Tragic

Posted in Life, Music, Poem, Poetry, Writing on February 24, 2021 by darkjade68

Tragic

Paralyzed, we do not move…

Don’t do a thing

Things crumble and crash around us…

How could you not know

It’s unforgivable…

Intolerable

And yet we look the other way…

Ignore our common dismay

What’s wrong here…

What can we do

It’s just not logical…

It’s just not true

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My Return To D & D (2017-2021)

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

I was orignially exposed to Dungeons & Dragons in the 70’s, I wanted to play so badly

But being a shy kid, I didn’t have a lot of friends, and found many D & D Players to spend a lot of their time arguing over rules during games

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It wasn’t until 1986 that I came to the realazation that the only way I’d ever get to play, was to run a game myself

I wasn’t a big reader, so I decided to pick up the Basic (Red Book) Set, as opposed to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, then quickly after the Expert (Blue Book) Set

I then played a bit of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons with a friend, where I was a Player, and bit later he gave up the game, and gave my brother and I all of the books above (Save A D & D 2e, which I purchased…

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Please Be Part Of Saving Our Planet & Ourselves

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life with tags , on February 15, 2021 by darkjade68

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

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How You Can Stop Global Warming

Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining room table.

Nations around the world are upping their game in the fight against climate change, even as President Trump recently announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. And despite this reckless move, American mayors, state leaders, county officials, governors, major companies, and millions of citizens across our country have pledged that they’re “still in” when it comes to the agreement, and supporting the goal of limiting future warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Even better, a new initiative by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gives the urban layer of this movement a boost. He’s asked mayors from the 100 most populous cities in the country to share their plans for making their buildings and transportation systems run cleaner and more efficiently. The 20 that show the greatest potential for cutting the dangerous carbon pollution that’s driving climate change will share a total of $70 million in technical assistance funding provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners.

It’s important to remember the equally vital contributions that can be made by private citizens—which is to say, by you. “Change only happens when individuals take action,” Aliya Haq, deputy director of NRDC’s Clean Power Plan initiative, says. “There’s no other way, if it doesn’t start with people.”

The goal is simple. Carbon dioxide is the climate’s worst enemy. It’s released when oil, coal, and other fossil fuels are burned for energy—the energy we use to power our homes, cars, and smartphones. By using less of it, we can curb our own contribution to climate change while also saving money. Here are a dozen easy, effective ways each one of us can make a difference:

1. Speak up!

What’s the single biggest way you can make an impact on global climate change? “Talk to your friends and family, and make sure your representatives are making good decisions,” Haq says. By voicing your concerns—via social media or, better yet, directly to your elected officials—you send a message that you care about the warming world. Encourage Congress to enact new laws that limit carbon emissions and require polluters to pay for the emissions they produce. “The main reason elected officials do anything difficult is because their constituents make them,” Haq says. You can help protect public lands, stop offshore drilling, and more here.

Call on the Biden administration to take bold action in its first 100 days

TAKE ACTION

2. Power your home with renewable energy.

Choose a utility company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by Green-e Energy, an organization that vets renewable energy options. If that isn’t possible for you, take a look at your electric bill; many utilities now list other ways to support renewable sources on their monthly statements and websites.

3. Weatherize, weatherize, weatherize.

“Building heating and cooling are among the biggest uses of energy,” Haq says. Indeed, heating and air-conditioning account for almost half of home energy use. You can make your space more energy efficient by sealing drafts and ensuring it’s adequately insulated. You can also claim federal tax credits for many energy-efficiency home improvements.

4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Since they were first implemented nationally in 1987, efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. That’s about the same amount as the annual carbon pollution coughed up by nearly 440 million cars. “Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost way to reduce emissions,” Haq says. When shopping for refrigerators, washing machines, and other appliances, look for the Energy Star label. It will tell you which are the most efficient.

5. Reduce water waste.

Saving water reduces carbon pollution, too. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to pump, heat, and treat your water. So take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and switch to WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved—avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.

6. Actually eat the food you buy—and make less of it meat.

Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill. “If you’re wasting less food, you’re likely cutting down on energy consumption,” Haq says. And since livestock products are among the most resource-intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too.

7. Buy better bulbs.

LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents. They’re also cheaper in the long run: A 10-watt LED that replaces your traditional 60-watt bulb will save you $125 over the lightbulb’s life.

8. Pull the plug(s).

Taken together, the outlets in your home are likely powering about 65 different devices—an average load for a home in the U.S. Audio and video devices, cordless vacuums and power tools, and other electronics use energy even when they’re not charging. This “idle load” across all U.S. households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants in the U.S. So don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets, unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.

9. Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Gas-smart cars, such as hybrids and fully electric vehicles, save fuel and money. And once all cars and light trucks meet 2025’s clean car standards, which means averaging 54.5 miles per gallon, they’ll be a mainstay. For good reason: Relative to a national fleet of vehicles that averaged only 28.3 miles per gallon in 2011, Americans will spend $80 billion less at the pump each year and cut their automotive emissions by half. Before you buy a new set of wheels, compare fuel-economy performance here.

10. Maintain your ride.

If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated, we could save 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year. A simple tune-up can boost miles per gallon anywhere from 4 percent to 40 percent, and a new air filter can get you a 10 percent boost.

11. Rethink planes, trains, and automobiles.

Choosing to live in walkable smart-growth cities and towns with quality public transportation leads to less driving, less money spent on fuel, and less pollution in the air. Less frequent flying can make a big difference, too. “Air transport is a major source of climate pollution,” Haq says. “If you can take a train instead, do that.”

12. Shrink your carbon profile.

You can offset the carbon you produce by purchasing carbon offsets, which represent clean power that you can add to the nation’s energy grid in place of power from fossil fuels. But not all carbon offset companies are alike. Do your homework to find the best supplier.

My Latest ‘HAIKON’ illustration

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons, Writing on January 29, 2021 by darkjade68

Doragon Kishu (Dragon Rider & Paladin)

This is the Fourth illustration I’ve Commissioned for my Upcoming Dungeons & Dragons 5e Campaign Setting/Adventurers Module, ‘HAIKON’

The other three are below

Artist to be Posted at the Completion of the project

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Dear Mr. President (Climate Crisis)

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Climate Crisis, Environment, Life on January 26, 2021 by darkjade68

Hope In A Severely Divided Time

Posted in Life, Love, Writing with tags , , on January 19, 2021 by darkjade68

I Have Never Felt So Accutely The Deepness Of The Division Of Our Country

Empathically, It Is Extremely PainfulI’ve Never Been Blind To The Differences And Inherent Problems Associated To Our Society

But For Me, So Many Of The Problems That Have Stemmed From This Division For So Long In Our Country, Make Much More Sense Now

I Realize Our Population, The World’s Population Really, Is Enormous

I Realize We Can Not All Be The Same

On One Side, You Can Say Many Of Us Have Been Dillussioned By This Notion Of FreedomOn The Other Side, For Many Of Us, The Freedom Within, And Under This Troubled Sky, Is The Only Cushion That Has Allowed Us To Get This Close A Look At What Truly Is Happening Within Our Country

To Be Cliche’, ‘This Is Not A Time For The Faint Of Heart…’

I Say This In A Non-Preachy Way, Mathmatically If Nothing Else, Apathy Will Not Move Us In The Desired Direction We Seek

The Time Of Being A Non-Participant, Of Being Only A Bystander, Of Focussing Only On Our Individual Bubbles, Has Become Complacent… Once Again, Not A Criticism, Mathmatically If Nothing Else

I Am Fortunate In That I Was Born With Hope In My Heart…

So Many Of Us Were Not

But At This Time More Than Ever, I Wish To Bestow This Hope On Those That Struggle To See And/Or Feel It

Anyway, Here’s Hoping There Will Be No Or Little Violence Tomorrow…

Though It May Reflect The True Struggle That We All Face, I Can’t, And Never Will, Be Ok With It

Some January Dishes (Vegan)

Posted in Vegan, Vegan Cooking, Vegan Recipes on January 18, 2021 by darkjade68

Crazy January, I’ve Posted Some Of My Dishes On My Instagram, But Haven’t Had A Chance To Post Them Here…

So I Thought I’d Post Some January Dishes So Far

Baked Potato With Vegan Butter, Vegan Cream Cheese, Pepper, Falafel Balls, Frozen Veges And Hummus 

Tried Out Trader Joe’s Vegan Turkey Burger, Not Bad… Baked Potato, Vegan Butter, Vegan Cream Cheese, Pepper & Broccoli, Beans

Vegan Spaghetti & Salad

I Love Italina & Mexican Food, You’re Going To See A Lot Of Spaghetti & Tacos On This Site, lol

Every Spaghetti Is Different To A Degree

My Basic Spaghetti Recipe Is:

  1. Fresh Garlic
  2. Some Tomato Sauce (Can)
  3. Some Stewed Dice Tomatoes (Can), Or Fresh Tomatoes
  4. Olive Oil
  5. Oregano (Dried)
  6. Basil (Dried)
  7. Beyond Beef Or Vegan Sausages (Sometimes Tofu, And/Or Mixed Nuts Instead)
  8. Fresh Zuchinni (Sometimes)
  9. Fresh Mushrooms (Sometimes)
  10. Vegetable Pasta (Generally Actual Vegetables That Have Been Sliced In Noodle Shapes…

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Heal

Posted in Love, Poem, Poetry, Writing with tags , on January 13, 2021 by darkjade68

Heal

Don’t hold onto things that hurt you…

The truly compassionate have nothing to prove

Instead spend that energy, looking around you…

Love, Prayers And Good

Control is not the answer…

Let worries fade to light

Take deep breaths…

Partake in life

PICTURE CREDIT – Light Rays Through The Water

Second Commissioned illustration For My Upcoming D & D Campaign Setting/Adventures Module ‘HAIKON’

Posted in DORAGON Adventures, Dungeons And Dragons with tags , , , on January 13, 2021 by darkjade68

Hope & Strength

Posted in Environment, Life with tags , , , on January 12, 2021 by darkjade68