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November 19 . Issue #118

‘Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now’ – Bobby McFerrin

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. A place where I am thrilled to share with you five points of interest. This week, a wonderful storytelling festival for the whole family, movies, music and more…

1.  The Yorkshire Festival of Story, YFOS — continues until November 28th. All the events are free and donations are happily accepted.

There are still some children’s events that you can register for. Spots go fast so make sure you register early.

2. I love the creativity of Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), his directorial debut with Tick Tick Boom is scheduled to premiere on Netflix this Friday, Nov. 19th. I hope I get to see it.  I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think of it.

Speaking of creativity, we lost a most creative talent. Musician Dave Frishberg  March 23, 1933 – November 17, 2021 – Rest in Power Maestro.

3. My musical tastes have continued to be delightfully entertained with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata as they perform in duet on their new recording Muse which has gone to number 1 on many classical music listings.

4. My reading pleasure this week, ‘Espresso Tales‘ which has gone back to author Alexander McCall Smith and his series 44 Scotland Street. The series takes place in McCall Smith’s hometown, Edinburgh, Scotland.

I visited a used book store close to my Sanctuary, ‘Read It Again – New & Used Books‘ and I discovered a treasure trove of well-loved books. I picked up a few…

5. I just found out that my Bobby McFerrin performance scheduled for December 18th at Koerner Hall has been postponed. The reason: The maestro is not well, a postponement due to illness.

Cancelled:

Yikes, in my experience that is not a good thing. I’ve had tickets to many concerts that were postponed; Count Basie big band the concert went ahead but the Maestro did not show up due to illness.

A Ravi Shankar concert with accompaniment by his daughter Anoushka was cancelled due to an illness by Ravi.  There have been others as well. Aretha Franklin, that was rescheduled but never happened. Natalie Cole too, another cancelled concert due to illness.

I think that this cancellation is different; Bobby McFerrin is busy performing gigs closer to home and he’s sharing positivity with all those lucky folk in Berkley, California.

This week, November 16th, I celebrated International Flamenco Day.  I watched about 3 hours of sublime flamenco culture and tradition.

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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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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Children's Activities Poetry Reading

November 13 . Issue #64

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
John McCrae (1872-1918)
Welcome to my weekly journal where I share with you 5 points of interest. Things that got my attention this week and I hope will be of some interest to you.
This week Remembrance Day, our Holiday Book Sale, Kensington Jazz Festival and more…
1. Remembrance Day, on November 11, at 11:00 AM, we remember and we pause, take a moment and give thanks.
Winnie the Pooh is back in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – Author A.A Milnes’ classic story of the lovable bear, with Illustrations by E.H. Sheppard.
2. A Weekend in Toronto, a getaway to relax and unwind. While in Toronto what better, than to visit Kensington Market.
Taking in the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, alas virtually this year. Great music, featuring award-winning musicians; Dave Young, Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Larnell Lewis, Robi Botos, Brandi Disterheft, and so many others.
3. Thank you to the wonderful people of PA – the deciding factor in the nail-biting USA election; the world seems to have taken a collective breath.
It is so refreshing to have a President quote Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, a Noble prize-winner.
4. A friend recommended a site for children, Teach The Children Well. I think it is a fantastic site loaded with tons of information. This could be your child’s safe home page.
Also for the children in all of us; Children’s Books Holiday Sales, a great promotion that I am happy to be involved with. A group of award-winning authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of children’s books for your enjoyment. Including my book, Samba on a Snowy Day, available at a great price.
5. My Kindle Creative Workshop session no. 4 of 6, and we’re getting down to the Dialogue of the story.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to storytelling.
Listening to my favourite storytellers, feeling inspired. Including this wonderful story, by the awesome storyteller, Claire Murphy.

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. Available at 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.

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