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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Ruth Labouisse (1919-2003) ~~~~~~~~
Del's Aunt Ruth, nee Ruth Richards, died on Saturday, April 12, 2003, at her home in Waynesville, North Carolina, of cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adele Bertel Richards and Percy Francis Richards, and by her husband, Sawyer Hayward Labouisse. She is survived by her brother, Percy Francis Richards Jr.; two daughters, Penny Thomas Doerries and Patricia Thomas Moore; two step-children, John Peter Labouisse III and Marguerite Fenno Labouisse; four . grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a large extended family. Ruth-a true Louisianian who has lived in New Orleans, Shreveport, Port Allen, and Baton Rouge-studied French at Louisiana State University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and at Centenary College, where she lent her exquisite singing voice to the Kollege Kapers; 'Pennies from Heaven' was her signature song. Her zest for life did not allow her to wallow in its hardships; Ruth was an optimist who made her own successes. Among her greatest achievements were raising two accomplished daughters and forging a long and distinguished career in real estate. After retiring she was able to dedicate her time to her creative passions: sewing, quilting, and embroidery foremost among them. Ruth's innate sense of style and her love of beauty were reflected in all she did. Such was her sensualist nature that she once described certain perfumes as being like music, in that their scent could evoke in her specific memories and emotions. She was a magnificent cook and will be remembered for the many recipes she shared with friends and family. She will be remembered above all for her wit and easy laughter, her perseverance, her beauty, and her gracious love.

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #37 Published June 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Father's Day Month of June:

Why is it we prohibit people from killing old growth trees and allow them to kill new growth human babies?
Bobby Matherne

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Table of Contents

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

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
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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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1. June Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Doorways to Sanity.

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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 June are:

Betty Chowning in Louisville, Kentucky
Ted Graham in New Orleans

Congratulations, Betty and Ted!

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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.

I hope that many of you are as lucky as I am to have my father living. Hilman Joseph Matherne, or "Buster" as everyone has always called him, is robust as the day he was born, if a bit slower now. I'd like to share with you a Father's Day card I sent him a couple of years ago. Guys, if you learned anything from your father's knee about fixing things, you will relate to this card. Happy Father's Day, you fathers everywhere!

It's been so long since I went speck and redfish fishing that when I noticed that one of my poles was broken, I set about repairing it before I noticed another rod hung up on the garage wall. When I took it down, it still had the store's label attached to it. I had bought this several years ago to replace the broken rod the next time I went fishing. I was invited by my barber at VIP Hair Designers, Mike Nuccio. When I first began using Mike some twenty years ago, Mike had just returned from cutting Paul Newman's hair for a movie being shot in Miami, "Absence of Malice". I thought about this when I went to him this month because I needed a haircut for a movie I was hired to be a Background Artist for, "Unchain My Heart", a film about the life of Ray Charles. Maybe it was Mike's fine haircut that led them to choose me for a closeup in the first row of the audience during the Detroit concert when Ray introduced "I Can't Stop Loving You" to his fans. Mike has been cutting hair almost as long as he's been fishing: 50 years next year. And he looks fit enough to make it "60 years of walking around in circles" as my grandfather, Clairville Pierre Matherne, called it after he retired at 78.

Did we catch fish? Did I have fun? Yes to both questions. Mike said, "For someone who enjoys fishing so much I can't believe you only go about once a year!" Well, Christmas only comes once a year and that's enough for me. Oh, the fish! Yes, in the long tradition of my family, I took pictures of the fish before I cleaned them. Cooked up the speckled trout that night for me and Del. Talk about GOOD! I'll add a recipe some month for preparing and frying the fish.

The first Thursday night we were regaled by the Shakespeare Society doing a reading of “All’s Well That Ends Well” at a local club.

The poem, “There’s Hope for the Flowers” for June was inspired by this quotation from “Faith, Love, Hope" — a couple of Rudolf Steiner lectures sent me by Kristina Kaine, which I read and reviewed for this month.

“Life would be impossible in the physical world were not future events to be preceded by hope in this rhythmical way. Would anyone make a table today without being sure it would not be destroyed in the night; would anyone sow seeds if he had no idea what would become of them?”
Would God make human beings if our souls were destroyed in the night by death? If there’s hope for the flowers, there’s certainly hope for human beings.

We went to Nobie and Kathleen’s Crawfish Boil across the lake. An amazing array of foods to eat and the largest crawfish I’ve ever eaten — and not over-seasoned. When my lips burn from the cayenne pepper — no fun at all --- somebody has dumped way too much seasoning in the boiling pot. All my Bayhi offspring were there for the food, the music, the big Keebler’s slide and the great pool. Thanks for the invite, guys.

Had jury duty in the Jefferson Parish District Court this month. One day or one trial. If you get picked for a jury you stay for the whole trial, usually about one to three days. If you get picked or don’t get picked, you are exempted from jury duty for two years. There were 16 court cases scheduled and the lawyers were kibitzing. One panel got called and left. Half hour later they returned due to some emergency motion filed. Another half hour and we got to go home at 11:30 am – all the other cases settled or set without a jury trial.

Del’s cousin, Pat Moore, came to town for her mother Ruth’s memorial service. We took her to Sal’s Restaurant where they serve boiled crawfish in the restaurant the way we ate them at Nobie’s: they cover the table with newspaper and pour boiled crawfish on the paper. I’ve been eating crawfish that way ever since I started reading the Times-Picayune at 7-years-old. For the burial of Aunt Ruth’s ashes in Lakelawn cemetery Del brought some colorful helium-filled balloons and gave one to each person. As soon as the minister released Aunt Ruth’s remains with the verse, “Ashes to ashes”, everyone released their balloon. I thought how marvelous — the phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” should be emended to say “ashes to ashes, dust to dust, spirit to spirit.”

After the burial service, everyone came over to Timberlane to eat and share the company of each other. Everything went very smoothly and Del and I both enjoyed ourselves as much as if we were just guests at somebody else’s house. I told Del that I felt as if Timberlane itself were one of the key players in making the reception such a success with such a minimum effort. One guest told me, “I didn’t know you had such a lovely house.” I said, “That’s because I have a lovely mother-in-law and she designed the house.”

Our most recent grandchild, Kyle Alexander, was christened at St. Jean Vianney in Baton Rouge this month. Since I can’t pull out my wallet and show you a photo of him, here’s an on-line photo of him. He’s the son of John and Kristin and the brother of two-year-old Collin.

The other thing I did this month was write four reviews, which are available from this webpage, and of course my monthly Digest. Del does the copy-editing of my reviews and when she got to the paragraph after the [page 301] quote at the end of my review of “From Comets to Cocaine,” she looked up at me and said, “It can’t end this way.” That was my signal to add a “brilliant paragraph” as she has told me at different times when she thought the review ended too abruptly. I told her I agreed, and asked if she had any suggestions. She said, “What was the repeated line about ‘Coincidence or deep truth’?” Ah, that will do it, I thought and thanked her for the suggestion. You can read the “brilliant paragraph” (a technical term, of course) in the blurb for the review below. As soon as I finished writing it, I took it outside to read to her as she was watering the garden. When I finished it she said, “You magician, you!” with a big smile. “I guess all we have to talk about is ourselves, don’t we?” I smiled back.

We both loved the interaction which resulted in the blurb. Thanks, Del. It sure is fun writing for you and with you as my inspiration and copy-editor both!

This month was a great month for picking blackberries from the bush in the south garden. Here's a photo of Bobby's hand inspecting the berries. It was also a great month for the fauna of Nature. Here's a daily visitor to the Timberlane gardens, a bright red cardinal. In this photo, he's sitting on the garden sprinkler during one of its dry moments during this rather dry May which kept it spinning water on our St. Augustine grass and flower beds.


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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.):

“Matrix Reloaded” fills us in on some of the backstory of the Matrix and the humans who inhabit it. Things fly everywhere. An 18-wheeler hangs a U-turn on a freeway and drives against traffic sending cars flying everywhere. Time flies. Neo flies - Superman in monk’s garb. Plot thickens. Oracle gives Neo piece of candy. Trinity self-destructs. Smith xeroxes himself. Morpheus wakes up. Red letters appear on the screen: To be Concluded
“The Majestic” — it was exactly that: MAJESTIC. A marvelous period piece about Jim Carrey and how he forgot to do all his contorted faces and just smile for a complete movie. Instead of being blacklisted by Hollywood he drove north to Fernwood along California’s Lost Coast which was renamed Lawson for the movie. He made a big splash there when he lost control of his car and his memory. Martin Landau takes him in as his MIA son Luke and they rebuild and reopen the Majestic theater and the hearts of the people of the town. At the Welcome Home Luke celebration, he dances with Luke’s old girl friend, Adele, to the wonderful refrain from “Stranger by the Shore” [no lyrics from the movie, but those inner lyrics can be powerful], and then closing with the marvelous vocal tones of Nat King Cole doing Johnny Mercer’s lyrics, “I Remember You.” A one handkerchief movie. “Didn’t make me cry as much as it made me want to cheer,” my Copilot Reviewer said.
“Blood Work” — a Clint Eastwood serial-killer thriller that got Del’s Nancy Drew muscles going and kept us both awake till after midnight — at our age, that’s a high compliment to a movie. 903-562-784 is a clue — also Happy Valentine. No wonder it took all movie to sort out the mysteries! Another clue is in the penultimate sentence of this cinema blurb.
“Jean Florette” — this is one of those Netflix DVDs that came in so long after I ordered it that I was surprised at the end to find out that it was only Part I of a two-part movie. The second part is “Manon of the Spring” also titled “Jean Florette, Part II”. Utterly charming all the way through. Yves Montand was superb as Cesar, one of two family members that wanted the spring to plant carnations and make money, but Jean Florette [a young Gerard Depardieu] brings his family to live in the house. Cesar directs his nephew to make friends with Jean, but keep the spring that the two of them had cemented over a secret. The nephew watched the hunchbacked Jean struggle to make a go of the place, became his friend, and even was given a portion of the bounty from their first harvest. The rest, dear Readers, I’ll leave for your enjoyment. The daughter of Jean Florette is named Manon and returns in the sequel as a beautiful young lady who discovered the nephew duplicity in the end of Part I.
“Mothman Prophecies” — Richard Gere stars in this gripping drama about a West Virginia town in which he finds himself after a night of trance-like driving to nowhere. Something big is happening or going to happen, and we don’t know what it is, but it is troubling the waking hours and sleep time of many of its citizens, including the new arrival Gere. A tour de force of directing worthy of the old master, Hitchcock.
"Nurse Betty" - One insightful reader of my movie blurbs wrote that I was doing them purely on the basis of morality issues. (Probably because I had the audacity to suggest that "My Fair Lady" was a better musical than "Chicago".) If I were using morality as a basis, this movie wouldn't make it to my Hits category. After all, this movie starts with a vicious scalping and murder of Betty's husband which throws the waitress wife into shock which leads her to go to Hollywood, become a nurse, and get the part of a nurse on a hit soap opera before she wakes up. A delightful look at the positive side of shock. Morgan Freeman stars and Chris Rock doesn't. Nurse Betty is a modern day Eliza Doolittle who moves quickly from behind a counter to in front of a camera. Now you know the trip, but getting there is all the fun.
“Life or Something Like It” — a chick flick about the steamy side of local broadcast news and the seamy side of the national news. Barbie doll news reporter Angelina Jolie receives a death notice from a street prophet and has a week to get her life in order, a difficult job because it is already perfect. But a few swings of the bat in Seattle’s Mariners stadium points her in the wrong direction for a change, and you can watch the movie to learn the rest of the story. What did you expect, Paul Harvey?

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.

“Metropolis” — not the old B&W classic, but a new one. Del doesn’t care for Sci-Fi, Animation, or Foreign Language films, so this one maxed out on her “Avoid At All Costs” Richter Scale. Reminiscent of “A.I.”, it involves a cute girl robot destined to rule the world from the top of the Ziggurat of Metropolis. Storyline disconnected or my attention was (I was watching Hornets in a must-win NBA playoff game and an LSU baseball game at the same time), but the movie was not a grabber. I did watch with interest the incredible scenes of mega-industrial and architectural structures.
“The Devil’s Brigade” — a 1968 war movie starring William Holden and a bunch of American misfits and Canadian superstar troops. Amazing. The US troops were a rowdy gang of thugs taken out of the brig and Canucks came up marching in step to the sound of bagpipes. How would these two ever learn to fight together against the Germans? Maybe by learning to fight against each other and like each other first? Yep, you got it. Mostly a hollow, very slow repetition of the excellent war movie, “Dirty Dozen”, which movie had the good sense not to mix the clean linen with the dirty laundry! If you haven’t seen it already, consider yourself lucky. Had to watch a couple of other movies on the side screens of my screening room to stay awake through the first half of this move.

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

“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.
“My Wife is an Actress” — interesting movie in which a Parisian-based sports reporter married to a very popular French actress Charlotte has a problem with his wife’s having to do love scenes and plays the jealous cuckold in advance of actually being cuckolded. Naturally this drives them apart, and a channel separates them – the English Channel — why isn’t it called the French Channel? Didn’t it divide Greater Brittany from Lesser Brittany when it appeared, which at that time were both part of the French coast? She’s in a role in London which requires her to get naked in bed with her English co-star. She told the director that she felt uncomfortable being naked with everyone else with clothes on and refused to do the scene naked. The next day on the set everyone is naked and guess who pays her a surprise visit on the set carrying flowers to make up? Aw, you guessed! French dialogue in France, English dialogue in London, with subtitles to help out the hopelessly monolingual.
“The Pledge” — stars Jack Nicholson as a new retiree from the police force (more like a police farce) who makes a pledge to find a bad guy and instead of going fishing for marlin using the ticket they gave him at his going-away party, he goes fishing for a bigger fish – the bad guy, a serial killer of little girls. After docking his boat in the region the big fish was last seen, he finds a way to begin using live bait to catch the whopper he wants in the worst way. Can this have a happy ending? Yes. But does it?
“Happy Accidents” with Tomei and D’onofro in a chick flick with a Sci-Fi twist. Unfortunately it was a twist that had been used much more successfully in “Time After Time” by Reeves and Seymour. This grade “B” version of the story had D’onofro as a “back traveler” in time looking for Tomei, finding her, losing her, finding her, losing her, and still managing to keep me and Del awake till he finds her at the end. One interesting point was that we identified D’onofro as the “Roach Man” alien from the first “Men in Black”. Something in the way he chewed the scenery gave him away.
“Lucy” a CBS special on “Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball” – a close up and personal look at behind the scenes of the tempestuous relation of those two. How Desi created Desilu Studios to keep from Lucy having to move her family to New York. He innovated a method of sending studio quality film to NY and the rest of the country by shooting on film rather than the poorer quality kinescope recordings usually done of live shows. He paid for the expensive filming in exchange for keeping the original film – a deal that he was ridiculed by CBS exec’s at the time for making — and yet he thereby created the ability for rerun after rerun of “I Love Lucy” and millions of dollars in the coffers of Desilu over the decades. He created single-handedly the rerun industry. We also got to see Lucille Ball taking comedy lessons from Red Skelton and Buster Keaton behind the scenes. “Absorb what’s happening, React, then Act” Keaton advised her. You can see this as a standard for great comedians. Jack Benny, Johnny Carson among the best. Lucy learned her lessons well. The actress who played Lucy was unable to create the hilarity of the original Lucy, only hint at it and let us know the great talent that was Lucille Ball.
“Till the Clouds Roll By” a marvelous biopic on the life of Jerome Kern. Full of re-enactments of his songs by famous stars of the day, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Angela Langsbury, Dinah Shore, June Allison, and ending in a grand finale with Frank Sinatra doing “Ole Man River” atop a wedding cake floating in space. A time travel trip down memory lane for a couple of hours.

“Cab to Canada” starring Maureen O’Hara as an elderly Pasadena starlet who decides to live life on the edge after a close friend dies and hires her taxi driver to take her to Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver. A story of love and friends and family. A heartwarmer.

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This month's Cajun story is adapted from a story I heard from an authentic Cajun on the Louisiana Educational TV Channel, WLAE, back in March of this year. Cajuns always like to get the best possible price for anything they do and this story illustrates the creative way Boudreaux saved himself $290.

You see, Boudreaux had a big problem. He asked Marie what to do, and she gave him the name of a psychotherapist. So he took himself over to the therapist and told her his problem, “Every night after I get in bed, I’m scared me. Can you help me?”
“What are you scared of, Mr. Boudreaux,” the psychotherapist asked politely.
“I’m scared dat dere’s somebody under de bed.”
“Why don’t you get out of bed and check under the bed?”
“Mais, I’m scared to did dat, too! Can you fix mah problem, Doc?”
“Yes, I believe I can,” the therapist replied.
“And how much dat gonna cost?” Boudreaux asked.
“Three hundred dollars.”
“T'ree hundret dollars? Thank you, Doc. I’ll see you later,” and with that Boudreaux left the therapist’s office.
The psychotherapist never saw Boudreaux again, until about three months later when she ran into him on the street in Breaux Bridge. “Mr. Boudreaux, good to see you! I was wondering if you had solved that problem you came to me for.”
“Mais, yeah! I called up Charlie Hebert and he came right over and fixed my problem for only $10,” Boudreaux said cheerfully.
“Charlie Hebert?” the therapist looked puzzled. “I don’t think I know any psychotherapists by that name. What is his speciality?”
“Carpentry,” Boudreaux said. “I had him cut de legs off de bed.”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for June, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Eggplant Supreme
[Note: I designed this recipe after eating and enjoying "Swooning Eggplant" at the "Little Greek" Restaurant on Metairie Road. It is my version with a Cajun twist or two. Thanks, Yianni! P. S. To give it an Italian flavor, sprinkle oregano over the eggplant at the beginning of the process.]

~ 2 large eggplants
Four Color Peppercorns
~ McCormick’s SeasonAll Salt
~ 1 Jar of Ragut - Parmesan & Romano
~ Bertolli’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Eggplant preparation:
~ Peel, slice crosswise to match depth of Pyrex pan, Sprinkle with McCormick’s SeasonAll Salt. Arrange to fill the pan.
~ Add four-color peppercorns, about a teaspoon full – sprinkle over and around eggplant slices in pan.
~ Dribble olive oil across the top of the eggplant slices.
~ Cover with water almost to top of pan.

Cooking Instructions: Place in microwave oven on high for about 30 minutes. Check at 15 minutes and turn over the larger slices of eggplants. Let heat for 15 more minutes. It should look like this when ready for Ragut -- should be half inch or so of water left in pan.

Remove pan and pour the Ragut Parmesan & Romano Sauce over the eggplants, covering the tops of the slices.

Heat in Microwave for 15 minutes or in Oven on 325 for about 20 minutes. It should look like this when done. [Adjust times for individual appliances. You want it thick, but not over cooked. This is an amazingly simple and delicious recipe. The main trick is getting the times right.]

Serve over Rotini Pasta as shown in photo.

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In this dry season for New Orleans, it's a good time to review the proper watering procedures for producing healthy plants. You can read Dan Gill in the Times-Picayune tell you to do infrequent deep watering for established plants and frequent shallow watering for new plants or you can read this poem: The Great Sprinkler in Digest #24.

Poem #1: From my review of Rudolf Steiner's Faith, Love, Hope: The Third Revelation to Mankind:

There’s Hope for the Flowers

[Written 2003 by Bobby Matherne. Credits: Walt Whitman for the quote below from his “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” and Leann Rimes for “beneath the bitter snow” from her song lyrics, “The Rose”]
Ever-returning Spring; trinity sure to me you bring.
When we plant seeds,
       there’s hope for the flowers.
When the Earth revolves on its axis
       there’s hope for the flowers.

In Spring-time showers
       there’s hope for the flowers.
When we plant seeds,
       there’s hope for the flowers.

In winter-night beneath the bitter snow
       there’s hope for the flowers.
When we plant seeds,
       there’s hope for the flowers.

When a newborn baby cries,
       there’s hope for the flowers.
When a human being dies,
       there’s hope for the flowers.

For when we raise our hands in prayer
Some One is watching over there
And with His grace and divine powers
Inundates us with His blessed showers.
When He plants seeds,
       there’s hope for the flowers.

Poem #2: from Flowers of Shanidar

The Iconoclast Tradition

[Written 1990 by Bobby Matherne. Credits: "My Way" lyrics: Revaux/Francois/Anka.]
I follow Groucho Marx
In his iconoclast tradition,
His resistance to membership
      I find it irresistible.
I wear Non-Members-Only shirts
Emblemmed with eyebrows and cigar.

I walk alone the road less taken
Along whose woods I do not know
Hand in hand with Robert Frost.

I build a cabin by myself
Alongside Henry's Walden Pond
So we might be alone together.

I shape myself as Emerson:
"Whoso would be a man," he said,
"Would be a non-conformist."

And when I meet Frank Sinatra,
I'll thank him, not in a shy way,
That, just like him, I did it my way.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for June:
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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 Lord's Prayer by Adam Bittleston

Adam Bittleston wrote this essay on the Lord's Prayer based on Rudolf Steiner's teachings. It was published in "The Golden Blade" in 1964. It deals with what some have called the most perfect prayer of Christianity. It was the prayer that Jesus the Christ told his apostles, "In this way pray." In this essay Bittleston examines the triangle over a square structure of the prayer. If you think you know the prayer, read the review and maybe you'll learn some new things about it.

In this passage on forgiveness, Bittleston uses the metaphor of a "knot" for a trespass or debt. Thought of that way the passage becomes: "Untie the knots we have made in others's etheric body as we untie the knots that they have made in our etheric body."

[page 13, 14] FORGIVENESS When we refuse to forgive, we set the barrier of our minds against this work of Christ; we claim repayment in our way, in our time, instead of accepting the healing of destinies through Him. We hold on to the knots in our etheric bodies, instead of allowing them to be loosened.

For more prayer-full thought, read the review at:

2.) ARJ2: Faith, Love, and Hope by Rudolf Steiner

Steiner tells us of the three revelations of importance to humankind. The first two will be as familiar to most as the third will be a surprise. The first revelation is the Sinai Revelation in which Moses received the Ten Commandments. The second revelation he calls the Palestine Revelation which gave us the Gospels of the New Testament. The third revelation occurred in the middle 20th Century --- it consisted of what is referred to in the New Testament as the Second Coming of Christ in Glory. The glorified body is a phrase which refers to the etheric body or a body in the etheric plane. Christ has been intervening in human destiny from the etheric plane on Earth for almost seventy years as I write these words. Steiner gives us an example of how this intervention proceeds.

[page 10] There will be people, for instance, who, while carrying out some deed, suddenly become aware . . . of an urge to refrain from what they are doing, because of a remarkable vision. They will perceive in a dreamlike way what appears to be an action of their own; yet they will not be able to remember having done it.

What these people are experiencing is the bleed through of information from their karmic destiny, a deed from some past lifetime, is entering their minds and preventing them from carrying out a similar deed again.

Another important aspect of these lectures is what the words "faith, love, and hope" mean to humankind for the next 5,000 years. These words, following St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians are usually placed in this order: faith, hope, and love. Steiner makes an excellent case for the proper order of these words, considering the destiny of humankind, to be: faith, love, and hope. Read all about it here:

3.) ARJ2: The Journal of Thoreau, Volume 3 by Henry David Thoreau

I received these comments about this review from Kevin Dann, a good friend who's working on a biography of Thoreau. His blurb on my review hit a 9 on my Richter Scale of Blurbdom and I had to send it out for repair. Thanks a lot, Kevin.

"The good Venetian painter Barbarelli's got nothing on you, for you've done with Thoreau what he did with that warrior -- sailed right round and circumnavigated him while standing still! I love whenever Henry says 'I would fain' for there is something so simultaneously humble and confident about 'fain'— 'fain' my eye, for the fellow has the gift of the Word to such a high degree that even should he fail to compass some thought or fact, his words will not fail him.

"I am down to only three more journals to read, and this one is one of them, so all the quotes and your observations came to me fresh as — well, since my wild lawn is about to erupt into a Chrysantemum vulgaris riot , I'll go ahead and say it — a daisy."

To circumnavigate Thoreau at your leisure, click on the link below as soon as you've packed your sailing trunk.

4.) ARJ2: From Comets to Cocaine by Rudolf Steiner

This book was originally published under the title "Health and Illness" which gives us a better overview of the topics covered. It is the transcript of 18 question and answer sessions between Rudolf Steiner and the workers at the Goetheanum in Dornach in 1922. This is not a book about astronomy and taking drugs, but about how drugs such as nictoine, alcohol, absinthe, and cocaine deleteriously affect the human body so that individuals can decide for themselves whether to take these drugs. It's about how a fetus in the womb lives in a comet-like atmosphere and how that relates to an earlier evolutionary phase of Earth. Among other things.

Coincidence or deep truth? One always confronts this dilemma in reading Steiner’s works. How can one decide? A person may occasionally stumble upon a coincidence and claim it to be a deep truth. One can easily ignore such scattered occurrences and pass them by as if a coincidence rather than a deep truth. Even a non-magician can occasionally reach into a hat and pull out a rabbit. But someone who time after time, lecture after lecture, book after book, reaches into the cosmic hat and pulls out a rabbit of wisdom, ahh, there’s a magician to be reckoned with!

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