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January 15 . Issue #73

Country of Freedom

Country of freedom, be free in thy heart:
Free from the shackles of prisoning pride,
Free from the liar’s contemptible art,
Free from allurements that tempt thee aside,
Free from the crafty and treacherous guide,
Free from the ravening greed of the mart,
Free from the snares that in opulence hide,—
Country of freedom be free in thy heart!

Amos Russel Wells (1862 – 1933)

Hello all and welcome to this weeks journal, where I share with you 5 things that I found to be of interest and I hope you will enjoy it too.

1.  This week I worked on my new book trailer for Samba in Brazil.

I also started to plan for the virtual book release party, set for February 14th, the release date of Samba in Brazil and you’re all invited. We’re going to be touring Salvador, Bahia; join us.

This is the start of my new book promotion, timed perfectly for lockdown. Searching for something new to read this year? Look no further! My author friends have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. Available for a limited time. “New Year’s Book Giveaway

2.  Our mini – NaNoWriMo of the WCYR writers group that I belong to features some of what was written during the November session.

The featured photo, courtesy of Pixabay was chosen by author M.J. Moores who requested some of our creativity so that she could put together some of her own cool memes.

3. Eye candy for this week; there was plenty, the best one to enjoy with the young ones or even the young at heart, Being Elmo. Do you remember the characters from Sesame Street? Elmo is one of my favourites.

Another interesting and entertaining movie The Trial of the Chicago Seven, very reminiscent of last weeks events in Washington D.C.

4. Audio delights this week were all about the blues, from Howlin’ Wolf to  John Lee Hooker and taking in Buddy Guy and Luther Allison too. Joyous blues, “Smokestack Lightning.”

Ontario has declared a state of emergency and it looks like I’ll be working from home instead of a nice video/recording studio.

Back to playing and listening to the blues with one of my favourite harmonica players, Indiara Sfair.

5. My reading interests; The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart, Kahlil Gibran. This is a wonderful book that is designed to open the heart.

And for what I am writing and rewriting; which is my newest Sci-Fi, comedy-thriller, The Snowaxe Café.

A story about an alien running a coffee shop that caters to the top musicians and artists in the world and provides the best coffee in the universe.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

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

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Martial Arts Movies Music Reading

January 8 . Issue #72

“You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff.” Quincy Jones

Hello all and welcome. Please join me for the five things that kept me going this week.

1. This weeks eye candy, the deep and soulful, Soul, an amazing animated feature. Pixar makes history with a couple of firsts, for co-director Kemp Powers and star, Joe Gardner.

Watching the documentary “Quincy”, the Quincy Jones story on Netflix, just great.

The Mule with Clint Eastwood, a great performance by a master of the screen.

2. My audio delight for this week centred around the music of Soul and Jon Batiste, music consultant. The trumpet of Latin superstar, Arturo Sandoval, musical director and composer for the soundtrack to The Mule.

Inspired by Quincy, I found myself spinning some music from some of his award-winning productions, 28 Grammy Wins and 80 Nominations. Bad and Thriller, the Michael Jackson albums, are both produced by  Quincy Jones.

3. I found inspiration to write a short story about one of my swords. Some friends are planning a Zine. Something a little crazy. I thought I can do crazy, and so I wrote a fictitious story about an antique sword. My Perfect Swordbased on my war sword.

4. The Japanese sword is something that is special to me. When I first got into the martial art of Japanese swordsmanship; one of the first books I purchased,  Japanese Swordsmanship, Technique and Practice by Gordon Warner and Donn F. Draeger.

This is a book that I come back to often as a reference and a study guide. Other books that I reference and read for joy and inspiration, I like the photos too, The Samurai Sword by John Yumoto, The Craft of the Japanese Sword by Yoshindo Yoshihara and The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship by Nicholas Suino.

5. My first-aid certificate expired on December 15th, of 2020. Or did it? All certificates have been extended to June 2021 according to the WSIB.

With that bit of good news, I made myself available to teach a virtual class for a local community centre, “Keeping Your Karate Kids Kicking” with Paul sensei (4 classes).  I hope to see some of my students join in the fun.

Today I read an article by my friend Scott Langley sensei on kicking, it was featured in an issue of Shotokan Karate Magazine.

The article reinforced how important your hip flexors are, especially when doing mae geri, front kick. This will be a fun exercise for my virtual karate class.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

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

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Ballet Book Publishing Reading Writing

January 1 . Issue #71

Happy New Year 2021

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892)

Welcome to another year. And hoping this year is far better than the one we say adios to. This week I share with you 5 things that I found interesting and I hope you may find some interest in as well.

1. The big news for me this week, my book Samba in Brazil is complete and has been uploaded to the printers.

Pre-orders are available through Amazon.com. We have a limited number of Samba in Brazil books available and they are at a special pre-order price, but only for a limited time. The official release date is February 21, 2021.

2. The joy of Christmas lingers in the hearts of many people, even though lots of them were doing a virtual Christmas. This was a first for me, not celebrating with my family and friends, and it brought back memories of my childhood Christmas.

3. I started a new book, a fantasy series by Lian Hearn, Grass For His Pillow. A book where the swords have names. My kind of book.

There are a couple of books I read over and over again. One of them is The Beloved, Reflections on the Path of the Heart by Kahil Gibran and the other, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.

I always seem to get something new out of these books on each reading. “In all paths, there are some things which can be learned only as one delves deeper and deeper.” Musashi

4. This Christmas eve I spent time watching ballet, “The Nutcracker” a Christmas tradition in our family.

My Christmas present to my wife Nina, which was purchased way before lockdown, a Bobby McFerrin concert at Koerner Hall, in Toronto. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled, rescheduled to this time next year. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” McFerrin

5. New Year’s Eve for me has usually been about dining out and celebrating the arrival of a new year in a quiet, peaceful and loving manner.

This year we are locked down and television will be the entertainment of choice. We watched a fun movie, a comedy and we ordered take-out from one of our fave Japanese restaurants, complemented with a fantastic pinot grigio wine.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going. Happy New Year!

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