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Autumn Children's Activities Music Reading

September 30 . Issue #145

“The land is in a constant state of birth,
Giving life to all who live on Earth.
Our carelessness and fears
Have taken a toll over the years.
Her land is parched and scorched
As man continues to light the torch.”  Sophia E. Valdez

 

My monthly journal, this month features end-of-summer events, book 3 in the Samba the Dog series, music and more. My featured photo is of the Rockwood Conservation Area by Nina Yanuziello.

1. New Earth  Village and Lovefest in beautiful Adjala is happening this Sunday, October 2nd. Nestled amongst the trees in a beautiful valley and overlooking a pond, you are surrounded by nature.

This will be my third visit. A beautiful way to spend a Sunday. Come out and enjoy, I will be offering a reading of one of my books and I’ll have lots of books available at discount prices.

And that’s not all, you’ll have the opportunity to shop locally and support sustainability in the community on sacred land. Some of the incredible offerings include tallow balms, tarot readings, community acupuncture treatments, pine needle tea, health and wellness products, and so much more — all intentionally charged with love and wellness.

2. My draft version of book 3 in the Samba dog series is coming along. Samba in Switzerland, Samba the Bernese Mountain Dog and his best friend Ariela explore and have fun near Samba’s hometown of Bern, Switzerland.

At our last meeting, illustrator Joshua Miller and I went over the draft sketches, and we tweaked and fine-tuned the visuals. I think it’s looking fantastic. I can’t wait to give you all a glimpse at this wonderful artwork.

3. Some of my end-of-summer adventures have included these events, SweetWater Music Festival in beautiful Owen Sound. 

A fantastic festival featuring world-class musicians playing the classics. Outstanding piano, strings, clarinet and french horn.

Elephant Thoughts, the event I had planned to attend was cancelled but I was invited to tour the Riverstone campus. Incredible space and I’m looking forward to contributing in some manner or another.

4. My first writer’s festival, the Eden Mills Writers Festival was a smashing success. I did it large, renting an Airbnb and spending time at the nearby Rockwood Conservation Area. Canoeing, swimming, snorkelling and hiking. So great!

The next day, a tour of Guelph’s Arboretum. A beautiful 400-acre garden and spending time enjoying the sites, the sounds and the food in the University City of Guelph.

Sunday, an early start and off to the festival to set up our table. Meet some other small press authors, meet the book-buying public and generally speaking have a grand time.

5. What I’m listening to this week Donnè Roberts Band. I caught them at the Markham Jazz Festival and then once again a short time later at a private event.

Energy, excitement, spirit, enthusiasm, love, peace, and kindness are some of the words that come to mind in the makeup of this 2 time Juno winner. A part of the band’s performance from the recent Markham Jazz Festival.

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would be interested in my newsletter please pass it along.

All of my books are now available at your favourite bookstores, support local bookstores with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about this summer. Visit a book store, or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

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Art Books Children's Activities Reading

August 26 . Issue #144

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” Roald Dahl (1916-1990)

Hello and welcome to my Monthly Journal. A place where I share 5 points of interest. Things that kept me busy, piqued my interest or gave me a sense of purpose. This month, a trip to Tobermory, a visit to nearby Bruce Peninsula Park, Symphony in a Barn contributing to a new magazine and more.

My world starts to look more familiar with a time a few years ago when people got together and events were happening all the time. Yes, things are slowly getting back to a new sense of normalcy.

1. This has been a busy month for me. Travelling for adventure, a staycation in Ontario. A visit to beautiful Tobermory, diving for wrecks and exploring the Bruce Peninsula Park and lovely Lake Emmett.

2. As I mentioned in last month’s journal I had purchased tickets to Symphony in a Barn. My report on that adventure was recently published in That Canadian Magazine.

During the Toronto Jazz Festival, I got the chance to interview Emanuel Harrold, the mainstay drummer for the Gregory Porter Band. My interview is featured in That Canadian Magazine.

3. The nearby Town of Collingwood recently had a Sidelaunch Days Events. They featured some local vendors and artisans who set up along the pier in Collingwood harbour. There I met Owen, a young woodworker artisan.

I commissioned Owen of Blue Water Design to make me a custom vertical sword stand. I have three Japanese swords and one is strictly for show. A 1939 Kai Gunto, a Japanese naval officer’s sword, is the featured photo, mounted in my new katana kake (sword stand).

4. The Labour Day Weekend, September 2nd – 4th will host Elephant Thoughts, Labour Day Festival and I have tickets to the Saturday events.

I’m looking forward to seeing my friend Saiku from the African Drums and Crafts store in Toronto and all the other entertainers for this spirited and engaging eco-retreat. A 3-day cultural event for the entire family.

5. Eden Mills Writers Festival is the following weekend, September 11th. Look for me on Publishers Way. I’ll be there with Samba the Bernese Mountain Dog, book 1 and book 2 and Scratchy the Squirrel.

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would be interested in my newsletter please pass it along.

All of my books are now available at your favourite bookstores, support local bookstores with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about this summer. Visit a book store, or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Children's Activities Reading Writing

March 18 . Issue #135

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.  Don’t be afraid, just play the music.” Charlie Parker

1. My ‘Kindle Creativity‘ workshop at the East Gwillimbury Public Library, was a success. A great March Break event for the children. And I have another draft for a story. A little girl, a big dog and a grand adventure in space – the final frontier.

I created characters from everything imaginable. Oh, and I had my trusty harmonica in my pocket and that became a character (Harmony) in a story based on the library’s theme for their Write On event, Out of This World.

Once a few characters were created, the next step was to get creative with our opening introduction to our stories. Using exactly 10 words, the participants set the reading hook with their introductory sentence.

2. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the March equinox, on March 20. Register here, it’s free and it will be available online till March 22.

This year my friends at Settle Stories are hosting award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden Gill. Lost and Found is the theme of World Storytelling Day 2022.

What have you lost since the pandemic started? What have you found?

For me, the loss of community gatherings, the loss of in-person martial arts teaching and training with groups of people. That is the biggest loss. What I have found is great respect for time, solace and nature. During the pandemic, I have created this weekly journal. I have written and published 4 books.

3. My normal routine for listening to special musical artists is on the anniversary of their birth. This week I was drawn into the anniversary of the passing of Charlie Parker. Bird, as he was known, passed away on March 12, 1955.

Charlie Parker, Bird, or Yardbird, was and remains one of the biggest influencers in jazz. I don’t think there is a saxophonist who hasn’t been influenced by his inventive playing.

From Rudresh Mahanthappa: ‘While we bask in the brilliance of Bird and his forward-thinking and groundbreaking concepts and ideas, let’s not forget that one of Parker’s greatest assets was his dedication to perfecting his craft.’

4. My reading took me to visit the place where Tai Ji Chaun comes from, with a wonderful guide, Chungliang “Al” Huang and his book Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji Chaun.

I felt motivated to practice my Tai-Ji Chaun with a sense of freedom in my movements.

5. My eye candy this week ‘Turning Red‘  from Pixar animation studios and director, Oscar winner, Domee Shi. This is a brilliant film that had me rolling with laughter. Highly recommended.

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.

I’m super pumped to be in the top 100 in Children’s Books over at Amazon.com.

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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