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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ Actor, Best Movie: 12 O'clock High ~~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #40 Published September 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Back to School Month of September:

This country has nothing to fear from a crooked person who fails. We put the crook in jail. It is the crooked person who succeeds who is a threat to this country.
Theodore Roosevelt He used "a man who fails" but with the advent of Martha Stewart's success, it was necessary to make Teddy's quote genderless. He was US President at turn of 20th Century.

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

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

8. Commentary on the World
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. September 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 the origin of laughter.

#1 "Etiology of Laughter" 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 September are:

Graham King in Swansea, Wales
Tony Celino in New Orleans

Congratulations, Graham and Tony!

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Out Our Way:
The fertile female Schnauzer we had planned to mate with Steiner, our male Schnauzer, turned out to be already pregnant, and August got off to bang with me and Del becoming parents of a baby female Schnauzer. Born June 21, 2003, we named her Ita Alexis or "Eetie" for short. And she is a Sweetie. Here's photo of her with Del right after we got her. Thanks to Charlie and Susan Dittmer for this wonderful gift of grace in our lives. Ita is growing bigger and stronger every day and has started playing with Steiner.

My godson, Greg Matherne, and his wife Heidi had their new baby, Grace Virginia Matherne, baptized at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hahnville during what I would call Father Francis's Comedy Hour. The priest kept everyone laughing with his repartee as he went through the serious business of christening Grace. Grace's two older sisters sat on the altar and watched the ceremony. Photos? Natch.

Went to 45 year reunion at West Jefferson High School. We moved the year they consolidated the West Bank high schools into West Jeff, so I never attended the school, but most of my classmates for the nine years I attended school in Westwego graduated from there. Got to meet Tony Celino, Fred Sigur, Gary Theriot, Andrew Dufrene, Billy Hunter, Lyle Breaux, Betty Gros, and Joy Adams Beck, among others there. Had a great time. Photo of group down below.

We were still just getting used to the idea of having a baby puppy in the house when I got a call from our daughter Carla telling me that she's pregnant with what, God willing, will be our 18th grandchild. Each time we think we're done in the grandchild race, we get a little surprise, a final lap sprint. Photo to follow in April.

This month was the Annual Wildlife Carving Show at the Alario Center. David is not around this year to take Dad, so I took him with me. On the way, we stopped by the Westwego Museum in the old Bernard's Hardware Store on Sala Avenue. He had a good time. He especially liked seeing his cronies in the duck decoy carving community. One of his own decoys he sold for $75 dollars on display for sale at $125. Said later he'd wished he bought it back.

I had added the Biodynamic preparation designed by Rudolf Steiner last year to my mulch bed and this month I had a chance to dig up the mulch bed for the first time. Del and I were amazed by the rich black dirt it yielded. Mixed with river sand, it makes a balanced healthy soil for our garden beds.

Took a weekend trip to Baton Rouge to visit John and Kristin who are building a new house in Prairie Ville. With two growing boys, Kyle and Collin, their starter home was getting a little crowded. We took Ita with us in her box and she handled the trip well. Drove out to see the subdivision with houses going up and stopped by to view the foundation ready to be poured on their lot in Jefferson Crossing. We also took along the Teaching Co. lectures on the Odyssey. Learned about xenia, the protocol required by the Gods of hospitality which Penelope's suitors violated egregiously. This Bible of the Greeks served as object lessons long before Homer wrote down the oral tradition to teach centuries of Greeks about xenia, among other things. A xenos could be a friend, a stranger, a host, a guest, or an enemy --- but all alike were treated as an honored guest when they appeared at one’s door and their needs were satisfied, be it water, food, or lodging, even before determining what their name was.

I assembled a 1938 Roadster pedal-car one afternoon that I had ordered for our grandkids to have fun in when they come to Timberlane. After it was done and sitting on the floor, I got an image of a 1930s gas pump about 2 feet high for the kids to pretend to pump gas into when they come over to visit. Where could I get such a thing? I had no idea. Oh, well, I thought, they will probably be driving all-electric or hydrogen cars when they reach driving age anyway. That night Del and I went to a Mars Party at Ruth and Ted's. "Come See Mars At Its Closest Point to Earth! Don't Wait 70,000 Years For Your Next Chance! Dress: Red Planet Casual" read the invitation. Met Burt and Billy there and as we talked we realized that all three of us were probably in Tiger Stadium in 1958 to watch LSU's National Championship team beat Duke 50-19. After looking at Mars through Ted's large 8" Meade telescope, we went inside to see Ted's planetary pinups -- photos of Jupiter,Saturn, etc, that he'd taken on his Sony CyberShot [same camera I use]. I noticed this old 1920s gasoline pump about two feet high! I thought, "That’s exactly the kind of pump I had in mind earlier. How in the world could I get one of those?" I shared my story with Ted about the 1938 Roadster, even showing him the photo I had taken earlier which was still in my CyberShot. As we were getting ready to leave, Ted reached over and picked up the gasoline pump and handed it to me saying, "Now I know what I was saving it for!" I was flabbergasted. What can I say but, THANKS TED! Here's the '38 Roadster at the pump.


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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.):
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” — absolutely charming movie about a frumpy unhappy thirty-year-old girl living at home and working in the “Dancing Zorba’s” Greek restaurant owned by her father, a Greek immigrant, who sent all his children to Greek schools, lives in a suburban version of a Greek palace, and knows the Greek origin of any word [and will tell it to you if you hold still long enough] except “Individuality” which he deems to be counter to his rule as patriarch of the family. He is the Head of the family as he reminds them. Of course, as his wife takes Tula the Frump aside to tell her, “The wife is the Neck, and the Neck decides where the Head will look.” Tula expropriates some Individuality, takes some college courses, and soon Tula blooms into a Tulip and meets the man of her dreams, Ian Miller. Not her father’s “suitable Greek man”, of course, not at first. Thereupon hangs a tale, a well-told, heart-warming tale from beginning to end, and the end is the wedding, btw, not the whole movie as the title suggests. Along the way we get many demonstrations of xenia by Tula's entire family.
“King of Hearts” — a one-of-a-kind movie from 1967: a French movie starring an English actor, Alan Bates. English speakers speak English, French speak French, Germans speak German, and thank God for the English subtitles --- they're especially helpful for understanding what the Scottish Military Unit is saying! Alan is in charge of the carrier pigeons for the Scots brigade and is volunteered to defuse the bombs threatening to destroy a town. Here’s how the volunteering happened: The Captain sends a man to see if Alan will volunteer. The man tells Alan to see the Captain immediately. When he arrives the Captain says, “Great! You volunteered.” The only information Alan is given is, “The Knight strikes at midnight.” This makes no sense, but Alan follows orders and goes to the town which has been abandoned by all its citizens when they discovered the entire town will be blown to smithereens at midnight. When Alan arrives, the Germans see him and chase him. He takes refuge in the Insane Asylum where he joins a crew building a house of cards and they introduce them as “Roi de Coeur” or the “King of Hearts”. The Germans rush out of town and leave the gates of the asylum open. The inmates flow into the town where they find new uniforms and clothes and suddenly become very sane. This movie plays out in the most delightful way imaginable and anyone who hasn’t seen this ever, should rent the tape or DVD post-haste. If it’s been twenty, thirty or forty years since you’ve seen it, do likewise — you’re in for a treat. After all, who’s crazy and who’s not is still as unanswered a question in the new century as it was during the previous one.
“Absolute Power” in which Clint Eastwood plays an aging thief who watches from behind a two-way mirror as the president has sex with the wife of his biggest supporter. He tries to strangle her during the rough sex and she reaches for a letter opener to stab him and two Secret Service [note the initials are SS] men kill her. How does Clint Eastwood handle the resulting coverup? He’s not Arnold Schwarzenegger after all – he only ran for mayor. Gripping drama – one of Clint’s best.
“Stuart Little II” — Del asked me, “Did we watch the first one?” No, I don’t think we did. There was Michael J. Fox doing Stuart’s voice, Melanie Griffith doing the bird’s voice, James Wood doing the Hawk’s voice, and Geena Davis doing her own voice. They all did a wonderful lip-synch with their characters. A movie with talking mice, cats, birds and even humans that provides a delightful romp through one’s childhood for all who have some of the living blood of childhood yet pulsing through their arteries. There should be a psychic height limit of 2 feet, 11 inches and a sign, “You Must Be Able to Walk Under this Bar in Your Imagination to Watch this Movie and Enjoy It.”
“One Hour Photo” — interesting flick with Robin Williams sleepwalking through his role as Sy — “The Photo Guy” — sort of a still-life version of Jim Carey’s “The Cable Guy.” Like an android in slo-mo, Sy produces high-quality photos for a low-quality “WalMart” — his only argument was with the Agfa tech who refused to adjust out a 3% variance in the blue range of his photo machine and which led to a scene in the store. Sy’s manager reminds Sy that the photo customers are not Sy’s customers, but the store’s customers! Gee whiz! Is this some new Harvard MBA teaching? Lower your individual expectations on a job to the level of the corporation’s? Some nefarious “Save money by lack of attention to quality” campaign? The movie works best when Sy is sharing his thoughts about photos and snapshots with us the viewers. His photo wall at home has two minor problems: 1) he didn’t pay for the prints he made duplicates of at work and 2) they’re all family photos. Of the same family. Not his family. Well, his family, but only in his imagination. A lonely man with a big heart and a big imagination adds up to . . . the rest of the story.
“The Mayor of Casterbridge” — a 3-hour A&E movie of the Thomas Hardy classic novel of a mayor and top businessman of an English town and the people he mowed through during his life. He sold his first wife to a sailor and never saw her and his daughter again for 18 years till the movie began and his wife and daughter show up in town. Meanwhile he’d asked another woman to marry him. He moves his first wife into town and pursues and weds her after turning down the second woman. He hires a Scotsman, Donald Farfrae, as manager who does an excellent job, but fires him because Donald questioned his boss's tyrannical tactics with his hired help. Farfrae falls in love with his daughter, but marries the second woman the mayor had turned down. The first wife dies, and now the mayor wishes to marry the second woman but she’s since fallen in love with Farfrae. More twists and turns than an English country lane, and through it all we follow the mayor in his jobs, loves, and lies. An amazing, unforgettable character — a scoundrel that one can only love all the way to the bitter end.
"Lawrence of Arabia" Watched all of this classic movie for probably the first time. Enjoyed it immensely. There was one transition that I didn’t understand --- why did Lawrence want to be picked up by the Turks at one point which resulted in his being tortured. Didn't he expect this result? At one point during the long journey through the desert aboard camels, Sharif comes up to Lawrence, hits him with a stick to bring him awake, and explains, “You were drifting.” “I was thinking,” Lawrence groggily replies. “Beware, Lawrence, you were drifting.” Lawrence’s etheric body was floating around and he was joining it and disconnecting from the reality of the moment, which on a camel can be fatal. Anthony Quinn played a tribal chieftain who only fought for pay. After telling him about a stash of gold in Aqaba, Lawrence uses the chieftain's favorite saying on him. Quinn asks why should he go to Aqaba? Lawrence says, “Quinn will go to Aqaba because it is his pleasure to go to Aqaba.” Quinn goes to Aqaba and we learn an object lesson about motivating people: wherever possible use their own favorite phrases or motivational strategies.

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.

“Yolanda and the Thief” — a Fred Astaire flick, 1945, in color, but the only thief was the movie itself who stole an hour and half of my time. Not much singing or dancing — just a ditsy script about conman Fred being an angel who let the lady he conned and wooed almost get away because he let her decide what an angel could and couldn’t do. Seems to me an angel should be a better judge of what an angel can do than a human can ever be. This important point was apparently lost on the scriptwriters. Fifty years have passed and the portrayal of angels has evolved considerably. Also, thanks to Alfred O. Korzybski, folks don't mistake the map [what she thought angels could do] for the territory [what angels can actually do] so much any more.
“The Piano Teacher” — unable to remember her past, the Pianist is doomed to repeat it. Her childhood was similar to Sy’s in “One Hour Photo” but Sy tried to keep others from suffering the way he did (he remembered his past) and the Pianist tries to keep repeating hers. A disconnected story as befits a disconnected woman. Competent pianist and piano teacher by day and frequenter of porn shops by night. Soon she finds the perfect foil for her fantasties and the movie goes down the WC. How do you say stinks in French?
“Bare Witness” with Daniel Baldwin and a host of other forgettable characters in a murder-conspiracy plot hampered by a lack of script. Gold-tipped bullets and dross-filled dialogue made interesting only by glimpses of slim nude bodies in sexual intercourse. Baldwin wasn’t in any of those, of course. Our introduction to him was his peeing outside the mayor’s mansion where he was supposed to be guarding the house instead of watering the garden.
“Hard Eight” – an experienced old gambler befriends a young, down-in-his-luck, wannabe gambler, John, and shows him the ropes. As the plot unfolds, in excruciatingly slow fashion, we learn that the older gambler shot the young man’s father back in New Jersey and is trying to make it up to him. Things swirl around John, and soon he is heading down the toilet once again, and his father surrogate has to pull him and his new wife, Clementine (Gwenyth Paltrow) out to safety — everybody lives happily ever after except Jimmy (Samuel Jackson) who never gets to spend his blackmail money.
“K-19, Widowmaker” or “Chernobyl Goes to Sea” — an aggravating movie because nothing goes right, unless you call "young sailors sacrificing their lives due to the stupidity of bureaucrats" fun. After the second sailor stumbled from the reactor room puking green stuff and dying, I was ready to turn the movie off — there were four or five more and several had to be dragged out. That this was a true story made it all the more horrible. The only story in the movie worth watching was the interplay between Liam Neeson, former captain, now first officer, and Harrison Ford, the new captain. Less emphasis on who could best portray radiation sickness and more emphasis on the healthy competition between the two officers would have dramatically increased the viewing values of this otherwise lugubrious film. Fitting that the final scene was a toast by the survivors to their fallen comrades in the graveyard --- which is where all extant canisters of the film should be buried.

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

“The Road to Perdition” with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. You can look up “perdition” – it means “the loss of soul or loss of happiness in a future state, damnation”. [Cassell Concise] Or you can look up in an atlas and find that it’s a town on the coast. Or you can watch this movie and find out that it means both. The “Angel of Death” as Michael Sullivan was called, worked as a hit man for a mob boss played by Newman in Chicago. He kept his day job quiet at home until one night little Michael, all of twelve, stowed away in his dad’s car as he was on his way to “talk to” a recalcitrant fellow worker — played by the same actor we saw portray the Mayor of Casterbridge the night before. Newman’s son lets a bullet do the talking, little Michael observes the bedlam that ensues, and suddenly both Michaels are on the lam after Hanks’ wife and son Peter are murdered by the mob. The only relative is an aunt who lives in the town of Perdition near the coast, and they are tailed by a hit-man, the android from A. I., who played a photographer who took photos of dead people, often having to help them die on command so he could collect his commission. Will little Michael follow his father into perdition? It is the only question which pulls you through the movie with any suspense. A dark movie lit up by sparkling acting jobs by all concerned.
“Holiday Inn” — the original B&W movie c. 1940 with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as competing beaus for one belle. A singer and a dancer vying to be the one to tie the knot with her. The East Coast with its real Holiday Inn versus the West Coast with its ersatz Holiday Inn. The only real thing on both coasts: the wistful background music of “White Christmas”. Worthy of a remake in living color, it got one later with Bing and Rosemary Clooney and the whole cast singing it with a full orchestra.
“As Time Goes By” in which Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer have fun playing people our age, 60ish, who fell in love, married other people, and now are living together in a flat in London. Witty, humorous British sitcom on DVD. I daresay British laugh-tracks sound more intelligent than American.
“Jerry Macquire” in which Tom Cruise takes on an even “Riskier Business” – sports agent. Don’t try what Tom did — give your immoral company a moral mission statement --- or you might find out just how immoral they really are. Naturally Tom, er, Jerry, is fired and takes one person from his former company with him, “Nurse Betty”, who becomes his Personal ASSistant – that’s somebody who is around to act appalled every time Tom makes an ASS out of himself, which he does every five minutes or so, usually with a lot witnesses around. Tom takes charge of two little boys: one cute little white lovable one and one cute little black lovable one. The black one is a wide receiver for the NFL Cardinals, but both Tom's charges are about the same level of mental development. Come to think of it, so is Nurse Betty's charge, Tom.

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Cajun Joke adapted from one told by Phil Mollere on Nov 2, 2003:

Boudreaux plays golf every Saturday. He is so consumed by golf that he talks about golf when he eats, while he works, and every minute when he is with Marie. How he birdied the seventh hole, how he had to chase an alligator off the 18th green before he could putt, how his new Grand Gertie driver is adding twenty yards to his drives, and so on. Even when they made love in bed, he talked about golf. It seems that the more he talked about golf, the less they made love, but Boudreaux never noticed since the lack of sex didn't affect his swing none at all!

One Saturday a tropical storm had blown in from the Gulf of Mexico unexpectedly overnight, and when Boudreaux got to the golf course it was shutdown. “Mais, I never saw nuttin’ like dat before, me. First time in my whole life where I don’t get to play golf at all,” Boudreaux mumbled to himself as he drove himself right back home in the driving wind and rain. "Merde weather!" he would cuss each time his Chevrolet swerved in the wind.

It was still early in the morning when he slipped off his clothes, snuggled up to Marie in bed and put his arms around her. She was still not quite awake and mumbled something. He whispered in her ear, “You should see it outside, Marie, the wind is blowing so hard I could barely keep the car on the road, me. You can’t believe how bad the weather is out there!”

“Yeah, and can you believe dis?" Marie whispered back, "Boudreaux is out dere playing golf in dis weather!”

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for September, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Prima Vera

Background on Prima Vera Sauce:

This hearty meal was originally designed by Assistant Chef Del. It is a perennial favorite in Bobby Jeaux's Kitchen. It will feed a gang of hungry people.

2 to 3 Yellow Squash
2 to 3 Green Squash
3 yellow onions, one Bell Pepper
One jar of Ragu Roasted Garlic Primavera or Parmesan-Romano
Oregano leaves

Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil (to sauté)

3 cans Green Giant Mushroom Stems & Pieces, 8 oz fresh mushrooms sliced
Minced Garlic
Large cans, one each, of Hunt's Tomato Paste, Tomato Sauce, Peeled Whole Tomatoes

Preparation Veggies and Parboil Squash
Chop yellow onions.
Chop Bell Pepper.
Slice fresh mushrooms (put aside for adding to pot last). Dice the squash into one inch pieces. They should look like this. Place squash in 8 cup Pyrex Bowl, fill with water, and Parboil in Microwave Oven for about 10 minutes or so.

Cooking Instructions
Add Olive Oil to cover the bottom of a large, heavy pot (12x5 inches or larger) as shown in photo above and turn burner on High. Add a sprinkle of onions to let you know by sound when oil is hot enough to Sauté. [Safety Issue: Stay in kitchen till you add the rest of the ingredients to pot!]

When oil is sizzling, add rest of onions, Bell pepper, and a Tbsp of chopped garlic. Sauté, stirring constantly, till onions are translucent and still white. Do not lower heat until instructed to below. If onions start to brown, begin adding rest of ingredients. Add Ragut, Sauce, Tomato Paste in that order. Add any canned mushrooms (with liquid) at this time and a handful of the sliced fresh mushrooms. Add whole tomatoes in this fashion: with large pointed knife, holding can over the pot, slice the whole tomatoes into small pieces of odd sizes while in can, then pour into pot. Everything but squash should be in pot at this time. Bring to a boil. Add black pepper and salt to taste.

As soon as ingredients are boiling, add squash and its liquid, stir ingredients well, and return to boil. Lower heat to retain a simmering boil. (small bubbles reach top) Cook over low heat for one-half hour to 2 hours. When you are about 15 minutes from turning heat off, add the rest of the sliced fresh mushrooms. This will ensure that they maintain their texture while served.

Serving Suggestion
Serve hot over spaghetti or other pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan/Romano for added zest.

Other options
This is a hearty meal that is excellent for hot days or cold days. Will hold in fridge for about a week for leftovers. Serves 6 to 8 hungry folks with a pound of spaghetti.

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I Have a Fire

I have a fire which will not go out
When did it start? I do not know.
I have a fire which will not go out
I sit here and bask in its glow.
I have a fire there's no doubt
I have a fire which won't go out.
I have a fire I plainly see
I have a fire that flows through me.
I have a fire and I see
The fire's source is eternity.
I have a fire which won't go out
I sit here and bask in its glow.
I have a fire -- where'd it start?
I have a fire down in my heart.
I have a fire -- a source of warmth
I have a fire with which I'm arm'th.
I have a fire which won't go out
I sit here and bask in its glow.
When the fuel for my fire is covered with snow
I save me an ember and pick up and go.
I am a fire which will not go out
Where it restarts I do not know.
I have a fire and I see
The fire's source is eternity.
My ember glows in a newer campsite
My ember, my ember blazing to light.
I have a fire -- a human heat
Which fills my head, my body, my feet.
I am a fire which will not go out,
I sit here and bask in the glow.
I have a fire -- I feel its heat
From my head down to my feet.
I have a fire inside of me
That has its source in eternity.
I am a fire there's no doubt
I am a fire which won't go out.

The Morons of Tomorrow
The clever man
whose intelligence outstrips his morality
Runs the world of today.
The clever woman
whose intelligence outstrips her morality
Runs the world of today.
To run the world with a stunted morality
isn't very smart --
It will be a stigma of their sorrow
that the clever ones today with stunted morality
as an unavoidable eventuality
will have a severely stunted intellectuality.
Thus it can be said:
Those clever ones who run the world today
Will be the morons of tomorrow.
Those clever ones who run the world today --
As the morons of tomorrow --
Much to their sorrow will require
The help of others just to run their life.

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for September:
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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: Arcade or How to Write a Novel by Gordon Lish

Gordon Lish is a noted avant garde writer. What does that mean? For one thing, he piles the unexpected upon the mundane. One never knows what to expect from Gordo, so one reads on.

What will come next? Insults? Remember Gordo is talking to you, the Reader.

[page 61, 62] Look, use your intelligence for once. Try to exercise your intelligence just for once. Don't sit there like a lump on a bump constantly leaning on me for every little thing on me. This is a two-way street, is it not? One hand washes the other, does it not? Don't I have my hands full as it is? There is only so much I Gordon as a novelist can do. I am only human, you know. Try to show some, you know, some consideration for someone other than yourself for once.

Alright, that was just a teaser. There's some good stuff in this book. Check out the full review at:

2.) ARJ2: The Light Course - Ten Lectures in Stuttgart, 1919, 1920 by Rudolf Steiner

Steiner "Light Course" contains especially important reading for parents ofsmall children who are making eduational decisions. As I write in the review:

This treatment of color was very difficult for me to follow -- it was always like I was walking up a snowy hill and every two steps I took, I slid back a step or so. The pull of the kinematical way of thinking about phenomena kept me back-sliding. You may experience this, also. The problem is that this kinematical tug is not conscious for most of us, up until now. "We had to be carefully taught" as Oscar Hammerstein wrote for a song in South Pacific. And having been so taught how to think, it is difficult to think in another fashion, no matter how much more simpler it would be. It's a slippery slope. Steiner called it a "bitter pill" to take, using a medical metaphor, and spoke particularly to the teachers of small children who have a chance to teach children to observe the world in this simpler fashion, before they learn to add concepts upon concepts to form the massive abstract layer cake of what constitutes science, up until now.

Check out the rest of this review:

3.) ART: The Art of Personality by Hazrat Inayat Khan

How do humans begin their development? As infants, babies, children, and youths --- all these stages are covered in the first four chapters of this book. All of mine and Del's children are now adults raising children of their own, and I wish to offer them the advice that Hazrat Inayat Khan gives on raising children. The passages I have selected from his work are those in which he says something that I would wish to say to my offspring and others raising children and he has already said it.

[page 14] In educating the child the first rule that must be remembered is that one person must educate it, not everybody in the family. It is a great mistake when everyone in the family tries to train the infant or to take care of it, because that keeps an infant from forming a character. Each one has his own influence and each influence is different from the other. But most often what happens is that the parents never think of education at all in infancy. They think that is the age when the child is a doll, a toy; that everyone can handle it and play with it. They do not think that it is the most important moment in the soul's life; that never again will that opportunity come for a soul to develop.

To read the rest of the review go to: aoh3art.htm

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