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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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February 19. Issue #78

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X (May 19, 1925; Assassinated: February 21, 1965)

Hello all and welcome. This week celebrating Black History Month, talking real-estate, movies and more …

1.  Black History Month is happening in Canada – all month. I celebrate the achievements of my black brothers and sisters. Some events that I am planning to attend Kumba, TD Stories and An Evening with Desmond Cole, author of the bestselling book The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power.

The Black Church: A WBGO Panel Discussion with some special guests, including one of my favorite gospel singers Lizz Wright.

2. Selling your home during a Pandemic is a strange experience. Meeting people, real estate agents and inspectors while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask. A different world we’re living in as you are all aware.

Things are progressing, the market is happening, our home has been spruced up and we are ready to jump in and see how we fair. Wish us luck.

3. My eye candy this week is a feature film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt; 7500, a 2019 action-thriller film written and directed by Patrick Vollrath. Levitt whose birthday happened this week, on the 17th; his 40th,  he puts in an amazing performance.

That led me to check in to the re-runs of 3rd Rock From the Sun, the 1st episode premiered in 1996, Levitt was the young kid with the old soul in this fantastic show.

4. My mother was into dance, she had a dance studio in Toronto “Academy of Dance Arts” and she was the director of a dance company that performed widely. I remembered the name of her Mexican group, “Ballet Folklorico De Mexico”.

When I was sorting through my mother’s record collection I came across a record, the featured photo of this weeks newsletter. Now I know where she came up with the name of her group.

Along with my mom’s record collection, I inherited some of the costumes the company performed in, the dancers in the photo are wearing the “Sanduga” costumes, the same costumes I have in storage.

5. Next week I start teaching karate virtually. I am eager to get back to teaching the children.

My test session with the facility that is hosting me will be happening tomorrow afternoon.

The same facility wants me to do four book readings and we have scheduled those for March.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them.

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.

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

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September 11 . Issue # 55

September 11 . Issue #55

In this weeks newsletter: reminiscing on a day of infamy, listening to trio music, preparing a creative writing course and more…

A Week In My Life

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

1. This week like every week around this time I reminisce about a day of infamy. Something I will never forget; that day that will live on — 9/11, September 11, 2001, the attack on the USA. Other dates which will live in infamy; December 7, 1941; the date very quickly became shorthand for the Pearl Harbor attack, in much the same way that November 22, 1963, became associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

2. My children’s book is now available at a leading Canadian bookstore; Indigo/ Chapters has my book, Samba on a Snowy Day, available for you to order in paperback and hardcover versions. I hope to have some physical copies available in the stores in the very near future.

3. My listening pleasure this week: good music that runs the gamut; from blues to classical, with everything in between. I played in a power rock trio once, Snowaxe. I love trio music, the heavy rock trios, like Hendrix and Cream and the heavy jazz trios like Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette and Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. The great bassist Gary Peacock passed away September 4, 2020; age 85; Rest in Power maestro.   

4. My eye candy this week is all about TIFF – the Toronto International Film Festival and some of the best bets for awards and feature films. I have always wanted to attend and this year it’s so easy, less crowded and no mask required if I watch from home.

5. I am working on developing a program for children to help fire the creative juices. Kindle Creativity: a workshop for children authors; a chance to develop stories, to have fun and to create wonderful fiction.

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