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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Bob Hope (1903 - 2003) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Jack Valenti called him:~~~~~
~~~~~ “The Greatest Laugh Minister in the World” ~~~~~
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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #39 Published August 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Month of August:

"Bob, I feel a little funny reaching into your pocket like this,"
Movie Starlet on Bob's radio show.
"Reach a little further and you'll feel nuts,"
Bob Hope.

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Table of Contents

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

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
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1. August Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Amnesia, but I forget why.

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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 August are:

Carol Devine in New Orleans
Cliff Stockamp in Cyberspace

Congratulations, Carol and Cliff !

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Out Our Way:

This was another month with vacations sprinkled in. A trip to Grand Isle for some salt-water fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. A trip to Belle River for some freshwater fly fishing for perch and green trout. But let's take it from the beginning, shall we?

June went out with a bang on the 30th — we had an unexpected visitor from the south called Bill. He was a little upset about being called a Tropical Storm and that added to his fury. I could have sworn we had hurricane force gusts tilting our Lombardy poplars, papaya tree and fig tree. The fig tree held up, the papaya tree had to be re-righted, as did three Lombardys, one having to be topped. Our power went out at 2 pm and by 6 pm we decided to leave to get a hot cup of coffee or soup. I undid the powered garage door opener and hefted up the door manually – Bingo! – the lights came on. Great! I thought. I closed the door, re-connected the opener and went back inside. By the time I got back in, the lights were out again. We drove around a huge mile square area out of power including all of our favorite places to eat. We stopped at Hooters and found out that both their hot dishes and their cold dishes were delectable. Back home refreshed, the lights were still out. So we went to bed. Whoever’s hand was on the power switch made a note of that and turned the power on again. This time to stay. We got up again.

The next morning Del had a business trip to scenic Mt. Olive, Mississippi and we spent the morning before we left out in the yard with the come-along pulling our trees erect. By noon we were on the road listening to our new Harry Potter Book 5 audio tapes again. We spent the night at the Minimal Comfort Inn and the next morning we had lousy coffee and lousy grits at the Huddle House. Lunch at Crackerbarrel was good and found us heading back home in Potter Land.

We went to a private event, the Ball in Honor of the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase by The Society of Inseparable Friends Dance Academy. They came from all over the country to dance in period costumes of the early 1900s to the music of The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra in historical Gallier Hall’s Ballroom. First they played only waltzes of 1900 alternating with two-steps. Then many of the SoIFDA changed clothes into later 1914 dress and we had some rags, rhumbas, and tangos with the habańera beat thrown in. The photo of the ballroom dancers shows it was “Let’s Do the Time-Warp Again” time.

The next week was very busy time for Del as our grandson Sam was visiting us and Del had, as usual, a “grand” time. She and Sam did the D-Day museum, the Audubon Zoo (with Gabriel, another grandson), the Aquarium of the Americas, and many more things before we drove Sam up to Gonzales to have dinner at Mike Anderson’s together with him, his mom, Sue, and his grandparents Phyllis and Foster Budd. He left with them for the last leg of his vacation before he headed back to football practice in the Baltimore area. While Sam was visiting us, we watched “The Importance of Being Earnest” and I was trying to help him understand what “being earnest” meant. I told him the meaning of earnest and asked him, “Are you earnest about football?” Quick nod. “Are you earnest about baseball?” Quick nod. “Are you earnest about school?” Quick puzzled look.

Our 25th anniversary came and went quietly while Sam was with us. We had already celebrated it several times already, so we spent the time with Sam. After he left Del and I went to the Bon Ton Restaurant downtown to celebrate. I had the shrimp, crabmeat, and eggplant étouffé, which was delicious. I’ll have to try that combination sometimes. I found out that the word étouffé comes from the word “stuffer” or “smother” — my mom always said she was smothering something: okra, shrimp, eggplant, cabbage, etc. She never used the more formal word étouffé. Finally I know that the two are the same thing. Any way you say it, “Talk about good!”

First time I ever got up at 5 am to open birthday presents! We needed to pick up Daddy and Emily for our trip to Grand Isle. My daughter, Maureen, and her in-laws had rented a cabin on the Gulf of Mexico. We made it down in time to visit with all the assembled Bayhis as they were packing to leave and we stayed over night in the cabin. I caught several spotted weakfish [speckled trout] in the surf and had a grand time fishing in the waves between thunderstorms while large bottlenose dolphins were romping in the water a few feet away. Maureen left us a lot of boiled shrimp and crabs which we feasted on for lunch and supper while the guys (Buster and Bobby) and the gals (Emily and Del) vied against each other for the Pedro championship, but by the time we left, the games were exactly even.

We were only back home for two days before our trip to Belle River to join Gail and Jim Webb on a houseboat that had turned into a cabin by the time we arrived. Situated on a large bayou, the most fun for me was sitting on the dock for those long evenings and watching the bayou slowly flow by as the sun set on the other side of it. Jim and I took Del and Gail on a boat ride around through Lake Verret, Grass Lake and all as we were spotting likely places to fish the next couple of mornings. We were up the next morning at 6 and wetting a line. Jim caught some catfish and I caught four or five bream and a largemouth bass each day on popping bugs with my fly rod. Jim regaled us with stories of a few close calls when he was a jet fighter pilot.

A busy month right until the last day when we bought a new Maxima and are now a proud two-Maxima family. If you are driving behind us on the highway, you are ensured of being in the Maxima Lane. Till next month, Bobby.


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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.):

    “Terminator 3" — Arnold may become the first governor of California to have appeared nude in a movie. Shoot him in the head and he spits out a bullet and says, “Don’t do that.” A woman rewires his head and he goes bad for a time till he does a system reboot. They spent so much money on special effects and knocking power poles down with a crane that the budget didn’t allow any money for a script, but who’s complaining? A fast two hours. Machines 1, Humankind 0.
    “Goldmember” — when Dr. Evil explains that his preparation A didn’t work, and neither did B, C, D, E, . . . at some point you knew that he was heading for the Preparation H. “On the whole, it feels good.” is an actual quote. The miracle of this movie is the quaint euphemisms for parts of the male genitals and other forms of excrement that kept it from having an “R” rating. When Mini-Me shows his to Austin Power's father, played grandly by Michael Caine, Caine says, “You look like a tripod. That looks like a baby’s arm holding a peach.” Mini-Me switches sides. And guess who has an “Evil Twin”? I found myself cringing sometimes and other times laughing so hard I couldn’t keep my eyes on the screen.
    “Caesar” — with Richard Harris as Sulla, Chris Noth as Pompey, and Christopher Walken as Cato. This four hour original movie by TNT is well worth the watching. As often happens to great actors at the end of their long careers, Richard Harris enacted Sulla’s death in his bathtub and shortly afterward died himself. Well-paced, great narrative drive, fine acting all around.
    “Enough” — we watched this movie on cable a few weeks earlier, missed the very beginning, and got tired of watching Jennifer Lopez continually make bad decisions. Halfway through we'd had Enough of seeing her get beat up by her possessive and philandering husband. Since these two attributes are so unlikely to be in the same person, it must be a set-up for something equally unlikely to happen next. But we turned it off in disgust. When the DVD came in, we decided to watch it from the beginning and see if it made more sense. It did. A little. We held on through all the beatings, ineffectual moves by JLO, the lugubrious advice from her air-head girl friend who first pushed her towards the man who became her abusive husband. Finally JLO gets help from Jupiter, her father, the rich and all wise-ass. She gets combat training and arranges to kill her husband legally. How? Well, that would be telling.

    “The Importance of Being Earnest” with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth each wanting to be named Earnest because their girl friends loved that name. Unfortunately one was named Jack and the other one Algie. But since Jack pretended to have a wastrel friend in the city named Earnest he took that name when he visited Algie in the city. Algie uses that name when comes to the country to meet Cecilia while Jack’s away. But when Jack and his girl friend both show up unexpectedly in the country, you have what in the country is called a "peck of trouble". Witty and fun to the very end — the kind of fun that drove Oscar Wilde.
    “In the Time of Butterflies” — when Minerva Mirabel and her sisters led an underground movement to overthrow Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Watching the stark images of repression and torture by a dictator who stayed in power by killing all who opposed him was like watching Saddam Hussein while he was in power in Iraq. Minerva’s rebel name was “Butterfly” and the name soon became a synecdoche for the rebel movement. Its whispered rallying cry was, “God Bless the Butterflies”.
    “Unfaithful” in which Richard Gere appears --- whose name is enough to conjure up all kinds of scenarios in which he is unfaithful to his wife, as he has been in every movie in which marriage was a plot issue, up until now. Surprise, Surprise! It is he who remains faithful to his wife until the very end, while she goes between the covers with a book dealer who gets a lot more than he bargained for.

    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.

    "Green Mail" - or how one of the Baldwin brothers tries to save the world by blowing up private property, and how he gets religion when one of his enthusiastic followers of his begins blowing up people, too. Green thuggery is lionized in this movie, and it's not worth sitting through the lies to sniff out the meager whiffs of truth contained within this movie's toxic fumes.
    “Accidental Spy” — a Jackie Chan disappointment. This must have been his earliest movie — done in Japanese language dubbed into English which is much fun as jogging in a swamp — most of the humor we came to love in his recent movies was absent. Well, there was an interesting bit where he had his clothes torn off of him and ran through a crowded open-air market using grape bunches to cover his front and back while fighting off bad guys, turning his back to camera while he dropped the front bunch. The grapes got replaced in sequence by pies, women’s hats, and about a dozen things before he manages to dress himself like a nun by pulling down an enormously long white sheet from a clothesline in an alleyway and wrap himself into a nun, all on camera without showing any more genitalia than Goldmember or Mini-Me on camera.

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

    “The Good Girl” with Jennifer Aniston doing her best to look bored and plain — good, since she was playing a married woman in “No Sex and the Small Town”. Strapped into the saddle at the Cosmetic Counter of Retail Rodeo, she finds herself soon beholden to Holden who spends his time at another counter reading his one book, “Catcher in the Rye” over and over, and writing the story of his life over and over. Soon she’s having an affair with Holden, sex with her loving husband’s best friend, her girl friend at work dies, she’s paying for the motel with her credit card, and she gets pregnant just before her husband finds out he’s sterile. All this is fairly predictable as the story unfolds except this minor point: Can this mess have a happy ending?
    “Picture Perfect” — a 1997 movie with Jennifer Aniston in which she's confused once again over which man to give her love to: the womanizer Kevin Bacon who won’t make love to her unless she committed to someone else or the made-up fiancé Jay Mohr who will love her regardless of who she’s with. This time she’s got a dynamite job doing big-buck ads for the Super Bowl, but this made-up fiancé thing is a snow job heading downhill real fast. Will she remember how simply telling the truth makes things? She didn’t tell all in “The Good Girl.”
    “The Fraternity” — the mythical prep school Runcie has a clique of five seniors who think “as one mind” and do all sorts of retribution against students who have erred. One day they err when they decide to retrieve test answers for physics final and their ploy is uncovered. One student dies, one is expelled, and one is uncovered. Screen play lacks the continuity to make it a gripping drama instead of a slipping drama.
    “The Crocodile Hunter” — earlier in the day I’d seen Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” playing George M. Cohan, who was born to parents who were vaudeville performers and who began performing about age 4. Steve Irwin was born to wild animal experts and caught his first crocodile by jumping out of his dad’s boat at age 4. Also caught a poisonous snake at age 4 by stepping on it and waiting for his dad to come get it. Steve Irwin is the George M. Cohan of the wild animal kingdom. The DVD contains his life story told by his wife, with actual movie clips of young Steve. Plus a melange of his greatest song and dance routines with crocodiles, snakes, Komodo dragons, and large sharks. "Crikey! Dangerous! You’re alright, Mate!" If you can stand a couple of hours of that dialogue while watching a genuinely crazy man risking his life to save crocodiles, this is your movie.

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    Every night when Boudreaux came home, he’d complain about something. His supper was late, the house was a mess, it was always something. And he always ended by saying, “Marie, one of dese days, I’m gonna leave you, yeah.”

    One night he came home to find the house a mess, Marie a mess, no food on the table, and all the kids were crying. He said, “Marie, I done had it witch you! I’m leaving you right now!”

    Boudreaux was at the door when Marie stopped him, “Wait, Boo! Wat you gonna did about de house?”

    “You can took de house.” And he turned to leave, opening the door a crack.

    “Wait! Wat about the kids?”

    “You can keep de kids.” Boudreaux opened the door wide open and took a step outside.

    “Wait!” Marie said, and in desperation, she raised her dress and pointed at her crotch, “And wat about dis?”

    Boudreaux turned back and took a long look. He finally said, “Marie, one of dese days, I’m gonna leave you, yeah.”

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    5. RECIPE of the MONTH for August, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
    (click links to see photo of ingredients, preparation steps)
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    Artichoke Flowers

    Quick, Easy, and Delicious


    Two medium artichokes
    Progresso Italian Breadcrumbs (in the Blue Can)
    Parmesan-Romano Grated Cheese (Use sheep’s milk Romano)
    Newman’s Own Salad Dressing (Original Olive Oil-Vinegar )
    Zatarain’s Shrimp/Crab Boil Liquid
    Two Artichoke Plates (optional)
    Tony Chachere's Seasoning
    Bertolli’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Preparation of Artichoke Flowers:

    Trim off stem and barbed tips of all the leaves. Use sharp knife to remove stem flush with base so choke will stand up. Use scissors to remove barbed tips, cutting about 1/4th on an inch. They should look like this.

    Place two chokes in pot. Sprinkle Tony's Seasoning over chokes. Add a half-capful of Crab/Shrimp Boil Liquid into pot. Pour about a spoon of olive oil into center of each choke. Cover chokes with water and boil for 45 minutes [at sea level – adjust for altitude].

    When done, choke leaves can be tested this way: Pull one long choke leaf off and see if you can easily scrap the flesh from inside of leaf and is it tasty. If not, boil some more till done.

    Allow to cool for at least ten minutes in water. Remove two chokes and place one on each Artichoke plate. [If no special plates, use a cookie sheet with a raised lip to catch any liquid that drains off.]

    Open up artichokes one layer of leaves at a time. Sprinkle onto each layer’s leaves in this order:
    1.) Newman’s Own Dressing (shake well before each layer)
    2.) Progresso Breadcrumbs (Blue Can- Italian- essential)
    3.) Parmesan-Romano Grated Cheese (Use sheep’s milk Romano)

    Once all large leaves are done, lift up the center cone of leaves and trim out the choke fibers from the heart. A round-tipped Cutco serrated-edge knife is best for this trimming (see knife in photo). A conical cavity should remain. Fill cavity with the above three ingredients in order specified. This is what it look like when oven-ready.

    Cooking Instructions

    Place within an inch of the broiler and turn on broiler. Set timer for 7 to 10 minutes and watch carefully after 5 minutes. Remove when tops of leaves are browned.

    Serve. Let cool for a couple of minutes and enjoy!

    Much thanks for the inspiration for this recipe goes to Maggie Favre who served us a similar dish in Bay St. Louis on several occasions. Over the years I have changed ingredients, added some seasonings, and method of display to create this elegant and artistic meal. Del and I have this for supper two or three times a week.

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    6. Two Poems, one from Flowers of Shanidar

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    Virtual Reality from Flowers of Shanidar:

    Someday Virtual Reality
    will be a common novelty
    Our psyches will be populated, one and all,
    with computerized folderol.

    With Cheshire Cats and zero G's,
    Dial-A-Beach or mountain tops,
    Become a grand piano or a hockey puck
    Or a comet buzzing distant galaxies.

    Create your universe from scratch
    or pop your head into a pigeonhole
    No telling what kind of cosmos you will hatch
    from all the cybernetic rigmarole.

    But until the Cray costs pocket change,
    to create Virtual Realities of bliss,
    Plug in your imaginations, let them range,
    live them in the world the way it is.

    Fist Deep in Life

    "Having a fist in my own life" made me think of being "fist deep in life" — like a baker bread might be fist deep in dough as while kneading it. This poem is my litany of the things into which one might get "fist deep" in one's life.
    [This poem was originally written as part of my review of Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg, whose phrase "fist in life" inspired it.]

    Fist deep in bread dough
    Fist deep in dishwater
    Fist deep in garden soil
    Fist deep in Life.

    Fist deep in a novel
    Fist deep in glowing words
    Fist deep in a birthing cow
    Fist deep in Life.

    Fist deep in taffy
    Fist deep in sawdust
    Fist deep in blood and guts
    Fist deep in Life.

    Fist deep in problems
    Fist deep in paperwork
    Fist deep in a fight
    Fist deep in Life.

    Fist deep in chocolate
    Fist deep in grapes
    Fist deep in a beehive
    Fist deep in Life.

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for August:
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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: From Mammoths To Mediums by Rudolf Steiner

    Here's an example of what we covered in the first half of this mammoth review, reviewing it backwards for backwards thinking practice: It’s useful to think back to our early childhood with our etheric body: if we romp like a child with our etheric body in our age, we will avoid senility of Kant and Galambos, we will think as Newton did; the Theosophical society thought the etheric body to be a thinned-out physical body; physics constructs were deconstructed by non-Latin thinking engineers; Steiner wrote a book on independent thinking; ‘mental illness’ is an inaccurate metaphor, the mind is always healthy, only the body can get ill; four types of processes of thinking for learning to see the spiritual world: independent, backwards, opposite, and dialectical; earlier Europeans were like modern Native Americans; WWI was like a beating for humanity; how Mayer discovered Conservation of Energy from bloodletting; the cleverness of the etheric body; how the first railway came to be; how our liver and other internal organs act as spiritual receptors; how the heart is not a pump; how Steiner described the necessity for a science of ergonomics before it was built; why dancing feels heavenly; how humanity fell into materialism; and lastly, the hazards of backwards extrapolation.

    To find out what's covered in the second half, you'll just have to read it for yourself, forwards and backwards, if you wish.

    2.) ARJ2: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

    Quasi-science fiction and fact.

    Love song to New York City and the Hudson Valley and Winter.

    Evocative scenes of ice-boating and ice skating and sleigh rides through an icy landscape and over glassy smooth lakes.

    Quaint candle-lit Dutch villages surrounding the Lake of the Coheeries near the Canadian border of the upper Hudson

    3.) ARJ2: Omens of Millennium by Harold Bloom

    My good friend and fellow writer, Kevin Dann, gets to write the blurb for this review. Below is a direct quote from his email to me:

    "I am patting myself (all 4 bodies) on the back for having suggested this Bloom book to you — funny, I gave the book a great deal more credit, just for the mere fact that he took up these sources and didn't roundly dismiss them. But you are absolutely right — literary criticism (especially practiced without an esoteric schema of the evolution of consciousness) is worthless. I loved the way you flipped the statistic of the 100 million millennialists on its head!

    "You went right for the jugular on Bloom's book, and I actually think that it's an important arena of thought because scholars of Bloom's breadth are just the sort who, after coming to Steiner through some revelation like Bloom's by Emerson, would get a lot out of anthroposophical interpretations of the Bible.

    "Your reviews continue to be mouth-watering for me — sweeter than watermelon, or blackberries (which I'm picking from the bushes hereabouts) — and without the seeds!" Kevin

    Kevin Dann can be found wandering around Vermont on any given day. You can read about his wanderings in the Lewis Creek area and what he found there in addition to the blackberries.

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    4.) ARJ2: The Sense Organs & Destiny by Rudolf Steiner

    Destiny is another way of talking about karma. Karma is not just something that happens to us. Anyone who has ever woven a cloth knows that every thread, every stroke of the shuttle is important to the final material — it would be folly for the weaver to blame the final product on the thread used or some defect in the loom, as it was the weaver who decided which threads to use and what loom to use for the weaving. Remember the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltskin? While she was sleeping a short little man came in and wove gold out of straw for the beautiful girl. Each one of us has a weaver who can weave gold out of the straw of our lives, if only we will collect good straw during our waking lives. And our waking lives we have complete control over. Rightly understood, we each have complete control over our own karma.

    If you're interested in your destiny and how to take hold of the steering wheel of it, this review may have some useful guidance for you.

    Read the Review at:

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