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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ [ WWII War Cartoonist ] ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #36 Published May 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Merry Month of MAY:

As for the wealthy business owner and whether he 'needs' the extra dollars, I'll simply relate the old adage of the man who said 'I've never had my paycheck signed by a poor man'.
Ron Paul ,(U. S. Representative from Texas, 2003)

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

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

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. May Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Stunted.

#1 "Stunted" 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 May are:

Sheila and Neil Taylor in Mena, Arkansas

Bonnie West in Cyberspace

Congratulations, Sheila, Neil and Bonnie!

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Out Our Way:
Did I mention there was a little war going on overseas? April Fools Day: Big news was "Saddam Hussein will be addressing the Iraqi people live at noon from Baghdad." Well, guess what, Minister of Disinformation, “Baghdad Bob,” read the so-called Saddam missive, no doubt written by a live person instead of Saddam. What a hoot! The evil empire regimes all have a sense of humor, don’t they? And CNN reported their propaganda with a straight face for twelve years — a new low for truth in journalism. In the Timberlane Screening Room, the four peripheral screens were kept on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and the topical one was fed into the big WEGA screen in the middle. I watched the latest Centcom briefings, getting up at 6 am each morning. Watched Pentagon briefings as I noticed them on. Watched our Commander-in-Chief when he spoke. Ain’t it great to have a CinC for real again? One who won’t hold back key support to his field commanders as happened in Mogadishu? He said, “The War is over when Tommy Franks says it’s over.” Can’t be any clearer than that. Compare that to what a former Democratic president, Harry Truman, did to General Douglas MacArthur in Korea — he said the war was over while the good general still had troops being killed in combat. It’s obvious to me we have Democratic presidents to lose wars and foul up the economy and Republican presidents to win wars, re-start the economy, and straighten out the war messes left by the Democratic ones. The North Korea mess still remains from Truman’s interference with his field commander MacArthur.

I celebrated the war in Iraq by unsubscribing from every list I was on that filled up with anti-war sentiments. Thanks, Saddam, for all the time you’ve saved me that I used to spent deleting the belligerent anti-war protests! Can’t those protestors ever stop fighting? Don't they understand the oxymoronic nature of their warlike protests against war? If any Good Readers of this Digest misses my posts to their favorite List, write me privately.

This was a month for higher finance for me and Del. Re-financing our mortgage, selling stocks, closing accounts, opening new accounts. We now owe less money to more people than we did before and pay out less money every month, but that’s high finance.

On the home front, son John and grandson Collin dropped by for a two-day visit from Baton Rouge. Collin loved the sandplay box that Grandma had just cleaned out for the grandkids. He played and played and played. Gave a cupful of sand to Del and said, “I make coffee milk for you.” When she put it to her lips, this 2-yr-old boy said, “Just pretend.” On Easter Sunday our grand-daughter Tiffany stopped over with our great-grandson, Ben. Ben received his Easter Basket and then headed for -- where else? -- the sandplay box.

On the 12th of April we had a gathering of friends to celebrate Del’s birthday at Timberlane. Good food, good friends, and good family, it don’t get no bettah dan dat!

On Tuesday of Holy Week, as is my tradition, I went to the Mass of the Chrism in the St. Louis Cathedral. As I walked over the Moon Walk path to Jackson Square I stopped to photograph the historical marker in French commemorating LaSalle's trip to New Orleans. A older gentleman, Tom Watson, in an LSU shirt age was nearby watching me shoot the picture and said to me, "I was here when they mounted that plaque." That seemed a bit hard to believe, as it was done in 1982, so I asked him about it. He told me he had a PhD from Texas Tech in history and was teaching in Lake Charles and was asked to take the place of the head of the historical society for the dedication of the plaque.

Sometime during this month the following question popped into my mind: “Why is it we prohibit people from killing old growth trees and allow them to kill new growth human babies?” Are trees more important than babies? If not, something must be out of kilter in a society that is organized this way.

We had three grandkids from Alexandria visit us this week, Katie, Weslee, and Thomas. Del took them to visit the sights of New Orleans, the Palace Theater, the Aquarium, the Audubon Zoo, the D-Day Museum, and I accompanied them to the New Orleans Museum of Art exhibit of Jefferson and Napoleon for the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial. Never saw Del work so hard and have so much fun before.

With the 45 year reunion of one of my high school classes coming up at West Jefferson, I have been bumping into my former classmates this month. These are classmates from my last year at Westwego High School as a freshman in 1955 (I then switched to Hahnville High School to finish up there). Warren "Boo" Richoux, Tony Celino, and Doratiel Baudoin. Looking forward to seing more Wego chums in August at the reunion.


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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. Look for HD/DVD format movies which are now available from NetFlix.
    Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise ignore.):
    “Sense and Sensibility” — with Hugh Grant as Edward, Kate Winslet as Marianne, and Emma Thompson as Elinor in this Jane Austen novel adaptation. In a rare appearance as a good guy, Alan Rickman [Snape of Harry Potter series] plays the good Colonel who rescues Marianne from one of a series daily drenchings on the hillside. Who’s going to marry whom? is the perennial question in a Jane Austen novel and none has more complicated obstacles placed in the way of marital happiness than this story. All in all, this movie has two things going for it that “Chicago” didn’t: “Sense” and “Sensibility”.
    “A Walk to Remember” — Peter Coyote is the minister of Beaufort and father of a teenage daughter who is mousy, has only one sweater, and wants to see a miracle. Take a walk with this movie — it will be a walk to remember.
    “It Had to Be You” — Here was a delightful low-budget movie. How low budget? Well, with a title like that and a heroine who loved Frank Sinatra, they still apparently couldn’t afford to have Frank singing the Gus Kahn song of the title! Two young engagees, one male and one female, engaged to others, check into a hotel and each other out. They bump into each other at the registration counter, in the elevator, in Bergdorf-Goodman selecting wedding gifts, and soon they’re spending the weekend together walking through Central Park while their other halfs are in London and Paris on other business. Guess what? They fall in love. They separate. They get back together. Love wins out in the end. Great chick flick. Ladies: don’t pop this video in to view before basketball playoffs are over.
    “Easter Parade” hadn’t watched this movie all the way through before as an adult [someone over 27] and I was completely charmed and delighted by the two stars Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. The early scene where Fred captures the Easter Bunny is a drumming fantasy not to be missed! What a shame it was a one-time trick and they never made another movie together. Judy Garland as Hannah Brown tries to emulate Ann Miller-as-Nadine’s dancing style and can’t pull it off. When Nadine, referring to Astaire’s crude attempts to convert Hannah into Nadine, says about Hannah’s trying to dance Nadine’s way, “All my friends are laughing,” Astaire has a brilliant idea: work comedy into the act and use Hannah as Hannah or Garland as Garland. Suddenly the screen blossoms with unimaginable delights of singing and dancing. If Garland had made as many movies with Astaire as she did with Mickey Rooney, she might have become known, as Ginger Rogers did, as Fred Astaire’s dancing partner. May be best she didn’t do but one movie with Fred — this one and it’s the best, even if you youngsters have no idea what the rotogravure is or why it’s important to the eponymous song: “And you’ll find that you’re in the Rotogravure.” I’ll give you a hint — ever hear of “Parade” Magazine in the Sunday papers?
    “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off” This is a classic comedy in which Ferris asks the question at one point, “What will we be doing in seventeen years?” Well, he’s starring as Leo Bloom in the “Producers” on Broadway some 17 years later. If you haven’t seen this movie, pull it off the shelves of Blockbuster or request a DVD from Netflix and prepare yourself for a treat: an irreverent time machine trip back into your high school days. A day off from school in a Ferrari for Ferris whose sister got a car and he only got a computer. Try to watch this movie without laughing, go ahead, try.
    “Good Advice” with Charlie Sheen — HBO reception was intermittent plus we missed the first part of movie — but there were some very funny bits, especially with Iris, the Editor’s assistant. Premise is this: a former stockbroker takes over an advice column that his girl friend hated doing after she skipped town for Rio. He becomes a hit while flirting with his Editor, a lovely assistant DA from “Law & Order.” Naturally the old girl friend comes back and re-enters his apartment just as he has finally managed to bed the Editor. The Ex wants her old job back. Wanna bet she blows it? We need to get a DVD of it and give it a look from the beginning. May be the only good starring role for Charlie that I can recall. Good advice: watch it.

    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.

    “Beijing Bicycle” – The slipcover said the movie was about a bicycle and two young men who learned about sharing. If what they did could be called sharing, it was the type of sharing that two boxers do when they “share” a boxing ring. One was a hardworking kid who earned his fancy mountain bike by being a courier on the streets of Beijing and the other stole money from his own father and then stole the bike from the courier. Okay as a travelogue to the back streets of Beijing which are about as scenic as a broken down neighborhood in the Bronx.

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

    “The New Waterford Girl” — was she: Moonie who wanted to be a nuclear physicist? or Lou who could knock out any guy who was unfaithful with one punch? How far is it from New Waterford, Cape Breton where Moonie grew up, to New York City where Lou grew up? Would Moonie have to pretend to be pregnant to get to Manhattan to use her scholarship, and if so who would believe she was pregnant anyway? Two wonderful actresses play the “New Waterford Girl” and their presence makes up for the bad sound and almost indecipherable voices speaking in their northeastern Canadian dialect.
    “Domestic Disturbance” — another movie which demonstrates that John Travolta plays a better bad guy than good guy. In this one he is the good guy, the estranged father whose son objects to the step-father his mother is going to marry. What’s not to like about the step-father? Successful businessman, citizen of the year of Southport, loving father, acquitted of attempted murder — oops, he forgot to mention his seamy past and former cellmates in the pen who are looking for the funds he absconded with to parts unknown — what happens if one of them discovers his engagement announcement and shows up at the wedding? Watch the movie — it’s all guest for the mill.
    “Pauline and Paulette” a delightful foreign film about four sisters, one of whom, Pauline, loves to be with her sister Paulette, but because Pauline is retarded, Paulette is appalled whenever she shows up, usually at Paulette’s fancy women’s dress shop in town. Pauline is a little like Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Rain Man” without the idiot savant memory ability. Her favorite thing to do is walking up to Paulette while she’s waiting on customers, looking down to her untied shoe laces, and saying “Shoes not done.” When Martha who’s taken care of Pauline dies, “Martha sleeping on floor,” Pauline reported to Paulette, the will requires either Paulette or her city slicker sister in Brussels to take care of Pauline. That’s when the fun begins as Pauline becomes a hot potato. Gentle insights into human nature in a fine film.
    “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down” — an interesting Spanish language flick with Antonio Banderas in one of his first roles as a crazy 23-year-old who became infatuated with a porno star so much that he didn’t have time to be crazy and was released. He then stalked her, moved into her apartment, and made love to her —- in the Jane Austen sense -- tying her up in the apartment while he went out to score drugs for her. Will she ever feel anything but abhorrence for this brash kidnapper who says he wants to marry her and have two, three, or four children with her?

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    Boudreaux and Broussard were working on an oil rig in the Gulf. Allain, a new worker who had only been there one week, fell off the rig floor and drowned. The men on the platform recovered his body and the foreman asked Boudreaux and Broussard to help him take the body to Grand Isle where Allain lived with his wife. The foreman said, “Somebody gonna haft to told his wife. I never met her me, what about you, Broussard?” Broussard said, “Mais, I never met his wife, me, neither.” Boudreaux thought awhile and said, “Ah guess Ah met her once, but Ah never done nothing like dat before.” The foreman said, “Well, Boudreaux, I spect you’re gonna haf to told her de best you can. Broussard and me's gonna took Allain’s body to the coroner and we’ll catch you at the office later.”
    About an hour later they saw Boudreaux walking up to the office carrying a cold six pack of beer. “Did you tell his wife already?” the foreman asked. “Mais, yeah,” Boudreaux said.
    “Well, where you got dat six-pack of beer from?” Broussard asked.
    “From his wife.”
    “What? You told his wife that Allain died and she gave you a six-pack of beer?”
    “Mais, eggsactly what you done told her?”
    “Well, it was like dis. I didn’t know what to say, me, so I jest walked up to the house, knocked on the door, and when she opened it, I axed her, ‘Are you the widow Allain?’”
    “She said, ‘I don’t think so. My husband is still alive, him.’ ”
    And I said, ‘You wanna bet a six-pack?’”

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for May, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
    (click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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    Red Beans and Rice - A Traditional Monday Dish (Quick and Easy version) BACKGROUND.
    In the old days of stay at home moms, Monday in New Orleans was wash day. Women spent the entire day washing clothes for the family, so they needed a dish that could cook on the stove all day while they were washing, hanging up clothes on the clothes lines in the back yard, ironing the dress shirts, and taking the clothes down, folding them and putting them away. [Note this was long before stay at home moms were turned into chauffeurs for the children and catch fast food on the fly for the family and themselves.]

    The night before they put the dry beans to soak in a big pot. The next morning they fried down some salt meat in the bottom of a large cast iron pot, then the onions, then added the beans [discarding the soaking water to remove gas from the beans], added andouille sausage or other meats [ham bone, ground beet, etc], and set it cooking for the rest of the day.

    This recipe is based on a shortcut recipe that my mom cooked a lot. I found over the years that the combination of the two types of canned beans worked better than just the Van Camps. If you can’t find either where you live, lots of luck – you will have to add a lot of Tony’s seasoning, some cayenne, and cross your fingers. No guarantee on the taste unless you use the two types of beans specified below. — Chef Bobby Jeaux

    Two medium yellow onions, 1 bell pepper
    1 can
    Van Camp’s New Orleans Red Kidney Beans
    1 can Trappey’s Red Kidney Beans with Chili Gravy
    1 Tbsp Bertolli Extra Lite Olive Oil
    1 Bay Leaf

    Chop onions, bell pepper. Open Red Bean cans. Add enough Extra Lite Olive Oil to cover frying pan bottom, sauté onions till translucent, add both cans of beans, about 1 can of water (use to rinse both cans before pouring into pot), cook on HIGH till boiling, keep boiling for about 25 minutes, then put cover on and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
    Prepare wild/long grain rice combination while beans cooking.
    Remove Bay Leaf before serving.
    Here's how beans look when they're done. Put large scoop of rice on plate, then cover with red beans, mix and eat.

    Eat immediately while hot. (Ensure enough gravy to moisten all of the rice. )

    Serves two healthy appetites. Can easily double or triple amounts.

    For meat version, saute half pound of ground round after onions ready, separate meat into crumbs and then add beans as above.

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    6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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    A new one written April 21, 2003, inspired by page 9 of The Missing Moment by Robert Pollack:

    Death Not Interesting
    Death is not interesting to science, they say
    At least not in a religious way.

    Scientists are going to die some day
    And they’re not interested in death, they say
    At least not in a religious way.

    “To die, to sleep, perchance to dream”
    was what death to Hamlet seemed.
    “To be, or not to be — that is the question”
    which Science has not esteemed.

    Death is not interesting to science, they say
    At least not in a religious way.

    The Big Bang’s popped into the Halls of Science
    DNA tests have proved their reliance
    Scientists come, scientists go away

    But . . .

    Death is not interesting to science, they say
    At least not in a religious way.

    A Poem by Bobby from Flowers of Shanidar:

    Tree of Life

    In a dream within a dream one night
    I chanced upon a grove of trees.
    The trees were unlike earthly trees
    For each one carried in its branches
    The joys and sorrows of a human life.

    There was a warning on the path
    "All visitors are welcomed herein
    But heed these words ere you begin:
    Each tree reflects a life within.
    You'll find no good without the bad."

    The branches were bending to and fro
    As the winds of the heavens blew
    On the left side where sorrows grew
    And the right side where joys anew -
    Did in harmonic balance flow.

    How could I choose another's tree
    And look upon my own askance?
    Dare I take blindly such a chance:
    Prove "envy to be ignorance"
    Or rest content in being me?

    A gorgeous tree attracted me
    I felt myself puff up with pride
    Until a voice began to cry
    "Imitation is suicide"
    And brought me to reality.

    Had I another's tree selected
    Some other's visage would you see -
    I could no longer be my me -
    I'd lose my native dream life tree
    And its chance to be perfected.

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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: Thinks . . . by by David Lodge

    This ingenious and interesting novel consists of a narrative chapter followed by first person accounts of Ralph and Helen in succeeding chapters. In the first narrative chapter (3), Ralph talks about how nobody can know another's thoughts. From this passage we learn the origin of the book's title:

    [page 42] 'Imagine what the Richmond's dinner party would have been like, if everyone had had those bubbles over their heads that you get in kids' comics, with "Thinks . . ." inside them.'
    Wouldn’t it be an interesting world if we had access to the thoughts of another? After something happens to Ralph and Helen together or with others in their world, we get a chapter of Ralph dictating to his speech recognition system a stream of consciousness of thoughts about what happened. Then we get to read over Helen’s shoulder as she types a reprise of the same events in her journal. But that’s just the mechanics of the novel construction. The real fun is in the details of what Ralph, Helen, Carrie, Duggers, Nicholas, et al do in this romp through the Elysian Fields and Tar Pits of consciousness.

    2.) ARJ2: The Karma of Untruthfulness, Vol 1 by Rudolf Steiner

    What are the karmic consequences of being untruthful? Steiner investigates this questions as it relates to historians especially and tells us that “the world is frequently misled by the way in which history is written.”

    [page 31] The writing of history is really something very much more profound. Only at the outermost edge of physical existence, in the utmost maya, can it be said: If this or that professor is a competent historian who has mastered the historical method, he will know how to depict the right things historically. This need not be the case at all. Whether a historian knows how to depict the rights things or not depends on whether his karma leads him to the possibility of discovering the right things or not. Everything depends on this.
    Which leads me to ask this question: How can one be a historian if one is not sensitive to one’s own karma? How can one become aware of one’s karmic connections? No better place to start one’s career as a historian than to read this book.

    Still not sure you want to buy the book? Read the review.

    3.) ARJ2: The Missing Moment by Robert Pollack

    Maybe you’ve read Matherne's Rule #8: It allways happens before you know it. Maybe you’ve wondered how it’s possible for everything to happen before you know it. Sure, some things happen before you know it, but what about things you’re looking at — surely they only happen an insignificant speed of light before you know it? No? How about a very small speed of nerve impulse, a hundredth of a second? No? How about almost a second? Don’t believe it? Read this book. Pollack shows the experimental evidence and it’s irrefutable.

    [page 38, 39] When they pinched the man’s forearm, he said, “Ouch.” He was sure he had said “ouch” immediately on being pinched, but instruments showed that about half a second had elapsed from the instant his arm was pinched until the time he responded. . . . for the man and, by extension, for all of us, the conscious present is demonstrably about a half-second in the past.
    There’s a lot more for you to find in this book, but if you want to nosh on the good chunks of the book first, here’s the review:

    4.) ART: The Cosmic Code by by Heinz R. Pagels

    When I first read this book in 1982, over twenty years ago, I probably agreed, as a physicist, with everything that Pagels wrote. Such as this statement from the Foreword:

    [page 13] In the last ten years physicists have learned more about the universe than in previous centuries — they have seen a new picture of reality requiring a conversion of our imaginations. The visible world is neither matter nor spirit but the invisible organization of energy.

    Today I would say rather, “The visible world is both matter and spirit, the manifestation of which appears as an organization of energy.” But I would agree with him that we need to retool our imaginations. This book describes a world as described by quantum theory, one that is “rational but not visualizable.” I would make the case that physicists have bumped up against the ultimate barrier of the physical world and the reason their thoughts are rational but not visualizable is because they remain rational scientists, but they believe without proof in the metaphysical reality of the material world without a spiritual substrate. They have shut themselves off from, a priori, the very substrate of the material world, the spiritual world. They are in the condition of a scientist trying to explain the phenomenon called “echo”, but insisting all the while in studying only the reflected sound. As such they confront paradox after paradox because no where can they find a clue as to the origin of the reflected sound, or even that it is merely a reflection.

    For more reflections from the quantum paradox that is my mind read the rest of the review at:

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