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Randall
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posted March 16, 2003 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Before the Canto begins, Linda explains whether or not Gooberz is autobiographical. She says that it is classified as fiction, because fiction is defined as an invention of the imagination, and Life, Love, Death, and everything on Earth is an invention of the imagination. Linda says that it matters not about whom truth is written as long as what is written is truth. Quite! She goes on to say that we knew these truths when we were all gods and goddesses possessing great powers we have too long forgotten. What do you guys think of the way she signed that page? She only put the letters L. G. Interesting.

Page One, Linda describes her definition of poetry. How it is what squeezes out of you when you've been squashed by Life, like a bug. Her greatest writing emerged from her deepest sorrow, and we are all better Blessed for it. She says she would have chosen a safer career had she known this.

My favorite passage is on Page 2:
I died unexpectedly while I was sleeping
and the last thing I remember is the sound of angels weeping
as they mourned my loss in Heaven, whispering a final blessing
to protect my immortal soul on its descent down into hell
a lonely prison of three dimensions...on a spinning ball called Earth

To those who have read Gooberz before, the importance of the next passage cannot be overstated:
then, from out of the darkness and dearth..of the night
that followed my death
immersed in the floating sensation of falling, sans all conscious will
I thought I heard, through the mist, a familiar voice calling...
"be still, my love, be still
somewhere..a clock is timing us"

Of course, that's her Twin calling out to her! I find it a bit foreboding to see Linda write that she died in her sleep from the other side, when she also "died" in her sleep here on Earth.

Then Linda tells of her birth, and how she was sickly at the age of two months, almost dying again (this time, down here)--looking like a dying baby robin, but her mother wouldn't listen to the doctors and fed her miracle milk from a nanny goat named Sue. She goes on to tell of her "ugly" straight hair and how much she wanted curls. I can't help but to laugh when I see Linda talk of pee-nee-monia, or cry when her Nanoo dies and her cheeks once warm like feather pillows become cold, as Linda thinks she should be covered with more fluffy conmforters and cozy grandma quilts or she would certainly catch pee-nee-monia. How sad. But we see the innocence of a child and how Linda first tasted death. There's a lot of death in Gooberz. Linda describes her early views of Jesus and of the Trinity. Her first religious indoctrination involved the Episcopal Church. Canto One is very important to the story, but one might have missed all the important passages had one not known the ending. That's why Gooberz should be read at least twice. Linda gives such delightful stories about her Nana and Dadoo (who rhymes with Boo and I Love You). Dadoo was the only one who ever told her that her straight hair was pretty. Linda bared her Soul in Canto One, and it sets the stage for the MAGIC that will follow. Her Nana would tell her, "now, just remember who you are" as she pondered just who she was if she wasn't her.

We see Linda's first experience at smelling the heavenly scent of SWEET PEAS after a storm, and she was levitated during the experience (by her Aunt Maud) as she saw her first rainbow after smelling the peas. This leads us into the most important part of the Canto (IMHO). At the very end, she writes:
the second time I felt myself levitate or lift from the ground
was years later, in another season - winter
and for a somewhat different reason
to do with lost and found

I won't ruin the ending for those reading it all the way through for the first time, but the words LOST AND FOUND have a very important meaning to the whole story. To those who have read it before, you get it don't you?

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"Never mentally imagine for another that which you would not want to experience for yourself, since the mental image you send out inevitably comes back to you." Rebecca Clark

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Gooberzlostlovefound
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posted March 17, 2003 12:29 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ohhhhh Randall! I get it!!!!!!!!!!! Hence the nickname, of course.

I am so happy about his forum!!

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posted March 17, 2003 12:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Randall....I know you're really busy (probably more so than I realize) but can I email you somehow? I just noticed your email link is gone and I'm kind of confused. I want to talk to you about something!! A few things, actually.

Thanks,
GLLF

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posted March 17, 2003 05:19 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My copy of Gooberz is in the attic,I'm going to get it today

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Randall
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posted March 17, 2003 06:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can always reach me via the Contact Form or at:
webmaster@linda-goodman.com

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posted March 18, 2003 12:47 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks

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posted March 19, 2003 09:52 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, didn't mean to disturb the thread.

Everyone, ignore my question!

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posted April 07, 2003 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
GLLF, if you've e-mailed me, I never received it.

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posted May 10, 2003 11:13 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


WELL! I was just reading to my mother your question about why Linda signed L.G. at the end of the page, Randall. I've been tring to get my Gemini mother to read Gooberz. and i asked her the question and she says:" maybe it stands for 'Lesser God'". She does not take her comet comment seriously but I sure do!! What do you think?

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posted May 11, 2003 04:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dunno. It seems like it could be possible.

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posted May 12, 2003 07:17 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
L and G in Linda's numerology comes out to the number 10, the Wheel of Fortune. 10 or IO or Isis & Osiris.

Maybe she was making a point about the Twin S-elves?

Just a wild thought.

Heidi

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posted May 13, 2003 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for morgana     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good one, Heidi! I think this may be it! Or at least one of the aspects. But I think Linda undoubtedly had numerology in her mind, as always.

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posted May 14, 2003 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
True, she always had numerology in Mind.

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posted May 25, 2003 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Canto one (IMO) is the richness of faith, love and innocence. The beginning of the eternal search for s-elf. It always reminds me of the bibical passage by Jesus:

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3-4)

Her delight in the physical world around her is tempered with more esoteric thoughts of Jesus, death,levitation,heaven, angels and Dado telling her she could talk directly to God . It is the beginning of her unending search for spiritual answers. ie "does God ever cry". On to her adult search years later... I pondered why mortals should succumb to the darkness of unneccessary death before awaking to the light of the truth

The stage is set for the unfolding... as I see canto one anyhow


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posted May 26, 2003 01:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted May 27, 2003 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Canto One is where we get hooked.

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Hey all, i just started reading Gooberz and im in the middle of canto one
Randall, your idea who was the one who said to Linda "be still" is absolutely exciting and it sure does leave me with no patient going on reading it.
To yuor question why Linda signed: L.G, maybe she wanted to give as the impression that what she said wasn't her personal and limited point of view, but a part of iternal,stiff truth, an ancient wisdom?
+ Randall i have a personal question thatkind of bugs me- i hope you don't mind me asking- but- whats your star sign?
Moran

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posted May 30, 2003 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cappy Sun, Cappy Moon, Virgo Rising, and Cappy Mercury.

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posted May 31, 2003 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for morgana     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just thought of something: G. could stand for Goober(z), but I don't know about the L. "Love" is too obvious, isn't it? Or not?

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posted May 31, 2003 01:07 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Randall,
I noticed your full name when I was reading your poem a while back,I dont know wether it's a pen name,very nice poem,anyway,I cant seem to look at a bus-ticket nowadays without trying to lexi it.Have you noticed already that your name contains DALAI LAMA?

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posted June 01, 2003 09:55 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
I died unexpectedly while I was sleeping
and the last thing I remember is the sound of angels weeping
as they mourned my loss in Heaven, whispering a final blessing
to protect my immortal soul on its descent down into hell
a lonely prison of three dimensions...on a spinning ball called Earth

According to this quote, Linda says that this is hell and I have always felt that it truly was otherwise, why would we say "hello"? This goes along with my theory (or maybe it's Linda's) that we are fallen angels ... fallen here into hell where we must redeem ourselves in order to earn our way back out of hell.

I think living here and longing for your Twin S-elf every waking minute of the day is hell enough.

As far as your comment about LOST AND FOUND Randall. I'm not sure what you mean even though this is my fifth time reading the book but then it's possible the way my brain works that I am totally over-analyzing it.

Anyway, just thought I'd make a comment for our group reading to get the ball rolling.

Love and Light

Heidi

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posted June 02, 2003 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a recurring theme in the book. Think ahead when she loses the rosary. And then when the ultimate LOST AND FOUND occurs (losing someone). *HINT HINT* Don't give away the ending, though.

The rose is also a recurring theme, as she receives a single rose from different Soul pieces in her Life.

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posted June 03, 2003 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is everyone reading?

We will be moving on in a little while, but if you are reading this late, we are always happy to go back to talk about any Canto.

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