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October 30 . Issue #62

Bobcat

One night long ago, in Ohio, a bobcat leaped like a quick clawed whirlwind of light from the pines beside the road and our hearts thudded and stopped –
those lightning eyes! that dappled jaw! those plush paws!

Mary Oliver (1935 – 2019)

In this weeks newsletter, a children’s book festival, tree museum’s, bullfighting and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. An invisibility cloak, that is what interested me this week. I came across one in the forest of The Tree Museum last year. So cool. Pictured below is an invisible outhouse located in the forest. Can you see it?

2. The inspiration for my interest, the 12th Annual – Telling Tales Festival. A literary festival for children and a great discussion on invisibility cloaks.

3. My viewing pleasure this week, choreography, dance and movement. Netflix original documentary, Move.

4. Karate – one of my passions. I have been training in karate for many years. And since August I have been leading a group in outdoor martial arts training. The cold temperature is coming and soon training will have to be done at home. For my students, I recommend Karate at Home with Shinji Akita. Sensei has compiled 32 video’s to keep you inspired and training with his qualified guidance.

5. My reading this week has taken me back (1949) to a book, a favourite of my mothers, The Brave Bulls, by Tom Lea. This is a first edition copy, not signed. My mother studied Mexican folk dance and culture.

I visited Mexico with my parents when I was a teen. Climbing the pyramids, exploring the jungle ruins and loving the beaches.  Great fun, an incredible experience. I attended a concert, the Ray Charles band at an intimate, swanky club in the Zona Rosa, Mexico City. After the show, I hung with the guys in the band at a small cafè.

I went to the bullfights and I spoke to the young rock star bull-fighters.

I drove from Mexico City to Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, about 1,600 thrilling kilometres. Have you ever been pursued by the Mexican military? My father didn’t like the idea of trying to outrun them. We pulled over. “Tourista,” they said.

They waved us on our way. Mexico at that time, 1974, took care of their tourist’s. Tourist dollars were number one.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. Available online at all Chapters-Indigo stores and in selected stores, Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for release February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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Autumn Reading Writing

October 23 . Issue #61

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow;

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day.”  Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848)

In this weeks newsletter, young authors, listening to nature and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. Happy to share my love of writing with some young authors this week. During the workshop, we reviewed the ingredients required to create a story. I read excerpts from two books; a few pages of my book Samba on a Snowy Day and one chapter from Roald Dahl’s, The Witches.

The writing organization I belong to WCYR presented me with an opportunity to share a creative writing workshop with children as part of the East Gwillimbury Public Library virtual programs. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020.

2. My reading pleasure took me back to Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. A great writer’s resource that includes thirty-five “Try this” exercises to get your pen in motion.

I am also enjoying a book I work on regularly, Just Write One Thing Today – 365 Creative Prompts To Inspire You Every Day by John Gillard. An inspirational gift from my daughter Nadia.

3. My ear candy is all about autumn. Especially Autumn Leaves. My inspiration for raking up the falling leaves.

Watching the RCM virtual presentation of The  Resounding Concert took up one of my evenings; a dazzling mix of eye and ear candy. Available to Livestream until October 24.

4. A friend recently mentioned that she had watched everything on Netflix, her question, “what next”?

I responded, “get outside and watch nature.”

5. Road trips, I used to take road trips; visiting martial arts dojo’s or friends cottages in the near north and jazz festivals, lots of music festivals. This Friday I will venture off on a road trip to distant Guelph to help my daughter’s dog, Samba.

Yes, that Samba; the protagonist of my book Samba on a Snowy Day.  He has injured his leg and needs to be fitted for a brace.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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Autumn Movies Organic Farms

October 16 . Issue #60

You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day
– unless you’re too busy – then you should sit for an hour.

“Zen Buddhist Proverb”

In this weeks newsletter, giving thanks, more moving movies, organics and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

 

1. Monday, October 12th is Thanksgiving day in Canada. I am thankful for many things. My family, everyone is in good health and they are maintaining a positive outlook through these Pandemic times.

Thankful that we are still able to do our morning park training, karate, jodo and tai chi chaun with our dojo friends. Physical distancing and mask-wearing are practised and encouraged.

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Other special days this week, International Day of the Girl Child, October 11th.

My Google Meet (Virtual Event) Kindle Creativity Workshop for children age 7 – 12 is scheduled to start October 22. Adults must fill in the form to register. Register early as spots are limited.

2. My eye candy this week, David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet, a documentary that provides a sense of hope. My take away – a hopeful review.

I love the spirit and the high energy dynamics of Flamenco. This week I stumbled upon a wonderful youtube performance: Faruquito y Familia.

A friend shared a video online and I found the message to be important for me and for our times, “How do you pass the knife…?”

3. RIP Percy Schmeiser (January 5, 1931 – October 13, 2020). His story, the movie Percy starring Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci will be released in Canada October 16, 2020. A David and Goliath story, as director Clark Johnson so aptly puts it. Percy goes up against Monsanto and GMO.

GMO Foods: Why doesn’t Canada label them?

In the award-winning documentary Modified, filmmaker Aube Giroux embarks on a journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not identified on food product labels in Canada.

4. Fall is a great time to go to the market; I like to look for farm-fresh foods, primarily from the small farms. 19th Avenue Farmers Market is such a farm. We do our best to stay away from foods on the Dirty Dozen food list, opting for certified organic.

Support your local farmers, Mama Earth 100% organic foods from over 60 local farms; delivered to your door.

This week I will celebrate World Food Day on October 16th – Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. our actions are our future. A virtual event hosted on Zoom.

For the kids join in on a Poster Contest, for budding illustrators between the ages of  5 – 19, create a poster of your favourite food hero at work. Download the free activity book from the FAO.org (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) to get your imaginative juices flowing.

5. This week I was bombarded by all things Harmonica, starting with Lester Butler and progressing to Howard Levy, seen here performing with Béla Fleck and The Flecktones – Lonesome Pine Special (1991). Some great playing.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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