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Newsletter 49

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”  Max Ehrmann

Newsletter 49

Hello all. Welcome. This week I found some older books, I share a video on how to find happiness and I am pumped about my new initiative, karate in the park. Some other things to share with you as well. These are my five items of interest this week, hopefully, there’s something of interest for you too. 

1.  My basement is full of books and now I found time to review my library. I came across a book I had forgotten about Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson and I started reading it after my morning workout. It’s a great story, one of the books I read when it first showed up on a bestseller list back in 1995.

I also found a gifted copy of a Farley Mowat book, And No Birds Sang this was a gift from my father

He gave this book to me a month before he passed away, along with his war medals and a couple of other books about his regiment. The History of the Second Field Regiment R.C.A SEP 1939 — JUN 1945 and The Pictoral History of Canada’s Army Overseas 1939-1945.

It got me started on writing a book about his life. I hope I can complete it one of these days.

2. Sacred Geometry is a concept found in modern dance. My daughter, Adrianna, a dancer, and founder of Dance Migration, a Toronto dance company — was recently describing one aspect of sacred geometry applied to dance movement and I found it fascinating.

PLATO – The Athenian philosopher also found the concept intriguing.  In particular, he was convinced that geometry was the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe. The sign above the Academy entrance read: “Let no-one ignorant of geometry enter here”. In the original model Plato came up with, each shape represents an element. The Cube represents Earth, the Tetrahedron represents Fire, the Octahedron represents Air, the Icosahedron represents Water and the Dodecahedron represents Aether. 

The designs, the art, and the meanings, of Sacred Geometry.

 

 

 

 

3. This week I look forward to starting a pop-up karate class in the park. I contacted a few karate buddies and students. I asked if they felt like training. We will do our part to limit the spread of COVID by maintaining physical distancing and limiting participants to only 10 people. Our city has finally gotten to phase 3 of stage 2, meaning more people can congregate in the outdoors.  

4. The poetry of Max Ehrmann, beautiful poems that I have been reading this week and finding comfort in the heartfelt prose.

This is a week that reminded me of a tragedy that occurred in Toronto at about this time of year, back in 2018. After this rampage occurred I felt the need to write something.    

On Finding Happiness

Watching a youtube video that my friends at Sunday Morning Keiko shared. Something of interest for many who may be suffering during these times when the future seems uncertain. The secret formula of human happiness

5. For the children and parents, a link to a book promotion that is running for a limited time. Picture Books Celebrating the Outdoors,  and I share the link with you so you can enjoy an assortment of fun children’s books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. To receive my book all you have to do is provide your e-mail address. I then add you to my newsletter and that keeps you in the loop for more great things to come.

 

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

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Newsletter 43

Newsletter 43

Hello all. Welcome. 3 months of isolation! Are we done yet? This week I share with you 5 things that I found interesting and I am hoping will interest you too.

1. Ontario finally relaxes the lockdown measures, “Freedom at last”.  Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford, says that you can now hug somebody you don’t actually live with. So on the weekend I get together with family for the first time in three months. We set about choosing our group of 10 people. And we had a great time, while still maintaining physical distancing. You see I question who is in the group of 10? And more importantly can they be trusted to stay loyal to only one group, my group?  

2. Sometimes checking out other children’s book authors is beneficial.  When I find good ones I like to share them.  I recently read Celestina The Astronaut Ballerina, by Donald Jacobsen and I offer a short review to help parents and children decide if it is a good fit for them. The Tent Mouse and the RV  Mouse, by Loretta Sponsler and The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson are some other kids books I checked out this week. Children’s Books – Reviewed!

3. This week I started reading the autobiography about Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues. I like listening to Billie Holiday or Lady Day as she was nick named, her singing while I am reading her story. It really sets the mood.

Lady Day

Once you start listening to Lady Day it’s really easy to get carried off on a wave of musical dreams. Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Lester Young ( Prez), Hazel Scott and Tony Pastor are some of the names that she drops during her memoir and it sets me on a search to find the connections. 

I am also re-reading  my well thumbed copy of Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro. The Canadian short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2013.

4. This week I happily stumbled upon a cool online magazine, Mother Jones. Prior to this discovery I read an article in the New Yorker Magazine, a check in, check up, on the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, the article was written by Daniel King. Searching for King I found out he is also an editor/writer at Mother Jones. The interview on Rollins at age 89, discusses the pandemic of covid-19 and systemic racism. Rollins got into the Freedom Now scene back in the fifties.

5. Many years ago I read an in-depth article about the elephant whisperer, conservationist Lawrence Anthony. What I found fascinating was the loyalty displayed by a group of elephants. The herd marched three days to pay tribute and mourn the loss of their friend who passed away in 2012. This week I found a youtube video featuring Anthony’s wife, Francoise Malby-Anthony who is continuing her husbands good work. 

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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

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by  buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these social distancing times.

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Newsletter 41

Newsletter 41

Hello all. Welcome!  I want to share with you 5 things that interested me this week and might bring you some revelation, and perhaps even enjoyment. 

1. This week Toronto announced an initiative that fast tracks the building of modular housing for homeless people.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the homeless hard.  Well done city of Toronto.  The city of Vancouver B.C started the modular trend back in 2019. I took a virtual tour of Naomi Place one of the facilities Toronto has modelled their initiative on. 

2. When COVID-19 began in mid-March and Ontario started cancellations, I took in a live show. Chieko Kojima and Ten Ten by Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group, I had not planned to write about it, but I did. I put together a report on the show using my pen name and it has now been published in Toronto Music Report

The group Chieko Kojima and Ten Ten has kindly shared their performance on line and this week I had the pleasure of revisiting their fantastic performance. 

3. As one of my American friends put it; from hoarding toilet paper to civil war in 3 months. Any suggestions from my Canadian friends? After my 21 second pause, I would just like to point out that this is a very good reason why everyone should get out and vote — in all the elections.

Reading Helps

Reading is helpful and so very important, from Eula Biss who puts it well in her New York Times featured article “White Debt”  to this excellent resource on how to be an ally.  Six things you can do to be a stronger ally. 

4. Eye candy for this week has been the stimulating art of  Degas, The Dancers, and watching ballet that is reminiscent of these troubling times. Revelations by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

The Ailey All Access site gives you permission to watch special performances for free. I took in the Robert Battle’s “The Hunt”.

5. This week I have been reading George Selden and his wonderful, award-winning book The Cricket in Times Square. This is a book for all ages, although it was written for children age 6 – 9.  The illustrations by Garth Williams are fantastic. 

Over the last few months, I have been working on a young adult book, for ages 9 to 90. The young characters I have created are training deep in the woods. They train in martial arts and are guided by a bear of a teacher who pushes them to the maximum. After class, the students listen to stories that high light martial arts virtue.

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

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these times.

Don’t forget to check out my youtube channel.  Get my weekly newsletter in your inbox, no spam I promise.

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