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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Dennis Weaver (1925 - 2006) ~~~~
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #076 Published June 1, 2007 ~~~
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Quote for the Busting-Out-All-Over Month of June:

Real isn’t how you are made, it’s something that happens to you.
Robin Williams, in movie "The Night Listener"quotes this from the book “Velveteen Rabbit.”

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Table of Contents

1. June's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for June
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen
6. Poem from Flowers of Shanidar:"Kaleidoscope"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for June:

8. Galley proofs of The Spizznet File arrived!
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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#1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
2006: Jan#061,Feb#062,Mar#063,Apr#064,May#065,Jun#066,Jul#067,Aug#068,Sep#069,Oct#06a,Nov#06b,Dec#06c
2007: Jan#071,Feb#072,Mar#073,Apr#074,May#075,Jun#076,Jul#077,Aug#078,Sep#079,Oct#07a,Nov#07b,Dec#07c
2008: Jan#081,Feb#082,Mar#083,Apr#084,May#085,Jun#086,Jul#087,Aug#088,Sep#089,Oct#08a,Nov#08b,Dec#08c
2009: Jan#091,Feb#092,Mar#093,Apr#094,May#095,Jun#096,Jul#097,Aug#098,Sep#099,Oct#09a,Nov#09b,Dec#09c
2010: Jan#101,Feb#102,Mar#103,Apr#104,May#105,Jun#106,Jul#107,Aug#108,Sep#109,Oct#10a,Nov#10b,Dec#10c
2011: Jan#111,Feb#112,Mar#113,Apr#114,May#115,Jun#116,Jul#117,Aug#118,Sep#119,Oct#11a,Nov#11b,Dec#11c
2012: Jan#121,Feb#122,Mar#123,Apr#124,May#125,Jun#126,Jul#127,Aug#128,Sep#129,Oct#12a,Nov#12b,Dec#12c
2013: Jan#131,Feb#132,Mar#133,Apr#134,May#135,Jun#136,Jul#137,Aug#138,Sep#139,Oct#13a,Nov#13b,Dec#13c
2014: Jan#141,Feb#142,Mar#143,Apr#144,May#145,Jun#146,Jul#147,Aug#148,Sep#149,Oct#14a,Nov#14b,Dec#14c
2015: Jan#151,Feb#152,Mar#153,Apr#154,May#155,Jun#156,Jul#157,Aug#158,Sep#159,Oct#15a,Nov#15b,Dec#15c
2016: Jan#161,Feb#162,Mar#163,Apr#164,May#165,Jun#166,Jul#167,Aug#168,Sep#169,Oct#16a,Nov#16b,Dec#16c
2017: Jan#171,Feb#172,Mar#173,Apr#174,May#175,Jun#176,Jul#177,Aug#178,Sep#179,Oct#17a,Nov#17b,Dec#17c
2018: Jan#181,Feb#182,Mar#183,Apr#184,May#185,Jun#186,Jul#187,Aug#188,Sep#189,Oct#18a,Nov#18b,Dec#18c
2019: Jan#191,Feb#192,Mar#193,Apr#194,May#195,Jun#196,Jul#197,Aug#198,Sep#199,Oct#19a

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1. June Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about A New Shape in Sports Tires.

#1 "A New Shape in Sports Tires" at

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

Laurie Prince in Canada

Ann Baker in Gretna, Louisiana

Congratulations, Laurie and Ann

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Out Our Way:

Henry V
This was my official year in the New Orleans Shakespeare Society and I got to read several parts from Nikki Berranger's abridged version of Henry V. And I got to use my Yale Shakespeare that I bought back in 1958 to discover the meaning of this phrase, "overlooking the grafters." According to the editor's note, it means "overtopping the parent grafting trees." It was part of an extended grapevine-grafting metaphor in an interchange between the French Constable and the Dauphin in Act III, Scene 5.

Rosie Harris was our guest to the performance and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Del certainly enjoyed having her along. Rosie could understand the French language in the play and could get even more fun out of that. It was a great night for everyone who remembers St. Crispin's Day.

When I showed Nikki Berranger, our Society's resident Shakespearean, my Henry V copy from my Yale Shakespeare set, he asked me who did the footnotes. I said I didn't know and he opened it, looked at the title page and found the editor to be R. J. Dorius, and he said he knew him. I asked him, "Do you mean you've read him or know him personally?" He said, "I went to Yale with him." That floored me. My 40 volume set of Yale Shakespeare was first published in 1918, but my revised edition in 1955. Each volume seems to have a different editor, so what's the chances that the Henry V editor would have been a college buddy of Nikki's?

The next night I made a large seafood gumbo, Del fixed a salad, and Rosie joined us for dinner and we got to talk about the great time we had the previous night at the Henry V play.

Hospital and Jazz Fest
One night Del spent at the hospital with our good friend, Sandra, who was recovering from a serious back operaton to weld two lumbar vertebrae together to eliminate her leg pain. She is doing much better as she progresses through the recovery from this serious operation.

This was a great Jazz Fest year for us. Del and I loved staying home away from the noise, crowds, queues, and folderol during the Jazz Fest and enjoying the house and grounds of our 50-week a year condo we call Timberlane! My only regret was that my four children and I couldn't be at the closing set to see and hear Harry Connick, Jr. do a reprise of the act we heard him do as an eleven-year-old boy back in 1977 in the Jazz Tent.

Digest Updates and Tiger Losses
I spent a lot of time this month preparing my early digests, which went out solely as emails, for conversion to .html and publication online for the first time. Took a lot of preparation and planning, especially for the earliest ones, Digests 1 through 30, which were done while the Digest format was evolving almost monthly. Since converting to .shtml format which allows Server-Side Includes, and a Frame format which allows easy Zooming in IE7, I have developed a new format which ensures that each Digest will look similar, and this new update will encompass all the existing Digests when completed. As of the end of May, I have done all the Digests from 1 through 17 and I expect the remainder to go a bit faster. As I update the early Digests which contained few or no photos, I am adding photos I took during the month the Digest was published. Good Readers who enjoy the photos and family members and friends who want to see if their mugs made it to the updated Digest can easily view them. This Digest, all updated Digests, and the Main Page of this website will contain an up-to-date Archived Digest List which you can use to click on any Digest. Below is what the Archives looks like and it is also clickable. The Archives below demonstrates what Server-Side Includes allow me to do. One line of code fills in the latest Archive in any webpage that I wish it to appear.

2000: INAUGURAL YEAR: Jun  #1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
2006: Jan#061,Feb#062,Mar#063,Apr#064,May#065,Jun#066,Jul#067,Aug#068,Sep#069,Oct#06a,Nov#06b,Dec#06c
2007: Jan#071,Feb#072,Mar#073,Apr#074,May#075,Jun#076,Jul#077,Aug#078,Sep#079,Oct#07a,Nov#07b,Dec#07c
2008: Jan#081,Feb#082,Mar#083,Apr#084,May#085,Jun#086,Jul#087,Aug#088,Sep#089,Oct#08a,Nov#08b,Dec#08c
2009: Jan#091,Feb#092,Mar#093,Apr#094,May#095,Jun#096,Jul#097,Aug#098,Sep#099,Oct#09a,Nov#09b,Dec#09c
2010: Jan#101,Feb#102,Mar#103,Apr#104,May#105,Jun#106,Jul#107,Aug#108,Sep#109,Oct#10a,Nov#10b,Dec#10c
2011: Jan#111,Feb#112,Mar#113,Apr#114,May#115,Jun#116,Jul#117,Aug#118,Sep#119,Oct#11a,Nov#11b,Dec#11c
2012: Jan#121,Feb#122,Mar#123,Apr#124,May#125,Jun#126,Jul#127,Aug#128,Sep#129,Oct#12a,Nov#12b,Dec#12c
2013: Jan#131,Feb#132,Mar#133,Apr#134,May#135,Jun#136,Jul#137,Aug#138,Sep#139,Oct#13a,Nov#13b,Dec#13c
2014: Jan#141,Feb#142,Mar#143,Apr#144,May#145,Jun#146,Jul#147,Aug#148,Sep#149,Oct#14a,Nov#14b,Dec#14c
2015: Jan#151,Feb#152,Mar#153,Apr#154,May#155,Jun#156,Jul#157,Aug#158,Sep#159,Oct#15a,Nov#15b,Dec#15c
2016: Jan#161,Feb#162,Mar#163,Apr#164,May#165,Jun#166,Jul#167,Aug#168,Sep#169,Oct#16a,Nov#16b,Dec#16c
2017: Jan#171,Feb#172,Mar#173,Apr#174,May#175,Jun#176,Jul#177,Aug#178,Sep#179,Oct#17a,Nov#17b,Dec#17c
2018: Jan#181,Feb#182,Mar#183,Apr#184,May#185,Jun#186,Jul#187,Aug#188,Sep#189,Oct#18a,Nov#18b,Dec#18c
2019: Jan#191,Feb#192,Mar#193,Apr#194,May#195,Jun#196,Jul#197,Aug#198,Sep#199,Oct#19a

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There was a minor setback to my plans to update all the Digests in the next couple of weeks: my LSU Tigers didn't make it to either the SEC Baseball championship round or to the NCAA Regionals. First time since Skip Bertman's first year as coach when he was left with a team arguably as undermanned as Paul Manieri was left by his predecessor. This reminds me of a story about predecessors. Seems a new manager found two envelopes in his desk left to him by his predecessor. The first one said on the outside, "If in six months you're having problems and don't know what to do, OPEN ME." The second one was similar, "If in six more months, you're still having problems, OPEN ME." He left the envelopes in his desk unopened and forgot about them. Until, you guessed it, in six months he was having all manners of problems and didn't know where to turn. He opened envelope 1 and a short note inside said, "Blame everything on your predecessor." He brightened up and followed the instructions, and like magic things began improve around the office. Morale was up, productivity was up, and his boss was happy with him again. Any reader of mystery novels will know the other envelope has to be opened, right? Sure enough, about six months or so later, our intrepid manager was in deeper trouble than ever before and didn't know where to turn for help. One night, working late in his office, he was looking for a refill for his ballpoint pen and found Envelope #2. He opened it up and found this short note inside, "Make out 2 Envelopes". In college baseball, the cycle is more like years for each envelope, but from the output of those understaffed Tigers who were in the hunt until they got swept by the No. 1 team in the country, Manieri has made a great start on the way to LSU's return to baseball prominence.

What does this baseball stuff have to do with my upgrading my Digests? Good question. Glad you asked, because I almost forgot that part. After the initial design for the upgrade was completed, the modifications are relatively "mind-in-neutral" work as Hal Becker called it when he assigned me work that he knew was below my capability, but which he needed me to do for him. With my two screen LCDs on my PC desktop, I can watch LSU baseball on the left screen while getting such mindless but necessary work on my website done. Alas, the Tigers have finished their season early and our May weather has been the coolest and prettiest I can ever recall. Maybe it's the start of global cooling again after a 30 year warming period. Anyway the combination of no baseball and cool weather has sent me outside away from my desktop, and even with that, I've managed to get the first 17 or so Digests updated.

In addition to the Tigers losing a chance at the College World Series this year, there was one Tiger who won't get a chance to see another game or LSU fan again, Mike V, our intrepid 17-year-old Bengal Tiger mascot, who died the last week of May. Given that the average lifetime of a Bengal tiger in the wild is only 10 to 11 years, it's easy to see that being LSU's mascot is a life-extending proposition that no sane human being could be opposed to. Certainly no LSU fan nor resident of the State of Louisiana, except perhaps some disgruntled Tulane fans. I'm currently reading the Life of Pi and have developed a new appreciation for what zoos do to help keep animals alive. Pi, the narrator, who grew up living next door to his father's zoo, compared living in a zoo for animal as the human equivalent of living at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel with a lifetime of free room and board. For Mike VI in the newly built enclosure and grounds, his life could be compared to living like a Caesar in a Roman palace and grounds. Everything but the nubile females running around.

Covington, Pelican Park, and Houmas House
Mother's Day weekend was a busy one for us. First thing we went to Gretna Art Walk and Farmer's Market. Didn't buy anything, but saw a guy we know from St. Joseph's Church with his daughter Emerson. We've said hello to her since she was a baby, and now she's walking around outside her stroller. I took a photo and her and her with her dad. I asked the dad his name, as we always talk to and about Emerson, but I don't think if we'd ever gotten the parents names before. Their names are Chip and Shannon, and Chip said that happens a lot, people talking to Emerson and not to him.

After the Gretna market, we left for Covington. Ate at Vic-n-Natly's Restaurant in old Covington. It is the only restaurant I've been in that spelled "mynez" correctly on the menu. I had some on my oyster po-boy which was the first one I've had with three extra oysters off the bread, and of course dressed with tomato, lettuce, and mynez. We found several items of interest for our gardens at Timberlane at antique stores. We got to Smith's and Sons General Merchantile just as it was closing. A fully stocked General Store in its original meaning. Everything including the kitchen sink. Much closer to us than Kaffe-Friederichs in Natchitoches. I did a quick walk through and discovered he sold metal kerosene lanterns. I have two Dietz lanterns which fell down and broke both their glass covers and the owner said he may have replacements. Del and I vowed to go back there again for a closer look and with one of the lanterns in my trunk to ensure the glass fits.

Then we motored a few miles down to Pelican Park where our grandson Sam Hatchett was playing baseball for the Yankees. The last grandson game I saw was in Alexandria, a four hour plus drive and Weslee Gralapp had been playing Centerfield and dropped a fly ball and was taken out of the game in the second inning and we arrived in the third inning. We had better luck, slightly, with Sam's game. Got there in the first and watched several innings until Sam was moved to pitcher and was summarily tossed out of the game for talking back to the umpire who kept telling him to pitch and he was used to waiting for the batter to enter the batter's box. His team ended up winning the game, but his team mates were talking to each other close to where I was sitting, and it seemed that they were ready to walk off the field if Sam didn't return.

The next day was Mother's Day and our son John Hatchett invited me and Del to dinner at Houmas House in Burnside, Louisiana, my first trip there. This is an Antebellum Plantation which was originally a land grant to the Houmas Indians which was sold to the man who built the large home there. I told several people that I was born in Houma, but I didn't know that they had a house. No one seemed to notice the play on words. (Houma, Louisiana is an oilfield town in southern Louisiana, named after the indigenous Houmas Indians, where both my grandparents lived, and where I was born along Bayou Cane on the road from Houma to Schriever.) The food was delicious and we enjoyed the company. The grounds are gorgeous and I got a lot photos of the various gardens and buildings, some of which looked similar to French Quarter buildings in New Orleans.

Escapes to Galveston
Our Orange Beach Escapes week was washed out several years ago by Hurricane Ivan and we were given in exchange a week in the Escapes condominium on the beach in Galveston. With the intervention of Katrina, we got another year extension and this was the take it or leave it time for us. We arranged for our Texas-bound daughters, Carla and Yvette to meet us at the condo for some beach and grandkids time together. We left on Thursday and stopped by to visit my dad, Buster, along the way. He's doing great. Says to tell folks who ask about him that he's "hanging in there!" He'll be 90 on September 29 this fall. From Mimosa Park we drove to Convent to Hymel's Restaurant. But first we stopped at the St. James Parish Courthouse so that I could drop in to say Hi to Dale Hymel, the president of St. James Parish. About 27 years ago, he was Parish Treasurer when I helped him implement his new computer and fund accounting system. He wasn't in, so I left a message. Then we drove up the road to the restaurant that is a Louisiana original. A gas station, fishing shop, barroom and restaurant combined into one. We ate here several times a week for the year or so I worked in Convent as a consultant for PKF, driving that long drive every day and looking forward to the whole speckled trout with the head on for lunch at Hymel's. Del had never been there before, so we scheduled our drive to Houston to coincide with lunch at Hymel's. All I had to do to describe to her what Hymel's was like in 1980 was to say, "Look around." Nothing had changed. Oh, well, yes, the speckled trout used to be $5.95 and now it was $9.95. Still the best deal in the state for the dish, no doubt. If you could find it elsewhere, which I doubt. The corn and shrimp soup was the same as well. Not a spot of paint had been added to the walls, the butcher paper on the tables hadn't changed, only the prices and the waitresses. A blue-collar clientele appreciated the good food and no nonsense decor and great service.

We arrived at our daughter Yvette Clark's house in Bellaire about 4 pm or so. Easy drive. She called to tell me to avoid the 59 Expressway as there had been a transformer which blew up and was blocking traffic. Our son-in-law, Greg Clark, had actually been passing nearby and saw the huge smoke-filled explosion earlier. Yvette prepared some salmon and spinach dish for us and we enjoyed a meal with our two grandkids, Aidan and Evelyn, who afterwards wanted me to move our car so they could shoot hoops using their brand new basketball goal in the driveway. Later we played Pay Me! with Yvette and Greg and Kent and Reyna. Don't remember who won, but I seem to recall that Greg had a lot of Pay Me's.

The next morning we got up late and then joined Yvette for lunch with her long-time friend Lenore and her daughter Grace. We had a taco at the Taco Milagro. Great outdoor tables on a preternaturally beautiful day in May along the Gulf Coast. Cool and dry hardly goes together with May weather this far south, up until now. Must be that Global Cooling which has just started. What next? Icebergs in the Mississippi River?

We left about 2 to drive to Galveston and were checked in and unpacking about 3:30 when daughter Carla Tucker and her new friend Patrick showed up. Pat and I put up my portable hammock (Thanks, Wes!) and canopy on the edge of the beach. We sat and enjoyed the waves and each other. Within 15 minutes, I had talked longer to Pat than I did in seven years to Carla's previous husband. Pat teaches economics and tennis. But luckily doesn't want to talk about either exclusively. Patrick asks great questions and we discussed doyletics, economics, freedom, and lots of other things like, "Do you still use your physics?" Yes, I said and explained how everything began with physics and I have built my studies upon it. I gave him a thumbnail of how the world evolved according to Rudolf Steiner and he listened and absorbed the whole thing. Gotta like a guy like that. We avoided heavy subjects like who's going to win "Dancing with the Stars", whatever that is. I suppose it must be a new Star Trek reality show spinoff. We had dinner at Willie G's on The Strand of Old Galveston and Pat and I talked for three hours while Del and Carla talked with each other. With no kids to interrupt Carla every 37 seconds, extended conversations were possible for the guys and the gals, and from what I hear, the girls enjoyed their time as much as we guys did.

On the Beach with Grandkids
The next day was Saturday and Yvette and Greg arrived with Aidan and Evelyn (6 and 9) and joined us four on the beach for sun and fun in the surf. The water was all white caps and made for good boogie boarding. The air was cool and dry and at times, required covering with a sweater or towel to be comfortable under the canopy. As a result I spent more time in the sun than I planned and have a pinkish face turning tan to show for it. But it was all fun, whether just sitting and enjoying the breeze or shooshing with the waves in the surf.

We got up late and had a late breakfast at Denny's with Carla and Pat, and then we all went to Kroger's for food. Yvette called while we were at the grocery and we met them back at Escapes as we unloaded car.

We all went out to the beach. We read the morning Houston Globe which Pat had bough, and then Carla started on the Crossword, the toughest of the week, Pat said. Doing that puzzle consumed much of the time for the rest of the day with each of us contributing to the solution. It started off very slow, Del could get only one word, Carla one word, and I gave it my best shot. I couldn't get more than a lower right corner done, so we kept passing it around. Near dusk, we had done it all except one stupid square which required us to know the autobiographer of "A Lonely Rage." Aeare was the closest we could guess. After everyone left, I gave in and Google'd "Autobiographer Lonely Rage" and found Bobby Seale. So it was "Seale" and "Halest" was the answer to the clue 'least frail.'

After Carla and Pat left, Yvette and Greg left the kids with us to grab dinner down the road.

Rainforest Café
On Sunday morning, we went out to beach and it was cold. I covered myself with the large beach towels and it was comfortable. I did get a little sun on my left side to balance what I had gotten on my right side earlier yesterday afternoon. Then I got into shade. As I walked out to the beach, my six-year-old grandson Aidan followed me giving me a full description of the Rain Forest Café, all of what he said made me want to stay away from it as far as possible, but I knew that I'd go along because he wanted to so desperately . So we went to the Rain Forest and pretended to enjoy their Plastic City. Everything was made of plastic: the table, the leaves hanging down, the large snake which slithered down the tree to flash its tongue at Del, the animated alligator in the pool, the plants in the pool, the gorillas, the large elephants which roared — only the fish in the large tank by our table were live, saltwater fish, like the Blue Tang from Australia! Hallelujah! I took a lot of photos of the fish and none of the stupid gorillas and elephants.

The food was okay, but the service was abysmally bad. On a scale of 1 to 10, a -5. Explanations instead food. Kids got theirs right away, OK. I got my clam chowder fairly soon, but only after someone tried to drop a large appetizer plate on our table that we never ordered. Less than a minute later, they tried to deliver five pizzas to our table, and a minute later when the chowder delivery came, I almost sent them away!

Then Greg, Del and I got service and Yvette was left hanging, even though she had ordered exactly the same salad that Del did. took hours to get out of that place after taking an hour to get seated. When we arrived they took our name and we waited. Then they actually called our name saying our table was ready, but we had to stand in line for as long as we had already waited to get seated! ! ! What's wrong with this picture? Dare we say, blatant stupidity? To treat customers that badly. Better to have left us being tempted to buy things for another 15 minutes in the shop instead of standing in locked step wondering if we would ever get to sit down and actually eat.

The worst part was the Volcano, the obscenely large ice cream and chocolate concoction enough to feed the whole table. It was Aidan's request and yet, he barely ate any. But he managed to scoff up all the whipped cream for himself, after which he declared that he was full. Del had some of the volcano and I simply watched them enjoy eating it. Told Greg, "I love ice cream but it isn't on my diet." Once a month at the most, I'll allow myself to have some. I'm Greg's size now, but I can't eat the way he does and stay that size.

Del Leads a Child Speed Trace
One more thing about the Rain Forest lunch. The storm with the loud noises and lightning scared Evelyn. Yvette told me about it. She even told us at the table that it probably happened when Evelyn was a babe in arms of about 5 months and they took her to a baseball game at which she became frightened and cried a lot. I watched as Evelyn was scared while waiting and kept trying to get away from me to hold onto her mother. Later while seated Evelyn was between Del and Aidan and across the table from her mother. The noise went off and she became scared. I immediately suggested to Del that she lead Evelyn through a child's speed trace. She did and after leading her to below birth, Evelyn seemed relieved and the noise was soon over. The real test came when the noise started up again and Evelyn appeared to enjoy the noise. Both Yvette and Greg seemed a little amazed. I explained to Greg what Del had done and how it worked. Del had never assisted a child doing a speed trace before, but she reads all of my stuff and simply followed the instructions I have posted on the website here:

Del said to Evelyn, "You're nine and you're scared right now, aren't you?" Evelyn nodded yes, and held tightly unto Del. Then she said, "Were you scared like this when you were 8?" Same response. "And when you were 7, were you frightened then?" Yes. "How about when you were 6?" Yes and so on down the Time Marks of 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, All the same nod and holding fast to Granma.

When she got to age one, Del said, "When you were really little and you were 1, were you scared then?" Yes. "And how about when you were a really little baby only 6 months old, did you feel the same way then? Still the same nod and still holding fast to Granma.

Then Del asked "Were you scared like this before you were born?" Evelyn relaxed her grip and shook her head, "No." The noise was nearly over after that but for the few remaining seconds Evelyn's whole physiology had relaxed, she was smiling, and no longer holding onto her Granma's arm.

Everyone went back to eating the Volcano dessert. About 15 minutes later the next thunderstorm began to fill the place with thunder, lightening and floor thumping, Del and I both looked at Evelyn and she had her eyes wide-open, looking all around and taking in the experience of the thunderstorm. No holding onto Del or anyone else. It was Evelyn's first chance to observe the thunderstorm effects because she could keep her eyes open and look around and doing so, she actually seemed to enjoy the storm.

Alone At Last
Had the usual problem with the cursor jumping unexpectedly on Del's DELL Laptop. Since it was the only computer we brought, I decided to fix it once and for all. So I went into debug mode. I soon noticed that while I'm typing the Touch Pad seemed to interpret the impact of my fingers as a tap on the Left Touch Pad button and that was the cause of the apparently random cursor movement. I tried to change the sensitivity, but no Touch Pad showed on the Mouse options of the Control Panel, only a PS/2 mouse. Added the Optical Intelli-Mouse I was using instead of the Touch Pad, and then removed the bogus PS/2 mouse. Two reboots later, guess what? I could see the Touch Pad on the Control Panel, and was able to adjust the sensitivity settings very low. That solved the problem. No spurious Touch Pad activations screwing up my typing. Imagine typing on a typewriter and having the next key stroke jump up two lines and begin typing over what was there until you looked back at the page. If you're a blind typist as I am, you know how much havoc that can cause. The only way to prevent the havoc is look at the page after every key stroke, and that would be sheer torture.

Del and I had all day Monday to ourselves. We went shopping in old Galveston on The Strand. Lovely old buildings there and quaint shops. My favorite was the Admiral which had a large collection of lighthouse replicas. I would have bought one but there were too many to choose from. We did buy a glass globe with sand and sea shells in it. You could roll the globe in your hand until the perfect arrangement appeared and then set it on your desk as a paperweight. The tiny starfish and colorful shells looked lovely sitting on the top of the sand. For lunch we motored back to the seawall to Landry's Restaurant for some crawfish étouffée in an elegant surrounding and view of the sea.

The Carla Convergence
Tuesday was the Carla convergence — our daughter Carla came from the East end of the island over the ferry and our friend Carla from Corpus Christi came with her husband Chris from the West end of the island. We went out to the beach with Chris and Carla, the first arrivals, for some boogie boarding and enjoying the cool breezes until our daughter Carla showed up with our other two grandkids, Molly (9) and Garret (6). They enjoyed us and the beach. I took a movie clip of those two in the surf with their boogie boards and they started running back to the beach towards us so I kept the camera running. I focused on Molly and suddenly she seemed to change into Carla as she got closer. The effect was so realistic, I had to move my gaze from the camera to look at my daughter sitting under the canopy to my right to make sure that was her daughter, not her in my camera. Looking at Molly face on, she resembles Carla, but at the 45-degree angle in the camera's screen, she looked exactly like Carla did at her age.

About dusk, everyone piled into Carla's Honda van for supper at Joe's Crab Shack on the seawall. The kids had a great time playing with Granma while Chris and I and the two Carlas talked at the table. The food was great too, with coconut shrimp, crab cake and mahi-mahi sandwiches for the adults and cheeseburger and pizzas for Molly and Garret to share. When we got back to our beach cabin, Carla asked if she and Molly could watch the last few minutes of some reality show involving dancing in the master bedroom. I said sure and those few minutes extended to over two hours and had everyone laying on the king-sized bed, three ladies and two kids watching the final show of the season, grand finale, I gather, while Chris and I talked on the balcony watching the waves roll in, listening to the surf, while the fading sunset darkened the sky. The end of another perfect day at the beach.

The next morning Chris helped me put the cover back on the canopy and we spent most of the morning on the beach until we had lunch, sandwiches and a delicious fruit salad by Del, back in our apartment on the third floor. We said goodbye to Chris and Carla and promised to make them part of our clan for future trips to the beach. After they left Carla and her two played on the beach until late afternoon when they left to return home to Beaumont where Molly was to have her end of the year party at school the next day. We decided to dress and go to a movie, but by the time we found the cinema on the seawall, the next movie we wanted to see didn't start for an hour, so we decided to take a drive-by look at Moody Gardens with the three large pyramids that we'd seen from the seawall. It was closed, of course, but we got an idea of the place by driving by it.

Home Again to our 50-Week a Year Condo: Timberlane
We had by this time made the decision that we had had as much fun as we could stand and to leave a day early to return home. So Thursday morning we packed up and motored home over the ferry to Bolivar Peninsula, then Beaumont to Lake Charles where we stopped for a couple of crawfish pistolettes at Steamboat Bill's. Then we drove home the rest of the way, stopping only for a change of drivers and an apple streusel ala mode treat at Cracker Barrel Restaurant along I-10. We looked forward to a normal night at home in the Timberlane Screening Room with five NetFlix DVD movies to choose from. Our fare for the evening was a foreign film, "Lucia" — an amazing portrayal of a novelist and his girl friend Lucia who comes into his life as he is in the throes of completing a novel about an island. Soon the events of the novel intertwine with his life and Lucia. Spectacular scenery, tender love scenes, and a puzzle to be solved.

We had a message from our friend Cynthia that she had been laid off and we had to call her and get the details. She worked in the same field as Del and wanted to check over some possibilities for her next job. On Sunday we met our son, Jim Hatchett, at Houston's Restaurant in Metairie for a belated Mother's Day lunch treat. He had come in from Beaumont for another event and wanted to spend time with his mom since he missed her on Mother's Day. We got all caught up with his work and personal life. His kids: Amanda's car and college prospects, Kirt's soap box derby, Jim's Sears Craftsman lawnmower with a broken starter, and his wife Gina's job. This was the first time in a long time Jim had come to New Orleans alone, but Gina had to stay to take Kirt to the final game of his baseball season.

The last day of the month we have a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon of the month. We are going to an elegant dinner at our club that night to close out another full month of friends, family, and fun. To all our friends and family reading this Personal Notes, we wish you a fun and happy summer till next month when, God willing, we will meet you again in these pages with more photos, stories, cartoons, and good reading.


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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.):
“Queen” (2006) Tens second as Queen as it was clear that Helen Mirren deserved an Academy Award. She turned to look at the screen and we knew! A gripping inside look at the Royal family — their fun, foibles, and mis-fortunes — and Tony Blair as new PM dealing with Lady Di’s death and the public non-reaction of the family.A DON’T MISS HIT ! ! !
“Mostly Martha” (2002) cooks, but if you don’t like what she cooked for you, she may pull the tablecloth off your table. Until her newly orphaned niece, Lina, moves in with her and turns the tables on Martha. Don’t watch this movie on an empty stomach or the sights of delicious and beautiful food will drive you crazy. A DON’T MISS HIT ! ! !
“Music and Lyrics” (2006) is what Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore go together like. He composes the music and his fill-in plant waterer appears to rescue him with lyrics on a tight schedule. A marvelous chick flick with a minimum of ick. A DON’T MISS HIT! !
“Sex & Lucia” (2002) An amazing portrayal of a novelist and his girl friend Lucia who comes into his life as he is in the throes of completing a novel about an island. Soon the events of the novel intertwine with his life and Lucia. Put the kids to bed before watching this one. A DON’T MISS HIT!
“Kolya” (1996) is a young boy about 4 whose mother marries an aging cellist in Prague in order to escape from Russia with her new papers and passport. The grandmother dies and the cellist as the official father gets more than the 20,000 to buy his car, he gets a son, and reluctantly takes care of him and fits him into his bachelored life style. A marvelous look at life in the year before the “Velvet Revolution” returned Czeche Republic to an independent democracy.
“Holiday” (2006) A chick flick without the “ick”. Two gals (Diaz and Winslet) switch homes for Christmas between Surrey in England and Hollywood in California. Along the way they shed their ex’s and find new freedom and new loves (Jack Black and Jude Law) to carry forward their lives.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor” (1982) BBC version with Ben Kingsley and Judy Davis was a hoot. Written by Shakespeare at the request of the Queen for another play with Falstaff in it, the ladies of this play gives Falstaff a triple-bad time.
“The Girl with the Pearl Earring” (2003) Anyone who wants to watch this film should view the original painting by Vermeer first, so they can appreciate how the painting unfolds during the course of this fine movie devoted to the subtext of the painting.
“Dead of Winter” (1987) Not only does this thriller take place during a frigid winter, but there’s another meaning in the title. Mary Steenburgen gets to meet her twins and it’s not a friendly meeting at all.
“Forever Lulu” (2000) with Melanie Griffith as crazy Lulu, the mental patient, who takes Ben (Patrick Swayze) on one more trip with the top down to meet their son whom Ben didn’t know existed and Lulu hadn’t seen since birth. A 16th birthday surprise: “Here are your birth parents.” Can crazy Lulu become family therapist for Ben and his psychiatrist wife?
“Step into Liquid” (2003) a documentary about surfing by Dana Brown. Spectacular 60' high waves and insights into the people who devote their lives to loving those waves, risking life and limb every time they “step into liquid”. Footage of tow-surfing which takes surfers out to waves not reachable by swimming. A sport that makes golf look like a walk in the park.
“Gothika” (2003) Halle Berry as a mental ward psychiatrist who by a twist of fate becomes an inmate in the same ward and gets to hear her own advice used upon her. Is she crazy or not? This question remains for most of this gripping and spine-tingling movie.
“Letters from Iwo Jima” (2007) Eastwood did a fine job directing this Japanese version of “Saving Private Baker” where a young baker strives to survive the carnage of the US invasion of the small island.
“Still Breathing” (1997) A chick flick with Brendan Fraser as a country boy whose dreams a woman invades and who goes on a quest to Taiwan to find her. But a funny thing happens to him in a café in Los Angeles and thereupon hangs a tale about the country boy and the city girl when the twain meet, split, and so on. A lot of still breathing in this one . . .

Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

“The Good German” (2006) was a bad movie. Even Clooney and Blanchet couldn’t raise to the level of mediocrity.
“Flirting with Disaster” (1996) is more than a movie title — it is a warning: Stomp this DVD NOW! ! !
“Humanite” (1998) was inhumanely long and S L O W. Like watching dust collect. Brutal murder and the police detective spends the 2.5 hour movie wandering around in a daze, staring in the distance, interviewing people who don’t answer questions, and in the end is surprised when out of the blue, it’s simply announced that the murderer was found. A random walk through a crime scene, gratuitous scenes of sex acts, and lots of staring into space. And they wasted film and my time watching it. Don’t waste yours! A DVD STOMPER! ! !
“Night Watch” (2005) is meant to be watched neither at Night nor in Day light, but smashed underfoot as soon as you pull the DVD from its slimy and bloody sleeve. Russian sci-fi horror flick with un-special effects designed to get you to throw up. So we had a projectile regurgitation and ejected the DVD before the second act. A DVD STOMPER! ! !

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

“Prisoner of the Mountains” (1996) is what our Russian heroes were after they were taken captive by a Chechen officer who wanted to exchange them for his son held in prison by the Commandant. Shackled together they came to know and care about their captors. Their bodies may escape but their hearts will always be held captive by the people of the mountains.
“Time and Again” (2007) this woman goes into a sideways warp of time and each time things get a little more dicey. Will she discover the cause of the warps and get off the merry-go-around for good?
“Trekkies” (1999) are followers of Star Trek, but Trekkers are serious advocates who may even wear Star Fleet uniforms to sit on a jury trial as one did for the White Water Trial. Fun and insightful look behind the scenes of the various Trek productions: Star Trek, New Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. Mr. Spock aka Leonard Nimoy seemed truly perplexed by the fan phenomena which Roddenberry and crew have spawned. Every weekend, there is a Star Trek Convention somewhere in the world.
“The Rundown” (2003) The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is sent to run down the mouthy Runt in an Amazon rainforest which is full of the thugs of Chris Walken who is full of himself. An unlikely ping pong match in which The Rock is the ping pong ball is followed by the Rock & Runt’s rock & roll down a mountainside, and ADHDs on ATVs chasing the rolling stones, and the Golden Cat. Gato avoid this movie, but if you can’t, it’s Your Call. Don’t blame me if you feel rundown yourself when you’re done with this one.
“Dad and Them” (2001) is an interesting film written and directed by Billy Bob Thorton. We only watched the last half of it, but were grabbed by the portrayals by Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Andy Griffith, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck among others.
"The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) gives us an inside look behind the headlines of twenty years earlier when an obscure girlie magazine zoomed past Playboy and Penthouse with its gross photos and tasteless humor. Through three public trials, imprisonment, an assassination attempt, and losing his wife, Flynt keeps driving the vehicle of Hustler which no one else quite knew how to do as he does. Kids to be for this one.

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A woman walked up to a very elderly looking Boudreaux rocking in a chair on his porch.

"I couldn't help noticing how happy you look for your age." she said. "What's your secret for having lived such a long happy life?"

Boudreaux tells her, "Mais, Ah donna 'bout dat. Ah smoke three packs of cigarettes a day, Ah drink a case of whiskey a week, eat lots of andouille sausage, and never exercise."

"That's amazing," the woman said. "How old are you anyway?"

Boudreaux replied, "Twenty six!"

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Leeks Mushroom Rice Dressing

This is an excellent way to use up fresh mushrooms which are nearing the end of their shelf life in the fridge. Bobby Jeaux calls this "Vegetable Triage" whenever he creates a dish to salvage some good ingredient that would otherwise spoil if not used up quickly. Onions may substituted for the leeks, but try it with leeks to enjoy the subtle flavor they add to any dish. Worcestershire Sauce can be omitted. Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce gives it a rich dark look and that can be replaced by Soy Sauce.


Two leeks (onions may be substituted)
8 to 16 oz of fresh mushrooms (chopped, Click to see Mushrooms and Leeks chopped)

1 to 2 cups of wild rice/long grain rice mixture, already cooked, leftover or frozen (See Recipe.)
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
Sprinkle of Garlic powder
Sprinkle of Tony Chachere's Classic Cajun Seasoning
Sprinkle of Season-All seasoned salt
1 tbsp of chopped garlic
Bertolli’s Extra Lite Olive Oil, enough to cover frying pan bottom

1 tbsp of Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce
Sea Salt and Malabar Black Pepper (season to taste, use less salt if Soy Sauce is used)

Microwave the frozen rice mixture in a covered bowl. Keep top on to hold moisture in the rice. Chop leeks and sauté them with chopped garlic in the olive oil till translucent. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook on Medium Heat for at least ten minutes. Add rice into frying pan and stir. Cook another 10 minutes on Low Heat. Season to taste. Should look like this when ready for sauce. Mix sauce by adding a cup of water in a separate cup or bowl, add the Worcestershire Sauce and the Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce. Pour sauce into pot. Stir pot ingredients. Keep on low heat till ready to serve.

Serve immediately. Makes excellent side dish for four or a main dish for two.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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A reflection of a reflection of a reflection
       Creates a unity
A mandala wrapped around reality.

All the world's a kaleidoscope,
       Come and take a peep.
       Watch the players dancing to and fro,
       They seem to disappear,
And in their place a flower blooms,
       The petals flowing open.

The lotus opens in my heart
       And in my family
And by reflection on reflection in the heart of Humanity.

So turn the tube just as you learned
You are the turner and the turned.

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

1.) ARJ2: The Inner Nature of Man and the Life Between Death and a New Birth, GA#153, 6 Lectures in Vienna, April 9-14, 1914 by Rudolf Steiner

Science considers the objects of perception as belonging to the physical world which exists outside of us, but there is a component of perception which is part of our inner nature, and Steiner rightly starts there, explaining this seeming paradox. In addition to thinking, feeling, and willing, we have also the traces which our perceiving of the material world leaves inside of us. We as human beings think upon things not just perceive them, and the things we perceive may generate feelings of pleasure or pain in us, but our primary value to the world comes when we act upon things in the world as willing human beings. Adding these together we find the four realms of our soul.

The first two of these realms, Perceptions and Thought, have a connection with the outside world. With perception that aspect is obvious, but with thought, Steiner tells us, "we become aware that also with respect to thought we may have the feeling that we must not be satisfied if this thought merely stirs and dies down again within itself; thoughts only have an ultimate value when they represent within us something which is objective, something that is outside us. Our reflections would give us no satisfaction if through them we could not experience something about the outer world."

The second two realms, Feeling and Will, we find are more closely connected to our inner nature. A thought or perception we could share with one another, but a feeling, such as one we might have in front of a work of art, we may be unable to share with another person.

This is the reason that we most enjoy a companion with whom we share an interior life. We perceive a similarity in them as to how we ourselves feel inwardly about the world.

[page 14] When in the case of feeling we are able to rejoice in finding a companion in life who, in a purely inward, subjective manner, has arrived at a similar standpoint of feeling as ourselves, one who, through feeling, can so interiorize certain refinements in the external world that he has an understanding which is independent of and yet connected with us, we feel that our life is enhanced by such companionship.

In this series of lectures, the first two end with the phrase Ex Deo Nascimur (out of God we are born), the next two end with In Christ Morimur (in Christ we die), and the last two with Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus (out of the Holy Spirit, we are reborn). Steiner ends Lecture 1 with this passage:

[page 25] . . . if we wish to understand man, we cannot do so otherwise than by recognizing that the whole is born from out Divine-Spirituality. When we consider him and observe how his feelings flow into his muscular activity and how Divine-Spirituality, the Cosmos, enters into his bones, how the whole universe lives in the movement of his bones and the whole planetary system lives in the contraction, expansion and relaxation of his muscles, when we ponder on this and feel it deeply, we can say with full understanding: Of a truth man is born from God: Ex Deo Nascimur.

The entering of the Christ into human nature was a voluntary act by the Christ and this deed was called by Steiner the Mystery (or Deed) of Golgotha because the deed culminated when the blood of Christ Jesus dropped from the cross on Golgotha and entered the Earth . With the background provided by Steiner in these lectures, we come to understand the Latin phrase, In Christo Morimur, (In Christ We Die).

[page 56] Into Christ we let sink the death-content which is present with every perception; into Him we allow the darkening of our power of thought to sink. Into the light, into the spiritual sunlight of Christ we send our darkened thoughts, and when we pass through the portal of death, our unborn feeling sinks within the substance of Christ and so too does our unborn will. When we understand evolution aright we say to this evolution: In Christ we die — In Christo Morimur.

In the time between death and a new birth, when we finally reach the Midnight Hour of our soul, the Christ to which we died and which has brought us so far is replaced by the Holy Ghost as we proceed on to the time when we will be born into a new body.

[92, 93] In Christ we have died; through the Spirit, through the bodiless Spirit for which the technical expression Holy Ghost is used, i.e., the Spirit that lives without a body — (for this is meant by the word Holy, namely, a spirit without the weakness of one that lives in the body) — through this Spirit we are reawakened at the Midnight of the World. At the World-Midnight we are awakened by the Holy Ghost: Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus.

The sixth and final lecture deals with our time in the spiritual world when we have passed the Midnight of our soul. We have two options when we consider some past satisfaction or enjoyment in our previous life: we can use it as a power to accomplish something or we can simply refresh ourselves. Steiner urges us to do the former as the latter will cause us to suffocate spiritually. Our attitude towards enjoyment or satisfaction here on the physical plane must be tempered by a feeling of gratitude and thankfulness as our expression of the debt we owe to the spiritual powers of the universe.

Steiner compares those who hear his lectures to those seeds. Some of them go away laughing at what they perceive to be foolish ideas and fancies. Those who laugh the loudest are like the seeds which fall upon rocks and die without bearing any seeds in this lifetime. But human beings are not plants which if they die in seed form are gone forever. Humans return in a succeeding lifetime so that they may succeed at the very ideas that they scoffed at in a previous lifetime. This is a most encouraging law of the spiritual world, is it not?

Steiner mentioned that Christ had to enter the Earth at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha, and now he reveals why. Humans had reached a position during the period after the Midnight Hour of their souls where they would have forgotten that they were an "I" in their previous lifetimes. Human beings would have died never to return to physical existence beginning with the time of 33 A. D. but for Christ's Deed on Golgotha.

[page 107] If the Christ-impulse had not entered the earth, an interruption would have occurred, a break, in the middle of the period between death and rebirth which would have made our existence inharmonious. . . . Even at the present time, it is necessary that man should experience during his earthly life not merely what is absolutely necessary regarding Christ, but that the Christ-impulse should enter into his soul as a mightier impulse, so that it will sweep him rapidly beyond the Midnight Hour of existence.

There is still a great danger that we might, by avoiding the Christ-impulse, lose the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit which is so vital when our soul approaches the Midnight Hour of soul. But Steiner is confident that the best part of our soul will be awakened more and more by the Holy Spirit even while in the physical body. Then we will be awakened by the Holy Spirit who will rouse us from our day-time sleep of the senses, and who will shine even into our night-time sleep.

[page 110] In the midst of the decline of spiritual life, in the midst of spiritual death, caused by an outlook based merely on sense-perception and a brain-bound intellect, the souls of men will be awakened by the Holy Ghost — even now during physical existence: Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus.

We receive in these short lectures a panoramic view of the entire scope of our lives as a human being, both on the physical plane and the spiritual plane during our time between death a new birth. Steiner shows us how this is a cyclic process which continues from lifetime to lifetime as we process towards the Ideal Human. When we pass into the time between death and a new birth, we live in Spirit Land and are confronted by our mistakes. This happens in such a personal way that we resolve to balance the karmic debt we incurred in our previous lifetime. We re-enter into a time between birth and death and work to achieve a karmic balance. Into this description of karmic balancing, Steiner inserts the important functions provided by God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How we are born in the Father, we die to the Son, and are reborn via the Holy Spirit. In addition we are led to understand the importance of the Deed of Golgotha by Christ the Son in helping us to avoid the snares of Lucifer and Ahriman and to return to our life in the physical plane where we can progress towards the Ideal state of Humanity.

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2.) ARJ2: Scoop — A Novel by Evelyn Waugh

There are several Boots to keep track of in this novel, and you, Good Reader, will find it easier to do than most of the characters in the novel. First there is John Boot, the novelist, then there is William Boot, the horticulture writer, and then there is an Uncle Theodore Boot who figures in the mix in the ending chapters, when he is chosen to attend the banquet by Lord Copper.

John Boot is having girl troubles in London and wants to get away from her, as far as possible, and with "Ishmaelite Crisis" headlines in the papers as he lunches with Mrs. Algernon Stitch, his plaintive plea to get away, perhaps as a spy, leads her to suggest Boot to Lord Copper of "The Beast," a London newspaper, as a war correspondent. Only problem is, his remote cousin, William, who writes a bi-weekly half-column devoted to Nature, called "Lush Places", is mistakenly picked instead of John.

Then the fun begins. William is less-suited than John to go overseas, much less to the dark heart of Africa. Besides that he doesn't want to go. Only when faced with losing his job as Nature columnist for the Beast does he agree to go. And go he does while his brother waits to be called into the Stitch Service, a facetious name Mrs. Stitch gives for her putting the name "Boot" in the ear of Lord Copper, publisher of the Beast.

William arrives in Ishmaelia with his two carriages full of himself and his gear, which includes a canoe kit, sheets of tin, rope, and cleft sticks for sending his dispatches in an emergency. Soon one of the many other correspondents, Corker, is taking him under his wing and explaining about the fabulous Wenlock Jakes, who if he arrived at a place and no war had started, seemed to be able to turn that situation around.

[page 92, 93] "Why, once Jakes went out to cover a revolution in one of the Balkan capitals. He overslept in his carriage, woke up at the wrong station, didn't know any different, got out, went straight to a hotel, and cabled off a thousand-word story about barricades in the streets, flaming churches, machine guns answering the rattle of his typewriter as he wrote, a dead child, like a broken doll, spread-eagled in the deserted roadway below his window — you know.
       "Well they were pretty surprised at his office, getting a story like that from the wrong country, but they trusted Jakes and splashed it in six national newspapers. That day every special in Europe got orders to rush to the new revolution. They arrived in shoals. Everything seemed quiet enough, but it was as much their jobs were worth to say so, with Jakes filing a thousand words of blood and thunder a day. So they chimed in too. Government stocks dropped, financial panic, state of emergency declared, army mobilized, famine, mutiny — and in less than a week there was an honest to God revolution under way, just as Jakes had said. There's the power of the press for you. "They gave Jakes the Nobel Peace Prize for his harrowing descriptions of the carnage — but that was colour stuff."

After William is fired for not reporting anything, he sends his scoop to London and is quickly reinstated in his contract. When we recall that it was only because of Mrs. Algernon Stitch's request that Lord Copper hired a Boot, in fact, the wrong boot, William instead of John who actually had some foreign reporting experience, this next statement by Mr. Salter is rather droll.

[page 224] "You know," he said meditatively, "it's a great experience to work for a man like Lord Copper. Again and again I've thought he was losing grip. But always it turns out he knew best. What made him spot Boot? It's a sixth sense . . . real genius."

William returns to Boot Magna in triumph, and Lord Copper calls a friend to give Boot a knighthood, but once more fate steps in and twists wheel and changes the two Boot's course. John Boot becomes Sir John Boot, for no reason that he can think of, and Uncle Theodore gladly suffers through one of Lord Copper's ignominious banquets enjoyed mostly by the Lord himself.

William returns to the joys of writing Lush Places for the Beast, while his great love, Kätchen, accompanies her almost husband to Madagascar. John goes to Antarctica with a boatload of women. Uncle Theodore gets a pension from the Beast. That's the scoop on how Boot Magna, Boot Minima, and Boot Obscura, John, William, and Uncle Theodore figured into the Beast's plans. The two distant cousins who never knew each other, John and William, and their Uncle Theodore were maneuvered by Fate into switching places for each other by high mucky-mucks who allowed tea party friends to suggest appointments and clueless underlings to implement them. Sic transit gloria mundi — a world increasingly run by those who suggest decisions and by those who implement the decisions, while the credit goes to the one person who merely acts as the conduit for the decisions.

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1. Padre Filius Reads article in New York Times about the New Orleans Times-Picayune 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 with us some amusing or enlightening aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations, or his daily activities, one of which is reading the Times-Picayune. After he read David Carr's fine article in the New York Times about how the Times-Picayune's increasing popularity in the wake of other metro papers facing declining percentages of readers, he saw something on his TV screen.

2. Comments from Readers:
  • EMAIL from Betty and Al in Florida:
    Dear Bobby and Del,
    We too so much enjoyed the time we spent with you and SueAnn. It made the whole conference much more meaningful. We missed the Hour of Power broadcast of the Evel Kenieval appearance. But this past Sunday Robert A. reviewed so much of the Palm Sunday service.

    Please keep in touch. We look forward to seeing you both again.

    Betty and Al

  • EMAIL from grand-daughter Jennifer, newly Mrs. Anthony Terranova
    I heard you lost your pics that you took from the wedding, I hope these are good enough for your collection!

    Love you

  • EMAIL from Hilmar in Austin about my Harmony of Creative Word Review:
    You did such a nice job on this review, Bobby. It is one of my favorites among Steiner's works. There are several others, all together they form a really good study for anyone, like me, who becomes interested in biodynamics or ecology.

    Thank you for sending the URL and for doing this review of a very important lecture cycle.


  • EMAIL from AJ, an Honored Reader for May:
    Dear Bobby,

    Thank you for making me one of the honored readers for May. I have perused some of the letter and will take time during the month to scan and read some of the other missives.

    Being back in New Orleans is uplifting after a year in Waycross, GA. Even though I am working in Houma, I do not mind the commute, and when I have to stay in Houma, I at least know that am just about 60 miles from our Queen city.

    Keep me on the list.
    A. J.

  • EMAIL from Josef Graf about my Review of Bees by Rudolf Steiner:
    Thanks for the update Bobby. I had recently learned about that honey for elders info, I am glad to know you have found the link-up to the issue.

    Thanks for providing that comprehensive review material, all in all, for those who can benefit from an expansion in understanding the overall issue.

    Josef Graf, EARTH VISION
    Spiritual ecology - taking nature to a new level

  • EMAIL from Prof. Dann in New York:


    A few weeks ago I assigned my global history students the task of reading one of your reviews of a Steiner lecture series. I chose to assign your reviews because I felt they needed a 'bridge' to Steiner's actual writings.

    All too often, I find that my students don't actually discriminate between authors as they are reading. So it was not surprising to find that one particularly wonderful student put your "This Tomb is Empty" verse in her book, as if it had been spoken by Rudolf Steiner!

    The eggshell, the snake skin, the body, that imitation of me
    That so many have mistaken for me
    Has been cremated and turned into ashes immediately
    So that no one might henceforth mistake
    That which I shed for the real Me
    As I continue upon my path.

    Nice going, Bobby!

  • EMAIL from Joyce, my brother Paul's wife, about their daughter Monique's pregnancy:
    Monique is having some problems. She is currently allowed to work, but must be off her feet and in bed all the while she is at home. She only has less than 7 weeks left. If she can hold on for another 4 weeks, she and baby should be okay. So I will be spending at least half of every week with her. I will do the usual, keep her in bed, keep up with laundry, cook, clean, play with Taylor and get Taylor to school every day. Pray for me too, I'm getting to old for such a complicated schedule.
    Thanks for all the prayers.
  • EMAIL from Mabel and Vern in Chicago:
    Greetings Bobby and Del,

    Thank you for the e-mail and the picture. It will be nice to get the Good Morning (sic) Press Digest.

    We hope to get back to the Cyrstal Cathedral around Christmas to see the Glory of Christmas for the first time. But NOTHING can beat Palm Sunday!

    Mabel and Vern

  • EMAIL from Betty in Kentucky:
    Hello Bobby
    Just wanted to send a "hug" to you and Del. You both look so alive in those pictures, I just love looking at them. The flowers are also gorgeous! You sure don't let any grass grow under your feet, as the old expression goes. I am happy you both can enjoy life together!
    Luv ya, Betty
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