Chaos and Terror

Chaos is the Cosmos telling you that you are forever lost.

Turmoil.  Mind like a lost gypsy cab driving through a chaotic concrete jungle.

Dystopia.  Disembarking, it’s so dark and it’s so quiet in the ruins, grey and burned black broken like bad teeth .

Lost.  Then I’m walking on wet cobbled stones, just a bum with threadbare dirty clothes, down at the heel shoes, a body that’s all skin and bones. 

Doom.  The final dark gloom of a Dead Man Walking to nowhere and forever.

Despair.  Now all the good has gone from my life ~ what is joy, what is elation?

Dishonour.  I want you all to know that once I was proud, once I was a man and once I meant something.  But that’s not now.  That’s not now.

Terror.  I need to wake up.  I need to go home.  I need to find friendship again.

Loneliness.  I have no love, only blackness in my heart, my Goddess has gone.

Nightmare.  But, bad memories, just like the seas, live on.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Embrace the Moonlight

I love the moon too much to be afraid of the night.

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now is the time for me to set myself to rights,

it’s time to stop bemoaning my evil plight,

come out of the dark shadows into the light,

moonlight is better than the blackest of nights,

and that’s where I’ve been, cowering in fright.

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There is no point in waiting until tomorrow, there is no mileage in procrastination, and mañana isn’t even English.  I need to take action this day.

There have been things in my life I have not understood, or have chosen not to understand, or have chosen to ignore ~ and these things are now coming out of the darkness of my deep subconscious into the light of my conscious awareness.

Recently it has all been a bit intense, and at times I’ve struggled through cognitive dissonance, not knowing who I am, or what I want from Life.  But I have been shocked from complacency by both my friend and my Goddess.  Today, I am blessed with a powerful and strange energy which has allowed me to make a brutally honest assessment of myself.

This intense, powerful, strange energy is allowing me to make changes within myself I have not previously had the power to achieve.

Yet, I know that any change I attempt to make from within my personality, my id, and my ego, should be for the greater good or it will never work.  I have had far too much help to be selfish and make changes that will only benefit myself.  But, as I improve mine own self, it will reflect in every aspect of my world and my life.

As I give to the world, so I shall receive in return.

As I walk from the darkness into the moonlight, my life and my world will change for the better.  I have realised that to cower in fear in the darkness is to stray from the true warrior’s path.  I thank my friend and my Goddess for that new awareness.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Peace and Serenity

True Serenity is knowing Peace amid the Storm.

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,   the courage to change the things I can,   and the wisdom to know the difference.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

The Great Truths

There are some Great and Noble Truths ~ these are mine.

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Life is difficult and painful.

The causes of my problems and pain are my own cravings, desires, wants, needs, lusts, and my blaming of others when Life isn’t how I want it to be.

I cannot change what happens to me, but I can change how I react, and I can change what I do.

The path to freedom from suffering and pain is through self-discipline in body, mind, and spirit.

The lonely Warrior’s Path has only one ending ~ walk it in honour, and with love.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Packed Lunches

Is your lunch at work healthy and nutritious enough?

What do you eat for lunch at work?  Leftovers, a packed lunch, a burger, sushi, or do you eat out at some greasy Mexican diner / restaurant?  You know what?  Whether you sit at a desk all day, work in a factory, or outdoors, your working life is unhealthy enough without you adding junk food into the mixture.

Regularly eating lunch out is just about the unhealthiest thing you can do during your working week.  If you want to spend less money and become healthier, there’s one easy way to do it: stop eating lunch out.  But, never, ever, eat your lunch at your desk ~ it’s disgusting and very unhealthy too.

Even though taking leftovers, or preparing your own packed lunch may seem healthy, nutritious, and good for you, a lot of the time what you’re eating for your lunch at work probably doesn’t contain what you need for optimal functioning.  Dietician Susie Burrell has some ideas for what makes a perfect packed lunch, and so do the cooks we follow on this blog.

First this week we have Chungah at Damn Delicious who offers us 15 quick and easy lunch recipes that you are especially designed to take to work with no hassle, no more ordering out, and no more overspending at some unhealthy restaurant.  From Chungah’s list of 15 easy lunch recipes I especially like her steak fajita salad.

Steak Fajita Salad

This is a very healthy, tasty, and nutritious lunch idea from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower: roasted asparagus mushroom quiche.  This is easy to make and would be perfect for a weeknight dinner as well as something to take to work for lunch~ to be eaten either hot or cold.  You can also freeze a quiche.

Roasted Asparagus Mushroom Quiche

If the weather is warm where you are you may want to have a salad at lunchtime, but don’t buy a pre-prepared salad, make your own.  San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has 30 best easy healthy salads on her blog Averie Cooks; including this great looking loaded chicken taco salad with creamy lime-cilantro dressing.  And, all Averie’s recipes take less than 30 minutes to prepare ~ she says you can make this fabulous salad in 15 minutes.

Loaded Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing

There is no getting away from it, a sandwich makes a good packed lunch, and this is a good sandwich.  From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked harvest we have this Tuscan tuna sandwich, using ciabatta, tuna in oil, sliced avocado, cucumber, egg, arugula, purple cabbage, and feta ~ it should be nutritious enough, and other than the hard boiled egg, nothing needs to be cooked.

Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

If you have a microwave in your lunch room then a good soup is something you can prepare in advance and take to work for lunch.  Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats has a recipe for easy lemon chicken soup, that more than fits the bill.  If you pick the right ingredients you can have this soup ready in 30 minutes!

Easy Lemon Chicken Soup

Another nourishing soup recipe, this time by Joy Manning at thekitchn.com ; chicken lentil soup.  It’s amazing what you can do if you buy a rotisserie chicken.

Chicken Lentil Soup

I have never featured anything from Cosmopolitan before, but there’s always a first time for everything.  So, from Cosmo, we have here 17 healthy packed lunch ideas for work.  Of this list I quite like #17 the grilled chicken and vegetable bowls, originally from Picky Palate.  Allegedly these are less than 500 calories and cost less than $5 per bowl ~ how cool is that?

A big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Isolation and Loneliness

People are lonely because they build walls for themselves.

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Do you live inside a prison of your own making?

Do you remember building those fortress walls?

A wall of protection, are you looking for an opening?

Are you happy  living in your empty, echoing halls?

Are you trying to find a way to freedom, escaping?

How dark and lonely are your clouds, cliffs, and hills?

No use running, happiness is too far away for running.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Teardrop Trailer Kits

You need time, effort, and creativity to build anything worthwhile.

I intend to build a tiny teardrop trailer sometime this summer.  These tiny camping trailers are built on a commercially built trailer frame, on top of which a plywood structure is mounted.

I could build this from scratch, just using half-inch sheets of 8′ X 4′ plywood I cut to shape for myself, or I could buy a kit ~ and I think I’m going to buy a kit.

Some of the available kits include:

http://tinyhouseblog.com/travel-trailers/teardrop-trailer-kits/ 

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https://www.theteardroptrailer.com/step-by-step-pg1

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Make: features 11 Teardrop Trailer Builds on its blog.

https://makezine.com/2015/09/23/teardrop-trailer-builds/

Including this, which I really like because of its squared-off shape, which will give more usable space than a ‘classic’ teardrop shape.

This is totally home built from scratch on a commercially bought steel trailer frame.

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This teardrop camper kit is from Fyne Boat Kits, and I really like its sculptural, upturned, boat-shaped design.

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So-Cal Teardrops has a range of kits, including this off-roader.

http://www.socalteardrops.com/gallery.php?g=12

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And, Little Guy Trailers has this 5 foot wide teardrop kit.

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Or, I could also build just from plans, like the Wyoming Woody.

http://teardropbuilder.com/plans-design-documents/wyoming-woody-teardrop-plans

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Tiny Teardrop Trailers

Little trailers for big road-trip adventures.

I have this idea to build a tiny ‘teardrop trailer’.  The size of one of these tiny trailers is based on a standard 8′ x 4′ sheet of plywood.  That size sheet is what forms the floor, the walls, and the roof ~ cut and moulded to give whatever pleasing shape you like.  I believe I can build one of these in a little over a week.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5262527/Tiny-caravan-doubles-second-home-kitchen.html

There is  tiny trailer called ‘the Droplet’ which has a space-efficient shape.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5262527/Tiny-caravan-doubles-second-home-kitchen.html

You can obviously buy a ready-made, off-the-shelf teardrop trailer.

http://www.teardroptrailers.co.uk

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https://www.homedit.com/camper-trailers/

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This is something I want to make as a project before I build a school bus camper.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Monday ~ Vegetarian and Vegan

Vegetarian and vegan dishes are supposed to be good for us.

Once, long ago, I lived a vegetarian lifestyle.  I got to like vegetarian and vegan dishes.  I got to like fruit and vegetables that I’d never heard of, let alone eaten before.  That lifestyle ended when the vegetarian girl I was trying to impress dumped me.

These days I will prepare and eat vegetarian and vegan dishes, but I do not live a vegetarian or vegan life any more ~ I like steak far too much for that.

However, all of these dishes are either vegetarian or vegan, and they all look very cool and delicious.  So why not eschew meat every once in a while?

Firstly this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have this vegetarian skillet lasagna.  Now this recipe does use cheese, however you could substitute the mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan with a vegan cheese.  There is a cool video attached to Tieghan’s post.

Simple Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna

From San Diego girl Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this very cool roasted curried cauliflower and chickpea salad.  This is a vegetarian dish or vegan if you don’t use the Greek yogurt in the dressing.  This dish should be ready in 45 minutes, and it would make a great lunch or light dinner ~ especially if you make enough to take a portion to work the following day

Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

Another spicy dish, this time from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; kung pao noodles.  As it goes one could eat this noodle dish by itself, or as a side dish, or one could add another ingredient say carrots julienne to make a great vegetarian dinner.  (or for those of us who aren’t totally vegetarian or vegan, we could add shrimp / chicken / beef…)

Kung Pao Noodles

Another vegetarian noodle dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; shiitake mushroom garlic parmesan noodles.  This delicious dish will only take you 20 minutes to prepare, and if you want to make it vegan you can swap vegan cheese for the parmesan.

Shiitake Mushroom Garlic Parmesan Noodles

I am not a fan of tofu, but if you want to be vegetarian or vegan I can almost guarantee that you will have to eat this soya bean curd.  At least the lovely Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a nice recipe to make the tofu taste good.  Her sesame garlic tofu looks pretty appetising.  For tofu that is.

Sesame Garlic Tofu

I love recipe collections, and this is a great post from Cookie + kate who always have vegetarian recipes on their blog.  So from 17 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, I’d like to feature something that isn’t a soup; homemade vegetarian chili, which is vegan and gluten-free if you follow the recipe quite strictly.

Homemade Vegetarian Chili

Another recipe collection, this time from Good Housekeeping, 37 hearty vegetarian recipes for the whole family. From this list I’m featuring creamy vegan linguine with wild mushrooms ~ the secret ingredient in this recipe, to make it creamy, is nutritional yeast.  You should be able to make this dish in less than 25 minutes.

Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

A very big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.

 

Wolf Moon

It’s so quiet in the ruins of a relationship.

 

It’s so fucking quiet in the ruins of,

walking through the old memories,

feeling the past with sexual regret,

the song stays the same but the lyrics,

are as distant as the wolf moon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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