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January 14 . Issue #126

 

Hello all and a warm welcome to you. In this weeks journal, Children’s shows, books, activities and more…

1. My featured photo is of book 2 in “The Samba Dog” series Samba in Brazil which is included in this month’s free book giveaway. I join a group of award-winning authors in this wonderful winter readathon.

Great Kids Books: featuring Samba in Brazil

2. “Frozen” is a Disney feature based on the classic fable “The Snow Queen” an original fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

Another show featured on the Disney channel is “Mandolorian“, based on Star Wars. Mandolorian is from creator Jon Favreau and  I really like this show. I like Favreau’s other show too, The Chef Show.

The Mandolorian series has many of the Star Wars influences but is done up in an exciting manner with great fight scenes reminiscent of some classic westerns and plenty of Japanese samurai influences.

3. Outdoor activities are great for children and adults alike. This week my family spent time walking on trails, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledging, tobogganing and outdoor cross country training.

4. My music this week is all about Steve Winwood. Winwood was in the supergroup “Blind Faith”, he went on to form “Traffic” and had quite the solo career.

I also discovered Winwood has a daughter, Lilly, check out Lilly performing “Higher Love” with her father in 2018.

5. What I’m reading this week: for daytime reading, Mugai Ryu Battoujutsu Instruction- Tosho Shiokawa. My evening read is The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

Thank you 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 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.

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Children's Books Music Reading

December 17 . Issue #122

“- If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt In Learning”
– End is not the end, in fact, E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies”
– If you get No as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”. So Let’s be positive. “Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam           (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015)

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This is where I share with you five points of interest. Things that got to me, helped motivate me, offered inspiration or produced some pleasure for the senses.

1. My ear candy this week, the music of Barry Harris who passed away on December 8th from complications due to covid at the age of 91.

I feel fortunate to have met the maestro on a few occasions and to have interviewed him on his amazing life in jazz.

I was not aware that he had written lyrics to any of his compositions, this was one that I found recently, entitled “The Bird of Red and Gold“:

Within the confines of one’s soul

There sits a bird of red and gold.

Its wings at all times set to fly,

For if it does not, it will die.

If set free, it will soar to

Heights unknown to other men,

Lands unseen by other eyes;

And as the beauty of the universe

Unfolds, what joy the pleasure then

Of truth revealed, limitations

Then unsealed

This is the Almighty’s gift to you. Barry Harris (12,15,1929 – 12,08,2021)

I also spent time with musicians who celebrated birthdays this week, Grover Washington Jr. His birthday is December 12th and the Flamenco guitar virtuoso Carlos Montoya is December 13th.

2. On the topic of music I have put together my list of the best music of  2021. Well, at least some of my favourites, a diverse mix from classical through to the blues. This is in no particular order, type in any of these names in your browser and you can hear samples of the music that they perform.

  • Muse by Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason
  • MakJBach by Mak Grgic
  • Time Traveler by Nnenna Freelon
  • City Country City by Ricci/Krown
  • Time No Changes by Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor
  • Chick Corea Akoustic Band  with Corea/Patitucci/Weckl
  • Dear Love by Jazzmeia Horn
  • Apothecary Songwrights Lab by Esperanza Spalding

3. While I was working on this newsletter I listened to a Sounds True podcast with Jeffrey Davis – Tracking Wonder. Check it out to find out if it resonates with you as well.

4. The quote for my introduction to this weeks newsletter is from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was the former president of India, serving in that position from 2002 – 2007. I am currently reading one of his many books, a book all about positivity, ‘You Are Born To Blossom’ a kindle .99  special at the moment.

5. I have a new children’s book promo coming soon, for “Samba in Brazil” it will be happening in early January. In the meantime, if you are looking for some great children’s books, free for a limited time, then have a look at this fantastic promotion. ‘Exciting Reads For Children.’

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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Aikido Children's Books Reading

November 12 . Issue #117

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Laurence Binyon

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal where I share 5 points of interest, things that got my attention. Hopefully, there’s something of interest here for you as well.

1. Remembrance Day – A day to reflect, a day of gratitude and a day to give thanks to all those who served or are serving in the military. This week a moment of silence, a moment of reverence, November 11, at 11 AM.

Traditionally our Canadian flag is lowered to half-mast on remembrance day but since it’s already at half-mast on all government buildings because of the mass graves found at residential schools the powers that be had to come up with a new plan.

2. I study Ki in Daily Life and the teachings of Tohei Koichi sensei. I also study Aikido and this week someone sent me this link featuring Tohei sensei sparring with a much bigger American judo-ka or judo practitioner.

What I noticed was that Tohei sensei had challenges putting Aikido principles into action. However, sensei remained relaxed and he found methods to overpower or use the bigger man’s power against him. There were no flashy or magical Aikido techniques utilized, everything was tight, fast and smooth.

Tohei sensei’s four Ki principles are; Keep One Point. Relax Completely. Keep weight Underside. Extend Ki.

3. Reigniting your childhood curiosity. I believe our curiosity and our creativity are interlinked. When you discover something new and it excites you your imagination can be pushed into overdrive.

Imagination is the key to creativity. When remote teaching started for me earlier this year I enjoyed teaching an online creative writing class to young children aged 8 – 11.

Not only was it fun and engaging for me but it also got me to think up imaginative stories. I came up with three new stories that may one day become published.

Speaking of stories, I would like to share with you a chapter from my forthcoming book, Scratchy the Squirrel – A Time For Friends.

4. What I am reading this week, The Joy of Yoga, edited by Jennifer Schwamm Willis.  This book is a smorgasbord of  Yoga philosophy and the writings of Yoga and meditation masters.

With excerpts from The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar, Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope as well as many others. There are some fantastic reads included here on how yoga can revitalize your body and spirit and change the way you live.

5. My audio craving this week is all about the music of  Terrence Blanchard and his inspirational opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

The opera – based on the book of the same name, a memoir, by Charles M. Blow an American journalist.

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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