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.
not a Walther PPK
but that was just for show
desire is the motivation behind great achievement
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
dance to the end of love
whomsoever you may become
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.
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.
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.
And finally for this week a Classic Creole Sauce from The Spruce Eats, written by Diana Rattray.
Classic Creole Sauce
Loretta Lynn was from Louisianna
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.
don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass;
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 email@example.com
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.
writing is good for the soul
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
sometimes a guy settles for second-best
sometimes second-best is more than enough
I HAVE JUST BEEN TOLD THAT THIS SONG IS UNAVAILABLE IN THE USA
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.
every gift from a real friend is a wish for your true happiness
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.
nobody you meet in a bar will ever be a true friend to you
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
did I know you?
did I adore you?
just once before
and her blue eyes melted my heart
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
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)