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April 23 . Issue #87

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. Happy Earth Day. The featured photo, a crab apple tree, in full bloom. And today it’s snowing as I write this and all the blooms are blowing away.

1. My children’s creative writing workshop at Markham Public Library is fully booked. I am looking forward to reading a story based on “Japanese Fairy Tales” and a portion of my new book Samba in Brazil.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore The Earth” and for my creative writing workshop too.

I have signed on to host a virtual children’s karate program for one of the community centres I work with. That’s another thing I am eager to get started on. That will be starting May 4th and running to June 7th, every Tuesday from 4 – 5 P:M.

2. My routine of Morning Pages, writing 3 pages of text, a stream of consciousness continues. I do believe it is unlocking something, creativity or better penmanship, whatever it is the writing is flowing smoothly.

I have started reading Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

This week I was inspired by a talk Tolle gave last year; ‘Become Awake Now‘ and I just happened upon his book while browsing my daughter’s library.

3. The music that inspired me this week, bluesman Sean Costello, a fantastic musician, a shooting star that burnt out way too soon.

I found myself listening to some New Orleans jazz, inspired by a show I enjoyed immensely, Treme. Musicians who appeared on the show: Dr John, Lou Donaldson, Terrance Blanchard and many others.

4. What I am watching this week is a cool mini-series with, Francis McDormand: Olive Kitteridge, winner of a few awards back in 2014.

5. I happened to get out into the country this week. What a totally different vibe. A much more relaxed and easy-going pace. And the creatives, the wood carving below was on a patio.

Nina and I followed the signs for honey, we needed honey and what better place than a manufacturer in the north country.

We ended up at a farmhouse, a box on the porch indicated; Osprey Bluffs Honey. Inside the box – two sizes of Honey, a small bottle and a large bottle. The price was indicated on each and there was a cash box. We took a bottle of Honey and deposited the cash.

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; on sale for a limited time.

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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Newsletter 35

Newsletter 35

Fight Today For A (Better) Tomorrow

Earth Week 2020, April 20 – 26

The theme for Earth Day 2020, Wednesday April 22nd, is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Hello all, a warm welcome to this weeks newsletter. This weeks focus is on our Universe and home, planet Earth. Thursday the 23rd is World Reading Day and I share some tips on how to get free reads. I’ll also  share a few more things that interested me this week while in self-isolation. 

1. With so many children staying at home finding ways to keep them interested, active and hopeful has become a challenge for some parents.  Inspire kids to protect our planet and to take care of each other. Planet Protector Academy (Home Edition) is sharing a program made for kids staying at home.The programming is ideal for children ages 6 to 11. It incorporates music, theatre and humour to empower children to make a difference in protecting the planet.

Children become virtual superheroes as Apprentice Planet Protectors and learn how to get involved in the community through collaborative models.

Sessions are one hour each, Monday to Thursdays (10 to 11 Pacific time) and start (Monday, April 20) to kick off Earth Week. Sign up the kids in your life now to get in on the fun.

2. World Book Day also known as World Book and International Day of the Book took place on April 23rd. Amazon Books was offering some excellent books for free.  I took advantage of a few books, Along The Tapòs by Fernando Vilela, translated by Daniel Hahn. This is a very cool children’s book about rescuing a pet turtle on the Amazon River. The illustrations are fantastic, transporting you directly to the Amazon jungle of Brazil.

Another of my choices, from China, Lu Yao’s Life. My other choice, Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas, this one interested me because of the novels description. “A man consumed by a meaningless life is going to do something he’s never considered doing before. He’s going to enjoy the day… Someone has left a leather-bound day planner with the handwritten title Your Perfect Year for him to find and so sets in motion a quest to find the owner.  

The Amazon Books free offer may be over when you read this, BookHub always has some great reads available for free.

3. For your viewing pleasure this week so many great documentaries on Hot Docs and all for free if you team up with CBC Gems.

I signed up for a free account and not only do I get to see the Hot Docs programs but I can see the regular streaming programs as well. CBC has more than a couple of great shows, however two that I enjoy are, Working Moms and Kim’s Convenience.

4. Listening to your favourite musicians has never been easier during their stay at Home concerts. I really enjoyed Hozier doing his thing from home with his bandmate Alex Ryan. I also enjoyed checking out Nora Jones as she performed some of her mini concerts.

Global Citizen and WHO presented; One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers. The concert was streamed live, 8 hours of music for your listening pleasure, and raising over 100 million for WHO.

5.) Earth Day and the things we can accomplish to help protect the only planet we have. The featured image, flowers I spotted on one of my walks this week.

Earth Day should be celebrated everyday:

A list of just some of the awesome things you can do to help out. Plant something – Ride your bike – Walk to the store – Let your voice be heard – Buy reusable bags – Use refillable water bottles – Conserve water at home.  

My book Samba on a Snowy Day is still part of a great book promotion The Corona Time Giveaway, that gets you some excellent children’s books for free.  

Stay safe, stay home if you can and continue to practice physical distancing. One life, one love, one planet.

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, Samba on a Snowy Day is available at Amazon.com.  Contribute to our next book project by  buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these challenging times.

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