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~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam: Elaine Matherne Orgeron (1918 - 2003) ~~~~

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~~~ GOOD MOUNTAIN PRESS DIGEST #44 Published January 1, 2004 ~~~
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Quote for the Wintery Month of January:

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th Century American Author

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Table of Contents

1. January's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for January
3. On a Personal Note
4. Cajun Story
5. Recipe of the Month from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen: Green Beans and Potatoes
6. Poem from Rainbows & Shadows:"Who Dreams the Dream?"
7. Reviews and Articles Added for January:

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
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1. January Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Stopping Laughter. The title is a takeoff of the popular radio show in the 1940s, "Can You Top This?" led by Harry Hirschfield. Comedians attempted to spontaneously top a joke sent in by the radio audience. Hey, it wasn't fair for the comedians, but it was fun.

#1 "Can Youse Stop This?" 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 January are:

Cynthia Waters in New Orleans

Jerry Wennstrom in Washington State

Congratulations, Cynthia and Jerry !

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Out Our Way:

The month got off to a rough start for Del's Maxima which needed new spark plug wires. Remember when new wires cost a dollar apiece and you replaced them in an hour in the driveway? Now they call them "Ignition Coils" and they cost $100 apiece. $600 dollars and a day later, the car was running smoothly again.

We picked up our Frazier Fir at Home Depot and put it into its watering stand right away to get it ready for a busy Christmas season. Two great movies at the theaters this season and we saw them both: "Master and Commander" and "The Return of the King." (See movie blurbs below.) See these on the big screen, our advice.

Writing-wise, I spent the month finishing up the Earth stage of my intensive review of "An Outline of Occult Science" which you can read about below. I'm currently reading Edward Reaugh Smith's new book, "The Soul's Long Journey", David Ovason's "The Two Jesus Children", Philip Toshio Sudo's "Zen Computer", Andrei Belyi's "Reminiscences of Rudolf Steiner", and Rudolf Steiner's "Riddles of Philosophy" --- so you might look for one or more those books to be reviewed for next month's digest.

Our new Schnauzer puppy, Ita, has kept us close to home for the past six months, but we did manage to take a couple of day trips this month. (During one of these trips, Ita got into our neighbor's yard and ate some cat food -- her own food dish had gone dry.) Next issue we have to deal with is that she's coming into estrus (heat) for the first time and Steiner, our male Schnauzer, is encountering that phenomenon for the first time, up close and personal.

We had a fun trip up to Baton Rouge to babysit for our two toddler grandsons while their Dad went to a Christmas party. Del and I listened to lectures on the Iliad and talked about Greek myths during the trip. Stopped at the Tanger Outlet Mall for a great dinner at CrackerBarrel and some Christmas shopping on the way up. My job was to get the baby, Kyle, to sleep. I put him in his baby recliner and bounced the springy seat slowly. When he tried to get out of the seat, I bounced it harder and he would lie back down. After several iterations he finally gave up and went to sleep. We drove back home that night, still refreshed and had a great trip all the way.

Listening to the tale of Achilles and Hector, I came to understand the differences between the two men as indicative of the evolution of consciousness between earlier Greeks (Achilles) and the more domestic Greeks of Hector’s ilk. Achilles was part god, an immortal — and “immortal” was what the Greeks of the time called their distant ancestors. They were called “gods” or “immortals” because they were able to see into their past lives and understand the karmic working out of their lives in a way that had been forgotten by Hector’s time. Achilles as an atavistic Greek shows us the attributes of the much earlier Greeks. The Iliad is, among other things, a demonstration of the evolution of consciousness of the ancient Greeks. It is perhaps the most detailed ancient written records we have of any people on the Earth.

I received a link to a demonstration of Joe Newman's Energy Machine which shows a machine powered by 600 watts producing over 5,000 watts in AC output. This is the first full-scale prototype that shows conclusively the validity of Joe's theory. The next step will be to charge the input battery from the output and produce a generator that will be able to power a house completely disconnected from an electric grid, without requiring any fuel except that contained within the copper wires of its coil. If this sounds too good to be true, stay tuned. Meantime, check out the video yourself at:

The first Saturday in December we spent with some friends at the Fairgrounds Race Track. The horses were racing out on the oval, but my attention was more focused on the small screen with the USC, OU games. USC won, OU lost. The BCS rating were being scrambled, and if LSU won the SEC later that night, who knows, but LSU will play for a National Championship. Well, they did and they will. I admit that I was watching the LSU game with the Don Johnson movie, "Word of Honor", on a side screen, which was rather a challenge, even to an expert multi-screen viewer like me. Luckily, they did an encore of the movie, but even so LSU was still involved in soundly whipping the University of Georgia.

Let me get on my Purple-and-Gold soapbox and tell you how sweet this victory over UGH, er UGA, was for me. I was a freshman at LSU when we last won a National Championship in 1958. That year we did not win the SEC championship, incredible as it may seem. There were no playoffs for the SEC championship, and LSU didn't play UGA that year. Both teams finished undefeated in the SEC, and even though LSU was undefeated in all its games and won the National Championship, UGA ended up as co-champion of the SEC with LSU. Thus, you can understand why I should be so happy that we beat UGA two times this year! The first game was close, but the second one was a blowout. There'll be only one SEC champion this National Championship year. By the next morning when we heard the news, LSU with its stronger schedule of opponents edged USC with its weaker schedule and was chosen by the BCS to play Oklahoma University for the National Championship in the Sugar Bowl on the floor of the Superdome in New Orleans.

Pardon me if I point out another salient event in my football life this season. I graduated from Hahnville High School whose colors, like LSU, are Purple and Gold, and whose mascot is also the Bengal Tiger. This year HHS went undefeated in 14 games and beat Evangel High School, the best the team in the State --- according to them --- in the Superdome to win the State Championship. Soon, on January 4th, my college alma mater will play on that same field in the Superdome to beat Oklahoma University, the best team in the Country --- according to them, to win the National Championship. The game hasn't been played, but this has been one wonderful season for a bunch of championship football players from Baton Rouge. When the roar of the crowd is over, we can suppose that the Saban-toothed Tigers will have their claws on the trophy, God willing. EAT-O-TWIST!

A sad note --- Don "Moose" Jamison, a long-time disk jockey died. For over twenty years he held down the 11 AM slot on, FM 90.7, and he always led off his show with a song that begins:

“There’s sadness on the streets,
The best bartender in the land
Has gone off to meet his maker,
Come on strike up the band.”
His funeral was Monday at 11 AM at St. Augustine's Catholic Church on St. Claude Avenue. The church was filled with music from 8 AM till the Mass began and it was filled with music during the Mass. The priest was a wiry little black man with close cropped silver white hair in a floor length white alb with embroidered outlines of gold squares. The liturgy of the Mass which fills the content of some masses was like invisible scaffolding on which music, tributes, hand-holding sadness, and jubilation were hung. The priest who looked to be 60 years or so young, several times ran up the aisle shouting “Hosanna!” or “Allelujah!” or “Praise Jesus!” Samira Evans, who was given her start by Moose, sang a song she said that she first sang to her brother , who requested that she sing it four hours before he died. She told us that she didn’t knowhe was going to die so soon at the time she sang it. A very familiar song, but her anecdote adds a meaning to the song I had never encountered before. The “somebody I’m longing to see” in the song becomes “Jesus Christ”. The song is by George Gershwin entitled, "Someone to Watch Over Me" --- as you read it, let the music of these familiar lyrics fill your spirit (Cap's added):
There’s a Somebody I’m longing to see,
I hope that He turns out to be,
Someone Who’ll watch over me.
I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know I could always be good
To One Who’ll watch over me.
Although He may not be
the Man some girls think of as handsome
To my heart, He carries the key.
Won’t you tell Him please to put on some speed,
Follow my lead,
Oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me.

This song is on her album “Give Me A Moment” (Label: Misha).

There were over a half dozen eulogies, both verbal and musical tributes. The organist was incredible. His voice in one song let us know that his voice was the most powerful instrument he had at his fingertips. A black singer played and sang at the the piano. A white musician played a song on his saxophone that he wrote the night that John Coltrane died. He told us, “Moose loved the saxophone. He was the one DJ that would play my music.” His music drew echoes of Coltrane’s spirit into the cavernous vault of the ancient church. Another white musician played a beautiful trumpet melody he wrote especially for Moose.

Outside the church, the Tremé Brass band was waiting for the coffin and the mourners and played dirges up St. Claude Avenue, right on Rampart Street, right down to the entrance to Louis Armstrong Park where the events in the continuation of the song Moose played every Monday happened: “the preacher cut loose the body and the band began to play: 'Over in the Glory Land, he’s gone to meet the Holy Man, Over in the Glory Land'.” That began the up tempo Second Line into Armstrong Park to the WWOZ studios. And you aint' heard an up tempo song till you've been in a New Orleans Second Line at a Jazz Funeral, and this was one of the best Jazz funerals New Orleans ever danced to. Can I get an amen to that?

AMEN! ! !

Two other funerals filled out the month. The wife of John Murdock, Margaret, was buried at Schoen's on Canal Street, and the sister of my father, nee Elaine Marie Matherne, was buried at Immaculate Conception Church. May their souls rest in peace as they "meet the Holy Man, over in the Glory Land."

On a happier note, I visited Annette Fuselier, a friend who survived a serious accident when in October a pickup truck she was driving was hit by a fast-moving freight train. She had to be removed by the "Jaws of Life" from the wreckage. She showed me this pre-cognitive artwork and poem she had done several months earlier. She is recovering slowly. Walking now with a cane, but still has some memory loss, and "some good days and some bad days." She still has some healing to do, so please hold her in your prayers for a total recovery.

The second Saturday in December Del and I took a day trip with the Louisiana Landmarks Society to the Pointe Coupee area. We visited several landmarks and restoration projects in various states of restoration. With excellent tour guides and hosts at the various places we went, it was a marvelous day, in spite of rather cold and at times wet wintery weather. The blazing hearths at the Samson House and the La Cour House were most welcome.

In short, we visited these places:

St. Francis Chapel: Built in 1895 near the Mississippi River on what is known as the Coast of Pointe Coupee. It replaced the churches of 1738 and 1760. It is Gothic Revival architecture and contains furnishings and artifacts from the 1760 building. A knowledgeable local architect, Mr. Glenn Morgan was our guide.

We toured the Samson House: c.1835. A Creole plantation house moved to New Roads, on logs pulled by mules, to escape the encroaching waters of the Mississippi. It has beautiful rear gardens with pools and patios. It is now a Bed & Breakfast. We were greeted "Sam" our delightful hostess and the wife of Jim McVea.

We had lunch at Satterfield's Restaurant on the lakefront of False River, which is the last great Oxbow Lake on the Mississippi. It was cut off from the River about 1722 creating a River-Lake.

We toured the La Cour House, c.1700s. Once the home of Nicholas LaCour, it is thought to have been part of the military fort called Poste de la Pointe Coupee. The house was moved to its present site and lovingly restored by Dr. and Mrs. Jack Holden. Here is Bobby enjoying the warm fire of the hearth. Also see the photo of the dining set for a large Christmas dinner.

We walked through and oberved the construction in progress at the Jaques Dupre House: c.1780s. A "collection" of historic buildings are on the site. The main house is the Jaques Dupre house. It was moved from S1. Landry Parish and thought to be the home of the first Commandant of Ope1ousas. The barn is also an 18th Century structure and was moved from Cecilia, Louisiana. The cottage, c. 1870, is of bousiage construction (See wall close-up.) and was moved from a farm nearby. Home of Ms. Marjorie "Sis" Hollensworth.

When Del left to go to the "Pretty Parlor" which is what we affectionately call her hair dresser's salon, I asked her to give my thanks to Renelle for "the 52 Christmas gifts she has given me over the past year", an obvious reference to the weekly hairdo's she has performed on Del's hair. That Friday after a morning hair-do, Del and I went to see the 3 1/2 hour completion of the "Lord of the Rings" movie (see blurb below), then I went to the Bonnabel High School Christmas Party as guest of my daughter Maureen, the head of the Art Dept there. Here's a photo of me with her and her daughter, my granddaughter, Tiffany. After that I drove home to pick up Del to complete our Christmas Hat Trick, the Waterford 3 Christmas Party at the Airport Hilton. There we met many of our friends from my "unclear plant" years. There were Ken and Gail, Sharon and Tom, Max and Joyce, Audrey and Jerry, Don and Monica, and a host of other friends. Got our photo taken on a bearskin rug. Del didn't go for my suggestion about how she should pose on the bareskin rug, so here's how it came out. When we got home that night, we had a houseful of children and grandchildren waiting for us.

The next day our houseful expanded with more children arriving. Look for the photos below in the Digest of Wes and Kim and their brood. The next morning, Dec 21st, was Katie's 13th birthday, and we had a table full of presents ready for her to open and some candles to blow out as she celebrated entering her teenagership.

After they left, we went caroling in Jackson Square in the French Quarter that night.

For Christmas Eve we picked up a Honey Baked Ham and headed for my dad's house where Buster and Emily had provided the venue for my siblings and their offspring to congregate and share gifts. Photos of the various family groups are provided in the Digest. Place cursor over photo to reveal names.

Christmas morning was a quiet time for me and Del and the little ones, Ita and Steiner. We gave "Eetie" her Christmas gift allowed her to finish opening the pig ear inside the wrapping that she had started on earlier when we caught her. Then Del and I shared gifts --- a large new briefcase bag with lots of pockets for Del and pole chainsaw for Bobby, among other things. Here's a photo of Bobby in the middle of the unwrapping process. That afternoon we went over to Del's folks house in the penthouse overlooking the Mississippi River to exchange gifts there. Herbrother and his wife were in town for the festivities. The rest of the year involved exchanging gifts at the stores, me watching Saints games, Del baking more cookies, and one more present swapping on the 27th at Timberlane with Jim and Gina and the kids. Photo, of course.

Did I get everything I wanted for Christmas? Well, there are two things that would make the year end on a wonderful note and make the Sugar Bowl even sweeter: A win over USC by Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, and a win by LSU in the BCS Championship Game on our son Stoney's birthday, January 4th.

Dear Santa, are you listening?

Whichever way the fates decide, I wish all of you Good Readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR as we in 2004 A. D. continue to ring in the New Millennium!


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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 Return of the King” — the best movie I’ve ever seen, all-time, and I started going to movies in 1945 so I’ve watched a lot of movies from all periods on the large and small screen. It is the best of the trilogy. We had watched the first two episodes of the trilogy when they came out and had acquired the extended DVD versions of those two. We watched “The Fellowship of the Ring” one night, the “The Two Towers” the next night, and then we were pumped and ready for the grand finale on the big screen at the AMC Palace nearby. When Sam talks about the girl he’d like to marry, we remembered her from the beginning of the first movie serving tables in the pub. This is not a trilogy, by the way, and this is important for moviegoers to understand. Tolkien wrote one large book entitled “The Lord of the Rings” which his publishers broke into three books and gave the name to each part. It is a trilogy in name — it is one story, one epic, broken into three parts for convenience. Thus it behooves every viewer to watch all three movies in sequence to gain the best understanding of “The Lord of the Rings.” These three movies with their immense popularity are sure to bring an understanding of spirituality at a deep level that is much needed in this new millennium where we face many of the trials and tribulations that the peoples of Middle Earth did, and we will need a Frodo from time to time to arise and unselfishly lead us to safety.
“The Shipping News”HEADLINES: “Inksetter from Poughkeepsie makes Headlines in Newfoundland” “Dweebie Reporter Buys Boat, Re-enacts Childhood Drowning” “Yacht Owner Loses his Head” “Resurrection in the Glenn” “House Blown Away, Reveals New Found Land” “Great Movie Rises from DVD”
“Adaptation” with Nicholas Cage Squared, Meryl Streep Stripped, and Chris Cooper Toothless. How does a writer adapt a book about orchids for a movie? That’s Charlie Kaufman’s job. His other job is helping his twin brother, Don (also Cage), write a screen play about a guy with multiple personalities who deconstructs his victims because that’s what Charlie said facetiously to his brother when asked how a serial murder might kill his victims. What’s amazing is that the screenplay that Charlie writes is about a real book, “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean, and the screenplay that Charlie writes during the course of the movie is this movie, “Adaptation.” Wrap your mind around this one.
“Master and Commander” – an excellent sea flick. Crowe is marvelous as the Commander of the Surprise whose eponymous name reveals an iterative plot element. Their orders are to seek and destroy the French frigate Archeron, and their prey meets them by emerging from its hiding place in a fog bank and blasting a cannonade that nearly devastates the Surprise, the first of many surprises. One surprise for me was Del pointing out to me in the middle of the movie that the excellent actor playing the ship’s doctor also played Chaucer in “A Knight’s Tale”. “Oh,” I said, “I didn’t recognize him with clothes on.” Every actor on this film starred — from Commander to Doctor to Cabin Boy. Catch this on the big screen before anyone gives away any of the plot elements or you won’t be surprised.
“Word of Honor” with Don Johnson as a Vietnamese Veteran, who as a young lieutenant was faced with a horrendous challenge while on a patrol trying to get help for his injured men. They enter a compound with a neutral hospital and get ambushed by the Viet Cong. During a fire fight one of his men gets hit in the throat and can only be saved by immediate medical attention. They enter the hospital and force the doctors to finally work on the dying man, who dies on the table. A massacre of the entire staff and patients of the hospital ensues and the hospital is torched. A cover story was created and Johnson gives his word of honor to his men. Later in the movie, during a trial, Johnson gives an impassioned speech during which he says, “My word of honor does not require my silence.” and you must agree as you watch Johnson finally tell the whole story while preserving his word of honor. A gripping movie as good as “A Few Good Men” — and a performance by Don Johnson every bit as good as Jack Nicholson as the enraged Marine in that movie. Made for TNT, but available for the world. A “Watch-as-soon-as-you-can Hit” by my word of honor.

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 Barefoot Contessa” — this was another movie I only recall from early 1950s posters at the Saenger theater, but had never seen it, so popped it into my Netflix queue. It came in the same day as “The Countess from Hong Kong” and thus belongs in the same category of how Hollywood could turn gold into dross in a scant hour and a half. This movie wasted the talents of Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. Rosanno Brazzi was saving all of his for “South Pacific” apparently where he did as much singing as Ava did dancing in this one. All the really hot dance numbers at the beginning showed only audience reaction. Would have really helped the film to have found a body double for Ava who could have danced those on screen so we could see what they were ogling from the cocktail tables. Don’t waste your time on this one.
“The Countess from Hong Kong” — I ordered this one to finally get to hear how “This Is My Song” by Charlie Chaplin was incorporated into the movie. Bottom line: it was the only good thing about the movie. Talents wasted in this one: Sophie Loren (who kept most of her clothes on), Marlon Brando (who talked in a normal voice and would have better kept his mouth shut), Charlie Chaplin (whose music and directing skills were wasted on an insipid plot and script). It deserved a Titanic ending: sinking the entire cast and crew in frozen Atlantic waters. Unfortunately, it went on and on and on and on . . . .

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

“The Pianist” A guided tour through WWII Warsaw, Poland which explains in graphic detail why Poland is the most pro-American of all the Western European countries today – why they of all the large continental countries have troops stationed in Iraq in support of Iraq’s freedom from a cruel regime. They know cruel only too well. The pianist knew cruel only too well. He survived to play again, actually touching the keys of the piano playing out loud again, after the Russians rolled into Warsaw finally and changed Poland from a German-occupation to a Russian-occupation. The pianist, Spielmann, whose name means, “Play-man”, lived on to play until 2000. A remarkable man and a remarkable movie which takes a hard look at hard times in Warsaw.
“The Fisher King” — a movie Del and I had seen previously, but not really watched. As we watched this time around we kept experiencing wonderful moments that neither of us remembered from our first viewing years ago, such as the dinner date at the Chinese restaurant. If you think you’ve already seen it some time back, watch it again on DVD. You, like us, may be surprised at the sheer, exuberant joy that infuses this at times lugubrious and dark film.
“Absence of Malice” with Paul Newman and Sally Field. When Sally breaks a news story about an investigation of Michael Gallagher (Newman), the stuff really hits the fan. Gallagher decides to let the stuff splatter upon the perpetrators of the investigation in a one-man sting operation that works to perfection. Innocent victims of federal investigations everywhere should take heart and learn lessons from what Gallagher was able to do. “We are all smart people in here,” he says at a key point. Some were too smart and lost their jobs. Fine acting jobs all around support an excellent script.
"Blade Runner" I liked the original name of Philip K. Dick's story, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" It asks many very interesting questions, such as the one the "Electric Sheep" asks Harrison Ford, the eponymous blade runner, "Have you taken your own test?" What test? The test he gives to decide whether a person is human or an android. If they flunk, they get a big "F" -- they are Fragged immediately without getting to pass GO or collecting $200. Ruger Hauer never played a finer role, in my estimation, than in this movie as the desperate android who chases Harrison to the brink and then saves him.

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After a torrid election where a new group of politicians have been sent to Baton Rouge, our state capitol, it may be time to put Louisiana into perspective again.

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Boudreaux the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day. He greeted God, saying, "Mais, where you been? Ah been lookin' all ovah fo you."

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Boudreaux. Look what I've created."

Archangel Boudreaux looked puzzled and said, "Mais --- Wat's dat?"

"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?" said Boudreaux. "Please explain."

God pointed out different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, but cold and harsh, while southern Europe is going to be poor, but sunny and pleasant . "I have made some lands abundant in water and other lands parched deserts. "This one will be extremely hot , while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

Boudreaux, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land mass sticking out into the water and asked, "What's that one?"

"Ah," said God. "That's Louisiana, the most glorious place on earth. There will be huge rivers, beautiful bayous and marshes, stately cypress trees, abundant fresh and saltwater fish, huge flocks of migrant waterfowl, wild deer, turkey, bear, rabbits, flatlands, rolling hills, and dense woodlands everywhere. The people from Louisiana are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous and great cooks. They will be sociable, hardworking, and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace and happiness."

Boudreaux gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, "Wat about balance, God? You said dere would be de balance."

God gave Boudreaux a wink and replied, "Wait til you see the idiots I put in Baton Rouge."

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5. RECIPE of the MONTH for January, 2004 from Bobby Jeaux’s Kitchen:
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Green Beans and Potatoes Background on Green Beans and Potatoes: When I was growing up in Westwego, my mom cooked beans and rice almost every day. Red beans, white beans, lima beans, field peas, crowder peas, black-eye peas, butter beans, and of course green beans. Since the green beans were plentiful in season, she usually canned dozens of jars of it and cooked it year round. I ate green beans till I was green in the face. I couldn't bare to face another green bean in my plate and swore them off FOREVER. But I thought beer tasted bad at that age also. So, at age 45 when my dad was growing green beans, I decided to stop on the way home from the nuclear power plant to pick a "mess" and I would sometimes snap the ends off and snap them in two as I drove home. I of course did this with no one else in the car or they would have freaked out. Then I'd cook the beans and discover how they tasted, seemingly for the first time. They were delicious. Dad's no longer growing the beans, but I still cook them in season, never from a can or jar, and Del and I enjoy them all the time, every time.

One Mess of Green Beans (Snap Beans)
Equal Amount of Red Potatoes
Three yellow onions
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Peel potatoes (optional), then chop into 1" pieces2 and place potatoes in water.

Peel and Chop Onions finely Snap the ends of beans (discard) and snap longer beans in two.

Cooking Instructions
Cover bottom of heavy sauce pan with olive oil, turn fire on HIGH, add a few pieces of chopped onions to signal you when oil is hot by sizzling. Add remainder of onions and sauté until onions are translucent. Add green beans and stir well. Add enough water to barely cover the green beans and bring to boil. See photo.

Reduce heat to simmer and cook till done. Beans will take on a slightly less vibrant green color and will be tender. (Do not undercook the beans. Raw beans and crisp beans may work in restaurants, but not in Cajun recipes.) The color difference should be clearly visible. Cook until the color changes as in this photo. Potatoes can be added at the point the beans change color. Cook until potatoes are tender. Turn off fire and serve.

Serving Suggestion
Serve over Long Grain and Wild Rice as show in photo at top.

Other options
Strive for a balance of cooking potatoes. Add a couple of potato chunks with the initial cooking of green beans, then smash them to form a gravy. Experiment with amount of water until you have enough gravy to cover the rice in the plate. Leftovers will last a week in the fridge and actually taste better on second and third days as the mixtur marinates in the fridge. Microwave beans and rice from fridge for about two minutes for a plate the size shown or until bottom middle of the plate is warm to the touch. Best not to reheat all of the beans and potatoes as potatoes will get mushy.

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6. POETRY by BOBBY from Rainbows & Shadows:
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Who Dreams the Dream?

When things are not what they seem
    And you walk as though you're in a dream,
When terrors unnerve you at every turn,
    Do not run, do not scream,
Remember who dreams the dream.
When the world is going to pot,
    And you are not so sure that you're not,
When phobias hound you from all around you,
    Know that things are not what they seem,
Remember who dreams the dream.
Know, when disease is so rampant,
    And chances for life are so scant,
When fears that hold you get bolder and bolder,
    Know that things are not what they seem —
After all, who dreams the dream?

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7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for January:
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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: An Outline of Occult Science, Earth Stage by Rudolf Steiner

I wrote in the first paragraph of my review: "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." When I first read this book in 1996, I learned a lot from it, but it was only a prologue, an overview of what I would find in some 130 plus Steiner books and lecture compilations I would read afterward. With the increased knowledge of Steiner's work acquired over the last 7 years, with every cell in my body replaced since I first read the book, I wanted to read it again and do the comprehensive review that I felt it deserves. I hope I have provided many a chance to approach this elephantine work for the first time and to find nourishment in the process.

It was the very scope of this work that was so daunting to me and so attractive. The overall review is so large it had to be broken up into several pieces just so I could attempt it, and it has consumed all of my writing time for over two months. Like eating an elephant, you can only proceed one bite at a time, it was necessary to chop up the review into bite-sized, digestible chunks. The completion of the Earth stage is the last of the four big bites that comprise Chapter 4, "Evolution of the Cosmos and Humankind".

The Earth stage of human evolution completes the Chapter 4 Section of this book, Rudolf Steiner's landmark work, his bible, his encyclopedia, if you will. In the Earth phase of evolution we learn about the appearance of sexually differentiated human bodies, Lucifer's gift to humankind, Ahriman's bane, the reason for mystery schools and oracles, human body characteristics during Lemuria and Altantis, the meaning of the Sun Being, the ancient Indians, the ancient Persians, and the ancient Greeks, among many other things. Most importantly we learn about the "two impulses in the human breast" and our part in furthering the evolution of the world. In the closing paragraph of the Earth stage section of the review, I write:

The word must go out from these pages that thought and feeling, logic and emotion, rationality and passion are to be united in humankind from now on. No longer can we dispassionately chop up the physical world to fit into our textbooks and ignore the spiritual world which resides in the depths of our hearts. Like a chariot driver who requires two horses to maintain a straight course, we require these two steeds to drive our course straight. Lacking one or the other we will travel in circles and end up in a rut of our own making. Let us earnestly endeavor to study the revealed un-occulted wisdom of Rudolf Steiner and keep the reins steady on both our dark steed of sensory-based knowledge and our white steed of super-sensibly felt perceptions as we drive a straight and true course through the cosmos that lies stretched out before us.

2.) TSCC: The Soul Captain Chronicles, Chapter Two, 1951 A Memoir by Bobby Matherne

Chapter Two continues the The Soul Captain Chronicles, a Memoir of my life, which answers the question, "What if the Captain of my Soul came to me, gave me complete amnesia for my entire life, and then took me back to a day in my life?" With each Chapter the Captain moves me ahead a decade to witness another day, a decade hence. What happened to me in between? How did I get from where and who I was in one decade to where and who I was in the next? Join me in this adventure of recollection as each month brings another decade into focus for me and for you . . . Bobby Matherne

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To be skipped by those who don't care for this sort of thing . . .

The liberal press makes the new Medicare Bill out to be so horrible. Must be because it’s not a liberal giveaway of money. The lieberal press can’t say anything good about the bill without adding some tautology like, “Critics don’t buy it.” Of course, critics don’t buy it --- you nitwits! --– critics, in the modern vernacular means those who "don’t like something." Naturally those who don’t like something, don’t like it! And those who don't like it are the liberal giveaway gang. The reporters very jobs as newspaper reporter are dead giveaways – they have to dislike anything that is not a liberal giveaway program. The very competition that can make this program work and minimize the cost is railed against as a giveaway program to the drug companies! Thus, they twist the very epithets that could be hurled at their giveaway Socialistic addictions to blast a program which is not a giveaway Socialist program!

The new Medicare Bill will solve some problems and create other ones. What gets me is that they have the gall to call this "government" in the D. C. Mole Station!

On the international front, I turned on the Lifetime Channel, #34 locally, at 7 AM one Sunday morning to catch the Hour of Power. I have been a fan of Robert Schuller, a member of his congregation, since I read his first book, "The Power of Possibility Thinking," in 1968. This month as the voices of the Crystal Cathedral Choir thundered out, "Joy to the World," on one TV, the other one showed the face of Saddam Hussein with a message at the bottom of the Fox News Channel, "Saddam Captured!" I turned on the rest of the five TV sets in the Screening Room to watch the unfolding news of the capture of the Ace of Spades. The USA had gotten an "ace in the hole" -- the Butcher of Baghdad was found hiding in a spider hole, and surrendered without a fight, saying, "My name is Saddam Hussein. I want to negotiate." The American soldier simply replied, "I bring you greetings from President Bush."

Later when the President was asked what greeting he had for Saddam, he replied laconicly, "Good Riddance." Amen. The world may not yet be done with Saddam Hussein, but Saddam Hussein is done with killing and maiming his own people. He is also done with supporting with his money those terrorists who have been killing and maiming the free people of the world. Whatever the price Saddam was paying for terrorists to kill an American soldier when he was captured with $750,000 cash in his possession, there will be no more money from his pockets. I wonder if his prison garb will even include pockets?

With the economy rebounding at a record rate, the head of the terrorist snake cut off from its body, things are looking up for the USA and the world in the coming year.

The only cloud on the horizon is the "mad cow" disease that was found in a cow imported from Canada. I wrote about this in my review of this book: Nutrition and Stimulants by Rudolf Steiner. Almost one hundred years ago, this prominent scientist was writing about "mad cow" disease and if people had listened to him, we would have been spared this disease. The solution is simple: do not feed herbivores animal products. Cows are plant-eaters -- herbivores -- if you feed them any animal products, even bone meal, you create the potential for Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, or "mad cow" disease.

Here's a relevant excerpt from the review:

There may be some of you who wonder if Steiner has ever been put to the test. Has anything he predicted would happen actually happened in the world? Well, there are many, but just to name one that has been in the news for a few years in the continent of Europe, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, or what's commonly known as "mad cow disease". The internet tells me that "BSE was first diagnosed in UK cattle in 1986." Scientists have in recent years traced the origin of BSE to the addition of animal meat and bone meal mixed in cattle feed. The cattle farmers could saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had only read and heeded the words Rudolf Steiner spoke in 1923. He pointed out that if a cow suddenly began to eat meat, "all the forces which could produce meat are left idle." He likened this to a factory that is running full speed but producing nothing. In the cow all sorts of waste products and harmful substances would be produced, mainly uric acids and its salts.

[page 45] Now these salts of uric acid have their own special habits. They have a liking for the nervous system and the brain. And if the cow were to eat meat, enormous quantities of uric acid salts would be deposited; they would go to the brain and the cow would become deranged. If we could make the experiment of suddenly feeding a herd of cows on pigeons, the result would be a completely mad herd.

Horses become wild immediately if given even a small amount of meat to eat. Steiner pointed out that the eastern part of Asia which is mostly vegetarian rarely goes to war, but the western portion, mostly meat-eaters, often have had raging wars. What is different about meat-eaters and vegetarians in the animal kingdom? The carnivores, like lions and tigers, have very short intestines, whereas the herbivores have very long intestines.

[page 46] So it is with man. If he is born into a people or race where all his forefathers have eaten meat, he will have a shorter intestine. It will have become shorter, too short for a pure vegetarian. And then he will have to do everything he can to maintain his health if he eats only plants.

When human beings eat plants, their body makes use of forces that others leave unused when they eat meat. This has the following advantages:

[page 46] One does not tire so quickly. From within the organism one does not get so tired because one does not deposit all this uric acid and its salts. One does not tire so quickly and keeps a clearer head and can therefore think more easily, that is, if one thinks at all.

One late breaking item involves another pre-emptive action taken by a head of state. This time it was Libya's Muammer Al-Qadafi who announced to the world a pre-emptive surrender! Seems the Bush doctrine is having an effect on Evil Empires everywhere. The bombing by President Reagan didn't seem to have as much effect on Evil Empires as the US's deposing the dictator of the Evil Empire of Iraq has had. For the record, Iran has announced that it would do what Saddam refused to do when he was in power in Iraq: allow completely open inspections of its nuclear program. Even North Korea seems to be getting with the program when China, after meeting with President Bush in Crawford, Texas, had some private words with the leader of North Korea that made Kim Jong-Il a little, shall we say it, ill. All of which should make Southeast Asia and the rest of the world breathe a little easier in the coming year.

Let us all keep a clear head as we head into the new year and have a most HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ! !

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