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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.

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September 25 . Issue #57

September 25 . Issue #57

In this weeks newsletter, the autumnal equinox, new book releases, new music and more…

A Week In My Life

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

1. The first day of fall arrived on Tuesday, September 22, the autumnal equinox. The changes in the seasons are just another way to enjoy nature. Speaking of nature, here is a new book I just snapped up; it’s a free e-book for a limited time, What Wonders Await Outside by Justine Avery, Illustrations by Liuba Syrotiuk. The watercolour illustrations are magnificent.

2. New book releases, ready for the new season including some by my favourite authors. Alexander McCall Smith, Joanne Harris, Emma Donoghue and Aislin Hunter are all celebrating new book releases. If none of those authors is for you, I found a few more; here’s a long list of books coming out this fall.

3. Not only authors work through worldwide pandemics, but musicians also have to keep busy and quite a few have been. New CD releases by some of my favourite musicians, including, Alicia Keys’ Alicia, Raul Midón The Mirror, Harold López-Nussa, Te Lo Dije, Christian Sands, Be Water and Laila Biali, Out of Dust.

4. The seasons, the moon and equinoxes too… Ancient sites alligned with the solstice and equinox.

I have visited one of the 6 ancient sites, Chichen Itza, my memory of that trip includes the Maya calendar (photo below). I have this souvenir mounted in my office; travel memories.

5. Culture Days starts this week, September 25 and runs through to October 25. I am one of the artists in residence for Newmarket Culture Days. Learn more about the Seven Authors from the Writers Community of York Region and check out the presentations. Happy Culture Days 2020 and happy autumn.

 

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Newsletter 12

Paul Yanuziello

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

1. I started my week dealing with a major snowfall. Not since November 1951 has Southern Ontario received this much snow, I mean it’s still fall, the leaves are still on the trees, I saw a flower blooming the other day. Monday’s I teach karate at Shingikan dojo, I checked in with Yahya sensei, the owner of the dojo, he texted: “Yes classes are in session”. I gave myself plenty of extra time and set my GPS app – Waze, to the destination, what normally takes 25 minutes, took me over 45 minutes and had me traverse every backstreet imaginable. It does look pretty, but I would rather just look at photos such as the one above, which I took on one of my morning hikes.

2. Sesame Street turns 50, how I loved Sesame Street in my youth. The folks who guest starred on that show were awesome. Savion Glover, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Winton and Branford Marsalis, and so many more. “Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration,” airing on HBO on Saturday, honours the moments that taught generations of children the building blocks of learning through song, stories and silliness.

3. What I’m reading this week, Richard Kim’s, The Classical Man. I have an idea for another children’s book. It is based on my sensei, his style of teaching and the retelling of motivational stories. Well, after searching, Toronto, Richmond Hill & Markham library’s to no avail. I located it at a martial arts dojo in Brampton, a town about an hour away from me. I found it online and I could have ordered it and paid online.Right! I called the dojo to confirm and sure enough the gentleman who answered confirmed they had 3 in stock. I drove out the next day and I am now the proud owner of a new copy of The Classical Man by Richard Kim sensei.

4. Kindness day happened this week – November 13th to be exact. I made sure to focus on acts of kindness. Making breakfast for the family, driving the wife to the subway station, being extra nice to the server at the café. I recommended a couple of artists to someone who wanted to know about some good jazz acts. I recommended Jazzmeia Horn, a great vocalist as well as drummers Mark Kelso and Larnell Lewis they both have relatively knew CD’s out.. These last two artists I rate as two of the best  drummers around.

5. This week I focused on revitalizing my old drums. During the summer I found a rim for my bass drum, the rim and skin on the resonant side of the drum was missing. I think I actually got them from the pawn shop like that.   While doing a good deed for my wife, driving her to the subway, I stopped in at a drum store not too far from the Toronto subway station.  Mike at Just Drums welcomed me to the store and was very helpful. I explained that I needed the hardware for my old Ludwig set. He asked me how long I had these drums for?  I had to think about it, “about 40 years”, fond memories came rushing back to me.

I had a big rock kit, a Gretsch drum set that I used during my professional music career. During one practice session way back then, Wayne Wilson of Whiskey Howl  dropped by, he needed cash to get to Vancouver. He had pawned his drums at McTamney’s, a downtown Toronto landmark – pawn shop. I bought the pawn shop ticket for $100.00 cash and I went downtown to pick up the drum a gorgeous, gold sparkle, WFL (Ludwig) drum kit, made in 1959.

1950’s WFL (Ludwig) Drums

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