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Songs on Saturday ~ Lovely Day

this is the first day of the rest of my life

I just wanted to play something gentle and uplifting today.  This Bill Withers song fits the bill perfectly.

I hope you remember this as well as I do.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

this was a lovely day with my friend Marmaduke

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.

~

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.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sunset over the Pacific

I’ll never weary of that

Dangerous Liars

some say that women make the best liars

and that a woman will lie about anything

just to stay in practice

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some say men lie the most

but women tell the biggest lies

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women lie about their feelings

while most men speak the truth very easily

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women love the lie that saves their pride

but never an unflattering truth

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secrets and lies kill relationships

no matter how careful you are, you will get caught

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women lie the most when they lie to themselves about a man

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everybody lies, but mature women lie more than most

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some women can make a man fall in love with their lies

 

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.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Dream spiritually

Take time to smell the flowers

Songs on Saturday ~ She Makes My Day

all women are beautiful
it just takes the right man to see it

This Robert Palmer track describes how I feel about today.  I hope that you have a very special friend in your life too.

Of course, we guys calls cars, boats, and aeroplanes ‘She….’ too.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Living Normally

All I want is to live a normal life

the beach at Cancun

As we gradually come out of lockdown, some normal things I haven’t been able to do for months have become possible ~ like getting my hair cut, or even booking a vacation.

One of the good things about having been in self-isolation for over a year is that I haven’t spent much money, so now I am almost out of lockdown I can afford to take my friend to anywhere we would like to go.

Should be fun.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

this might be the route to normality

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Dog Days Are Over

the dog days of spring afflict us all from time to time

Last Weekend I had some really bad dog days, this track from Florence + The Machine reminds me how bad things can get.

This is a reprise, I hope you like it.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

anxiety, clinical depression, alcohol

 

Self~Discipline

not all in your life will be a beautiful sunrise

A few years ago I was having a really bad time; alcoholism, anger, anxiety and depression…..  I felt as though I hadn’t a friend in the world, and the truth was that I hadn’t.  I was suffering from insomnia, taking midnight walks, drinking all hours…..  Things were bad.  There didn’t seem to be any way out…..

Something prompted me to go to my bookshelf, and at random I read the first sentences of the first book that came to hand.

Life is difficult.  This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.  It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.  Once we truly know that life is difficult ~ once we truly understand and accept it ~ Then life is no longer difficult.  Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.  ~  The Road Less Travelled

From time to time some things have been bad since then, and Life hasn’t always gone the way I would have liked.  But the whispers in the night have never been as dark as they were back then.  I’ve stopped drinking, I have a very few very good friends.  My footsteps are leading me to good places now.

It took a lot to drag me away from the slough of ultimate despond and pain, but that small passage in a book has helped me ~ it’s been with me ever since that black night.

May you find your own small light in the darkness.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

choose your own guiding light

 

Freedom

’emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which individual liberty has been eroded

the only casual sex allowed is phone sex

Here in England it’s Day 380 of the national coronavirus lockdown, and now that there may be some signs that some of the restrictions may be lifted in the foreseeable future, it is worth remembering just what has been taken away from us.

Just to focus on three of our inalienable rights;

  1. Freedom of Association.  All through this lockdown we have been prohibited from meeting our friends and families.  Two women sharing walk and a cup of coffee were arrested for ‘breaking the spirit of lockdown’.  A lady was arrested just for being outside the care home of her elderly father.  And while the Black Lives Matter ‘protests’ were allowed to go ahead, every other public gathering of more than six people was treated as a riot by our increasingly heavy handed police.  Schools, Universities, and Churches have been closed, as have all other possible meeting places.  Extramarital sex is out of the question unless you are part of the ‘governing elite.’
  2. Freedom of Movement.  We have been told not to to go anywhere unless it was absolutely essential, not to leave home, not to travel more than a dozen miles from home, not to go to work unless you couldn’t possibly work from home….., and our increasingly Gestapo-like police force have happily arrested anyone seemingly breaking the rules.  Airlines have been grounded, Wales and Scotland closed their borders, and do not even think about attempting to travel to the USA.
  3. Freedom of Trade.  Apart from some ‘essential’ food stores and pharmacies, everything has been shut.  Factories have been lying idle because nobody could buy anything they made.  Agriculture has been badly hit because farm workers were told to stay at home, or in the case of ‘foreign casual labourers’  weren’t even allowed into the UK.  And, of course, any business where people could gather together has been closed for the duration.  Forget getting a pint with your mates down the pub.

Some say that losing our freedom was a necessary part of staying safe and protecting the Health Service.  And that those who complained should be gagged.  (Well, there goes Freedom of Speech.)  All I know is that we have all lost more than just our basic liberties to combat a mild ‘flu epidemic.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

all doors have been firmly closed

by order of some power-mad unelected officials

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