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December 4 . Issue #67

“We ourselves cannot put any magic spell on this world.
The world is its own magic.”
– Suzuki Roshi –

Welcome to my Weekly Journal

This weeks 5 things that interested me and I thought you might enjoy.

1. “Masks, kindness and respect; mandatory” a message that resonates with me. Found on a local farmers market billboard the other day.
We should all “Try a Little Kindness.” Glen Campbell got it right.
2. Breathing – Is it as simple as to just breathe. I think not. In early 2017  I began my breathing practice.
I enjoyed this James Nestor podcast about breathing while transferring my new novel from my notebook into my computer. So far I’m at 19,000 words; of what will hopefully be 28,500 words when complete; by my rough estimate.
I am still breathing! Every day, and sometimes twice a day, I practice my Ki breathing. Twenty-five to thirty minutes a day of mindful breathing. The elixir of good health.
3. Park training can be frustrating. Our Saturday session got off to a good start. Mostly sunny, a little cool and the ground soggy from the previous day’s rainfall. An hour into our karate training a construction worker informs us we have to move our vehicles. Luckily there are lots of parks. We located another one close by and practised for another hour, Jodo. Hopefully, we can get some more sunny, dry and warm days before the freezing weather moves in for the winter.
4. Some of the children’s stories came in for the celebration story contest from our kindle creativity, 6 sessions workshop. Fantastic stories.

Would you like the chance to see your work published? Then the Creativity Club is for you! This is so cool — if you happen to be between 6 and 16 years old? And you love to write or draw? This is for you.

5. Settle Stories introduces Three Christmas Wishes, free online storytelling for your school or, your homeschooled children.

My promotion for the holiday book sale is still running, take advantage of some good deals on e-books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. Children’s Books Holiday Sale: Get my e-book for a limited time, at a fantastic price. There are some great deals here from some award-winning children’s authors.

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

The paperback version of Samba on a Snowy Day is now available in all York Region Chapters-Indigo stores. Pick up your copy before the Christmas rush.

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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November 27 . Issue #66

“If you build it, he will come.” W.P. Kinsella (1935 – 2016)

Welcome to my Weekly Journal

This weeks 5 things that interested me and I thought might interest you.

1. When we set out to do something and the magic happens; everything magically comes together. Do you get that feeling? Intention! I felt that way this week. This month, I set out to complete my middle-grade novel. I completed the rough draft on Sunday. Thanks to my writing group, “Word by Word” and NaNoWriMo for the motivation.

2. Art Gallery expositions. Where would you like to visit? Gallery hopping to New York; yes, I miss my annual visits to the Big Apple.

This year it seems everything is virtual. A first for many, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. I am looking forward to Alvin Ailey’s Virtual Season.

3. One show I get a kick out of, “Somebody Feed Phil“. On a new episode, Phil finds himself in San Francisco. I learned some interesting facts about this city. A city that I had planned to visit this year. The earthquake and devastating fire of 1906. The rebuilding of San Francisco by A.P. Giannini, an Italian immigrant and the founder of The Bank of America.

The quote above is from “Field of Dreams” a film based on a book by W.P Kinsella, entitled Shoeless Joe.

4. The Kindle Creative writing workshop for children that I host will be finishing up this week. I created a short story from the prompts and examples that I used. A fun story about a Howler Monkey and his friend, who decide to have a celebration.

5. My listening pleasure, remembering the composer, Johnny Mandel on his birthday November 23rd. A Time For Love.

Children’s Books Holiday Sale: Get my e-book for a limited time at a fantastic price. There are some great deals here from some award-winning children’s authors.

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

The paperback version of Samba on a Snowy Day is now available in all York Region Chapters-Indigo stores. Pick up your copy before the Christmas rush.

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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Children's Books Creativity Movies Music

November 20 . Issue #65

My eye candy, my ear candy, Santa Clause Parade (virtually) and more…

Welcome to my Weekly Journal

This week 5 things that interested me and I thought might interest you.

1. I Am Women,  the Helen Reddy story, a 2019 movie that I watched this week and found enjoyable.

Another movie that came highly recommended: The Life Ahead, Sophia Loren, performing at her best and starring in a movie that is a family affair. The film is directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.

The soundtrack from the film is composed by Academy Award winner Gabriel Yared. WM Italy has released the film’s original song Io sì (Seen), written by Diane Warren and performed by Laura Pausini. A wonderful vocalist I had the pleasure of seeing in concert in 2016.

2. “KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra and Moskitto Bar
Originally broadcast on November 14, 2020 at Koerner Hall in Toronto” as close as you can get to a live performance. I love these multi-cultural bands.

I covered Kune in the old days when concert attendance was a thing. My review of the performance can be located at the webzine, World Music Report.

3. The frozen tundra of Canada is biting, not sure when or if the park training will happen again. Now, I scramble to find a suitable place to practice martial arts in a COVID safe space.

This time of year always brings with it the Santa Claus Parade, since 1905 a yearly tradition. This year, a little different. A virtual parade, you can watch online.

Ontario has introduced a colour-coded COVID code. My home is located in the “Red Zone” and that means trouble. We are one step away from a fullscale lockdown. Yikes!

Holiday lighting glows all around my neighbourhood. Seems too early to me. I always thought the 26th of November the perfect time to string some, colored or white lights on my evergreens.

4. My  Kindle Creative children’s writing workshop continues with session number 5 of 6 sessions. this weeks session all about “Theme”. I will be reading a story I have created during our sessions.

I am also scheduled to present a storytelling workshop at a local library.

5. Children’s Books Holiday Sale: Get my e-book for a limited time at a fantastic price. There are some great deals here from award-winning children’s authors.

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.

Check out my weekly journal, follow the link to subscribe. Get the weekly happenings in your inbox, no spam I promise.

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