Update (End of March, ’18)

New ‘Mix in the Making’ will be posted in a week or so… It’s already nearly thirty tracks long with choices for a mix to complete by May 1st. I’m keeping the new album section for now and will be updating a new section like I sort of had before with mixes I have listened to and pass on to you.

Side note: Most of the stuff I approve to post isn’t normally excessively explicit unless that is what I think is needed at the time. In general I think people swear too much. Any words one uses over and over makes them loose their sting, meaning or seriousness. I guess I am guilty of this sometimes because society is numb to certain concepts. There was a song with J.Lauryn singing that sounded like she was swearing, but it was listed in the lyrics as ‘He knows how to fun me like that’. This is not proper grammar, but that is a lyrical license songwriters have to break different rules to make new meaning that isn’t tired.

Also, Ckwal’s only album is not going to iTunes in April as I updated in several posts.

Commitment to Veganism

Recently I just passed the 18 month anniversary on the journey towards being a Vegan. Yea, with my new definition it’s tough to believe anyone has achieved such a goal. To celebrate I have continued my diversion into the art of forever altering one’s appearance. Skin art number two, is a series of five symbols in Chinese possibly originating from an artist signed ‘js’. The phrase called out to me on the internet along with this track by Julian Calor on Musical Freedom. The symbols translate as said on the site as, “chinese symbol for vegan”. There are several definitions and ways to add meaning to this; I will try to explain that later in person if we get the chance. Caution: This website (no longer active) on some browsers will say ‘Danger’ or ‘Deceptive site ahead’. Partial photo in May of 2018’s Update. The most recent milestone is one of never turning back. It used to not bother me when seeing or smelling all the options of food I used to eat, but now it hurts differently. In my journey which is now at trying to be cruelty-free in everything, I found Rit Dyes is a good option for making clothes from the basic beginning. I will update when I find out more options (asking companies by email), but I knew this for a little while that almost everything on me or us may or may not have been tested on animals (at least if it was dyed) even if it was animal product free, so I knew I was behind my thinking process. If there are any new readers out there, you can catch up with the important info at this compilation page. It is also a quick link on the right sidebar. Again if you can’t go on with this information and need a place to start, by all means dive right in the deep end. I started at what I thought was vegan which is further along than vegetarian because I knew it would be too easy to fall back. This tattoo by Church Hill translates in layman’s terms on google as ‘absolutely vegetarian’ and without going into all the possible definitions, I’d say that is fair.

Similar updates at the bottom of this page.

A novel article

These are a unique blend of instagram pictures. I have only read one of these while I was in Russia. I attempted to read ‘The Idiot’ on a student’s recommendation, but couldn’t get through the beginning.

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Also, an update on donations. It may be a little misleading on the link to the right bar about donations. My relationship with the red cross is growing in depth as it is a serious contribution and it isn’t always clear what I am doing on this site in borderline professional and personal ways. Here is a clearer direction from ‘The Little Black Book’ which I found at St. James Church. It is available from www.littlebooks.org . From March 18, 2018 (Fifth Sunday of Lent) it says in short:

Almsgiving all year long
Four levels of action for helping the poor:
-Helping people who are part of my own life
-Helping people who are not diretly connected to my own life
-Thinking about the causes of poverty
-By addressing the causes of poverty, the systems and structures in society which impoverish people.