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April 1 . Issue #137

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”  Will Rogers 1879 – 1935

The featured image, Ideal Balance – Yin and Yang by Sharon Cummings speaks to me about the way and balance, something I’ve been working on this week.

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal, a place for me to share with you 5 points of interest. The things that got me some joy, inspired me, motivated me and kept me going. This week a look at the Oscar winners, my ear and eye candy, and more…

1. Two films I picked as Oscar winners came out on top. Summer of Soul and Encanto. Summer of Soul winning best documentary, all about a music festival that coincided with Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969.

Encanto won for the best-animated feature film for Disney Animation Studios. I haven’t watched this film yet, hopefully, this weekend I’ll fix that.

2. The composer Vangelis had a birthday this week, March 29th, his 79th. Naturally, I had to help celebrate and listening to his Oscar-winning soundtrack for Chariots of Fire was just the ticket. The soundtrack from the film 1492 – Conquest of Paradise is inspirational as well.

Speaking of Oscar-winning soundtracks I had to check out Hans Zimmer and his Oscar-winning score for the film Dune.

3. I watched a wonderful movie about bringing people together through family and music, the Pixar animated feature film, Coco.

The actor Gael Garcia Bernal is the voice of one of the lead characters, Hector. I wonder if he would consider doing an audible book? His voice is great, he would make a magnificent Latin American Scratchy the Squirrel.

4. This week I’m reading another McCall Smith book, he has so many, this one from The Sunday Philosophy Club Series, The Careful Use of Compliments. Also known as the Isabel Dalhousie series of books of which there are sixteen in this series.

5. Outdoor training: the weather is starting to warm up and I have taken my training outdoors. This week I practised many of my karate forms on my deck.

I took some videos and shared them with my karate group on Facebook. It’s a private group so I can’t share it with you.

But I have a clip here that I can share, this is Seipai. A form I like a lot because of its flowing nature.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read my newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

 

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

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January 7 . Issue #125

“Only do what is easy, and life gets hard. Do what is hard, and life gets easy.”  Les Brown

Hello all and a happy, hopeful New Year 2022 to everyone. As my gift for the New Year, I am sharing my Ebook, Samba in Brazil and a whole group of fantastic children’s authors are doing the same. Take advantage of this free reading extravaganza it’s only available for a limited time so don’t delay.

1. My book Samba in Brazil is part of a fantastic promotion that is starting on the 10th; “Great Kids Books” is where you can go to download your free Ebook.

2. I enjoy listening to ‘Radio Deluxe‘ the John and Jessica radio show that broadcasts every Sunday morning on Jazz.Fm. This last week John mentioned that he’s the only jazz guitarist who was a featured chef on the Jacques Pépin Foundation’s, Cook with Jacques and Friends.

If you are not aware Jacques Pépin is a French-born, American chef, author, culinary educator, television personality, and artist. I first became aware of Jacques when he co-hosted a cooking show with Julia Child.

I only became aware of his artistic mastery quite recently. The Art of Jacques Pépin, have a look at his art and listen to the interview where he shares his inspiration and his amazing menus.

3. This week I am reading two books, one that I discovered recently, Total Stick Fighting Shintaido Bojutsu by Hiroyuki Aoki is my daytime read and another one that was a gift, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, is my nighttime read, check the link to her wonderful TED Talk, Your Elusive Creative Genius.

I watched the movie Eat, Pray, Love and really liked it, I find that books are usually much more detailed than the movies they have spawned. I’m looking forward to getting wrapped up in the book.

4. My listening pleasure this week is all about R&B artists, some new talent. Well, new for me, names like Jerome Thomas, Kaleem Taylor, Teyana Taylor with help from Elton John, Nyah Grace, Tanerélle, Victoria Monétand Celeste, reminiscent of Amy Winehouse.

5. A friend of mine is a safety inspector involved with the nuclear industry and we always discussed the horrendous disaster that occurred at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan. He shared with me a link for a documentary: ‘Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown‘, which is featured on a cool site, ‘Documentary Heaven‘.

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read 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. And the Portuguese version, Samba no Brasil, now available as a set.

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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December 24 . Issue #123

Happy holidays to one and all, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Wright Mabie (12/13/1846 – 12/31/1916).

Hello all and welcome to my penultimate weekly journal for 2021. Does that not sound impressive? Penultimate came into English in the 17th century from the Latin word paenultimus, a combination of paene, meaning “almost,” and Ultimus, meaninglast”. So if something’s penultimate, it’s “almost last” and more specifically, it’s next to last.

1. My featured photo is of the 2021 Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, NYC. This may be the most impressive decorated tree in the world. This week was spent exploring the world looking for the most awesome Christmas tree. The Best Christmas Tree Displays in the World.

2. My eye candy this week included some fun episodes of Japanese shows appearing on Netflix: ‘Midnight Diner‘ and ‘Samurai Gourmet‘. Adventure, fun and food in Japan.

3. Music this week; a fantastic documentary about Nnenna Freelon and the making of her new record Time Traveler.

I also enjoyed spending time listening to WBGO online, especially the ‘Blues Break’ show every weekday from 2 -4 pm.

4.  Alice Munro is one of my favorite authors. Her books, short stories and prose are incredibly deep and profound. This week I have spent time with a book I found in my local used book store, ‘Read it Again‘ in Collingwood, On., ‘The Love of a Good Women’ winner of the Nobel prize in literature. And another book that’s all about laughs ‘Carry on Jeeves’, PG Wodehouse.

I completed an interview with awesome gang books this week. They ask some author type questions and I offer up some of my best authorly answers. Check out my interview as well as some of the other authors in this week’s interviews. If you’re looking for some great books I highly recommended the site.

5. I spent time learning a new program, well, new for me. InDesign, an amazing program for designing your book. And now the illustrator Joshua Miller is working on adding the illustrations to the book. Soon we will be able to share with you our new project, ‘Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time For Friends‘.

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. And the Portuguese version, Samba no Brasil, now available as a set.

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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