Yup an update!

So much has been happening in my life, good stuff mind you, but a lot of it. Amidst all of the goodness keeping me busy as a beaver, I am finding time to update this site off and on, I mean look around it, there’s a ton of new content. Three days is also the Yahrzeit, the 1-year anniversary of the passing of my father, so I’ve been preparing myself for that as well. Couple all of that with taking the Intro to Judaism course after a year plus in the conversion process and getting ready for full conversion… it’s been crazy here.

Anyway, be sure to check around this site, there’s so much new content all over it!

Did you see the new section here?

 

The new “Perpetual pupil,” section of this website has all of the best articles I’d written from my old martial arts blog and then some!

I have added a ton of new content to this site in a very short period of time, so be sure to look around and check out all of the new additions. So much more is coming, so be sure to check back often…

New section and more

This site is slowly growing and a whole new section has been added since the last update called, “Perpetual Pupil,” after my old martial arts blog. The new section is going to house a lot of information on my martial arts, my martial philosophy, and other assorted information. There will be more on Newfredland coming down the pipe as well, I just have to type it out from notes and minutes from our meetings.

Keep checking back, a ton more is on the way!

Chag Hannukah Sameach!

 

Chag Hannukah Sameach! Everyone, Lord Frederick here with holidays wishes during this festival of lights 2021. May this celebration be one of peace, love, and togetherness for Jews in the Diaspora and in the ancient homeland of Israel. May you spin Gimmel repeatedly and may the light we shine illuminate all darkness, as it has for over two thousand years. 

Big update on the way!!!

Hey hey, Shalom, and peace everybody, 

It’s been quite a bit of time since I last posted here, but life had gotten extremely busy and several new things came up that kept me from updating here. That’s all still going on, but it’s becoming easier to deal with, giving me more time and focus to update this website. Next month is the 1-year anniversary of founding this site and I decided to go full throttle in updating it, both in content and in aesthetics. There are going to be several major changes coming to this site, which I had planned to coincide with my birthday in July, but things came up and they didn’t have a chance to materialize. 

Starting today, this website is under construction, until a time when I feel it is as I want it to stay for a while, which can in fact take a bit. This site has looked this way for a year, a massive update as I’m undertaking should be able to stand for another year. 

So what has gone one that has been so time-consuming?

A job with Beyond Barriers as an Associate Director, working on forming a corporation based around tikkun olam (repairing the world) and mental health, more sketching to help improve my painting abilities, deep studies into Judaism, Mussar, and Kaballah, my back and knees almost leaving me a cripple unable to barely walk (still ongoing), getting on an amazing Keto diet that has fixed my prediabetes (I now have fully normal blood sugar levels) and has helped me lose a lot of weight, celebrating the Jewish holidays for my families first time, so much more…

So….. yeah, you can say it got busy and a bit hectic, but nothing I cannot handle with grace, flair, and a healthy dose of laughter… oh yeah, and massive support from friends and family! 

So thank you for staying with me during all of this, I promise big changes here are coming… stay tuned.

8/18/2021

It has been a couple of months since my last post here, mainly due to me working as the Associate Director of Beyond Barriers, working on a new book, and building a corporation of my own in the self-help and wellness fields. I know I’ve neglected this site a bit, but it was not my intention for life to grow so hectic so fast for me. In my spare time, I have been working on another site, strictly for Judaism and you can check it out here. So, am I getting rid of this website?!?

Absolutely not!

I have a lot of plans for this website still in the works, including an overhaul of the aesthetics, more content, and different content, alongside what you see here already. So this site is far from dead, just cthulian in how it had been dead, but dreaming!

A whole lot more is soon to come and I promise to make it worth the wait for everyone. A couple of months of this site not being updated, but I assure you it is far from done. Through my working day I have been making grand plans for this, my Son of Sinai website and my Art of Ambrogio website, so it has not been excluded from the mix. 

Check back frequently and you’ll see the progress soon to come here…

Thanks,
Lord F.W.C.

 

Busy times a plenty

So much has been happening lately that I’ve been busier than I have in years, but it’s all been great stuff honestly. I am now the Associate Director and Interventionist for Beyond Barriers, a 501(c)3 non-profit working to combat extremism, domestic terrorism, and hatred. I’ve been so busy working with them, going through birthday parties for my wife and youngest daughter, and studying Judaism, that I haven’t been posting much. Aside from that, I’m writing a new horror/fantasy/science fiction novel that I’m very excited about… and aside from that still, I am working on another website to chronicle my journey into Judaism.

Life has truly been joyous and jam-packed!

I promise I’ll be making updates here more frequently and adding more content to this site to help it grow. 

First holiday since dad’s passing

We just celebrated our first holiday since dad’s passing and it was beautiful, fun, and bittersweet. Although I am a Jew, I still celebrate Easter with my mother, not necessarily for the religious aspects, but for the familial bonds and so she can see her grandkids. My uncles Bill and Bob were there, tons of food, tons of candy, and because we never celebrated Christmas because my dad was in the hospital and later passed away, we exchanged gifts. It’s a Chreaster! 

It was the first holiday since dad’s passing and his absence was felt by us all, even while having a good time being together. My mom also gave me dad’s Beatles records and they are the same exact albums that I grew up listening to with him, so when I got them home and listened, so much emotion, both joy and sadness, flooded my heart. So, I have been trying to process everything, how it was such a great time, tons of love, laughs, and the like, but someone was missing, someone who was a big part of all of our lives. Each holiday we celebrate, I know dad will be there in spirit, but his physical presence is greatly missed, his humor, his laugh, his ability to make everything hilarious. 

Holidays are for the family to come together, this is the first year ours was noticeably missing a member and I’m not entirely sure how to deal with that. Dad would want us to come together and celebrate, he’d want us to have a good time, so that is what we’ll continue to do, in his honor and name. 

Covid-19 in da house

So, my daughter got sent home from the school for the deaf here in Philadelphia, then we got an email from the school, she has been in direct contact with someone who had covid-19 in her classroom. A few days passed and presto… I am sick with most of the primary symptoms and we’re quarantined for fourteen days. I feel like a walking corpse, but, today is my eldest son’s birthday and the show must go on!

Covid-19 is no joke, but neither is my son’s 13th birthday and so we’re gonna party like I’m not a dead man walking lol This day is a day that we will not soon forget and I’ll make it memorable for him no matter what it takes. 

A new dawn

 Happy St. Patrick’s day!!!

Yesterday was the first day since my father passed, that I could wear a smile for a bit, and while it didn’t last too long, it was a sign. Yesterday showed me that life will eventually hold some semblance of normalcy for me, that I’ll be able to smile and laugh again. Today, I can already feel small shifts in my emotions, tiny glimmers of hope that each day will get the tinniest bit easier without my dad around.

This is something I’ve dealt with since February 13th and it’s now March 17th, over a month of sadness, and while it still continues, it lessens a bit finally. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same after this honestly, but I will push onward and upward, for and in my father’s memory. That being said, there is more news…

We may have found a synagogue here in Philadelphia, in the form of Rodeph Shalom, a beautiful reform synagogue, that’s only 11 minutes away from us via bus. We had an interview with their membership director yesterday and we feel it went well. We plan on attending every service and engaging in being as active as possible once we’re members!

I also received my first Tanach and Siddur as seen in the picture above and both volumes are utterly gorgeous editions. Once I am finished reading Living Judaism by Rabbi Dosick I’m going to begin a steady diet of Torah reading and getting my prayer aspects aligned (3 times a day). 

So much has been going on lately that it’s hard to remember it all honestly! 

Today was my ten-mile marathon supporting St. Jude’s children’s research hospital and it was a lot of fun. I had one donor on it, but that’s okay, between my donation and the donation from my benefactor, it was successful none-the-less. 

We’ve been spring cleaning around the castle as of late; we’re three days in, with several more days left till we’re finished. We’ve been cleaning and rearranging every room and in the process, our vacuum broke and we had to order another. Our old shark vac got a dust bucket emptied salute after 2 years, and we got a new Hoover vac in its place. 

We’ve also been getting necessities for our Jewish household, havdalah and seder plates and such, truly immersing ourselves in all things Jewish. It’s absolutely beautiful and we’ve all fallen in love with the Jewish people, culture, and shared history, religion, and music.