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Documentaries Reading Writing

July 23 . Issue 101

The Measure of a Man

“The true measure of a man is the legacy he leaves. Be you husband, father, brother or friend, Leave your torch burning brightly, And we will never allow the flame to die.”  Traquita Thomas

Hello all, and welcome to my weekly Journal where I share with you 5 things that kept me interested this week.

1. The featured photo captured my attention as I was walking to the park early Thursday morning to take part in park training. The rose of Sharon symbolizes love, beauty, and healing. 

Summertime is a great time, the flowers in full bloom, the vegetables ripening and in some cases ready to enjoy. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are all ready to devour. I’ve had fresh strawberry pie, morning cereal with wild blueberries, delicious!

2. Speaking of parks, they seem to be all the rage in these parts, Toronto, The Big Smoke. Everything from pop-up karate classes, soccer practice, Samba dancing and even me leading a cardio, stretch, martial arts movement, tai-chi and Jo-Do park workshop.

Not a lot of participants but great fun and great exercise too.  The park is a place for folks to meet up with their dogs, for people who want to use the exercise equipment and for the occasional vendor. The ice cream man comes by regularly and some authors sell their books. I’ve sold two of my children’s books to parents who bring their children to the playground in the park.

3. This week I continue to read The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.

I have also started reading The Measure of a Man, by Sydney Poitier, this is an in-depth autobiography of an incredible man… Definitely, someone who will leave a lasting legacy.

4. My ear candy this week, the music of Erykah Badu, India Arie and Jill Scott. Just some of the beauty that I find in music.

5. I became a member of Hot Docs Cinema this week and as a member, I am entitled to watch some fantastic free documentaries.

I chose to watch one that I had to pay for, a fantastic documentary on one of my favourite artists – the great M.C. Esher.

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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Books Nature Reading Summer

July 16 . Issue #100

The Flowers

All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse,
Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.”  by Robert Louis Stevenson

1. One hundred “100” is an important number for an author. At least for me, it”s a number that represents perseverance, loyalty and discipline. Issue number 100 in my weekly journal and it coincides with my new book Samba em um Dia de Neve getting into the top 100 Children’s Books.

“The numerology number 100 represents energy that’s self-determined, independent, and has infinite potential. The number 0 brings openness, wholeness, comprehensiveness, and infinity to the number 100.” From – Affinity Numerology

I am hopeful that a Portuguese/Brazilian version of Samba in Brazil will be published within the next month. Stay tuned for more information.

2. I am reading a wonderful book by Karen P. Inglis, How To Self-Publish & Market a Children’s BookThe book has proven to be a fantastic resource for me and I keep coming back to it for more tips on self-publishing.

Utilizing one of the tips from the book, this week I sent off my first book Samba on a Snowy Day to a UK book awards organization. They accepted my entry, mentioning that the book looked to be lots of fun for children. Now we wait and see.

The finalists for the awards are notified 1st of March 2022.

3. My audible journey this week has included a diverse group of artists. From, Bill Evans to Joe Lovano and the Herbie Hancock, Imagine Project, that project includes an incredible array of masterful musicians from the pop, world and r&b genres.

Listening to Bill Evans provides immeasurable joy for me, the drumming of Paul Motian and the masterful bass playing of Scott LaFaro; displayed to perfection on Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

4. I am taking in the beauty of the Grey Highlands, delighting in the flora and fauna surrounding me. This week I am hiking the Pretty River Valley Provincial Park.

5. Ontario will be moving to Step 3 of the re-opening plan. Opening up on Friday, July 16th just in time for my newsletter. I am cautiously optimistic, the keyword being caution.

I think that I will continue with my park training for the next little while and patio dining, weather permitting.

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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Art Mindfulness Reading

July 9 . Issue #99

“What is the meaning of life?”According to the Dalai Lama, “The meaning of life is happiness.”

Hello all and welcome to my weekly newsletter. This week I share with you mindfulness movement tips, ear candy, eye candy and more…

I like the Dalai Lama’s response to that question about the meaning of life and I totally agree with him.

1. I am reading, for at least the second time; The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer.

And with some synchronicity, I happened to find this podcast featuring Michael Singer. Actually, my friends at Sounds True sent me a heads up, thank you. Ceasing to Be Caught in the Waters of Mind, Episode #1.

2. I spent some time near flowing water this week and I was inspired to practice moving. I have studied Japanese swordsmanship for many years. The practise sword I use is a heavy wooden sword called a suberito.

Moving in four directions I practised flowing and cutting invisible targets. I tried to empty my mind, to move without thinking, to move with no mind.

After an hour of practice, I felt great, tired but happy. I was working out at my sanctuary, on a deck, overlooking a river in the heart of nature.

 

3. Even in my remote area of Ontario I managed to take in some incredible UEFA Cup Soccer. My team is still in it, Forza Azzurre. Go Italy!

4. Farmers Markets and roadside stands with fresh vegetables, farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey and homemade jam. Some of the reasons to get away from the city and support your local farmers.

5. I received some great news this week and I wanted to share it with you all. My books are now at the Richmond Hill Public Library.

You can place a hold on them and get them for your at-home reading pleasure.

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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