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Remember

Posted in Life, Love, Poem, Poetry, Writing with tags , on February 14, 2018 by darkjade68

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Love isn’t just now…

It’s then

It’s not perfect or proud…

It bends

Remember those you’ve loved…

And those who’ve loved you

And if you’re loved now…

Value it to the end

If you’ve been loved before…

You may be loved again

Until then…

Remember

DarkJade-

 

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Curiosity

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on January 30, 2018 by darkjade68

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CURIOSITY

Curiosity…

Didn’t kill the cat

It woke it from its’ slumber

On the prowl…

It seeks the truth…

We seek the Truth

Song and dance…

This kind of distraction

But blood on rock…

Stains your core

Beware Dispair

Your’e not alone…

DarkJade-

Shades Of Truth

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on January 29, 2018 by darkjade68

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Reprieve…

You Come to me at Night

To you it’s just a game…

Keep me awake

Asking me questions…

Asking me to remember

To me this is my Life…

Make no mistake

I want it right…

I am Alone

Light flickers

I feel the same….

DarkJade-

Past, Present, Future

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on January 28, 2018 by darkjade68

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And Yet They Merge

Wind Dried Reality

Beginnings

Middles 

& Ends

Choices

Awakenings

Turns

Twists

Knowledge You Use

Ignore

Abuse

It’s Important To Re-Realize…

You’re Alive

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Water

 

Being Vegan Can Be Rough… But Not Because Of The Food

Posted in Environment, Life, Vegan with tags , on January 15, 2018 by darkjade68

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Four and a half years ago I became Vegan…

I’d been on the fence for several years, largely because meat more and more felt heavy to me, and dairy basically wreaked havoc on my sinuses.

I’d been Vegetarian several times, and Vegan at least once as well.

But this time, would be different.

I met a girl that was in college who was Vegan, and she was always telling me about the meals at her Cafeteria… They sounded so good.

Her College had a really good food service.

This girl was an Actor, Writer, Musician… And future Activist.

She told me about a movie called “Earthlings”, which talked about Factory Farming, but she warned me that it was quite graphic.

Being drawn to Veganism to start, I was interested in seeing it… It felt like an opportunity to take a kick to the proverbial head in regards to our consumption of dairy and meet, and so I took some time to prepare for the visual aspect, and I finally watched it.

Finally I watched it, and it changed both my life, and perspective.

I basically couldn’t eat meat or dairy after that.

But for far different reasons… Of course like I say, I had already been on the fence, so perhaps it was a bit easier for me to make this change, but more than that, it opened my eyes… Or rather, opened my unconscious eyes.

Culture, taste, habit… These things are very, very powerful in regards to why we still eat meat, and dairy.

But why did I write this post?

Leap ahead 4 1/2 years later.

I’m a cook, so coming up with Vegan feasts, or even day to day meals, has been both fun, and tasty.

I even created a Blog called ‘James Cooks Vegan’ where I here and there Post Vegan Recipes.

My reasoning for the Blog, how can we expect people to just drop meat and dairy, if they have absolutely no idea what kinds of foods are possible without it.

I wanted to offer Vegans, ‘Part Vegans’, and Future Vegans, Vegan Alternatives.

But mostly I just love to cook, lol

My girlfriend on the other hand, (The girl I met 4 1/2 years ago, and started dating 3 years ago), has finally begun her path of Activism.

I mean, she’s been talking about Veganism (Not preaching, just sharing about it), for years, but now she’s actually begun going to some events designed to Educate, and or bring attention to the ‘Why’s’ of Veganism.

This 5th year is where Veganism has begun to be a bit more rough.

Not because of the food, I love the food, and besides they’ve made so many alternatives these days, and awesome Restaurants have begun to open up….

…no… Not because of the food.

The challenges come in with trying to avoid Leather and/or other Animal or Species related products.

Not that they don’t exist, but from time to time, you find out accidentally that your favorite coat isn’t Vegan.

But even harder than that, through my girlfriend now being an active Activist, it brings the whole subject more and more into focus…

…which is largely what becoming Vegan is… A focus… After the focus, at some point the Habits kick in, and it’s just not hard.

Keep in mind, I’m not just talking about eating Vegan food, which on its’ own makes a huge impact both on our environment, and on animal lives…

I’m talking about the Vegan Lifestyle, which you don’t have to do just because you stop eating meat and dairy.

For me it just kinda happened.

Your conscious is like, hey, how can you wear leather, if you’re not eating animals.

But to be honest, this some times pain I feel in these challenging aspects of Veganism, isn’t because it’s a bad thing, it’s because I’m awake/connected to it, and thusly feel it.

I’ll close on these thoughts.

Many Vegan can be Purist, and or Righteous, which in turn can be alienating, and basically a turn off to those who are not there.

My findings are this… Every meal you eat that doesn’t include dairy or meat, helps an animal, and our environment.

You don’t have to completely remove it from your diet, though in time you may choose to, if every person on the planet who eats meat was to ‘reduce’ their animal product intake, it would have a monumental impact on not just the animals, but our planet.

Also, leave perfectionism behind… Perfectionism is not human… It’s a torturous thing.

Do what you can, and leave it at that.

Change can be hard… Some more than others… I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a Texan and trying to be a Vegan… Gotta be rough.

Thanks for Listening/Reading

James-

PICTURE CREDIT – Tree

 

2017 – Epilogue

Posted in Life, Writing on December 30, 2017 by darkjade68

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After a pretty productive 2016, 2017 was more of a year of recovering

I spent a lot of the year focusing on things that fulfilled, and or relaxed me

Though the second half of the year was spent largely on revisiting the past in hopes of doing some healing

Life is an endless cycle of cycles

I hope all of you have a Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to 2018

DarkJade-

The Redefining Of American Holidays & Traditions – Thanksgiving

Posted in Holiday, Life, Writing with tags , , on November 5, 2017 by darkjade68

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As you get older, it can become difficult to explain why you follow certain Holidays And/Or Traditions

Mainly because they often mean something different to each individual

Thanksgiving for instance

For me growing up, it was an occasion which Family and Friends came together to share a feast, and time together

This often included people who you only see during the Holidays

It was a special, beautiful thing

As a kid in school you draw Pilgrims and Turkeys

Also with Thanksgiving, it can also be a more intimate gathering of Family, and/or Friends than Christmas (Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is my Favorite Holiday)

Or simply, just less people.

But as I looked to decorate my Facebook Background Etc. for Thanksgiving, it got me thinking about our Countries History with it, vs. our Personal History with it

So I looked up the word Pilgrim and found this ‘The Pilgrims – Facts & Summary

The Main Section I checked out was the Following

The native inhabitants of the region around Plymouth Colony were the various tribes of the Wampanoag people, who had lived there for some 10,000 years before the Europeans arrived. Soon after the Pilgrims built their settlement, they came into contact with Tisquantum, or Squanto, an English-speaking Native American. Squanto was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe (from present-day Massachusetts and Rhode Island) who had been seized by the explorer John Smith’s men in 1614-15. Meant for slavery, he somehow managed to escape to England, and returned to his native land to find most of his tribe had died of plague. In addition to interpreting and mediating between the colonial leaders and Native American chiefs (including Massasoit, chief of the Pokanoket), Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, which became an important crop, as well as where to fish and hunt beaver. In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims famously shared a harvest feast with the Pokanokets; the meal is now considered the basis for the Thanksgiving holiday. After attempts to increase his own power by turning the Pilgrims against Massasoit, Squanto died in 1622, while serving as Bradford’s guide on an expedition around Cape Cod.

Other tribes, such as the Massachusetts and Narragansetts, were not so well disposed towards European settlers, and Massasoit’s alliance with the Pilgrims disrupted relations among Native American peoples in the region. Over the next decades, relations between settlers and Native Americans deteriorated as the former group occupied more and more land. By the time William Bradford died in 1657, he had already expressed anxiety that New England would soon be torn apart by violence. In 1675, Bradford’s predictions came true, in the form of King Philip’s War. (Philip was the English name of Metacomet, the son of Massasoit and leader of the Pokanokets since the early 1660s.) That conflict left some 5,000 inhabitants of New England dead, three quarters of those Native Americans. In terms of percentage of population killed, King Philip’s War was more than twice as costly as the American Civil War and seven times more so than the American Revolution.

I then checked out the Definition of Thanksgiving

thanks·giv·ing
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noun
  1. 1.
    the expression of gratitude, especially to God.
    “he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival”
  2. 2.
    (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.

For me our Countries History, and our Personal History are both important

For me, Thanksgiving is a time I get to Cook A Feast (I’m a Vegan, you can check out my ‘Traditional Thanksgiving (Vegan)’ HERE)

And a time to sit around a table with people I truly love, and celebrate life, and one another

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!