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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Johnny Unitas (1933 - 2002)
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #32 Published January 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Winter Month of January:

‘If I’ve offended you, I’m sorry’ is not a real apology, but I will accept it in the sense in which it was intended.”
Bobby Matherne

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Table of Contents

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

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

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

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1. January 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 Recurses and a Strange Dream.

#1 "Recurses!" at

#2 "Strange Dream" 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 January are:

Captain Rod Resweber (Continental Airlines) in Lafayette, Louisiana

Jami Scholl in Bloomington, Indiana

Congratulations, Rod and Jami!

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Out Our Way:

First Sunday of the month I devoted to catching up on the newspapers I missed while we were in Toronto. Went to a meeting at my club which was halfway through being restored after the movie “The Runaway Jury” was shot there. Look for the hunting club in the movie with Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and John Cusack coming later this year. The weather was bitter cold and that called for minestrone soup. It was nice to be able to heat up the house from the kitchen and pour out good smells in the process. First time I cooked without putting the vent on to exhaust the excess heat and humidity since last winter. And you, dear Readers, can make yourself this minestrone soup because I’ve included the recipe in the new section of this Digest for the Recipe of the Month:

I received this poem by Emily Dickenson in an email this month from Ruth Anne Mistead and would like to share it with you. It speaks to the props that people use in their daily work as crutches that may be dropped once they truly understand the work they do. Also applies to life as the scaffold of death eventually drops one’s body back to the Earth and affirms for each one a Soul:

The Props assist the House
Until the House is built
And then the Props withdraw
and adequate, erect,
The House support itself
And cease to recollect
The Auger and the Carpenter —
Just such a retrospect
Hath the perfected Life —
A past of Plank and Nail
and slowness -- then the Scaffolds drop
Affirming it a Soul.
St. Nicholas visited our house and left me his uniform to wear and some suggestions for the right words to say to the young children. I sat down and read from the Golden Book the words their angels had written in the book. Here’s the words [and on-line you’ll find a photo]:

“Good Evening, Children, I am St. Nicholas and this is my loyal servant, Ruprecht. You know, Children, that Christmas is coming soon, and the Christ Child is coming close to the Earth. I have descended from Heaven to seek out the Children of the Earth to see how they are preparing for his coming. I have brought along my Golden Book, in which the Angels have written, things so beautiful that they light up the pages. There are dark things written there and we shall read them as well.

“Ruprecht, hand me my Golden Book.” [St. Nick read the page for each child present. Followed by a closing song and a present to St. Nick.]

“Thank you Children – that was a beautiful song. This is a lovely gift. I will hold you in my heart forever. I can see that you are well prepared for the coming of the Christ Child. Continue to do your best as He is coming soon. I must go now as there are other children waiting for me.

“Ruprecht, it is time to leave. Goodbye, Children, and May God Bless each and every one of you.”

To make it a little interactive, I diverged from the script a bit and asked the children if they knew the meaning of Christmas coming near. One little said, "Many presents!" To which I replied, "Yes, and it also means that the Christ Child is approaching the Earth." A small girl piped up, "You are right, Santa!" Obviously these children had been doing a good job of preparing themselves for the coming of the Christ Child.

After that Del and I took our Christmas act to our daughter’s house where my precocious grandson Gabe kept asking Del, “Grandma, how come Grandpa is wearing that costume?”

Our living room has become Santa's workshop this month. Actually it became a gift wrapping room where over 175 presents were assembled, stuffed into boxes and gift-wrapped by Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus was busy wrapping presents one morning. The dining room table was completely full at one point, but before I could take a photo of her, she had cleared the table. “Too busy for photos,” Mrs. Claus said. Took one anyway, and she wouldn’t stop putting tape on a present even for the photo, which you can see at right (on the website Digest).

We hand delivered the ones for my son's family around Thanksgiving. Our Metairie, Baton Rouge, Alexandria and Beaumont crews assembled at Timberlane on December 14th — we had a full house of kids, grandkids, gifts, toys, and food. Then we hit the road to hand deliver the Bellaire and Beaumont brood their gifts. We made seven out of the eight offsprings deliveries in person this Christmas.

One morning I awoke from a dream in which I heard these words, “Upon seeing the ocean, Clive said to himself, ‘It is a sea to which I will return – a sea of dreams, a sea of unconsciousness, a sea of future lives that rolls and billows in front of me even as the vast ocean upon which I gaze.’ ”

It was the day on which I had to prepare the following for our open house: shrimp stuffed merlitons, oyster dressing, roast turkey, baked yams, baked sac-au-lait casserole. That night we went to a party given by Total Benefit Services and met some old friends there. The next day Del and I spent cooking and preparing for the guests coming at 4 pm. Roasting the turkey, stuffing it with the oyster dressing halfway through its roasting, making the giblet gravy, and the other thousand things that eating flesh is heir to. We had a full house and everyone left with a full tummy and an armful of gifts.

The next day Del and I went to the Saints game. It was a gorgeous day with bright clear skies and I took a bunch of pictures of the downtown buildings as we walked from our parking space. The Saints played a great game right up to the last 8 seconds when the other team beat them by one point on a two point conversion.

Now for a little surfing fun: Using HotBot’s advanced search capabilities, I searched for “Bobby Matherne” excluding any links to or pages dated before Jan 1, 2002 to exclude most of the review pages from my two web sites. In the process I have discovered these new links to me:

David Bower’s NYU dissertation has a link to one of my Bruner reviews at:

English 287 at Kansas State University lists my “How To Read A Book” review in its study guide for the Syllabus.

The Norwegian National Library has an interesting article about emotions and LeDoux that not only references my website but actually cites my research results from mine and Doyle’s work.

The Phoenix Art Group’s Quote archive has a quote from my “Art is the Process of Destruction” Essay, namely, “", true art, rightly understood, is not pretty, because it involves the destruction of the sameness that we have become inured to over time, and most people resent it when some new artist destroys artistic illusions they have worked hard to acquire."

The website has a googlism on art which includes my thesis of art as the process of destruction:

Then my LSU Tigers gave me a big Christmas presents by beating the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats in basketball. Was neat to see former LSU coach Dale Brown in the crowd during the game. His team was the last one to defeat a No. 1 Wildcats team almost twenty years ago against the same coach, Lute Olsen. The Tigers came back a week later and soundly whipped the cross state rival Tulane. Again. That’s why they’re so cross. Go Tigers.

Meanwhile a funny thing happened to the Saints on the way to the playoffs. Only having to beat the vincible Panthers, they were unable to score a single TD even when the defense handed the Saints offense a first down on the 15 yd line. Instead of winning, the hapless Saints relegated their only dependable quarterback to the sidelines, Coach Haslett has become Coach Hasbeen, and the fans filled the Superdome for the last game of the year – filled it with boos. BOOO! There! Had one that got stuck. That feels better.

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve and will be pulling for my LSU Tigers at midday in the Cotton Bowl on NY's Day. I've been planting five or six cotton plants the last couple years on the Timberlane grounds and now I'm ready for my harvest. Think "Purple and Gold" for New Year’s Day! We’ll be eating black eyed peas and cabbage whichever way the game turns out.

Okay, this last bit belongs in next month’s Digest, but I couldn’t wait that long or bother to think about it for another month. In the Cotton Bowl: LSU took the game to Texas and outplayed them to a standstill. After one quarter of play, LSU was leading 10-7 and Texas still had ZERO yards on offense. Turnover gifts and defensive breakdowns by LSU allowed Texas to get back in game. Final score was 35 to 20 and LSU lost. I was disappointed in the outcome of the Cotton Bowl because I had hoped for a good chance to practice grace in the face of victory.

Happy New Year Everyone! To the football recruiters: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”


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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.):

    “Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers” The middle of the Trilogy (for those of you who received a “Trilogy Pursuits” game for Christmas) showed our intrepid warriors advancing on Mordor and the Two Towers with the help of the nine league roots of the Ents. In Helms Deep, a great battle raged, perhaps the greatest battle ever filmed, but then Cecile B. DeMille never had computer animation to fill out the legions of troops for his battles. I was able to see clearly the MPD or Multiple Personality Disorder that the idea of the Ring created in all who wore it or wanted to wear it. I had missed the significance of this when I first read the book as a 29-year-old. Desire, intense wanting of something pulls evil spirits into one’s body against which our better natures must do battle. I overheard someone say that this movie was better than the first movie, and nearly had to snicker aloud. It was like comparing the center third of a novel to the first third! If one must compare “Lord of the Rings” to anything, compare the three movies as a whole, which is what they are, to any other movie. J. R. R. Tolkien never intended his story to be other than a single book – the division was done by book publishers who wanted to sell as many books as possible so they divided a big book into three smaller ones.
    “Bride of the Wind” — a marvelous movie about Alma Mahler, who after her first marriage to Gustav Mahler, became a lover of Oscar Kokoschka, famous impressionist painter and artist, later married famous Bauhaus architect, Walter Gropius, and finally was the wife of Franz Werfel the author of Song of Bernadette, among other things. The music, the scenery, the art works, the beautiful people all combine to make this a most memorable movie, worth a second and third viewing without delay. One memorable quote from the movie: When Alma tells Oscar that Gustav had no time for her, Oscar replied, “Time is the money of love.”

    “Paradise Road” a great movie with Glenn Close and a dozen recognizable actresses such as the gal who played Shirley Valentine several years ago and the Elf Queen from Lord of the Rings. A true story of prisoners of war on Sumatra during the entire Second World War who survived horrendous prison camp conditions by forming a choir to produce musical concerts which Valentine arranged from memory and Close conducted. Their only instruments were their voices. Watching and listening to wordless music bridge the gap between two enemy cultures was an emotion-filled and heart-rending experience. An amazing story of a group of women brought together in what was likely a karmic working out of some deeds they performed during a previous lifetime together as men on a battlefield.
    "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Another great Harry Potter movie. Moaning Myrtle, the Basilisk, Gilderoy Lockhart, and Lucius Malfoy played by a bad guy from films (except his role in "Sweet November"). He makes Snape look mild mannered by comparison. In the end of the movie, Dumbledorf tells Harry that Valdemorte gave Harry some of his power when he tried to kill him as a baby --- the event which left the scar on Harry's forehead. This insight came to me: when we get angry at someone, we give them our power. This would apply to the 9/11 terrorists also, I suspect. Del pointed out that equanimity has the direct benefit to us of keeping this from happening. Thus I received the answer to my unanswered question as to why one might wish to contain one’s joy within instead of exuberantly expressing it: it keeps our power within instead of spreading it into the world where it might be misused by others.
    “The Seventh Seal” by Ingmar Bergman This is a classic by all measures of the word. A knight returned from the crusades to Sweden challenges Death to a chess game for his life rather than leave right away with the Man in Black. The black plague is ravaging his homeland. The Bishop who urged him and his squire to go off on the crusades turns out to be robbing bubonic corpses of their gold jewelry. Full of dark foreboding and stark black and white images that are powerful and memorable. Like the squire’s answer to the existential question, “What if this were all there is?” He said, “Then we must enjoy life to its very end.” On DVD this one can be watched with English dubbing, but, having worked my way through it several times in Swedish with English subtitles, it didn’t sound right. Max von Sydow and Bibi Anderson as young actors is another treat.
    “The Business of Strangers” with Stockard Channing as the lead stranger. The movie was about a business woman and it got stranger and stranger as it went on. She fires the aide who gets there late with her visual presentation gear. Then she gets a call from her secretary about a Board Meeting going on while she, the Vice President, is out of town. Sure sign that she’s going to be fired. So she talks to a head hunter about possible jobs, none of which she really wants. Then she meets with the Axe Man from the Board who offers her the job as President of the company and she is in pure shock, unable to respond appropriately, but manages to say yes. She is still out of town and the airport is closed, so she has to celebrate by herself until she sees her fired aide and decides to apologize to her and ends up celebrating with her. This December and April Thelma and Louise are obviously going to get into some kind of trouble, and the tension for the audience builds. The April-Thelma accuses the headhunter who’s still around of raping her girl friend while they were at a college party, and vengeance seems to be called for by the December-Louise. What would be fitting for the womanizing rapist creep? Thereupon hangs a tail . . . er, a piece of tail? Well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?
    “High Crimes” a military tribunal thriller with a twist, the wife of the accused Marine takes over as his lawyer. Hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, but the gal, Ashley Judd, is good and gets a great legal mind in retired boozer and lawyer, Morgan Freeman, to help her see through her own blind spots. Whole story highlights the kinship of “Special Ops” with “Special Flops”.

    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.

    “Gettysburg” was a three hour epic dramatization of the great battle of the War Between the States in which every battle and skirmish showed the men of the South being beaten silly by the Northerners. The folly of invincibility brought Lee to his knees and led him to repeat abject apologies to his men afterward. The great battle to draw the Northern troops back across the border failed due to a general’s hubris. So avoid it — the wrong side always seems to win. Just think what Trent Lott would have had to say if Lee had listened to Longstreet.

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

    “Nine Months” with Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore as the reluctant father and first baby mother. Maybe they’ll get married later – it’s a 21st Century thing. This movie could have been improved by removing Tom Arnold completely and replacing him with a normal actor. His hyperactive antics detracted from an otherwise strong and interesting movie. The Keystone Kops high speed drive – like Bullitt with a car full of basket cases – was also expendable.
    “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” a marvelous cartoon movie about a mustang. Note that “wild mustang” would be redundant — a mustang by definition is a horse that is wild and cannot be ridden. This movie is not just for kids who will certainly love how “Spirit” keeps from being ridden and escapes from the captivity of those [parents] who would subjugate him.

    “Impact” a 1948 black & white movie with Brian Donlevy as president of a large industrial firm who gets bludgeoned and left for dead by his wife’s lover who then steals his car and drives off into the front of a gasoline truck. With the driver burned beyond recognition, Donlevy is taken for dead and his wife is charged with killing him. He wanders into a small Idaho town and becomes a garage mechanic and falls in love with his boss, a lovely young war widow. Want a time warp to a simpler time and place? Watch this movie. The idyll in Idaho shows life the way it was once in small town America where the most exciting thing to do was to ride a fire truck to a fire as a volunteer fireman. The plot thickens when he returns to San Francisco and his treacherous wife accuses him of killing the man who attempted to murder him. Worth a look.

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          Boudreaux and Marie were sitting in the living room one night and Marie was reading Cosmopolitan.
          “Boo,” she said, “I’m reading this article about how often old married folks like us have sex. How often would you say we have sex, Cher?”
          “Mais, Marie, I’d say nearly every night.”
          Marie thought for awhile and then said, “Mais, you know, I t’ink you right dere, yeah. We nearly had sex last night, we nearly had sex the night before dat, and we nearly had sex the night before dat. We nearly have sex every night.”

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for January, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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    Grandma Del’s Minestrone Soup

    This is a hearty soup for those wintery days of January and February. This makes a large pot of soup, so have a stock pot available for the final soup.


    1 small head of cabbage
    2 cans of Trappey’s Red Kidney Beans with Chili Sauce
    2 cans of Van Camp’s New Orleans Style Red Beans
    ½ can of Rotel diced tomatoes and peppers
    1 large can of tomato sauce
    1 large can of tomato paste (or 2 small cans)
    2 large can whole tomatoes (chop while in can before adding to soup)
    2 cans of Veg-All (substitute: 1 can corn, 1 can peas)
    1 8 oz package of small elbow macaroni
    1 can of potatoes or better: 15-20 small new potatoes, chopped in half or quarters
    4 individual stalks of celery (center cluster counts as one stalk)
    3 yellow onions (chopped)
    1 tbsp chopped garlic (from jar ok)
    3 tbsp of Extra Lite Olive Oil (doesn’t smoke when onions are sautéd.)
    Ham Bone (OPTIONAL: Honey Baked Ham works well)


    Begin by chopping cabbage into 2" chunks and boiling it in a large stock pot for about 10 to 15 minutes – should still have a greenish tint to cabbage leaves. Remove cabbage and allow stock to simmer.

    Next chop the onions and celery. Add Olive Oil to large frying pan and turn on high. Add a few pieces of chopped onions so that you can hear when the oil is ready (STAY near stove till ready to add onions! This is a good time to open all the cans for the next step.) Add the rest of the onions and celery and sauté till translucent and still white. Add hambone and sauté some more. Add contents of frying pan to stock pot that has been simmering. Turn fire on highest setting.

    Add all the cans of stuff to stock pot. (Keep cabbage till last to add to pot.)

    Add the elbow macaroni.

    Cook on high till potatoes are soft and macaroni are done. About 45 minutes.

    Add cabbage at this point and set fire back to simmer until ready to serve.

    Bon Appetite!

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    6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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                Good Mountain

    A good mountain is one
    that you can see
    and don't have to climb.

    One where your spirit soars free
    time after time.

    The experience of peak
    may be where it's at
    But for getting around
    it's best when it's flat.

    A mountain can be a bore —
    always in one place —
    A mountain that moves
    is more to my taste.

    There is a feeling
    ever rising
    When I see a mountain
    on yonder horizon,

    But that feeling seems
    to disappear
    When the mountain
    yet draws near.

    On the prettiest day
    that God has made
    Everyone could use
    a little shade

    So pardon me the gloat
    if a mountain
    Over me should float
    to offer coolness from the sky
    And holy water if it's dry.

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for January:
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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 Destinies of Individuals and of Nations by Rudolf Steiner

    This review covers a lecture series Steiner did at the beginning of the first war of the twentieth century. The lectures contain important information and prayers for us today in the middle of the first war of the twenty-first century, post 9/11. One lecture he ends with a prayer which he describes as "thoughts we are sending forth, in the way I have indicated, to those who are at the front." I offer this prayer now in this time of peril to those souls at the disparate fronts of this new war:

    [page 48] Out of courage shown in battle,
    Out of the blood shed in war,
    Out of the grief of those who are left,
    Out of the people's deeds of sacrifice
    Spirit fruits will come to grow
    If souls with knowledge of the spirit
    Turn their mind to spirit realms.
    You can read the rest of this review at:

    2.) ARJ2: Blowing Zen -- Finding An Authentic Life by Ray Brooks

    The art of the Japanese Zen flute, the shakuhachi, as played by and written by an Englishman, Ray Brooks. Ever wonder what it might be like for a Westerner to take an ancient Japanese art form and excel at it? That's what Ray does and he shares his experiences with us in this wonderful book faster than Two Tone Tony can run up and down his scale exercises on the shakuhachi prior to playing for pennies in the Tokyo subway station. Want to learn about "listening to incense"? How Coltrane was playing Zen? How Ray gave introductory lessons to the President of the Shakuhachi Society? It's all in the book and some of it is in the review.

    3.) ART: Me and the Orgone by Orson Bean

    Having flunked out of psychoanalysis eleven years earlier "ten years older and twenty-five thousand dollars poorer," Orson had Reich's book delivered to his theater by a friend who had told him about this "new form of psychiatry that says if you can have a good come, all your neuroses will go away." Orson awaited the book like Saul on the road to Damascus -- it flared up in him like a blinding light. Then he read the title of the book, "The Function of the Orgasm" by Wilhelm Reich. "Oh Christ, this is nothing new. It's that nut with the orgone box." So Orson went into this endeavor in spite of his adverse opinion of Reich from the beginning. Here's Orson's summary of the orgasm theory of Reich:

    [page 7] Human beings, like all living things from the amoeba on up have within them an energy, hithertofore undetected. Reich discovered it and called it orgone energy (from the root of the word organism). This energy is, in effect, the life force, not in any mystical sense, but physically. The energy is built up by intake of food, fluid and air and is also absorbed directly through the skin.

    Reich's focus was on something called "body armor" and Orson's explanation of this armoring focuses on parental injunctions against touching the genital area in children. From a doyletics perspective the concept of "body armoring" is simply "doyle storing", but doyletics hadn't been invented yet, so let's read what Orson says about it from his 1970s perspective:

    [page 9] Pleasurable sensations in the genital area are perceived to be danergous by the child in our society. Even the child in an "enlightened" home gets the message after a while when he finds himself distracted every time his hands get close to the danger zone. Deadening the feeling in the entire area is safer than continuing to experience the natural pleasant sensations and being tempted to heighten them by manipulation.

    Want to read about orgone therapy vis-à-vis doyletics? meandorg.htm

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    8. Information on Dolphin Novel, The SPIZZNET File, that is Available for Reading On-line. Also hardback copies available for sale.
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    The SPIZZNET File , my novel about Dolphin Communication is now available for you Good Readers to read On-line.

    Go to:

    If you prefer to read a hardback or paperback copy, "The Spizznet File" is also available for sale below. Good Readers, who have enjoyed this fine novel about inter-species communication (e. g., dolphins and humans, men and women) on-line and wish to show gratitude to the author, May order their personal copy of the book.

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