Category Archives: Astronomy

Monochrome Monday ~ Castles

even castles become ruins eventually

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some dreams are nightmares

Songs on Saturday ~ Rain

rain can be peaceful, restful, and spiritual

After the umbrella post this morning I wanted to post something about rain, and Singing In The Rain is just a little cliched.  This is different, peaceful, restful, and quite spiritual.  I hope you like it as much as I.

You know what, I find this nice for meditation.

Please listen calmly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

one thing we get in England is rain

Random Jottings ~ Desire

sexual desire is real, genuine, and powerful

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you may desire her

but you can’t miss what you’ve never had

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although all she desired was casual sex

she decided that she may as well fall in love

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man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need

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sexual desire and fucking are just biology in action

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desire can be bitter, sweet, savoury, salty, and sassy

but never tasteless and boring

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desire is a hunger in men, but just an appetite in women

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there is but a small distance between the desire to fuck and the need to hurt

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the best moments in her life are the desires she can’t ever share with her husband

Make Things Happen

nothing happens unless first we dream

That Jigsaw Does Turn Into a Car

The first step in almost every journey is knowing where you want to go.  The first step in any project is knowing what it is that we want to achieve.  To achieve anything meaningful we must first have some sort of a plan.

We choose to go to the moon in this decade…..  ~ President John F. Kennedy

Less than seven years later Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the surface of the moon.  The whole Apollo program cost about $25.4 billion, and that dream only took about a thousand years after the rocket was invented in China.  The lesson is that to realise our dreams we must not only have a plan, we must also have the means and the perseverance to keep on going when it all seems hopeless.

There are a couple of pertinent lessons from history;

If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again.  ~  Robert the Bruce

and perhaps this more interesting and valuable piece of advice;

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.  ~  Albert Einstein

However, one must always remember that some dreams are totally misguided and the projects they turn into become utterly stupid delusional chimera.  One example of a dream turning into a South Sea Bubble is Tesla, the Californian manufacturer of expensive electric cars.  Despite that their least expensive Model 3 costs some £39,000 in England, and their most expensive roadster will set you back about £200,000, it will take about 1,600 years for the company to earn back the amount of money invested in it.  Frankly, I think you’d be better off investing in bitcoin, and that’s the investment equivalent of playing roulette.

A fool and his money are soon parted.  ~  King James Bible

The dreams of most men revolve around the equilateral triangle of money, sex, and power ~ and the greatest of these is money.  Given enough funds most men can get all the casual sex they want.  And, if you have enough money, some ‘friends’ and lots of perseverance, even a stupid man can become very powerful.  I cite Presidents Trump and Biden as my examples.

Some say that the mark of a man is not what he achieves, but what he longs to achieve.  And that all human activity is driven by desire.  All I know is that we should be very careful what we set our heart on ~ we may get it.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

that’s supposed to be an ark

oh Good Grief!

Scenes on Sunday ~ Mustang

great things never come out of comfort zones

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

long straight roads out there

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Paperback Writer

poetry is a equal mixture of English and angst

The printed version of my poetry anthology Seascapes and Serenity Lost should be available on Amazon within the next couple of hours.  It’s a 10 by 8 inches, magazine-sized, paperback.  So, I thought this old Beatles song would be rather fun.

There’s also a much cheaper kindle version of the book.

Of course the paperback will look great on your coffee table.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the picture is mine too

it’s all in a dream

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Harry Belafonte

and a star rose in the East

In these difficult times perhaps we should remember the true Spirit of Christmas.  Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ.

Harry Belafonte had a voice.

And he knew how to sing.

Have joy in your heart.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a star to guide my footsteps

The Winter Solstice

it’s the longest night of the year

Officially the winter solstice happened at 10:02 Greenwich Mean Time yesterday, Monday December 21st.  That was when the North Pole had its maximum tilt away from the sun, and that moment was the astronomical winter solstice.  Now, and not New Year’s Day, is the best time to focus on self-reflection and regeneration.

Depending on how you look at it, last night was either midwinter, or the beginning of winter.  As far as the weather goes, I know we have a lot of winter left to come.

This night was filled with the energy of the moon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

The ancients believed that on this day the Moon would give birth to the Sun

Poetry Anthology

Seascapes and Serenity Lost

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You can probably learn more about me by reading some of my poetry anthology than you could ever learn from anything I ever posted on here ~ and I have promulgated some gritty and very personal stuff.

Anyhow, my anthology is now available on Amazon, in several important countries, including the US, UK, and points east.  (For some good reasons, for the next few days the print copy is ‘author only’)

The words and pictures are all my own work, and there are a lot of photographs interleaved with the poetry.

I am also deeply indebted to Jan Olandese, who edited the whole thing.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the shining sea

talks with me

The Truth of Thanksgiving

giving thanks should not be shut up in a single day

While most Americans sort of believe the picturesque story of a convivial feast between the 51 or so surviving Pilgrims and around 90 Native Americans, perhaps from the Wampanoag Nation, the truth is far more complicated and perhaps a good deal murkier.

The Pilgrims had hardly explored the shores of Cape Cod for four days before they had robbed the graves of my ancestors and stolen their corn and beans.  ~  Wamsutta Frank James, Wampanoag activist

Today, especially today, we can understand that within months of the disease ravaged Pilgrims winter 1620 arrival in North America, the native population was decimated by European illnesses.  In addition there is strong evidence that the Puritans set the pattern for white settlers in America by seizing Native Lands, killing and enslaving the indigenous populations.  Perhaps you could check out the Pequot Massacre of 1637.

As it goes, if there was ever a Thanksgiving Feast at all there is no evidence that the Wampanoags were there, or were even invited.

Being very religious people, it is more likely that the Pilgrims were celebrating a delayed Michaelmas, a harvest festival honouring the archangel Michael, who is a symbol of good triumphing over evil.  Back then Michaelmas Day was October 10th.  It gets more complex than that because in the protracted switch from the Juilan to Gregorian calendar from 10 to 18 days were removed from the year.  That happened in 1752 in the USA.  So, only God, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sarah Josepha Hale, and the Wampanoag peoples know when Thanksgiving happened, if it’s not just a popular myth or a political invention.

Personally I believe that any feast, festival, or religious observance at this time of year is directly related to the autumn equinox, when our ancient ancestors would bemoan / celebrate that the day and night were of exactly equal length.  From then on the days would get shorter, the nights longer, the weather colder, and winter would soon come howling in.

At least our English festival at this time of year, Guy Fawkes Night, is based on hard historical fact.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Stonehenge is just a calendar

 

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