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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Brice P. Hatchett (1952-2002) ~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #25 Published June 1, 2002 ~~~
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Quote for the Busting Out All Over Month of June:

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

— Helen Keller [American Author, blind & deaf]

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. June's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for June
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Website Additions for June: ARJ, Volume 1, Tidbits
6. Poem and Song: "Techno-Newbie Blues"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for June:

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

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#1 Jul  #2, Aug  #3, Sept  #4, Oct  #5, Nov  #6, Dec  #7
2001: Jan  #8,  Feb  #9,  Mar #10, Apr #11, May #12, Jun #13, Jul #14, Aug #15, Sep #16, Oct #17, Nov #18, Dec #19
2002: Jan #20, Feb #21, Mar #22, Apr #23, May #24, Jun #25, Jul #26, Aug #27, Sep #28, Oct #29, Nov #30, Dec #31
2003: Jan #32, Feb #33, Mar #34, Apr #35, May #36, Jun #37, Jul #38, Aug #39, Sep #40, Oct #41, Nov #42, Dec #43
2004: Jan #44, Feb #45, Mar #46, Apr #47, May #48, Jun #49, Jul #50, Aug #51, Sep #52, Oct #53, Nov #54, Dec #55
2005: Jan#051,Feb#052,Mar#053,Apr#054,May#055,Jun#056,Jul#057,Aug#058,Sep#059,Oct#05a,Nov#05b,Dec#05c
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
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1. June Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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For newcomers to the Digest, we have created a webpage of all the Violet-n-Joey cartoons! Check it out at: Also note the rotating calendar and clock that follows just to the right of your mouse pointer as you scroll down the page. You'll also see the clock on the 404 Error page if you make a mistake typing a URL while on the website.

The Violet-n-Joey Cartoon page is been divided into two pages: one low-speed and one high-speed access. If you have Do NOT Have High-Speed Access, you may try this Link which will load much faster and will allow you to load one cartoon at a time. Use this one for High-Speed Access.

This month Violet and Joey learn about The Problem Solution, Doing It, and Just Beliefs.

#1 "The Problem Solution" at

#2 "Doing It" at

#3 "Just Beliefs" 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:

Audrey Casso in Gretna, Louisiana

Renee Lattimore in New Orleans, Louisiana

Thanks, Audrey and Renee!

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Out Our Way:

I'm delighted to hear that for so many of my Good Readers the Personal Notes are a "don't miss" section of the Digest. The Merry Month of May started off with a bang for me. The middle of May was scheduled for my "slow waltz across Texas" — a 1-2,3/ 1-2,3 dance to the towns of Lubbock — Austin, New Ulm/ College Station — Bellaire, Beaumont. Prior to the trip I had the idea to upgrade my computer system, rather have the local computer store upgrade it for me while I was gone. When I worked for somebody else, I'd come home and upgrade my computer system for fun. Now that it's my daily work station, I can't afford to play with it and hire professionals to do the job. When I returned I had a CPU that outdoes a Pentium 4 1.8 Ghz chip, a new 64 Mb video card, and a maxed out 512 Mb RAM for a Win 98 operating system. Plus a lot of little details to take care to get my scanner, my printers, my fax modem, and other software to cooperate the way they did before. It's all working now except for Picture Publisher 10 which has never worked since I received it and I hoped that the new video card would solve the problem. Jacques in Ottawa at Tech Support is working on a solution for me and till then I mosey along with PicPub9 just fine.

Got this email from Chris, who read my comments about Richard Panek's book at, and I'd like to share it with you as it gets to the core of how I write my reviews:

[[ > Hello Bobby,
> I was disappointed in your review on of the book "seeing
> and believing". You seem to use it as an opportunity to point people
> back to your web site, rather than explain why you liked or didn't
> like the book.

Dear Chris,

Very perceptive. Yes, I did use the opportunity to point people to my web site so they can read many more of my reviews and be even more disappointed. You see, I almost never bother to say if I liked the book or why. That's for others. My reviews are more like essays on thoughts I had while concentrating on the book. I have done this with all books I read since 1986.

Did you take the time to read the rest of the review? Here's the three last paragraphs. One might easily adduce that I liked the book from them:

[The only conclusion was that there was more mass in the universe than we could see — the universe seems to contains from 90 to 99 percent of this invisible or dark matter, whose presence we can only observe by its gravitational affects on visible matter. It's like we had been observing the eyes of a deer in the lights of our car and calling them the entire deer!

As Edwin Hubble said in 1936, "The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons."

(page 173) "The world, the universe, is not only bigger than we know it, it is bigger than we can ever know it. The questions asked by the telescope of Galileo continue to be asked and their answers fill the pages of history." ]

Check out my Leading Thoughts review and see if I say I liked it.

> For instance, you gave it one of the lowest reviews on the site, but don't explain why at all.

Easy. I was comparing it to other books that I've read. I gave it a middle rating. I liked the book enough to rank it in the middle.

> Thus your review, while giving the book a low mark, isn't very informative.

Information means "data received that one did not already have" — I certainly did give readers of my review such data. I'm hearing you say that the only acceptable data is for me to have spelled out "I L I K E T H E B O O K." Okay, I got that.

If you'll check the next review of "The Adventures of Captain Underpants" at: you'll see that I laughed my head off and recommended parents buy them for themselves to read before giving them to their kids who are reading borrowed copies from their friends anyway. These are FUNNY books, and laughter is the way one shows that one likes humorous books.

Having useful thoughts like my "deer in the headlights" metaphor is the way this writer shows his appreciation of thoughtful books like Panek's. I let my reader decide whether I liked the book based on his reading of my review. In life and literature, there are seldom black & white answers to even the simplest questions. Perhaps you'll observe that aspect of life as you get older.
thanks for your information, Bobby ]]

In preparation for my trip, I ordered myself a cell phone. Now Del and I each have one. I decided to choose the JOIN IN option of Verizon, called the toll-free number, ordered, and received it in a couple of days, trouble-free and operational. Adds $20 a month to our one phone bill and shares the minutes. No charge for the phone itself.

Meanwhile I was scurrying to get completion on Chapter 3 of "A Reader's Journal, Volume 1" which I was putting onto my webpages. Scanning the book covers, adding the header and footer info, and editing each review is a detailed, time-consuming task, one that I automated as much as I could, using all ten of multiple clipboards to hold the details for each review to speed things up. You can check out the results for yourself at: When things settle down, I plan to get the other three chapters added and fill out Chapter 1.

Plus I had a wedding to do on May 11, 2002 and I was leaving for Texas the next morning. Here's a photo of the yours truly administering a wedding vow to the lovely Jennifer during her marriage to Brian. I told people jokingly she married some clown from Alabama, which I then had to explain was a literal truth, as Brian is studying acting in college and earning money by doing clown acts for children's party.

The next morning at 6 AM I headed west toward the great undivided state of Texas with only 2 US Senators. Think of the pity if theLouisiana Territory, whose purchase 200 years ago will be appearing on the back of the quarters in your hands any day now, hadn't been divided and the great undivided state of Louisiana had only two Senators instead of the couple dozen US Senators currently representing the separate states that were split off from the Louisiana Purchase territory. Hey, Texas, it ain't too late for you to split into multiple states. It's in your agreement you made when joining the USA.

"Slow Waltz Across Texas." Wondered what the song by that name really says in the lyrics. Looked it up. Apparently there's no song by that name, but there's a book by that name written by Peggy Moreland. Here's a clip about the book:

"World rodeo champ Clayton Rankin had honorably married Rena when she'd gotten pregnant . . . heck, he'd given the twins his name! What more could a wife want? Cuddles? Well, cowboys don't take too easily to cuddles. But Rena needed tenderness — and Clayton would do anything to keep his woman. So he'd darn well convince his beautiful Texas bride that he was 100% husband material. Even if it meant a lifetime of tenderness."

Hmmm, kinda got me prepared for the state I'd be in for the next 10 days or so. Arrived in Lubbock, the westernmost leg of my journey about midday on Monday after a refreshing drive during which I caught up on some reading that would allow me to have two or three reviews for my readers this month. I was reading Atwood's book on writers and writing. My reason for the Lubbock trip was to help my friend, Ed, get a new desktop PC to replace the Laptop that he'd worn the keys' lettering from. Ed was what I affectionately call a "Techno-Newbie" to computers. He knew only how to hookup to AOL and use his Word Perfect software. He could get and send emails if they had no attachments or photos and he would print out every email to keep AOL from disappearing them.

I found out that you don't just switch someone from AOL to, you must remove every tentacle that AOL has placed into their psyche and replace that with something that will work better and easier for them, once they learn the ropes. This is a daunting task — not one to be undertaken lightly, but rather with a deep sense of well-being for them. If it sounds a little like getting married, it's that minister part of me slipping out. During the week he acquired color printer, scanner, contact manager, image processor, digital camera, printer switch, new browser and email software, optical five-button mouse, and even more. Like acquiring a new wife, he wasn't sure that this marriage would last at first. With new computers the honeymoon is over as soon as you turn on the computer and try to do anything with it. Then comes the maze of new options to be navigated and questions to be answered before you can just do the basic work you used to do before on the outdated machine. Like a panicky groom, you often feel like running back home to Mom and her apple pie, and ditching this new, complicated wife thing. Suddenly you realize that she can do things, wonderful things, that Mom could never do for you and suddenly marriage seems to fit you just fine. That's a computer upgrade for you lucky ones who have never had the ill fortunate to undertake one.

I experienced some unbelievable stuff while on the trip. Like this McDonald's Restaurant I went into between Abilene and Lubbock. The counter clerk had a black T- shirt on that said SHUT UP! I walked out of the place and decided that being hungry was a better option that having such a person serve me. On the positive side, I saw this incredible statue of the Archangel Michael in the Resthaven Cemetary of Lubbock. Here's a photo of it.

At Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, the unbelievable took the form of a Grande Platter. Mexican food filled this platter rim to rim, a platter the size of one I would carve a 14 lb Thanksgiving turkey on. The unbelievable thing is that I ate the whole thing. And I loved every bite. Abuelo's had a beautiful mural on the side of its patio that looked like a path opening into a vista of the distant mountains. Here's the photo so that you can see for yourself the truth of the statement that in flat Lubbock, if you see mountains, they're on a mural.

On another trip to acquire some computer gear we visited the South Plains Mall and I stumbled into a San Francisco Music Box store, attracted by a music box frame of white porcelain with 25th Anniversary on it. Del and my official anniversary is a year off, but since we lived together for a year before we got married, I decided to get this for her to mark "25 years of loving and living together". She loved it. Couldn't have surprised her if I'd waited till next year, huh? Oh, the music box plays "I'll Always Love You." and I couldn't remember the name of the artist that wrote and sang the song. If I had, I'd probably not have gotten the music box. It was Dolly Parton. I love the way she sings, but in country and western songs, the situation is always one sad thing after another. When I got home with the frame and had the time to look up the lyrics, I was appalled at the message of the song, so, being a writer, I decided to edit the lyrics a bit to remove the C&W pall from them. Here's the results in my song to Del: [Those of you who really want to read the original lyrics, click on Dolly's name to read them on-line. ]

Original Words and Music by Dolly Parton [As modified by Bobby Matherne]

I think I'll stay.....
And stay out of your way
No, I won't go, and I know
I'll think of you
Every step of my way
And I will always love you
I will always love you
You my darling you mmm
Many sweet memories,
All those that I'm keeping with me
So good morning, my Sweet,
We both know that I'm what you, you need
And I will always love you
I will always love you, you
(Short instrumental)
I'll see life treats you kind, and make sure you have
All you've dreamed of
And I wish for you joy
And happiness
And above all this, I wish you love....
And I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you....

You, darling I love you
I'll always, I'll always love you...
[end of song]

I left Lubbock for Austin where I visited Hilmar and Leslie. Hilmar I've known for about six years, but only through emails. It was a shock hearing his voice, and another shock seeing him in person, not because of anything in his voice or appearance, but simply because he neither looked or sounded the way he did in my head as I read his emails over the years. "We met as though we met not and parted as though we parted not." That was how Emerson talked about friends, true friends. Hilmar and Leslie and I were such friends. When his son's girl friend at her graduation dinner party we attended turned to me and asked how long Hilmar and I have known each other, I replied, "Since we were in school together before we came to Earth for this lifetime." "Cool," she said in her best Orange County, California accent and attitude. Hilmar is a bodyworker and gave me an orthobionomy session. If you don't know anyone who does this, find one. With his hands, non-verbally, he led my body through a doyle trace, erasing muscle tensions that had been in my body since before I was five years old. I'll have more to say about orthobionomy and doyletics at a later time. Those of you interested in doyletics should sign up for the World-Wide Doyletics List by clicking on the box at the bottom of my Home Page. I slept in this wonderful feather bed and awoke to a breakfast of tamales and bacon fixed lovingly by Leslie.

Then I drove on to New Ulm and the ranch of a colleague of mine from my Union Carbide-Taft days. Wyman Tidwell and I worked long hours in 1967 — 68 getting the Central Computer system started up for the plant. He showed around his 1200 acre spread, his Santa Gertrudis cattle, his Clydesdale horse, and his antique doctor's buggy. Looked to me like an antique doctor probably drove it.

My next stop was in College Station, but not before I drove back and forth over the Business 290 loop several times trying to just get through the intersection. Visited with two more folks I've known for a long time via email, Lee Don and Carolyn. Lee Don is a chemist and makes his own essential oils from plants he grows in his yard. These oils go into the wonderful Soaps of Smetana that they create and sell. Here's a blurb about their products "Extraordinary handmade soaps combining chemistry, alchemy, and organic and biodynamic plant oils for high therapeutic value and quality." I've been using them for years and love them. Was great to finally meet these two and spend some time with them.

The final legs of my trip took me first to my daughter Yvette's new home in Bellaire. They bought a home years ago in a section where houses were being torn down and the lots rebuilt upon. Finally they razed their old house and raised a new one, a very nice new one. After a long visit with Yvette, Greg, Aidan and Evelyn and Greg's mom and brother and his wife who were visiting from Michigan, I drove to my daughter Carla's house in Beaumont.

Usually I approach Carla's house from the east and coming in from the west at night, I ended up in a dead-end street that went into a railroad yard. Called her on the cell phone feeling rather foolish, until she said, "I know right where you are! I've done that myself twice." She sure knew how to cheer her dad up. Visited with her and Stacey and their two children, Molly and Garrett. The next morning I said goodbye to Texas, it was the longest time I'd ever been in Texas and I even felt a fondness for the state which quickly disappeared when I drove past Steamboat Bill's in Lake Charles, Louisiana and smelled the boiled crawfish.

The next few days went by in a blur of activity. Starting up my new upgraded PC and going through the mail and accumulated Times Picayunes. Finding out that LSU swept Alabama in the last SEC series of the year! Working in the yard with Del. Going a music recital by Musica Da Camera, our afternoon get together, and potluck supper at my club.

Del's old schoolmate and flag teammate, Ginger and her husband Buster came to town. We picked them up at the Cornstalk Hotel in the French Quarter and drove to the Four Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue for drinks and conversation. Somehow Buster and I managed to get a few words in when the girls both happened to breathe at the same time. After we dropped them off, we drove past a concert put on by the Downtown Development District starring John Boutte and his Uptown Okra band in front of Gallier Hall. We pulled into a parking slot, pulled our new folding armchairs from the trunk and sat ourselves down in front of the stage to watch and listen to this wonderful jazz singer, John Boutte. He reminds me of a young Harry Belafonte or Louis Armstrong as he moved like Harry, but sang and talked like Louie. We've loved his music since we first heard his "At the Foot of Canal Street" song.

It's been a very full month and I for one am looking forward to the "summertime and the living is easy month" of June.


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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.):
"Life is Beautiful"
"Hearts in Atlantis"

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 Prisoner" (TV Series, Sorry, No. 6, Once in a row was enough)

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

"Falling in Love"
"Mrs. Soffel."

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[Thanks to Justin Wilson from whom I first heard this story many years ago. Justin wasn't a real Cajun, but he loved the Cajun culture and told wonderful stories over the years in his PBS cooking shows. What I loved about Justin's cooking shows was that he always sat down and actually ate and enjoyed the food he cooked. Think of that next time you see the Famous Chefs shows. By what they show you, you'd think they were doing artworks for display instead of tasting.]

First, for all my psychic friends, this one from Garrison Keillor's annual PHC Joke Show this year: "I fell in love with a psychic, but she left me before we met."

This month's story features Father Boudreaux and one of his parishioners, Gaspé, who drinks a lot wine and gets this horrible smelling bad breath when he does. Well, one day Gaspé decides that he's so drunk that he would go to confession and ask for forgiveness.

Gaspé gets to church early, and Father Boudreaux hasn't gotten into the confessional yet when Gaspé comes up to him and standing real close, eye-to-eye with the priest, and speaks into his face in a loud voice, "FAHTHER! Will you HEAR my conFESSion?"
Fr. Boudreaux is taken aback by the stench of his wine breath and can't imagine going through a complete confession with Gaspé breathing on him, so he says, "My son, have you killed anybody?"
"Well, in that case, you can go home now and come back later."
"THANK you, FAHTHER!" Gaspé said, then he turned and walked out of the church. Father Boudreaux looked up and crossed himself in thanks for this blessing.
As Gaspé walked down the steps in the front of the church, he saw his old friend, Tee-Al coming up the steps. "Tee-Al," he said, "you might as well save your breath! Fr. Boudreaux is only hearing murders today!"

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5. Website Additions for June:
ARJ, Volume 1, Tidbits
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A Reader's Journal, Volume 1, Now Available On-Line.

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After the successful publication of our hardbound ARJ, v1, which found its way into Good Readers' hands around the world, we have now published it on-line. It will take a month or so of effort to translate the 300 plus reviews into web format, but you can begin visiting the site now and bookmarking it for future reference. For now there are about 3 dozen reviews in Chapter 1, Evolution of Consciousness, plus the entirety of Chapter 2, Quantum Reality and Chapter 3 Psychotherapy. Enjoy.

Tidbits: Like so many of you, I receive the 21st Century equivalent of what used to be circulated through offices in heavily re-xeroxed form, these list of funny and interesting sayings. I have been saving these and thought it might be useful to unleash these on the world. Provide one place where folks can go and not have to send out emails to everyone on their mailing list. If you personally have some list of funny or interesting tidbits that I've missed, please send them along. Each of the items included below is only one of a list of similar items. Don't read the Tidbits.htm page at work or while driving in heavy traffic. Should be avoided by people who have just had facial surgery.

Quotes: Need a good quote to start off a speech? Like this one: "You can observe a lot by watching" by Yogi Berra. Maybe you're looking for the exact wording of a quote by Churchill, such as "we will fight them on the beaches" or the origin of the phrase, "As above, so below"? Check out all the useful stuff at Bobby's Treasury of Famous and Interesting Quotes: We've added several new quotes including the Madison and the Churchill one.

And finally, I hope everyone is enjoying the colorful book jackets that I started adding to all my reviews since the Burning Bush review (which also has a little animation). Also I added a new photo of me to the top of each review. If you'll check the list of Digest archives at - and look closely after the loading is done, you'll notice a subtle animation in that photo as well. (*wink*)

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6. POETRY by BOBBY A Poem and A Song :
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Dream of Reality
from Freedom on the Half Shell:

How many sides does a cube have?
Count them and you see they add to six.
Now observe the cube motionless in space:
How many sides do you see?
Rotate it round and round the place
And all you'll ever see is three.
Where are the other three?
They're in your mind you see
Perception is a subtle trap
For half the world is territ'ry
The other half is map.

Half out there
And half in here.

Without is dancing
With Within

and in the twinning
Around the dream
We call


A Song dedicated to anyone who's ever upgraded to a new computer:

       The Techno-Newbie Blues
         ©2002 by Bobby Matherne

I've got the techno-newbie blues, the blues I can't lose.
I've got the techno-newbie blues, the blues I can't lose.
      My emailer used to work so sweet
      Now it's always Control-Alt-Delete

Nothing like a good SNAFU
To get me feeling really blue.

I've got the techno-newbie blues, the blues I can't lose.
I've got the techno-newbie blues, I think I'll take a snooze.

      Wide awake and feeling good
      Will my PC work like it should?
      Power up and take a peek
      Gotta hit the Escape key.

I've got the techno-newbie blues giving me the screws.
I've got the techno-newbie blues giving me the screws.

      Won't somebody help me? Won't somebody care?
      I called Tech Support. Wasn't anybody there?
      Rebooted twice and tried some things
      Now my computer only dings and dings and dings.

I've got the techno-newbie blues, the blues I can't lose.
I've got the techno-newbie blues, the blues I can't lose.

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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: Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a writer of the first cloth. I haven't read any of her novels, but I found the movie of her "The Handmaid's Tale" compelling. But I have read this book and found it most interesting. She asks great questions about what it means to be a writer, like: What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Who does a writer write for? What is a book's function? Where is the writer when the reader is reading? Who Do You Think You Are? and then her answer to them. What would be your answer to those questions, dear Reader? What would be mine? The answer to the last question is available in my review at:

Read the Review at:

2.) ARJ2: Where the River Bends by Barry Raine

Most of my reviews are written to encourage people to read the book and are intended for people who have yet to read the book. This one is intended mostly to debunk the mistaken impressions of my home city picked up by those who have already read the book. I have generally had a lugubrious experience with a novel recommended to me by a friend, and this one was no exception. This one came to me because the cover art on the jacket reminded my friend of the upstairs room at Commander's Palace with the spreading arms of a live oak tree. And it dealt with New Orleans. Sounded like fun, until I read the first sentence and found three errors of fact. What is it that allows someone from New Orleans to move away and then do a hatchet job on the city as a going away present? Shouldn't there be a delegation appointed to greet this author at the gates of the city to extract an apology before he's allowed to return? Who's in charge of these things anyway? Am I disgruntled? No . . . okay, gruntled a little, I suppose.

Don't say I didn't warn you . . . my review is at:

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