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. 

Oh, it’s been updated alright!

So… I mentioned I’d be updating this website annnnnnnd, oh, it’s been updated alright!

Take a look around, everything is… more. The new design is once again clean and simple as intended, yet still aesthetically pleasing. There’s new content everywhere herein, and new pages as well. New images, images have been cleaned up and specially prepared to represent the glorious nation of Newfredland. The overhaul of this website is 100% approved by the Newfredland government and 97.3% approved by its citizenry. 

So much more is coming very soon… including a YouTube channel…… 🙂

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. 

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. 

After the funeral

My dad

This past Saturday was my dad’s funeral, just two days ago and I’ve been processing everything since. The funeral was very nice and the Pastor did a far better job than I expected, but he’d met my dad a few times in the past. The anecdotes about my dad were spot on and helped make a tearful day into a celebration of his life. After the funeral, we all went back to my mom’s house, ate, and talked the night away.

When I say I’m still processing things, I mean that I am still trying to find a way to express what I’m feeling, thinking, and how deeply my dad’s passing has affected me. That’s why I have been writing here in my blog about everything, I cannot just let it all out, but I can type it out a bit better. I suppose due to the act of typing itself, it is a step removed from just speaking about it, which I still cannot do.

I delivered a eulogy at the funeral and it was painful, I fought against a deluge of tears, but my sons lost that battle. My eldest Adrian was curled up away from everyone crying uncontrollably and Gabe sat curled in his chair in the middle of everyone. My wife fought back tears and my Uncle Bill couldn’t even speak during the funeral, which was understandable as he lived with my mom and dad.

I feel numb still, in shock, almost lost. While at mom’s house I kept waiting for my dad to just walk into the house like he did when we’d all visit him and he had dialysis. It was unlike anything I’d ever experienced, and I’d experienced a lot of death in my time on this planet. So many people were there because everyone loved my dad, he was the type of person that if you knew him, you loved him… period. 

Everyone was telling stories and memories of him at my mom’s house, people smiled, laughed, and cried. My kids played games and talked with my two uncles who helped raise me, which dad would have loved and gotten in on. I honestly think if dad saw his funeral, he would have been happy at how it was all handled. That unto itself gives me some solace.

Closer to the end of the night, my uncle Bill and mom gave me dad’s cross he loved and wore and it’s something I will forever cherish. I cried once I was home because it was so beautiful of them to give me it and to have something to keep dad close to me. 

After the funeral, I’ve been thinking of ways to continue to honor my dad’s memory, to keep him alive within all of us and I know he was proud of the changes I’d made and who I’ve become, so I want to continue onward and forward with that. He was kind and gentle and thus I will strive to be kinder and gentler myself, but he was also very funny and well I already have that down 🙂

This all has been overwhelming to me and I couldn’t begin to fathom what my mom is going through. I don’t know what to feel honestly like I said I’m numb still, but I know it’s better out than in and so I will release my grief as I can and as I continue to honor his memory and legacy of love, kindness, gentleness, and laughter.