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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Russell Long (1918-2003) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Senator from Louisiana ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #38 Published July 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Summer Month of July:

For rebelling against every form of authority Fate has punished me by making me an authority.
Albert Einstein

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

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

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. July 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.

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This month Violet and Joey learn about Lonely is a One Number.

#1 "Lonely is a One Number" 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 July are:

Andy Flaxman in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Stacey Tucker in Texas

Congratulations, Andy and Stacey!

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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. Speaking of fun, check out the new Tidbits posted this month. The page has been re-designed so that new tidbits are given their own page and the main Tidbits page consists of only links to the tidbits, so it loads much faster also. The new tidbits for July will be at the top of the list of tidbits in each section. Check them out. The long list of old favorites are now in the large Grab Bag page.

Who signs your paycheck? Ever think about it? See this Tidbit of Information.

June began with a bang as LSU was winding up its baseball season trying to get to Omaha for the first time under its new coach, Smoke Lavell. Interesting that LSU had to beat Baylor, a team from Waco, to get the College World Series the weekend before we headed up to Waco to do the wedding of Bradford and Tara.

Watched a couple of movies, actually three at one time, while the LSU game was on TV — lots of blank time in a baseball game. The movie, “As Good As Dead,” was followed by “Stoning at Fulham County” on the Lifetime Channel. Somewhere in the dialogue for “Stoning” was the phrase, “As good as dead” appearing in this sentence, “If you don’t win this case, you’re as good as dead.” Another one of those cosmic coincidences. One movie follows another by accident and has the same phrase in both. Like the Carmen coincidence from yesterday. The opera "Carmen" about gypsies was on NPR Radio as I listened to it while driving along in my Geo. Don Jose (pronounced Joe-say) in the libretto was mentioned by announcer, and I immediately saw a car in front of me with JOE on the license plate. A few minutes later, I saw the license plate GYPSIES in front of me. Does this type of thing happen out where you live? And when you live?

We checked in at Orange Beach and got our ground floor condo, just a short walk from the beach and Gulf waters. It was so conveniently situated to the parking lot that several people opened our door thinking that we were the Check-In office. We finally had to lock the door. Burt and Renee came about 5:30 and we started almost immediately putting up the Easy-UP Canopy that our daughter, Maureen, gave me for Father's Day. Its name was well-placed: it was Easy-up, the first time, which is the hardest because you have to properly attach the canopy covering to the frame. Nothing to screw or bolt, just a few things to click into place! Wonderful! ! !

We went to Flounders and Burt drove because he knew the roads. He and Renee went on a nostalgia trip down a gulfside road where they first lived in a shack that was so loosely put together that “the sand blew in through the walls.” This was during Burt’s stint at the Naval Air Base in Pensacola as a Physical Education instructor.

I found out that Burt played End on the Duke team that LSU beat in 1958, 50-19 — a score I remembered from my freshman year when we won the National Championship in football. Bob Brodhead, last to be LSU's athletic director, was the quarterback on the Duke team. Burt recounted how several of the TDs came about on fumbles, etc, and how the score was not representative of the closeness of the two teams. Was great to talk football with someone who was actually on the field during those years when I was in the stands for every game.

The beach waters were great for body surfing on the boogie board we bought. We made our coffee in the morning and walked down to the water's edge to watch folks catching Lady fish. A lady from Indiana was catching one with almost every cast. Del and I read and played Scrabble and enjoyed some quiet time while waiting for our three girls to show up on Thursday with our five grandkids. We went from peace and quiet to a loud roar and walls shaking when the kids were in the condo. And we loved it.

The girls had rented a condo down the beach a short walk and they all spent the day with Granma and Granpa, but went home at night so the walls could stop vibrating.

Friday the 13th — bad luck day: LSU lost in the College World Series and a killer canopy (helped by an errant thunderstorm) attacked my brand-new canopy. I found my canopy pinned helplessly to the sand with the killer canopy on top of it, its anchor spiked having slashed a two-foot slice in the canopy's covering. I was able to bend the broken arms back into shape and sew up the tear with safety pins. Next time we will lower the canopy every evening.

It was a great week at the beach, and we and the girls made our reservations for next when we go back with another set of our offspring and grandkids added to the mix. Molly and Evelyn made it clear that their daddy's will be coming along next year.

Next event when we got home was a black tie dinner in the Hermes Room at Antoine’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. I had arranged with Russ Copping for us to have a renewal of our vows. Del was completely surprised. I had to arrange for three women to do the short readings that Del’s bridesmaids did back on July 16, 1978, 25 years ago. The first two I asked didn’t have their glasses with them. I got three women to do the readings finally, but forgot about Del needing glasses. When it came time for her short reading, her eyes were damp, her mascara stinging them, and she couldn't see, so Russ quietly prompted her. Thanks to all for making this occasion a memorable one!

Here are the three readings:

[Words of Kahlil Gibran from Mary Haskell's Journal May 12, 1922]

“That deepest thing, that recognition, that knowledge, that sense of kinship began the first time I saw you, and it is the same now — only a thousand times deeper and tenderer. I shall love you to eternity.

I loved you long before we met in this flesh. I knew that when I first saw you. It was destiny. We are together like this and nothing can shake us apart.”

[Words of Kahlil Gibran from Mary Haskell's Journal,October 22, 1912]
“The most wonderful thing is that we are always walking together, hand in hand, in a strangely beautiful world, unknown to other people.

We both stretch one hand to receive from Life — and Life is generous indeed.”

[Words of Mary Haskell from her journal September 10, 1920]
“When two people meet, they ought to be like two water lilies opening side by side, each showing its golden heart, not closed up tight, and reflecting the pond, the trees, and the sky. And there is too much of the closed heart.

When I come to you, we talk for four or six hours. If I'm going to take six hours of your time, I ought to unfold for you, and to be sure that it is myself I give.”

After the vow renewal, several men got up to read poems. Several by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a beat poem of the last century, one by Shakespeare, one by Kahlil Gibran, and miscellaneous others. I read a sonnet that I wrote for Del for this occasion. The sonnet has in it the names of our 17 grandchildren and our great-grandson. Here it is. Some of the names will be obvious, like Tiffany, Walden, Sierra, Gabriel, Garret, Molly, and Emerson; others, like Katie, Weslee, Thomas, Aidan, Chris, Jen, Ben, Kyle, Samuel, Collin, and Evelyn will take some doing to locate. Best way is to read the sonnet aloud and listen carefully. (Names in each line are identified and can be read by a View, Source.)

A Grandmother’s Blessing
One day the sky’ll clear across the Land
From the Sierra to the Walden Pond.
Good Golly, Miss Molly, it’s so profound
Having the katydids to understand

The Atom as a clock by Emerson,
The jewel as a stone by Tiffany,
How a poet in a garret burns, you see,
And ever lends the world his benison.

One day with Easterly and Westly winds
The Archangel Gabriel will bestow
The blessing of a Christmas furbelow
To cleanse the gen’ral populace of sins.

The hay loft feeds a mule and cow in peace
And by the Maid, an amber Masterpiece.

The next morning we were up early and drove to Houston. We had dinner with Greg and Yvette and their two kids at Amazona Restaurant with plantain chips and other Amazon food. The next morning we had an easy drive to Waco for the wedding festivities. We spent the day finding our way around Waco to the wedding site and the rehearsal dinner. The wedding was in the back yard of a suburban house similar to a wedding I did in Harahan last year, but when we walked around to the back, the edge of the yard fell away about five or six hundred feet opening to a view of a golf course, Waco Lake,and an unbroken view of the setting sun on the horizon. No wonder the street was called Skyline Drive!

The rehearsal dinner at La Cabaña was great and we were able to drive home to the Ramada Limited in the dark on back roads after our daytime exploring. The next day we found Barnes & Noble and bought an audio book of Harry Potter, Book 5, "The Order of the Phoenix," to listen on on the return leg of our trip. The wedding was at sunset at the edge of the overlook and it went off with only one hitch: Bradford and Tara got hitched!In his cowboy boots and hat, Brad looked like Wyatt Earp, and his best man, Brian Lynch looked all the world like Doc Holliday. You can see it for yourself in the photo.

On the way home we stopped to visit Hilmar and Leslie Moore in Austin, our son Jim and his family in Kountze, and our daughter Carla and her family in Beaumont. We wanted to stop by my Godson Greg Matherne's home in Kingwood to see their new daughter, Grace Virginia, but we ran out of time during the trip from Austin to Kountze. I will include a photo of Grace, however. When we arrived home, we were sure that we didn't want to be anywhere but Timberlane for a long time to come.


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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.):

“Murder By Numbers” Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin play detectives trying to decipher the equivalent of a “Paint By Numbers” murder case. After carefully planning every detail, two high school students pick a victim and kill her, frame a drug pusher, and then fake his suicide. End of story? No way. This is a movie, remember?
“Stoning at Fulham” — a new prosecutor from the big city confronts four teenagers who threw stones at an Amish family and killed their 7-month baby girl as she was sleeping in her mother’s arms in their buggy. This was almost a right-of-passage for teenage boys in the county – hassling the Amish by throwing rocks, or “clacking” – frowned on officially but not prosecuted traditionally. The Amish father who lost his daughter refused to testify and the new prosecutor found himself with a murder case with no witnesses except the perpetrators. A very young Brad Pitt played a bit part as one of the four boys, the only one to apologize to the Amish family, the only boy of the four to have a speaking role outside of the pickup truck rock-throwing episode. As he apologized, he flashed his eyes to one side, tilted his head, and showed that boyish charm which was to make him a movie star. A two Kleenex movie with great narrative drive.
“Trapped” — the theme of this thriller ala Hitchcock is “We’ve done four other kidnapings this way, so this one will work.” Well, the viewer thinks, “If that’s so, how come this one is a movie?” Will it work or not? Will the well-oiled kidnaping machine break down when someone drops an asthmatic inhaler into its cogs? The suspense is intense, with great performances by Kevin Bacon and Charlize Theron. Compares well with Mel Gibson’s “Ransom.”
“Risky Business” in which Tom Cruise climbed to stardom with a strip tease, probably the first time a male actor has done it this way. Near the end of the film, there is a poignant scene in which the hooker, Rebecca de Mornay, tells Tom Cruise, in thinking about where they will be in ten years, “I think we’re going to make it big.” She was 3/4s right: she made it, and Tom made it big. This movie is not the super classic that “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is, but it’s right up there as a classic growing up in America in the 80s movie.

Misses (avoid at all costs):
“Eye See You” In a waste of time we watched a Sly Stallone flick in which he plays an FBI agent stalked by a killer who likes to hang and tattoo his victims with “ICU”. Slow, lack of suspense, voices nearly indecipherable, most of movie takes places in a concrete silo in outback Wyoming during a blizzard. And Sly’s buddy wants to go ice fishing! Other than these minor glitches — which a new plot, script, director and cinematographer would have solved — the movie was mediocre.

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.

“Eye See You” In a waste of time we watched a Sly Stallone flick in which he plays an FBI agent stalked by a killer who likes to hang and tattoo his victims with “ICU”. Slow, lack of suspense, voices nearly indecipherable, most of movie takes places in a concrete silo in outback Wyoming during a blizzard. And Sly’s buddy wants to go ice fishing! Other than these minor glitches — which a new plot, script, director and cinematographer would have solved — the movie was mediocre.

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

“Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” a philogynous tale written by a female undoubtedly — as all the main characters are women and all the men are pricks that come in and out of the main characters from time to time. The first of the five vignettes involves a tarot reader who comes to read Glenn Close’s card, but most of the things she tells her are things you can tell just by looking at her. The thread that ties the vignettes together is a dead woman and the detective who working out the nature of the woman’s death just by looking at her, with some paradoxical help from her blind sister who seems to be able to look at the dead woman’s life better than her seeing sister. The vignette with Holly Hunter and the hag with the shopping cart home is pure David Lynch. The dubbed in smoky tint at the top of all the scenes gives us a sense of watching the movie through an automobile windshield. The ominous foreboding eventually slides into a semblance of happy endings all around.
“Princess Mononoke” — plumped as the “Star Wars of Animated Features” on the cover, I found it to be more like a Japanese version of the “Lord of the Rings”. The young boy receives a grievous wound from a demon-filled boar and must set out on a quest to save his own life and that of Princess Mononoke who literally runs with the wolves. Impressive animation and plot lines woven into an amazing tale.
“Mansfield Park” — from Portsmouth to Mansfield Park or “all’s well that ends well” is a long trip for Fanny Price, who dared to evaluate correctly the lack of morals in a suitor she spurned. Apparently two hundred years ago this was such a rare occurrence that it could serve as the key plot device for a novel. Such unheard of behavior by a woman got her evicted from the mansion and relegated to the slums. Fanny would rather have been a beggar in Portsmouth than the wife of a philander in Mansfield Park. Bravo, Fanny!
“XXX” — was PG rated for senseless violence and mindless stunts, no doubt. Vin Diesel’s Xander is to James Bond as a boilermaker is to a martini. Vin’s boilermaker movie was much shaken, stirred, exploded, hurled, dropped, and slammed around before the movie mercifully ended. Imagine how he could have gotten from an 80 mph car on the bank of a half-mile wide river onto an 80 mph speedboat in the middle of the river. Imagine snowboarding down a 70 degree slope and starting an avalanche behind you just make things interesting. Kids who try his stunts at home will be quickly removed from the gene pool.
“The Barber” — an interesting serial killer flick involving a small town in northern Alaska during the dark of the winter when the sun doesn’t shine 24/7 and everyone has a bad case of SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Malcolm McDowell as the barber narratives the flick and leaves clues scattered around for the film viewers as to the killer’s identity but not for the FBI team who are clueless and identify the Chief of Police as their chief suspect.
“Munholland Drive” or David Lynch does Hollywood. A Rubik’s Cube of a movie. Hard to figure out what happened when, who is who, what is reality, what is dream, why things move so slowly, and it’s not worth the effort except for masochists. It’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Dwarf” when the weird short guy from Twin Peaks, twenty years older now, and a co-shrunken inch-high friend climb through the crack under the door, laughing all the way. Well, that’s probably fantasy. Fans of twin peaks, by the way, will not be disappointed when the brunette actress disrobes.

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Marie had been going to the same psychotherapist once a week for over five years. For an hour, she would lay back on the recliner and talk and the therapist would just say, “Uh, huh. Uh, huh.”

Marie couldn’t see where it was helping her any, his saying “Uh, huh” over and over, so one day, she decided that she had enough. She sat up, looked at the doctor and said, “Doc, I been coming here for over five years and all you ever say is, “Uh, Huh, Uh Huh” and never once have you told me what’s wrong with me. Now I’m axing you, ‘What’s wrong wit’ me?’ and I want you to told me right now!”

The doctor said, “Well, Marie, it’s like this: you are crazy.”

“What!?” Marie was outraged and began to storm towards the office door. “I have never been so insulted! I ain’t gonna take that, me. I wanna get a second opinion.”

Just as she opened the door to leave, the doctor said, “Okay, Marie, you is ugly, too!”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for July, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
(click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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Avocado and Cucumber Sandwich
This month's recipe is for a cooling and filling sandwich for those hot summer days. It sounds too simple to be so tasty, but try it for youself and a friend and find out. One avocado and one cucumber makes four hearty open-face sandwiches.

Ingredients: (Click to see Photo.)
Blue Plate Mayonnaise, Zatarain's Creole Mustard, Tony Chachere's Seasoning, One Avocado, One cucumber, Two Slices of Burkhardt Bread (Whole Wheat Bread).

Toast two slices of Bread. Cut each slice in half to make open-face sandwiches.

Peel and slice avocado into flat quarter inch slabs. Arrange avocado around the edge of the serving dish. Peel, score with fork, and slice cucumber slices and place in center of dish, as shown in photo. At this point each person can be served to finish assemblying the sandwich at the table, if desired.

Final Assembly:
Spread Mayonnaise, then Creole Mustard on one side of toast. Place avocado slices on first, covering the toast. Place the cucumbers so as to cover the avocado. Sprinkle with Tony's Creole Seasoning lightly.

Eat immediately. We like to eat it along with Master's Choice Not-from-concentrate apple juice. (Click for edge view of sandwich.)

Bon Appétit!

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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Waiting for the Flowers

Please, be still, my little one
The clover green is soon to sport its floral crown
for wreaths of springtime fancy.
Be still when waiting for the flowers.

Smiles of joy on tender lips
Chiffon cascades from out your dainty hips,
gown is vacant of corsage.
Be still when waiting for the flowers.

The bride aims her bouquet throw
O'er her head while little maids down below
champ at the bit of weddedness.
Be still when waiting for the flowers.

In the straitjacket of death
Mortal lies subdued and calm in Sunday best
inside eternal bower.
Be still when waiting for the flowers.

Our bonus poem this month comes to us from the pen of Carol Golden and is included with her permission.
The Reason
by Carol Golden

Alas, the time has flown,
and on its wings,
the passage of youth into maturity.

From out of the unknowingness,
experience begets wisdom,
sorrow gives birth to growth,
having challenged the inner soul
to become
to emerge
into the light,
to evolve
to fulfill
the potentials
of the spirit.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for July:
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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: Thunder and Lightning — Cracking Open the Writer's Craft by Natalie Goldberg

Have you ever brought down a coconut from a tree and tried to open it on a tropical beach? It's not so easy to know where to start. But if you have the opportunity to watch a native — it's a snap. A couple of slices with a machete, a POW! on the peeled shell and it's open! Natalie Goldberg is like that — she cracks open the writer's craft like the native does a coconut! Her machete is a free writing exercise where you sit for an hour or for ten minutes and write without lifting your pen from the paper or stopping your hand from moving. She calls it writing practice.

[page 159] Writing practice lets out all your wild horses. Everything you never dared to utter — didn't even know you thought — comes galloping and whinnying across the page. This is good. You become connected with a much larger force field, one where you're not in control. Suddenly your little will is not doing the writing, but instead writing does writing. The trees and skies, cemeteries, nightclubs, barns, old loves and worn shoes step forward and take their true positions.

2.) ARJ2: Something Special by Iris Murdoch

This book is a little something special from Iris Murdoch.

A simple story about Yvonne who is waiting for the right man. An excellent introduction to Murdoch's works.

[page 5] "Can't I live my life as I please," said Yvonne, "since it's the only thing I have? It's that I can't see him as something special and I won't marry him if I can't."

3.) ARJ2: From Jesus To Christ by Rudolf Steiner

In this series of lectures Steiner says he wishes: 1) to give us an "idea of the Christ-Event in so far as it is connected with the historical appearance of the Christ in the person of Jesus of Nazareth" and 2) to "make a wide survey of the realm of Spiritual Science and its mission." If you've wondered about the Second Coming of Christ in the Etheric Plane in the twentieth century, the difference between Jesuits and Rosicrucians, or the nature of the physical body and its associated Phantom, these topics and many more are covered in detail in these lectures.

4.) ARJ2: Wild Mind — Living the Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg

Natalie has a wild mind. There — that disposes of the reason for the title in the manner she would use to say it. The Hemingway way. She has a wild mind. But Nat also focuses on details, so here's the opening of her Introduction.

[page xiii] Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce. In summer, we work hard to make a tidy garden, bordered by pansies with rows or clumps of columbine, petunias, bleeding hearts. Then we find ourselves longing for the forest, where everything has the appearance of disorder; yet, we feel peaceful there.

A mustang is the name given to any particular horse that can't be broken, no matter what its breed. Mustang Natalie will always be wild. There isn't a corral that can hold her mind, her writing, or her energy. If you wish to be a writer and find yourself in some dull corral, hop on Mustang Natalie's back for a Wild Ride. Do the exercises she gives you at the end of a chapter. Notice how short her chapters are. One topic, one chapter. Long leisurely rides. Short rides. Wild bouncing bronco rides. Giddyap!

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The SPIZZNET File , my novel about Dolphin Communication is now available for you Good Readers to read On-line.

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