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In Memoriam: David Peter Matherne (1946 - 2002)

Farewell, David, and the youth I have spent with you.
It was but yesterday that we met in a dream.

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #29 Published October 1, 2002 ~~~
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Quote for the Fall Month of October:

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Kahlil Gibran, (from The Prophet )

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

1. October's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for October
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. A Serling Introduction
6. Poem by Andrew Marvell: "The Garden"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for October:

8. Information on Dolphin Novel, The SPIZZNET File, that is Available for Reading On-line. Also hardback copies available for sale.
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
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1. October 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 Creative Parking, Endless Possibilities, and A Serling Introduction.

#1 "Creative Parking" at

#2 "Endless Possibilities" at

#3 "A Serling Introduction" at

[RJM: Note Rod Serling died before this cartoon was drawn. He wrote for and hosted the famous original tv series, "The Twilight Zone" in which incredible things happened.]

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

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Gene Johnson in Texas

Congratulations, Jon and Gene !

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Out Our Way:

We know from talking to many of you that this is your “don’t miss” place in the Digest, and we endeavor to make it fun and informative for you every month. So we beg your pardon if we evoke a somber tone this month.

My beloved brother David died September 23. Bless you for all your prayers and best wishes for him and his family in our time of mourning. Many things have happened this month, LSU won three games and the Saints are undefeated in three games against playoff teams, and we got a little 25" of rain from Isidore, but these were overshadowed by David’s transition into the spiritual world. To conclude my notes for this month, I would like to share with you these thoughts I composed in his memory:

I was six years old when I met David — he was the first newborn baby I can remember seeing. He was born in our home at 566 Avenue F., Westwego.

Paul, Steve, and I were brought into the bedroom where David lay in Mom’s arms, only a few hours old, and I was barely tall enough to lean over the bed and look into David’s face.

He was born on D-Day, the Sixth of June, on its first anniversary, in 1946. I always remember D-Day as standing for David’s Day.

As is written in the Bible, in Ecclesiastes [3:1-8]:

For everything there is a season, and a time for very purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

David has had his time to be born and his time to die, and now is the time for peace, for David and for us, as we pause here to remember David and how he touched each of us in our lives. . . .

David Peter Matherne – even into his fifties – his body looked like the statue of King David as a young man with the slingshot over his shoulder, that 18' foot masterpiece Michelangelo rendered in white Carrara marble. And he accomplished athletic feats that matched those of his namesake, particularly in his football career at Hahnville High School.

His middle name says a lot about him, too: Petros, the rock, and a rock he was when anyone needed help. Peter, the fisherman, for everyone who knew David even casually, knew he was a fisherman. One year I asked him if he ever counted how much fish he caught in a year and he said, “Well, I counted one year and by the month of May, I had caught 5,000 fish.” He fished whenever he was wasn’t working or taking care of his family. If the weather was good, no one expected David to be home before noon on a day off. He was fishing. He told us that he noticed if the cows were all standing eating, the fish would all be biting as well. And he shared the fish he caught and cleaned with his family and friends. I still have sac-au-lait he caught and fileted in my freezer to be cooked and enjoyed in his memory some day soon. I know that he will be fishing now in a place where the cows will always be standing.

In the last couple of years of his life, he and Dad began carving decoys together. I was very impressed by the beaks of David’s decoys. They were so lifelike. He had developed a way of finishing the beaks using SuperGlue that made them look real and feel real. After he knew that his time was short, he gave me one of the ducks with the special beaks even though the rest of the decoy was still unfinished. Inscribed on the bottom of the unfinished duck, he had burnt in with his wood burning tool the following words:

“To: Bob, Some things we never get to finish. Thanks for your Love and support, Love, David, 8/14/2002.”

When he gave me the duck, I looked at it awhile and then I turned to David and asked him if he felt there were any things he was leaving unfinished and he said, “Only a few ducks.” He said that he had a full life and had no regrets.

He chose not to have chemotherapy, but the doctor recommended radiation to prevent seizures, so he immediately shaved off his hair as the radiation would have caused it to fall out gradually anyway. He looked like when he played Yul Brynner famous part in the Hahnville High School play, "The King and I". He told Steve that he did the death scene in that play and now he would get to do it for real.

The famous Lebanese mystic and writer Kahlil Gibran [né Jurban Kahlil Jurban] wrote these words with which I would like to close:

Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor.

Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king? Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Farewell to you, David, and the youth I have spent with you.
It was but yesterday we met in a dream.


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Movies we watched this past month:

Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, and all of the original dialogue.
P. S. Any rumors that Netflix doesn't deliver DVD's promptly is hogwash so far as I am concerned. Our new DVD's are delivered with a couple of days of the old ones being put out on my mailbox.
Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
“The Rookie”: Dennis Quaid at his finest — a feel good movie all the way through!
“K-PAX”: If you haven’t seen it, rent the DVD and treat yourself. Make sure you’re well rested when you do. I had to re-watch the two hypnosis episodes of K-PAX that I slept through the night before. It is a remarkable movie all the way through. A must see. One of those unique films that you give up trying to figure out what Kevin Spacey is going to happen next.
“Dragonfly”: Kevin Cosner loses his wife and gains a dragonfly. Great mystery flick with a spiritual undercurrent that pulls you through to the conclusion.
“Groundhog Day”: Did you ever have a bad day that seems to go on and on and on and on? Bill Murray did and used a video game strategy to improve his “lie” as the endless day went on and on and on and on. This is Bill Murray at his worst and at his best.
“Saturday Night Fever”: In which John Travolta decriminalized Elvis’ swiveling hips for good.
“Dr. Zhivago”: Watching Dr. Zhivago this time, I noted the presence of fire each time Lara and Yuri met or almost met: the very first one was the sparking of the trolley’s overhead electrical connector as they sat behind one another without meeting, not knowing one another, and just as Lara got up to leave, the director David Lean shows the overhead sparking. Since fire indicates the presence of the spiritual world, David Lean must have known about this spiritual connection and used that knowledge, consciously or unconsciously, in making this movie. Wonder if Pasternak gets the credit for those sparks. We use the metaphor “sparks” when two people meet: “there were sparks flying when he asked her to dance.” Later, Lara is studying by candlelight. And still later her gun fires off into Komarovsky’s arm during the Christmas party. And later still the candle glows by the window as Lara and Pasha meet and Yuri and Tonya sleigh by outside in the frozen street. That image was definitely in the book and Lean was wise to include it. Also the candle shining through the frozen window as Yuri looked in on Lara at Varykino.
“Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”: pretty good war flick as long as the opera singing was going on — till the shooting started. Those Nazis were harsh opera critics.
“Don't Say a Word”: Michael Douglas loses his daughter and has to perform some psychotherapy to free her. A great thriller which we both enjoyed.
“Pleasantville”: In this one, a couple of teenagers find out about life in the slow lane of 1950s suburbia, the decade of black and white morals and black and white television. Do not attempt to adjust your set, the color will return by the end of the movie.
“Message in a Bottle”: Kevin Cosner loses his wife again but tries to keep all of her things and his sanity at the same time. Doesn’t work. Never does.

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.

“Training Day”: If this movie comes on anywhere near you, run screaming in the other direction! No redeeming values in the movie until they shot Denzel Washington.
“The Man Who Wasn't There”: Remember the old ditty: “As I was climbing on the stair/ I met a man who wasn’t there./ He wasn’t there again today./ I wish that man would go away.” That ditty was more fun than this movie. Billy Bob Thorn-less in a colorless movie at every level.
“Ocean’s Eleven”: Example of a movie that didn’t deserve a remake. Or a remake that didn’t deserve to be a movie. A waste of George Clooney’s talents.

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

“Vanilla Sky”: No wonder Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman had to get divorced. One need only look at “Moulin Rouge” and “Vanilla Sky” to know why. They both want to be the worshipee and not be the worshiper, so they couldn’t possibly stay together.
“The Lathe of Heaven”: in which George Orr has troubling dreams in which his reality takes shape from what he dreams of. Each change leaves him with only a feeling of those things that he had encountered before. Obviously a direct reference to reincarnation by Ursula LeGuin, who wrote the original story over twenty years ago in the 1980s or before. She is the daughter of Alfred and Theodora Kroeber, the famous anthropologist couple, who encountered the last Yahi, Ishi, when he was brought to Berkeley. The tv movie starred James Caan. It was a remake of the original movie, and ended with these words written hundreds of years earlier in “The Garden” by Andrew Marvell [the full poem is given below in this Digest]:
“The Mind, that Ocean where each kind
does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
far other Worlds, and other Seas.”

“The Bourne Identity” A dark and dreary movie that was almost impossible to see by the dim screen on the worn out tv set at the Beau Rivage. How can a brand new casino hotel have a worn out tv set is beyond me. Next time I’ll watch it at home and may have nicer words to say about it.
“Ali”: A very slow movie – resembled what championship boxing was like about the time Cassius Clay popped on the scene and livened things up a bit. Good acting, poor script.
“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”: I came upon Twins Peaks during its Bravo re-runs and after Laura Palmer had already died. This is the story of how she died.
“Steamboat Bill”: Early Buster Keaton silent movie.

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This month Boudreaux tells Broussard about his younger days as champion wrestler.

“Wat’s dis I hear ‘bout you being a rassler?” Broussard asked Boudreaux, his good friend, when they were fishing one today in Turtle Bayou.
“Mais, dat’s right, I guarantee!” Boudreaux replied. “In my last bout I beat the World Champion Rassler.”
“Ooweee!” Broussard exclaimed. “Told me how you done dat.”
“Well, dere was this champion rassler what never been beat. I wasn’t a contender, but nobody wanted to rassle this guy because of his famous ‘pretzel hold.’”
“A pretzel hold. Wat’s dat?”
“My manager, T-John told me that if he got me into the pretzel hold, I was done for – nobody ever escaped from dat! He would twist your body into such contortions that you could never escape, then he won the bout. I was scared lak’ hell, me, but my manager told me, ‘Boo, I gots a plan.’
“He said, ‘I’ve studied the films of all his bouts and I can teach you to spot when he’s going to put you into the pretzel hold, so that you avoid it for good!’
“Well, dat sounded good to me so I went into trainin’ with my manager until he was sure I could spot the pretzel hold and get out of it. After seven months, he said I was ready and scheduled the bout.
“When the bout started, I was careful. I saw dat pretzel hold coming and whoosh! I jumped to the side and he missed! Four, t’ree times he done dat and he missed. On the fifth time, I didn’t see it coming, and pie-yow! I was stuck! He had me in the pretzel hold. The crowd was roaring for the champion! I looked out the corner of my eye and saw my manager heading for the locker room. I was doomed!”
“But, Boo, you told me you beat him. What happened?”
“Well, I was twisted like a rope on a wild alligator’s tail, only I wasn’t moving. Suddenly I looked up and saw a pair of balls in front of my face and I stretched my neck and bit them as hard as I could.”
“Wowee! And then wot happened?”
“Well, Broussard, you never know how strong you are till you bite your own balls!”

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Besides the new reviews, the main change to the website in September was the adding of explanations for some of Matherne’s Rules. If you click on Rule # it takes you to the explanation, and then you can click to return. Here’s the explanation posted for MR#6: All Meanings Are True:

All meanings are true. What a rash statement to make! And yet when you look closely what constitutes a meaning for an individual, you learn that it is a result of their idiosyncratic upbringing, their individual set of experiences, their set of beliefs of how the world is constructed. All these things lead them to hold that some meaning is true. Since everyone has such a set of upbrining, experiences, and beliefs, it follows that everyone holds a different meaning, but a meaning that, rightly understood, is true for them. Thus, all meanings are true to the person who holds them or shares them with others. You can argue till you're blue in the face or you can simply say, "I do believe you are right." to someone who adamantly shouts down your expression of beliefs and offers theirs as being true. If you understand and apply AMAT, you will be able with equanimity to say to such a person, "Yes, you are right." Go to Matherne's Rule#6.

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6. POETRY by Andrew Marvell:
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"The Garden" - A Poem by Andrew Marvell:

How vainly men themselves amaze
To win the Palm, the Oak, or Bays;
And their uncessant Labors see
Crown'd from some single Herb or Tree,
Whose short and narrow verged shade
Does prudently their Toiles upbraid;
While all Flow'rs and all Trees do close
To weave the Garlands of repose.

Fair quiet, have I found thee here,
And Innocence thy Sister dear!
Mistaken long, I sought you then
In busy Companies of Men.
Your sacred Plants, if here below,
Only among the Plants will grow.
Society is all but rude
To this delicious Solitude.

No white nor red was ever seen
So am'rous as this lovely green.
Fond Lovers, cruel as their Flame
Cut in these Trees their Mistress name.
Little, alas, they know or heed,
How far these Beauties Hers exceed.
Fair Trees! wheres'e'er your barks I wound,
No Name shall but your own be found.

When we have run our Passions heat,
Love hither makes his best retreat.
The Gods, that mortal Beauty chase,
Still in a tree did end their race.
Apollo hunted Daphne so,
Only that She might Laurel grow.
And Pan did after Syrinx speed,
Not as a Nymph, but for a Reed.

What wond'rous Life in this I lead!
Ripe Apples drop about my head;
The Luscious Clusters of the Vine
Upon my Mouth do crush their Wine;
The Nectarine, and curious Peach,
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on Melons, as I pass,
Ensnar'd with Flow'rs, I fall on Grass.

Meanwhile the Mind, from Pleasure less,
Withdraws into its happiness:
The Mind, that Ocean where each kind
Does straight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other Worlds, and other Seas,
Annihilating all that's made
To a green Thought in a green Shade.

Here at the Fountains sliding foot,
Or at some Fruit-trees mossy root,
Casting the Bodies Vest aside,
My Soul into the bough does glide:
There like a Bird it sits, and sings,
Then whets, and combs its silver Wings;
And, till prepar'd for longer flight,
Waves in its Plumes the various Light.

Such was that happy Garden-state,
While Man there walk'd without a Mate:
After a Place so pure, so sweet,
What other Help could yet be meet!
But 'twas beyond a Mortal's share
To wander solitary there:
Two Paradises 'twere in one
To live in Paradise alone.

How well the skillful Gardener drew
Of flow'rs and herbs this Dial new
Where from above the milder Sun
Does through a fragrant Zodiac run;
And, as it works, th' industrious Bee
Computes its time as well as we.
How could such sweet and wholesome Hours
Be reckon'd but with herbs and flow'rs!

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

1.) ARJ2: The Active Side of Infinity by Carlos Castaneda

In this review/essay, I compare don Juan’s world view and find that with suitable translation, it mirrors that of Rudolf Steiner. A German mystic and a Mexican sorcerer – interesting juxtaposition, isn’t it?

I heard from an early reader of this essay, Kevin Dann, who said that he had judged Castaneda's work harshly and had avoided it for many years. With reluctance, he finally got around to my review of the "Active Side of Infinity" and found himself in an exquisite bind when he got to the "judging" part of the review --- sort of a psychic pretzel hold from which he could only extract himself by letting go of his own judging.

There are likely some other readers of this Digest who have judged Carlos Castaneda’s don Juan books similarly. If you are one of those, I recommend that you avoid reading this new review.

Christine Kaine, another early reader, sent me this comment which elucidates the process of judgment: [Incorporated into a footnote.] "The Greek for 'judgment' is krisis which speaks of a separating, then a decision. It hints at balance, the scales, the pendulum, and karma. The mechanism of Judgment in the soul is something that I am grappling with for my book, The Questing Soul".

2.) ARJ2: True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation by Rudolf Steiner

There are two false paths: the path of materialism and the path of spiritualism. In the former, the material world is considered to be the only reality and all else is illusion; in the latter the spiritual world is considered to be the only reality and all else is illusion. Each of these approaches to reality is like a chariot driver powering his chariot with only one horse. The materialist driver places one horse on the left and moves in counter-clockwise circles. The spiritualist driver places one horse on the right and moves in clockwise circles. Each one is like a dog chasing its own tail. They use up a lot of energy to stay in the same place and make no progress. Only if humanity harnesses two horses to its chariot will any progress be made straight away. The two horses are materialistic investigation and spiritual investigation — harnessed in the right way, these two will move forward the chariot of humankind into a future that is worth having.

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3.) ARJ2: Break Every Rule by Carole Maso

Here was a book I bought in order to read the essays on language, and I was satisfied with the way things started off in “The Shelter of the Alphabet.” Alphabet speaks to me as meaning the “house of All” — the house or shelter (beth in Hebrew is house) of all the letters. In Greek, alpha and beta are the first two letters, as in A, B, . . . or all the letters. With the alphabet we can live in the shelter of all our words.

[page 16] I who live everywhere and nowhere have built a house of language.

Maybe alphabet means “house of the first thing” or our “first home” — it is the first completely abstract mental construct we build as a child, A BCD, EFG, HIJK, LMNOP . . . Can you say those letters without echoing the alphabet song of your childhood that you built back then? It provides a shelter for Maso.

[page 19] In the gloating, enormous strangeness and solitude of the real world, where I am so often inconsolable, marooned, utterly dizzied — all I need do is pick up a pen and begin to write — safe in the shelter of the alphabet.

4.) ARJ2: Inventing the Truth by Annie Dillard, Lewis Thomas, Russell Baker, et al

I bought this book to read about Annie Dillard, but when I started writing my review of Inventing the Truth, I did the first page and a half on Lewis Thomas’s lugubrious reductionist’s view of humanity. An early reader of the review, Kevin Dann, said I was tipping a sacred cow. Well put. Materialistic science would do well to find out that it doesn't have a leg to stand on. See my comments on Ralph Berger's "Psyclosis" in my review below. Berger's a sacred cow tipper, in his own way.

5.) ARJ2: Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Dana, a 1997 review

I found this book because I remembered a book titled “Ten Years Before the Mast” and asked an English professor friend if that was the right title. He said that he thought it was five years not ten. So I began a quest to locate a book for which I didn’t know either the correct title or the name of the author. Richard Dana wrote this book of his sea and land adventures that took place before the California Gold Rush. Both land and sea offered amazing adventures, but the land adventures happened on the California Pacific Coast at a time when Sepulveda was only an isolated ranch in the heart of what’s now Los Angeles and wild goats climbed the hills that cable cars do now in San Francisco. For California lovers, this is a must read. Excerpt from book:

Notwithstanding all that has been said about the beauty of a ship under full sail, there are very few who have ever seen a ship, literally, under all her sail. A ship coming in or going out of port, with her ordinary sails, and perhaps two or three studding sails, is commonly said to be under full sail; but a ship never has all her sail upon her, except when she has a light, steady breeze, very nearly, but not quite, dead aft, and so regular that it can be trusted, and is likely to last for some time. Then, with all her sails, light and heavy, and studding sails, on each side, alow and aloft, she is the most glorious moving object in the world. Such a sight very few, even some who have been at sea a good deal, have ever beheld; for from the deck of your own vessel you cannot see her, as you would a separate object.

6.) ART: Knots by R. D. Laing

Did you ever listen to someone say something that made you feel like you were tying yourself into a knot trying to understand what they said? People who could benefit from psychotherapy commonly talk in this way. Laing began recording some of the “knots” that he heard these people say and created this classic book from them. All knots with only a brief introduction to the genre by the author. If you’ve heard one of these “knots” and don’t know where they came from, here’s your answer. But, remember as Laing writes, “If you don’t know you don’t know, you think you know.” knotsart.htm

7.) ART: Psyclosis - The Circularity of Experience by Ralph Berger

Ralph Berger brings a breath of fresh air to science when he begins his book by recognizing the circularity of experience, including the one he presents in this book. Plainly said, materialistic science is a dog chasing its own tail -- a flurry of activity that in the end is only a flurry of activity. Here's how he writes about this process in his Preface:

[page x] If one attempts to apply the conclusions of a particular philosophical analysis to the analysis itself, one must eventually face the fact that the system does not have any application beyond itself. One finds oneself trapped within circles of thought. To illustrate, let us take the analysis in this book. I shall examine the structure of experience in terms of certain brain processes that form the necessary conditions for experience. But "brain processes" are themselves concepts derived from experiences of scientists --- obtained by observing various mechanical, electronic, optical, or chemical measuring instruments.

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