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January 14 . Issue #126

 

Hello all and a warm welcome to you. In this weeks journal, Children’s shows, books, activities and more…

1. My featured photo is of book 2 in “The Samba Dog” series Samba in Brazil which is included in this month’s free book giveaway. I join a group of award-winning authors in this wonderful winter readathon.

Great Kids Books: featuring Samba in Brazil

2. “Frozen” is a Disney feature based on the classic fable “The Snow Queen” an original fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

Another show featured on the Disney channel is “Mandolorian“, based on Star Wars. Mandolorian is from creator Jon Favreau and  I really like this show. I like Favreau’s other show too, The Chef Show.

The Mandolorian series has many of the Star Wars influences but is done up in an exciting manner with great fight scenes reminiscent of some classic westerns and plenty of Japanese samurai influences.

3. Outdoor activities are great for children and adults alike. This week my family spent time walking on trails, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledging, tobogganing and outdoor cross country training.

4. My music this week is all about Steve Winwood. Winwood was in the supergroup “Blind Faith”, he went on to form “Traffic” and had quite the solo career.

I also discovered Winwood has a daughter, Lilly, check out Lilly performing “Higher Love” with her father in 2018.

5. What I’m reading this week: for daytime reading, Mugai Ryu Battoujutsu Instruction- Tosho Shiokawa. My evening read is The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read 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. And the Portuguese version, Samba no Brasil, now available as a set.

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

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Art Books Reading

January 7 . Issue #125

“Only do what is easy, and life gets hard. Do what is hard, and life gets easy.”  Les Brown

Hello all and a happy, hopeful New Year 2022 to everyone. As my gift for the New Year, I am sharing my Ebook, Samba in Brazil and a whole group of fantastic children’s authors are doing the same. Take advantage of this free reading extravaganza it’s only available for a limited time so don’t delay.

1. My book Samba in Brazil is part of a fantastic promotion that is starting on the 10th; “Great Kids Books” is where you can go to download your free Ebook.

2. I enjoy listening to ‘Radio Deluxe‘ the John and Jessica radio show that broadcasts every Sunday morning on Jazz.Fm. This last week John mentioned that he’s the only jazz guitarist who was a featured chef on the Jacques Pépin Foundation’s, Cook with Jacques and Friends.

If you are not aware Jacques Pépin is a French-born, American chef, author, culinary educator, television personality, and artist. I first became aware of Jacques when he co-hosted a cooking show with Julia Child.

I only became aware of his artistic mastery quite recently. The Art of Jacques Pépin, have a look at his art and listen to the interview where he shares his inspiration and his amazing menus.

3. This week I am reading two books, one that I discovered recently, Total Stick Fighting Shintaido Bojutsu by Hiroyuki Aoki is my daytime read and another one that was a gift, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, is my nighttime read, check the link to her wonderful TED Talk, Your Elusive Creative Genius.

I watched the movie Eat, Pray, Love and really liked it, I find that books are usually much more detailed than the movies they have spawned. I’m looking forward to getting wrapped up in the book.

4. My listening pleasure this week is all about R&B artists, some new talent. Well, new for me, names like Jerome Thomas, Kaleem Taylor, Teyana Taylor with help from Elton John, Nyah Grace, Tanerélle, Victoria Monétand Celeste, reminiscent of Amy Winehouse.

5. A friend of mine is a safety inspector involved with the nuclear industry and we always discussed the horrendous disaster that occurred at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan. He shared with me a link for a documentary: ‘Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown‘, which is featured on a cool site, ‘Documentary Heaven‘.

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read 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. And the Portuguese version, Samba no Brasil, now available as a set.

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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Martial Arts Music Reading

December 31 . Issue #124

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I share with you a karate master, music from home, books and more…

1. Goodbye, 2021, hello 2022; this is my last newsletter for 2021. I must admit I feel accomplished: I managed to put out a weekly journal, as in I actually got it done every week for a complete year. Bravo!

I also published one new book Samba in Brazil and I had Samba on a Snowy Day and Samba in Brazil translated to Brazilian/Portuguese and I published those two books with their new names, Samba em um Dia de Neve and Samba no Brasil.

Let’s hope that 2022 brings with it health, peace, love and prosperity for one and all.

2. I found myself immersed in the world of Steve Ubl sensei this week. I searched out all of the videos I could find online featuring him at karate seminars. Ubl sensei teaching a couple of kids, Basai Dai kata, nice.

I’ve had many chances to train with Ubl sensei but have never managed to actually attend any of his seminars. Hopefully one of these days I will be able to train with him.

I was invited to train with Ubl sensei at this last seminar in San Diego but could not get away from my previous commitments. Some of my friends wrote about their experience at this training session for the Shotokan Karate Magazine, ‘A Karate Adventure‘.

3. My ear candy this week was all about NPR and their Tiny Desk at Home concerts. I especially enjoyed, Michael Kiwanuka.

A short solo performance, just Kiwanuka on guitar for a few songs and on keys for one of the tunes, “Solid Ground”. Another great performance was from the tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia and her dynamic band of keys, bass, drums and backing vocals.

As the Tiny Desk folks mention this is a first in their history of at home concerts as the band is performing from a boat. Check out the swinging plant above the keyboardist’s head.

My final concert was the uplifting Dua Lipa.

4. This week I celebrated Christmas with my immediate family, we had some wonderful meals and some good times. We had great fun watching my granddaughter open up presents and explore new and exciting experiences. There is so much that is new when you’re three years old.

This was the year of books, I gave books as presents and I received lots of books that I will be reading well into the new year.

5. The folks at Awesome Gang Books interviewed me and last week I shared their site and the week’s interviews, that included a few other authors. My individual interview link is posted here.

I ordered a book online, a couple of weeks ago, as a family gift, a present for my partner and I – Benvenuti a Casa Pappagallo –  an Italian cookbook. I received it yesterday and I can’t wait to start making some fantastic meals. 

Thanks for reading. I am wishing you all the very best for the holidays and have a super safe and happy New Year.

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

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