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July 30 . Issue #102

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. A place to discover something new, something interesting or even something a little different.

1.  This week I tried something a little different, a kundalini yoga class. I have done yoga before but have never experienced this style.  The session took place at Toronto’s Harborfront close to the music garden, a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario.

2. I appreciate art in all its varied formats. This week seemed to be all about bikes. On a late evening stroll through the park close to my Toronto home, a group of  20 bicyclists rolled by and took a twenty-minute rest stop in the basketball court.

The members of the group ‘Toronto Cyclers’ had decorated their bikes with colourful lights and some members had mounted speakers and I was sure I heard “Life is a Highway” among other catchy tunes, like Billy Gibbons, “Hot Rods”.

The next day I was at a Lowes lumber store in the neighbourhood and saw the featured photo. This head-turning piece of artwork on wheels. The owner of this masterpiece, Eric, told me he entered his custom bike in some shows and that he has placed well.

3. Speaking of Billy Gibbons, that brings me to ZZ Top. I recently watched the documentary; ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas.

RIP – Dusty Hill – July 27, 2021. Thank you for the music maestro…

4. My new book about a squirrel and a bee is soon to be a reality. You know it’s going to happen when you put together an Illustrator/Author agreement.

We, illustrator Joshua Miller and me have a schedule, some draft illustrations, a completed manuscript and good faith that we can get this done by November 2021.

5. I mentioned that I was at Lowes this week, I was picking up lights for a house I’m renovating. Well, during the renovation plenty of cleaning and removing of accumulated stuff.

Years of stuff, that has no good use. We found plenty of stuff with life left in it and this was donated to Goodwill. Two van loads of recyclable stuff that Goodwill seemed happy to take.

In the removal of books from all over the house, I found an interesting book, The Nickolaus Technique-What it Takes to Feel Good, by Benno Isaacs and Jay Kobler. And that is what I am reading in my spare time. Mostly at night. Then I steal some ideas and incorporate them into our park training.

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.

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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Creativity Entertainment Writing

April 30 . Issue #88

“circles of trust — are a rare form of community –
one that supports rather than supplants the individual quest for integrity – that is rooted in two basic beliefs.
First, we all have an inner teacher whose guidance is more reliable than anything we can get from a doctrine, ideology, collective belief system, institution, or leader.
Second, we all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us discern the inner teacher’s voice.”
– Parker Palmer –

Hello all and welcome. This week I share with you some great music, my take on the Oscars, the movies worth watching and more…

1. The Oscars; the 93rd annual Academy Awards happened on Sunday and it made history. Some notable firsts included the first all-Black producing team nominated for best picture. The first time two actors of Asian descent got the nod for best actor and the first year two woman were nominated for best director.  For all the details: read about it at Oscar Central.

2. The above quote from Parker Palmer resonates with me.  I have listened to his podcast and like what I hear, An Undivided Life.

3. My children’s creative writing workshop went well. There were about twenty-five children and they were super engaged. I had them creating characters, settings, themes and plots. The children came up with some fantastic ideas.

I came up with a couple of ideas for stories. Combining my reading of the Samurai and the Dragon King and the inspirational comments from the kids. My next book is in my head, with some key points on my notepad.

My next workshop, May 6th, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M put on by East Gwillimbury Public Library.

This workshop will give children an opportunity to come up with some ideas for their own stories and they can submit them to the library as part of the EGPL annual Write On, 2021 – competition.

The workshop is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 12. Email: sharrison@egpl.ca to register.

4. What I was watching this week, more of Oscar winner Francis McDormand – no, not Nomadland — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is a movie I had not seen and McDormand shines.

I was thrilled about the animated film from Pixar, Soul– a winning film; three Oscars, best film, best sound and best music. Yea, for my man Jon Batiste for the excellent music.

5. I have completed my marketing course, Starting From Zero by David Gaughran. I recommend the course as it gives you some good ideas, insights and techniques to help you sell more books. I used the information in the course to set up my first Facebook ad for one of my books.

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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Entertainment Lockdown Reading

April 2 . Issue #84

Plan with a purpose, prepare with a prayer, proceed with positivity and pursue with persistence.

Hello all and welcome, A Good Friday to everyone and Happy Easter.

1. A couple of treats to share with you this week. My book Samba in Brazil is part of a fantastic promotion for April featuring many award-winning authors. Get a free e-book, some authors require you to sign up for their newsletter, you can unsubscribe any time.

Alvin Ailey presents a free online performance, Blues Suite Ailey

Have you ever heard of Hiplet? A new dance craze – get dancin’.

Making Your Own Groove: What Happens When Ballet and Hip-Hop Combine?

2. What to watch? I checked out a feature film from last years Toronto Film Festival, “Ammonite” starring Kate Winslett. An award-winning film from director Francis Lee.

A fantastic story about a remarkable woman, Mary Anning, her discovery of ancient fossils and her life and times. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier is a book on the subject of Mary Anning and it is now on my reading list.

3. Talking about reading, this week I started reading a historical fiction book from David M. Gaughran, Mercenary. The story of the USA’s most famous soldier of fortune.

 

4. My ear candy this week, the vocal stylings of jazz great Etta Jones. Etta Jones got her start in New York City at the famed Apollo Theatre. She was discovered by pianist bandleader Buddy Johnson.

Johnson needed a singer to fill in for his regular singer, his sister Ella Johnson. Later in her career, Etta Jones performed with Houston Person. Person became her musical partner and her manager.

I never saw Etta Jones live. I did manage to see Houston Person on a couple of occasions. A wonderful expressive tenor saxophone player. I reviewed one of the performances a few years back. Home Smith Bar 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival; Canadian Jazz Quartet with Houston Person.

5. Podcasts keep me entertained while I’m working on my writing and my newsletter. A couple that I find entertaining and educational: Malcolm Gladwell and Revisionist History Podcast have a listen if you have some time.

I enjoy listening to Jack Kornfield, he has a series of podcasts, here he speaks about the Sanctuary. A great talk on finding your inner sanctuary.

Thank you for sharing my week. Here in the province of Ontario, Canada we’re about to enter another lockdown. I think this is the third province-wide lockdown.

If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day, Samba em um Dia de Neve or my new book, Samba in Brazil  – Free  e-book for a limited time starting April 2nd, Illustrated Children’s Book Spring Fling!

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

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