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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Rosemary Clooney ~~~~
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #33 Published February 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Mardi Gras Month of February:

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact.
George Eliot [Novelist]

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Table of Contents

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

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
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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. February 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 Charlie Chaplin's wife, Oona, and the song he wrote for her.

#1 "This Is Our Song" at

#2 "Oh No" 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 February are:

Sandy Sellers in Ontario, Canada
Tommy Kavanagh in Ireland

Congratulations, Sandy and Tommy !

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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. The college bowl games left a taste of cotton in my mouth, and the Super Bowl was won by a team our beloved Saints had beaten twice in this season. With a mature quarterback and a seasoned head coach the Saints could have been in that number. Instead we got rookie 3rd year jitters by Brooks and Haslett. Brooks who said he’d take himself out of the game if his playing hurt the team, stayed in and lost the last three games the team would have won with him resting his torn rotator cuff. Haslett who spent three hours with the sports media showing them film and telling them all the reasons why it wasn’t Brooks who cost them the victory. Seems like it took Jim Haslett three hours to say what Jim Mora said in three words, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.”

We had two graduations in one family in December: My daughter Maureen received her second Master’s Degree, this one in Education Administration, which qualifies her for a principal or related job in administration with the Public School system of Jefferson Parish. The second graduation was her daughter, Tiffany, graduated from Blue Cliffs Massage School. We took them to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the original location of Ruth Fertel’s chain of world famous steak houses on Broad and Orleans Sts in New Orleans. They loved it. In the Delacroix Artworks book I gave her I had inscribed a great quote by Alan Watts for a true artist, “Remember: the wake does not drive the boat.” I heard Wayne Dyer use that quote in his PBS special a day before. Which reminds me of the way he used the old nursery rhyme round, “Row, row, row your boat.”

Someone on an email list had used the phrase, “Life is but a dream,” crediting its source as “Lovin' Spoonful?”, without even hinting that they had ever heard the old song “Row, row, row your boat” (Author Unknown) from which the line came. I replied to the email:

[Saw Wayne Dyer use that song as a metaphor for life:

Row, row, row — apply your will
your boat — to your own boat, not others' boats
Gently down the stream — gently does it
Merrily — thrice merrily, why not?
Life is but a Dream. Yes, indeed, it is but a dream from which we awake to spiritual realities every night and after death. ]

My friend Brian called me at 6:30 am one Sunday to remind me to watch The Hour of Power on the Discovery Channel. We had received a notice from the Robert Schuller ministry that it was being broadcast nationwide at 7 am Central Time, the whole hour program, but the first several times I attempted to watch it I caught only the second half. The second half is generally a homily and the first half is filled with great music, singing, and guest appearances. Our local TV Focus in the newspaper and the Cox scroller channel, which both give shows and times, have yet to post one for the Hour of Power even a couple of months after it started, so I’d given up on seeing the whole show. Turns out it gets shifted locally to 6:30 am instead of 7 am. I first read Schuller’s “The Power of Possibility Thinking” about 1967 and later when I moved to Anaheim, California I was watching a show one Sunday morning and recognized the building as being on the cover of a book. Sure enough, it was the Tower of Hope which was situated about five miles from where I was sitting up in bed, as was the Orange County Drive-in Theater where Schuller did his first drive-in church, preaching from the top of the concession building to the drive-in speakers hooked into the windows of the cars of the assembled congregation.

The best thing for us in January was our long-awaited cruise on the Royal Carribean’s Grandeur of the Seas that sailed out of the port of New Orleans to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Progresso, Mexico.One of the things we learned from our first cruise is that once you’re aboard ship, it doesn’t matter where the ship is, the fun is on the ship. Till we discovered that, we wanted to avoid the 10 hour voyage up and down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico, so we drove 15 hours to Ft. Lauderdale. For this one we drove 15 minutes across the river.

We had the second seating in the Great Gatsby dining room, but our assigned table was missing two couples and we met an old friend of Del’s, Joseph Gambino, who invited us to fill the empty slot at table 79 upstairs. There we met Sheila and Neil Taylor from Mena, Arkansas and Ponce and Jessica from New Orleans. Our head waiter was from Turkey, our table waiter, Kush, was from Bombay, India and his helper was from Indonesia. All in the all there were 51 countries represented in the crew, who worked together better than the United Nations, the captain (from Greece) said, which some would say is not saying much. I asked Kush about Bombay and he got to telling us about his religious sect whose funeral custom is allow one’s body to be eaten out in the open by vultures. He explained that with the large population of Bombay, they were having to raise vultures in captivity to have enough to do the job.

The first formal night was memorable in many ways. Del and I had the salmon mousse instead of the chef’s special, the filet mignon. The lobster bisque and Caesar’s salad rounded our my dinner with cherries jubilee for dessert. We left to go the Roger Baer show and sat in the first row — Del resisted at first, wanting to sit farther back. I said we were first and I liked sitting in the front row of a comedic show and hardly ever got a chance to so she acceded after lodging her objections. Well, the juggling act was superb. Never saw a juggler do a synchronized ballet with balls before. With four balls in the air, two from each hand, the balls went up and down in synchrony as if they were held together by invisible sticks. Amazing! To add to the fun, the juggler was visually comic, a cross between Stan Laurel and Emmet Kelly with his mannerisms. He dropped an orange off the stage and I threw it back to him. Later, he rolled a french bread baguet into the crack of the stage and had to replace it with the rubber skeleton spine he’d pulled out of his back earlier. Then, when it rolled off the stage, I retrieved it and he asked me to come up on the stage where I tossed it to him. Fun. Roger, the standup comic, came out and immediately began singing a love song directly to Del, even coming down from the stage to hold her hand for the final refrain. Del loved it.

Afterward, we walked to the midnight Chocolate Buffet. I’d never seen anything like it. Didn’t really know what to expect — never heard of such a thing. All chocolate desserts and confections of white and dark chocolate. While we stood in the long line to enter the buffet, I glimpsed Neil in his cowboy hat on the glass elevator and yelled to him. He gestured to me that they would be coming back. Sure enough, he and his wife returned about the same time as I returned with my CyberShot and I took photos of the two of them. Then Ponce and Jessica showed up. We had a great time in line and then selecting our chocolate treats from this huge array of chocolate covered or filled confections. Like a kid in a free candy store. Never ate so many chocolates at one time since I was eleven working my way through my Easter basket.

The six of us got a table and we ate and talked and ate and talked. Told jokes. When Sheila, Neil’s wife, talked about the problems of taking care of all the loose ends of home construction, the “oh-by-the-way” stuff that contractors get hit with just when they’re almost finished the job. I told them the story about Don Topping and the missing doorknob which he kept in his pocket until the very last so that Mrs. Smith kept complaining only about the doorknob until the last day when he presented her the bill and she said adamantly, “Don, I’m not going to pay you until that doorknob is put on.” At which time, Don took the knob from his pocket and screwed it onto the latch. That door knob was the only thing she complained about and it was the easiest thing to fix. He let her have something to complain about and they both ended up happy.

We had a marvelous time on the cruise. Del went ashore three times on tours, in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Progresso. I joined her for the Dzibichaltun ruins tour in Progresso, Mexico, which was very enlightening. Two pyramids that had been just mounds of dirt up until about 30 years ago. The Sun Temple, which told the Mayans when to plant and when to harvest by the rooms lighting up as the sun shone through to light up a room on the correct days, is shown at right.

When we arrived home, I was amazed to find that a review had come out of the pack to have the most visitors ever on my website. It was my review of the spoof of modern Japanese culture known as The Way of the Urban Sumarai. Apparently some folks interested in Japanese life have been spreading the URL to this page by word of email. It is a week later and we’re stilling receiving over 400 visitors every six days to the review. Another thing waiting for us at home was something we brought home with us from the ship: a head cold.

One of the emails waiting for me at home was this one from Sandy Sellers, an Honored Reader this month, from Ontario, Canada. I had handcrafted two bound copies of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 1 for him shortly before we left on vacation. Here’s an excerpt from that email in which he talks about my reviews.

I've been visiting your website the last few days, creating an electronic version of The Reader's Treasury and ARJ2 for printing late here at home. [I hope this behavior is expected and welcome!] I am suitably cautioned by what you said in your review of The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom: “a reading of original texts allows one to form a vital understanding of issues that a reading of shallow rehashes of such texts does not."

Your work, of course, could never be considered a “shallow rehash”: it is of a different genre entirely, and seemingly all your own. It has a freshness and honesty born of the entry of your person into the essays. Kind of a "integrating participatory syntopic" style if I had to attach labels. It is a privilege and inspiration to witness and read these reviews-- outward and visible signs of what I daresay is an intimate spiritual practice. The reviews are simultaneously original creations and simulacrums of the original works. Borrowing upon your metaphor of books, [Books are Lighthouses Erected in the Sea of Time] I sometimes see the collected reviews as providing one mariner's chart of the lighthouses that have been left for us by the authors past and present.

While grazing through the website, I am struck by the extra care you have brought to the presentation of each review. I am thinking of the animation of the Burning Bush, the stained windows of the gospel writers, the awesome chart on the Two Jesus's with the review of Steiner’s St. Luke, and the like. Such things speak to me of a reverence you have for the work and the reader: it all adds a quality of warmth to this all-too-cold Internet.

That same day I received this heart-warming feedback on my essay, “Art Is The Process of Destruction” “I read your essay and was moved to tears; an original thought does that to me.” Bonnie West.
If you haven’t read this essay, then click over now and see if you find an original thought in it.

We lost one of our buddies from Waterford-3 Nuclear Power Plant this month, Frank Lee died at the tender age of 53 after a long illness. May he live in Christ during this new phase of his life.

This has been a full month, but with ample time for rest and relaxation by poolside and in the library aboard the Grandeur of the Seas. They provided 16 carrels with PCs and Internet connection, but at $1 for every 2 minutes, often there was no one using the terminals, and two was the most I saw being used. If they lowered the price to $1 for 30 minutes, they’d probably keep all the terminals busy and make more money. Anyway, I managed to knock out three reviews for you, Good Readers, this month. Till next month when we meet again in these pages, all I can say is, Read On!

P. S. Hoaxes-Poaxes: Just received the latest virus hoax email message that was sent to everyone in somebody’s address book unfortunately. Why anyone would go through all that bother when a quick google search could tell them not to bother their friends with bogus hoaxes. What’s the name? “WTC Survivors”. The Subject Line for the email I received said, “Better be safe than sorry” which, rightly understood, is the theme of phobia mongers who jump at a chance to install their personal fears into other folks. That process is the real virus that is being spread by such virus hoaxes, up until now.


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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.):
“Monsters, Inc.” — Monstropolis is powered by electricity extracted from the screams of children. The utility company employs Scarers to jump out of bedroom doors to scare children into screaming in their bedrooms at night. Full of imaginative cartoon monsters with anywhere from one eye to 17 eyes in various configurations. The purple salamander who goes invisible at will is the bad guy and the big green teddy bear is the good guy (the eponymous John Goodman, who else) with his side kick, the green cue ball with one eye, Billy Crystal, who is a scream whenever he speaks or emotes. The little girl who invades the monster city is, I’m sure, played by my granddaughter, Molly, in all her four-year-old coyness, cuteness, playfulness, and precociousness. A delightful and fanciful romp for rompers of all ages. When they discovered that the amount of electricity they got from kids’ laughing was much more than from screaming, how they switched from making kids scream to make them laugh at the end of the movie.
“Green Mile” — You can observe a lot about good and evil by watching this movie, to paraphrase Yogi Berra. Tom Hanks and a great supporting cast portray a gripping story about John Coffey, “like the drink, only spelled differently” as John liked to introduce himself. A bit of a Hollywood message against the death penalty — I suppose they want to delay the day when makers of bad movies are killed in prison instead of at the box office. This is a great movie. Worth a second and third watching.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci in a Shakespearean romp and riot. Michelle was a splendid fairy queen, Kline looked natural with long donkey ears as Bottom, and Tucci was at his mischievous best as Puck. Hard to believe they got paid for having so much fun.

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.

“American Pie” — High school humor about girls and sex and girls, about guys whose most important goal is to have sex for the first time before they leave high school. Easy to miss the slow wave of the extended index and middle fingers of his left hand the first time the tall jock explains what getting to third base means to his three pals, “Like warm apple pie,” unless you have a teenage interpreter handy as you watch the movie. It goes downhill from there.
“Chinese Box” — This is definitely one to be missed. Jeremy Irons has a curious relationship with a Chinese woman he loves and another Chinese woman he is trying to interview but dies before getting either one of them. Lugubrious from beginning to end with shortness being its only redeeming quality.

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

“The Cell” with Jennifer Lopez — 3 G’s: Gripping, graphic, and gruesome. A psychologist working to reach a comatose young boy via an innovative brain-to-brain apparatus is pressed into service to locate a woman who has been captured by a serial killer who has gone into a schizophrenia break. Entering the world of the madman she takes us along with her. Will the young woman be found before the killer’s automatic execution apparatus drowns her? Will JLO survive to make more bizarre movies? Inquiring minds who want to know can rent the DVD or video.
“Tapeheads” a movie by Michael Nesmith in 1988 starring Tim Robbins and John Cusacks with a lot of aging movie stars as supporting cast including Connie Francis and Doug McClure as a set of parents, and Clu Gulager as presidential candidate. Tim and John are just out of high school and instead of getting a job, they decide to make movie videos. The original songs sound a lot like the first music videos Michael Nesmith made when he innovated the idea of music videos on his famous video album, Elephant Parts, which was released on the original laser disc format in late 1970s.
“Driven” with Sly Stallone in a “Rocky Goes Indy” flick where a youngster has to beat a veteran to win the Championship in a come-from-behind battle, only this time Rocky is the veteran who provides the assist to the challenger. Enough racing accidents to drive a fleet of EMT’s crazy. A couple of almost love stories. A couple of heroes. And Burt Reynolds in a wheelchair. Something for everyone.

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Marie and Boudreaux just got married in New Orleans and were headed west to Baton Rouge on their honeymoon.

Boudreaux was driving the car and about halfway to Baton Rouge, when he reached over and gently placed his hand slightly above Marie's knee. Marie became warm all over and she turned to Boudreaux and said sweetly into his ear, "You know, we married, now, Sha. You can go further."

So Boudreaux drove all the way to Lafayette.

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for February, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
(click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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Crawfish Eggplant Dressing
3 yellow onions, chopped
2 bell pepper, chopped
8 to 16oz of chopped fresh mushrooms
2 large eggplants
2 pkgs of 12 oz crawfish tails
2 cups long grain/wild rice mixture (Note this refers to two cups of uncooked rice. Mix in all of the resulting rice mixture. See photo. )
(see Cooked per Separate Recipe)
˝ capful Zatarain’s Liquid Shrimp Boil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp of shrimp powder
Tony Chachere’s Seasoning
Salt and Pepper
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs [in blue can]
Bertolli’s Extra Lite Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions: Eggplant preparation: peel, chop in 1" cubes, Sprinkle SeasonAll Salt, soak in water with 1 Tbsp of salt.
Crawfish prep: after eggplants have soaked for an hour or more, decantliquid to cover crawfish tails, add liquid shrimp boil and stir. Let sit till ready for pot.
Chop onions, bellpepper, Pour olive oil to cover large frying pan bottom, put heat on high. Add sprinkle of onions to tell you when the oil is ready for rest of onions – you’ll hear a noise. Add rest of onions and bell peppers and sauté till translucent. Add eggplant and decant enough liquid to barely cover eggplants in pan. Cook uncovered until eggplant mixture is soft and mushy. About one hour is enough. If any chunks don’t mash down, cook longer.
Add crawfish and its juice. Also the chopped mushrooms.
REDUCE HEAT to light simmer and cook 15 minutes minimum.
Stir in cooked rice mixture.
Add Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs until any pooling of liquid disappears. Don’t over-add bread crumbs, leave it a little moist, or else it’ll be too dry when crumbs finally absorb all the moisture – there’s an hour or so time delay of absorption of moisture. If too dry later, just add a little water and stir before heating again. Here's how it should look in the pot.

Serve directly while still warm. Can be also stuffed into eggplant or bell pepper shells – freeze for later baking. Cover with more bread crumbs before baking later. Freezes well if you cover tightly.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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Skin Tight
If our life force doesn't end
At the surface of our skin
Then how does our faith in innocence begin?

The atomistic idea of Democritus
was simple enough for most of us
Till the quantum mechanic
put us in a panic

Now the wave
is all the rave
And the stars sing in bars
of probabilistic avatars.

It is only fitting
if the thug does the victim's bidding
To disregard recompense
and declare mutual innocence.

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Skin Tight: This poem was written on April 16, 1992. It was inspired by reading the following quote on page 439 of A Course in Miracles Textbook, " in innocence is faith in sin...". I wrote it while driving to work on Hwy 3127 about six-thirty in the morning. The essence of the poem is that the connection between isolated human bodies locks them into an unconscious dance with each other so that there are no homicides, no suicides, no robberies involving "innocent victims." As a news commentator reported, "innocent passersby were being pulled from their cars" during the Los Angeles riots. The title intimates that our humanness does not stop at the boundary of our skin.

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And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

1.) ARJ2: The Christian Mystery by Rudolf Steiner

Some people who have heard about Steiner’s beginnings as a member of the Theosophical Society might wonder about how he came to found his spiritual science called Anthroposophy, and what’s the difference between the two, other than the former is Eastern-oriented and the latter is Western. This review will answer this question and many more about Steiner’s understanding of Christianity. Around the turn of the 20th Century, Bamford tells us in his Introduction to this book, Steiner had a “life-transforming experience” when he stood “in the spiritual presence of the Mystery of Golgotha in a most profound and solemn festival of knowledge.” In the process, Bamford gives the world perhaps its best ever concise definition of Anthroposophy:

[page 15] Following this experience, the outer course of his life changed: he became an esotericist and began the life work of transforming Theosophy into Anthroposophy: a future-oriented, Christ-centered, cognitive, fully conscious way of knowing that raised up all of the ancient mystery wisdoms and all the occult/esoteric traditions (alchemy, astrology, magic, and so forth) into a new spiritual-scientific synthesis: the new mysteries.

[page 16] To do so, he would have to wean his colleagues from the primarily “Eastern” approach to which they had grown accustomed and teach them that faculties of higher knowing lay dormant within each human being, while at the same time introducing them gradually to the new revelation of Christ as this was being revealed to him by his continuous and profound spiritual researches.

There is much more to read in the review:

2.) ARJ2: How I Grew by Mary McCarthy

Mary is a well-known author perhaps best known for her novel The Group. This autobiography of her early years between 13 and 21 shows a young girl growing up in the second quarter of the twentieth century who was interested in writing from an early age. Here is one of the many favorites passage of mine from this book:

[page 72] Nonetheless, as often happens with lonely young creatures, I found companionship. In poetry. Indeed, I wonder whether poetry would have any readers besides poets if love combined with loneliness did not perform the introductions.
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3.) ART: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

For some reason, there are many more books on the art of writing written by women than by men. I haven’t done any statistical research, but from my own reading I can name one male writer, Peter Elbow, and several female writers without doing a google search: Dorothea Brande, Brenda Ueland, Eudora Welty, Annie Dillard, Christi Killien and Sheila Binder. So when I ordered a new book by Natalie Goldberg “Long Quiet Highway” said to be “filled insights into writing,” it brought back to my mind an earlier book I had read by the same author. A search of my library database turned up this book which I acquired and immediately read straight through in January, 1987. Filled with my marginalia and date glyphes, I sat down directly to write up a review for it. I wanted it to be finished before Goldberg’s new book arrives in my mailbox.

Judith Guest, who almost turned down the request to write the Foreword because she had never done one before, did a masterful job on her first attempt. Just as she did with her first novel, Ordinary People, which was a phenomenal success and was made into a movie with Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland. So much a success was her first novel that she says when she came to write her second novel, she tried to use what she had learned in the earlier one, but it didn’t apply to the second. This led her to understand that because she was writing a different novel, she was exploring a new path.

[page xii] It is easy to lose sight of the fact that writers do not write to impart knowledge to others; rather, they write to inform themselves.
The opening sentence of Natalie’s Introduction is a hoot! It should remind many writers of trying to write during their school days in some way. It certainly reminded me.
[page 1] I was a goody-two-shoes all through school. I wanted my teachers to like me. I learned commas, colons, semicolons. I wrote compositions with clear sentences that were dull and boring. Nowhere was there an original thought or genuine feeling. I was eager to give the teachers what I thought they wanted.
How does one get from dull and boring to interesting and exciting? For some hints, read the review. For details, read the book. writingd.htm

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