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Quote for the Thanksgiving Month of November:

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher (1802-1882)

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THE GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #30, November 2002
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Table of Contents

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

8. Information on Dolphin Novel:
9. Closing Notes - our mailing list, locating books, unsubscribing to Digest
10. Gratitude

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1. November 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: http://www.doyletics.com/vjtoons.htm 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 doyletics.com 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 Premonition of Joey, An Unbelievable Premonition, An Illusory Definition.

#1 "Premonition of Joey" at http://www.doyletics.com/09198072.gif

#2 "An Unbelievable Premonition" at http://www.doyletics.com/09198073.gif

#3 "An Illusory Definition" at http://www.doyletics.com/09198074.gif

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2. HONORED READERS FOR November:
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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 November are:

Samir Coussa in Montreal, Quebec
Christian Paul Daniel Lenczner on Guam

Congratulations, Samir and Christian!


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3. ON A PERSONAL NOTE:


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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, so we endeavor to make it fun and informative for you every month. As I sit in this little room and write up these personal notes, I recall a little ditty from the 22 August 2002 issue of my London Review of Books that appeared in an essay by Thomas Jones:

"Well you're in your little room
and you're working on something good
but if it's really good
you're gonna need a bigger room
and when you're in the bigger room
you might not know what to do
you might have to think of
how you got started in your little room"

Jones used it to point out among other things that the "Harry Potter" author, J. K. Rowling, is having a little room built in her huge mansion in Edinburgh in order to have a place to write in that she feels comfortable. This verse speaks about how our desire for bigger and better things sometimes outstripping our need for them. My mom used to say it this way when talking about food, "Your eyes are bigger than your mouth."

Into this little room last month came a notice that my first Social Security check was deposited in the bank by automatic deposit. We've come a long way from where I used to have to stand in line every Friday evening to deposit my paycheck in the Bank of America in Anaheim. [Speaking of Anaheim, they are now champions of the world of baseball, their Angels are! If the Angels can get to the top, undoubtedly the Saints can, also!]

Back to my SS check: it's nice to begin to receive back the money that was taken out of my check in FICA deductions without my permission over the years with interest. How much interest you ask? Estimates are about -1.5% interest for money the average person puts into Social Security. Imagine a nation of fools willing to deposit money for long-term investment in a bank that guaranteed to take away 1.5% of the money each month and you have the United States of America.

In case you didn't know how SS works, it's not an investment, but a pyramid scheme, designed after the innovator Ponzi's original "investment" scheme in the 1920s. People send him money each month and he send dividends using the money new investors paid him. That's how SS works, doesn't it? Ponzi did nothing to make money, he simply paid off older investors using the funds of the newer ones. The federal bureaucracy got wind of what Ponzi was doing and passed a law making it illegal for anyone to run a pyramid scheme. Then it used Ponzi's idea to create the so-called Social Security, which is therefore, by its own words, a pyramid scheme! The money you have extracted from your paycheck each month goes, not into an investment which would earn you dividends, but instead it goes to pay those who, like me, paid into the same scheme earlier. There are three distinct differences in Ponzi's scheme and the Social Security scheme.


1.) Participation was voluntary.
2.) Everyone was paid more than they put into it. (Until the feds shut him down.)
3.) Ponzi had a proprietary interest in keeping his customers happy.

[As you read these, I hope you recalled that 1.) SS is not voluntary, 2.) everyone is paid less than they put into it, and 3.) every employee of the SS Administration gets paid whether or not a customer is happy or not because none of them have a proprietary interest in keeping the customer happy. Plus, the most important point of all: Ponzi never gets credit or gratitude for his original idea, up until now.]

We have a President in 2002 with the good sense to deconstruct this outrageous pyramid scheme by beginning the process of turning it into an investment scheme. Take a look at who is raising the biggest stink about this conversion and remember what RWE said about people above, they "seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." Any candidate for office who ridicules a president who wants to replace a pyramid scheme with a sensible investment plan is confessing that they wish to get into office to scam the American people even more than we are already being scammed every day that Congress is in session. If you vote, remember that as you select whom to represent you.

Left over from September: I attended an Ortho-Bionomy seminar headed by Richard Valasek at Blue Cliff Massage School in Metairie put on by local practitioner and trainer Peggy Scott. Richard began the weekend seminar on Friday with Phase 7 training, which can be used for remote healing, i.e., without actually touching the person. This was reserved by Arthur Pauls for advanced students, but Richard likes to teach it to beginners. Here's what happened to me after the weekend to confirm that I had learned Phase 7:

On the way home one night, as my wife, Del, and I were approaching a stoplight, Del mentioned that her sinuses were bothering her quite a bit and I looked over to her and wished that I stop right there and touch her to fix her sinuses. Since the traffic made that impossible, I did a Phase 7 maneuver on her sinuses. Never said anything about it to her, as I didn't want to influence her opinion about whether what I did worked. Later when we got home, she told me, "That work you did on my sinuses at the light worked. They're better now." I was incredulous and asked her what she meant, and she replied, "You know what I'm talking about. I felt them clear up when you looked over at me."

One of the toughest jobs I've ever had was doing the eulogy for my brother David. After I spoke for my mother's funeral a couple of years ago, David had said, "Whew! I don't think I could have ever done that!" This let me know that he would have liked me to speak at his funeral. I asked his son Randy who arranged with Fr. Bok for me to speak about David before his homily. After the eulogy, as I returned to my pew, a little old lady in a wheelchair shone her bright eyes at me and gave me a thumb's up signal. Several other people made comments on how they enjoyed the eulogy. Yvette, my youngest daughter, said simply, "I'm proud of you." My cousin's husband gave me the greatest tribute when he said, "If you outlive me, I want you to do my eulogy." But the one who described best what I attempted to do was my oldest daughter Maureen when she told me the next day, "You took me through the whole gamut of emotions as you gave the eulogy. By the end I was ready to say goodbye to David and finish my grieving for him."

September 29 is the birthday of my father, Hilman Joseph Matherne, who just turned 85. It is also one of the four cardinal or hinge points of the calendar, Michaelmas, when we celebrate the swinging into Autumn. This is the feast day of Micha-el, the Archangel, whose job is to help humankind bring the forces of darkness into submission. This is symbolized by his having the dragon under his heel and his sword glinting as he prepares to dispatch the dragon into oblivion. The other feasts are Christmas (Winter), Easter (Spring), and St. John's Tide (Summer).

My long-time friend, Bradford Riley sent me this poem for Michaelmas which I would like to share with you:

Surviving the Intellectual Soul by Bradford Riley

Prithee that into Autumn's misty days,
I may carry Light and Micha-el's ways.
That though the light grows short without
The Living Light will cast no doubt:
That we in living, waking, seeing,
Build on Loving Fission, Joyful Freeing.

While terrible the thoughts of Men
Melt like acid what Angels send,
Mocking and scorning where oneness descends,
Thinking, like Shrapnel, shreds the heart it rends,
Bringing the Intellectual Soul from shattered glass
To the foal that Christ trailed behind the ass.

Bringing His New Cosmos while riding on the old,
Bringing New thinking from fallen Gold.
Bringing New Nature from the fallen Pan,
Bringing New Sun to light the path of Man.

We had a lot of visitors around the first week of October, but none caused the stir that the two visitors from the South, Isidore and Lili, did. Two mid-week hurricanes caused folks to close schools, evacuate, and tremble for two weeks in a row. We stayed home. Only problem we had was our papaya tree, our avocado trees, and an Lombardy Poplar tree blew over due to the heavy rain that softened the ground around their roots. Made it easy to straightened them up again after the wind stopped. Isidore trimmed all the dead branches from our palm tree out front and saved me the effort of cutting them.

There were three projects I undertook this month. The first was baking some Burkhardt Bread. [2007 RJM NOTE: This recipe became the very first of my monthly recipes, a tradition which continues to this day.]

My second project was upgrading my old 20" CRT monitor to two 15" Flat Screen Monitors in Portrait mode. This creates two vertically oriented writing screens that allow me to do my job much more proficiently. See the resulting desktop for yourself at: http://www.doyletics.com/dualdesk.gif
In this example, I have displayed on left an email window and on the right a website review.

There was a third project, one that I had been planning for a year or more. I have using a mulch bed and creating this wonderful black compost for over 12 years here at Timberlane, and decided that it was time to convert it into a Biodynamic Mulch bed. I ordered the special preparations on-line and followed the instructions for adding them to my mulch bed. The preparations were made in accordance with the instructions by Rudolf Steiner which are designed to enliven the soil, provide nutrients to the soil, and combat harmful plant diseases. To go from organic gardening to Biodynamic gardening, these mulch preparations are a necessary step. With the use of this treated compost, one needs no additional fertilizers. I'll let you know how this works out in a year or so. Here's the six preparations:

#502 Yarrow
#503 Chamomile
#504 Stinging Nettle
#505 Oak Bark
#506 Dandelion
#507 Valerian Solution

Here's the basic process I followed, according to the instructions:

Made six holes in a circular pattern in the mulch, placed the BD preps into the six holes. The Valerian solution was added to a gallon of rain water and half of that went into the middle hole. Covered the holes and then sprayed the rest of the Valerian solution over the pile. Actually just half of the solution. I cut the grass and placed two large bags of mulch over the bed and sprayed the rest of the solution over it.

When you have sixteen grandkids and one great-grandkid as we do, any month will bring one or two birthdays. We had three this month, our two-year-olds, Collin and Benjamin, and our 16-yr-old, Chris. Ben is the great-grandson, Collin the grandson. Ben is the great-grandson, Collin the grandson. For Collin's party the big event was the Baton Rouge East Side Fire Engine that showed up with sirens blaring and lights flaring. Here's a photo of Collin in his fireman's hat operating the fire truck while his dad, John, holds him: http://www.doyletics.com/collin2y.jpg

And here's a photo of Benjamin at his 2-yr-old birthday party in Metaire. He is shown at the left opening his present from his Great-Grandpa.

One more Grandpa event for the month involved my first trip to the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station for a Blue Angels Air Show. We live about four air miles from the base, so I get to watch them doing their acrobats from the east side of Timberlane, sometimes from my PC workstation, which has large windows to each side of it looking to the East. My oldest grandson, Chris, accompanied me. At right is a photo of him strapped into the P-51 Mustang WWII fighter plane simulator. In this device, experienced doing 360 degree rollovers. Still would like to become a pilot.

On the sports side, the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers are both 6-2 heading into the second part of their season. And I watched the inaugural NBA game of the New Orleans Hornets as they grandly whipped the Utah Jazz 100-75 to a standing ovation at the end of the game. Post season venues for each of these three teams seem likely as they are all three of championship caliber.

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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 http://www.netflix.com/ 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.):
br>“Men in Black” – Frank the Chinese Pug makes his Joe Pesci appearance as a bit actor in this movie. In MIB II, Frank gets legs, four of them, and accompanies the two dudes in black around town like Pesci got to do in Lethal Weapon II. Funny movie made from a funny book! Who would have figured? This is my third viewing. The second one I did as research for a college graduate course. We decided to do an “Aliens in Black” theme for our final presentation for our College Curriculum course. We called it the Earthling University Human Immersion Program (EUHIP). Our team of three wore all black, donned our shades, and I pulled out the neutralizer and gave the rapt audience of newly arrived aliens complete amnesia for their life on other planets so they could begin their EUHIP curriculum on Earth with a blank slate.
“Body Double” – Good Halloween-night Flick -- If you haven't seen this one, rent a DVD or else when it comes on cable, you'll see and hear only the half of the movie that gets by censors. This was likely Melanie Griffith's first movie and she really got down in the dirt in this one. Kudos and free popcorn for anyone who recognizes when Melanie first appears on screen in this one. A new take on the gal in the chorus line who becomes a big star. Sexy, suspenseful, and funny. Brian DePalma masterpiece imho.

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.

“Blackhawk Down” – The production costs for this movie obviously included a tankcar full of Technicolor #9, which is the red liquid that actually looks red on film, which real blood doesn’t. Not that you could see much color in this dark, bloody, and depressing movie. The event it portrayed was obviously a highlight of the Clinton presidency, right up there with Waco. Ended with a long shot of a cargo bay full of coffins.
Sam, I Am — with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Amazing movie from beginning to end. Feel good movie about a retarded man who fathers a child whose mother abandons them. Sam has to raise little Lucy Diamond Dawson from an infant while working at a coffee shop. Was so good that after the movie was over we watched all of the commentary and deleted scenes on the DVD.
“Cypress Edge” – A movie I only rented because it was made in New Orleans. I loved the part where the hero got off the streetcar at the marina. But all location movies have little impossible quirks like that. What was really troubling was the gratuitous Mardi Gras float scenes which had literally nothing to do with the movie. I waited in vain for the connection which never came. All stock footage and none of the actors ever appeared on screen the same time as the floats. Movie could have taken place any time of the year, but there were those Carnival parade scenes scattered from beginning to end of the film. Rod Steiger was the only partially recognizable actor; he played the Senator and family patriarch – I say partially because one is used to hearing him using a coherent script. Not much happens in the movie: things are always almost happening — till the final scene when the Senator dies of a heart attack while ramming his son with his yacht and as a result, surprise! surprise! almost hits him due to a last second swerve as Steiger hits the deck and moves the steering wheel. Then the bomb on his ship which almost went off, but was defused earlier, ignites, and another surprise! the ship actually blows up. A patchwork quilt of stereotypical movies executed badly. Almost a movie.

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


“Novocaine” – Steve Martin as a dentist with a retirement plan that included a new set of teeth for him and his brother. If you missed it first time around, consider yourself lucky.
“Mexico City” – Interesting film of a non-Spanish speaking American woman lost in the wilds of Mexico City, if inconsistent writing and execution at times. Like when the gypsy woman grabs her arm and hair and tries to warn her against proceeding up the street. Her guide tells her when she later finds her watch gone that the gypsy woman stole it. Using our DVD, I went back and looked carefully at her arm in slow motion — she clearly had NO wristwatch on either arm before the gypsy woman scene.
“Fifth Element” – This is a movie that I found a bit revolting when I first watched it. Then years later, I found that a friend of mine had written the play that inspired this movie. That called for a new look at what Hollywood did to his fine ideas. There are some interesting insights in this movie, but the special effects and the alien monsters get in the way of assimilating them. If my friend asks me if I enjoyed it the second time, I’ll take the fifth.

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4. CAJUN STORY:
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Since some of you really enjoyed the “Pretzel Hold” story last month, I have another one from that vintage for you this month, “The Ten Day Camel.”

Boudreaux occasionally takes jobs overseas for his oil company. He had just gotten back from a trip to an oil well in the middle of the Saharan desert when Broussard dropped by for a little café au lait with him.

“Boudreaux, comme ce vais – mais, told me how yo’ trip to the desert went.”

“Broussard, it was a big mess. When I got dere, de only way to get to the oil well was a ten-day trip by camel. Dat’s what my boss told me before I left. He said, “Boudreaux, you need to rent yourself a ten-day camel to get to our oil well.”

“So you found one, eh?”

“Mais, non! Every camel dealer I went to had the same story, 'My best camels are only seven-day camels.' I was exhausted by the end of the day and thought I was going to have to fly back home.”

“Wahl, what you did?”

“When I have trouble thinking, I like to sit down and drink myself a beer. So dere I was in the bar in Timbuktu drinking a beer and talking to the bartender. He axed me what I was doing and I told him that I was going to have to fly back to Lafayette because I couldn’t find myself a ten-day camel.”

“Look, Boudreaux, I’ll tell you a secret,” the bartender leaned over the counter and whispered to me, “there are no ten-day camels. What you need to do is ‘supercharge’ a seven-day camel.”

“Wahl, how you did dat?” I axed him.

“You rent yourself a male, seven-day camel. Just before you leave on your ten day trip, you take your camel over to the watering trough and let him drink until he’s nearly full of water and almost can’t take in another drop. While his head is still in the water, you sneak behind him with a brick in each hand and quickly slam the bricks together on his balls! Then the camel will go ‘ssssssscccchhhllluuuuuurrrrrrppppp!’ and suck in enough water for three more days! That’s how you supercharge a camel.”

“Mais, I t’ink that will work, me!” I told the bartender.

“But, Boudreaux, doesn’t that hurt?”

“Dat’s what I asked the bartender, me, and he said, ‘No, not unless you get your fingers between the bricks.’”

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5. INAUGURAL RECIPE of the MONTH for November, 2002 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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There were three projects I undertook this month. The first was baking some Burkhardt Bread. This recipe came from Steiner's book on Nutrition and Stimulants that I completed the previous month. It was given in kilograms, so I needed to convert the measures into American units. And I needed to test it for several loaves to get it to work properly in my breadmaker. Our A&P sells Hodgson's Mills Stone-ground Graham Flour which makes four loaves of this bread for about $3. Below's the recipe and the photo of the finished product is linked at:

http://www.doyletics.com/burkhard.gif

[Note: you may still have to adjust ingredients a bit
for your oven, breadmaker, etc]

Recipe for Burkhardt Bread

[October 18, 2002 adapted by Bobby Matherne from Appendix (b) of Nutrition and Stimulants by Rudolf Steiner. See review at: http://www.doyletics.com/arj/nutritio.htm ]

On page 225, Paul Burkhardt wrote these words: "Some years ago I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Steiner about bread baking, rising agents, and the procuring of suitable flour. At that time he laid less stress on the fermenting agent but much more on the fact that the whole grain should be used including the germ, the seed coat below the bran and the protein-containing cells (aleuron). From this conversation granted me by our revered and beloved Dr. Steiner arose the Burkhardt bread . . .
[Note: You must use only stone-ground flour for this bread. The reasons for this are explained in the book.]

3 ½ cups of Hodgson's Mills Whole Wheat Graham Flour [stone ground - essential]
2 tsp of Fermipan or Red Star yeast
2 tsp of gluten [optional]
1 ½ tsp salt
2 Tbspoon olive oil [extra virgin]
2 Tbspoon honey
3 Tbspoon powdered milk [we use Coffeemate Lite]
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 3/4 cups of 80 degF water
[Crystallized, 40 degF water from my fridge. Heated for 60 secs in my 1100 watt Whirlpool microwave oven. Check temps in your oven.]
Add honey, salt, yeast, water, oil, walnuts, milk to flour in bread machine.
Choose Wheat bread, medium crust for baking setting. [3 hrs, 40 mins, my bread machine]

[Notes: Crystallized water is local Mississippi Water from my tap placed overnight in fridge with a quartz crystal in the glass jar. This loaf was uniform in texture
from bottom to the very top. Light with a firm and delicate crust. Absolutely delicious. To LIVE for! See it for yourself, then bake it yourself.]


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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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             Undercooked Poetry

Undercooked poetry
      is not good for you
Better put it on the barby
      for another turn or two.

Ley lines are lines of force
       buried in the earth
Where they intersect, of course,
       there's sensitivity and mirth.

Poets are points of sensitivity
       they lay lines in their books,
Vibrating centers of society
       and everyone who looks.

Words are sacred feats,
       an auditory sacrament,
They resonate with jungle beats
       and shouts of encouragement.

Just strew the words upon a page
       and mix in some new ideas,
Your poems will be all the rage
       in a half a million years.

Here's my notes on the inspiration for the poem:

[[This poem written by Bobby Matherne on May 2, 1990. Inspired by a melange of thoughts I had been accumulating on my desk calendar over the past several weeks. Specific references are: 1) `undercooked poetry' was from my friend, Calvin, who once said he knew someone who got `salamander poisoning from eating undercooked poetry,' 2) `poets are sensitive points of civilization' idea came from Joan Aiken in her book, `How to Write for Children,' a book she wrote for adults.
If the phrase "salamander poisoning from eating undercooked poetry" tickles your belly button, imagine a book filled with Calvinisms like this one and you have
The Book of Calvin, which you can read at: http://www.doyletics.com/boc/book00.htm ]]

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for November:
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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: Being Nobody Going Nowhere by Ayya Khema

What is meditation if it is not living in the moment? And yet for many of us the present moment is spent living in the past or the future. Khema calls this human absurdity, and certainly it deserves that adjective because in the animal kingdom there is no attention to the past or the future.

[page 9] One of the human absurdities is the fact that we're constantly thinking about either the future or the past. Those who are young think of the future because they've got more of it. Those who are older think more about the past because for them there is more of that.
What we attend to is what we have more of – that is a thought worth pondering – more past, we attend to matters that are past; more future, to matters that are to come. What is lacking in this approach to life is the understanding that both the young with more future and the old with more past have an abundant present that is available to them every second of their lives! Eternity is now. There is no meaning to eternity unless we are alive at this very moment. I am alive as I run my fingers speedily over the keyboard as I type these words, and you, dear Reader, are alive as you run your eyes speedily over these words. Stop for a moment and ponder, think deeply about eternity – is it not merely one present moment after another? Live those moments fully that you are experiencing now and you construct your eternity, one brick at a time, one second at a time.

No time to meditate? Then maybe you don't have enough time to read the rest of the review at:

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/beingnob.htm

2.) ARJ2: Thucydides Speeches of Pericles by H. G. Edinger

Why bother to read a speech that was given 2,500 years ago? Who cares what Pericles had to say over the cremation ceremony for Athens’s fallen soldiers? Surely that can have no bearing on the issues of the world today! You catch my drift? Ain’t no way I’m gonna read no fershlugginer review of a book about some dumb old speeches. Forget the review, too! I gots more important stuff to do with my life!

To avoid the review, be careful too not CLICK ON this LINK:

http://www.doyletics.com/arj/pericles.htm

3.) ART: The Complete Poetry of Samuel Hoffenstein by Samuel Hoffenstein

When I think of quatrains of poetry, I think of Sam Hoffenstein as being right up there with Omar Khayyam. I bought this book during my freshman year in college, 1958, and some of the quatrains that I memorized back then are still fresh to me as the day I first read them. Here's one of them from a page 25 poem entitled, Poems Intended to Incite the Utmost Depression:

In a million years or so,
Maybe yes and maybe no
Maybe sooner, like as not,
Sun and stars will go to pot.
Yes, sun and stars , like the very planet Earth upon which we now live, will all one day burn up, dissolve, and fade away. One can sense a deep spirituality in all of Hoffenstein's poems, no matter how seemingly silly or trivial. Here's one that's simply about a lion and the echo of its roar, or is it? Anyone who understands the difference between the roaring impact of an original work of art and the dying echoes of its kitsch-imitators will ken a deeper meaning in his words below. It is the roar of the original work of an inventor versus the faint echoes of the rip-off artists who forge shoddy ersatz products based on the original invention. The quatrain from the poem whose title is almost a full poem (from page 261):
As the Crow Flies, Let Him Fly — Poems Containing Mottoes for Wall or Desk, Moral Percepts, and Other Instructive and Diverting Matters, So Expressed, That He Who Runs May Run (If He Likes)
The lion roars, the echoes try
To simulate that lordly cry;
But having said their little say,
The echoes quickly fade away.

Before those echoes quickly fade away, introduce yourself to the roarings of this fine poet at:

http://www.doyletics.com/art/ complart.htm

4.) ART: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn

What Kuhn did for science is to highlight the power of its paradigmatic approach to reality, and the flaws of the approach. A paradigm can be like a dam holding back the flood waters of heresy or it can be a stone wall which deflects the arrows of anomalies from its sanctum sanctorum. A paradigm can lubricate the everyday processes of science and it can prevent any paradigmatic anomalies or deviancies from ever leading to a newer and more robust science. A paradigm can be a boon or a boner, a safe haven for productive work or a neurotic shelter from the real world.

Kuhn says that his “most fundamental objective is to urge a change in the perception and evaluation of familiar data.” If we are viewing and evaluating our data through paradigmatic-colored glasses, then he urges that we become aware of that, and learn to take them off from time to time when anomalies arise so that we see and evaluate the data directly. It is only thus that new paradigms may ever arise. These two quotes will highlight the two contradictory aspects of a paradigm.

[page viii, from the Preface] Yet, somehow, the practice of astronomy, physics, chemistry, or biology normally fails to evoke the controversies over fundamentals that today often seem endemic among, say, psychologists or sociologists. Attempting to discover the source of that difference led me to recognize the role in scientific research of what I have since called “paradigms.” These I take to be universally recognized scientific achievements that for a time provide model problems and solutions to a community of practitioners.

[page ix, from the Preface] In addition, the view of science to be developed here suggest the potential fruitfulness of a number of new sorts of research, both historical and sociological. For example, the manner in which anomalies, or violations of expectation, attract the increasing attention of a scientific community needs detailed study, as does the emergence of the crises that may be induced by repeated failure to make an anomaly conform.

Paradigm still fuzzy to you? The review may help. It's at:

http://www.doyletics.com/art/tsosrart.htm

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