Songs on Saturday

Bond, James Bond

There is a new Bond Movie out soon, with a new theme song.  There is only one Bond theme, maybe it’s not this from Billie Elish.

The name is Bond, James Bond.  She is good, but no vodka martini.

Please listen like an Englishman.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

not a Walther PPK

but that was just for show

Love of Her

desire is the motivation behind great achievement

~

love

echoing

solitary alone

near the grey sea

walking at the shore

who else am I going to be

when I am not being only me

just be yourself whoever you are

emotion by the ocean longing for her

it’s a new beginning in reflections of desire

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

dance to the end of love

whomsoever you may become

Food on Friday ~ Étouffée

money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy crawfish

An étouffée is a spicy Cajun stew made with vegetables and seafood. It seems that étouffée is a French word meaning ‘smother’ or ‘suffocate’, which maybe explains why this dish is found in Creole and Cajun cuisines.

It seems that Creole is New Orleans city food, created by people who wanted to stay in the swamp and not go back to Spain or France.

Last week from Joy the Baker, I featured a fabulous recipe for shrimp étouffée risotto.  Joy suggests that you cook this dish together ~ whatever floats your boat.

Shrimp Étouffée Risotto

From Imma at Immaculate Bites there is this very fine recipe for a classic shrimp étouffée.  It is a pretty quick and easy dish for any dinner-time of the week.  Imma also has a recipe for Creole Cajun seasoning that will go well with your étouffée.

Shrimp  Étouffée

This from Taste of Home, a crawfish étouffée.  We don’t even have the word ‘crawfish’ in English English.  It all sounds so Southern.  The dish is featured in 30 Southern Skillet Recipes.

Crawfish Étouffée

A recipe for Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée from Ashley Kirkland at All Recipes.  Just what is a crawfish anyway?

Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée

From that interesting part of the deep south we also get Shrimp Gumbo.  This dish from Simply Recipes by Elise Bauer.

Shrimp Gumbo

And finally for this week a Classic Creole Sauce from The Spruce Eats, written by Diana Rattray.

Classic Creole Sauce

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Loretta Lynn was from Louisianna

do u wanna be a writer?

you can write about everything in life, if you have the courage

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.  ~  Sylvia Plath.

The Beatles, probably the best band in the history of the world.

~

~

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.  ~  Virginia Woolf.

Please listen with enthusiasm.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass;

Anton Chekhov

Writing With You

I don’t only want to know what I am thinking

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will be aware that I haven’t been very well lately ~ sick, quite poorly, hospitalised.  Yesterday I had a health check and also got the results of some earlier tests.  Quite frankly I was expecting bad news.  That wasn’t what happened at all.  For a start the lady medical practitioner was all smiles, which slipped a bit when she took my blood pressure ~ too high.

As it goes I wasn’t worried about that, I’d had a brisk walk to get to the health centre, and when she re-took my blood pressure about 3 minutes later it was as near perfect as it gets for a mature guy; 120 / 70.

There were lots of questions, some more tests and measurements, and then the nice lady said that I wasn’t fit and healthy for a guy of my age, I’m fit and healthy for a guy of any age.  My kidneys, heart, and liver have just about perfect numbers ~ how great is that?

Two caveats; my weight is right at the upper end of the green zone BMI~wise, I should lose about 7 pounds.  Also, I need to see my doctor as soon as convenient to talk about a 10 years health plan.

All that good news got me thinking that I could and should start a longer-term project ~ so I’m going to write a book, perhaps a trilogy.  I have no idea what I’m going to write about, fiction / factual / poetry / photography, and this is where things get interesting.

The thing is I know what I think about everything, whatever I write will have no surprises for me ~ so I need to find a writing partner, a collaborator to write this book / trilogy with me.

Over the years several guys have asked to collaborate with me ~ but that’s no good.  Not only do I know what I think about everything, I know what and how other men think too.  Ergo, I would like to find someone who can utterly surprise me, someone who can provide a different set of thoughts, opinions, views, and beliefs to mine own.  A woman; intelligent, opinionated, articulate, mature in outlook…..

So, if you are female and interested in working with me, writing with me, collaborating on a great work, starting day one, then please get in touch.  I would be very pleased if you commented on this post.

It matters not where you are, the internet provides a perfect set of tools for long-distance collaboration across oceans and continents.  It matters most who you are, someone who loves to express themselves in writing,

I look forward to hearing from you, either here on email me at   jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I can promise you it will be fun, and maybe even profitable.

Some say that behind every great man there has to be a great woman.  And that a man working alone always thinks in straight lines.  All I know is that every word a woman writes changes the world.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

writing is good for the soul

My Love Loves Another

ignore the pain and swallow your pride just to be her friend

~

it didn’t take a lot to fool me

you can do it on any given day

you had no need to deceive

must have been another way

your tangled web to weave

to tell me you were straying

that you belonged to someone

that your love was never mine

and now I can never believe

a single word you ever say

but, it’s you I still adore

in my sad and sorry way

I shall love you evermore

always entangled by love

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

sometimes a guy settles for second-best

sometimes second-best is more than enough

 

Love Songs ~ Out Of The Blue

I HAVE JUST BEEN TOLD THAT THIS SONG IS UNAVAILABLE IN THE USA
(THAT SUCKS)
a friend knows the songs you keep in your heart

A bolt out of the blue, the flash of lightning inspiration that strikes without warning.

~

Another album I bought knowing nothing about the singer, or what her music sounded like.  Some things are truly serendipitous, they come at you out of the blue. 

Synchronicity ~ I have walked on that beach.

Please listen with love in your heart.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

every gift from a real friend is a wish for your true happiness

Choose Your Friends Wisely

the company you keep dictates the choices that you make

perhaps this man is not a true friend to her

Most of us have all sorts of friends, and in our past we have had all other sorts of friends, depending on how you define a friend.  There are twitter and facebook ‘friends,’ those who regularly follow our blog, and some of them may become long distance friends we email, chat with, phone…..  Then there are members of our church, neighbours, coworkers, golf / tennis / walking / sports buddies, other members of whatever groups we have joined, drinking buddies, fuck-buddies, and lovers.  There are also people we, (more or less), have to closely relate with; parents, other family members, husbands / wives, partners, and children ~ we may or not count any of these as our friend.

And then there are false friends, fake friends, enemies disguised as friends.  Just because someone hangs out with you, drinks with you, laughs with you, and has sex with you doesn’t mean they are your friend.  People pretend well, everybody lies by omission, people use you for their own ends, and some people will be nice to your face and talk shit about you behind your back.  Some people are very good at being fake.

Real friends will bring out the best in you, fake friends will take your very best and use it for their own ends.  An evil fake friend will take everything you have and use it to satisfy their own perverted desires.

I firmly believe that everyone we meet, we meet for a reason, but some of these reasons are to teach us a hard lesson, and if we don’t learn and live by those lessons, then we will go on becoming ‘friends’ with toxic people who will teach us those hard lessons over and over again.  When you fail a test, life will make you retake it, as many times as you need to learn, accept, and understand those hard lessons.

Be ready and willing to lose, reject, and walk away from toxic friends and dysfunctional relationships. Watch out for people who are;

  • mean, unkind, and abusive to you
  • belittle you, are jealous of you, will not accept the real you
  • are selfish, narcissistic, uncaring of your needs
  • have values, opinions, habits and behaviours that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • get drunk, use drugs, abuse prescription medication, gamble, cheat, steal, engage in promiscuity with people they pick up in bars

Walk away from those people and all of their friends.  Don’t ever try to explain or justify anything, just run far, run fast, and never once look back.

Most of all, remain true to yourself.

Some say that your friends can make or break you.  And that some of the most poisonous people come disguised as friends and family.  All I know is that when you have a true and genuine friend, you don’t deal with the fakes anymore.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

nobody you meet in a bar will ever be a true friend to you

Out Of The Blue

one day someone new will walk into your life
and make you see why it never worked with anyone else

~

out of the blue

love fresh, new 

strong and true

feeling de-ja-vu

did I know you?

did I adore you?

just once before

chérie d’amour

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

and her blue eyes melted my heart

 

Not the Best Girlfriend Ever

for a woman in a relationship to flirt with other men is a sin

~

have you met my girlfriend?

she’s the only one I’ve got

maybe not the best girlfriend

doesn’t seem to care a lot

 

they say she’s had many others

that I’m mad to be her lover

an easy fuck, a tramp, a whore

 

she’s not much of a girlfriend

once an old cocotte pretty hot

take a look at my girlfriend

too much older married a tart

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

perhaps flashing is fun for mature women

older women flashing is fun for boys

 

 

 

(this isn’t about anyone I know anymore, it was an exercise for my writers’ group)

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