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October 30 . Issue #62


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.

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Newsletter 14

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.

Newsletter 14

  1. Tokyo 2020 Olympics, do you have your ticket? My friend Scott has his. He said “Karate in the Olympics may only happen once, I might as well see it.” Here is a basic one minute guide to karate in the Olympics For Scott and any other interested parties, nearly 8 million spectators are expected, running 17 days from July 24 – August 9 and followed by Paralympics from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6. Some 5000 medals will be awarded and all made using recycled metal from electronics donated by people across Japan. There will be 42 venues in and around Tokyo. It’s been 56 years since the last Games, held in 1964. There will be 6 types of robots to be introduced for the Games and they have been designed to do everything from directing spectators, to retrieving javelins during the track and field competition. For more facts and to get your tickets, visit 2020 Summer games
  2. Self publishing a book, my book, “Samba on a Snowy Day”, is getting closer to a launch date. This week I was working with Kim McDougall, a fantastic book designer at “Castelane For The Prose” she has been guiding me in the requirements for a successful publication. This is a children’s book with illustrations by Josh Miller. Formatting the text and the illustrations can be challenging, sometimes there just isn’t enough room and things can get crowded. A good design finds ways to make the text blend or to have it seamlessly integrate with the illustrations. 
  3. This week I started reading “The Book of Tea” by Kakuzo Okakura written in 1906. I mentioned in a previous newsletter the wonderful book site project gutenberg and the library of books available for free download, this is one of the books available. You may also get a glimpse of the beauty of this fascinating book on the Japanese tea ceremony here, at I was also interested in another Japanese author of children’s books Miyazawa Kenji. I follow C.W. Nichol, author of “Moving Zen”, one of my favourite books and I recently became aware of one his projects to translate to English, a series of books by Kenji Miyazawa. This book is on my wish list, I’m currently hunting it down.
  4. “A Silent Tragedy”, written by Victoria Prooday, is a great article that I read this week about how some parents are failing their children. Pay particular attention to the – what we can do part. I am a strong advocate on getting outside, explore the great outdoors and take in the wonder and beauty that surrounds us. Check out Victoria’s Blog for more insightful information on parenting.
  5. Musical folks that have entertained me this week, Christian McBride,  another Grammy nominated artist. I mentioned a couple of others in last weeks newsletter. McBride is fantastic, a bassist, composer, educator, masterful musician and a band leader. A cool youtube clip of Mr. McBride and Mr. Owens in conversation, bass and drums.

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Newsletter 13

1. Children’s forest school, what a terrific idea and one that I wish had been available when I was in school. I came across this interesting school as I looked into methods that would allow me to get off the grid. I was intrigued with an article I read in the Toronto Star newspaper about tiny houses. I had this ambitious idea to find some property up northern Ontario ways and build or rebuild a stone house.

Stone House at the Tree Museum

2. I spent this week working with a designer developing a promotional video for my upcoming book. It’s a 30 second video and I posted it to vimeo. Check it out when you get a chance. The featured photo in this newsletter is of the protagonist of my upcoming book, “Samba on a Snowy Day”, getting ready for a photo shoot or a haircut.

Samba at the beauty parlour.

3. Many of my favourite books are the ones that I consider to be reference books. “Karate-Do Kyohan” is  such a book, I keep coming back to it for inspiration and motivation. Written by Gichin Funakoshi and translated to English by Tsutomu Oshima, it is a fascinating read for Shotokan enthusiasts or anyone interested in the true spirit of karate, as a way of life.  Last week I mentioned another of my reference books,  Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, one of my students was inquiring about the terminology of the basic techniques.


4.  I have been checking out some of the Grammy nominees as they were recently announced. A vocalist I really like and have been a fan of since I first head her on pianist Josh Nelson’s 2006 album, Let It Go, Sara Gazarek, she performed  vocals on one of the songs “Leaving Here” and I loved her voice.  And now she has been nominated for a Grammy in the jazz vocal category. For a list of all the Grammy nominees on this the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards which is scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

5. Yesterday I succumbed to my craving for Vietnamese noodle soup. Unfortunately most restaurants use Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) in their soup. This is something I would like to avoid. However once in a while I partake in a grilled chicken noodle soup.

Pho – Chicken Noodle Soup

The one I had from Purple Bubble in Ajax, Ontario was really tasty. Which likely means it had lots of MSG.

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