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January 8 . Issue #72

“You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff.” Quincy Jones

Hello all and welcome. Please join me for the five things that kept me going this week.

1. This weeks eye candy, the deep and soulful, Soul, an amazing animated feature. Pixar makes history with a couple of firsts, for co-director Kemp Powers and star, Joe Gardner.

Watching the documentary “Quincy”, the Quincy Jones story on Netflix, just great.

The Mule with Clint Eastwood, a great performance by a master of the screen.

2. My audio delight for this week centred around the music of Soul and Jon Batiste, music consultant. The trumpet of Latin superstar, Arturo Sandoval, musical director and composer for the soundtrack to The Mule.

Inspired by Quincy, I found myself spinning some music from some of his award-winning productions, 28 Grammy Wins and 80 Nominations. Bad and Thriller, the Michael Jackson albums, are both produced by  Quincy Jones.

3. I found inspiration to write a short story about one of my swords. Some friends are planning a Zine. Something a little crazy. I thought I can do crazy, and so I wrote a fictitious story about an antique sword. My Perfect Swordbased on my war sword.

4. The Japanese sword is something that is special to me. When I first got into the martial art of Japanese swordsmanship; one of the first books I purchased,  Japanese Swordsmanship, Technique and Practice by Gordon Warner and Donn F. Draeger.

This is a book that I come back to often as a reference and a study guide. Other books that I reference and read for joy and inspiration, I like the photos too, The Samurai Sword by John Yumoto, The Craft of the Japanese Sword by Yoshindo Yoshihara and The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship by Nicholas Suino.

5. My first-aid certificate expired on December 15th, of 2020. Or did it? All certificates have been extended to June 2021 according to the WSIB.

With that bit of good news, I made myself available to teach a virtual class for a local community centre, “Keeping Your Karate Kids Kicking” with Paul sensei (4 classes).  I hope to see some of my students join in the fun.

Today I read an article by my friend Scott Langley sensei on kicking, it was featured in an issue of Shotokan Karate Magazine.

The article reinforced how important your hip flexors are, especially when doing mae geri, front kick. This will be a fun exercise for my virtual karate class.

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 or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

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

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Newsletter 52

Newsletter 52

Hello all and welcome. This issue marks the 52nd week of my newsletter. Having over one thousand subscribers, I sincerely thank you all for being with me. I appreciate your support and I intend to continue to share with you five points of interest that I hope will be of interest to you too.

This week I look at the benefits of reading for children, life in Italy, Truffle making and more…

Here are the five things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you all.

1. The many benefits of reading, for children – As a storyteller, I like to think that I am providing children with a window to a whole new world. I want to give them the opportunity to learn, to experience new ideas, to get new and exciting information. I find it’s best when learning comes without realising it. When children are learning valuable life lessons through hearing or reading an engaging story told with honesty, imagination, creativity and spirit. 

2. Buon Ferragosto, August 15th, a national holiday in Italy.  For most Italians, this marks the start of the summer holidays. This year I will join in on the celebrations, imagining I am in Italy. Something I had been planning before travel became a challenge. 

3. This week my reading pleasure, for education and survival during my nature walks, Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. The classic field guide for quick identification of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and vines, by Lawrence Newcomb. A must-have if you are looking to sample the herbs and berries. The featured image is of the Holly shrub and delicious looking wild berry; poisonous to people and animals.  

My pop-up karate class in the local park is gaining in popularity and I need a reference for some standing stretches. Anatomy of Stretching, A Guide To Increasing Your Flexibility by Craig Ramsay is a great resource.

For Park training where most participants do not have a mat, I utilize the standing or crouching stretches from Craig Ramsay’s book. For my home training, I go through most of Ramsay’s recommended stretches.

4. I received an e-mail from someone who I went to Jr. high school with, Northmount Junior High. This acquaintance from the past was asking if I was the same guy he went to school with.

Normally I never reminisce about my time as a student at a traditional school. Most of my time at Jr. and Sr. High school was a big haze. Something that I wanted to be done with as soon as possible. I am a Kinesthetic learner, much more interested in action.

I let my old school chum know that it was I and that this was a first for me. A trip down memory lane. I asked him to stay in touch and thanked him for connecting.   

5. This week I spent some time at a Truffle making workshop with David Greenwood-Haigh an award-winning chef, chocolatier and international chocolate consultant. David hosted a virtual workshop at the Yorkshire Festival Of Story.  

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

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Newsletter 15

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 15

1. I have been listening to Rodrigo y Gabriella and their new offering, nominated for a Grammy, Mettavolution – check it on youtube. My first exposure to this duo was on Ted Talks, and since that time I have been a fan.

Another artist in the same category; and I noticed he is getting more airplay this week, Theo Croker, an excellent trumpeter and bandleader. He’s been nominated in the best contemporary instrumental album category for Star People Nation, competition for Rodrigo y Gabriella. 

I enjoy watching NPR Tiny Desk Concerts and it’s where I first came to hear Anderson Paak. He’s another Grammy nominee in the Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Come Home” featuring André 3000. Check out this fun 2006 musical movie, Idlewild for a good idea of what André 3000 is all about.

2. Yakumo Koizumi is the adopted Japanese name of author Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). In his 54 years, he wrote 29 books in many different genres. “Kwaidan; Stories and Studies of Strange Things” is one of his books on Japanese myths and I started reading it this week. What piqued my interest is the number of listings with his English name on the site under the heading: Japan. When you google this gentleman, a fascinating individual comes to life. My search brought me to this article in the Japan Times.

While searching that amazing Gutenberg site I happened upon another book I couldn’t resist “Bushido, The Soul of Japan” by Inuzo Nitobe (1862 – 1933). A book that explores the way of the Samurai spirit. 

3. You may have noticed a strong Japanese thread runs through many of my newsletters, it’s true I have a great passion for all things Japanese. I have been studying Japanese on my own for many years. I recently started a new program to learn Japanese writing, Hiragana at a site named, I feel encouraged to jump back into my studies.

The owner of the Shingikan dojo, where I teach Karate lived in Japan for 25 years. He is fluent in Japanese, both written and spoken. There is no excuse for me to not make the effort to communicate with him in Japanese.

4. Most of my instructing jobs are winding down now and I have only a couple of classes left, one is going to be a  children’s karate grading – coming up this Saturday afternoon in Stouffville, Ontario.

The Shingikan dojo will stay open until December 16th and as with all my classes, will be resuming in January 2020. So much fun sharing my knowledge of martial arts and learning from the children.

“Spare no effort when you teach. You advance as your students advance. Perseverance is important in teaching, as are patience, kindness, and the ability to put yourself in your students’ place.” (Koichi Tohei 1920 – 2011.)

5. Reading to children, how long should you read to your children? This resource says as long as there is interest. Reading to children at age 4 – 5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy, and cognition) later in life.

I found this reference at Scholastic Canada on the state of kids and reading. As someone who is soon to self-publish a children’s book, I need to know who my target audience is. 

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