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October 2 . Issue #58

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” President Lyndon B. Johnson – September 29, 1965

In this weeks newsletter, Arts Organizations, Orange Shirts, Culture Days and more…

My Weekly Journal

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

1. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) turns 55 this week. The stimulus for the arts needed now more than ever.

The Marguerite Yanuziello Art Memorial Scholarship (MYAMS) of which I am a director, is a registered not for profit dedicated to supporting the performing arts; especially here in Ontario, Canada. MYAMS is only 8 years old yet we aspire to the same goals as the aforementioned (NEA) organization.

2. September 30th in Canada is Orange Shirt Day the day to reflect on reconciliation, residential school and Every Child Matters.

I watched the documentary, Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors, an educational documentary based on the book of the same title by Robert P. Wells, first published in 2012. It tells the story of Indian Residential Schools from the perspective of three of its survivors.

Another video to watch, “Stolen Children”.

3. Culture Days 2020 continues through to October 25th. There is some great talent featured, both live and in virtual performances. Take an online dance class, listen to a digital performance or take in a live performance.

I’m registered for a couple of on-line events including one with the accomplished pianist – Hilario Duran.

4. The 2nd wave of COVID19 is officially here in Canada, not in every province and territory. Just the most populated. My research this week has me delving into what will happen in 2021. Will we be able to travel to other countries safely? Will there be an effective and safe vaccine against COVID19 by September as some people are predicting? I think not, have a listen to The Race to Develop A COVID19 Vaccine.

5. My basic outline for an on-line, kids creative writing workshop is complete. Nine sessions, each session dealing with a major component of the creative writing process. All the sessions will be free. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have completed an 800 – 1000 word children’s story.

Send me an e-mail if you have children that would like to attend, scheduled to start October 19th.

 

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Newsletter 41

Newsletter 41

Hello all. Welcome!  I want to share with you 5 things that interested me this week and might bring you some revelation, and perhaps even enjoyment. 

1. This week Toronto announced an initiative that fast tracks the building of modular housing for homeless people.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the homeless hard.  Well done city of Toronto.  The city of Vancouver B.C started the modular trend back in 2019. I took a virtual tour of Naomi Place one of the facilities Toronto has modelled their initiative on. 

2. When COVID-19 began in mid-March and Ontario started cancellations, I took in a live show. Chieko Kojima and Ten Ten by Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group, I had not planned to write about it, but I did. I put together a report on the show using my pen name and it has now been published in Toronto Music Report

The group Chieko Kojima and Ten Ten has kindly shared their performance on line and this week I had the pleasure of revisiting their fantastic performance. 

3. As one of my American friends put it; from hoarding toilet paper to civil war in 3 months. Any suggestions from my Canadian friends? After my 21 second pause, I would just like to point out that this is a very good reason why everyone should get out and vote — in all the elections.

Reading Helps

Reading is helpful and so very important, from Eula Biss who puts it well in her New York Times featured article “White Debt”  to this excellent resource on how to be an ally.  Six things you can do to be a stronger ally. 

4. Eye candy for this week has been the stimulating art of  Degas, The Dancers, and watching ballet that is reminiscent of these troubling times. Revelations by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

The Ailey All Access site gives you permission to watch special performances for free. I took in the Robert Battle’s “The Hunt”.

5. This week I have been reading George Selden and his wonderful, award-winning book The Cricket in Times Square. This is a book for all ages, although it was written for children age 6 – 9.  The illustrations by Garth Williams are fantastic. 

Over the last few months, I have been working on a young adult book, for ages 9 to 90. The young characters I have created are training deep in the woods. They train in martial arts and are guided by a bear of a teacher who pushes them to the maximum. After class, the students listen to stories that high light martial arts virtue.

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, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these times.

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Newsletter 9

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 9

1. Coming to Ontario, Canada, the city of Mississauga specifically is a show by the one and only Dr. Seuss. Well the estate, holders of the torch for all things Dr. Seuss – Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. The LA Times had this to say, Dr.-Seuss-Exhibition-Tour. For your chance to get out and see the show information and tickets ExperienceSeuss.com

2. International Festival of Authors, the festival runs from October 24th – November 3rd. I plan to check out a few things, but as I’m into self-publishing, I am very interested in this event: The Small Press Market.

3. My Heart Fills With Happiness – a cool book, a different language, it’s in English and Plains Cree, with wonderful illustrations and it is a fantastic idea. Over 550,000 Grade One students will receive a copy of the book.

This children’s book by Monique Grey Smith with Illustrations by Julie Flett is available as a part of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

4. I was inspired by the Flamenco Legends show that I took in last week and it had me looking through a record collection that I inherited from my mother.

My mother, Marguerite Yanuziello, modelling a Mexican Folk Dance Costume

I was looking for Flamenco legends who I had grown up listening to.

Flamenco Record Collection

5. For some entertaining screen time, I recommend the Netflix series Magical Andes,  simply fascinating. The longest mountain range in the world cutting South America in two, from north to south, with seven countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela covered. The continent’s most magnificent natural wonder stretches over 7,500km.

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