July 30 . Issue #102

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. A place to discover something new, something interesting or even something a little different.

1.  This week I tried something a little different, a kundalini yoga class. I have done yoga before but have never experienced this style.  The session took place at Toronto’s Harborfront close to the music garden, a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario.

2. I appreciate art in all its varied formats. This week seemed to be all about bikes. On a late evening stroll through the park close to my Toronto home, a group of  20 bicyclists rolled by and took a twenty-minute rest stop in the basketball court.

The members of the group ‘Toronto Cyclers’ had decorated their bikes with colourful lights and some members had mounted speakers and I was sure I heard “Life is a Highway” among other catchy tunes, like Billy Gibbons, “Hot Rods”.

The next day I was at a Lowes lumber store in the neighbourhood and saw the featured photo. This head-turning piece of artwork on wheels. The owner of this masterpiece, Eric, told me he entered his custom bike in some shows and that he has placed well.

3. Speaking of Billy Gibbons, that brings me to ZZ Top. I recently watched the documentary; ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.

RIP – Dusty Hill – July 27, 2021. Thank you for the music maestro…

4. My new book about a squirrel and a bee is soon to be a reality. You know it’s going to happen when you put together an Illustrator/Author agreement.

We, illustrator Joshua Miller and me have a schedule, some draft illustrations, a completed manuscript and good faith that we can get this done by November 2021.

5. I mentioned that I was at Lowes this week, I was picking up lights for a house I’m renovating. Well, during the renovation plenty of cleaning and removing of accumulated stuff.

Years of stuff, that has no good use. We found plenty of stuff with life left in it and this was donated to Goodwill. Two van loads of recyclable stuff that Goodwill seemed happy to take.

In the removal of books from all over the house, I found an interesting book, The Nickolaus Technique-What it Takes to Feel Good, by Benno Isaacs and Jay Kobler. And that is what I am reading in my spare time. Mostly at night. Then I steal some ideas and incorporate them into our park training.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone you know would enjoy my newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a great children’s book check out my new book, Samba in Brazil;  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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