replacing the tire. Short pants and sandals on a gravel bed, yuck. The truck drove up as I was trying to replace my sandals with a covered toe shoe. The driver said he had been dispatched only 30 minutes earlier! ! ! I asked why the problem, and he told me that all AAA calls have been dispatched from St. Louis since Katrina. I had gotten lies from the dispatcher to cover their incompetence! We later canceled AAA and told them to let us know when they get dispatchers back in New Orleans who actually know the area from something other than GPS coordinates.

I had called Carlos at Twin Tire and he said to bring the Maxima and leave the keys in the night slot. I had earlier called Brian and he had come to get Del and the luggage from the trunk (so we could get out the spare when AAA arrived). Brian drove her home and then she waited till I left Carmadelle to head for Twin Tire. She met me there, we transferred the rest of the stuff and headed to Grand Isle about 3 hours late. We didn't arrive in Grand Isle till 9 pm.

Rob (Indiana) was there with his three kids, Yvette (Houston) with her two, Carla (Beaumont) sans her two, and Maureen (New Orleans) with one of hers and two of her grandkids. It was great to have all four together in one place at the same time. It was the first such reunion in several years. Had all my grandkids there except Tiffany (who's in Europe with her husband, John, and his Mother), Jennifer (who came later after we left), Chris (working), and Carla's two, Garret and Molly, who were at a Dude Ranch with their daddy. Our great-grandsons, Ben and Aven, were both there. Maureen was the grandma on duty with a lot of help from Del and the great-aunts, Carla and Yvette. I got to thinking about my Aunt Carolyn Matherne, who at 69, is a Great-Great-Great-Aunt to Ben and Aven!

One more last crisis arose at our fourplex. The buyer-tenant called to say that the water at Hagan was shut off. Somebody in a backhoe had broken the lines by the water meter or those going to it and water was spilling out all over. The Sewerage and Water people came out, but they only got half the fourplex back with water. They were supposed to return the next day.

We blew up our air mattress and laid it over the sofa bed and got a fairly good night's sleep. Needed a cover over the sheet and my shoulders were freezing. Finally about 4 in the morning I got up and found the thermostat and raised from the frigid 62 to 74 and we sleep okay thereafter.

Up about 7 am, I fixed some eggs and rice for me and Rob. Steve and Nobie were ready to leave about 8:30 or so, the latest I've ever gone fishing. Usually I'm out fishing shortly after the Sun comes up. We drove to the Ice House and got a 60 qt. Igloo chest full of crushed ice for $3.50 and nice size bait shrimp for $1.50 a pound. Five pounds fixed us for two trips. As I recall we only used half of it and Steve and Nobie went back fishing later in the day.

We drove down the Fourchon road to the end where the Golden Meadow Redfishing Rodeo was going on. We ignored it. We rode out to the first rig and caught nothing but hard head catfish which we took off the hook with difficulty and threw back in. In about 15 minutes we rode to another double-base rig and began catching 27 inch redfish. We caught enough for everyone on both boats to have one, plus several 26 inch redfish of which we could each keep four, but didn't catch enough under 27 to fill our limit. Redfish at size 27" begin their migration from inland waters to offshore where they begin to spawn — that is the reason for their reduced number in the overall limit. This has apparently worked overly well as evinced by the large numbers of redfish being caught lately.

We also caught about a dozen "hard tails" or what I determined and confirmed with Nobie were actually "Blue Fish" which people down here throw back in because of they are an oily flesh, although the fish is eaten on the East Coast. Considered quite a sports fish there. Very sharp teeth. Through some cosmic synchrony, we stayed in the Red Fish, Blue Fish camps and caught red fish and blue fish.

We pulled up and came back in about 12 and got to the Red Fish Camp about 12:30 to eat lunch. Kathleen had made scrambled eggs and grits. I heated myself some grits and they were good. The eggs I didn't bother to re-heat, and later Kathleen came back and began scrambling a dozen eggs or so. At the same time, I answered my messages on the cell and the buyer-tenant was calling to say that the water company said we needed to get our plumber out to Hagan as the problem was between the water meter and house. She and I both knew it wasn't so, but I called my plumber Mike Roth anyway and he was at the hardware store.

Later the buyer-tenant called back to say that Mike came out, and somehow in turning valves back on and off, both the cutoff at the porch and the cutoff at the meter, the water came on full force. Later Mike needed to clean out the dirt which was clogging the lines and causing the water stoppage. This problem spoiled my morning and caused me to completely miss eating any of the scrambled eggs newly made. I never even got to see them — when I got done with my phone calls, all the eggs were gone!

I talked to Rob on the porch. Walked down to beach with Del and sat under the canopy and enjoyed the wonderful sea breezes while watching the Bayhi family out in the water almost to the rocky breakwater reef.

Later I walked on the beach a ways with Carla and Yvette and grandkids. Found an interesting piece of branched tree limb driftwood with purple polyps, still alive, along the branches. Took photos. Placed it as a royal tiara over the sand sculpture of the mermaid that Maureen had made. The purple contrasted with the gold sunflowers to make a harmonious image.

Later in the day Del and I decided to leave before nightfall and eat on the way home. I loaded up two redfish and two trigger fish in our ice chest. We had to stop at the Conoco station to get another bag of ice to hold the fish over night.

I was up early to filet the redfish and trigger fish on Saturday, July 1, which included a Cajun Celebration and Book Signing in Metairie, a funeral Uptown, and a wedding to officiate in St. Charles Parish. After packing the fish into the freezer and washing down the fish-cleaning table, I drove to PJ's for a double latte and cranberry muffin, and then drove to the German American Cultural Center to give them a replacement check for the John Folse German cooking taping. The $40 check I mailed to them on June 19, still hadn't been received. I wrote "replacement check" on the Memo space of this one. About a week after the July 6 trip, Gisele called to say the original check had arrived. Three weeks to travel about 2 miles! Imagine a proprietary mail system trying to stay in business with such lousy service as the USPS. Three weeks is about how long an actual snail could traversed that distance to deliver the "snail mail."

I overshot the GACC and found a space right at the edge of Gretna Farmer'sMarket. I walked through the market and found a large Mississippi-grown Watermelon for $7 and put it in my trunk. Then I walked to the end of the market and on my way back and spotted Allen Fontenot playing the fiddle along with Kermit Venable on the squeezebox. I talked to them for awhile. Told Alan I listened to him when he preceded Johnny Fasulo on WWOZ. He told me that Johnny was found dead in his apartment a couple weeks after his beloved Mama Lillian died at around age 91. Johnny was found with his stereo on real loud listening to his Cajun records. Two more good people who died shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

Our friends, Anna Keller and Warren Perrin, were signing their books at Barnes&Noble and the Cajun Band was already playing when we arrived. Bumped into Sidney and Jo Anne. Rosie Harris and JB Borel were there in period Cajun dress. Unfortunately we had to leave halfway into the celebration to attend the funeral of our beloved friend, Battle Bell, III, in uptown New Orleans. It was a somber occasion. I had never seen so many of our friends in such a solemn mood before. After the funeral, we drove home to change clothes for my brother Kevin's wedding to Vicki.

The wedding took place at Kevin's home in the Hawaiian Garden. I administered the ceremony and the wedding came off with only one hitch: Kevin to Vicki. Mickey Falgout, the bride's father and Buster Matherne, Kevin and my father was there plus several friends of Kevin and Vicki from Monsanto plant.

For the 4th of July, our friend Rosie invited us to go to Chateau Bleu with her. It's her daughter's home above her catering kitchen and restaurant in Slidell. The home is painted blue on the outside as its name implies and is an old two-story home Cathy and her husband bought and restored. They found a staircase someone was discarding from some demolition project nearby and toted it and installed it to create a pathway to the large upstairs area which was hitherto unaccessible except by ladder. The home is Victorian decor. There are even fringed plaster ropes drooping from the picture molding near the 20' ceilings. Small rooms with fireplaces and lots of nicknacks. We ate hors d'oeuvres and watched the Slidell fireworks show from the front porch of Chateau Bleu.

On July 6, we took our first of two day trips to Chef John Folse's taping of his new PBS show based on his Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine. We had to be at Casey Jones for an 8 am departure. Del and I went to PJ's first and had our muffins and coffee and then drove to the lot back of Academy Sports and parked our Maxima. As we got out, we noticed some chattering birds which looked like doves at first, but were making too much noise. Del said "parrots" and as I looked at the birds flying, I saw the brilliant green with yellow marking on their feather, looking ever so much like the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. (See Photo of movie cover for comparison.) Didn't see any with red heads, but I only took photos of a couple of the parrots. I maneuvered to the sunny side of the two dozen or so birds, all alike, in the pine and palm trees and got some closeups of the parrots. Or as close up as they would let me. Del and I had all this excitement even before getting on the bus. Marcus was our bus driver, from S. Calif. moved here six months before Katrina and loves it here. He said that he's been really enjoying learning about the culture and foods of Louisiana, especially the history portion of the TV production. We took photos with John and he said that they're using the material that he and Michelle York put together in his Encyclopedia, the one that Wes gave me a year ago.

One day after I had finished mowing the grass, I decided to go buy the parts to overhaul the Snapper and allow it to get through the next 15 years as well as it did its first 15 years. I couldn't find my list of desired parts at first, so I looked in the file cabinet under Lawnmower and when I opened it up there was Del's PASSPORT, PHOTOS, and FILLED OUT APPLICATION that we've been scouring the house for the past two weeks. Apparently the orange stripe on the form led me to think it was a lawnmower document or it had otherwise been placed on top of the open file folder which I closed and filed without suspecting what was in it. I called Del immediately and she had just re-taken her passport photos and liked the new ones better. She said that morning she had told the Devil to take his hands off her passport and, just for good measure, also pleaded with St. Anthony to give her closure on what happened to it. He did. Thanks, St. Anthony. It's an old German custom when they misplace something to say, "Devil! Take your hands off!" of whatever it is.

On Saturday the 8th Del and I went to Farmer's Market and bought some okra, some green beans, and a new African violet, among other things. Then we drove to PJ's for coffee and muffins while waiting for Target to open. There we bought a new towel of Egyptian cotton for my desk chair, a 20" fan for garage and a new steam iron to replace the El Cheapo one Del got from SchlockMart which broke during its FIRST USE! May have cost more in gasoline to pick it up and return it than the price of the iron ($6). Without abusing it, a piece of plastic detached from the handle fell on the counter after I used it to iron my cuffs which Del loop-stitched after cutting from a 36-32 to a 36-29. Seems clothing makers do not make 29 inch inseam pants for men any more.

On Sunday the 9th, we watched Hour of Power on tape delay when Del got up about 7:30 am. It's amazing to have a "VCR" that can record and play back the same program in the middle of the program! That's what a hard-drive-based DVR (aka TIVO) can do for you. Shortly afterward, my sister-in-law Joyce called to tell us that she and Paul have their first male grandchild after four granddaughters. Keith and Tatiana Matherne had their first child, delivered by C-Section.

Vital Birth Statistics

Andrew Keith Matherne
born in Virginia at 9:22 am EDT (8:22 CDT)
7 lb 14 oz and 19 3/4" long

Del and I dressed up, I in my Seersucker Suit to attend the French Mass at 11 AM Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. As soon as we cleared the square in front of Cathedral I saw JB sitting there in his seersucker coat. Edwin Fleischmann also had a seersucker suit on, so Del took a photo of the three of us in Jackson Square after the Mass.

We stayed around to chat with everyone after Mass, then left to come home so I could watch France against Italy in the World Cup final. It was settled by penalty kicks (best out of five) after two overtime tie of 1-1. A great game. France lost their captain Zidane when he lost his head and slammed it into an Italian tormentor's chest in the first of the two overtimes and France had to end the game with only 9 men and that likely cost them the game. I saw an editorial cartoon the next day which showed Beavis standing next to Zidane and the caption read "Beavis and Headbutt".

I went to PJ's after the game for a latte and cranberry muffin and there was Kasey sitting on the outside porch, looking hale and hearty! Kasey worked at this PJ's before I found it, long before Katrina, and was a favorite server of mine. He contracted leukemia after Katrina and has been on chemo. He said he's got only one more course of chemo and he will have licked it! His face and body shows it, too. Thank you, Angel, for answering my prayers for Kasey.

On Monday, I cooked some leeks-mushroom soup for lunch. Went to Breaux Mart after PJ's and got some potatoes. After soup for lunch, Del and I snapped the green beans and I cooked them for supper.

We took an afternoon nap and then drove to Rosie's with some green beans and salad. Del, Rosie, and I talked for an hour or so while waiting for the egrets to return to "Rosie's Roost" which is what I am naming the large Live Oak tree across the canal from Rosie's patio. Several dozen great Egrets filled the top of the tree and several hundred cattle egrets and white ibises on the lower branches. Saw dozens of ducks flying over the canal going south. We watched two Muscovy ducks walk past, the female wiggling her tail when she stopped from time to time. As we were leaving I got photos of the two ducks enjoying a conjugal visit on the side of Rosie's driveway.

Del and I came home and watched a new episode of the "Closer". Another great one. Murder victim turns up in Provenza's garage while he and Flynn are late to a big Dodger's game. Brenda has to walk a delicate line to avoid the taint of a coverup by her two men. If you haven't watched this new show, you have a treat coming.

On Tuesday the 12th the big day for closing of the act of sale on Hagan apartments came. We drove to a Metairie law firm and met Raymond Landry. We discovered he worked right after law school in Alexandria for three years and knew our son-in-law Wes Gralapp while there. The buyer was there with her sister who is an accountant from Oakland and who has been helping her with the bookkeeping for the fourplex. After nearly twenty-five years, we are no longer landlords who can be called in the middle of the night because some tenant has broken something from neglect or abuse. The only house I need to worry about is the one over our heads and it doesn't take a trip across the river to find out what's wrong. Hooray!

On Thursday the 14th, Quatorze Juillet, Rosie called to invite us to go with her to a covered dish supper and BBQ at the Gretna Historical Society. After the meal, a group of folks put on a skit about Katrina which involved a couple stranded in an attic during the storm. This BBQ marked the beginning of a string of eating out events which lasted into the next week. The next morning we drove to Picayune, MS to visit Del's Uncle Bob. His wife Edna fixed a nice lunch for us. That evening we were due to eat at Kathy and Bob Dolan's home, also in Picayune, but we received a late call that they had a family emergency, a missing daughter. By the next morning they had discovered the body of the 40-something mother of three in a motel, death by suicide. This was to be the second funeral in our month, but we were unable to attend and visited Kathy and Bob on Sunday instead, a couple of days before the funeral. Come Saturday morning, it was a breakfast meeting at my club followed that night by a Black Tie "Cat & Mouse" Dinner at Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter. After an elegant meal, the ladies are read poetry by their husbands or beau's. I read a poem to Del for the dinner which took place only a day before our 28th anniversary. The poem is one I had written on the bus trip to John Folse's first taping back on July 6.

Love at First Embrace
©2006 by Bobby Matherne

Do you believe in love at first embrace?
Have you felt the woven threads of karma
Unravel in a caress so warm a
New World arises when you part, to face —

To smile — into each other's eyes, to see
Deep within the light of a long lost friend.
Do you believe in love to never end —
Have you parted the veils of destiny?

If you believe as I, you know the boon
Of following your heart beneath the moon
And finding love comes either late or soon.

My first love gave four children to hold fast
My second gave me five years of repast
My third the luck to save the best for last.


One humorous note from the breakfast meeting: someone asked a club member how his 89-year-old father was doing. He said, "Okay, but he says he doesn't buy green bananas anymore."

The next day was our anniversary and we planned to meet our good friends Mark, Ruth and Ted at the Bombay Club on Conti St. in the Quarter for brunch. Unfortunately Mark didn't make it. We found out later, he was planning to come the following week and was much disappointed.

By the 17th, I noticed the first cantaloupes are appearing on the vine in the center garden. The blue flower potato vine has reached the top of the arbor and is now heading down. Everything's growing great guns with the arrival of normal rainfall again a week or so ago.

As soon as we get a cloudy afternoon with rain, I'll oil the air blower in attic and repair the riding mower. I bought about $200 of replacement parts for my trusty Snapper riding mower. Shortly after we moved to Timberlane my push mower's motor was destroyed when the blade hit a hidden cypress knee growing up in the St. Augustine grass. I quickly saw that my days of push-mowers had come to an end. I needed a mower with a fan belt between the motor and the blade. I was pumping gas one morning at a Texaco station on the way to work at Waterford-3 Nuclear Power Station when I noticed a beat-up old riding mower on the trailer behind a pickup truck. The owner was also pumping gas and he was obviously cut grass every day for a living. My thought was, "If he cuts grass with this mower every day, and it's still running after all these years of wear, this must be a great product!" He told me he had been cutting grass every day with this mower for 8 years! I figured that with my cutting once a week, such a mower would last me several decades. And I was right. Mine is almost 15 years old and I'm doing the first major repair and replacement of parts. The driver wheel, the fan belt, and the mower base are the major items that needed replacing. Plus a new blade, spark plug, air filter, and some transmission fluid. In the summer in New Orleans, in an un-air conditioned garage, I plan my work to take place on the coolest days and that's a rainy day which stays cloudy all day.

Reading the Times-Picayune the next morning, I saw the first obituary for Davis Madere, schoolmate from Hahnville High School. We were headed to the second John Folse taping in Baton Rouge, and we decided to leave a bit early and stop by Holy Rosary in Hahnville to offer our condolences to Brenda Dejean Madere and her family. Then we drove up the river road all the way to Wallace Bridge over the Mississippi and I took photos of Cajun Cottages along the way. You can view these cottages (new ones are below the first four) on my Recipes page here:

I couldn't get an exact location of John Folse's LPB Studio in Baton Rouge from Google maps because, as I found out when we arrived, Staring Lane turns into Essen Lane at Perkins Road where we needed to turn left. Luckily I followed the Trailways "Louisiana Coach" bus driven by Marcus, our earlier driver. Sat with Rosie and her "pajama party girls" — two cousins and a sister-in-law, Lillian Terrebonne Sehrt, Ruby Lefort Pierce, and Mary Guidry . Took a photo of the four of them before we left. (See Photo below.)

After the TV taping we ate lunch. Potato-leeks soup had long flat pieces of leeks in the soup and while I was eating, one of the pieces which I hadn't chewed very well got laid over my windpipe and I began wheezing. I stood up and motioned to Del to give me a Heimlich maneuver which she did and displaced it immediately and I was able to breathe again. One more push and I was okay. Took only seconds between the blockage and the dislodging. Del moved quickly and efficiently, following my directions. I would never allow large pieces of leeks in any of my soups. These are hard to chew, especially for people with dentures.

The German Christmas taping was beautiful and the food was otherwise delicious. Red cabbage recipe was delicious also. The Glühwein was good also. As we were just leaving the taping room to go eat, I offered to take Rosie back for a photo with John Folse and her face told me, "NO" even before she said no. Later as Del and I were walking into the eating room, we saw Rosie with that same look on her face, only more so, leaving with someone to go, where else? To get her photo taken with John Folse.

While we were waiting for the taping to start, we received a brochure for a "Mozart's Christmas" — a guided tour sponsored by Louisiana Public Broadcasting with two days in Salzburg, two days in Vienna, and two days in Prague during prime Christmas shopping time. Snow and Weihnachtzeit in Austria and the Czech Republic! What could be better? Del and I signed up and wrote a check for the deposit on the spot. We'll be back from Austria in time to see the broadcasting of the German Christmas show on LPB and PBS nationwide — we're told it will air either Christmas Eve or Day this year.

Do you remember what you were doing 37 years ago on July 20? Well, I do because I was celebrating my 29th birthday. My neighbor on Ole Miss had invited us over to watch the first man set foot on the Moon that night. She made a green cheese ball with a tiny American flag stuck into its top to commemorate the event. When we began eating the green cheese, we didn't know if the Moon was "made of green cheese" as the old myth had it, but by the time we finished eating the green cheese, we knew it was not! It was white and powdery and we saw Neil Armstrong's footprints in the powdery surface as he stuck a real American flag in the surface of the Moon. Always as a child I wished that my birthday had some famous event happen on it — July 20 was always a blank spot on the calendar each year. Soon all calendars will have "Moon Landing" in that spot, because the greatest event in human history until that time had occurred on my birthday.

My brother Paul sent me a birthday card and he scribbled on the bottom, "Get your kicks on Route 66!" I decided that would be my theme for my 66th birthday year. Del and I spent the entire day together. Started off with a PJ's run with Del in the morning for coffee and muffins. Then we drove to Metairie. Shopped for clothes at Dillard's in Lakeside; stopped for a chat with Barry Pizzalotto of Designs in Jewelry. He suggested that I send my LSU ring to Balfour and ask for an oval cabochon amethyst to replace the chipped, faceted stone, no charge. They have a lifetime warranty and that includes replacement of a damaged stone at no charge. While Barry and I talked, he had his jeweler re-polish the gold ring he had made for me some fifteen or so years ago. Looked brand new.

After I bought shirts and pants, shorts, at Dillard's and Penny's and Del had returned a blouse, we drove to Hurwitz-Mintz Furniture and couldn't find a simple wardrobe for Doris, so we drove to Magazine St and stopped at French Antiques store where there were several to choose from. Less cost than new ones which didn't do the job. By the end of July, Del took her mom there to look at it, and they purchased that wardrobe for her Woldenberg Village apartment in New Orleans. She will now have almost twice as much space for hanging her clothes.

After an afternoon nap, we drove to pick up a FedEx package delivery we missed. I tracked it as originating from Phoenix, so I thought it was the Scottsdale insurance refund check, but instead it was our Alaskan Cruise tickets. Found Humphreys street entrance off Hickory on first try, a small, newly cut 2-lane into the back end of Elmwood Business Park. Then we drove down Earhart and Carrollton to the Two Sisters Pavilion in City Park and arrived just in time for 6 pm start of the Thursday at Twilight Concert Series with the Reeks family playing clarinet and piano pieces of pop and classical. Very good. Our friends, Renee and Burt, joined us before the music began and afterward, we went to Semolina's on City Park. This day was a busy, fun-filled day and a fitting way to begin my trip on Route 66.

One more trip before the end of July — our son Jim was getting married (See First Embrace photo above). We had to get up at 4 and we left at 5 am after dressing and packing for the Beaumont and Alexandria trip. First stop was Jim and Gina's in Kountze, but because we stopped for breakfast at Mel's (30 mins) we were about 30 minutes later than we planned. We picked up Jim and Gina at the State Bank off Hwy 96 and followed them to Courthouse. I took lots of photos and a couple of .mpegs. After a brief ceremony, we drove to Papadeaux's on I-10 in Beaumont. We had George and Sandra (Gina's mom and step-father), Amanda, Kirt, and me and Del for lunch. We had a check to give them for a wedding present and Del wanted me to give it to Jim. I put the folded check in my pocket and, as we prepared to get in the cars after the wedding, I was standing next to Jim, and "accidentally" dropped the folded check at my feet between me and Jim. I asked Jim if he could pick it up and when he did and tried to hand it to me, I demurred, saying, "No, that's for you." He looked at it, smiled, and thanked me. Del liked the way I handled it. It was already in his hand, so he couldn't refuse to take it, but I could refuse to take it back.

When we arrived at Papadeaux's Seafood Restaurant, we found out that when Sandra heard that Gina and Jim had decided to get married, she was overjoyed and had bubbled out, "Jim, you're going to get to be my son-in-law!" Jim, abashed by the exuberant outburst, blurted out, "Does that come with a T-shirt and a hat?" Well, at the restaurant Sandra gave him a present, and when he opened it, inside were a black T-shirt and matching hat. The T-shirt said on the front, "I am so lucky" and on the back, "to be Sandra's son-in-law" and the matching black baseball cap read, "Sandra's Son-in-Law". That got a good laugh especially after we heard the back story of why she gave those to him.

We ordered the combination appetizer and then ordered our main meals. I ordered a light salad with shrimp, expecting I'd want to eat light after the Semolina dining aftermath. Well, all of us could have ordered nothing else but the appetizer! It was HUGE! We all looked at that and wondered how we could eat it all. A huge platter stacked a foot high with crab fingers, fried alligator tail, crawfish tails, onion rings, and chicken on top of a bed of french fries 3 inches high by itself. We were mostly full by the time the last seafood covering the fries were eaten, but we ordered doggie bags for half of the other meals. I did eat all my shrimp and most of the greens and felt full but not stuffed like the night earlier at Semolina's. It digested well. We called and told Kim and Wes not to plan any supper for us in Alexandria when we arrived.

After the wedding lunch, we drove to our daughter Carla's new home. I called her when we left Pappadeaux's and she listed the multiple streets I had to navigate. Del tried to help me and I asked to her be quiet so I could travel by intuition (unconscious navigation) and we arrived exactly at the right place without needing to call Carla again. She was impressed as I had only been there once month's before and it was a tricky maze of streets. Molly came running up to me at full speed, and the sight of that did my heart good! No more bashful hiding behind her mother's apron. A few years earlier she even told her mom, "I'm going to be bashful for two days while Grandpa is here." I experienced some of that bashful behavior from Molly's younger brother, Garret. We met Jack the Giant House Fixer who did the contracting on Carla's house. Huge size 14's on his feet. Was at least 6' 6" and next to Carla's 5' 2" looked 7' tall. Took photos of house and Molly and Garret doing their tricks in the new pool outback. Left Carla's and drove through Lake Charles and up US 165 to Alex. I took over the last hour or so and Del showed me how to bypass the large traffic circle coming in.

That night Wes and I drove to visit Oday. He was watching TV outside, on his newly installed LCD HD monitor in the upper corner of his outdoor pizza oven pavilion. Lots of bugs, but cool with overhead fan blowing. Always enjoyable listening to Oday talking about his latest plans. Wes and I left and when we got back to S. Hampton, I was leaving the house to retrieve my clothes from the Caddy and Thomas stopped me, saying "cake was about to happen." He thought I was leaving the house, so I turned around and sure enough out came a Doberge cake, Alex-style with sticky outside icing. Before I began cutting 8 layers of chocolate cake, the grandkids, Del, Kim and Wes all sang "Happy Birthday" to me and were amazed at how readily I blew out the candles. Heck, I wanted my wish to come true. If you want to know what it was, you'll have to stick around another 30 years or so to find out.

On the way home the next day, we stopped at Jefferson Trace in Prairieville to visit Jim's twin brother, John, his wife Kristin, and the two boys, Kyle and Collin. Lucky stop for me as I showed John my new P200 camera and he called me the next morning to tell me about extra memory sticks being sold at Office Depot for only $30. I'll need the extra capacity for the Alaskan cruise and Mozart Christmas trip. I appreciated his call. While at Office Depot, I found two ideal rotatable monitors by Gateway on display. Spectacular view, 21" monitor, 5 separate video modes, rotatable, 1680 X 1050 resolution. 1000:1 contrast ration and even more! I brought them home and they now grace my desktop.

I came home and replaced the right side monitor. It worked fine with no software changes, but it was too stretched because of 1680 X 1050 monitor size. I needed new drivers. Went to NVIDIA website and followed instructions. Halfway through, my PC kept stalling immediately after reboot. I needed to go to Safe Mode. I called Brian who said to hit F8 periodically while booting sequence is in operation. In Safe Mode [SM] I was able to install the new NVIDIA drivers that I had downloaded, 40.1 Mb. Still stalled on full windows reboot. Then I decided I should install EZTune software which contained the rotation function. Took me forever. I executed the .exe for the install twice while waiting for the HP CDW drive to just read the 22 Mb file once. Finally it executed and then things got better. Still no rotation, but EZTunes took care of that. Rotates automatically when I rotate the hardware. Then I re-sized Venice mirrored background to fit the new screens and my two new monitors are working fine!

I'm still figuring out all the features in my new 21" Gateway monitors. They rotate 90 degrees and software automatically rotates the image. They also slide up and down about six inches and rotate around a vertical axis about 30 degrees as well as tilting backwards! All without moving the sturdy base which doesn't slide easily on the wooden surface of the desk, exactly what I would want. Has five independent input modalities (DVD, e.g.) And two USB ports on the right hand side for convenience. Great color with 1680 X 1050 resolution!

After PJ's I talked Del into coming to Verizon with me to get my new cell phone. My case had broken earlier and I wanted the new phone before the electronics broke because of the weakened case and the phone directory became irretrievable. By the time we got through wheeling and dealing in all the specials we both got new cell phones for total of only $50 dollars after a $50 rebate! Including a snap case and a car charger. Del will keep the one car charger in Caddy unless we Maxima out of town. I don't need a car charger for my errands in town. I spent the rest of that day sorting out all the features on the new cell phones.

Good news to report on my Aunt Hilda Breaux, Buster's sister. She is back home from the collapse and suspected stroke/heart attack and stronger than ever. Final tests showed there was no heart attack. The physical therapy she received is credited with her improved condition from before the problem set in. Your prayers are requested for Buster's brother, my Uncle Purpy (Francis Matherne) in Florida, who has inoperable cancer. Also for my friend, Kasey, who is recovering nicely from leukemia.


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New Quotes Added to quotes.htm this month:

  • The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
    —Milton Friedman (American Economist, and from his statement, I suspect, an optimist!)

  • Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

  • How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news  . . .  who proclaims salvation.
    — Isaiah 52:7

  • Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.
    — Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

  • Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
    — Brendan Gill (1914-1997) US writer
  • New Stuff about Website:

  • The Top Five Tidbits Pages for 2006:

          1. T-Shirts A Collection of America's Favorite Walking Advertisements
          2. Will Rogers A Collections of Quotes Attributed to the Famous American Humorist
          3. Household Hints and Cures Using Items around the House
          4. Remember When Nostalgia Items and Quiz
          5. The Grab Bag Humorous, Witty, and Interesting Miscellania
  • Cajun Cottages Added to Recipes Page:

    During our recent trip to John Folse's TV Taping at LPB in Baton Rouge, we drove along the river road through the German Coast and took photos of some Cajun Cottages. At right is one of them and the other five decorate the Cajun Recipes page at
  • Two new sets of Grab Art Photos for this month.

  • 1. Check out this set of Semi-Optical Illusions:
    Example: This Semi-tractor trailer must look rather weird when it's backed into the loading dock! Plus think of the drunk in the passenger seat of a following car who suddenly wakes up! The German question "Auf dem falschen Weg?" likely translates "Going the wrong Way?" on the backing up truck.

  • 2. Ever been to New Mexico for the Hot Air Balloon Festival?
    Example: Hop aboard the Oriental Express and head whichever way the wind is blowing at the moment!

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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.):
    “Failure to Launch” (2006) in which Matthew McConaughey is a 35ish bachelor who brings his date to meet his parents by laying her in his bedroom at home. Terry Bradshaw the pop pops in to say Hi! in a Sports Center coitus interruptus. Well, the parents hire a gal to lure him into moving out the family home and thereupon hangs a piece of tale.
    “Panic” (2000) This movie is eerier now than when it came out because John Ritter, the target of Bill Macy the milk-toast hit man, is dead. Will Bill pull the trigger on the target who turns out to be his own psychotherapist? Talk about a therapist in a panic!
    “Firewall” (2006) In which an aging Han Solo (Star Wars) meets a young Chaucer (A Knight’s Tale) in a battle for his family’s life and his career. A high tech bank heist which will keep you awake after the heaviest meal. Harrison Ford can still slug it out with the best of the crooks.
    “Bandits” (2001) Bruce and Billy Bob play footsie with Cate in the saga of the “Sleepover Bandits” who move in with a bank manager and his family and then rob his bank the next morning. They pull this stunt off so many times successfully, one wonders why in “Firewall” they couldn't make it happen the first time.
    “Matador” (2005) This was an unexpected hit! Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan as “dos Amigos” — a chance meeting and Pierce confides with Greg that he is a hit man. When Greg is dubious, Pierce gives him a demo of how he might kill someone at random that Greg picks out. Pierce is a matador in how he goes about his work with deadly precision. This one will keep you guessing at every step of its tortuous way. Get the popcorn ready. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Ray” (2004) Charles Robinson walked in the dark alone, and in a direction no one had gone before. Merging gospel with blues, blues with full orchestra, country & western with modern sound, he wrote his life into his music and sang his music for his life. What a privilege to have grown up in the same world with this man.
    “Warm Water Under A Red Bridge” (2002) An unemployed Japanese man searches for a golden treasure buried in a pot in a house next to a red bridge, but what he finds is a geyser. A lot of warm water will pass under the red bridge before he realizes that what he was led to search for he has already found. Don your raincoat and be ready for a big surprise!

    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.

    “Stardust Memories” (1980) are best forgotten. A Woody Allen stinker.

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

    “The Return” (2003) an oedipal drama in which a father missing for 12 years returns to his wife and two teenage sons who are puzzled and angry when he doesn’t answer their questions about where he was or why he left or why he returned. A slow movie that goes nowhere, returns no answers, and leaves us as angry as the boys.
    “Tristram Shandy” (2006) Want to learn about Laurence Stern’s novel in a fun way? This movie seques in and out of a movie of Tristram Shandy’s life as Tristram narrates it, from cradle to adulthood. Oops, make that from conception to forceps to makeup powder to script meetings. Funny bits sprinkled in like the Q’s in AlphaBits cereal. A tasty treat, even if not for all appetites.
    “Ready to Wear” (1994) A Robert Altman flick packed with big stars gathering for an annual fashion show in Paris. The big names are like the list of movie star homes in Hollywood. Comedic bits add a little zing to an otherwise jaded script. Worth a look if you haven’t seen it before.
    “Kangaroo Jack” (2004) is about the dumbest funny movie I’ve ever seen. The fat guy would qualify for the “Dumbest” role in the movie, “Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest”. Neither he nor the skinny guy were as smart as the kangaroo. Somehow the pratfalls and kangaroo chases rose this out of the Avoid at All Costs into a Your Call.

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    The two Cajun buddies, Boudreaux and Broussard, were in Abbeville sitting at an outdoor table in front of T-Joe’s Bar. They were sipping a couple of ice cold Dixie beers, slurping in some oysters on the half shell, and watching the pedestrian traffic in the lot across the street. Every so often, some guy would go in or come out of the double-wide trailer, which they knew was being used for prostitution. Their attention perked up when they saw Reverend Jim, a local Baptist minister, walking into the trailer. Boudreaux said, "Mais, looka dat! Ain’t it a rotten shame to see a minister of God goin' bad?" Broussard nodded his head in agreement.

    They had almost finished their beer a few minutes later when they noticed a rabbi, probably from the synagogue in Lafayette, coming down the street. They watched with anticipation and sure enough, he entered the brothel. Boudreaux turned to Broussard and said, "Bon Dieu, even de Jewish rabbis are fallin' to temptation!" Both Boudreaux and Broussard shook their heads in disbelief and went back to their Dixies and talking about sac-au-lait fishing until they drained the last drop of their longnecks.

    Boudreaux left to go inside and quickly returned with two more Dixies. Just as he was walking to their table, he noticed Father Frank, the Catholic priest from Breaux Bridge, entering the brothel. Boudreaux handed his friend one Dixie and pointed the other one to the priest. "Looka dere, Broussard, whatcha t'ink?" he said.

    Broussard looked over to the priest disappearing into the trailer and, with a sad tone of voice, said, "Cher pitié! One of dem poor girls must be dying.”

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for August, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
    (click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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    Cresh, Simplified

    Background on Cresh, Simplified: The first recipe I posted of my CRab, Eggplant, SHrimp Étouffée or Cresh for short, was a bit complicated, using fresh shrimp and crabmeat. Since then I've mostly made it using lump crabmeat from a can, peeled frozen or fresh shrimp, and only for serving over rice, not baking. This greatly simplifies the recipe. Below is how it looks served. Talk about good!


    2 or 3 medium to large eggplants, sliced in pancake-like fashion to cook faster.
    3 medium yellow onions, chopped
    3 TBSP Bertolli's Extra Lite Olive Oil
    2 lbs shrimp, peeled, (I use a package of frozen small shrimp and a package of large unfrozen in this recipe.)
    1 lb can of pasteurized lump crabmeat
    4 to 6 oz of Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs
    1 TBSP of Shrimp Powder
    1 TBSP chopped garlic
    Salt & Pepper (Season-All, Tony’s, Malabar pepper)

    1/2 capful of Zatarain's Shrimp & Crab Boil.

    Soak slices of eggplant in large pan of water to which a TBSP or so of water has been added.
    Defrost any frozen shrimp and place with peeled shrimp in enough water to cover the shrimp. Add a half-capful of Zatarain's Liquid Shrimp & Crab Boil. Let soak an hour or so while smothering the eggplant.

    Cooking Instructions

    Cover bottom of large fry pan with Bertolli's Extra Lite Olive Oil. (This type of olive oil works best for sautéing without emitting smoke.)
    Sauté the onions and garlic till translucent, add 1/2 tsp sea salt and grind Malabar black pepper over the onions. Then add eggplant slices with enough of the water to not quite cover the slices. (slices will shrink with cooking) Cook at a brisk boil for at least an hour, last half hour with top off pan to allow excess liquid to boil away. Monitor carefully to adjust liquid content. At halfway point, use potato masher to mash the eggplant slices into a mush as shown in this photo. Cook the rest of the way.

    With liquid still boiling add the shrimp next for six minutes. Then turn down to low simmer or off and add the lump crabmeat. The crabmeat is ready to eat, so you want it warmed into the Cresh, not cooked. Pot should look like this.

    Now, add the Progress Italian Bread Crumbs by sprinkling a bit on the top and stirring into the mixture until most of the pooling of liquid disappears. Remember the bread crumbs will absorb more water over the next few hours, so don't overshoot. See for photo of Cresh in the pot at this stage.

    Season to taste.

    Leave 1" chunks of eggplant to the side and only put into the mixture to cook for about 15 minutes or till tender. Adds texture and savor to the final dish. Also add an 8 oz can of Jumbo Crab Meat at the same time as the eggplant chunks. These options are shown in the above Served photo. (2013)

    Serving Suggestion
    Can be served immediately when it looks like this. Best served over wild rice/long grain rice mixture as show above.

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    6. POETRY by BOBBY from
    A Course in Miracles Review:
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    In the Text of A Course in Miracles I was inspired by this next passage to write a poem titled, "Does One Mind?" The poem was written on the bottom of page 524 on November 26, 1991.

    [page 359] Minds are joined; bodies are not. Only by assigning to the mind properties of the body does separation seem to be possible and the mind seem to be fragmented, private, and alone.

    Does One Mind?

    "Minds are joined;
    Bodies are not."

    If minds are joined,
           they form an ocean
           touching every body
    And ideas are like waves
           which wash the shore
           of every land.

    If minds are joined,
           they flow as deep living currents
           carrying from the unfathomable reaches
           myriads of ideas to the shore.

    And I a child upon the beach
           lift a spoonful of that ocean
           and call it God.

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for August:
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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: Morning Glories — Poetry and Prose to Touch Your Heart by Kathleen Nichols

    While cleaning out her files, Del found an original draft of one of Kathy Nichols' poems entitled, "Touched by an Angel." Kathy wrote it about the same time the TV show of the same name came out. I read it aloud and enjoyed it. It reminded me of insights shared by Rudolf Steiner in the book I reviewed recently called Guardian Angels. I had yet to publish on-line my 1995 review of Kathy's book, but did have a short review in later editions of my "A Reader's Journal, Vol. 1" which some of you may have read. I updated and expanded that review and make it available in ARJ2 now for all to read.

    We human beings are born knowing that we are supposed to "go up", but in the hustle, bustle, and cacophonous noise of everyday life, we sometimes forget what we knew in early childhood. Kathy Nichols reminds us of this in her story of the Morning Glories and reinforces it with the poem "Touched by an Angel", which I have included in my review, with the author's permission.

    Read "Morning Glories and allow yourself to remember what you knew as a child and perhaps you will be touched by an angel yourself.

    2.) ARJ2: A Course in Miracles, Volume One: Text by Helen Schucman

    The purpose statement for the Course in Miracles:

    [page 122] The whole purpose of this course is to teach you that the ego is unbelievable and will forever be unbelievable. You who made the ego by believing the unbelievable cannot make this judgment alone. By accepting the Atonement for yourself, you are deciding against the belief that you can be alone, thus dispelling the idea of separation and affirming your true identification with the whole Kingdom as literally part of you. This identification is as beyond doubt as it is beyond belief. Your wholeness has no limits because being is infinity.

    You will not fully understand the above summary, however, until you have read the entire Text through at least once, but it will point out several words you will need to come to terms with while reading the Text. To come to terms with a book means coming to understand each and every term used in the book. This is a secret to reading that I first found elaborated for me by Mortimer Adler in his classic book, How To Read A Book. Specifically you must come to understand what the Text means by the word “ego” and the capitalized words “Atonement” and “Kingdom.” By the end of this review, I hope to have made these words graspable by you, dear Readers, but if some of you are unsuccessful in accomplishing this by reading the review, you will know what needs doing when you tackle the Text and the Workbook.

    Who is the narrator of the Text? One must come to terms with the identity of the narrator if one is to understand and benefit from the Text. Whether one agrees with the premise of the Text that the narrator is Christ Jesus matters not. This material was channeled and claims no other author. The key is to decide for oneself whether the narrator speaks as if he were the being he claims to be. In this next passage he claims to have nothing which does not come from God, while it may be apparent to you and me that we have things which do not come from God. It is a condition of our humanness that we have received these things which have precipitated our fall into sin and error which did not come from God. When we read the narrator, we read of His connection with God, with the Holy Spirit and with us. And His connection with us, He likens to that of an elder brother.

    [page 4,5] The miracle is a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom. He is also entitled to love because he is a brother, and to devotion if he is devoted. It is only my devotion that entitles me to yours. There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you.

    He is our bridge to God because He is able to serve as an elder brother to us on one hand while serving as a Son of God on the other. He also activates the Holy Spirit when we require revelation.

    [page 5, 6] "No man cometh unto the Father but by me" does not mean that I am in any way separate or different from you except in time, and time does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. You stand below me and I stand below God. In the process of "rising up,” I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass. I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand, and as a Son of God on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge of the Sonship, which I render complete because I share it. This may appear to contradict the statement "I and my Father are one,” but there are two parts to the statement in recognition that the Father is greater.

    Revelations are indirectly inspired by me because I am close to the Holy Spirit, and alert to the revelation-readiness of my brothers. I can thus bring down to them more than they can draw down to themselves. The Holy Spirit mediates higher to lower communication, keeping the direct channel from God to you open for revelation. Revelation is not reciprocal. It proceeds from God to you, but not from you to God.

    Have you heard of “A Course in Miracles” and wondered what it was about? Wondered whether it would be worth studying for you? Did your ego tell you it was silly and to avoid it? Maybe it’s time for you to get the dirt, the scoop, the inside dope on your ego. How does it work, how does it show up in your life, can you live without it, can you live with it, is it useful to you, or it is a detriment — if so exactly how, and what can you do about it? The answers are in here, ready for you. The next move is yours, in freedom and light.

    3.) ARJ2: Provocative Therapy by Frank Farrelly and Jeff Brandsma

    What's so provocative about Provocative Therapy? Inquiring minds want to know. I first read this book back around 1977 or so, and then my friend Tom Mellett wrote me recently about a comment that I made calling him the "Fritz Perls" of the Steiner group. Tom said he considered himself more as the Frank Farrelly of the email group. That sent me to my library in the hallway at Timberlane to locate Frank's book, and it was nowhere to be found. I searched my Library database and sure enough, it was listed as OUT, on loan to my daughter Maureen since 1998. I called her and she knew exactly where to find it, and after I retrieved it from her, I read it all the way through a second time for this review.

    The answer to my initial question above came to me full force when I found myself ROTFL — rolling on the floor laughing — when I read the case studies titled, "Tragedy Revisited" and "Clem Kadiddlehopper." Frank discovered that deep pervasive change could come about quickly in his clients if he simply reacted honestly, told them the harsh truth, or consciously or unconsciously provoked them. You gotta read the reports of these two cases in my review, if you read nothing else this month!

    More importantly, it's highly possible that it was this book that inspired me to tell some of my callers into the Crisis Line that their situation was hopeless. I wrote about this earlier in my review of Pragmatics of Human Communication this way:

    When I worked on the Crisis Line many years ago, I would occasionally get phone calls from people who would ask for help with a problem and when you offered them a solution, they would slough off the suggestion with such comments as, "That wouldn't work for me." "I already tried that." and so on. No matter what the suggestion or how many suggestions one offered, they countered with a good reason why that wouldn't work. Finally I took to using the following process. After identifying that this person was one of those types for whom no suggestion would work, I would stop suddenly and say, "I've listened carefully to your problem and all the reasons you've given me why none of the suggestions I offered will work for you, and I must tell you that in my professional opinion your situation is hopeless." This advice was offered as a suggestion similar to the other ones that they had refused and they would invariably just as strongly refuse that suggestion. They might bring up a suggestion I made earlier and say, "What if I do x?" I'd recant for them the reason they had previously told me why x would not work and that would force them to overcome their objection. Suddenly the roles were reversed, they were working to find solutions for themselves and I was the one casting doubt on every suggestion they came up with.

    When I had the occasion to work eight hour day shifts at the Crisis Line office, I would listen to the regular day counselor offer suggestion after suggestion to certain callers for hours upon end, to no avail so far as I could tell. When one of these callers got on the line with me, it took me about ten minutes. As soon as I recognized the type, I'd use the "hopeless" maneuver, and I interrupt their endless game called, "Why Don't You, Yes, But?" It was given this name by Eric Berne in his book, "Games People Play." I came to call these people, my "Yes, Butter's" and actually enjoyed moving them off their favorite game and into taking positive actions to change their lives. Actions that they actually had come up with themselves, and which I only reflected back to them. Saying, "Your situation is hopeless" was exactly what they needed to resist, to push against, and to push themselves into healing and sanity again.

    Ever wonder what many therapists spend their time doing in those three-times-a-week sessions? Frank tells us plainly what they do: a lot of hinting instead telling outright. Hinting takes up a lot of time. Just think how much it would cost to have a water pump replaced if your auto mechanic used this strategy of fixing a problem. "Do you think it may be a hose leaking or something more serious? Our time is up now — we'll talk more about that when you bring your car in next time."

    [page 61, 62] Too many therapists feel that, as one trainee put it, "You can't just come right out and tell the client your reactions to him or your hypotheses or judgments about his behavior." They usually predict dire results if they were to do so — "Well, the client would get upset!" In various situations responses to that have been, "Hell, he's upsetting me, his family, the court, his employer, the rest of the world, so why not upset him for a change?" or "This is the client's third illegitimate pregnancy, so let's try something different; instead of understanding her needs, her conflicts, etc., get her to understand how everybody around her is upset and the community doesn't like it. If she would start meeting someone else's needs, some of hers would get met in the process." Many therapists prefer to eternally hint to the client rather than tell him bluntly and quickly.

    But not Frank Farrelly: he will not hint or otherwise beat around the bush. This is "provocative therapy" and Frank is a hands-on kinda wild and crazy guy, so fasten your seat belt and your chastity belt for this review. If you survive with your chastity intact, you might want to read the entire book as well.

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    • From a new Friend:
            Hi Bobby, I don't have a question; just wanted to thank you for an incredible web site. I learned how to do a speed trace and have used it to find several original events that have made a big impact on how I move through the world.
             Thanks again for such important work and kudos for making it free of charge. You are helping so many people.
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    • From my good friend Brian Kelley's son in Colorado:
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      Its been a long time since we've talked. I was just messing around here and decided to search the website for any pictures of the old man on google and his picture is on your website. I didn't know that you had your own website. (Dad's never mentioned it). What an amazing site. I started doing a little reading and haven't had the chance to explore it any further. I do enjoy your Monthly Digest with the Movie Reviews and book reviews.

      How are things going since the Hurricane? (Almost a year now, can't believe it). How is Del doing? I see the family is growing. (again it's amazing what you have posted on your site).

      Brian (Jr.)

      P.S. Attached is a picture that Dad downloaded on one of my older hard drives from a computer that I dismantled to build a new one. Thought you might enjoy it if you don't already have it.

      RJM Note: Thanks, Brian! I've added you to my Digest list so you'll get all the answers to your questions each month. We have nowhere the number of gkids and ggkids as your Dad and Mom, but Del and I do have 19 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids.

      P. S. Thought my other Good Readers might enjoy a glimpse of the photo you sent of me back in 1979 on my Goldwing motorcycle.



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    National Day of the Acadians Celebrated in St. Martinville

    Focus on the Children

    August 15th, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Acadian Memorial will celebrate the National Day of the Acadians. This year the 1400+ children who were deported in 1755 and years later arrived in Louisiana with their parent’s, will be memorialized! It is important that all Acadian/Cajuns come together for this special day of remembrance of the deported Acadian children’s’ struggle and pain.

    The highlight of the day will be the unveiling of the children’s bi-lingual audio interactive on the mural, “The Arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana”. Thanks to the History Channel Save Our History grant, the mural audio interactive project, “Let The Children Speak”, will now tell the forgotten accounts of the deported Acadian children through the eyes of local children’s research, writings and voices.

    Schedule of the Day and Evening:

    10:00 a.m.
    Raising of the Acadian Flag at St. Martinville City Hall

    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Acadian Memorial – Film and slide show of the Save Our History Honors Event in Washington, D.C. / Enjoy the Bi-lingual “Let the Children Speak” interactive. Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site - Entry fee waived for the day and the showing of the 1929 film, “Evangeline”.

    6:00 p.m.
    National Day of the Acadians French Mass in honor of Acadian children at St. Martinville de Tours Catholic Church (5:45 p.m. – Line up of “Acadian Name Banner” Parade to St. Martinville de Tours Catholic Church for French Mass. We need Acadian/Cajuns to carry the banners. (Parents please ask your children to participate in carrying a banner). To reserve a banner call 394.2258.

    7:00 pm.
    Unveiling of Save Our History grant project, “Let The Children Speak”, bi-lingual mural audio interactive. Refreshments will be served.

    4. John Folse's "A Taste of Louisiana"

    This month we went to two tapings of Chef John Folse's new Public Broadcasting cooking program called "A Taste of Louisiana". Its script is based on the text of his new Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cooking, see book cover above." Check link for review. Check your TV listings for the PBS special on Christmas Eve or Day this year for the German Christmas Special (the second taping) which will be broadcast nationwide.

    5. A new addition to Matherne's Rules, MR#46: What happened? What didn’t happen? appears this month.

    When I get delayed, sick, injured, etc., I ask myself these two Permission-Protection questions, and the answer to one of them will usually tell me what the good intent was behind the event. The amazing thing is there is always a good intent, and asking oneself these two questions can help locate the good intent.

    Permission: What good thing happened to me because of the event?

    Protection: What bad thing might have happened but for the event?

    Unscheduled events are the ways that life breaks through our fixed patterns of dealing with it. As I penned on page 492 of A Course in Miracles Text, the following poem sums up the apposite relationship of accidents and miracles.
    Accidents are miracles
    of wrong-mindedness
    Miracles are accidents
    of right-mindedness.
    What wonders can you begin to perceive in your life if you start to notice how accidents are miracles which appear to help you overcome fixed behaviors which have not been good for you? Cindi Broaddus created the concept of "Random Acts of Kindness" after a random act of cruelty shattered her car windshield and covered her face and body with acid. She forgave the person who did it to her and through her testimony led thousands of others to do random acts of kindness.

    How much stress can you remove from your life, if you consider that any and every delay you encounter can be protection for you from something negative or can give you permission to do something positive by providing an opportunity, a space in time in your otherwise overly full schedule of life? Listen to the deep self inside of you every day and in every way, and you will find ample permission and protection without the necessity of the delays we call accidents.

    P. S. I've thought about the blow out of a tire on our Maxima on the way to Grand Isle. I had a chance to replace the two rear tires a few weeks earlier and didn't. That was my wrong-mindedness that led to the accidental blow out. The other thing that happened that wouldn't have was that we discovered how terrible the service is from AAA in New Orleans since the storm. Their dispatchers are operating out of St. Louis Missouri and while they can pinpoint a broken down car on their GPS maps, they apparently haven't a clue as to where to find a ready-and-waiting AAA truck to dispatch to the rescue. Took them TWO HOURS to call the right place and a service man came out right away. Anyone in the New Orleans area using AAA should consider un-subscribing until they are assured the dispatchers are local again. In a restaurant, you can tell if the service is bad because of a shortage of servers, but over the phone, you never know until you find out. Caveat emptor.

    6. New Orleans, Full-size and Thriving.

    I received this note from a "Friend of New Orleans":
    "Many people have stopped thinking about New Orleans and some may even believe we are back to normal. Of course, we all know that we have years of recovery to restore the miles and miles of devastation and only half of our people are back."
    The data is correct: If you only include the historical footprint of the city itself, half the population has not returned to date and there is much reconstruction work to do. But the metro area is nearly back to full-size if you include all of the surrounding densely-populated area as part of New Orleans. Del and I consider ourselves as residents of New Orleans even though the city's footprint has never expanded like Atlanta and Houston to incorporate all the families who moved to the surburbs. If you include all these "residents," New Orleans population is down only about 20 percent or less. Sounds less dramatic than half, I know, for political purposes, but I am decidedly a-political, so I don't care. I want my friends to know that the metro area is back and humming and almost full-size and thriving, not crippled and limping.

    Come on down and pass a good time, Cher!

    7. A Thousand-year-old Bible Found open to Psalm 83.

    An ancient text of the book of Psalms was found in an Irish bog the week of July 20-27, 2006 according to Associated Press (TP, p C-8), and it was open to Psalm 83, which reads:
    O God, keep not silence; hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God:
    For behold, thine enemies make a tumult; and they that hate thee lift up the head.
    They take crafty counsel against thy people, and consult against thy hidden ones:
    They say, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
          and let the name of Israel be mentioned no more.

    For they have consulted together with one heart:
    they have made an alliance together against thee.
    The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagarites;
    Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia, with the inhabitants of Tyre;
    Asshur also is joined with them: they are an arm to the sons of Lot. Selah.
    Do unto them as to Midian; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the torrent of Kishon:
    Who were destroyed at Endor; they became as dung for the ground.
    Make their nobles as Oreb and as Zeeb; and all their chiefs as Zebah and as Zalmunna.
    For they have said, Let us take to ourselves God's dwelling-places in possession.

    O my God, make them like a whirling thing, like stubble before the wind.
    As fire burneth a forest, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire,
    So pursue them with thy tempest, and terrify them with thy whirlwind.

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