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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #06a Published October 1, 2006 ~~~
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Quote for the Colorful Month of October:

All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
— Edmund Burke, Irish born English Statesman and Author

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Table of Contents

1. October's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for October
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Bartlett Pear and Lemon Curd Dessert
6. Poem from Bobby's Review of The Soul's Probation:"A Dream That Dreams Itself "
7. Reviews and Articles Added for October:

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
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Getting Down from a Duck.

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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 October are:

Arthur Nead in New Orleans

Brian Nye in CyberSpace

Congratulations, Arthur and Brian !

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Out Our Way:

First Saturday in September was the return of the CODOFIL breakfasts, this time it was held in the White House, a museum next to the Davy Crockett Volunteer Fire Company in Gretna. We missed the cooking by the LeBlanc's Restaurant staff, but Tommy is recuperating from a knee operation and won't be back before the October 7 breakfast. As I sat waiting for the breakfast to start, some woman leaned over from my blind side and planted a big kiss on my cheek. All I could think was that it had to be one of my daughters. It was Janet Zammit, a good friend of our oldest daughter whom we unofficially adopted years ago around the time I married her and Eric Zammit.

This was a month of getting all my computer and sound equipment up and working. The sound from my PC was garbled and very low, so I bought a new Sound Blaster card. It came with a remote control for across the room operation! Never heard of that before, but it will come in handy when I'm listening to some LSU Baseball game on the internet and cooking at the same time. I also bought a 1.5Gb Nano iPod, our first. Took me a lot of time to decipher the convoluted coding of the software which accompanied it, but by the end of the month I had successfully loaded up about half the 14 hours of music it can hold. Also have it working through my new Pioneer amplifier in the Screening Room. I can select the songs, the mix, and the volume from the dining area using the Pioneer remote control. I simply plug the amplifier connector into the base of the Nano and select the iPod button to listen. The menu for the iPod appears, one line at a time on the display screen of the Pioneer. "Super cool!" Del said about it.

Another first was watching LSU on Pay-per-View. $34.50 and it was full of commercials, which at times overran the actual play on the field. LSU won handily and by the fourth quarter, the third quarterback entered the game. An ad caused me to miss that QB, Ryan Perrilloux, when he ran his first play from center. A lineman stepped on his foot. After that he settled down and had the Tigers on the goal line when time ran out. 45-3 in an amazing opening game. First and second string QB's were great, and the third string, the QB of the future, was totally awesome. Our second game ended with the same score of 45-3. The third one was the Flag Flap Game on the Referee Plains of Auburn where the refs acted as if one bad call deserved another, and all of them went Auburn's way. Since Auburn could only score one TD, they needed the refs help to keep LSU from scoring a TD and when the chips were down and LSU made a big play, out flew the yellow flags to give the War Eagles in the air what they couldn't do on the ground, which was to stop LSU. The score was 7-3 and the game was a lot closer than the score would indicate. In fact, closer to be the reverse score with LSU the winner. When Auburn's luck runs out, they will lose a couple of close games and the Tigers will be able to go to the SEC Championship. That's my call, and I may be wrong.

I was not wrong about the New Orleans Saints, however, when I said that they would be a good team this year. They won their first game: 19-14 over Cleveland Browns. For once the opponents looked inept and the Saints ept! Excellent defense won the game when the offense took three field goals instead of TD's in the first half. Was enough to win thanks to outstanding performances. Everyone was motivated. Especially Devry Henderson, who after 3 years in the shadow of Dante Stallworth, caught three crucial passes.

Next came the Saints-Packers game. I began watching the 2.5 hour original film of "Solaris" on one of the side screens in the Screening Room while the game was on, but the Saints game was so exciting, I had most of the movie remaining by the end of the game. The Saints spotted the Packers 13 points, a TD and two field goals by turnovers in the first quarter. But they came back storming in the second quarter to take a lead of 14-13 and they never gave up their lead again. In the second half they toted it up to 34 points and staved off a late comeback attempt handily to win 34-27. Deuce got loose for a 23 yard romp into the end zone. The Saints look to be potent on offense with their Acey-Deucey combination of Reggie Bush and Deuce McAlistair. Reggie was dazzling on pass catching and running. Still hasn't broken the long one, but his buddy Joe Horn got off a 57 yd scamp after a reception. Only his legs cramping up kept him short of the end zone. On Monday the 2-0 Saints go into the Dome to beat the Falcons and take the lead of the division which has two 0-2 teams at the bottom. And we'll be in that number: Stoney, Sue, Sam, Del, and Bobby! sitting right next to each other in our season ticket section on the 30 yd line.

They did it! The Saints are 3-0 after a stunning upset of the Falcons 23-3 in the Re-opening Game in the Superdome in front of a National audience on Monday Night Football. And Del and I were in the dome in our new first-ever season ticket seats, 16 rows from the bottom of the Lower Terrace on the 25 yard line with a perfect view of the field. One minute into the game, Gleason blocked a punt and Deloatch ran it 10 yards into the end zone for a TD. Atlanta was only able to convert one field goal as the Saints blocked the second try from 25 yards out by Morton Anderson, a former Saints kicker.

My big project for September was an overhaul of my fifteen-year-old Snapper riding lawnmower. The fan belt was slipping, the drive wheel also, and the mower deck was all banged up. When I told son Stoney what I had done and he saw the beat-up old deck, he said, "I thought people bought a new mower when they got that way." But I had bought this mower after talking to a guy who cut grass every day with one on his trailer. He was pumping gas and I asked him how long he had the mower. He said 15 years. It was a bit beat-up, but he was using it to cut grass many times a day for 15 years and I only needed one to cut grass once a week! I bought one immediately and love it. I had bought $200 of parts and planned to do some yearly maintenance tasks, like add differential fluid, for the first time in fifteen years while also installing the new deck, drive wheel, and fan belt. Taking off the mower deck involved removing everything attached to the deck, like the blade engage mechanism. Took me a day and a half to remove everything and then two and a half days to re-assemble everything. The blade engage device was like re-assembling a 3-D puzzle. The photo I took of it assembled was some help, but the kill switch got installed backwards and when the motor wouldn't start, I took the puzzle apart and re-installed the switch correctly. After five days of working in the garage, the mower was running and I took it down the driveway only to find the fan belt smoking. The parts guy at WestBank Schwinn and Lawnmower had given me a fan belt fully 5 inches too short. One more trip for the correct belt and a quick switch to the new belt and everything was working fine.

The finished mower looked so good, I felt like applying some Turtle Wax to it. That was a first! I resisted the feeling and went on to just cutting grass with it. I estimate at the rate of adding transmission fluid once every 15 years, I have enough fluid in the smallest jar I could buy to last me over 300 years. There's a photo somewhere on this Digest of the mower after its first grass cutting adventure post-overhaul.

Another big project for this month was harvesting my sugar cane crop. Several years ago I planted some red sugar cane, the kind my Grandpa Babin used to grow on his 89 acres in Bourg. He would cut some stalks of ripe cane, peel the outside, and give us grandkids pieces of cane to chew on. It was delicious. The kind of cane grown for sugar in the large fields today is industrial cane. Impervious to bugs and hardly as sweet as the good ole red cane. The red cane was so sweet the bugs loved it, and so they have switched to the hard stuff which is unchewable by human mouths and not enough sweetness to be worth the effort. Over the past several years the cane has grown so big that it was overshadowing the fig tree to the extent that we harvested no figs this year, and so the cane had to go. First off I got stung by a wasp on the back of my hand. I stopped for the day and the next morning I spotted the wasps' nest and invited them to find a new home. My invitation came in an aerosol can. They took it right away. Cutting the cane was easy, but digging up the roots so the cane wouldn't grow back was a chore. Figs next year, no sugar cane. But I have some great stalks saved for the grandkids when they visit Timberlane. Should be a photo in the Digest somewhere.

We also took down some dead branches from the oak tree which died some time after our post-Katrina cleaning. Still have a couple of large branches to be removed in the next week or so.

Del and I went to a Sons of the American Revolution meeting for our friend Jim's installation. The speaker had to leave early, so we had a post-speech meal instead of a post-prandial speech. Not much went right that night. Room was too cold, no water served for an hour because of the speaker, and to top it all: they forgot to install Jim. One memorable thing did happen. The club official at the podium talked about a bronze sculpture they were having made, a George Washington Bust. What I heard him say was a bronze of "George Washington's Butt. " That made me giggle and Del, too, when I shared it with her. The image of such a bronzed sculpture was so funny and it was the only thing worth laughing about all evening.

LSU was playing Tulane in Baton Rouge and the paper said nothing about a broadcast of any kind, so I assumed that I was going to be listening to the game on WWL radio as I have been since 1957, the year before I started at LSU. It was Jimmy Taylor's last year and Billy Cannon's first as a Tiger. No one at that time had any idea that the next year would bring a National Championship. I just wanted to learn a little about LSU football. Well, the next football season I was a freshman and living in the cheapest accommodations on campus, North Stadium Dormitory. It was situated under the student section of the football stadium, so on Saturday nights in the fall, you either went to the games or got out of town. Governor Huey P. Long loved LSU and wanted to build a new football stadium, but the legislature wouldn't approve expenditures for a stadium. So he sent them a bill to build a dormitory and after it was approved, he had the dormitory built in the shape of a football stadium! The fall of 1958 saw something that had never happened in Tiger Stadium in its entire history: a Sellout! I was waiting for my girl friend to arrive from New Orleans for the Kentucky game and I saw this man walking around in a daze. I asked what was wrong and he said, "For years I've been driving here from Pensacola, Florida, five hours each way, for every game, and this is the first time that I haven't been able to buy a ticket!"

So I was ready for a radio account of the game when Del returned from Tallulah's Hair Parlor and said Renelle told her the LSU-TU game was to be on Tigervision, Pay-per-View. So I wanted to order the game, but the power in the whole area had gone down for a couple of hours. The power came back on at 5 pm, and I searched the Cox Guide and ordered the game on Channel 609 for $35. We ate some supper and I settled in to watch the game on TV and at 6 pm the power went out again! This time the estimate was for it to be back on at 10 pm, meaning I would miss the entire game.

I read outside on swing for awhile. Tried to call my four kids, but only got Yvette on her cell. It was Greg who answered and he said he was with Yvette in the ER where she was about to be treated for an injured finger. I asked, "Needs a couple of stitches?" to allow him to say Yes or explain any more serious damage. He said "Yes" and told me she'd call me later. She did. Cut her right thumb working on an old folding chair. Greg had gone next door where a hand surgeon lives and the doctor said, "Have her meet me at the hospital." He was all dressed up for the High Holy Days of Roshashana, but Greg hadn't thought about it being a Jewish holiday. At the hospital the doctor said he'd put a couple of extra stitches because it was in the crease of her thumb and he knew she was very active. What a great guy!

After my phone call it was 6:45 pm and no power back on. I tried to call Cox, but the only live person I could get was the Tech Support lady who could not help me. I drove to the Red Maple restaurant hoping their TV was on Tigervision, but it wasn't. I drove back home and listened to the game in the driveway on radio for a few minutes before going inside. The lights were on! Why didn't you call me on the cell, I asked Del and she said, "The lights came on just this second." I missed about 15 minutes of the game but watched the rest on TV.

Went to a reception at my club and met Billy Woessner and his wife Cindy there. Last time I saw Billy was about 1959 or so. He and his parents, Fanny and Herman, lived across the street from my wife's parents. I recall Billy as a young man of about 12 or 13 at the time. He is a doctor in family practice now in New Orleans. We reminisced about the garage parties our folks attended together on Giuffrias Street back in the days when 50s song such as "At the Hop" was on the charts and being played on 45 rpm disks at the parties. I told him of the night his dad, Herman, was drunk as a lord and imitated Elvis Presley singing with the gals all pulling at his shirt. Somewhere I have an 8mm film I took of that event and will try to get Billy a copy in some form. His mother Fanny is alive and in an old folks' home. I told him to tell her that my dad Buster is still alive. Today, September 29, as I write these personal notes, he is celebrating his 89th birthday.

This brings me up to the Monday Night Football game which celebrated the post-Katrina return of the Saints to New Orleans to a sold-out stadium. The Saints have sold every one of the season tickets for the first time ever. Over half of the season ticket holders this year are first-timers! Like we are!

The Saints were not only alive, but they were vibrant! Glowing with energy and excitement and skill. They were well drilled, make few mistakes, and several great plays. They blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone in the second minute of the game. They blocked a short field goal attempt. They kept the Falcons' Quarterback Michael Vick boxed-in all night effectively. They stopped the run by Dunn. Instead of 350 yards, Dunn and his entire team only got 117 yds rushing for the whole game. And we fans were loud. Mostly standing on our feet the whole game, especially when the Saints were on defense. Every time there was a great play, high fives went all around. And that happened a lot! I was wondering if there's a "high five elbow" syndrome.

When we got to the dome area about 4, it was so crowded, we could not walk to our entrance, so we backed our way out. As we did, our tenants at Hagan (which we sold in July), Trevor and Hilary, were walking in a group towards the Dome. We gave them each a big hug. They were as excited as we were. Told them to say hello to the Hagan fourplex gang for us.

We found a place to sit on the railing in the shade and watched and listened there. I had my iPod playing Cajun songs by Charlo, and it was a pleasant time. Took an inordinate time to get into the Dome after they opened the curtain at 5:30. Everyone wanted in at once and they had to pat down the entire crowd. One guy looking around at the sea of people everywhere, said, "I've never seen anything like this and I've had season tickets for years!" Another said simply, "This is biblical." I thought to myself, "Yes, and now the Saints have to part the Red Sea of the Falcon players." And later I found the Falcons were in fact wearing red jerseys for the occasion. At the end of the game, the Saints and the Falcons met at midfield for prayer, in a most poignant moment. That has never happened in any NFL game I've seen before.

When we got to Lower Terrace, Stoney, Norman, and Sam were giving us a big wave to show us up to our seats. A great gang of folks around us. First time we've ever had a chance to introduce myself to our seatmates. Yvette sits on my left and her husband Patrick to her left. A great group of guys from Baton Rouge sitting below us. A great black couple up behind Stoney and Sam. A Vin Rhames look-alike, with the skin dome two rows down, stood up most of the time and repeatedly roused the rest of us out of our seats to cheer on the defense.

The Green Day/U2 combo with duets by Billy Joe Armstrong and Bono were great, especially the rousing chorus, repeated so often with the 70,000 plus crowd joining in: "THE SAINTS ARE COMING! ! !" and in a few minutes later the Saints team followed a motorcycle onto the field and game began in earnest, and contrary to previous years, the Saints were in earnest about their job: WIN THE GAME. And when the half ended, I asked one guy if he'd ever seen a Saints game before when the Saints led by 20-3 at half-time, and his response was, "I'm not old enough! I'm only 35." It may be that I'm not old enough either.

Other than football this month, Del's brother Dan Richards came in for a visit from Charlotte, NC, for a few days. Del had lunch with her colleague Don Caserta whose home was swept away completely by Katrina on the Mississippi Coast. He brought along to show us a glass pelican with a fish in its transparent bill which was the only item he found on his property after the storm. I got a haircut from my good friend Mike Nuccio at VIP Barbershop. Stoney's East Jefferson Football Coach and now principal, Jimmy Kytle, stopped by the Riverfront Warehouse for a visit. And our friend Gail met me for lunch at Tony Mandino's restaurant near Timberlane where we enjoyed the Thursday special Catfish Reggio with fried catfish with angel hair pasta covered by shrimp in a cream sauce. Talk about good! And our good friend Sandra stopped by for a light lunch out on the Oak Patio at Timberlane where we got into a long discussion about spiritual matters.

The end of the month brought our new mattress with the space-age foam and box springs delivery from Hurwitz-Mintz. When Del woke up smiling the next morning, I knew we had made the right decision. The old king-size mattress we bought about 1980 had served us well for all but the first two years of our 28 years of marriage. The furniture company stopped picking up mattresses after a delivery post-Katrina because so many were full of mold and mildew. Ours was fine, but we called around our friends and one of them sent someone to pick up the box springs and mattress.

It was picked up a guy to be used in his hunting-fishing camp somewhere out in the Sportsman Paradise of this marvelous state of Louisiana. For myself a couple of fishing trips a year and a ducking hunting trip or two fills my cup of being in the outdoors. Bringing home several large redfish or a brace of large mallards for the pot is a long tradition in the Matherne family and one I feel privileged to be able to carry on today.

I was thinking as I was formatting the latest review for the month about my dad, Buster, weaving his castnets and trawls while we listened to the Friday Night Fights on the radio in the back of our Avenue F house in Westwego in the early 1950s. I had to weave my way through the .html file, replacing the codes to format it the way I wish it to be. It was this repetitive work, going line by line that reminded me of Buster weaving castnets and shrimp trawls. He sat there for hours with his hands constantly busy. His hand moved the shuttle in-and-out and over-and-back as he worked his way across the knotted line which comprised the bottom of the net. With each new line, the net got progressively bigger, till he reached the bottom. At that point, he stopped to pour some molten lead into the wooden molds he had earlier crafted. When the lead cooled, he knocked out the lead weights which he then would weave into the very bottom of the net. The conversion of WordPerfect generated .html code into website-ready form for me is a similar work and a similar meditation. Buster listened to the Friday Night Fights on radio as he knitted his nets together, but you can't do that anymore. No more fights on radio for decades. And you can't weave a net while watching television. We've lost crafting time since TV has become popular.

Buster wove nets of string to catch shrimp; I weave my nets of words to catch people. I hope this Digest has captured you for a time. I hope you will enjoy my Catch-and-Release program and will join me next month, same time, same place, for some more fun and more good news in the Good Mountain Press Digest.


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  • In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
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    Ronald Reagan [40th United States president, 1980-88]

  • People constantly speak of ‘the government’ doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men.
    Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

  • Either you think — or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
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  • The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins teaches us that wisdom is to life as oil is to a lamp: it casts Light.
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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.):
“Everything Is Illuminated” (2006) in the sight of the past. And Josiah Wood goes in search of his past. His tour guides to open stretches of Russia are Alex, his blind grandfather, and Sammy Davis, Jr. , Jr., a snarly dog. The grandfather is the driver of the taxi. "Does this distress you?" Alex turns and asks his paying fare. A slow drive through the Ukraine with this odd quartet ends at an isolated house in the middle of a huge blooming field of sunflowers and a woman who collects things. Be prepared for amazing revelations as this at-times slow movie comes to a climax. You’ll be on your feet dancing to the rousing ending song, “Start wearing purple for me, now. Your sanity and wits — they will all vanish, I promise, so start wearing purple for me now.” A Don’t Miss Hit!
“Stolen Summer” (2002) With Aidan Quinn as his father, 8-year-old Peter O’Malley decides to convert a Jew to Catholicism in order keep himself from going to hell and sets up a lemonade stand outside a nearby synagogue with a sign: “Lemonade and a Free Ticket to Heaven”. Words cannot describe adequately the joys of this wonderful movie. Amazing script and two precocious boys in tour-de-force performances. A Don’t Miss HIT!
“Lucky # Slevin” (2006) in which Josh Hartnett plays a young man who arrives to visit his friend Nick Fisher only to be mugged, have his nose broken, and have his wallet stolen from him. Then hired thugs arrive to inform him (thinking he’s Nick) that he owes $96K to a gambling boss and beat him up to punctuate the urgency of his paying his debt. Things get worse. A rival mob boss wants him to pay Nick’s gambling debt of $33K. And a mysterious hitman known as Good Cat is in town, presumably to kill Josh. And the cops are tracking Josh, too. We soon know he won’t get out of this movie without being repeatedly beaten up, but will he get out of it alive?
“The Swimming Pool” (2003) was the only point of interest to the aging woman who came to her publisher's house in Provence which he lent her to write her next detective novel. His young daughter Julie shows up unexpectedly and is soon swimming in the pool and entertaining men friends in her bed. When she murders one of them, the writer helps bury the body near the swimming pool. Why? Because that is what she knows how to do: cover up a murder successfully. But what if she uncovers the entire episode in her novel? Reality is always stranger than fiction because fiction lives inside of reality.
“Path to 9/11: ABC Movie” (2006) Great portrayal of the sins of omission, negligence, and arrogance by the Clinton administration which allowed 9/11 to happen. Harvey Keitel the most recognizable of the actors in this fine movie. While it happened on the Bush watch, the seeds for it were planted by eight years of turf wars by Beltway Turf Battles instead of leadership. 9/11 provided the chainsaw Bush needed to cut through the bureaucratic fortresses which walled-off from each other the CIA, FBI, DOD, and other agencies charged with protecting the Homeland of these United States of America. They were too busy protecting their jobs to take effective action on a timely basis, up until now.
“Kind Hearts and Coronets” (1949) Alec Guinness plays 8 roles in this story of a serial killer of 8 relatives standing in his way of claiming the rightful heritage denied his penniless mother. Will he become a count and, if so, will fate allow him to enjoy it for long afterward? An amazing story and a tour-de-force performance by a very young and smart Alec.
“The Medallion” (2003) A Jackie Chan movie in which his usual super powers are not enough, so he dies and is reborn with more of them. A super stupid move for an otherwise nice guy actor. He becomes a cartoon character along with the other Croft’s Disease victims like Haile Berry (Catwoman) and others. Lucky for us he got rid of his Prince Valiant hairdo by the second scene and created some fun for us by the time the credits rolled.
“Wedding Date” (2005) Kat’s sister is getting married and the best man will be her ex-fiancé, so she needs a hunk (Dermot Mulroney) to accompany her home to England where most things right are left to the imagination. In the marathon of pre-wedding events, Kat and date bond, break-up, as do the bride and groom, and all is well by the Lohengrin march down the aisle. But who will be waiting for the bride at the altar?
“The Mayor of Casterbridge” (2001) Ciaran Hinds as the Mayor who in his Will wanted no one to remember him, which this fine movie puts to the lie. And he’s a star-crossed hero worth remembering for how much he cared about people, but always got the feeling part off-cycle for himself and those he loved. (For more details, see Digest#40.)
“Solaris” (1972) Any resemblance between this movie and its 2004 George Clooney remake is coincidental. This movie is a pure art form — the outdoor images were Altman-esque landscapes of exquisite beauty. Kris, in the monitoring station in orbit over Solaris, meets his dead wife reconstructed by the living brain of the atmosphere on the planet Solaris below. She has no cognitive memories, at first, cannot remember what her face looks like. Over time she becomes more human-like, and Kris become more her-like. An intense philosophical meditation on love, death, and life. (For more details, see Digest#48.)

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.

“Freedomland” (2005) should have been entitled fear and abuse land. People getting yelled at, cursed at, berated, beaten upon, etc, especially the police trying to do their job. Slow, repetitive, going-nowhere-dialogue for a predictable ending. Stomp now or repent later. A DVD Stomper!
“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005) One hour and 25 minutes of eminently miss-able claymation madcap zaniness with a British accent.

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

“The Mermaid Chair” (2006) is barely worth sitting in. Kim Basinger in a Lifetime Channel chick-flick which should have come with a warning: “Caution: May Contain Nuts”. Girl meets guy, girl falls in love, girl goes back to husband.
“Faust” (1994) done with real actors, claymation, and life-size marionettes which morph into each other at various times. The head of the devil rolling through the forest to the theater and screwing onto his body each time he appeared was amazing. A Punch & Judy send up of Goethe’s classic tale.
“Johnny English” (2003) A Spy Spoof with Rowan Atkinson as an unlikely James Bond-type agent and John Malkovich as an even unlikelier King of England. English is mildly amusing right up into the time he goes into the shitter, or rather, crawls out of it. He should stay out and stop smelling up people’s screening rooms or I’ll stop viewing his movies. A very weak YC.

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      Two little Cajun boys go into Theophile's drugstore. Gabe (Gah-bee) is nine and Gaston is four. Gabe grabs a box of tampons from the shelf and carries it to the checkout. Theophile asks, "Mais, Gabe, dese for yo' Maman, yah?"
      Gabe replies, "Mais non, Mister Theophile. No for mah Maman."
      Theophile comes back, "Mais, dey must be for yo' sister Marie, den."
      Gabe responds, "Non. No for Marie."
      By this time, Theophile done got himself a lot of curious. “Mais, lemme see, no for yo' Maman and no for yo' sister, Marie. Den who dey for?"
      Gabe points to Gaston, his little brother, "Dey for Gaston."
      Theophile rocks back on his heels astounded! "Dey for yo’ four-year-old brot’er?"
      Gabe says, "Mais, oui."
      Theophile, "Gabe, could you tole me how dem tampons gonna did Gaston any good?"
      Gabe answers confidently, "Mais, oui. Ah heard on de TV dat if you use one of these tings yo' can swim or ride a bike and Gaston can't did neither."

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for October, 2006 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
(click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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Bartlett Pear and Lemon Curd Dessert

Background on Bartlett Pear and Lemon Curd Dessert : Original Recipe came from Kevin Dann via a restaurant in Vermont, This version of the recipe by Bobby Jeaux's Kitchen. Here is a quick and easy, tasty hot dessert. Fix it in about 5 minutes and serve it hot. Serve it in an elegant plate with a garnish of fresh mint sprig and watch the smiles as your guests taste this special post-prandial delight.


1 ripe Bartlett Pear
2 TBSP Dickenson's Lemon Curd

1 sprig of fresh peppermint (Optional)
1 strawberry (Optional)

Halve pear. Remove core. Remove peeling.

Cooking Instructions

Heat each pear half in microwave not to exceed 15 to 20 seconds. Experiment with your MW to determine exact time — too much time will collapse pear.
Heat Lemon Curd in small container such as the gravy boat shown. Using MW, do not exceed 25 seconds. Experiment to determine proper time in your MW.

Serving Suggestion
Arrange each pear half in a separate dish with a mint garnish. Pour hot lemon curd over the pear and over the strawberry. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately. Great way to salvage your too-ripe pears!

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Poem from his Review of
The Soul's Probation:
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A Dream That Dreams Itself

In a dream one night
You may walk along a line of books —
Each book contains a dream
Described by the title on its spine.

The hallway is a lovely sight
And if you give the titles careful looks
You might find this one on the shelf:
"A Dream That Dreams Itself."

If you open it, you'll therein read,
"Until you truly know yourself
Within your world, you'll be indeed
A dream that dreams itself."

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

1.) ARJ2: The Eyre Affair — A Novel by Jason Fjorde

How many of you good readers of "Jane Eyre" were dissatisfied with its ending? Raise your hands. Among those with your hands raised, how many would like the ending to be changed? And changed, not just by some subsequent edition, but in every extant copy of "Jane Eyre" so that no one would ever have to read the sorry ending that Bronte crafted? If so, read this book, which describes how this was done.

There are several memorable characters in this book. Two of them are the heroine, Thursday Next, and the villain, Acheron Hades. His brother's name was Styx, but he is killed off after a brief cameo. Thursday is an intrepid Special Ops Agent at Level 27 who gets an instant promotion to Level 5 because she had Acheron as her college professor and wouldn't go to bed with him. Her ability to resist Acheron's charms were crucial to her ability to survive her assignment to dispatch him to his last name's place. Acheron steals things without appearing on the surveillance cameras and then charms the guards into giving him their weapons with which he immediately kills them. He is a master of disguises, concealment, and if you even say his name aloud while he within a mile of you, you're a goner.

Thursday has her wits, her intense will, and her ace-in-the-hole, her time-traveling father. She also has her Uncle Mycroft Next who invented a means of traveling into and out of books. Acheron steals his invention and sends Mycroft's wife, Polly, into the poem "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth. We hope that Polly will be rescued before she falls irreconcilably in love with Wordsworth on that hill overlooking "A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."

This novel is humorous at many levels, some of them literate levels, such as the author of the quotes at the head of many of the chapters, Millon de Floss. If you can't stop giggling over that one, increase your drug dosage. Here's an example of a visceral sort of humor which Fforde is also good at. Thursday is musing over whether her boss, Paige Turner (get it?), would ever step down so she could take her place:

[page 3] The only way I was going to make full inspector was if my immediate superior moved on or out. But it never happened; Inspector Turner's hope to marry a wealthy Mr. Right and leave the service stayed just that — a hope — as so often Mr. Right turned out to be either Mr. Liar, Mr. Drunk or Mr. Already Married.

When you have a time-traveling father and you swear that you will never have grandchildren for him, if he smiles and raises his eyebrow as Thursday's father did, and says, "I wouldn't say that quite yet." you know that likely you will. Makes one glad that time travelers are relegated to the pages of novels, but the exciting thing is that people, ideas, inventions, and other things are breaking out of this novel, just as the inventions of the submarine, the atomic bomb, etc., broke out of Jules Verne's novels.

Thursday gets shot in the arm and the chest by Acheron and her copy of "Jane Eyre" which she had tucked into her coat stopped the bullet from reaching her chest. She is saved from the shot through her arm by a mysterious stranger who is the hero from the same book.

[page 62] I finished packing and thanked the nursing staff, who gave me a brown paper parcel as I was about to leave.
       "What's this?" I asked.
       "It belonged to whoever saved your life that night."
       "What do you mean?"
       "A passerby attended to you before the medics arrived; the wound in your arm was plugged and they wrapped you in their coat to keep you warm. Without their intervention you might well have bled to death."
       Intrigued, I opened the package. Firstly, there was a handkerchief that despite several washings still bore the stains of my own blood. There was an embroidered monogram in the corner that read EFR. Secondly the parcel contained a jacket, a sort of casual evening coat that might have been very popular in the middle of the last century. I searched the pockets and found a bill from a milliner. It was made out to one Edward Fairfax Rochester, Esq., and was dated 1833. I sat down heavily on the bed and stared at the two articles of clothing and the bill. Ordinarily I would not have believed that Rochester could have torn himself from the pages of Jane Eyre and come to my aid that night; such a thing is, of course, quite impossible. I might have dismissed the whole thing as a ludicrously complicated prank had it not been for one thing: Edward Rochester and I had met once before. . .

Those of you who raised your hands may put them down on and click on the link below to read the entire review. Those of you who only read the Cliff Notes of novels, probably never raised your hands, and you are already off looking at the pictures instead of reading anything. That's one of the joys for me — being both a writer and a photographer, I get you either way.

2.) ARJ2: Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

This novel had a memorable first sentence, one that I will shortly forget, but not the lesson I received from it. It became a theme throughout the book. Talk, talk, talk, talk ad infinitum.

[page 1] "Will you all be quiet!" snapped High Chancellor Queridda.

If "genius is 98% perspiration and 2% inspiration" as Thomas Edison blatantly claimed, then this book is 98% talk and 2% action which makes it mostly drek! Pardon if I occasionally slip and refer to this novel as "Dark Lord of Drekholm" — just call it literary critic dyslexia.

The premise of the novel was fun: Derk is a peace-loving wizard with a large family who is to be pressed into service this year as the "Dark Lord." He is to lead armies of soldiers through the surrounding lands and armies of tourists who will come to enjoy the spectacle of the battle of the Dark Lord's minions against each other. Imagine that: Derk is giving a war and everybody's coming to participate in the fun!

And nobody will die! Well, not quite. Some of the pilgrims are designated as expendable, a boon they owe to their caring friends and relatives who have ponied up a great sum to have them dispatched during battle. I'm not making this up. The novelist is making this up, remember?

[page 34] "Wizard Guides are now officially required to ensure that all Pilgrims marked 'expendable' on their list meet with a brave and honorable end and have that end properly witnessed by other Pilgrims. Last year we had someone return home alive."

Gee! Do you suppose the unfortunate one was disappointed? Don’t you be disappointed by picking up this book to read it. It would be better to return home alive.

3.) ARJ2: The Guardian of the Threshold by Rudolf Steiner

The action of this play occurs some thirteen years after the previous one, The Soul's Probation. It opens with Ferdinand Reinecke (the Fox) explaining the purpose of the gathering. He is followed in short order by Maria Treufels (Loyal) who expresses the hope that Dr. Strader's invention may forever end the burden of technology on humankind. Strader's reply is enlightening. He begins with an apology for seeming immodest, which is the most unlikely thing one will ever hear from an inventor!

What was the purpose of Strader's invention? It was to allow workers to maintain their connections to spirit and not be deadened by the blunt force of mechanized factories. First Strader lays out the problem as he saw it, and it is a problem still very much with us today in spite of able minds working towards solutions for dehumanizing the work place. The ultimate solution will only come when people are not paid by the hour, but by the amount of work produced and their ideas for improving the work will credited to them together will proportional recompense. Today, instead, most workers have to sign away all rights to ideas conceived while in the employ of a large corporation as if the primary property (thoughts and ideas) become by virtue of a fixed salary the automatic property of the corporation. This is the most dehumanizing aspect of the structure of work today and leads to employees taking pittances for their work and providing back a sleepy pittance of minimal work. Those with great ideas must leave the company and risk being sued simply to utilize and be compensated fully for an idea which could have brought great gains to their employer. It is not technology that labor must be rescued from, but rather the antiquated means of compensation and lack of protection of primary property.

Strader explains how he worked for years on solving this problem, until one day a "seeming accident" occurred. So much of our life is composed of such "seeming accidents" which occur at turning points in our career and personal relationships. But for some accidental meeting or happenstance we would never have met the person or taken the job which was to fill our years and fulfill our purpose in this lifetime on Earth. What seems like an accident to us consciously is carefully planned out by our unconscious spirit who has our best interests at heart. The more one understands the spiritual world which fills this material existence of ours, the less one believes in random accidents and innocent victims.

A good friend of ours lost her husband of many years and soon afterward, she fell and broke both of her ankles. This very independent lady has suddenly had to rely on others to care for her. This seeming accident may be a turning point in her life, but it is too soon to tell exactly how it will be so.

If Strader was alive in the past 30 years, we might suspect that the products of technology he was referring to were the Personal Computer and the Internet, both of which have distributed work so that an individual may work at home in a manner previously available only in large corporations. As I type these words at home on my PC Workstation, using Google to find data, references, and word spellings, and publishing my work directly in pixel form to the World Wide Web, I am performing functions daily which would have required a large staff of people to achieve. And any one of those might have felt dehumanized by doing look-ups in dictionaries or libraries, or setting type on a linotype machine, day-in and day-out, with no prospect for advancement or soul-filling work. Technology has made much of that kind of work redundant and people who would have worked in those jobs can now find more fulfilling work elsewhere.

As a scientist who came to feel himself"fumbling in obscurity" in the depths of science, I say Amen! to this next passage. The blindfold of the senses prevents us from seeing the spiritual reality behind the seeming accidents which shape our lives. One cannot with one's human eyes see the blindfold of the senses, just as fish cannot see the water within which they live, move, and have their being. We can only experience the difference when, like the fish, we are removed from water and see the world beyond water in all clarity. Till the blindfold of the senses are removed, this major tool of science itself comprises our biggest handicap to seeing the spiritual reality behind the material world.

[page 21, 22] And on this path it is not hard to learn
       how all that leads us men to mastery
       of forces working in the realm of sense
       imposes on us too a sort of blindfold,
       so that we grope to find our way in darkness.
       And all the treasures gained on earth by science
       through application of the mind and senses
       are still a fumbling in obscurity.

Louise Fuerchtegott (god-fearing) says (page 22) "But one is lost who only in blind faith surrenders to the leadership of others." Scientists are mostly lost in their blind faith in their tools and they are like King Oedipus, who could see, but not understand his dilemma. He needed the advice of the Seer of Thebes, who was blind, but could see the spiritual reality which beset Oedipus and offer him a solution. Rudolf Steiner was a scientist who was able to see — born without a blindfold of the senses — and for this reason he provides, yet today through his writings and transcribed lectures, leadership to scientists who are otherwise fumbling in obscurity, attempting to understand the big questions of life and death and the meaning of human existence.

Frederick Geist (enspirited) explains why it is important for us to understand the mystics, who must climb the mountain to see what we might seek to see without the climbing. The words the Second Perceptor used to refer to Johannes Thomasius seem to apply directly to the author of the Mystery Play, Rudolf Steiner.

[page 32] He came to see that spiritual science
       can have a firm foundation only if
       the sense for rigorous scientific thinking
       is freed by art from its intense desire
       for rigid forms and is enlivened so
       that it can feel the world in all its glory.

When Thomasius proclaims himself later, one has an eerily sense that this was Steiner's way of predicting the impact that he would have after his passage into the spiritual world, an event which has been in progress for some eighty years now.

[page 39] From spirit realms I'll have continually
       to influence all that results on earth
       from my activity in sense existence.

Trautman, the Master of Ceremonies, asks Thomasius how he can believe evil will result from his work by the agency of Lucifer.

[page 40] How can a man who's reached such spirit heights
       and knows all this for certain, still believe
       that he will not escape such evil?
       You can behold what is so harmful to you;
       therefore you must destroy it and with courage save
       yourself and the results of your great work.
       A spirit-pupil has the iron duty
       to kill what hinders progress in himself.

But Thomasius (Steiner) knows this already and is powerless because ultimately his own karma determines the course that things will take. Like the rest of humankind, he must deal with the two forces of Lucifer and Ahriman, and no insight can otherwise prevent this. He must climb this mountain to get the view from the top.

Who is the "solemn Guardian" that Maria, in the next passage, tells Thomasius he has often met? Have you or I met this Guardian in our lives? Consider that the Guardian of the Threshold of the spiritual world lives in each of us as the un-perfected portions of our own self, i. e., the karma we must pay back.

[page 46] The solemn Guardian you have often met,
       who keeps an unrelenting watch upon the threshold
       that severs spirit life from worlds of sense;
       but you have never penetrated past him.
       At sight of him each time you turned away
       and from the outside looked at everything.
       Since you have never been within that inner world
       which widens out as spirit actuality
       beyond you, so be ready now for what reveals itself,
       when at my side you can not only enter
       but also pass beyond the Threshold.

Lucifer confronts Maria and tells her that she is following Benedictus who is his foe. Benedictus rebukes Lucifer by telling him that Maria will not fail to gain Thomasius's release from his realm. For insight into this passage, think of some human being you have known who was operating under the influence of luciferic spirits. They were so taken by their own brilliance that they were unable to see the light shining from those they ignored, who, in their midst, could actually help them. Unable or unwilling to dim their brilliance, they were unable to see those who effectively could oppose them. For a prominent example, one only need study how Thomas Edison was unable to see the brilliance of Nicola Tesla and drove him into becoming a ditch-digger and then Edison's most effective competitor.

Maria lets Lucifer know that she knows his game. She understands the role he played in the maturation of human beings, how he provided knowledge to them so soon that humans began to follow their own will, in freedom, at a time when it would have been natural for the normal order of evolution for humans to follow the will of the spirit instead.

She places Lucifer on notice that his time is running short and that humans like Johannes Thomasius will release "out of your grasp that fruit of knowledge with which you first seduced mankind." Lucifer is trying to seduce Thomasius with a love for the seer, Theodora, and Maria sees that is not according to his destiny. Maria swears that she will never let herself be swayed by a luciferian glow, but she will instead offer the gods in sacrifice her own thinking as a sacred gift. And through her sacrifice she will strengthen Thomasius so that in the future when he finds out, as Lucifer tells him, that "love gives his personality strength," Maria will from her heart give forth this answer:

[page 59] 'His human nature shall discover it is love
       that gives his personality its strength,'
       my heart will answer you with might:
       you once were listened to at Earth's beginning
       when you revealed the fruits of wisdom.
       The fruits of love shall only be received by man
       when they spring forth out of the realms of gods.

Lucifer replies, "I mean to fight." And Benedictus adds, "And fighting serve the gods." Benedictus's terse statement seems to say, "That Lucifer by his fighting serves the gods." This confirms what I have encountered in Steiner's spiritual science in several places, namely, that Lucifer's deed of gifting early human beings with precocious knowledge was a service by the gods, one which required Christ's Deed on Golgotha to undo or redeem.

With this charge the child of light found its way to Earth where it was greeted by the air-breathers and was overjoyed to hear the magic word Imagination spoken. But humans also had freedom to speak and disagree.

[page 85] One day, however, there approached this being
       a man who cast on it quite strange and chilling looks.
       'I turn on earth the souls of men
       toward Father Truth who tends the springs of light,'
       thus spoke this being to the unknown man.
       Then spoke the man: 'You weave wild dreams
       in human spirits and deceive their souls.'
       And since that day which saw this come to pass,
       right many a man heaps slander on this being
       that can bring light into the souls that breathe.

The next being explains how the threshold of the spiritual world is guarded specifically to ward off souls who feel fear. It is as though the gate into the spiritual world has a sign above it which says:

If one needs reminding, it would be well to recall the words of the child of light when he visited Earth, "Fear not, for I am with you always. . ." While those who fear will be turned away, those who love, especially those who love as a little child does, will have the gates opened wide for them. The child of light said, "Let the little children come unto me."

[page 91] Maria:
       But you may open wide the gate for those
       who turn their inmost self to purest love
       and permeate themselves with it completely.

In one passage, Ahriman explains why the number twelve is special when applied to a group. In the wisdom of these words, we can understand why there are twelves signs of the zodiac, twelve apostles in the Bible, and so forth.

Next Capezius takes on Lucifer who is universally deemed as evil. In the process he gives us an insight into the essence of good and evil.

[page 121] Capezius:
       Whoever says that Lucifer is only evil
       might also say that fire is evil, too,
       because its power can do away with life;
       he might call water evil, since a man
       might easily be drowned in it.

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       The cosmic spirit, who at earth's beginning
       could bring the light to human souls,
       must render service to the universe.
       That spirit's work is neither good nor bad,
       when spirits view it who have learned
       to see what stern necessity reveals.
       Good turns to evil if an evil mind,
       destructive in itself, make use of it.
       And what seems evil may be changed to good
       if some good being offers it its guidance.

These are some of the themes covered by this amazing play. For more information, read the entire review. For the full experience, read the review or best of all, attend a performance of the entire set of four mystery plays.

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1. Padre Filius sees a Window Display of Pillows for Sale.

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 ponders the Slogan for Acme Pillow Company.

2.Comments from Readers:

  • RE my Sept. 2006 Digest review of Mario Vargas Llosa's, Letters to a Young Novelist, Frank from Argentina wrote:

    Good review - I assume you don't mind if I put it in the next issue of Southern Cross Review — btw, if you like Vargas Llosa (and you obviously do), do NOT miss his latest: "Travestias de la niña mala" (Travesties of the Bad Girl). I don't know if it's out yet in English or if it will have the same title — but it's his latest.
    Best, Frank

  • Kristina from Australia wrote about my notes to her on the human physical body (in its nature as a phantom). I replied with a short essay on the subject.

    Dear Bobby,
    Yes, I agree about the phantom but I think that is going too deep for audience. Can you write a page about it and I will put it on my website?

    You can read the essay on her website here:

  • Brenda Comeaux Trahan wrote about a new festival November 11th in St. Martinville, Louisiana
    A new event joins the lineup of fall festivals and parades in Acadiana this year – the SOLAMA Culture Festival. The first annual event is scheduled for November 11th in St. Martinville' Magnolia Park. While the Cajun and Creole cultures represent a significant portion of Acadiana, a number of other diverse ethnic cultures have long been present and active in local communities. Recognizing and celebrating this multitude of cultural influences is the focus of a new festival this fall, the SOLAMA Culture Festival. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in St. Martinville’s Magnolia Park (adjacent to Longfellow-Evangeline State Park). The free festival will feature music, food, exhibitors and activities representing several cultural groups.
  • Received this Press Release from Warren Perrin about A Gala to be held in downtown New Orleans to honor Jimmy C. Newman
    On Friday, 13 October, CODOFIL will honor Jimmy C. Newman for his lifetime work promoting Louisiana's Cajun culture with the Prix de Louisiane award. NAME OF EVENT: Soirée en Ville WHERE: St. Charles Condominiums, 625 St. Charles Avenue, 4th Floor Ballroom TIME: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM For tickets ($50 - tax deductible): Faustine Hillard, CODOFIL 217 Rue Principale Ouest Lafayette, LA 70501 Phone: (337) 262-5810 fax (337) 262-5812 Email:
  • From a Good Reaer in Lafayette. Del and I went to the lecture and got to meet her:
    Dear Bobby,
    I don't know if you ever attend the Jungian lectures in New Orleans but tomorrow night is the first since Katrina. I will be driving over with two of my friends and I thought if you're going to be there we could say hello. Let me know, si vous plait.
    Peace, Sidney

3. Cruel Exploitation and Its Solution

Control leads to exploitation. This is a simple observation of human foibles. If someone has control over someone else, there are a certain percentage, usually low, of human beings who will exploit those they control in the bad sense of the word. Those who do this will be remembered more than those who use their control in a humanitarian sense. This will lead inevitably to the method of control being overturned by a higher authority which is the equivalent to replacing it with a higher level of control.

This happens at all levels of human interaction. When the Rule of Thumb was in effect in mediaeval England, a man was allowed to beat his wife so long as he didn’t use a stick bigger around than his thumb. There were obviously loving husbands who never beat their wives, but the small percentage who did were using their control for exploitation. The Rule of Thumb was intended to prevent egregious abuses by those exploiters. But the rule’s implementation involved applying a higher level of control.

Slavery was another example of control leading to exploitation. Most plantation owners did not expect their slaves to work more than they had expected members of their own families to work before they were able to afford slaves to help them out. They recognized their slaves as human beings with the same abilities to endure work and to require love and attention as other human beings. But the small percentage who applied their control to exploit their slaves became better known for their cruel exploitation than those who treated their slaves kindly, as if they were members of their family. Those people who knew this, a small percentage, lived in the South of these United States of America and abhorred such exploitation as being un-gentlemen-like, but were loathe to apply a higher level of control over these despicable exploiters. Those who focused only on the small percentage of cruel exploiters lived in the North of these United States and they strove to apply a higher level of control to rid this land of all slave owners. They did so, in the bloody war, the oxymoronic Civil War, which rent these United States in twain, and the North, as winners, applied the very controls over the plantations owners that the South in general were loathe to apply to the cruel, exploiting plantation owners. By a war of aggression, the North took over the South, forced it to remove the institution of slavery, and applied a higher level of control. That control was applied by sending men who applied to the former plantation owners the same kind of control that the plantation owners had exercised over their slave hands.

There was among these men a percentage of cruel exploiters who used their control for personal gain and exploited the people they were given this control over. These men were called Carpetbaggers and the percentage of exploiters were so high that the name became synonymous with cruel exploitation. After Reconstruction was over, the Southern States adjusted to the new realities of life and law and they began to assert control over their states again. They established laws to control the assimilation of the now-freed slaves into their society, called segregation laws. A certain percentage of people exploited these laws and the former slaves suffered from this exploitation wherever and whenever it occurred. The separate-but-equal process came under attack once more from the North and that led to overturning the segregation laws by sending an army into several Southern States to enforce desegregation at their schools and colleges. This applied control at a higher level than the individual states (a federal level) and that has led to exploitation of the entire country from these higher levels of control by that same percentage of human beings who will use control for exploiting others inhumanely.

In this brief analysis of the seemingly inevitable accompaniment of control and exploitation, it can be seen that the one always follows the other. The existence of control at any level can lead to exploitation. They are so welded together that no one seems to ask if there might be a way to sever them so that cruel exploitation will never become the inevitable companion of control. Is that even a thinkable thought? Some say not. I disagree.

Unthinkable thoughts remain unthinkable until one human being is inspired to think something new. One man did so, and I studied his work which gave me an understanding how one can apply control without it leading to exploitation in others’s lives — and, equally important, how to deal with the small percentage of those who would exploit others, if it were to their benefit to do so.

How do we, with our high levels of control at the local, state, and the United States’s level, deal with this small percentage of exploiters in 2006? We apply stringent controls to make it contrary to the exploiters’ benefit to exploit. We incarcerate them and even execute the worse exploiters who take others’ lives in the process. This high level of control leads to exploitation itself by the same small percentage in their ranks who would use their control to exploit other human beings. Exploitation seems to follow control at every level.

Is there a sane way of control which does not lead to exploitation? Yes. The answer given to us by this one man is simple: control one’s own life, not others. This seems too simple a statement to be much use. How can we control the exploiters if we each only control our own individual lives? This question, asked in this way, presupposes that control is the only solution to exploitation. This question contains a presupposition so powerful that few people ever question it. It presupposes that control over others is the only solution to cruel exploitation, while hiding behind the presupposition is the very mechanism of cruel exploitation: control over others.

That idea, that control over others is the root of the problem, appeared in one man’s mind back around 1960, Dr. Andrew Joseph Galambos, and he built upon that idea to provide a way of approaching human endeavors so that control over others is not a requirement of human life from now on.

What replaces that control? One controls only one’s life and all non-procreative derivatives of one’s life.

There is Galambos’s idea, stripped down to its barest form: one controls only one’s own life and all derivatives of one’s life. The only exception — the only derivative of one’s life that one does not control is one’s offspring.

What is it that we call things that we have control over? We call those things our property. Exactly the way plantation owners called their slaves their property because they could exercise control over their bodies. We have control over our life, our physical body, and what we do to sustain the life of our body. This is the most basic level of control we have, and Galambos called this our “primordial property” because it is given us in the process of being born. Everyone has this property at birth.

What other things do we have control over? Our thoughts and ideas. It is a completely free realm because no one can control what another person thinks. Galambos called this, our “primary property” because it comes before all other forms of property, all other things that we can have control.

And all the other things we have control over, Galambos labeled our “secondary property.” That completes the hierarchy of control that each of us have over our world: Our body (primordial property), our thoughts and ideas (primary property), and everything else (secondary property). Upon reflection one can determine that all the goods and things which one claims as “property” in the usual sense of the word fall into the class of secondary property: a house, a car, clothes, books, computers, electronic equipment, appliances, sports equipment, etc. Every thing we own came about by some idea we had to buy it, build it, or accept it from some one else as a gift or in trade for something else. Thus it can be seen that primary property precedes secondary property: our idea to acquire something comes before the thing acquired.

With this basis for understanding control using Galambos’s definitions of primordial, primary, and secondary property, consider his definition of freedom:

Freedom is the societal condition which exists when every one has 100% control over one’s property. If one has 100% control over one’s primordial property, no one else can take one’s life. If one has 100% control over one’s primary property, no one else can take one’s thoughts and ideas and use them without one’s permission. If one has 100% control over one’s secondary property, no one else can take one’s things and use them without one’s permission.

As Bastiat argued convincingly in his Essay, “The Law”, back in the 1850s, government’s true function is the protection of one’s life and property from those who would take them without one’s permission. That should lead one to ask this question, Do the laws of these United States protect our property? We need to examine each of the three levels of property to determine if the laws protect each of them.

Primordial Property: protected, but with loopholes such as capital punishment and law enforcement.
Primary Property: not protected at all
Secondary Property: protected, but with loopholes for taxes, imminent domain, regulations, tariffs, and many other lawful ways of confiscating property without permission of the owner.

Do we have freedom in these United States of America? The answer is clearly “NO” for one of the types of property, primary property, and only a qualified “YES” for the other two. Capitalism can be defined as a societal condition in which one has 100% control over one’s secondary property and by that definition we can easily agree that the USA provides partial protection for capitalism. Some may argue that the USA is the freest country in the world, and that may be so, but we can also see exactly the areas where we are not free at all, especially the in the area of primary property.

Do the laws of copyright and patents protect primary property? No. True, we have strong laws of copyright and patent, but unfortunately they are laws which must be enforced. Enforce means “apply control over” which always involves someone else applying the control. This opens the way to the cruel exploitation which always accompanies control over others’ property. In addition, the copyright laws do not protect thoughts and ideas, only the specific incarnation of thoughts and ideas in print and other recording media. As soon as one reveals one’s ideas in any form, conversation, writing, etc, anyone who wishes to utilize one’s ideas can do so and often do, blatantly without fear of the law. The laws of these United States are not designed to protect ideas and that leaves our primary property subject to expropriation, theft, and exploitation by anyone who chooses. Polite people, moral people, will ask permission before using someone else’s ideas and thoughts, and show gratitude after using them. There is, unfortunately, that small percentage of exploiters who will take for their own use others’s ideas, even claim them as their own ideas, and no one, not even the powerful enforcement authorities of these United States, can stop them from their cruel — often profitable only to them — exploitation of others’s primary property.

If this is a big problem, why don’t we pass a law to protect our primary property? That would be the farthest thing from Dr. Galambos’s mind. His primary property included the idea that to have freedom, his goal, one must not infringe upon another property, at any level. Thus, it is clear that he would not be in favor of an enforcing body to control property. Control always involves infringement. Any process utilizing control can therefore not be free.

Can we live with a government which does not infringe on anyone’s property? The answer Dr. Galambos gives us is a big YES. He adds that any body which infringes upon anyone’s property can not logically be called a government. A governor is a device which controls speed of a rotating device by reducing the fuel to the device when its speed exceeds a limit. A true governor does not apply brakes to the device to control it. Brakes are a means of control which is wasteful because it creates heat as a by-product. A so-called government which uses control creates a lot of waste of energy in its citizens by its application of brakes to various components of society. How much better to reduce the speed of an engine by reducing its fuel input than by applying harsh brakes on its output — this is obvious to anyone who has operated machinery of any kind.

What would it be like to have a true government, one which operates without controls? One would have control over one's own life, thoughts, ideas, and things. But some control is good and necessary, as we saw in the example of the engine’s governor, isn’t it? How do we distinguish good control from bad control? The answer is that good controls operate with the permission of those controlled and bad controls operate without permission of those controlled. Bad controls are examples of coercion which means the application of force to achieve a result. When force is applied to a person to achieve a result, that is an example of coercion.

This brings us back to our initial premise which was that control leads to exploitation. If we are able to create a form of true government in which no coercion exists, then we will have eliminated the control aspect of government which inevitably leads to exploitation, and will have therefore eliminated the ability of the small percentage of people who cruelly exploit others to do so. How one might create such a true government was laid out carefully and systematically by Dr. Galambos in his course on Volitional Science, but I will not go into it at this time, except to make you aware of the possibility. Even the definitions and preliminary thoughts I’ve shared with you, I owe to him. They were generated by the course I took from him of my own free will, and paid him for the privilege. Even so, the ideas are still his primary property, and I hereby show my deep gratitude to Dr. Andrew Joseph Galambos for them.

If any of this has registered as true and useful to you, what can you do? You can begin to operate in the world in such a way that you only deal with people who show respect for others’s primordial, primary, and secondary property and refuse to deal with those who do not. All I can do as one human being to promote freedom is operate in freedom myself. To abjure any use of force in any of my dealings with others. To avoid the use of others’s property without their permission, and show gratitude when I do use others’s property. Where there are laws in these United States, as there surely are, which force you to do something, do it willingly and go about your business. The waste heat which results from such coercion can be understood as the cost of doing business in a coercive society. As a good business person, you will surely want to keep the waste as low as possible. Learn to live in freedom and know that freedom is built one person at a time. And, freedom, once built, will never be destroyed. #6,

4. Parable of Wisdom

(ASV) Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there is a cry, “Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.” Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, “Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.” But the wise answered, saying, “Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins , saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” But he answered and said, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.

What is the nature of wisdom? In my quote above, I said, thinking of the Bible verse above, that "Wisdom is to life as oil is to a lamp: it casts Light." A lamp without oil, in Christ Jesus's time could not shed light. Today we use electricity to power most of our lamps, so we would say a lamp without electricity does not shed light. What is a life without wisdom? A life that does not shed light. If we unplug our lamp from the wall outlet, the light goes out. Christ is like the wall outlet which we plug into to enable us to shed light. If we do not plug into Christ, our light will soon dim as our batteries lose their charge. Whatever we, in our own religion call Christ, we must plug into the source of all wisdom if we are to shed the light of wisdom into the world. Christ was Mother Theresa's source of power by which she shed light into the darkest corners of the world, and her light never dampened, never ran out of juice, never went out so long as her frail body walked among us. She was like the Wise Virgin in the parable in the Gospel of Matthew who kept her lamps trimmed and had oil ever ready at hand when the Bridgegroom arrived. A very wise person.

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