August 13 . Issue #104

“Who holds the world between His bill

And made us strong or weak.

Is an undying moorfowl,

And He lives beyond the sky.

The rains are from His dripping wings,

The moonbeams from His eye.” William Butler Yeats

Hello and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I share an iconic photo, books and thoughts on climate change and more …

1. This week, August 12, back in 1958; A Great Day in Harlem the iconic jazz photograph was taken by Art Kane.

The Guardian has put together a great spread on that photo.

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, one of the younger members of that assembled jazz group reflects on that day. CBC’s Tom Powers takes us back to that day with a discussion with Rollins and Robert Benton one of the editors at Esquire back in 1958.

There’s a great documentary based on that day, A Great Day in Harlem.

2. A sobering piece of information this week from the UN Council on Climate Change, Code Red For Humanity.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, we made this mess and with some collective coming together of people who care we can overcome these challenges. Meet 36 Organizations helping to Solve the Climate Crisis.

And Women are leading Climate Change, here’s how:

Women are Leading Climate Change Solutions

3. Thursday, August 12 is World Elephant Day and to celebrate I am painting a toenail grey. Learn about the plight of Elephants and offer support if you can at Wildlife SOS.

My travel plans include a trip to India and I certainly want to see Elephants. My itinerary will have to include Rajaji National Park at the foot of the Himalayas.

There is a book about an Elephant Whisperer that I have started to read, “The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd” it is the inspiration for a short story I wrote about an Elephant.

My manuscript on martial arts-loving forest animals also features an Elephant, Sifu Ensho who is very good at Tai Chi Chaun Push-Hands.

4. Injuries, age, and fascia; any connections? This week, based on an interesting idea from my friend and karate sensei Scott Langley “Fascia” and how it affects movement. I watched some informative interviews with Dr. Robert Schleip, a 4 part series.

5. What I’m reading this week, actually I just finished, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King: About a 9-year-old girl lost in the woods.

I am not a big fan of the horror genre but real horror, the fear of the unknown, now that is something I can bite into.

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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