Category Archives: Psychology

Food on Friday ~ Autumn

fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose

In a couple of days time we will have the Autumn Equinox, the harvests will be taken in, and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness will be upon us.  I expect that you’re like me and wondering where the year went to, and how come I don’t remember what happened.

I believe that this coming Tuesday September 22nd is a time for me to make a fresh start, throw off the constraints of a summer that didn’t have much good going for it, and begin again.

A good place to start our move into Autumn, or Fall if you will, is with some good food, great recipes, and hopefully some very good company.

First this week we have Chungah at Damn Delicious and her warming, nutritious, delicious One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo.  We all like one pan dishes don’t we?

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

Now, Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has The 35 Most Popular Fall Recipes.  From this collection I’ve chosen a Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf.

Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf

To go with your chicken, and for the warmer days still to come this year, from Dana at Minimalist Baker we have a Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing.  And, just how pretty is that?

Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

This is a super collection from Jessica Merchant’s How Sweet Eats; 45 Of My Favorite Fall Dinner Recipes.  With so much to choose from how about a Smoky Pumpkin Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons?  You need to keep this recipe by you for Halloween.

Smoky Pumpkin Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons

This might almost be the ultimate fall dinner recipe collection ever; from Delish Magazine 61 Unbelievably Easy Fall Dinner Recipes.  From this cornucopia I’ve chosen these Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops.  If you think that pork chops only come in the dry and overcooked variety, then you should try this recipe.

Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops

Or maybe this is the ultimate Fall Recipe Collection; 50 Apple Cider Recipes You Need in Your Life this Fall.  From this Country Living apple collection I’ve picked a Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you are lucky you still have rosehips in your garden, and they make up some great medicinal recipes

Butterfly

just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly

This post is inspired by my friend Paula Light and her Thursday prompt; Butterfly.  If you’re not familiar with this French song and very cool singer, then why not take the time now.  If, like me, your French isn’t quite up to understanding all the nuances, then just enjoy the video and warmth of this guy’s voice.

This song is also for a very close friend of mine.

Please listen with the joy of life in your heart.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

you are too beautiful

for any ending to end you

Life Goes On

obedience is the fundamental foundation of all police states

the shape of things to come

Day after day we see more rules and restrictions foisted upon us by the power-crazed unelected officials who are running things now.  Do not be fooled by the announcements and pronouncements made by Prime Ministers, Ministers, Presidents, Governors, et al, for those people are mere mouthpieces for the unkempt, unshaven, and badly dressed pseudo-scientists, non-practicing doctors, statisticians, and insane single-issue lobbyists who are really running this crazy war against the non-existent threat of the coronavirus.  There was a mantra trotted out by politicians here in the UK; ‘we are following the science…..’  Meaning; ‘we are only following orders…..’  Where have I heard that before?

No badly constructed computer model, no unproven theory, no set of false and manipulated statistics, and no private hobby-horse is too far out to be taken as justification for imposing more and more controls upon the supine herd of sheep the general population of towns, cities, counties, states, and counties has become.

Who would have believed that fathers could be prevented from attending the birth of their child, that relatives would be prevented from comforting the dying, that children would be stopped from attending school, that we could all be forced to wear face-masks, and that we would be stopped from meeting friends in a pub?  It’s insane, and it will only get worse.  Compulsory vaccinations, compulsory testing, and national identity cards are on the drawing board.

Woe betide you if you dare to question or ignore the illegal new rules and regulations imposed upon us.  Here in the UK you could be fined £10,000 for having a party.

Well, all I can say is keep calm and carry on.  Do not get fined, and certainly do not get arrested.  Instead just pay lip-service to all of the draconian crap we are supposed to embrace and obey.  Where you can, go against the spirit of the regulations and merely follow the ‘letter of the law’.  Live your life to the full, enjoy every second that you can, go shopping, go to the pub, eat at a restaurant, walk on the beach or in the woods, and whatever you do; seize the day.

Some say that the sky is falling.  And that we should all stay at home except for essential journeys.  All I know is that the days will be longer and better if we enjoy them to the full.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

listen as the clock strikes thirteen

Random Jottings ~ Lies and Deceit

a deceiver will always find one who wishes to be deceived

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the instant gratification of booze is a devious deception

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it is better to be lied to than to become a liar

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seduction is a form of deception

you know she can fool you at any time on any given day

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love never dies a natural death

love is always killed by dishonesty, deception, and distrust

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first appearances are not always deceptions, just mostly

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be careful who you trust

the devil was once an angel

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the worst thing about being lied to

is knowing that you weren’t even worth the truth

COVID-19 End Game

always eyes watching you and voices instructing you

The coronovirus is undoubtedly a nasty little bugger, in all likelihood I’ve had it and I was poorly for a couple of weeks.  But, the truth of it is that COVID-19 is a fairly mild pathogen, which isn’t even particularly infectious, (you can kill the coronavirus with ordinary soap and water).  In comparison to the H1N1 Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 /1919, the coronavirus doesn’t even qualify as a mild head cold going around a school classroom.

Just in case you are not a student of history, the Spanish Flu first infected young very fit men, (military personnel), and not the old, frail, and infirm.  And, unlike the paltry numbers infected by the coronavirus, the Spanish Flu infected 500 million out of a much smaller world population.  Some 50 million died, (a mortality rate of 10%), of which there were 675,000 deaths in the USA out of a population of 103 million.  The Spanish Flu Pandemic really was a global killer.  The COVID-19 Pandemic is a political fraud.

And, the sad thing is that I believed it.  Then, I wondered why?  But, now the end game is becoming clear.

  1. There is an increasing erosion of our freedoms and civil liberties ~ coupled with ever greater control over our actions by politicians, governments, health officials, and parts of the scientific community.  This is not going to go away.
  2. As part of this drive for greater control over the populous the next likely move will be the introduction of National Identity Cards which will carry our health records and vaccination status.  Identity cards are weapons of control used by organisations like the Gestapo, Stasi, and KGB.
  3. Travel is being made increasingly difficult, particularly air travel.  There are moves afoot to make intrusive pre-flight documentation compulsory across the world.  You will need a permit to travel, just like in the now defunct USSR.
  4. Public gatherings and public demonstrations will be banned, made difficult, or just made socially unacceptable ~ unless such gatherings serve the purposes of the politicians, governments, and health officials controlling our lives.  It isn’t even acceptable to go into the office anymore.
  5. There is a general acceptance that an annual flu vaccination is a fairly good idea for certain people, such as the elderly and infirm.  It is likely that this will be made almost compulsory, and along with it everyone given the flu jab will also be given a vaccination against COVID-19.  This vaccination does not even exist as yet.  All vaccinations are generally unsafe and carry serious side-effects.
  6. History is being rewritten under the aegis of organisations such as BLM.  Rewriting history is a favored tool of totalitarian regimes.

The very sad thing is that most people don’t see any of this, and if they do see it think it’s all a good thing.

Some say that for evil to flourish good men just have to do nothing.  And that a lie will be half-way around the world before the truth has got its boots on.  All I know is that the coronavirus pandemic is a political fraud.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

we should stop allowing ourselves to be fed a diet of lies, half-truths, and confidence tricks

Breathing, Meditation, and Light

the send of the sea answers all our prayers

In these times of worry, uncertainty, and stress it’s very easy for the negative emotions and bad news to overwhelm our minds ~ our thoughts, emotions, and spirit.  All of that dark negativity effects us mentally and physically as stress, and when it gets very bad stress becomes distress.

Severe stress has a lot more symptoms than merely a lot of worry.  For a start stress can cause insomnia, and that’s like throwing petrol, (gas), on a fire ~ it just makes it worse.  Other symptoms of stress can include low energy, lassitude, fatigue, indecision, anger, aches and pains, chest pains, rapid heartbeat, headaches, loss of sexual desire, heart attacks, strokes, death….  Far too much stress also takes up so much of your reserves that you become more vulnerable to catching whatever other illnesses are out there.

Worrying about the coronavirus will make you more prone to catching the coronavirus.

One of the best ways to combat stress is through simple breathing / relaxation exercises.  A simple internet search will find you lots of them https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2255

However, years ago when I was under tremendous stress at work I found something of my own.  For most people this exercise is far better than booze, drugs, or smoking too much.

  1. Close my eyes and imagine that I’m standing on a sunlit beach, I can feel the gentle warmth of the sun.
  2. The sound of the surf is very calm and slow, flowing in and out again.
  3. I time my breathing to that slow gentle surf.
  4. Slowly breathe in, pause, slowly breathe out again.
  5. And in the sound of my own breathing I hear the surf.

Usually, within a couple of minutes I feel calmer and more relaxed.

Within five minutes that simple breathing exercise drifts into meditation.

If you think you are suffering from the signs of stress, or deeper distress, then just try to slow your breathing and imagine the sounds of the gentle surf.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all things look better in the light of a new day.

Scenes on Sunday ~ Blue

all is at peace where the blue sky meets the blue sea

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

all of life’s better emotions are to be found in the send of the sea

Songs on Saturday ~ Lionel Richie

I can’t dance, don’t ask me

As a matter of a fact I can’t sing much, some would say that I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I can dance.  A dancing fool for the right woman.

Please listen and feel happy.

If you need to move your feet, then that’s happy too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a better car than the one in the clip

Random Jottings ~ Healthy Routines and Rituals

the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine

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exercise hard and vigorously six days a week

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when you eat is as important as what you eat

breakfast around 07:30

lunch at one o’clock

and dinner at seven in the evening

don’t ever eat late at night

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try not to get into the routine of drinking every night

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rise and go to bed at the same time every night and morning

including at weekends and on vacation

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get into the habit of walking instead of driving everywhere

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

aim to walk 10,000 paces a day

every damn day

 

Food on Friday ~ Weeknights

after a long day at work cooking is probably the last thing on your mind

Even though I am a gentleman of leisure there are times when I’m rushed for time and don’t feel like cooking anything complicated nor time-consuming for dinner.  And for most people, I know there is much more pressure on your time.  So this Friday I’m concentrating on easy recipes that are perfect for weeknights.

Even tough you might be tired and under time pressure after a hard day at work, please take the time to enjoy cooking and eating your meals.  Be mindful of your food.

First up, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have these weeknight style Crockpot BBQ  Beer Chicken Taquitos ~ with Street Corn Salas and Lime Crema.

Crockpot BBQ  Beer Chicken Taquitos

From Holly at Spend with Pennies, how about this Easy Tuna Casserole?

Easy Tuna Casserole

This is really easy from Ali at Gimmie Some Oven; Brown Butter Lemon Pasta.  And, I agree with Ali here, buy the very best ingredients you can afford, especially for  simple dishes such as this.

Brown Butter Lemon Pasta

For a side dish, or just something healthy on its own, from Cookie + kate we have this Easy Tomato Salad ~ how wonderful if you have tomatoes growing in your own garden.

Easy Tomato Salad

This is not the first time I’ve blogged about weeknight dinners.  Back in May 2018 there was another post entitled Weeknight Dinners.  Among the recipes I covered there is this Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread.  From Averie Cooks.  Looks delicious.

Prosciutto and Balsamic Greens Flatbread

Our collection this Friday is from Delish magazine; 80 Easiest Weeknight Meals Ever, and I’ve chosen to feature this fabulous looking Spinach Lasagna.

Spinach Lasagna

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the simplest meal ever

just add cheese

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