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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Glenn Ford (1916 - 2006) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ [ Blackboard Jungle, Superman ] ~~~~~

We also note the passing of my trumpet-playing friend in the Hahnville High School Band, Gary Bourg and my cousin Alvin Bonvillain's wife, Agnes. Whether we knew someone from the movie screen or in real life, we miss them when they leave the theater of life and star in the spiritual world from now on.
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #074 Published April 1, 2007 ~~~
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Quote for the Coercive Taxing Month of April:

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
Thomas Jefferson , 3rd President of USA in a letter to Thomas Cooper, 29 November 1802.

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1. April's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for April
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen
6. Poem Bobby and two others:"A Trio of Triolets"
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8. Commentary on the World
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Dam Denial. (What's the biggest flower near your home? The Mississippi River for us.)

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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 April are:

Eric Szuter in New Orleans

Buddy Huggins in Mississippi

Congratulations, Eric and Buddy!

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Out Our Way:

March was a glorious month of weather in New Orleans. (See Photo at top of Digest.) The heating system was silent as was the AC system as temperatures were perfect. Only on a couple of days did we open the doors and windows to cool Timberlane off a tad. We left on March third to head up north for our week in the mountains on Lake Desoto. It always seems a shame to leave the first week of spring at home to go to backwards a week or two into winter! But we had good weather in Hot Springs Village and had a chance to spend time with two sets of friends who have permanently relocated to the area since Katrina.

I fashioned a protective cover during transport for my old LCD monitor to use as a second monitor on my Laptop during our week in the mountains. Unfortunately, when we arrived and I set it up, the second monitor would work during the initial XP startup screen, but would go blank as soon as the cursor appeared on the main monitor. This two monitor setup worked at Orange Beach this past summer, and this change will be the last straw and trigger my getting a new Laptop soon. My current laptop is very slow and drove me crazy trying to watch some LSU baseball games at the cabin. The broadband connection works great at the cabin for watching streaming video, so I need a laptop which can keep up with it.

Another thing we did the week before leaving was to squeeze a lot of navel oranges from our windfall. We brought a quart of the especially delicious OJ to our son-in-law Wes in Alexandria, where we like to over-night on the trip up to our cabin.

We left Timberlane all packed about 11:30 on Saturday and stopped by my Dad's house to see how he was doing. He'd fallen several times in recent weeks and, when he was X-rayed, was found to have pneumonia. He was put on oxygen and confined to bed at home for a week or so. We saw him during that time and he was looking very frail. He's looking great again. Sitting up in his easy chair in the living room and off his oxygen. Says he keeps his oxygen handy, but doesn't use it very much. He now has a walker with a bell attached to it so that Janet, Steve, and Janice can tell when he's up and around to check on him. Jan explained to us the problem with sitting overnight for two people who are hard of hearing, Buster and Emily. Lots of grousing, grumbling, and loudness when they get up in the middle of the night. God Bless them for taking care of Buster during this critical time.

We drove to a great Cajun Restaurant, Prejean's, in Opelousas and met my brother, Paul, and his wife, Joyce there. (See Photo Above) It has the largest stuffed alligator I've ever seen anywhere. Del said she wasn't hungry, so she ordered the appetizer, Tout Cheque Choses, a bit of everything. It was delicious, but the only problem she had, it was for two people in a place which already has large appetizers. I had my hands and mouth full with 3 Oysters Rockefeller and 3 Oysters Bienville and after I ate the frog leg Del offered me, I couldn't eat another bite from her plate. Luckily Paul was hungry and could handle the overflow from Del's appetizer. Next time Paul and Joyce said we'd do the Evangeline Downs buffet which is also delicious Cajun food.

We drove onto Pineville to watch our grandson Weslee play baseball, but it seems that slow destiny was at work that night. Weslee dropped a fly ball in center field in 2nd inning and was pulled out of the game before he got to bat and before we arrived at the field. So we drove to Pineville to not watch our grandson play baseball. Our son-in-law Wes was up before we left the next morning. He is working on weekends because of the Peter Pan Peanut Butter class action suit. This suit came about from the salmonella tainted batch, BATCH #211. We rarely eat Peter Pan PB, but there were two jars at home, one almost empty and one replacement. When I got home and checked they both came from batch #211. Good to know that our bodies can handle the salmonella bacteria. If we got sick, neither of us noticed it. Maybe a short bout of diarrhea, but that's all.

Before we left, I drove over to PJ's and got there at 7:25 am. I noticed two police motorcycles out front and two uniforms sitting inside, so I walked up and tried to open the door. It wouldn't budge. I shook it again to make sure. Then I saw the sign to my right saying it opened at 7:30. Then 20-something guy came to the door and said gruffly, "We don't open until 7:30," as he proceeded to open the door for me anyway. For the same amount of effort, he could have made himself and me feel good by saying, "I'll open it for you early." After all that is exactly what he ended up doing anyway. How much more would it cost PJ's to hire someone who could be nice while giving special attention to customers from out-of-town?

We drove up I-49 and got an early phone call from Neil Taylor in Fort Smith saying that he and Sheila were not coming to meet us. He had come down with a bad cold and wasn't feeling good. We were disappointed as we were looking forward to seeing our old friends from our Royal Carribean Cruise. We got to the front door of our cabin about 4 pm. We were whipped and just wanted to take a hot jacuzzi, but we found water about 2 inches of it and the drain was jammed shut. We called the emergency number and Bob came to fix it in minutes. He just pulled it up with his pliers, which I could have done, but because of our superb maintenance crew I didn't need to carry any tools with me. We enjoyed our hot tub immensely soon after Bob left.

The first morning in the cabin, I hooked up my Laptop and worked on making the outboard monitor work. After giving up in frustration, I suggested that we grab a quick breakfast at Mary Lee's, but guess what, they were closed for renovations! So we drove to a couple of other places which were also closed. Sunday in Arkansas. We decided to buy groceries and go back to Bobby Jeaux's Kitchen (North) to have a Crawfisg-Eggplant Dressing omelet. I had brought a tube of frozen CED in our ice chest and I fixed the omelet after some difficulty locating the pots and condiments, but it came out delicious.

On our first day there I was able watch LSU play baseball on my LT (with difficulty) that afternoon and then watch the New Orleans Hornets play basketball on the cable TV that night while battling Del in a hot Matherne-Rules Scrabble game. We are always too busy at home to play Scrabble, so we look forward to our mountain game nights where we can renew the rivalry.

The next morning we out of Hot Springs Village to Post Office by the highway to mail the Netflix DVD "Babel" which we watched in our cabin the night before and also mailed a birthday card to our March daughter, Carla. Then we drove to Coleman Crystal shop where Del bought some onyx paperweights and I bought a purple and gold set of fluorite double pyramid crystals for placing on either side of our TV sets in the Timberlane Screening Room. We spend several years mining for crystals at the open pit Coleman mine, but we are mostly flush with crystals. Besides that, sitting all day on rocky dirt digging into the mud seems no longer appealing.

The next night we met Evan Soulé, Jr. and his new wife, Jennifer at the Fisherman's Wharf for dinner. Ian is Jennifer's son and he is so much like our grandson, Kyle, with a mop of blond hair and big blue eyes. Joan Soulé, Evan's mother, also joined us for dinner. Joan is looking great and seems to be enjoying her new life and new daughter-in-law and step-grandson in Arkansas. I'm sorry we had not found Fisherman's Wharf during earlier years because it has great seafood, something rare in the Hot Springs area.

The next day we had planned hot baths at the Buckstaff in downtown Hot Springs, but I scheduled a massage with Jennifer Soulé while Del enjoyed the hot bath. Jennifer gave me a long and deep massage, and I felt great all over afterwards. I lost my local massage therapist, Laura Sampson, after Katrina when she and her husband headed for the hills of Georgia, and have yet to find a suitable replacement.

On Friday, we went to eat at Rolando's Restaurant in downtown Hot Springs, which features Nuevo Latino food which seems to be Cuban food with a flair. As we walked towards the restaurant, we saw our friends George and Annette walking towards us, ever so much like we've seen them walking towards us along a New Orleans sidewalk in the past years.

Afterwards, George had an errand to run, so Annette rode with us to their home outside Norman on the side of a hill. As we drove up the driveway, George arrived as Annette was opening the gate. We drove up and saw the great new porch in the front of their double-wide trailer house which made it look like a real New Orleans-style home. Broad porch the size of our friends Jim and Pam's on Ursulines Street in New Orleans with room for a half dozen people to sit comfortably. Their home looks more like an elegant French Quarter apartment than a rural Montgomery County Arkansas. The landscaping is going well also. A deck is the next thing to be installed out back. Annette said, "Everything we want is thousand dollaring us to death." Deck about a thousand, tornado shelter about a thousand, etc. George who taught English at UNO is temporarily driving handicapped and elderly folks around southern Arkansas three or four days a week. Annette has her artist's studio with great light for painting, and George had his study with his rescued books on sturdy wooden shelves. We left when they had to go up the hill with the surveying crew with the neighbor who was paying for the survey to see if he could put a road up to a hunting cabin. Turned out he can't unless the Dorkos sell right of way property to him which they won't. Even in the sparsely populated hills of Arkansas, you can have potentially obnoxious neighbors. It's one of the things we love about Hot Springs Village, we know that our view of Lake DeSoto from our cabin will not change over the years.

I watched LSU play in the SEC Tournament that night. The Tigers were lethargic in first half and stayed that way all game. John Brady has to go as head coach or else he needs to get some religion like the coach of the movie "Facing the Giants" did. Facing giants? Hell, Brady's teams can't even face midgets and win!

We drove home on Saturday and the next day I powered up my Laptop and noticed that the color-crudding of its display screen was gone. I placed it on some spacers to keep it off the countertop and sure enough the color stayed good. Apparently the heat, even on a level hard surface was causing the video card to lose a bit or two. When that happened, the lowest level of black turned bright green. Very distracting, but easy to correct if heat is in fact the problem.

Got a call from former Hagan tenant, Jamie Dehlin, who is moving to Oakland, CA. She wanted to give me a heads' up in case I get a call for a reference from her new landlord. I explained to her that she was the best tenant I ever had, and that all the people she has referred to me, even second and third level references have been great, so she needn't worry. It was due to Jamie that it was a bittersweet moment when we sold the Hagan fourplex because I had best set of tenants that I ever had.

On March 19, we viewed the St. Joseph's Altar at St. Joseph's Church in the honor of the Patron Saint of Italy and anyone of Italian descent anywhere. New Orleans has a large Italian population combined with a large percentage of Catholics. This has created a long tradition of St. Joseph's Altars where ladies of the local churches (not just St. Joseph's churches) prepare a stupendous array of baked goods to decorate their St. Joseph Altars. This is one of the most elaborate and beautiful altars. There was even a bucket of carpenter tools made from baked bread for St. Joseph to use. Note: the food on the altar is not for eating, but good hot food is served to all to come to view the altar. We met Audrey and Jerry Casso as we were walking to the Altar and they were just leaving. Also Audrey's sister Betty and her husband.

Drove to Baton Rouge one Sunday with Del to see our grand-daughter Katie compete in a Swim Meet. Arrived at Natatorium and it was humid, wet, and noisy. Sat on the metal bench seats near Kim and waited for Katie to start. Where we were sitting we couldn't see the girls swim, only the boys. I walked down the steps with Del when she went to Rest Room and could see it was not going to be easy or comfortable to watch Katie swim. It was already 9:35 and Katie hadn't swum yet, and since I couldn't see her swim anyway, I decided to walk over to the Student Union that my self-assessment during my years at LSU helped to build. I walked through the Field House corridor, up the steps, and up the top of the Indian Mounds, the North One, to take a photo. I stood where I spent the night protecting the "Eternal Flame" during the week before the Ole Miss Game Halloween Night 1959. Looked different on this day. Brighter, for one thing. Less noisy for another. I walked along the library to the Quadrangle and more photos. Shot a photo of the old Motor Octane Testing lab where nearly blind and totally deaf Mr. Rosenfeld did his octane measurement work. He was my supervisor when I was decanting the test samples in my first big job on campus. $1.20 an hour in 1959. Imagine taking instructions from someone who couldn't hear, barely could talk, and wore inch thick spectacles. I can only feel warm and fuzzy about the man some fifty years later.

When I arrived at the Student Union, I noticed there was a lot of construction going on. I asked this scruffy-looking guy who was inside the nearly empty building how to get to PJ's Coffeeshop, and he told me. Said they're building 50,000 sq ft addition to the Union. I saw a plaque which explained how my classmates and I voted to be assessed a fee to build the Student Union back in 1958 and that they were now being asked to pay a fee to build this large addition. I was glad to see that sign giving me recognition for parting that large fee each semester because I never got to use the Union as it was finished only after I graduated. This is one of the reasons I make the Student Union a must stop whenever I'm on campus today. Sorry I missed Katie swimming. She did really good in her heats, finishing fourth in her first meet a high school swimmer. But if I'd stayed, I wouldn't have had the pleasure of walking across campus to the Student Union on a beautiful Spring day with the azaleas blooming under "the shady oaks and broad magnolias which shade the inspiring halls" of my alma mater.

Ah, taxes! "April is the cruelest month" T. S. Eliot wrote to begin his epic poem "The Wasteland". Could he have been thinking of April 15th, Income Taxes, and heavy-handed Internal Revenue Agents? Not likely, but it's a good thought. You see, income taxes were due on March 15th, not April 15th, in Eliot's time. It got moved forward a month around the time I began paying income taxes. That was not a decision made by anyone from New Orleans, I can guarantee you that! Late March and all of April is usually the finest weather of the year in New Orleans, and to be confined indoors working on income taxes is a torture worthy of the Grand Inquisitor himself! Thank God for Tom Trumble, our CPA, and his able staff of accountants who take our computer-gathered figures and sort them into the torture-chambered cubicles known as income tax forms! We visited with Tom and pay him our tribute to keep us out of the dungeon wither we would otherwise be relegated for two weekends, but for him. He makes money off of our parole from a confinement of frustration and sorrow, and we go forth in joy. Hallelujah!

Del has nearly completed the redecorating of our living room. There's a part of me which liked the fact that she never had to time to focus on such things as having our furniture "go together" with each other back when she was working 81 hours a week at SMA, Heathcare Advantage, CCN, MedFirst, Funny Benefits (er, make that FUNDING Benefits), Total Benefits among her many jobs. But come May, when the new shades are installed and the rug added to the living room, her long months of work will pay off with a new look to the living room which she will be proud. Long as no one yells when I sit down to read in the living room, I'm happy.


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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.):
    "Facing the Giants" (2006) The football coach of a Georgia High School team was a perennial loser — his team and his life stunk figuratively and his home literally. He was unable to impregnate his wife, his car’s battery kept dying on him, and his job was in danger. He was facing the giants of despair and low-self esteem. He needed an attitude adjustment and prayed for help. He adopted a new "life coach," Jesus Christ, and his new-found attitude began to spark his team into new heights of effort. To win the State Championship, his team now had to face the Giants, a perennial championship team with huge players. Can his players step up with the help of David and slay the Giants? Or will they lose the preliminary game and never face the Giants? A DON'T MISS HIT!!!
    "Timeline" (2003) Crichton has fun with time travel. Archaeologists are funded to explore a fourteenth century castle by a corporation building a machine which transports people back into that castle and that time. Great trip back into the Hundred Year War where the English are battling the French and the Scots and anyone who shows up uninvited. Never before saw someone so glad to have his ear chopped off in battle! Born 1971 and died 1357.
    “Flyboys” (2006) shows us the Lafayette Escadrille of 1917 flying the first fighter planes over France and Germany during WWII. We follow a class of American boys seeking to escape a lugubrious life in the States and find glory in the air over Europe. They did and the movie recreates those moments of suffering and glory for us.
    "Forget Paris" (1995) is what Billy Crystal tried to make Debra Winger do and marry him. Then he forgets her for his job as NBA coach. So she remembers Paris. But neither can forget each other. A fun, fun movie to watch with Crystal's wisecracks almost non-stop.
    “White” (1994) is Kieslowski’s black comedy about Karol Karol who falls in love with French gal, marries her, but she finds him impotent and divorces him. Then the “fun” begins. Penniless, passportless, he finds a way to fly his trunk and himself back to Poland without a ticket. Then he finds a way to make money in real estate. And a way to give his amour back to Poland. Completely impossible to predict each stage of the movie even if you know this much.

    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.

    "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny" (2006) was a pick of disaster. Any DVD that starts off with a 13-yr-old kid using 100 F-words to his family while they’re eating dinner deserves to have its tracks washed off with soap and to be tumbled dried before it is stomped on the floor. Naturally the movie went downhill after the opening scene. The very paradigm for A DVD STOMPER!
    “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie” (2003) Neither Gena Rowlands nor James Caan nor Mrs. Ritchie could save the pathetic script starts off slow and ends up dumb. Movie starts off slow, we expect it to get better, and it ends up dumb. Only incredible thing is we watched the whole lugubrious film.
    Fruits Basket (2001) Only had to watch Episode 1 of Volume 1 to know this anime film did not animate us.
    “An Affair of Love” (1999) Two strangers meet for sex through an ad, have an affair with no love, and cause us to waste time fast-forwarding through a lousy movie.

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

    "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles" (2005) in which a father who is estranged from his adult son and undertakes a trip from Japan where his son is dying to China to video the Masked Dance that his son promised its performer that he’d return to do. But the performer is in prison and also has an estranged son. The healing between the father takes place while the father is riding alone for thousands of miles because he cannot speak the language of the local people. An amazing movie.
    "XX/XY" (2003) Mark Ruffalo is clueless as to what women really want which is a man who respects her enough to tell the truth, among other things. He provided a lot of the "other things" but never told her the truth when she (if she was an intimate partner) when she asked. A painful look at the sexual mores of the 70s and 80s and the hangovers they provided to the 90s.
    “21 Grams” (2003) is what we lose when we die, Sean Penn tells us as he dies along with the dreary movie he stars in. Three sets of lives collide and a heart relocates in the course of this lugubrious movie which just barely garners a Your Call.
    “To Live” (1994) in Red China was to smelt all your pots so they could make cannonballs to free Taiwan while you have to eat at the community kitchen for every meal. We meet a family who owns a large home but our hero loses it in a gambling debt and has to live in a hovel. The guy who won is later shot for being a landlord. Our hero is glad he lost the house or he would have been shot. This is the kind of things they’re glad for in Red China. Our hero goes into the army and makes it back home in spite of his ineptitude at everything but stick puppets and soon the commissar takes that away and gives him a job delivering water in a thermos. A sobering 2-hour look at what it was like “to live” in China’s communistic society for thirty years.

    “Charlotte Sometimes” (2003) Interesting movie set in L. A. but with mostly Asian characters except Justin who is asked by one of the gals, “What part of you is Asian?” In English with Spanish subtitles which could not be turned off. Michael is a lonely landlord in love with Lori who is loudly humped by Justin every night with sounds filling Michael’s room and thoughts. He doesn’t want to meet anyone else, but Lori gets Charlotte to “meet” him at the bar where he goes to get away from the sounds. Darcy, she calls herself, and soon the two odd couples are double-dating and a game of musical beds begins. Slow-paced movie based on Michael’s taciturn nature, but it charms with its unique quality.
    “School for Scoundrels” (2006) A school to teachers nice losers to be ugly winners by lying, being obnoxious, being ruthless, flat out immoral. Made for a good movie but lousy advice for living.
    “The Haunted Mansion” (2003) What’s next for a Disney ride made into a movie: “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”? Not as good as “Pirates of the Caribbean” but better than Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s Haunted Mansion B&W movie.

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    4. CAJUN STORY:      How Boudreaux Became a Catholic
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    This joke came to me from my friend, Jim Webb. Thanks, Jim! I have modified it slightly for this month’s Digest:

    It’s not generally known that Boudreaux was born and raised a Baptist and only became a Catholic late in his life. This is the story of how it happened.

    It all started when Boudreaux moved into downtown Abbeville where all his neighbors were Catholic. On Friday it was his tradition to barbeque a slab of spare ribs on his outdoor grill. Since this was back in the days when Catholics had to abstain from eating meat on Friday, the smell of the ribs cooking wafted over the fence and drove all his neighbors crazy.

    Finally the neighbors had enough and went to Father Himel to ask for his help. He said to them, "How can I help?"
    They said, "Well, Father, we hoped that maybe you could convert Boudreaux into a Catholic and then tell him that he can’t eat meat on Friday."

    The good Father assured them that he’d do his best, and he went the next day to visit Boudreaux. When he suggested that Boudreaux convert to being a Catholic, Boudreaux asked him, "Wat you gonna done to me for this convert t’ing?"
    "It’s simple," Fr. Himel said, "I sprinkle some water on you and say, 'Boudreaux, you was born and raised a Baptist and now you is a Catholic.' "
    "Mais, Ah t’ink Ah could stood dat, me." Boudreaux replied with a broad smile.

    So Father took out his Holy Water, sprinkled some on Boudreaux and making the sign of the cross, said over Boudreaux, "You was born and raised a Baptist and now you is a Catholic."
    Boudreaux looked up at the priest and asked, "Is dat all?"
    Father said, "Yes. Oh, wait, dere's a coupla other t’ings. You can now hang a rosary from your rear view mirror in your car, and you can’t eat no meat on Fridays, only catfish and other seafood." Father took out a rosary from his pocket, blessed it, and gave it to him.
    Boudreaux accepted the rosary, thanked the priest, and walked away looking at his first rosary. Fr. Himel said, "See you in church for Mass on Sunday," and watched the newly Catholic Boudreaux walk away in deep thought.

    On the next Friday, the neighbors smelled some BBQ’ing spare ribs and looked through the fence to see Boudreaux cooking on his grill as usual. They all got together and asked the priest, "Did you tell Boudreaux about not eating meat on Friday?" Father Himel said, "Yes, I told him he could catfish but not meat. I will phone him to remind him of his new obligations as a Catholic."

    The next Friday all the neighbors got out and were peeking through the fence when Boudreaux started the fire on his grill. They watched as he came out to the grill with some prepared spareribs which he placed on the grill. Boudreaux took some water and sprinkled it over the pork spareribs. He then took his rosary in his right hand, waved it over the ribs in the sign of the cross, said solemnly, "You was born and raised a pig, but from now on, you is a catfish!"

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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           Sweet Potato Tart
          6 baked sweet potatoes
          2 TBSP brown sugar
          1 TBSP Honey
          3 eggs
          1 Cup chopped pecans
          1 TBSP Butter

    Rice the sweet potatoes. Then place potatoes, brown sugar, and honey in Mixer and blend ingredients. Then blend in the eggs.

    Melt the TBSP of butter. Sprinkle the pecans on the bottom of a Tart Baking Pan and pour the butter over them. Scooped the sweet potato mixture into the Tart Pan and level it.

    Baked in pre-heated oven at 350 degF for about 25 minutes (until edges have begun to brown). Let cool, then turn over, push out of the Tart Pan, and slice to serve.

    Serving Suggestions:
    Slice and serve with a scoop or two of Breyer’s vanilla bean ice cream.

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    6. POETRY by BOBBY and two others:
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    A Trio of Triolets

    From this
    website I learned about the poetic form known as a Triolet which was developed in France:
    The Triolet ("triplet"), a French verse form, is a poem or a stanza of eight lines that includes two rhymes and two refrains.

    One refrain is the repetition of the first line at the fourth line and at the seventh line. This triple appearance of one line gives the Triolet its name.

    While the Triolet is often used to express humor, some of the first English triolets were essentially spiritual. The first triolet may have been composed by the Benedictine Patrick Carey in the seventeenth century.

    First a Triolet by Frances Cornford from this website:

                To a Fat Lady Seen From the Train

    O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
           Missing so much and so much?
    O fat white woman whom nobody loves,
    Why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
    When the grass is soft as the breast of doves
           And shivering sweet to the touch?
    O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
           Missing so much and so much?

    Second, G. K. Chesterton, a fat person himself, felt a need to reply for the Lady, and wrote a near-trioletic answer to Frances Cornford's called:

                 The Fat White Woman Speaks

    Why do you rush through the fields in trains,
    Guessing so much and so much.
    Why do you flash through the flowery meads,
    Fat-head poet that nobody reads;
    And why do you know such a frightful lot
    About people in gloves and such?

    And third for myself I offer this. I was taken by the origin of the triolet as humorous verse and thought to combine that with its spiritual roots in this Triolet called:

                The Laughing Monk

    Let us cheer the spunk of the laughing monk
           who giggles through his prayers
           each night before he jumps into his bunk.
    Let us cheer the spunk of the laughing monk
           who keeps a joke book in his trunk
           hidden beneath his drawers.
    Let us cheer the spunk of the laughing monk
           who giggles through his prayers.

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for April:
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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 Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

    What is an anarchist? How do we recognize one? Chesterton devotes this novel to describing anarchists and how to identify them. It begins simply enough with two poets meeting in Saffron Park, one red-haired Lucian Gregory who is an anarchist and one Gabriel Syme who is a policeman.

    Gregory equates an anarchist with an artist.

    [page 8] "An artist is identical with an anarchist," he cried. "You might transpose the words anywhere. An anarchist is an artist. The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. He sees how much more valuable is one burst of blazing light, one peal of perfect thunder, than the mere common bodies of a few shapeless policemen. An artist disregards all governments, abolishes all conventions.

    This concept of an artist as someone who operates outside of the realm of the established order fits quite nicely with the concepts in my essay, Art is the Process of Destruction. What is destroyed in my opinion by the true artist is the sameness of the present state of art. Destroying sameness is like throwing a bomb into a room only in that whatever boredom may have existed in the room is gone with the blast. No one can become an artist simply by bombing because art involves liberating exciting possibilities by the destruction of sameness whereas a bomb simply destroys in an uncontrollable manner. The results of an artist is to lay down tracks for others' creativity whereas a bomb merely causes debris for others to clean up. Yes, one might rebuild in the place where some bomb has destroyed a building, but that rebuilding can only be considered as restorative unless some artist, an architect perhaps, designs the replacement building using a design which destroys or breaks out of the accepted patterns of building at the time. Frank Lloyd Wright was such an architect and artist and you can witness the results in his buildings.

    Chesterton's wit and insight sparkles throughout this book and a few examples should act as hors-d'oeuvres do to attract one to a great feast.

    [page 141] "I have a suspicion that you are all mad," said Dr. Renard, smiling sociably ; "but God forbid that madness should in any way interrupt friendship."

    [page 145, 146] "I mean that we shall never get there," said the pessimist placidly. "They have two rows of armed men across the road already; I can see them from here. The town is in arms, as I said it was. I can only wallow in the exquisite comfort of my own exactitude."

    [page 171] Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.

    We only know the back of the world, Syme tells us, and it looks like an animal, but if we ever saw the front of the world, we would recognize it as a god, as something divine. He comes to this understanding by noticing how each of the men in his group projects something of himself onto the man who was Sunday. Let us follow his argument; it is truly one of the best of Chesterton's productions in this novel. Syme, the man who was Thursday, speaks to rest of the Order of the Days.

    [page 174, 175] "Have you noticed an odd thing," he said, "about all your descriptions? Each man of you finds Sunday quite different, yet each man of you can only find one thing to compare him to — the universe itself. Bull finds him like the earth in spring, Gogol like the sun at noonday. The Secretary is reminded of the shapeless protoplasm, and the Inspector of the carelessness of virgin forests. The Professor says he is like a changing landscape. This is queer, but it is queerer still that I also have had my odd notion about the President, and I also find that I think of Sunday as I think of the whole world."

    We have only known the back of the world because we are chained to Plato's Cave with our backs to the opening. We can only see the shadows of the beings which move across the opening of the cave. In modern terms, we can only see the surface of the world with our vision — while what is essential, the Fox's Secret tells us, is invisible to the eye. Syme has discovered for himself this secret that Plato, Saint-Exupéry, and others have written about before:

    [page 176, 177] "Listen to me," cried Syme with extraordinary emphasis. "Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? It is that we have only known the back of the world. We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal. That is not a tree, but the back of a tree. That is not a cloud, but the back of a cloud. Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? If we could only get round in front — "

    Now you have seen the back of the Man Who Was Thursday. The next step is up to you: Would you like to turn him around and see him face-to-face? If so, read the Entire Review or Read the Entire Book or both.

    2.) ARJ2: Childhood and Human Evolution by Friedrich Kipp

    This book attracted me for a couple of reasons. One is that the author was inspired by Rudolf Steiner's works on evolution, and two because of my research work in the science of doyletics. In this review I will focus on the pre-1980 research that Kipp presents about the role of childhood in human evolution, much of which Barnes says in his Foreword, "has been validated by research carried out since this book was first published in 1980."

    Kipp makes it clear that he intends to overthrow the commonly held darwinian views that humans are descended from primates. Rather he offers the view of Ernest Haeckel that primates are branches of the human family tree which proved to be dead ends or rather the "live ends" of primates in the lower animal kingdom which have no hope of ever evolving into human beings.

    Kipp lays out the problem:

    [page 2] How were our human ancestors able to avoid ecological specialization, what enabled them to maintain and even enhance their many-sidedness? We inhabit the same planet as all the animals and are therefore subject to the same outer conditions. How did human beings become increasingly able to liberate themselves from external constraints and to confront their surroundings with insight and creativity? We see this as the central problem of human evolution. And this question cannot be solved merely by drawing connections between apes and the human being as is customary today.

    Kipp sees the key to understanding human evolution lies in the long childhood of humans compared to all the other mammals. What is it that happens during this long childhood which makes humans unique?

    [page 3] Human childhood and youth — extending over a long period of many years — constitute an extraordinary phenomenon. Whereas most mammals complete their postnatal development in a short time and rapidly reach a stage at which they are equipped for independent life, human beings require many years to achieve adulthood. No animal of comparable size takes a similar length of time. Only a few months after their birth, the offspring of most mammals are already developed to the point where they become independent of their parents and are able to live on their own. By comparison, what an unfinished and helpless creature the human being is at this age!

    The existence of feral children who were raised in the wild by animal parents (See page 17 passage below) shows that it is possible for human babies to survive in the wild, but, lacking the training that comes from a normal childhood in a family, they walk on all fours and resemble a wild animal in capability more than a human. If such a child is found and brought into civilization after the age of five, the necessary doylic memories of walking erect on two legs and recognizing and speaking words, among many other things, have not been stored, and their subsequent re-integration into society will be slow and painful, requiring very cognitive memory efforts for simple tasks that are mitigated by unconscious doylic memory control. We walk and talk naturally without conscious effort of the process of walking and talking — we focus our conscious effort on where we are walking to and what we are talking about. A feral child learning to walk must provide enormous conscious effort simply to move its legs and maintain its balance; to talk requires equivalent effort just to sound the words. To talk requires a feral child of ten, say, more effort than a civilized child of the same age to learn a new language which has strange phonemes. The feral child must form all the phonemes it speaks for the first time!

    If you look at the cover of this book, you'll find a remarkable illustration of the fact described in this next passage. The juvenile ape in the lower left corner resembles the adult human (upper right) than it does its own adult ape (lower right).

    [page 35] In today's zoos it is often possible to see not only adult apes but also their young. One can observe that their heads are rather human in appearance and that this similarity increases the younger they are. In the scientific literature E. Selenka (1898) was the first to point out, using accurate drawings of skulls, that the heads of anthropoid apes in their early childhood stages are much closer to the human form than in adulthood. The hypothesis of human descent from the apes would not have led one to expect these findings but rather their opposite — apelike forms in human children — of which, however, there is no evidence whatsoever.

    The structure of the ape's adult head provides very strong jaw muscles for the grasping functions of the head. Kipp explains how the need for these grasping functions disappears for human beings.

    [page 46] This liberation of the head from its grasping functions is only possible because the child is cared for and protected for many years.

    In my essay Art Is the Process of Destruction I carefully point out the distinction between creation as replication and creation as the appearance of something unprecedented in the world. Art, true art, acts at the latter and shopping mall art and crafts resembles the former. Kipp makes a similar distinction between thoughts which are recalled memories and thoughts which appear "out of the blue" or original thoughts.

    [page 115] In connection with the role of the brain in thinking I would like to draw attention' to an experience confirmed by self-observation. There is a 'big difference between thinking a thought content that we are familiar with and can recall from memory and thinking new thoughts that we are acquiring for the first time. Remembering thoroughly familiar thoughts generally causes no difficulty; they have already somehow been engraved into our neural system. These imprints, called "engrams," are not yet fully understood. It is quite different when we seek to comprehend a thought for the first time, for example a mathematical proof. Such a thought is not already lying available in the brain. We have to make an intense effort and bring all our intellectual activity to bear when dealing with a new cognitive content that we have never explored before. In such a case, the thought content is not simply delivered as a finished product by the brain but is "instructed" or "structured" into it so to speak. The activity of making a new thought our own is a prototypic process. The dictum "human beings teach their organs" is therefore also valid in the realm of thinking.

    Are we human beings to be replaced by mechanistic devices of our own making such as is portrayed in the 2001 science fiction movie A. I. Artificial Intelligence? Or are we going to build our technological devices to supplement and assist living human beings? The problem with Darwinian evolutionists is that they argue from a materialistic basis which in its extreme, means that life and consciousness formed as a byproduct of purely materialistic processes over long periods of time. This is the source of hubris that leads some scientists to believe that they can create a human being or a computer which will have the abilities of a human being. Kipp's books lays out the evidence that human beings are unique creatures with abilities to receive intuitions and inspirations which no animals can and no computerized machinery ever can. We are spiritual creatures temporarily endowed with a physical body on the Earth and we still have connections to our spiritual origins via the intuitions and inspirations which arrive at important times in our lives to in-form our thoughts in ways that no amount of calculation or computing could ever achieve. Given the choice of the largest computer in the world or a human baby, which would you choose? Your answer will reveal a lot about yourself as a human being.

    Interested in learning more about yourself as a human being? Read the entire Review and follow up with the Book.

    3.) ARJ2: Mind, Matter, and the Implicate Order by Paavo Pylkkänen

    "This book deals with topics that have been variously neglected and even 'forbidden' in academic circles during much of the 20th century. One such issue is conscious experience, the study of which was famously suppressed in behaviorist psychology and even in traditional cognitive science, and has only relatively recently become the focus of intense research in a number of fields."
    Paavo Pylkkänen in the Preface

    This book reawakened my earlier interest in David Bohm's work in physics and the structure of reality. Naturally none of his work, which dates back to the 1950s — shortly before my academic work in Physics, was ever mentioned in my courses at the university. My first contact with Bohm's work was in the 1970s and I read about his work with interest. But, after a flurry of interest by me and others in the concepts of the implicate order and other explanations for the paradoxes of quantum physics, I had not found much since then to excite me about Bohm's body of work, until this book reached my desk to review.

    Quantum physics marked a new paradigm when it arrived upon the scene in the early twentieth century. It explained many things which were unexplainable by nineteenth century science before its appearance, but in its wake it created new unexplainables such as the two slit experiments and the non-local effects predicted by the Bell Theorem. One of the problems with a new paradigm is that the very way of understanding problems is in terms of the older paradigm. It takes time for a second wave of innovators such as the author of this book to appear and restate problems in terms of the new paradigm. Once a good question is asked in terms of the new paradigm, the answers that formerly seemed unattainable suddenly become easy and natural. Pylkkänen does this many times in the course of this book.

    One example is that of the mind and conscious experience. No one considers it necessary to consider physics or metaphysics, so no one notices that the very problems of psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence are stated presupposing the condition of the world as we knew it in the 19th-century. That was before quantum mechanics came along to give us a new view of the physical world! Paavo Pylkkänen recognizes the problem and this book is his way of calling attention to familiar problems in terms of the view of what "physical" means in the 20th-century paradigm of quantum mechanics. He reveals how Bohm provides us a novel and insightful means of grasping the meaning of "physical".

    [page ix, Preface] But what does "physical" mean? Clearly, contemporary physics can at least prima facie have something to say about this. It seems to me that many of the "mind sciences" presuppose a late 19th-century view of the physical world and formulate the philosophical problems of consciousness in relation to such a view. But it is plainly part of the scientific attitude to revise our basic notions, including our notion of the "physical", if experimental and theoretical developments call for this. Thus physics may after all play a key role when we are trying to understand the place of consciousness in nature.

    Bohm placed the two theories of relativity and quantum physics side-by-side and noted that "relativity emphasizes continuity, locality, and determinism, while quantum theory suggests that the exact opposite is fundamental, namely discontinuity, non-locality, and indeterminism." This insight led Bohm to search for a theory which includes both relativity and quantum as limiting cases. His theory of the implicate order does exactly that. No longer need we claim that the correct physical description of an electron is its wave equation when it moves, but a particle when it is measured.

    [page 3] We need new concepts and images that can better illuminate features such as wave-particle duality, non-locality, and the discontinuity of movement.

    Without such concepts, all of our references to the physical world will be fuzzy and lacking meaning. Pylkkänen offers two such questions. Note how the physical world references appear in these questions. We can no longer in the 21st-century continue to ask such questions while thinking of the physical world as philosophers and scientists of the 19th-century did.

    [page 3] What is the relationship between mental phenomena and the physical processes in the brain and matter more generally? What is the relationship between meaning and the physical items that carry meaning?

    We have obviously left behind forever the pool table metaphor of classical physics where matter is billiard balls moving and bouncing off of other billiard balls. Matter and motion are replaced by motion which enfolds and unfolds what appear to us as physical objects. We ourselves are enfolded into the universe similar to the ink drop in the oil. Each particle of our body is enfolded into the universe. We are truly a "child of the universe" and no longer some microbe on a speck of dust called Earth floating through the universe.

    Here is a cosmology by Bohm which restores human beings to dignity once more after some six hundred years of degradation into mere physical objects of matter out of which mind has evolved as a by-product! We see the wisdom of the ancients, who saw us as related to stellar fields of the entire universe in our daily lives, made plausible in the latest theory of physics which explains not only matter and motion, but mind and being as well. On page 37, the author says of Bohm, "In general terms, he saw mind and matter as two aspects of looking at an underlying reality, which is movement." In other words, Bohm saw mind and matter as correlated projections from a common ground that comprises an "unbroken wholeness in flowing movement."

    Pylkkänen tells us that us the Bohm theory throws the "Big Bang" into the trash heap of history, replacing it with the "Little Ripple."

    [page 82] He gives an analogy:
           . . . in the middle of the actual ocean (i.e., on the surface of the Earth) myriads of small waves occasionally come together fortuitously with such phase relationships that they end up in a certain small region of space, suddenly to produce a very high wave which just appears as if from nowhere and out of nothing. Perhaps something like this could happen in the immense ocean of cosmic energy, creating a sudden wave pulse, from which our "universe" would be born. This pulse would explode outward and break up into smaller ripples that spread yet further outward to constitute our "expanding universe". The latter would have its "space" enfolded within it as a special distinguished explicate and manifest order. (Bohm 1980)

    Suddenly we are a child of a universe which is only a local ripple in a large ocean of energy. The world suddenly seems much smaller and cozier than it was under the empty reaches of the Big Bang theorists.

    The next amazing idea that Bohm arrives at is the possible existence of a "life force" existing independently of the physical matter of the human body. In this he comes very close to what Rudolf Steiner calls a "life body" or "etheric body" which exists along with, but independent of our physical body. Bohm in 1980 wrote that "in its totality the holomovement includes the principle of life as well."

    While Pylkkänen seems uncomfortable with talking about life forces, Bohm seems clear and unambiguous in his belief that something more than inanimate matter is required if we are to have consciousness at all. Matter is no longer playing first violin when it comes to the music of life, even for physicists.

    The akashic record is a spiritual realm which holds a record of all events, actions, thoughts and feelings that have ever occurred. This is a realm from which clairvoyant seers such as Rudolf Steiner could obtain information. In ancient days, such abilities were common, but with the materialistic bent of the past 600 years, this ability has become rare. This next passage reveals that Bohm considered something like the akashic record to be feasible from his theory of the implicate order.

    [page 137] Bohm next brings out further ways in which the structure of reality is similar to the structure of consciousness:

    As with consciousness, each moment has a certain explicate order, and in addition it enfolds all the others, though in its own way. So the relationship of each moment in the whole to all the others is implied by its total content: the way in which it "holds" all the others enfolded within it. (Bohm 1980. p. 207)
    This suggests that something like "memory" has a very powerful metaphysical significance in Bohm's view. Each moment "remembers" the previous moments, and in this sense each moment enfolds the whole universe.

    The next item suggested by Bohm's theory is the appearance of ideas from out of the blue, totally new, into the present now. Something that cannot be predicted from earlier moments. This is redolent of the process of thought production in Rudolf Steiner's view. He sees the brain as the mechanism which communicates to others the results of ideas arriving at the brain from the spiritual world. This process was acknowledged by the ancients who still had access to the spiritual world -- they called the source of their inspiration, Muses or Genii. Our word "genius" is derived from the word Genii.

    [page 152] The key idea is that of "creative projection", the inception of new content into a sequence of moments. Such creativity in a given moment cannot be fully understood in terms of the previous moments.

    What's the matter with Bohm? For one thing, matter is not a substance to Bohm. How can that be? Look at the definition of the word "substance": "The traditional notion of a substance holds that a substance is ontologically independent in the sense that it can exist even if nothing else exists."

    Nearly a century has passed since the first ideas of Einstein about relativity and the puzzles of photo-electrical effects were published. It would be amazing if somehow the entire body of 19th-century classical physics had not been overturned long ago. And yet the antiquated thought-traces of classical physics have remained in the biological and psychological sciences up to the present day. David Bohm's work as popularized by Paavo Pylkkänen can serve notice to researchers and scientists in those fields of the existence of an implicate order where mind and matter are connected. Yes, Bohm's work may be called only a theory, but as Pylkkänen points out in his Introduction to Chapter 4, "Theory" derives from the Greek word theoria which means to "to view", and he invites us to "enjoy the show" — the new view — which Bohm's theory can provide for us. It may be only a show, but it's a Show-and-Tell Time for the world to wonder and ponder upon.

    Enjoyed the show so far? Read the entire Review for more information. If you're interested in David Bohm's work and want to learn more, Pylkkänen's book is a great place to start.

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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 Reads a Road Sign this Month:

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    This month the good Padre reads a Destiny At Work Sign along his Path.

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      Good morning, Bobby
      What a lovely newsletter — the flowers and pictures were so pretty. I enjoy the ones of you and Del moslty, ha! You both look so good and very happy. I am also jealous of your weather. It is cold and windy here, although the sun shines. I am so ready for springtime! Guess the basketball season is coming to a close here soon. I am still rooting for UK and UL of course. I am going to Atlanta for the regionals and hope UK does better there than they have recently.
      Take care and give Del a hug for me, Betty
    • EMAIL from Jane K. in Baton Rouge:
      Life is too busy! It has taken me awhile to take the time to start viewing the pictures from our trip. How nice of you to share with all of us. Thank you, and I hope you and Del are doing well.
    • EMAIL from Professor Dann of SUNY in Plattburgh, NY:
      Subject: thanks cobbler!

      It isn't even 8 AM yet, and your reviews have already helped me trismegistus! I've just written been inspired by your reporting of Steiner's "world boot" parable (from the Human & Cosmic Thought review) to hunt up some old shoe lasts from our ancient cobbler in Plattsburgh, and bring them (I should bring him too!) in to class this week. I have come at this "5 blind men" problem 100 ways all semester, and I don't think I could show it any more whimsically than this).
    • EMAIL from Paavo Pylkkänen in Sweden:
      Dear Bobby,

      Thanks very much for your supportive words below and the thoughtful review. One question: which book on Steiner would you recommend, as an introduction to his thinking.? (I've read his biography long ago, by Colin Wilson) very best Paavo

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