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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Richard Eugene "Dick" Garey ~~~~
~~~~~~~~ [ 1934 - 2003 ] ~~~~~~~~

Alexander Woolcott wrote a wonderful story called Hoofbeats on the Bridge. In it he describes how, as a sleepy child at night, when he was nestled in a buggy in summer or in a sleigh in winter, he could tell when he was getting home by the distinctive sound of the hoofbeats on the bridge that lay at the foot of the hill. When he went away to school and college and later to work, each year he would return to the old homestead for as long as his mother lived.

Sometimes money was hard to come by, but if he could get enough to pay his fare, he went home. Arriving at the station in his town, he always looked for the man who had been driving the same buggy for many years.

Heading for home, he would count the fenceposts and the miles as he came down the familiar stretch of road. And through the deepening dusk he would peer through the gloom until he could no longer see, but could hear, hoofbeats of horses on the bridge. Finally, they would come to it and he could hear the rattling planks as they drove across. Just down the road stood his old familiar house, with a light flickering in every window. And as he came up to the door it would open and there was his mother, standing with a radiant smile on her face. So sweet – so tender – so beautiful.

I was thinking of Dick as I read this story . . . how he must be hearing the hoofbeats of the horses on the bridge and seeing the lights flickering in every window as he nears home, and I wonder if he might be seeing the face of his mother standing on the doorway with a radiant smile on her face welcoming him home.


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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #41 Published October 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Fall Month of October:

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.
James Madison , (4th American President)

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Archived Digests
Table of Contents

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

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
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2013: Jan#131,Feb#132,Mar#133,Apr#134,May#135,Jun#136,Jul#137,Aug#138,Sep#139,Oct#13a,Nov#13b,Dec#13c
2014: Jan#141,Feb#142,Mar#143,Apr#144,May#145,Jun#146,Jul#147,Aug#148,Sep#149,Oct#14a,Nov#14b,Dec#14c
2015: Jan#151,Feb#152,Mar#153,Apr#154,May#155,Jun#156,Jul#157,Aug#158,Sep#159,Oct#15a,Nov#15b,Dec#15c
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1. October 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 Laughter at Work.

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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 October are:

Joy Adams Beck in New Orleans, my classmate at Wego High

Bruce Lee Cunningham in CyberSpace, fellow Samuel Hoffenstein admirer

Congratulations, Joy and Bruce !

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Out Our Way:
Our second month of puppy raising has gone smoothly with only one speed bump on the way to house-breaking Ita or "Eetie" as we call her. I wore my Schnauzer necktie that Del gave me for Christmas yesterday to the New Member Reception at my club and I noticed for the first time that it has two different Schnauzers on it: A large, male Schnauzer like Steiner, our 7-year male and a smaller, female Schnauzer like our "Eetie" seated on a red blanket. How did the tie company know?

Also hit a speed bump in the grandbaby express when one of our daughters had a miscarriage at about 6 weeks. She took it hard, but is fine now. I reminded her that her mother had a miscarriage about a year before she was born, and that she came out just fine.

Thanks to Del's handling of the footprinting, we added Kyle Hatchett's footprint to my Grandpa apron and still have room for Emerson's hand/footprint and maybe one or two more. Seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandson and holding.

A lot of our news this month has to do with Ita [pronounced "EETA"], our puppy. She has completely changed our household. Steiner used to take care of himself, and rarely came over unvited to get strokes and petting, now he's right there with Ita who is constantly at our feet. Steiner would never bother Del when she was outside weeding the garden, one of her loves during the summer months, which in New Orleans, go from April till November. Now, she has two Schnauzers orbiting her position in the garden like moths around a flame. She's weeding with one hand and petting the dogs with the other, or moving them away so she can weed --- the very image of the proverbial one-armed wallpaper hanger.

We received a call from our grandson Thomas in Alexandria inviting us to Grandparents Day at his school, and we quickly adjusted our schedules, popped Ita into the car with her box, and took off on an errand of love. We listened to the second half of a Teaching Company Course on The Odyssey by Prof. Elizabeth Vandiver on the way up. Learned all about "xenia" and "kleos" -- two important concepts for understanding not only Greek culture, but our own culture as well. A "xenos" is a person who can be a friend, a stranger, a guest, an enemy, or a vagrant --- all they have to do is knock on your door and you are expected by the gods as a good Greek citizen to offer them food and water and respite from their journey, all before even asking them their names. In a time when there were no inns along the way, xenia (zee-nee-ah) was a matter of life-and-death for travelers. The word "kleos" refers to the respect and esteem that the world has for you, and this was an important motivating force to Greeks, especially the warriors, generals, and kings. Rightly understood, the Iliad and the Odysseywere the old and new testaments of the Greek "bible" in which they learned the moral basis of what it meant to be a Greek.

We went to mass at Our Lady of Prompt Succor with Thomas and his mom and then got to visit his classroom. On the way home, we stopped for lunch at the Palace Café in Opelousas, always a treat. When we got home, Del had received a request for her to talk about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a mouthful of words usually called simply "hip-pah" to a group of social workers and nurses at DePaul Hospital. She borrowed a new Sony Projector from a friend and I helped her get her PowerPoint presentation working on it. Sure beats the overhead or slide projector route. She could control the projector via a wireless remote while addressing the overflow crowd in the conference room. Our friend Inge Elsa, who actually studied nursing in Berlin with Ita Wegman, after whom our new puppy was named, was there. It was great to see her again. She leaned over after Del's presentation and whispered in my ear, "I didn't know Del was so famous." Well, I agree, Del was famously good in her presentation.

When my Sept. 15 issue of the New Yorker arrived, the cover was striking for what was missing was indicated by what was there. Here's a place where one picture is worth a thousand words. If you click the image, you'll find yourself in the NYer's Cartoon Bank where you can buy yourself a copy of the image.

My good friend, Kevin Dann, in Vermont sent me an article demonizing the Harry Potter book by an otherwise good Christian, Michael O'Brien, entitled "Harry Potter and the Paganization of Children's Culture". I'd like to share with you, my good Readers, a bit of how I responded to this article which purported to state the objective facts of the case, but what is missing, like in the Twin Towers photo above, is more important than what is there. Just a snippet of my reply, the portion triggered by this question,
"But is Harry Potter really all that good?"

My response:

Is the I Am, the Ego, good as defined by the Ahrimanic and Luciferic forces of the world? The "I Am" or Ego is the only agent that can make the delicate balancing act possible between those two sets of forces, with Christ's help --- between the Ahrimanic publishing world who wants us to buy books, no matter what the subject (wants us to be amoral, but free) and the Luciferic Church (which wants us all to be good moral automatons). Naturally the Church would disparage the synecdoche of the Ego in Rowling's books, Harry Potter. But millions of children are not deluded by the Church's self-serving admonitions and read these books anyway --- avidly --- with an innate sense of destiny, for it is indeed the destiny of the world that is in the balance here. Rowling is helping the Michaelic forces by attracting these young ones to the Archangel Michael's legions, as time will bear out. I have an incredibly strong sense of the rightness of this push toward destiny that J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter are furthering in our children.

In other words, if your kids want to read Harry Potter, you can buy the books or audio tapes (Del and my preference) or you can forbid your children to read them, thereby forcing them to read them when you're not around. Consider well these two choices. Kids will read them anyway --- as Louie Armstrong reminds us so eloquently in "What a Wonderful World" -- our children live in a future we cannot visit or even envision --- "they'll learn much more than you'll ever know."

This has been a great month for LSU football. Undefeated in all its games the first time in 30 years. With each win memories flood back and the feeling of my freshman year there in 1958 crawls over my skin: the spirit of the fierce Chinese Bandits, the can-clanking of the walking pep rallies, the one-point 7-6 win over Mississippi State in the penultimate game, the 62-0 coup de gràce over Tulane to close out a perfect season, and a National Championship, our only one, up until now. The tools are there for a repeat of 1958 this season --- if the Tigers will just keep playing with intensity for 60 minutes every game, like they learned so well during the Bluegrass Miracle last year against Kentucky. Nick Saban is in his fourth year and has all the fundamentals down. Now he can devote himself to keeping his team up at intensity during each game. I watched Saban give a Tiger tackler a high five, while he was getting up from the tackle, a football player who had just stopped Georgia from making a first-down. This illustrates so well Coach Nick Saban's intensity as the Tigers are moving up to the highest level of football competition that he promised us four years ago. Volume up on "Go Fightin' Tigers! Go all the way! Go Fightin Tigers! Win the Game Today. . . "

The Saints football season has been cancelled on account of whether -- the team can't seem to decide whether to play football or just collect their salaries. See Cajun joke below which is tailored for the Saints old cheer resurrected for this season: "Wait till next year!" Fade to black and blue to the sounds of Mozart's Requiem in the distance . . .


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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.):

“The Princess and the Warrior” — a gripping German language movie titled “Krieger und die Kaiserin” and in neither language does the title tell you much about the movie except it's about a gal and a guy. Sissi is an almost catatonic blond nurse in a mental hospital, sleepwalking through life among crazy people. Bodo Reim is an almost catatonic ex-soldier, ein Krieger, who lost his wife in an explosion at a gasoline station while he was in the rest room. “You are still in that rest room,” his brother Walter, who works at the bank, tells Bodo. Sissi and Bodo are both headed for Walter’s bank when they meet by accident. Bodo causes the accident in which Sissi is knocked to the street by a gasoline tanker which stops over the top of her. Lying on her back, Sissi is unable to breathe and will suffocate before any medical help arrives. Running from the police, Bodo takes refuge under the tanker, sees Sissi’s problem and does an emergency tracheotomy using a pocket knife and a soda straw, having to suck the blood from the straw to get her to breathe. Having exchanged bodily fluids in such an intimate way, the two are linked together and Sissi cannot get Bodo out of her mind and Bodo can’t get Sissi out of his life, though both try desperately to. But they’re both heading for the bank and eventually they meet. Sissi goes in the front door and Bodo goes in from a secret tunnel. Does Sissi ever escape the mental institution? Does Bodo ever leave the rest room at the gas station? The dénouement is too incredible to miss.
“The Royal Tennebaums” — a fun flick by Gene Hackman with a host of stars like Angela Huston, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Gwenyth Paltrow, Danny Glover and others who orbited Gene during the movie. Gene played Royal Tennebaum, the head of the family who abdicated his throne for many years and decides on a plan to re-establish his position. He feigns a terminal illness which ends up being a terminal silliness, and along the way recaptures on screen for us the madcap adventures of his own childhood with his grandchildren. Don’t look for a deep meaning --- just enjoy the ride.
“And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself” starring Antonio Banderas as Pancho Villa in a HBO movie. I don’t know if this is a true story about D.W. Griffith sending a crew to film Pancho Villa’s life and battles in Mexico, but if so, it would have been the first “Embedded Reporters” some ninety years before the “War for Iraqi Independence” placed reporters with camera crews inside battle squads in Iraq. A fun, battle-filled carousing was had by all. You'll soon believe that you are actually watching Pancho Villa, warts and all, wrap his arms and heart around his beloved Mexico.
“The Way We Live Now” — the second Disc of the 2001 BBC portrayal of Anthon Trollop’s famous novel set in the 1870s railway boom. (The youngster who wrote the disk jacket changed it to "1970s railway boom".) In the first episode of this disc, we follow our hero to Mexico where he is charged with surveying the land for a railroad that will exist only on paper and in the scheming mind of the scam-master Melmotte back in London, who, by the way, is running for Parliament. Listen to Mr. Melmotte’s campaign speeches in which he used the eponymous title phrase, "the way we live now" and you’d think you were listening to the hyperbole of the youngsters a few years ago who were talking about the new medium of communication, the Internet, which was going to revolutionize commerce, make national boundaries disappear, and bring untold wealth to those who invested their money in their dotcom wet dreams. Sic semper gloria mundi.

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.

"Daredevil" — even a mediocre performance by Ben Affleck couldn't save this one. Plot-line is a blind-man becomes Spiderman. Gimme a break. Then the "two-on-the-seesaw" stunt with his girl-friend was so far-fetched it must have been dreamed up by Hollywood stunt actors. It seems this is another example of a movie that was written to match the current capabilities of movie stunts. Impossible feats by human performers for the purpose of ... what? Personally I find these acrobatic interludes boring, like ballets without music or meaning, but I can understand how they fill up a vacuous movie's run-time without requiring anything real to happen, like dialogue or actual plot development. These cinematic caesuras were formerly filled by beautifully composed music and songs. Are stunt actors so much cheaper than composers and musicians? Is destruction so much more interesting than creation in this age? --- Never mind, I think I answered my own questions.

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

“The One” in which Jet Li gets to fight the best fighter in the world, who else? Jet Li. Would have been more fun watching Mike Tyson beat himself to a pulp. Multiverse script already a challenge to follow without the Multiverse-FBI guys mumbling and whispering indecipherably during action scenes. Husbands everywhere will be delighted that the real Gabe Yulaw could be spotted because of the ring mark left by his wedding ring. Who becomes The One? And where? If you guess that One ends up in heaven and One in hell, you have an Altoids strength imagination.
“White Oleander” — no one has ever seen an oleander as poisonous as the one Michelle Pfeiffer portrays in this dark movie. Full of stars: Astrid, Star, shooting stars, twinkling stars. Twelve-year-old Astrid is the one we follow through the movie as her mother, Michelle, kills her boyfriend for making love to her one afternoon and then telling her to leave because he had a date (and other offenses off-screen, no doubt). Off to prison, leaving Astrid to the will of the social worker and foster parents. Will Astrid ever find her father? Will Astrid ever find a foster family she likes? Will Astrid ever find a foster family that her mother will not poison? Will Astrid become an artist like her mother? Will Astrid become a killer like her mother? Will her mother ever set her free to live her own life? Watch the movie to find out.
“Meet Wally Sparks” While watching the opening credits roll over clips from every audience participation talk show and host and waiting for the movie itself to begin, I wondered if this movie was just going to be an excuse for Rodney Dangerfield to execute every off-color joke in his repertoire. But, as the show got rolling along, I found out that’s exactly what it was. Somehow, rising above all the seamy jokes and slapstick pratfalls, a story line with a little romance floated, like fusil oil on the top of a vat of Jack Daniel’s. But the rollicking fun in the Dangerfield with Rodney and his friends is the most fun you can have without drinking a vat of Jack Daniels.
“Serendipity” — a little like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”, but more like “Frantic in New York.” John Cusacks and an English girl grab for the same pair of black gloves for a Christmas present and spend an evening together in New York. They separate agreeing to meet again if the $5 bill with his name on it that she spent shows up in her hands again or the book she wrote her name inside of and sold to a second hand book store shows up in his hands again. Seven years later they are both ready to tie the knot with other beaus when the frantic search for each other begins. The coincidences pile on one another higher than mustard on a Nathan’s hot dog as the frantic search for each other winds down to its inevitable conclusion.
"Just My Imagination" --- a movie about small-town North Carolina elementary school teacher Pally Thompson and her mundane everyday life which suddenly changes when Bobby Rex, the famous rock singer from her high school class, who she never even talked to, sings a hit song called, "Whumping Pally Thompson". What's a gal to do when what everybody is sure happened never came close to happening? It's enough to actually get Pally to leave her home state for the first time and go to Hollywood to get this all straightened out. A sweet story that grows on you, just as Pally grows on you, as the story develops. A CMT, Country Music Television, sentimental chick flick with rock music flourishes. Demonstrates the process of Remember the Future as the source of the Gold Record for Bobby Rex.

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Thanks to Renee Lattimore's reminding me of this one, you won't have to wait till next year for it!

Boudreaux died and was on his way down to Hell. In anticipation, the Devil turned up the thermostat to make it extra warm for Boudreaux.

When Boudreaux arrived, the Devil asked, "Hey Boudreaux, how you like the heat down here, Sha?"

Boudreaux said, "Mais, just fine, merci beaucoup. Reminds me of crabbing in Bayou Gauche in July."

That made the Devil mad. That night, he turned the thermostat up all the way it could go. Man was it hot! Trop chaud!

When Boudreaux woke up, the Devil asked him, "Mais, how you like it down here now?"

Boudreaux says, "Comme si, comme sa — it's okay. Reminds me of August fishing on the jetties by the Fourchon."

Well, that made the Devil furious!

Later that night, he turned the thermostat down all the way! As cold as a witch’s tit on an iceberg! The whole place froze over. Huge icicles hung from the rafters.

The Devil went to see Boudreaux’s reaction the next morning and found him jumping up and down and yelling for joy! The Devil looked at him and asked, "What’s going on, Boudreaux?"

Boudreaux, shivering, stuttered through his blue lips, "M...M...Mais Sha, I'm one ha...ha...happy Cajun me!"

The Devil was infuriated! He yelled, "What do you mean you're one happy Cajun?!!!"

Boudreaux, still shivering says,"M...M...Mais ... de ... de... de Saints done won de Super Bowl!!!"

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for October, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Mandala Salad Background on Mandala Salad:
This is a green salad that is organized in 3-D featuring a mandala on its top. You can create a unique circular design that will enhance the taste of the salad. What is a mandala? Read about it
here. To view various possibilities of mandala salads,

Field Greens
Romaine Lettuce
Green Bell Pepper
Red Onion
Fresh Mushrooms
Ripened Tomato
Ripened California Avocado

Each layer contains a different ingredient. You buy the ingredients shown, a mixture of bags of green salad with lots of dark green, field greens, and mixed greens is best. Green Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Fresh Mushrooms, Celery, Ripened Tomato, and Ripened California Avocado. Buy tomato and avocado ahead of time, usually two days is enough. Avocado should just yield to a slight pressure. Tomato should have no yellow or white areas inside. (Avoid substitution by Florida avocados — they are watery and tasteless compared to Calfornia ones which are buttery smooth and flavorful. )

Salad Construction
Begin by filling 2/3s of large white bowl with the greens mix. This portion can be tossed, but that's the end of the tossing. Chop half of bell pepper and stalk of celery into small pieces: dice pepper, and diagonal slice the celery. Sprinkle the onions, celery and bell pepper as shown. Next slice the fresh mushrooms as shown. Arrange the mushrooms in a layer across the top of the salad, and begin slicing the tomato. Cut it in half and slice towards the cut over the bowl so that the juice of the tomato goes into bowl. After slicing tomato and layering it atop the salad, peel and slice avocado, arranging each slice carefully as shown. The final avocado salad will look something like the above right photo or this one shown here.

Serving Suggestion
To serve properly use salad tongs (or two large spoons) as you need to dig down to the bottom of the bowl to get some of each of the salad ingredients to serve as shown. Our favorite dressing is Naturally Fresh Ranch Dressing. It mixes with the California avocado to create a delicious flavor. Top with Malabar or Tellicherry black pepper freshly ground and sprinkle with sea salt.
Bon Apetite!

Other options
If California avocadoes are out of season, substitute with Mexican or Chilean avocadoes.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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This poem written by Bobby Matherne on April 24, 1988. Inspired by the simile of Ph. D.'s stamped out by large universities being like the Oreo cookies that are stamped out by the thousands by Nabisco.             


Stamped out by the thousands
in duplicate progression
The professionally baked cookies
roll down the assembly line
into identical bags

Their ingredients are listed
to pass federal inspection

In duplicate cardboard cartons
they fly to awaiting retail shelves
where they are bought
placed into matching paper sacks
carried home to matching
subdivided houses
between the parallel teeth
of orthodontic mouths -

Cookies like no one's mother
would ever

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for October:
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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: A Life of Jung — A Biography by Ronald Hayman

Once in a public speech, Jung said that he "saw the unconscious as ‘a vast historical storehouse’ while Freud saw it as ‘chiefly a receptacle for things repressed.’" About this comment of Jung's, Hayman makes a blatant statement in the next passage, in which one can find meaning only if one supposes that Hayman required a consistency in Jung in all of his pronouncements. In other words, Hayman claims that having once alienated his colleague Freud, Jung should have, for consistency sake, continued to do so at every opportunity. This approach to exposition by Hayman tells us worlds about his own approach to life and very little about Jung that is useful. A consistency that is admirable to a biographer’s profession may be deadly to a psychiatrist’s profession.

[page 337, 338] He was too diplomatic to repeat his assertion that Freud's psychology was suitable for Jews and his for Aryans. Instead, he said Freud's was useful for those in quest of sex, and Adler's to those in quest of power.

"And Jung's to those in quest of the spirit," Del added as she read my review. Now you can read my review and judge for youself.

2.) ARJ2: The Loved One — A Novel by Evelyn Waugh

In this satirical novel by the English master of the genre, "Forest Lawn" meets "Pet Cemetery" with no holds barred and ovens ablazing. Since Waugh wrote this after his brief trip to Hollywood, he felt it appropriate to roast his English ex-patriates, who were living well off the Hollywood dole as actors, writers, and ambassadors of their beloved England in the Colonies.

3.) ARJ2: Demian -- The Story of a Youth by Hermann Hesse

While reading "A Life of Jung" above, I discovered that "Demian" is thought to be the first Jungian novel, so I decided it was time for me to meet Max Demian, and since he is only a fictional character, I couldn't find him in the telephone book, so I bought this novel and marveled at the influence he had on Emil Sinclair's life.

4.) ARJ: An Outline of Occult Science, Ch 1,2,3 by Rudolf Steiner

In 1996 when I first read my copy of this book, I wrote a short review of it that you can read in A Reader's Journal, Volume 1. Seven years and over a hundred Steiner books later, it is time for me to devote myself to an in-depth re-reading of this book. I can confirm that what Steiner had to say in those many books, "if inserted in this book in the proper place" would appear as "an amplification of the outline" given in this book. (Page xvi) One cannot appreciate the scope of this book or its degree of condensation unless one understands that all of the words he spoke in over 6,000 lectures from 1900 through 1925 provided an elaboration of some part of this book.

My reasons for re-reviewing this book are threefold. One, it will give me a chance to re-study Occult Science with a grounding of knowledge I didn't have the first time. Two, it gives me a chance to present Steiner's great insights in a vernacular that can reach a greater audience today. Three, I hope to make Steiner's insights available to everyone, mothers, engineers, hairdressers, scientists, managers, philosophers, physiologists, psychologists, and business professionals, among others, not just to anthroposophists. Few people of the 17th Century read Isaac Newton's Principia -- it was those who read it in Latin and converted Newton's insights into everyday prose who brought about the Newtonian Revolution almost a hundred years later when Edmond Halley's prediction, based on Newton's laws, of the return a comet was confirmed. One hundred years since Steiner began working on this book, it's time in the 21st Century for a Steinerian Revolution of thought and spiritual outlook.

To devote myself properly to the task of reviewing this book, I have broken it up into three reviews which will divide the book into three almost equal parts. This review is Review 1 in the list below. When completed, Reviews 2 and 3 will be linked from this review.

Review 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3 - Nature of Humankind (this review)
Review 2: Chapter 4 - Evolution of the Cosmos and Humankind
Review 3: Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 - Initiation, Future of Evolution, Misc.

Read Review 1 of the Three-Part Series here: occsc123.htm

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I hear often from my Good Readers that they have bought books after reading my book reviews. Keep reading, folks! As I like to remind you, to obtain more information on what's in these books, buy and read the books — for less information, read the reviews.

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In this section I like to comment on events in the world, in my life, and in my readings which have come up during the month. These are things I might have shared with you in person, if we had had the opportunity to converse during the month. If we did, then you may recognize my words. If I say some things here which upset you, rest assured that you may skip over these for the very reason that I would likely have not brought up the subject to spoil our time together in person.

September was an interesting month for watching the news media's reaction to the post-war situation in Iraq. Sometimes I get confused when watching the Fox News Channel in their reporting of both the good news and the bad news in Iraq. I wonder how they can call themselves "Fair and Balanced" when they report both sides of a situation! I say that because ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN claim to be fair and balanced. After all, this is a democracy where majority rules! Having lived in New Orleans during major news events such as Hurricane Betsy, I can tell you that the good things to report far outweighed the bad, but were scarely given air time. I was fascinated to find out that the average Iraqi citizen is better off than before the war. That their schools are open, their electricity is flowing, and the fact that Saddam's face is not on every television set all add up to "a big joy" for the Iraqi people. Hopefully they don't bother to watch the news networks who confuse partisan political pandering for reporting on reality, and for whom "fair and balanced" refers to one-sided opinions which match their own. When the phrase "fair and balanced" receives the same treatment as the adjective "liberal" has received in the past century, its meaning will be as skewed and inverted as "liberal" --- which, rightly understood, refers to someone who supports "liberty" and shows complete disdain for those well-meaning socialists who have co-opted the name undeservedly as their own, up until now. I see in the future a news commentator asking the rhetorical question, "What can be more 'fair and balanced' than to take from those who have to give to those who need?"

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