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September 18 . Issue #56

September 18 . Issue #56

In this weeks newsletter: Reading Roald Dahl; celebrating his birth, finding inspiration in children’s books, my book, Samba on a Snowy Day is going on sale globally, virtual Van Gogh and more…

A Week In My Life

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. This week I celebrate the birth of Roald Dahl, September 13, 1916. Every September 13th, I honour this master storyteller, by reading one of his books, this year it’s The Witches. Dahl’s books are great at any age and illustrator Quentin Blake adds fun visuals that bring the stories to life; he has a wonderful freestyle technique. Sir Blake is one of the motivating forces behind the Everybody  School of Art – Artworks in England.  

My book, Samba on a Snowy Day is going on sale starting next week. Good news, Chapters Indigo is going to have some of the paperbacks available in the stores.

2. TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival continues through the week. Some of the best bets, and movies I want to see; Nomadland, One Night in Miami and Concrete Cowboy, all look like winners. 

3. Eye candy that I plan to get out and witness in person, as recommended by one of my daughters, Immersive Van Gogh.

Adrianna moved to dance to Van Gogh.

If you can’t make it to one of the towns that Immersive Van Gogh is showing in, you can always do the virtual Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands. 

4. My sonic soundscape is all about the blues – especially the harmonica players; Little Walter, Junior Wells, Big Walter, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, John Mayall and Big Mama Thornton. In this clip, she is joined by some of the greats. 

And this week also found me jamming with my girls.

5. Lots of people in Canada and around the world are concerned about the second wave of COVID; including me. I was recently recruited to teach martial arts at a couple of different places. For the moment I have declined, preferring to continue with outside classes for as long as the weather permits.

Pomona Park – Thornhill 09.16.20

Further afield I found this bit of interesting news; life on our nearest, sister planet, Venus. For you science fiction fans this should get the creative phosphine flowing.

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Newsletter 51

Newsletter 51

Hello all and welcome. Taking in all manner of festivals this week, listening to happy blues, thinking about school and more…

Here are the five things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you all.

1. The Stratford Summer Gala 2020, a performance art festival hosted by the city of Stratford.

Yorkshire Festival of Story continues and the talent is wonderful, this week I  watched the fantastic storyteller, Mara Menzies weave her magic. Rebroadcast from a live show, similar to this one, done at the 2019 National Storytelling Festival.

2.  For my listening and practising pleasure, harmonica, not drums, I found myself jamming with Gary Clark Jr., a great blues guitar player. Hopefully, I can catch him for real someday. I also listened to one of my favourite piano players, Oscar Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007), it’s coming up to the 95th anniversary of his birth. One of Oscar’s best albums, in my opinion, Night Train, check it out.

Back To School Blues

3. The days are getting shorter and thoughts of returning to school are on plenty of folks minds. Prior to the pandemic, I was teaching karate at a Montessori school. And not that I have been invited back to teach, but even if so, I am seriously questioning if I want to subject myself to a possible COVID 19 infection. The chances of me making a mistake and getting coughed on by my students, quite high. And from the Centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) — Your Back To School Decisions Guide, something I am paying close attention to.

4. My reading pleasure this week, all about children’s books. To read what I thought of the books I downloaded check out my book reviews.

So far I have downloaded Follow the Breadcrumbs by Chris  Stead, Abigail and her pet Zombie – Spring, by Marie F. Crow,  I actually received Zoo Day though, and Short or Tall, Doesn’t Matter At All by Asaf Rozanes. 

https://books.bookfunnel.com/celebratingoutdoors/dkdb12fxv7

 

The free book promo that I participated in “Celebrating Nature and the Outdoors” concludes this week, and I hope you had a chance to get a free E-Book. If you liked our book Samba on a Snowy Day it would mean the world to us if you would rate it and take a moment to leave a review.

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Your reviews help us authors in so many ways, including the ability to create more books for your reading enjoyment.

5. Salome Bey, Canada’s first lady of the blues passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Born in the USA in October of 1933, she came to Toronto and made this her home for the past 56 years. Salome Bey wrote and starred in “Indigo”, a cabaret about the history of Black music. Rest in Peace Ms. Bey, we honour your memory and thank you for the many wonderful performances.  

 

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 what Readers’ Favorites reviewers say about my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

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Newsletter 50

Newsletter 50

Hello and welcome. My e-book promo continues this week, I hope you check out my book and some of the other great books that are included, books celebrating nature and the outdoors. This week I spent time exploring Yorkshire and the festival of Story. I take in some storytellers, listen to Annie Ross and more. Please join me for “5” things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you.

1. This week I am happy to report on a virtual storytellers festival that I am attending as an observer, the Yorkshire Festival of Story. Joanne Harris informed me and other members of her newsletter about it, she is the author in residence for this year’s festival. The festival normally runs for a weekend in  August. This year, as a virtual festival it will run for the month of August.

2. At the festival mentioned above, I became fascinated by storytellers. Clare Murphy treated families to a story on the first day of the festival. The reading was at 6 am North America time, fortunately, the Crowdcast live videos can be seen later and are available for 24 hours.  A wonderful example of her storytelling when a live show was, the thing, at a festival in 2016.  

Impressed and inspired by Clare’s performance, I feel the need to be much more entertaining when I read my stories. Thank you Clare.

3. Annie Ross passed away on July 21st, I only became aware of her passing while listening to my Sunday morning jazz radio show Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey.  I enjoyed Annie Ross’s singing, especially with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. And her song “Twisted”  made famous by Joni Mitchell, many actually think Joni wrote it. I spent my holiday Monday, (a civic holiday in Canada), listening and watching old T.V shows featuring Ms. Ross.

When the IAJE convention came to Toronto back in 2006 I attended and I met up with Jon Hendricks. He gave me a promotional copy of his new CD, L, H & R Redux, a band that included Hendricks, his daughter, Aria, and her childhood friend, Kevin Burke.

4. My basement library was hiding an old book, a rare and beautiful find. Published in 1912,  Prattles For Boys and Girls, the inscription on the back cover, To Marguerite, From Aunt Ruth, Henry and Nora with Love. A birthday gift to my mother from her Aunt and Uncle?

A compilation of short stories, poems and historical narratives; some as short as a few lines and some are several pages long, all with illustrations. The book contains quite a number of beautiful colour illustrations from American artists such as Joseph Warren, Alice Beach Winter and Phoebe Pickering Jenks. Having been inspired by the storytellers at the Yorkshire Festival of Story, I am exploring the possibility of reading some of these strange old stories to children during these strange times.

5. My viewing pleasure this week included a fantastic glimpse into life on Okinawa;

Alive and kicking at 100 – The secrets of the Japanese

Okinawa is an island to the southwest of Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. A place that I remember with fondness I wrote about it shortly after my visit in 2002,   Japan: Ancient Traditions… part 1.

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 (in a ceramic mug), swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee helps out during these challenging times.

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