Category Archives: Spirituality

Songs on Saturday ~ Shape of My Heart

only the world can keep us apart

It was always in the cards that the world would conspire to keep me apart from she I care for, but that distance is not the shape of my heart.  This track from Sting comes some way to expressing how I feel.

A real man, a man who shows and honest and open face to the world can only ever love one woman.  And, I don’t own a dog.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

but then, real men don’t play cards

Songs on Saturday ~ At the River

when a man is weary of the sea, he is weary of life

Here it’s cold, grey, damp, and miserable.  This song by Groove Armada makes me think of better days and visits to warm places like Laguna Beach.

The Beaches of Orange County look pretty good from here.

A nice dream for a bad day in England.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sunset over the Pacific

I’ll never weary of that

Mindfulness

we must live in the present and not dwell on the past

Arise early to enjoy the dawn.

Live with intention.

Walk to the edge.

Listen hard.

Practice mindfulness and wellness.

Live with no regrets of the past.

Do what you love and not what others want.

Live as if today is all there is.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Dream spiritually

Take time to smell the flowers

Food on Friday ~ Herbs; Sage

Sage is an Important herb, especially for adult women

Like most herbs, common or garden sage is a plant packed with complex organoleptic phytochemicals.  These compounds are why herbs are great for flavouring food.  Organoleptic means affecting the senses, and as we all know there are a lot more than 5 of those.  It’s commonly held that humans have 13 senses, but that list may not even scratch the surface.  For example, how do you always know when someone is staring at you?  Not only that, the complicated stuff in the plants we commonly use as herbs would also seem to bypass the senses and work directly on the brain to affect a person’s mental state.  The unregarded sage, Salvia Officinalis, is chock-full of interesting compounds which would be illegal if you tried to buy them over-the-counter.

As any organic chemist will tell you, if you add chemical compounds together, you will often create something that is more spellbinding, than the sum of the individual effects.  That is also what happens when we ingest herbs.  The separate ‘drugs’ in herbs are engaging, but in combination they can be enthralling.  The unique combination of chemicals in sage has a particularly strong influence upon adult women.

The modern urban man with a bit of a garden, balcony, doorstep can easily grow sage.  Like a lot of herbs it it very tolerant of poor soil and sun.  Sage also comes in a host of varieties ~ different sizes, colours, leaf patterns, in fact you could make yourself a sage garden.  Sage reaches a height of about 2 feet, can be pretty rampant, grows best in full sun in slightly acid soil, pH 5.5 to 6.5, and the old growth should be cut back by about half in early spring.  The herbs to grow along with common sage are parsley and clary sage.  Neither sage nor clary will grow well indoors.

While common sage, (Salvia officialis), is packed with psychotropic drugs, diviner’s sage, (Salvia divornorum), is so psychedelic that its legality is under consideration in some US states.

Two very important words of warning.  Diviner’s sage really is a potentially potent hallucenogenic.  Pregnant womenshould avoid clary sage, it can bring on child labour.  In fact if you are thinking about using sage for medicinal purposes, then it may be best to have a word with your doctor before you start experimenting.

The effective parts of the plant for culinary and medicinal uses are the leaves and flowering tops, and these are best gathered in spring.  The active compounds in sage include; asparagine, borneol, camphene, eucalyptol, oestrogens, pinene, salvene, saponin, tannin, and thujone.  Thujone has a very similar effect on the human mind as does the THC in marijuana.  If you can get hold of a plant, diviner’s sage, (a.k.a. Mexican Mint Sage), contains a lot of Salvinorin A which targets the brain’s kappa opoid receptors.   Salvorin A is the strongest natural hallucenogenic.  Basically, sage has similar stuff in it as the wormwood used in absinthe.

Sage is best picked fresh and used straight away.  You can easily dry it for use all year around, but dried sage isn’t always as effective as the fresh article.  Don’t pick it after early autumn, in fact don’t pick much sage after the flowers have all gone.

Sage, especially clary sage, (Salvia sciarea), is a woman’s herb.  The other spices herbs and oils to use with it if it’s to help a woman with anything at all are; cinnamon, geranium, jasmine, sandalwood and  lemongrass.  Mixing these with a lot of alcohol is not necessarily a brilliant idea unless the effect you are looking for is euphoric desire.  In that case, run your lady a tub and add sage oil or fresh sage leaves to the water.  Get a couple of scented candles in jasmine or sandalwood.  Mix your lady an aphrodisiac drink ~ creme de cacao and tequila are good with sage.  Wash her hair and give her a head massage using fresh sage leaves or sage tincture ~ which also treats dandruff.  If she’s a smoker give her a sage cigarette, which is also good for asthma.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

a sage bed makes a great addition to any garden, or a garden all of its own

 

Having a Better Memory

drinking alcohol is very bad for your brain

beer still gets you drunk, but it also makes you fat

For a lot of people alcohol becomes a crutch to allow them to handle the feelings, situations, and people they encounter in daily life.  Lots of people I know use booze to become more outgoing, manage stress, combat depression, relax, and as an aid to sleep.  However, alcohol isn’t a cure for shyness, stress, depression, anxiety, nor insomnia ~ except in the very short term, and if you only drink in moderation.

Taken in larger quantities, and over longer periods, alcohol does exactly the opposite of the things that you drank for in the first place.  Add to that some worse effects of too much drink; recklessness, loss of morality and ethics, severe anxiety and depression, complete emotional immaturity, using other drugs, promiscuity, criminality ~ and one can see that drinking a lot for very long is a bad idea.

If you drink too much, for even one evening, the alcohol will affect your memory.  Memory loss is a sure and certain effect of too much booze.  You might not remember the night before at all, or only vaguely remember bits of it, and you might not believe it when your friends tell you what you did.  Your brain will even invent false memories just to let you fill in the blanks.

Drinking to excess over long periods means the memory loss becomes permanent, along with nastier things like wet brain and dementia.  Luckily most people die from alcohol related causes long before they lose their mind.  Even better, if you stop drinking the memory loss and cognitive dysfunction will slowly reverse itself as the fog of booze clears and new brain cells grow to replace the ones killed off by alcohol.

I stopped drinking just after Christmas 2020.  Now, instead of being a high-functioning binge-drinker I am becoming a Modern Renaissance Man with a near eidetic memory.

Which would I rather be; a drooling incontinent drunk, or a very cool guy, living a really great life to the fullest?

Alcohol has left the building.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

people do things under the influence

that they would never do sober

Another Year Older

I should forget about the past
I can’t ever change it

Today, March 23rd is my Birthday

a friend even bought me a Birthday Balloon

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I’ve never had a Birthday Balloon before

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Björk

Iceland has only one telephone directory

I like this clip because it briefly features a frogeye Austin-Healey Sprite.  In any event the Icelandic diva Björk is sufficiently weird to be quite interesting.  But you wouldn’t ever want to date her.

Having said that, Iceland is sufficiently weird as to be quite interesting, but I wouldn’t ever go there again.

If you ever go to Iceland don’t buy a beer, it will be stupidly expensive.

And in Iceland never, ever eat any of the local delicacies.

Every Icelandic woman I’ve ever met was blonde.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there are trolls in Iceland

What Women Want ~ Safety

for most woman, fear is a part of their life

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some say that safety is the single biggest motivator for a woman to be in a long-term relationship with a man

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women often perceive themselves to be powerless against men

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trustworthiness is what women really want from a man

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most men minimise or dismiss a woman’s emotions

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most women do not see the world as a safe place

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some women say that men need to commit themselves

to being reliable steadfast and trustworthy

or sex is out of the question

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for most normal woman to be aroused

they must first feel safe

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

many women are afraid of their partner doing this to them, or worse

Random Jottings ~ Isolation

enforced isolation is painful beyond human endurance

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it’s important to have quiet time, but out there it’s far too quiet

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solitude tempers the strong, isolation and loneliness destroys everyone

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there are differences between being alone and being lonely

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isolation is the dream of the already defeated

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love and sex cannot exist in isolation

unless you are a narcissist

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lockdown was invented by a sadist

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solitude empowers, isolation kills

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man is not a social animal

man is the social animal

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a long, lonely road to nowhere, Utah

Being Apart

absence makes the heart grow fonder

jealousy is also destructive

It’s Day 346 of a very strict lockdown here in England, and for me that means that I haven’t been able to see my dearest friend for over a year.  I had plans to meet with her, and that hasn’t worked out.  I know that there are millions of people kept apart because of the coronavirus travel restrictions ~ so I’m not alone in suffering unhappy frustration.  Thanks to the miracle of the internet it’s possible to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, but even a video conversation is no substitute for the real thing.  There is nothing like the touch of a human hand.

I don’t know about other people, but I find that long-distance conversations tend to drift into unsatisfactory banal and emotionless platitudes.  It’s hard to say what one really feels, (fuck it’s hard to know what oneself really feels), when you can’t look into another person’s eyes and read their body language close to.  It occurs to me that things could have been worse, but degrees of unhappiness still equal despondency however one measures it.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.  ~  Thomas Fuller

There is no easy way to say this, but I believe that only very special friendships and love can survive long periods of being apart.  I do not believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I believe that absence just creates a longing that only being together can satisfy.  And, that when two friends and lovers can finally be together after a long time apart, they will be lucky if their relationship survives much beyond the meeting.

What has occurred while they have been apart may only serve to twist the knife.

I do hope your separation from your friends and loved ones will make your hearts grow fonder.  I hope, dream and pray that I can survive being apart from my friends, and that it will not result in bitterness and some personal heartbreak.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

one day there will be air travel again

no one knows when that might be

 

 

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