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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #43 Published December 1, 2003 ~~~
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Quote for the Christmas Month of December:

The witch doctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us succeed. All patients carry their own doctor inside them. They come to us not knowing that cure. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.
Albert Schweitzer, MD

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Table of Contents

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

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
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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. December 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 unity of the spirit.

#1 "One in the Spirit" 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 December are:

Burt Lattimore in New Orleans
Deva Winblood in Colorado

Congratulations, Burt and Deva!

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Out Our Way:
This was a big month for cooking: began with a seafood gumbo the first cold day of the year. With oysters, crawfish, crabmeat, and shrimp, it costs about 40 dollars just for the ingredients, but it makes about 40 bowls of gumbo and is delicious down to the last savory spoonful. If this makes you hungry for your own seafood okra soup, the menu with a photo can be found here. The other big cooking day, er, week, was Thanksgiving and the main item, the oyster dressing for stuffing the turkey for Turkey Day has its recipe revealed for you in this Digest. In addition for the big day we cooked shrimp-stuffed merlitons, crawfish leeks tarts, baked yams, green onion casserole (one of Del's perennial favorites), and Sunshine cake.

This was not a big month for reading and so we have only one review for our Good Readers, "The Lady and the Hare". If you read this book, you may learn as I did how to recognize the "Hare in the Moon" which most oriental people for thousands of years have been taught to see. We see the Man in the Moon, if we work at it, but they see a long-eared rabbit (hare) mixing the elixir of life in its chemical retort. This was a big month for the Moon. A beautiful Full Moon capped off by a Total Lunar eclipse. I learned from my good friend Brian that a Full Moon in Scorpio is called a "lumen solemnia." He said that during a retreat with Alex Keller, our metaphysics guru, in the 1970s, he experienced his first God realization during a "lumen solemnia." Well, during this year's "lumen solemnia" we experienced together a rather unique event, truly a once-in-a-lifetime event: while we lit the candles and sang "Happy Birthday" along with his family to Brian, the moon was in total eclipse!

I received my copy of "The Two Children" by David Ovason and will be doing a review on it shortly, but not in time for this Digest. This book reveals the presence of the two Jesus children by a comprehensive and insightful look at its roots in art history. This is part of a lecture I'm preparing on the two Jesuses. For insight on the Steiner roots of the two Jesus story see my reviews of The Incredible Births of Jesus and The Gospel of St. Luke.

Del bought herself a new Dell Laptop, a 600m, and we spent several days devoted to getting it working and hooked up as the primary workstation on her desk. We discovered that the Dell comes equipped for two monitor connection and we were able to get her old PC's new flat screen monitor going as a second monitor. With practice she is now using two monitors at the same time as an expert.

I heard from my grandchildren that two new issues of Captain Underpants have been published and ordered myself copies right away. When my Books 6 & 7 in the series came in, it contained a bookmark with this quote, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parent.” (by Emilie Buchwald,1994) I liked it enough to add it to my Famous and Interesting Quotes page on-line. I began reading and giggling right away. Sorry, but these books are not for everyone; you must be small enough to wear children's imaginations in order to appreciate these books. If the title, "The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger-Boy" turns you off, forget it — you've flunked the requirements. Back to Seinfeld and Oprah.

This month was our annual dinner for our carnival krewe — a black tie affair at an old mansion in the Garden District. An elegant catered steak and salmon dinner in two dining rooms with 14 ft ceilings. White table linen with a red roses in a bowl in the middle of each. Thirty of us in black tie listening to music on the electrostatic speakers, smoking fine cigars, sipping rum that tasted like cognac. It was like a time warp to two centuries ago when carriages pulled by horses clanked outside the second story porch where we sat sipping port and talked of poets and kings.

Took a trip up to Alexandria, Louisiana to go duck hunting with my son-in-law Wes in the leased rice fields. Got there just in time to visit the Heart of Spain exhibit at the Alexandria Art Museum downtown. Usually I avoid the earphones museums offer, content to view the exhibits and form my own opinions, but this museum had a first. Our duck hunting buddy, Oday Laverne, had special Touch Boxes designed for this exhibit and he recommended it to me. Each box is the size of a large TV remote with a view screen. The full color display had a thumbnail photo of each numbered exhibit, which you could scroll through at will, and then press Play to listen to the script about the exhibit you were interested in. All of the photos and the sound script were on a RAM chip so it was efficiently random access. Worked terrific with no training. Allowed me to listen as long as I was interested and then to move to the next exhibit or go back to a previous one or skip ahead and never have to wait more than a second for the box to play for the exhibit I wanted it to. Great idea. It was executed by an Australian company which will likely find buyers all over the world. It’s the first of its kind in use at any museum.

What else happened this month? LSU in the race for the National Championship is all. November began with us whipping Louisian Tech, then Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas to clinch the SEC West. Next week off to Atlanta where about 140 years ago the first president of LSU, William Tecumseh Sherman, blazed a swath through Georgia on his way a National Championship. On the high school front, my other alma mater, Hahnville High School whipped Higgins on its way to the semifinals of the State Football playoffs. Here's Saturday morning Times-Picayune showing this is once again football country.

The biggest feast for Thanksgiving Day was not from the food but from the grandchildren. We had two daughters and a son grace us with their families. Six adults and six grandkids. Never has our home seemed so small before. Plus it rained most of the day Thanksgiving and the gkids had to stay indoors. The next morning I was able to take the four remaining gkids out for a citrus picking expedition. We picked satsumas, lemons, navels, grapefruit and Honeybell oranges. Both the four boys and the two girls loved the 1938 Roadster pedal car that Grandpa had ready for them. Here's a photo of Evelyn Clark zipping down the hallway with the top down.


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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.):

“Catch Me If you Can” The title is a fitting advertisement for the movie. The story would be unbelievable if it were not true. When FBI Agent Tom Hanks tells 19-yr-old Leonardo Di Caprio’s mother that her son’s been passing bad checks, she offers to write a check to reimburse those who lost money, saying, “How much should I write this check for?” Tom Hanks says, “A million and a half dollars.” This young thief was too good at forging checks to be allowed out of jail and too good at his craft to be kept in jail. He finally got a job with the biggest thief in the land (the Feds) catching the biggest thieves in the land and thirty years later is still on the job. A delightful romp through a seamy business. Catch it if you can. Oh, and who do you call on Christmas Eve to wish a “Merry Christmas” to?
“Simone” – Al Pacino stars in this amazing satire of Hollywood starlets. He’s a director who’s had it with prima donna actresses and decides to replace Winona Rider with a computerized femme fatale. Great move, I thought! He is so successful that his computer creation wins several Academy Awards and becomes a problem for him when his ex-wife gets re-attracted to him after his success as a director, but won’t believe that Simone is only a computer simulation of an actress. Simone actually is short for “SIMulation ONE”. So he throws away all of Simone’s software simulation disks in the ocean and gets accused of murder. How does he get out of this pixel pickle? How does he pull all the pieces of his life together again? No hankies for this movie, but one prominent Hank. Thanks, Hank.
“Stuart Little” – the first of two movies about the little mouse who gets adopted by the Little family who lives in a little house near Central Park abutted by skyscapers on all sides. Watch this film and enjoy the wit and humor of the quintessential New Yorker, E. B. White, who wrote this urban and urbane fairy tale many years ago. The blend of real people, Geena Davis as the mother, with cartoon characters is seamless and magical. While the little ones will enjoy this tale, one mustn't get little to appreciate this little tale of the Littles. We bought it for our grandkids, but had to enjoy it for ourselves before gift-wrapping it.
“Good Advice” with Charlie Sheen, the only movie with him that we’ve enjoyed. He plays a stock broker who goes for broke with a little insider trading, only to get screwed by the magnate whose wife he was screwing. Broke, he moves into his gold-digger girl friend’s apartment and she skips town with a Brazilian sugar daddy leaving him alone and despondent in her old apartment. When her boss calls to ask about her late column, Charlie decides to write the advice column for her girl friend and cash her checks to live on. Thereupon hangs a tale. We meet Iris, his boss's 70-year-old orange-haired sexy senior citizen, who flirts with Charlie. Iris is worth the price of the movie on her own. This is a part for Cary Grant in his younger days, and Sheen carries off the role with charm, insight, and an elan reminiscent of Cary Grant at his best.

"Christmas Story" with Darin McGavin. My all-time favorite Christmas movie. I actually got a Red Ryder BB Gun when I was the kid's age back in the mid-1940s when we still had junk cars in backyards and Moms used to warn their kids, "You'll shoot your eyes out." Actually mine never ran that Be Spontaneous Paradox on me or my brothers, so our eyes were safe, but we heard it bandied about. We loved to shoot our BB guns and play Cowboys and Indians, but never confused the two by using BB guns for shooting at each other. Darin is marvelous as the father who wins this grotesque lamp consisting of a glowing female leg, who fights with his furnace, and hides the beloved RR BB gun behind the Christmas tree for his son. This story never grows old or stale. If you haven't watched it, you have an exquisite treat in store. Zoom back to the land of nickel cokes and Christmas magic.

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.

“The Invisible Circus” — not only was the circus invisible but so was the plot and the dialogue. The suspense lasted about as long as the sister sailed through the air when she jumped from the cliff at the start of the flick. If the second sister had also jumped at the beginning of the movie, I could have spent an hour or so more productively sorting out my underwear drawer. Instead she spent the whole movie trying to find out why her sister jumped. I plan to save this DVD till I visit Portugal, when I plan to sail it off the same cliff as a fitting tribute to a movie that almost happened.

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

“Last Dance” with Sharon Stone as the one being escorted to her last dance – a horizontal dance on a gurney – a date with a fatal injection. A gender-twist on “Dead Man Walking” gives us “Dead Woman Dancing”. A male attorney takes her case and strives to get the death penalty portion of her sentence revoked due to extenuating circumstances suppressed by the Attorney General during the trial. Will he get the evidence in time? Apparently suborning perjury is okay if you’re the prosecutor in that State. Law&Order's Jack McCoy would never condone such a deal. Sharon Stone proves once more she can act with her clothes on. Four tissue ending.
“Silk Stockings” — a fanciful musical and danciful romp with Cyd Charisse and Fred Astairie in which they prove that Paris will warm the coldest Cold War Russian heart. The old Hank Williams song asks, “How can I free your doubtful mind and warm your cold, cold heart?” This movie answers, "Easy — take her to Paris." Colorful Technicolor look at the Soviet Union vis-a-vis the USA. Hard to believe the Communist foolishness lasted for 70 years. Watch it come unraveled in the microcosm in this movie.
"Star Trek TNG on DVD" — Three good episodes. It is a little startling to have the exit-to-commercial moment occur — only to return sans commercial! Shows how inured we are to commercial TV. Three very early episodes of The New Generation Star Trek episodes. Q starred in one of them. Riker gets to become second-in-command in the other. Question: why does Picard call Riker “No. 1" and yet introduce him as my “second-in-command” – shouldn’t he be saying his “first-in-command” or calling him "No. 2"?

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Boudreaux worked as a waiter at Dupuis's Oyster House in Abbeville for 37 years before he died. Marie was heartbroken. She went to see a traiteuse who was supposed to talk to the dead.

"Madame Reynaud, I miss Boudreaux so much me. Can you help me talk to him?"

"Ma Cherie, I can't do that for you, but I can tell you what you can do to contact him. Go to where he used to work and call him softly. His energy will be in that place and you may be able to talk to him."

Marie thanked the healer and began going to Dupuis's every night. When no one was around, she'd call, "Boudreaux. . . Boudreaux . . . Boudreaux. . ." very softly and wait for an answer. She did this for 20 evenings in a row.

Finally on the next night, she heard a low voice that sounded like it may be Boudreaux saying, "Marie . . . Marie . . . Marie . . ."

Marie got very excited and said, "Boudreaux, is that you, Cher?"
"Mais, yeah, Marie, it's me," came the voice back.

"Boudreaux, can you come a little closer?" Marie said, "I can hardly hear you."

"Mais, no, Marie, dat's not mah table."

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for December, 2003 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Oyster Dressing

Background on Oyster Dressing:

What would Thanksgiving Day be like without oyster dressing? For one thing, it would be like living 500 miles from the nearest oyster fisherman instead of living next door to one. Ever since my first Thanksgiving Day in Audrey Guthans's kitchen, I was spoiled for oyster dressing. Nobody made any turkey stuffing better. We call it dressing, not stuffing in New Orleans, btw. Audrey was my first mother-in-law and the best cook of the three. When I arrived back in New Orleans in 1976, I called her and asked her for two recipes, the shrimp stuffed merlitons and the oyster dressing. See Audrey's photo on her Recipe Book designed by my daughter and her grand-daughter, Maureen Bayhi. (This recipe isn't in the book.)

Simple and easy to made, this dressing will cost 5 to 8 times the price of the turkey if you make enough to serve a gang of 15 or more. Try this yourself during the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter — any time you want a fine turkey with dressing New Orleans-style. Before you start this recipe, do check the price of a gallon (or 1/2 gal. for smaller size) of oysters. 2003 price was $44 a gallon. It was worth it. One important note: make this the day or night before stuffing the turkey. It congeals like bread pudding after cooling overnight in the fridge, and this is necessary for stuffing the turkey.

What makes this recipe simple is you only really need to remember these three ingredients, in equal quantities by volume, and you can make any size you wish:

oysters, green onions, french bread

This recipe is for a gallon of oysters. It will work for a quart or a half-gallon just as well — if you remember the equal volume rule.

(Note: old dried up french bread works great — simply close end of paper wrapper of leftover french bread and it'll keep for a year or more till the next oyster dressing.)

1 gallon oysters (Chop into pieces before adding to pot)
1 large french bread
8 bunches of green onions
(optional ingredients)
1/2 pack of Pepperidge Farm Herb seasonings (saved from last oyster dressing)
1 bunch of parsley
2 yellow onions
Sea Salt (Add last and only if needed) and Malabar Black Pepper
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs [in blue can]
Bertolli’s Extra Lite Olive Oil


Crumble the old french bread; tear apart the fresh bread by hand. Place bread pieces in bowl and decant all the juice from the oysters. Work into crumbs with your hands until the bread is soaked. If the oyster juice doesn't soak the bread completely, you have too much bread. Some more juice will come available when you chop the oysters during the next stage of preparation, but if the bread is dry at this point, remove half of the bread more or less before you add the remaining juice. This should be done first to allow oyster flavor to penetrate the bread entirely. If available, I'll will add a half package of Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing for an added flavor at this point and mix it into the bread mixture.

Chop the oysters at least into quarter pieces on a wooden chopping board, being careful to save all the juice and work it into the bread. I use a large French Chef's knife to chop oysters and use it to pick up the juice from the board. (Important Notes: You cannot use whole oysters in this dressing — it makes a different dressing entirely. If you like your oysters whole, please do not use this recipe — you already have one that works for you. A wooden chopping board is safer than a plastic one, as actual side-by-side tests have shown. All bacteria disappear from wooden boards after 15 minutes and the plastic ones show bacteria lasting for days. If safety is important to you and your family, use wooden chopping boards.)

Chop the onions and parsley. I like to use a bunch of parsley and one or two yellow onions, as shown in the small bowls in this photo. I keep the ingredients separate as shown and add them in this order: yellow onions, parsey, green onions, oysters, and bread mixture.

Cooking Instructions
Pour olive oil to barely cover the bottom of a large heavy pot bottom. I use a 6 qt. frying pan for half gallon oyster size and a 12 quart pot for the full gallon size of this recipe. Put heat on highest setting. Add sprinkle of onions to tell you when the oil is ready for rest of onions – you’ll hear a noise — think of it as a smoke alarm which prevents a fire. Add rest of onions. Sauté till translucent. Add chopped parsley and green onions. Sauté the greens. Add a tad of juice from chopped oysters if bottom of pot starts to brown or stick.

When greens are well-wilted and about half their original volume, add the oysters. Stir well to completely mix ingredients. Cook for about 30 mins to an hour, stirring at least once every five minutes to ensure the bottom stays clear. Add water or liquid from oysters if bottom gets dry. Use wooden spoon with tip worn flat for this stage. Mixture should look like this photo.

Add the bread to the pot, stirring and mixing well, keeping the bottom of the pot clear at all times. Add Salt and Black Pepper at this time. Do not reduce heat until the final mixture starts to steam or bubble. I call this method of cooking on high heat "base-loaded" cooking after a nuclear power plant metaphor. Since nuclear plants are so expensive to start up and shut-down, they keep them running on high power at all times and use the smaller gas and coal power units going up and down to adjust to the grid's load requirements. In this base-loaded method of cooking, I keep the heat on HIGH and adjust the timing of adding the ingredients to ensure that the cooking mixture in the pot doesn't get too hot. Once all the ingredients are added and up to cooking temperature, then I will lower the heat to Medium and then to Low depending on what I'm cooking. For oyster dressing, after the last ingredient, the bread mixture, has been added and come up to full heat, you can begin lowering the temperature. You will cook the dressing for another hour at Low to Med-Low on the stove. You will adjust the temperature based on keeping the bottom of the pot clear of any sticking ingredients. You not only must stir, but scrape the bottom of the pot every stir. Cover the bottom entirely with the spoon every five minutes. Anything that sticks is slightly over-cooked and will add to the flavor, if you scrape it away and stir it back into the mixture. This requires some finesse. You must use the "feel method" for this part, as you will not likely be able to see the bottom of the pot, especially in the gallon recipe size. Once I have the ingredients simmering, I usually switch to a long-handled metal spoon with a flatten edge to do the scrapping and stirring.

After the mixture has cooked on low for an hour or so, stir in some Progresso Ready-Flavored Bread Crumbs in the Blue Can (Italian) to the mixture, just enough to remove any standing pools of liquid. The mixture should be moist, of the consistency of bread pudding at this point. Turn the fire off and let sit to cool. Taste the final product and adjust by adding more Salt and Pepper as necessary. Heck, make a plate for youself and eat it as a treat for all this hard work.

Other Options: Stuffing Turkey Instructions

When dressing has cooled, place pot in the fridge overnight if it's to be used for stuffing a turkey. Next morning, cook turkey halfway with large yellow onions in cavities. Remove turkey from oven, remove onions, chop onions and place around base of turkey for gravy. Using large spoon, fill cavities with oyster dressing and sprinkle liberal amount of Progress bread crumbs to help dressing retain its moisture as shown in this picture of the turkey ready for the oven.

Put turkey back into oven for final cooking (at least an hour is necessary to heat up the oyster dressing inside) and the result will look something like the photo at right. Note: unless you're cooking a 20 lb bird, you'll have oyster dressing left over from the stuffing. Put it into flat Pyrex dish and sprinkle bread crumbs and bake till bubbly, about 20 minutes.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Flowers of Shanidar:
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            Mumbles From Below

On the shores of infinity
       'neath the tides of today
       lie the reefs of tomorrow
Through which the ship of destiny
       slowly wends its way.

Steaming up the river of yesterday
       passing the driftwood of regrets
       dodging whirlpools of frets
Parting is the roiling froth of sorrow —
       absence that leads the heart to founder.

Eddie Pooh's wrecks are scattered on the shore
       where ravens cry nevermore,
Jo Caster's Deli is off limits
       for travelers who ask for more.

The keystone cops' a laugh a minute
      For Billy Fields and Mackie Sennett.

America is a Polish joke
       full of promise, full of hope
       full of chalcedony, myrrh, and rye
And whiskey on the rocks
       until you die.

The ship of fools's a certainty
       for Werner and his gang
       are shouting on the stern,
                   "Assholes Ahoy!"

And in their merry ploy
       rake in the dough
       of jaded Barbies
       from the Borough

And Kens whose folios
       contain the keys to studios
       where hieros gamos
       in the sky
       attracts their bodies
       by and by.

                   . . .

Cooperation is a cinch
       and will lead them to the altar
With Smith-Barney or Merrill-Lynch
       and a piece of the rock, Gibraltar.

                   . . .

The stones are silent
       in the yard
Until the night falls low
       and there, where few will deign to go,

Mumble from below,

"Destination Moon or Mars?
       Mere pelf!
Something the Living Dead
       would do!"

For real living takes
       the Self,
       the O in UFO's,
On trips more marvelous
       than any of those in

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And for my Good Readers, here’s the new reviews and articles for this month. The ARJ2 ones are new additions to the top of A Reader’s Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, and the ART ones to A Reader’s Treasury.

1.) ARJ2: The Lady of the Hare by John Layard

John Layard was a direct student of Carl Jung and this work on dreams is a special treat as it includes many sketches of the dreams made by the dreamer herself with the actual interpretations given by Layard and the dreamer to the dreams. Here's an example:

[page 56] I said, 'Yes, your girl friend whom you wrap round with your garment is your spiritual part whom you are now taking to yourself in the sense meant by a former voice saying that Margaret might henceforth sleep with her mother. As you withdraw this projection into yourself the real Margaret will become free.' She said, 'She is becoming so already. Last week of her own will she kissed her aunty good night for the first time in years.'

2.) TSCC: The Soul Captain Chronicles, Chapter One, 1941 A Memoir by Bobby Matherne

Chapter One begins the The Soul Captain Chronicles, a Memoir of my life. What if the Captain of your Soul came to you, gave you complete amnesia for your entire life, and then took you back to when you were one year old and allowed you to witness the events that happened in one day of your life? Then the Captain moves you ahead a decade to witness another day. What happened in between? How did you get from one decade to the next? What will happen next? Join me in this adventure of recollection as each month brings another decade into focus . . . Bobby Matherne

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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.

1. This month I'd like to talk about the facts of life. How the Federal Bureaucracy works: the Federal Court judges legislate new laws by edict, Congress sets foreign policy, the President gets the blame for everything that goes wrong, and the American people see all this as a complete lack of true govern-ment. The Ship of State is going under the waves and the crew is arguing about who's right instead of manning the bailing stations. I wrote a poem about this back in 1988 and things have only gotten worse since then. From Freedom on the Half Shell — presented in the color of the greenbacked dollar to represent the immense waste in human effort —              POORTRY FOR THE MILLIONS

Under the poor tree of poly ticks
The I-am-bigs do congregate -
Legacy late and agri-vate our culture:
Build battle axes with hidden taxes
Welfare stoats with mini-mom wages.
'Tis puer trey in motion
The ex-sect you thieve, Ju-Ju dish shall,
Ledge is late while the state's a drift.
The ship is foundering
and the captain and the crew
Have better things to do
Than bail the water from the bilge -
They're much too busy barking on the bridge
About how fine their stewardship has been
And how nice it will be when...
(They're voted in again).

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