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November 26 . Issue #119

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness.
It’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practising gratitude.”  Brené Brown 

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. A place for me to share with you 5 things that interested me, got me excited or helped to make the week flow. My featured photo was taken after this weeks snowfall, from the bridge overlooking the river.

1. This week I joined in the celebrations of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians.

I also joined in the celebrations of my cousins to the south wishing all my friends a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.” Courtesy of History.com.

2. My listening pleasure this week, the sounds of musicians who share a birthday with St. Cecilia,  Benjamin Britten, Hymn to St. Cecilia, performed by Voces8.  Joaquin Rodrigo, his Concierto de Aranjuez played by Mak Grgić.

Gunther Schuller and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach to name but a few, all provided me with wonderful musical gifts.

3. Last week I found out that the show, Tick Tick Boom had its premiere on Netflix Friday evening and I promised a review.

I loved it. If you enjoy Broadway-style shows or plays, like Rent, by Johnathan Larson, you will likely enjoy Lin Manuel Miranda’ (Hamilton) take on the life of Johnathan Larson.

4. I am reading and re-reading a book by Michael A. Singer, “the untethered soul” there are snippets of shared life advice that are profound.

No matter what stage of spiritual discovery you may be at, there is something to think about in this mans writing.

To get a good idea check out a podcast by Michael Singer called, The Michael Singer Podcast – Sounds True; something I’ve been listening to, on and off all this week. It’s a free podcast, actually 5 of them.

5. Grammy Award Nominations 2022 were announced Tuesday the 23rd. Some of my favorite artists were among the nominees, names like Jon Batiste, Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea, Tony Bennet, Kurt Elling and Nnenna Freelon to name a few of the artists.

Some fantastic performances, check out my youtube playlist: Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter: Super Blue, The Seed  Jon Batiste – I Need You

Mak Grgić – Mak Bach

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. And the Portuguese version, Samba no Brasil, both of my Portuguese books are now available as a set.

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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July 9 . Issue #99

“What is the meaning of life?”According to the Dalai Lama, “The meaning of life is happiness.”

Hello all and welcome to my weekly newsletter. This week I share with you mindfulness movement tips, ear candy, eye candy and more…

I like the Dalai Lama’s response to that question about the meaning of life and I totally agree with him.

1. I am reading, for at least the second time; The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer.

And with some synchronicity, I happened to find this podcast featuring Michael Singer. Actually, my friends at Sounds True sent me a heads up, thank you. Ceasing to Be Caught in the Waters of Mind, Episode #1.

2. I spent some time near flowing water this week and I was inspired to practice moving. I have studied Japanese swordsmanship for many years. The practise sword I use is a heavy wooden sword called a suberito.

Moving in four directions I practised flowing and cutting invisible targets. I tried to empty my mind, to move without thinking, to move with no mind.

After an hour of practice, I felt great, tired but happy. I was working out at my sanctuary, on a deck, overlooking a river in the heart of nature.

 

3. Even in my remote area of Ontario I managed to take in some incredible UEFA Cup Soccer. My team is still in it, Forza Azzurre. Go Italy!

4. Farmers Markets and roadside stands with fresh vegetables, farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey and homemade jam. Some of the reasons to get away from the city and support your local farmers.

5. I received some great news this week and I wanted to share it with you all. My books are now at the Richmond Hill Public Library.

You can place a hold on them and get them for your at-home reading pleasure.

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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February 12 . Issue #77

“There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I spent time with Thich Nhat Hanh, checked out the Japan Film Festival, listening to Quist, Corea, McFerrin and more…

1. My reading pleasure came from Thich Nhat Hanh. I am reading Present Moment Wonderful Moment; I am in the moment!

2. I am listening to Quist and using his fantastic backing tracks to jam with my harmonicas in many different keys.

3. The Japan Foundation is putting on a film festival and I am watching animated features.

4. Palouse Mindfulness offers a free mindfulness course. I have completed the course and I revisit it often. The sessions have gone virtual, like everything else these days, the January session of this year set me the right path.

Speaking of virtual, a shout out to Audrey Thomas-Ashman of Ashman Assistance. Audrey and her firm pointed me in the right direction when I first got involved in social media. Their focus is on food bloggers now. I highly recommend Audrey Thomas-Ashman.

5. I just heard the news that Chick Corea passed away and I felt deep sorrow; RIP maestro. I spent many weekends jamming with Chick during his living room sessions.

Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin jamming to Armando’s Rhumba #2.

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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