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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.

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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 gutenberg.org 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 Tofugu.com, 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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Newsletter 5

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.

  1. Nutrition is important, consider it your fuel. Are you aware of what kids eat during their lunch breaks? During my two years of teaching lunchtime karate in York region, I saw first hand how children eat lunch at school. Some don’t, others rush and a few, look like they actually have a nutritious lunch. Check out this handy resource for some good lunchtime ideas for your children. settlement.org. My job was to collect the Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten children from their classrooms and guide them to the gym where we joined the grade 1 and 2 students who had registered for the lunchtime karate program. After an exciting 40 minutes of spirited karate, I then monitored the children as they ate their lunch and socialized in one of the spare classrooms for the remaining 20 minutes of the hour long lunch break.
  2. I have been listening to multi instrumentalist Mike Herriott, https://mikeherriott.com/. The recording Isn’t Life Grand on Doghouse Records is great. Mr. Herriott, performing all the trumpets, flugelhorns, french horns, trombones, basses, piano, and various miscellaneous percussion including triangle, presents music ranging in styles from hip-hop, be-bop, funk, and straight-ahead swing. Mr. Herriott on any horn he plays is fantastic,  he blows with serious intensity and a magical tone.
  3. I received my edited manuscript for my upcoming book and it was with some trepidation that I opened the file to view the changes to my story. But it was still my story.  A good editor will do their best to ensure the author’s original voice remains intact, or so I was informed. I am gaining plenty of insight into the writing, self-publishing process. There are some great links to be had that provide wonderful guidance. This is one that I found helpful, justpublishingadvice.
  4. Reading the Post this week I caught this quote from a jazz guitarist I admire, “Now I can think a little bigger, realize things before that might not have been possible,” says jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson. (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)  Ms. Halvorson on learning she is one of 26 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation genius award, a no strings attached $625k grant. (Isn’t Life Grand, as Mr Herriott mentioned earlier.) For more on the MacArthur Foundation, this is what it’s all about.
  5. Fitness is something everyone should be aware of. I was out for my 10k walk the other morning and found some underground urban art, photo featured above. Children who are active, involved in after school programs and play a sport, either organized or just getting together with friends to play at the local park are healthy children. Physical activity guidelines are featured here physicalactivity/guidelines. That being said, get your kids active. Fitness for life, starts early.

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Newsletter #4

Hello all! I am back from my up north adventure. Northern Ontario is really quite beautiful in the summer. I managed to go for a therapeutic swim every day, mostly during the early morning, there is nothing quite like it after a strenuous work out.

I visited an outdoor museum aptly named The Tree Museum and as fall is fast approaching, I’m planning a return visit to take in the art amongst the trees, in falls full colour spectrum.

My Northern Sanctuary
Lake Muskoka

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.

  1. A tree museum? Who could come up with that idea. It’s the brain child of Founder and sponsor: EJ Lightman. Curators: EJ Lightman and Anne O’Callaghan.With internet services restored I found this information at their home on the web,  https://www.thetreemuseum.ca/ “An Outdoor Art Gallery of Site Specific Installations”
  2. Along the same train of thought, nature, I have picked up on Greta Thunberg and her strike for climate change. Ms. Thunberg is a 16 year old who started a protest movement. Since December, teenagers across Germany inspired by the 16-year-old Thunberg’s climate fight have been marching weekly instead of sitting in classes. I’m all in, and looking for ways to contribute my time and effort. Greenpeace has some advice for the September 27th Strike For Climate Change here: https://www.greenpeace.org/canada
  3. A musician who inspired me to write about music, Wayne Shorter, check out my review of one of his recent concerts https://torontomusicreport.com/featured/wayne-shorter-quartet-live-in-concert/   and another musician whom I admire for her incredible talent, Esperanza Spalding http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/ are working together to create a new opera, something that promises to be very special, http://www.octopustheatricals.com/iphigenia I must get tickets to this.
  4. My reading continues with an author I recently discovered, Alexander McCall Smith and another series he has penned. The Sunday Philosophy Club, set in Edinburgh, Scotland and featuring the protagonist Isabel Dalhousie. I am thoroughly enjoying this book and considering a visit to Edinburgh.
  5. Karate classes have started, I’m teaching children and adults at www.smadojo Shingikan Dojo in Maple, On. I’m also instructing children at a community centre in the city of Markham, as well as one in the town of Stouffville.

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