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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Red Buttons (1919 - 2006) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ [ Jack Carter said of this fine actor, "He was not only a comedian, he was a wise man." ] ~~~~~

This month we were saddened by the passing of four personal friends, James H. "Skeeter" Wetzel (1947-2007), Helen Mayeux (1923-2007), Anthony L. Terranova, Sr. (1926-2007), and Alvin Stephany (c1920-2007). Our sincere sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to their family and friends.

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #072 Published February 1, 2007 ~~~
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Quote for the Mardi Gras Month of February:

Sacrifice is not something to feel bad about — it’s something to feel good about.
from the movie "Five People You Meet in Heaven"

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Table of Contents

1. February's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for February
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen
6. Poem from "Yes, And Even More":   "Choose for the Best"
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This month Violet and Joey learn about B Careful.

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Each month we take time to thank two of our good readers of Good Mountain Press Digest, books and reviews. Here's our two worthy Honored Readers for this month. One of their names will be in the TO: address line of your email Digest notification. Our Honored Readers for February are:

Lawrence "Clem" Clark in the wilds of Idaho

J.B. Borel in Gretna, Louisiana

Congratulations, Clem and J.B. !

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Out Our Way:

Highs and Lows for January
This was a month of highs and lows. My LSU Tigers went 11-2 for the second year in a row and won the Sugar Bowl over the Northeastern Media's favorite team, Notre Dame. It wasn't a squeaker either but a 41-14 trouncing from the git-go. Bo Pellini's defense shutdown the Irish running game and they never made a third down play in the second half, added only 6 yds to the their rushing total and did little in the passing game. Russell stood head and shoulders above Brady Quinn, literally and figuratively. By an amazing coincidence, the other darling of the same elite media, Ohio State, was trounced by the identical score of 41-14 by Florida, another Southeastern Conference team. ND and OSU with their Heisman-level quarterbacks were ignominiously kicked out of the Sugar Bowl and the BCS National Championship Games.

What made it extra special for me was my being at the game, my first ever Sugar Bowl game with LSU playing. Del and I took our seats about five rows from the field on the goal line where the Fox Bowl Bash was set up. I could've tossed Jimmy Johnson a Moon Pie if I'd wanted to. Not the greatest place in the Superdome to watch a football game because it's so close to the field level. We wished we were back in Section 642 where our Saints tickets are and we can see clearly both sides of the field. Our son Stoney and his buddy Tony, who share the same day of birth, joined us in adjacent seats to watch the game on the eve of their birthday and then go to the quarter to celebrate. Stoney was the designated driver and Tony showed his appreciation for that by starting his celebration early.

The other high was an etheric high that New Orleans had never experienced before: a trip to the NFC Championship Game! ! One win away from the Super Bowl! ! The Saints had clinched a Bye in the Wild Card round of the playoffs and had to face the Philadelphia Eagles, a team they had beaten earlier in the year by 27-24. Del and I were in the Superdome for that game and I can say I have never before been in a stadium where the entire crowd stood up and yelled continuously every time the opponents team had the ball. And LOUD. Reported to be 109 decibels, just short of jet engine's 120 decibels. The Eagles offensive lineman could not focus on the Saints defenders because the noise was so loud. They had to turn their heads to look at the ball to see when it was snapped.

Thank you, Boys!
We took this high into the next day's other playoff games hoping for Seattle to beat Chicago and come to the Superdome for the next game where we could give them an earful! But alas it was not to be. In a sense it was a relief to me and Del as that night's game took a toll on us, but we knew it put the Saints at jeopardy if they had to travel to Soldier's Field and the wintery elements for the NFC Championship Game. In a close one, Seattle lost, and the Saints traveled to the Windy City and the winds of ill fortune blew on the Saints that day and the visions of Super Bowls plums that were dancing in their heads were popped by the Bears on the frigid and snowing field on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Times-Picayune newspaper headlines told the story the next morning. "THANK YOU, BOYS!" Thanks for a great run at the title. You went farther than any Saints team has gone before. You did it in a year when New Orleans needed something to cheer for. You did it with new players, a new coach, and with elan and class!

If you want one early sign of the change in the Saints team, go back to when the newly hired coach walked through the locker room and saw an overstuffed chair recliner in front of one defensive lineman's locker. "Whose is that?" Sean asked, then added, "Take it out to the parking lot." Then he promptly released the owner of the chair from the squad. One of the so-called "stars" of the 3-13 debacle of the previous year was gone forever. Then they hired a quarterback, Drew Brees, with a newly reconstructed right shoulder and drafted Reggie Bush, a talented rushing and receiving halfback, in the first round. A smart coach, a smart quarterback, and a bunch of motivated old and new Saints took to within a step of the Super Bowl in their first year as a team. Can you say "Home Field Advantage for 2007"? This is a team to be reckoned with. Bless you, Boys! That's our recognition of the heart and fortitude with which this Saints team fought their way to the top this year.

Thanks, Del!
There is also another person I wish to thank for this year, Del. She decided to buy season's tickets to the Saints game for us together with our son, Stoney, his wife Sue, and son Sam. Five seats in Section 642 where we watched all the Saints games in a first-ever sold-out season's tickets Superdome. And almost half of the season's ticket-holders were first-timers like us. Imagine watching a game live with 70,000 of your closest friends invited to join you! That's what it's like being in the Superdome for a season's ticket-holder. You meet the people sitting around your immediate seating area and by the third game or so, you're high-five-ing with good friends when the team does well. A young couple to my immediate left, Yvette and Patrick, announced their engagement and everyone around had to see her engagement ring. The couple behind us brought their brother, Dave from Delaware, to watch the Eagles game. He pulled for the Saints. I asked him, "Isn't Delaware a suburb of Philadelphia?" He said yes, but he was for the Saints and had a blast during the game — even putting the black and gold shakers sticking out from his hat like Saints dreadlocks.

Google for Spell Checking
A note about "dreadlocks" — it occurred to me that they could be spelled either of two ways: dredlocks or dreadlocks. Which is correct? Is the word in the dictionary? Or better yet, which is the way the majority of people in the world spell the word? Guess which of the three questions is easiest to answer in the 21st Century? The last! Simple Google dredlocks and you get 42,000 entries, then Google dreadlocks and you get 1.2 million entries. For someone like me, writing on a PC connected to the World-Wide Web, it's faster to Google the word than to reach for a dictionary at arm's length. Besides, consider this: that Dictionary was published in 1997 and the word I'm asking about may not be in it (it was) or if it is, the commonly accepted spelling may have changed since the time the entry was written in the early 1990s (it hadn't). Google is live and current with the usage of the word simply by virtue of its large statistical base of usages of spelling of words. If you haven't been using Google as a spell checker, you're stuck in 20th Century thinking patterns. I use my dictionary when I want insight into the multivalent meanings of a word, but hardly ever use it for checking spelling any more with the advent of the Internet.

New Year's Day
Back to New Year's Day. Del and I got up to enjoy the Rose Parade on TV in the Timberlane Screening Room. We watched the Rose Parade in High Def on Ch 11(ABC), and the Travel Channel 66, while the other four screens were on football games: Auburn won, Arkansas and Tenn lost, USC whipped Michigan to make them a two-loss team, WVA came back to beat Geo Tech, and the other games I didn't care about. Del and I enjoyed the Rose Parade and about ten AM with her still watching the parade, I went into kitchen and made some blackeye peas and rice with boiled cabbage. This is the traditional New Orleans fare for New Year's Day. The Trappey's blackeye peas had some jalapeño peppers in them to spice them up a bit. Nice flavor addition. Del joined me a bit later in the kitchen and made her great cornbread muffins. She baked them, just the way I like them, with a bit of a brown crust on them. Box of Jiffy mix costs only 39 cents and it makes a delicious side dish for this New Year's Day feast.

Then I watched more football while she went to her mom's place for a visit. With our weeklong trip to Europe in December, I had to make up for that lost time during the busy Christmas season. By January first, I was burnt out from working so hard for the for three weeks on my Digest that I essentially took the day off, but still managed to generate the next Digest's email and template for digest072 for February. It was all a fun day only, but got some work done to start the New Year off right.

Internet Explorer Upgrade IE7 Quirk
This month I noticed a quirk in the new upgrade of Internet Explorer 7 — IE7 no longer allows you to increase or decrease the font size of text you're reading. Instead IE7 provides a Zoom function. I was wanting to move to a SSI (server-side include) structure for my web pages, so I experimented with the Zoom function and found that in a framed-page, the Zoom would create the font size without the reader losing all the edges of the text off-screen. The text stays on-screen when you increase to 130%. Check lower right Status Bar for Zoom function and if you have a Scroll wheel on your mouse, hold down the Ctrl button and rotate the Scroll wheel away from you to Zoom in (larger fonts) and towards you to Zoom in (smaller fonts). Note that the Zoom function also makes photos, graphics, and even the background texture larger when you Zoom in. There are some glitches which presumably Microsoft with its finite wisdom will fix in time, for example, when you Zoom in, the place to click on a link shifts slightly. If you have problems, return to 100% Zoom and they will go away. The new website changes may not be noticeable to you right away unless you try to use the Zoom function of IE7, but if you have any problems with a webpage of a review or the Digest, let me know. A screenshot of the problem would be preferable (Alt-PrintScrn, and Paste as New Image). But just a head's up of the page and a note about the problem will allow me to fix it.

8mm Matherne Film Archives from 1950s to 1970s
My daughter Maureen found a VHS tape I had made of the Matherne 8mm Film Archives which consists of dozens of short 50 feet rolls of old 8mm Kodak film shot mostly by me of our family gatherings from the mid-1950s up until the early 1970s when I had moved my family to Anaheim, California. I have created for the first time a Table of Contents of the VHS tape for family and friends. For those who may be interested to know what this film footage contains, I have created a website of the Table of Contents. I have also transferred a short piece of 1962 film of our Florida trip so that you can see the quality of the film by the time it has been transferred to VHS and then to .mpeg. You can view the webpage by clicking here.

Friends and Family in Recovery
It's been a busy month at the hospital for Del's friends. During one two-day period Del had five of her girl friends in the hospital for operations: a couple of carpal tunnel operations, one hip replacement, and two stenosis removal operations. One son has been sick for a couple of weeks and it seems he has developed impacted sinuses and with medication and rest, he is recovering. And one daughter-in-law has had problems with kidney stones which are being removed ultrasonically.

Phone Call from Doyle Henderson
While I was at my desk one day, Doyle Henderson called me from his cell phone. He pressed the wrong number while trying to order some ice cream for a friend and got me instead. I didn't recognize the Ponoma, California number on the Caller ID, but I did recognize Doyle's distinctive voice on the speaker phone I use to monitor calls. We talked for a half-hour. He's 82, 180 lbs, has worn out his second pacemaker and needs a new one. Has congestive heart failure, but has never had a heart attack. The pacemaker keeps his heart from slowing down and stopping as it did when he crashed his former motorhome about 5 years ago. His beloved wife Betty has now been dead for almost 10 years. Doyle says that he's feeling great and is still hoping to get his outbound email working from his motorhome. He is currently camped in the desert in Arizona and is doing fine. Talks about coming East to New Orleans for a visit. Hope he makes it when the oysters are still in season, by the end of April, because he loves oysters on the half shell.

Wild Life in Timberlane
This month I discovered where the redtail hawk couple had built their new nest. Since the empty land to the east of us had the tree removed which had housed the redtail hawks for many years, I had been looking for the new nest. A month or two ago, I spotted the redtail hawk on a power pole at the intersection of Commerce and Fairfield a few blocks from us. And then, this past month I spotted the hawk landing in a live oak tree at the intersection of Meadowbrook and Fairfield about a block further away. I stopped my car and watched as the redtail hawk was either eating his or her prey in the nest. The other day I took Del to the spot and we heard some baby hawks crying for their mom or dad, one of whom we saw hovering in the sky nearby.

Along Fairfield I also spotted a mother Muscovy duck with 14 newly hatched ducklings following her in a line through the St. Augustine grass. Even the grass was newly cut, the ducklings were barely visible above the tops of the deep lush grass. There have also been some small flocks of white pelicans with black-tipped wings flying along the canal behind Rosie Harris' house where the large live oak which harbors the huge flocks of great egrets, cattle egrets, ibises, and other water fowl.

In the East Portico lawn the past several days I've spotted several dozen large robins strutting through the St. Augustine and mostly digging assiduously in the center garden for bugs. This is greatest number of robins I've seen on our lawn in the almost twenty years we've lived at Timberlane. One day I spotted a curled up snake hibernating. It was about a finger in diameter with green and yellos markings. A quick check of Google Images showed me it was a large garter snake. Also spotted a red-headed woodpecker stabbing at the trunk of our red maple tree and caught a skink motionless just long enough for a photo. Meanwhile I've been harvesting my papaya fruit and trying to stay a step away from the squirrels who are gnawing on the green unripened papayas. I pick them as soon as they show the least amount of yellow and softness and let them ripen completely away from the squirrel's banquet table in the tree. The squirrels have also begun to work over the grapefruit this year, but we have so many that they're no bother. We're still eating the navel oranges, one large one each day for me. When the navels are done, we'll squeeze the Honeybell oranges and begin to eat and squeeze the grapefruit. It's been a bumper crop for the Timberlane citrus orchard this year.

In Memoriam: Aunt Helen, Grandp(1926-2007), a Terranova, Mr. Al, and Skeeter
Four friends and relatives passed into the spiritual world this month. Went to two funerals this month. Helen Mayeux, known to me as Aunt Helen, died at 86. I got to talk to her two sons Ronnie and Jimmy at her funeral. It was good to see them all grown up. They lived on Giuffrias St. a block from Henry and Audrey Guthans and Helen was married to Audrey's brother Jimmy. The second funeral was of Anthony L. Terranova, at age 81, the grandfather of Anthony Terranova who is marrying our grand-daughter Jennifer Bayhi in a week or so. The senior Terranova was a fixture on Esplanade Avenue where he prepared his famous Italian sausage which people came from all over the area to buy from his family's supermarket which has been a fixture on the Avenue for over 70 years.

Two other friends died. Alvin Stephany, Mr. Al we called him, was about 88 as best I can figure. He was a long-time friend of my dad, Buster Matherne, who worked with him at Lion Oil Co. in Luling (later became Monsanto) beginning in 1952. The other friend was James H. "Skeeter" Wetzel who died at age 59. What can one say about Skeeter? He was always upbeat, funny, and had some story to tell. I recall a long story about his walking down the route of the Rose Parade on New Year's Eve which was full of amusing and amazing incidents which he related. Skeeter, you lived a full life, and the world does not seem as cheerful with you gone from it in the body, dear Friend!

Rest of January
My daughter Maureen produced another Superintendent's Conference for the Jefferson Parish Principals, Asst. Principals, and Administrators. This one was held on the grounds of Magnolia School in Jefferson and had a Safari theme. Each attendee was assigned a country and had to use GPS location devices to find caches on the grounds, take digital photos of the caches, create PowerPoint presentations, and present their solution to the days' activities for grading by a panel of judges. It was the busiest day of activity I've ever been involved with. I took several photos and movie clips of the activity and hardly had a chance to sit down from 8 until 2:30.

Del's brother Dan and his wife, Karen, came for a visit from Charlotte, North Carolina. Karen has begun her transition into retirement, and they were here looking for a condo. We took them to a lecture at my club and then had dinner together.

The cold weather has been bracing and we've kept the home fire going in the hearth with the help of our firewood man, Charlie Graf. Steiner, our Schnauzer had a fatty lump removed in a one-day surgery by his long-time vet, John Wayne Melancon. John Wayne has recovered well from his bypass surgery, but was wearing a neck brace due a fall he took while trying remove a goat from the second floor of a barn during a hunting trip. Good to see John Wayne back in fine fettle again from his surgery. He says he's learned his lesson about chasing goats around barns!

Auf Wiedersehen, Au Revoir, Adieu, and See you next Month, God Willing, and the River don't Rise!


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  • 1. Anam Cara — A Book of Celtic Wisdomby John O'Donohue

    In this book, O'Donohue leads us to a personal experience of Celtic wisdom and understanding. Anam Cara means "soul friend" and by the end of this book, you will understood what that means and feel like you have found one in John O'Donohue. He writes with lyrical flights of fancy that are insightful and soul-feeling.

    [page 22] When you find the person you love, an act of ancient recognition brings you together It is as if millions of years before the silence of nature broke, your lover's clay and your clay lay side by side.

    If you have a special friend you consider an anam cara, read this book and find out more about what makes an anam cara.

  • 2. The Archangel Michael by Rudolf Steiner

    In our time, the Archangel Michael is up for promotion. He is symbolized in paintings and statues as St. Michael or St. George fighting a dragon. Often St. Michael his is shown standing with his foot on a writhing snake or dragon with his sword ready to dispatch it. This is to remind us that evil is still alive, but with Michael's help we can get rid of it in our lives. Michael is the highest of the Archangels, whom, in comparison to the other Archangels, Steiner likens to the Sun in comparison to the planets. Michael will advance to the nature of Archai, aand, as the Time Spirit for the Earth he will guide the whole of humanity. How will this show up in the material world? Every process in the spiritual world has an imprint in the material world, if one knows how to locate it. Basically the human personality that formerly has come from below, from Lucifer, will henceforth come from above, from the spiritual world. The blood and temperament that formerly were the hallmarks of personality will diminish and the Michael Impulse will infuse our soul with personality directly from the spiritual world.

    [page 9] Michael cannot fulfill his mission without humanity's cosmic vocation of freedom, individuality, and love. Human beings, too, depend on Michael for the fulfillment of their task . . . His great joy is helping those who of their own free deed enter the ranks of those collaborating in the great work of the invisible.
    3. The Closing of the American Mind by Allen Bloom

    This book contains a comprehensive exposition of Allan Bloom's views on education and expands on the view he expresses in his long introduction to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile or On Education. One need only read "Emile" to discover the truth of Bloom's statement that a reading of original texts allows one to form a vital understanding of issues that a reading of shallow rehashes of such texts does not. Bloom discusses in this book two types of Openness, how he proposes to re-invigorate college curriculum, and how his suggestion to use original texts [Great Books] is vilified by the Three great parts of the University today, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

    A paradoxical aspect of Bloom's book is that he deals with two forms of openness and goes on to show how what is called openness in the first form actually amounts to a "closing of the mind". Here are two kinds of openness and the effects that Bloom says each has on students:

    I. Openness of indifference — humbling of intellectual pride; be whatever you want to be.
    II. Openness to the quest for knowledge and certitude — history and cultures as examples
  • 4. An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
    [page 3] When everything else has gone from my brain — the President's name, the state capitals, the neighborhoods where I lived, and then my own name and what it was on earth I sought, and at length the faces of my friends, and finally the faces of my family — when all this has dissolved, what will be left, I believe, is topology: the dreaming memory of land as it lay this way and that.
    In this wonderful book Annie Dillard writes about the "dreaming memory of the land" and conjures up her past in this reader as his very own "dreaming memory." A memory of Ben Franklin's Pennsylvania when "a squirrel could run the long length of Pennsylvania without ever touching the ground." A memory of her beloved Pittsburgh in the 1950's. If a book like this one ever gets in your head, you just gotta set out to see the territory that it portrays. Life on the Mississippi got into her father's head and he had to set out down the river. He never made it all the way to New Orleans, but his daughter grew up, woke up, and found herself at home in Pittsburgh. In the following metaphor she describes how consciousness converged with her at 10 years old:
    [page 11] Like any child, I slid into myself perfectly fitted, as a diver meets her reflection in a pool. Her fingertips enter the fingertips on the water, her wrists slide up her arms. The diver wraps herself in her reflection wholly, sealing it at the toes, and wears it as she climbs rising from the pool, and ever after.
  • 5. The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux

    LeDoux says in the beginning of this book that he wanted to know how brains make emotions. He ends his book with this statement: “The brain states and bodily responses are the fundamental facts of an emotion.” He then proceeds to show how those bodily responses are stored and retrieved from the amydaline structures of the root brain. This structure has two jobs to perform:

    1.) store any novel physical body state with its associated perceptual context, 2.) when presented with a familiar perceptual context later, to re-trigger its associated physical body state.
    These bodily responses that comprise emotions, feelings, and all non-real-time bodily states are called “doyles” or “doylic memories” in the nascent science of doyletics. Brain states are accessible by neural researchers like LeDoux with their micro-electrodes; our physical body states are accessible by everyone as a circadian fact of life. LeDoux’s work dramatically demonstrates that physical body states are stored in and retrieved from the amygdala. That makes his neural research extremely important to the science of doyletics.

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    New Grabbag Tidbit of Humor:       Suspected Al-gebra Terrorist Arrested in Phoenix
    Submitted by Anna Keller on January 9, 2007. Thanks, Anna!

    At Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport today, a man was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a tee-square, a slide rule, and a calculator. Homeland Security later discovered that he was a public school math teacher.

    At a morning press conference, a spokesman said the man is being charged by the Dept. of Homeland Security with carrying weapons of math instruction. They believe the man is a member of the world-wide Al-gebra movement.

    "Al-gebra is a fearsome cult," he said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to the common denominator of the Axis of Evaluation with Coordinates in every country.

    When asked if he will be brought to trial, the math teacher said, "As the Greek philanderer Isosceles liked to say, 'There are 3 sides to every Triangle.'"

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      Obituary for an Entertainment Icon
      Submitted by Jeff Parson on January 19, 2007. Thanks, Jeff !

      Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.

      The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. His last words were, "Oo! hoo-hoo-ooo!" He was 71.

      Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.

      Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

      Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

      The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

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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. Any rumors that Netflix doesn't deliver DVD's promptly is hogwash so far as I am concerned. Our new DVD's are delivered with a couple of days of the old ones being put out on my mailbox.
    Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
    “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) and an Angel who loves her writes for the NY Mirror in the end. A pointed look at high heels and the high-up heels who wear them and make other women wear them. Throw a peach into a pressure cooker and you expect it to get mushy, but this peach is a survivor! She walks away from fame and Paris to become her own person. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Lady in the Water” (2006) is a new Grimm-like fairy tale for the twenty-first century. A man whose feelings have been submerged out of sight since his wive and children suddenly died many years earlier has those feelings surface when the Lady in the Water comes out his swimming pool and into his life. This movie may give little children scary dreams which makes it a double bonus for attaching them to their physical bodies as the Bros. Grimm knew years ago when they first wrote scary fairy tales for little children.
    “Voices of a Distant Star” (2003) Evocatively beautiful images of a love affair which bridges Sirius and our sun in this 30-min anime film. Forget the details, just watch this extraordinary movie.
    “Antonio’s Line” (1995) proceeds from herself to her daughter (Artist), grand-daughter (Math Whiz), and great-grand-daughter (Writer). Her line also include Loose Lips, DeeDee, a bachelor farmer and his five kids, and anyone who will follow her home where they will be welcomed and loved for their unique qualities. A small town in Holland full of zanies: the lustful priest, the Mad Woman who bays at the moon, to name a couple. A amazing epic of the life of a strong willful woman who was the light of the village. A DON’T MISS HIT!
    “Seabiscuit” (2003) Since watching this movie in 2004, I watched the earlier version with Shirley Temple. Watching it again, I’m aware of the amazing difference in the stories. The back stories of Chris Cooper (trainer), Tobey Maguire (jockey), and Jeff Bridges (owner) are better developed and lead inevitably to a cosmic convergence with Seabiscuit (the horse). Red Pollard, the jockey, has the best line about the three men and the horse's relationship: “We fixed each other.” See Documentary.A DON’T MISS HIT!
    “Uptown Girls” (2003) 2nd Viewing. A self-indulgent rich girl who never worked a day in her life, loses her money and has to get a life. As a nanny to an uptight 8-yr-old overachiever (Dakota Fanning), they make a hilarious odd couple and both undergo smoothing of their rough edges and find true love and meaning in their lives.
    “White Banners” (1938) “Turn your white flag of surrender into white banners” Hannah advised. She had done that her whole life and now she has found a loving family she can be cook and advisor to. Jackie Cooper plays a young adult who helps Claude Raines invent the first electric and then first gas refrigerator. When the final truth comes out of everyone’s relationship, the movie itself raises the white flag to the Hollywood censors and Hannah must go out into the wintry cold at the end of the movie because she has sinned. Luckily, we and Hollywood have outgrown such purile foolishness. Watch this great classic and write your own ending for Hannah's life. A Don’t Miss Hit!
    “Tallagdega Nights” (2006) The delivery of laughs begins with a sudden stop! and continues non-stop the rest of the way. Hollywood unloads their jar of red-neck jokes and stereotypes and the movie still ends up a HIT in spite of that.

    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.

    “Sacrifice” (2000) this DVD to the gods! Hop and chop bummer. Luckily, it became unplayable and will be discarded by NetFlix when it gets back to them. A DVD STOMPER!
    "Mirror" (1974) If you take a long look in this mirror, you won't like what you see. Stomp first and ask questions later.
    “A Scanner Darkly” (2006) “Does Charlie Brown Dream of Cartoon Sheep?” Philip K. Dick bombs on this drugged-out movie with a picture of a sheep that looks like a dog. A waste of talent and a paean to bad taste. Conversion to cartoon format by computer processing was interesting to watch (esp. Keanu’s coat of many people), but lugubrious story got in the way.
    “All the King’s Men” (2006) Seems like this script was taken apart by the writers and guess who couldn’t put it back together again? Lack of continuity, things left unsaid in dialogue should have been said, a few great screen shots, but mostly mumbled dialogue and jumpy transitions. Frisbee time for the DVD!

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

    “Happiness” (1998) Happiness where are you? I haven’t a clue. and you won’t either if you watch the movie with a "Happiness" title song. Three sisters like the 3 Bears: 1 woman — too many men, 1 woman — no men, 1 woman — 1 man (but not "just right"). Their mother divorces and the four women seem to find happiness together in the end, all single, around the dinner table with the dad talking about one man.
    “The Order” (2003) An anti-Catholic movie about an obscure monastic order called the Carolinians whose head dies mysteriously and the two remaining priests seek the “Other” — the killer of their mentor who is suspected of being a “sin eater.” They locate instructions for killing the sin eater, but too late find out the instructions have an other sinister meaning. Quotable quote: "Every fear hides a wish."
    “Black Dahlia” (2006) Elisabeth Short’s life and death in 1947 is examined in this well-done period piece, only marred by its dark scenes, mumbled dialogue, and lack of continuity. Turn on subtitles for this one. Josh Hartnett one of the mumblers of the crew.
    “Hollywood Homicide” (2003) On second viewing, this movie is a joke, or rather one joke after another. This is a comedy not a police drama. How else you explain the Keystone Kops scene where Josh Hartnett is driving lickety-split down the wrong side of a Hollywood avenue and Harrison Ford is on the passenger side on his cell trying to close a real estate deal? ! Maybe I took it too seriously the first time. Watch it, let your guard down, and have fun. It’s a hoot. A spoof. A send-up, not a shoot’em-up. See also Digest #54 for November, 2004.
    “Alexander Nevsky” (1938) The people of the land of Rus (Russians) are besieged by the Mongol Hordes from the East and the Teutonic Knights from the West. Alexander Nevsky must lead his people in a huge fight against the more dangerous Germans threatening their lives, families, and farms. Amazing period piece of Russian history and filmdom.

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    A man in New York City decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco, and started working north and east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes.

    He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read $10,000 a minute. Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he pays the price, he can talk directly to God. The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way.

    As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Salt Lake, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Miami, Mobile, in his travels around the United States, he found more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each pastor. Finally, he arrived in lovely Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Upon entering St. Peter's Catholic Church on Broussard Ave., he saw the usual golden telephone. But this time, the sign read. Calls: 25 cents.

    Fascinated, he asked to talk to the priest. "Father Boudreaux, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that you could talk to God, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads 25 cents a call. Why?"

    Father Boudreaux smiling, replied, "Sha, you in Louisiana now . . . dat's a local call."

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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    Del’s Ranch Dip & Veggie Tray

    16 oz packet of Original Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing
    8 oz Sour Cream
    1 Cup Blue Plate Mayonnaise

    Dip Preparation
    Mix wet ingredients first, then add the packet of dry Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing ingredients and mix well. Scoop into serving dish.

    Veggie Preparation
    Chop and cut veggies to fit plate. Arrange as shown or use your own imagination as to veggies and design.

    Serving Suggestions
    Keep chilled until ready to serve.
    Cover dip till ready to serve veggie plate.

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    6. POETRY by BOBBY from "Yes, And Even More":
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    Choose for the Best

    “What does EAT-O-TWIST mean?”
    Everything Allways Turns Out The Way It’s Supposed To.

    “Yes, but what do you suppose that means?”
    I suppose that means: Whatever one wants to be happening
    Whatever one is afraid of happening
          will happen.

    “How am I supposed to choose for the best?”
    Whatever you want,
           you create with your will,
    Whatever you’re afraid of,
           you create with your will,
    And whatever you will
           you will create a memory in the future
           which will seed the action in your present,
           in your presence.

    Yes, and even more.

    “Even more?”
    Yes, you get to choose:
    Whatever you will
      Whenever you will
       You will create a memory of the future
           to seed the action in your present,
           in your presence.

    “I suppose I’m supposed to choose my supposing very carefully.”
    Yes, that’s what EAT-O-TWIST means.

    “Do you suppose I’ll ever learn?”
    If you suppose you will, it will turn out that you will.

    “Oh, EAT-O-TWIST!”

    NOTES: "Choose for the Best": Written on June 1, 1998.
    This poemlet helps explain EAT-O-TWIST in some detail, which explanation
    is long over due, some might say. I say, EAT-O-TWIST!

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

    1.) ARJ2: The Physics of Human Experience by Stephen Edelglass

           With the advent of the twentieth century and its quantum mechanics paradoxes, physicists were in a dilemma as to which model to believe the particle or the wave model for light. They had reached the limit of their object-based models of the world and had to step back and reconsider the usability of such models at all. They adopted Goethe's model-free approach to science as soon as they were forced to focus solely upon creating relationships for the phenomena they observed, and they reluctantly tossed their object-like models of quantum mechanics into the dustbin of history.

    [page 134] No longer could physicists feel that they were cognizing reality. Their models were merely models, their knowledge merely operational. Modern physics makes clear the inability to gain reality through an object-like mechanistic basis conceived as the causation behind the phenomenal world.

           Einstein sought to achieve an acceptable model for quantum mechanics and was confronted with such incommensurable enigmas as his famous Einstein-Poldosky-Rosen (EPR) Paradox. If one describes the EPR Paradox from a purely phenomenal standpoint, it is understandable, even though it seems to describe that any two objects in contact with one another remain in contact no matter how far they are separated in space. The problem is the use of the pseudo-phenomenal term object in the above explanation. Objects in the real world have no definable boundary — they extend outward infinitely and thus there is no complete separation in the phenomenal world, only in our abstract pseudo-phenomenal world of objects.
           We have come to learn that there are no suitably imaginable models of quantum mechanics. Once we let go of our unsuitable object-based models, the paradoxes disappear. It is time for us to retrofit earlier science with this knowledge gained in quantum mechanics and discard all pseudo-phenomenal models and ways of talking about reality.

    [page 134] However, the paradoxical nature of quantum mechanics is connected with the unimaginability of the model. Pseudo-phenomenal model-free epistemologies are therefore not subject to such paradoxes and thus do not undermine our sense of reality.

           Reductionism, which worked so well for scientists in the field of mechanics after Newton's time, no longer works in the new world science has led itself into. It must now let go of reducing all phenomena to mechanical explanations and trust its direct perception of reality. By doing so, science may once again regain its senses.
           You have now read the blurb on the review, and are qualified to jump into the whole review or perhaps to take a quantum leap directly into the book itself.

    2.) ARJ2: The Lost German Slave Girl — The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans by John Bailey

           The story of Sally Miller has been told several times before this book, but those earlier stories and books were devoted to sensationalizing Sally's life, instead of documenting it. What John Bailey provides us in this book is something rarely found in literature: a compelling account of Sally Miller's attempt to be free from slavery combined with a full documentation of the twists and turns of the court cases. In addition to the battle for Sally to be freed once and for all from the stigma of slavery, there is the battle for her original owner, John Miller, to be free from the stigma of having impressed a white woman into slavery. Both battles will be vociferously fought in Civil Court, Louisiana Supreme Court, Federal District Court, and miscellaneous other courts and courtyards of early nineteenth century New Orleans before the amazing resolution is reached by the end of the book.
           This is a vibrant book full of life, heartaches, promises, misery, separations, and reunions. The story pulls you irresistibly along and by the third chapter, "The Year Without A Summer", you will likely be as hooked as I was. I read it straight through in about six hours, pausing only long enough to eat and sleep overnight before finishing it. By the last third of the book, I felt as though I had entered the nineteenth century -- I could hear the man pushing his wheelbarrow of watermelons through the French Quarter, and the urchins tap-dancing on the sidewalks for coins, and horse-drawn carts making deliveries. The courts were located in the Presbytere, the building to the right side of St. Louis Cathedral, off Place des Armes (later renamed Jackson Square when the statue fo Andrew Jackson was added as its centerpiece).
           The author is a lawyer from Australia and he stumbled upon Sally Miller's case while studying law reports on slavery cases. He saw an opportunity to tell a compelling story while reaching his objective of shedding light on how slaves were treated in the American court system. In the Author's Note, Bailey writes:

    [page x] I found judgments touching upon almost every conceivable aspect of slavery. Even litigation concerning a mortgage reveals much when the mortgaged property is a ten-year-old girl. The judgments told of blood-curdling brutality, iron discipline, and a judicial hardness of heart. But they also told of compassion, clemency, and a high regard for justice. It was a checkerboard of darkness and light. I read those decisions of judges who flexed the law to free slaves, and of those who bent the law to ensure that slaves could never be free.

    As for Sally's case, he writes:

    [page xi] Litigation about the identity of Sally Miller ran in the Louisiana courts for years. What commenced as a petition for freedom developed into a trial about the honor of a wealthy Southern gentleman accused of the heinous misdeed of enslaving a helpless white girl. As claims and counterclaims were made, and mutual accusations of fraud, lies, and simpleminded gullibility were leveled, Sally Miller's fate became a cause célèbre and was discussed at length by river men in the taverns, traders in the markets, idlers in the coffeehouses, and matrons in the parlors of the highborn. People strained for a glimpse of her whenever she walked abroad so that they too could pass judgment on whether African or German blood flowed in her veins.

           This book describes the roller coaster ride which Sally Miller went through. I hope this blurb gives you some sense of the ride which awaits you in the book. It is now up to you to get aboard and enjoy a preview of the ride by reading the review. Hop aboard and take a trip into another world, the world of the nineteenth century, when some people could be bought and sold as property, and whether one was such a person or not could be determined by evidence and judges in a court of law. If you undertake this journey into the past, you will return from it with a better appreciation of the land in which you live, and if you live in New Orleans, a better appreciation for how your city came to be the way it is today.

    3.) ARJ2: Earthly Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom by Rudolf Steiner

          Steiner shares with us in these nine lectures some "earthly knowledge" of how the human being works in body, soul, and spirit, and some "heavenly wisdom" in his description of how the evolution of humanity progressed from ancient Persian times up to our modern age. In the eighty plus years since Steiner gave these lectures in 1924, our technology has progressed to the point where Artificial Intelligence claims to be able to duplicate human thinking. The movie "A. I." gives us a cold, dark, but accurate look at the ultimate end to such materialistic thinking and concepts.
          Steiner helps us understand where we are in an evolutionary sense. Remember Louis Reed's haunting lyrics of "September Song"? "It's a long, long while from May to December, but the days grow short when we reach September." It is September in human evolution.

    [page 3] As members of the human race, we have to find this inner sense of direction in the awareness that we belong to this or that century, which, in turn, has a special place in the total evolution of our planet, just as the month of September has a special place in the course of the year. In other words, we have to become aware of how our soul life will enter into our particular historical epoch.
          This is something we still have to work on by entering more and more deeply into the development of the consciousness soul. We have to be conscious that we live in this or that epoch and are not fully human if we leave our life to chance, or karma, which has placed us into our earthly existence at birth. We are fully human, in the true sense of the word, only if we take into account what the historical evolution of humanity demands of our soul life in the epoch in which we live. Animals live in accordance with the course of the year. Human beings, on the other hand, have to learn to live in accordance with a historical epoch.

          When we study the epochs of human history, we must be aware of changes in human beings as dramatic as the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly stages of certain insects. Otherwise we will err as a butterfly-historian who might write about how high butterflies flew when they were caterpillars! Yet, that is, in effect, what historians do who are ignorant of the tremendous changes in human processes, such as thinking and consciousness, have undergone in historical times. Ancient humans were like butterflies trying to know their real selves while they are still crawling around the Earth in the caterpillar stage of their existence. The butterfly does not exist to crawl upon the Earth for its entire existence, any more than human beings exist to live in physical bodies and remain forever in the caterpillar stage of human evolution.

    [page 7] The philosophy of life fundamental to all ancient civilizations was that human beings do not belong to the earth in the same way as the creatures of the other kingdoms of nature. The real home of our true essence is not on earth but elsewhere, in the supersensible world. This conviction was not unfounded; people arrived at it through a crisis in their soul lives after they had learned everything about nonhuman life on earth that was appropriate for their times. In fact, this inner crisis could be resolved only because people in ancient times were still able to look at pre-earthly life and also at post-earthly life, at life after death.

           People in ancient times were unable to experience full humanness until they had passed through the portal of death. We living humans today are able to experience full humanness and it behooves us to do so or we will become like a butterfly sans wings who is doomed to crawl about the Earth as a caterpillar because it repudiated the very essence of its evolutionary growth, its future as a butterfly.
           But we humans have changed from the ancients and when we awaken from sleep now we feel a sharp demarcation between sleeping and waking. Nothing from the sleep state continues to live in us as it did with the ancients. Since 1453 A. D. we have moved on to pure intellectual thinking when we are awake and we sleep in a state of "nothingness." Where do most people's thought come from today? From their study of nature or historical documents or from the concepts fed them by teachers in school. They take these things and mirror them and call them ideas. This creates a passive way of thinking which has replaced creative thinking. But there is a still a way of infusing our thought with inner reality. It requires "enough will to push our night being into our waking life." Steiner devoted his book, The Philosophy of Freedom to enlightening people how to accomplish this.

    [page 29] At the time, I could not express it in the same words I do now, but it really is true that when we are asleep, we free our I-being, and then we can insert it into our pure thinking. We become aware of our I-being in pure thinking when we live actively in our thoughts.

           Since Bacon's time, science has been taught passively. Steiner was well aware of the dangers of teaching or learning anthroposophy (his spiritual science) in a passive manner: those who learned it passively would be unable to stand up for it. One of the things we must know about our thoughts is that they are like the corpses or dead bodies of the living spiritualness which lived in us in our previous spiritual life before we were born. Some of that aliveness remained in us as children, but soon disappeared as the behest of the adults around us for whom such thoughts and visions as we had during our pre-five years no longer existed and had been long forgotten.
          Steiner's words, rightly understood, are to be used as crowbars by us, Good Readers, to pry away the boards of natural science which have been covering the windows of our reality, up until now. With my own background in natural science (physics) I would often include tables and diagrams to illustrate various points in Steiner's reviews. I am chastened by what Steiner writes in this next passage, and, picking up earlier hints by him, for some time now I have avoided any tables or diagrams in my reviews which might re-cover the windows of the world with the boards which Steiner strives to tear away with his words and living thoughts.
          We have become Baconian hermits living in Plato's Cave staring at the shadows on the wall and wondering what is really there that those shadows are giving us hints about. Those shadows are the abstract laws which Bacon and his followers have shaped their explanations of how the natural world around us works, but they tell us nothing about soul and spirit. If you want to learn more about soul and spirit, learning about earthly knowledge and heavenly wisdom is a good way to start your search.

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    I hear often from my Good Readers that they have bought books after reading my book reviews. Keep reading, folks! As I like to remind you, to obtain more information on what's in these books, buy and read the books — for less information, read the reviews.

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

    1. Padre Filius Sees a Billboard this Month:

    Padre Filius, the cartoon character created by your intrepid editor and would-be cartoonist, will appear from time to time in this Section of the Digest to share us on some amusing or enlightening aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations.

    This month the good Padre reads a Self-Advertisement on a Lamar Sign Co. Billboard:

    2.Comments from Readers:
    • EMAIL from Anna in Luling, Louisiana:
      Ahoj Bobby,
      Your pictures of Czech Republic brought back many memories as this is where I last saw my dad's remaining sister in 1975, (At Chodov and Ostrav nad. Ohri) and toured Praha with my cousin, Dr. Ivo Brozik. His mother was my first cousin, Ludmila Brozikova. I well remember the grandeur of that ancient city, and the compound of Hradcany Castle with the guards goosetepping in their jack boots across the cobblestoned square in front of St. Vitus Church. So many cobblestone streets!
      Na shledanou, (See ya!)
    • EMAIL from Betty in Louisville, Kentucky:
      Happy New Year Bobby & Del
      Gosh, what a full Press Digest and not as full as the good time you seemed to have. The pictures were outstanding, as usual.
      I wish you both a wonderful 2007 and do hope our paths cross sometime, somewhere this year.
      Hugs to you both, Betty
    • EMAIL from Doc in Metairie, Louisiana:
      Happy New Year to you and Adele, and may the Child whose Birthday we have just celebrated allow us to choose health in our activities and in our nutrition, goodness in everything we do, freedom ever appreciated, friendship ever deepening, sanity, love — evermore love, and (dare we hope) peace in 2007 and beyond. Mark
    • EMAIL from Curtis & Diane in Shreveport, Louisiana:
      Dear Bobby and Del,
      Great pictures. It was good to hear from you. Happy New Year! We got to see Michaela at the book signing in Shreveport.
      Thanks again,
      Curtis and Diane
    • EMAIL from AAA Wayne's wife in Gretna:
      Mr. Matherne,
      I wanted to thank you for sharing your vacation pictures with Wayne and me. They were spectacular. I particularly enjoyed the pics of Prague. Maybe one day we will take a trip like that.
      That is, if I can get Wayne north of the Mason-Dixon Line!
      Again, many thanks.
    • EMAIL from Chicago:
      We are all following closely the big game on Sunday. Of course the Saints are the emotional favorite after their rebirth, except in Chicago where only Katrina survivors don't root for the Bears. In should be interesting to see if the Saints can survive our subzero weather.
      Greetings to Del,
    • EMAIL from Warren in Oregon:
      Congratulations, you did an excellent job tackeling the job of disproving the theories of the conventional therapists [about the existence of Hard-Wired Emotions]. Being able to modify or control my emotions with Doyletics principals makes it patently obvious even to me, they are using faulty logic in their conclusions. [See Commentary Immediately Below.]
      Warren L. Liberty
    3. Are there any Hard-Wired Emotions?

    Some of my Good Mountain Press Digest Readers know about doyletics, which is what the website which supports this Digest is devoted to. What is doyletics? It is a nascent science of the human emotions which clarifies and explains many of the puzzling aspects about human emotions, feelings, and many other aspects of what it means to be a human being. One of the useful tools provided by doyletics is called the Speed Trace which provides a way to convert unwanted physical body states, called doyles or doylic memories, into just memories. In other words instead of having some anxiety arise in a social situation, after doing a Speed Trace on your anxiety, the next time you're in that same social situation, no anxiety will be present, only a dim memory of the event below five years old which originally stored the feelings of anxiety in you.

    If there were Hard-Wired Emotions, then emotions such as anxiety could not be modified by a simple memory technique known as the Speed Trace, and yet Doyle Henderson and I have helped people removes such states for the pasty forty years. Our experience has proven beyond a doubt to us that any emotional component can be removed by a Speed Trace thus modifying an onerous emotion into a more manageable one. So far as we can tell, since using this new technology, there are no basic emotions which are hard-wired into human beings from birth.

    Let's look at what is being taught in the academy. I am taking a Teaching Company Course, "The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions" taught by Prof. Robert C. Solomon at the University of Texas. He gives this definition of "basic emotions" in the Part I. Course Guidebook:

    [page 11] In contemporary psychology, anger is generally viewed as a basic emotion, that is, one that is physiologically "hard-wired." Fear is another basic emotion. Such an emotion stems from a certain neurological, hormonal, and muscular syndrome that is triggered by a certain kind of event. What follows is more or less automatic.
    We know from the premise of the science of doyletics that emotions are complexes of doylic memories and can be easily removed or erased from having any effect by the memory technique known as the "Speed Trace". That emotions are "not" hard-wired is a simple matter to prove to oneself. Once one has removed some onerous emotion using a memory technique, one can no longer hold that the emotion was hard-wired, can one? Why debate whether something is a fact or not, when one can determine the truth immediately for oneself?

    As Prof. Solomon reveals in the quoted passage above, he is not familiar with the nascent science of doyletics or he would be unable to view anger, fear, or any other emotion as a hard-wired basic emotion.

    How is it possible that experts in the field of emotion could view an emotion as hard-wired? The answer is that doylic memories, when triggered by some event will create neurological, hormonal, and muscular effects exactly as one would expect from a hard-wired physiology. And these will be triggered every time that event recurs, with equal intensity and virulence, for a person's entire lifetime, if no conscious or unconscious doyle trace is performed.

    Solomon's statements in the above quotation allows me to dramatize the amazing insight Doyle P. Henderson had back around 1975 when he postulated that "emotions are recapitulated physical body states stored during an original event from before five years old." With that statement and some forty years of hard work, we now have easily available proof to anyone that there are no basic emotions for the simple reason that any emotion's component parts can be traced and erased by anyone with a few minutes of practice.

    If you have been told or read that certain emotions such as anger, fear, depression, sadness, moodiness, and phobias, among other things, require drugs or extensive therapy to overcome, consider that perhaps the person who told you that believed in the establishment paradigm which claims that there are basic emotions which are hard-wired at birth. But, you don't have to take my word that there are no hard-wired emotions which cannot be removed. Simply learn to do the Speed Trace and remove them in yourself.

    As Principal Researcher for the Doyletics Foundation, I have yet to encounter an individual who is unable to remove unwanted doylic memories which comprise emotions and feelings and other bodily activities. There are some who have difficulties getting started, but with some effort on their part and a little guidance from others who have been successful, soon they are removing unwanted doylic memories on their own and improving the emotional balance of their lives.

    What about you? If you have some unwanted bodily states that you would like to remove permanently, read the Introduction Page and learn how to use the simple memory technique called the Speed Trace to improve the quality of your life. Does it work? Try it out for yourself. Our Motto at the Doyletics Foundation is, "When in Doubt, Trace it Out!"

    May 2007 be a Happy New Year and full of Good Doyles to All!

    Bobby Matherne
    Principal Researcher
    The Doyletics Foundation

    P. S. Check out these two new website additions on the subject of doyletics:
    1. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: An Essay by Bobby Matherne

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    5. Commentary on the Earth’s Robustness

    Take a long look at the statue of the Earth in the photo below. It was made of stone by human beings to illustrate their illusion that the Earth is fragile. The sculptor and investors were so positive the Earth was fragile that they invested their time and money (over a million dollars) to create this behemoth statue to their illusion. Will it survive to demonstrate their illusion to future generations? No. It didn’t even last one generation. Not even three months! See the photo at left. EAT-O-TWIST!

    What the producers of this folly forgot is that everything allways turns out the way it’s supposed to, EAT-O-TWIST! The sculpture is gone in three months and the Earth is still around as robust as ever — oblivious to water damage, human vandalism of every kind imaginable. Our Earth holds itself together as a testimony to its robustness while the grandiose products of human imagination go down in rubble (like Rome), flames (like Vesuvius), disrepair (like Giza), and so on. The only thing that is durable is the human spirit, and only fragile spirits would build monuments to fragility upon a robust Earth.

    Associated Press Quotation (Times-Picayune, January 5, 2007): "A million-dollar stone sculpture, intended to remind future generations of the Earth's fragility, made its point a bit early: Just three months after its unveiling, it collapsed. The 175-ton ‘Spaceship Earth’ lay in ruins, at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., after falling to pieces last week. University officials say they suspect water damage or glue failure, but they are also considering the possibility of vandalism."

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