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April 30 . Issue #88

“circles of trust — are a rare form of community –
one that supports rather than supplants the individual quest for integrity – that is rooted in two basic beliefs.
First, we all have an inner teacher whose guidance is more reliable than anything we can get from a doctrine, ideology, collective belief system, institution, or leader.
Second, we all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us discern the inner teacher’s voice.”
– Parker Palmer –

Hello all and welcome. This week I share with you some great music, my take on the Oscars, the movies worth watching and more…

1. The Oscars; the 93rd annual Academy Awards happened on Sunday and it made history. Some notable firsts included the first all-Black producing team nominated for best picture. The first time two actors of Asian descent got the nod for best actor and the first year two woman were nominated for best director.  For all the details: read about it at Oscar Central.

2. The above quote from Parker Palmer resonates with me.  I have listened to his podcast and like what I hear, An Undivided Life.

3. My children’s creative writing workshop went well. There were about twenty-five children and they were super engaged. I had them creating characters, settings, themes and plots. The children came up with some fantastic ideas.

I came up with a couple of ideas for stories. Combining my reading of the Samurai and the Dragon King and the inspirational comments from the kids. My next book is in my head, with some key points on my notepad.

My next workshop, May 6th, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M put on by East Gwillimbury Public Library.

This workshop will give children an opportunity to come up with some ideas for their own stories and they can submit them to the library as part of the EGPL annual Write On, 2021 – competition.

The workshop is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 12. Email: sharrison@egpl.ca to register.

4. What I was watching this week, more of Oscar winner Francis McDormand – no, not Nomadland — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is a movie I had not seen and McDormand shines.

I was thrilled about the animated film from Pixar, Soul– a winning film; three Oscars, best film, best sound and best music. Yea, for my man Jon Batiste for the excellent music.

5. I have completed my marketing course, Starting From Zero by David Gaughran. I recommend the course as it gives you some good ideas, insights and techniques to help you sell more books. I used the information in the course to set up my first Facebook ad for one of my books.

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; 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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April 23 . Issue #87

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. Happy Earth Day. The featured photo, a crab apple tree, in full bloom. And today it’s snowing as I write this and all the blooms are blowing away.

1. My children’s creative writing workshop at Markham Public Library is fully booked. I am looking forward to reading a story based on “Japanese Fairy Tales” and a portion of my new book Samba in Brazil.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore The Earth” and for my creative writing workshop too.

I have signed on to host a virtual children’s karate program for one of the community centres I work with. That’s another thing I am eager to get started on. That will be starting May 4th and running to June 7th, every Tuesday from 4 – 5 P:M.

2. My routine of Morning Pages, writing 3 pages of text, a stream of consciousness continues. I do believe it is unlocking something, creativity or better penmanship, whatever it is the writing is flowing smoothly.

I have started reading Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

This week I was inspired by a talk Tolle gave last year; ‘Become Awake Now‘ and I just happened upon his book while browsing my daughter’s library.

3. The music that inspired me this week, bluesman Sean Costello, a fantastic musician, a shooting star that burnt out way too soon.

I found myself listening to some New Orleans jazz, inspired by a show I enjoyed immensely, Treme. Musicians who appeared on the show: Dr John, Lou Donaldson, Terrance Blanchard and many others.

4. What I am watching this week is a cool mini-series with, Francis McDormand: Olive Kitteridge, winner of a few awards back in 2014.

5. I happened to get out into the country this week. What a totally different vibe. A much more relaxed and easy-going pace. And the creatives, the wood carving below was on a patio.

Nina and I followed the signs for honey, we needed honey and what better place than a manufacturer in the north country.

We ended up at a farmhouse, a box on the porch indicated; Osprey Bluffs Honey. Inside the box – two sizes of Honey, a small bottle and a large bottle. The price was indicated on each and there was a cash box. We took a bottle of Honey and deposited the cash.

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; 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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April 16 . Issue #86

“Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
A cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
This is the best season of your life.”
– Wumen Huikai –

Welcome all, this week includes “V” Day, I receive my first shot, the second is scheduled for early August. In this weeks newsletter, books, reading, creativity, music and more.

1. My book Samba em um Dia de Neve (Portuguese Edition) is part of a free E-Book promotion. For more information and to get your free E-Book click on the link.

2. I started reading The Artist Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron and of course, I started doing my morning pages. Three pages of writing in the morning, a stream of thoughts, whatever you may be thinking about, you jot it down on lined paper, a morning journal.

People have asked me if I’m getting anything out of it. I’ve only been doing it for a week but I do believe you should write every day and this is a good way to accomplish that. Only time will tell if it gives a boost or unlocks my creativity.

3. Next week, Thursday, April 22 from 4:15 – 5:15 pm, I will be doing a Children’s Writing Workshop, a virtual presentation for the Markham Public Library on creativity, Creative Expression.

There are some seats available, sign your kids up for some fun (click the link above). I’ll be reading a story entitled “The Samurai and The Dragon King”.  And we will look at different ways to light up our creativity.

4. My province of Ontario has a stay at home order in effect. You can go outside for essentials. Exercise is one of the essentials and I have been going for long walks through my new community of mid-town Toronto. The featured photo was taken during a 10k walk along a scenic path known as the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail.

5. Music is a big part of my life, another part of my creativity and one that I love to pay attention to. I was trained as a drummer and I practice my drumming as much as possible. I have been studying harmonica for the past six years and one of my teachers is Jason Ricci.

Ricci recently gave a youtube talk on overcoming nerves. That led me to find this youtube video of Ricci performing at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show. A phenomenal performance.

That took me to the great Paul Butterfield and then I found Pat Ramsey who just got me back to the present day and another great performance by Jason Ricci.

Thank you for sharing my week. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day, Samba em um Dia de Neve, – (Free e-book for a limited time) or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

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

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