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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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December 18 . Issue #69

“Music makes the world go round.”

Welcome and happy holidays to all. In this weeks journal, I share music, more music and my year-end reading list.

1. A friend recently asked me to recommend some jazz music. He indicated he was new to jazz and he wanted an idea of what to listen to and what would give him a good idea of what jazz is. My list of the top 50 jazz albums, or at least some of my favourites.

That, of course, begs the question of what is jazz? Famed bebop pianist, Dr. Barry Harris put it like this when I asked him that very question. “I don’t know!”

2. My end of year list for the best new recordings, honourable mentions and most listened to recordings.

3. The books that got me through a COVID-19 year. What I am reading now and books I keep coming back to for reference.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B.White. Every writer should read this book.

4. This week I celebrate the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Happy 250th maestro.

5. The best Holiday Movies: A Christmas StoryHow The Grinch Stole Christmas, and of course A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim.

Those are a few of my favourite things.

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If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day.  Available in most good book stores including Chapters – Indigo stores. 

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November 20 . Issue #65

My eye candy, my ear candy, Santa Clause Parade (virtually) and more…

Welcome to my Weekly Journal

This week 5 things that interested me and I thought might interest you.

1. I Am Women,  the Helen Reddy story, a 2019 movie that I watched this week and found enjoyable.

Another movie that came highly recommended: The Life Ahead, Sophia Loren, performing at her best and starring in a movie that is a family affair. The film is directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.

The soundtrack from the film is composed by Academy Award winner Gabriel Yared. WM Italy has released the film’s original song Io sì (Seen), written by Diane Warren and performed by Laura Pausini. A wonderful vocalist I had the pleasure of seeing in concert in 2016.

2. “KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra and Moskitto Bar
Originally broadcast on November 14, 2020 at Koerner Hall in Toronto” as close as you can get to a live performance. I love these multi-cultural bands.

I covered Kune in the old days when concert attendance was a thing. My review of the performance can be located at the webzine, World Music Report.

3. The frozen tundra of Canada is biting, not sure when or if the park training will happen again. Now, I scramble to find a suitable place to practice martial arts in a COVID safe space.

This time of year always brings with it the Santa Claus Parade, since 1905 a yearly tradition. This year, a little different. A virtual parade, you can watch online.

Ontario has introduced a colour-coded COVID code. My home is located in the “Red Zone” and that means trouble. We are one step away from a fullscale lockdown. Yikes!

Holiday lighting glows all around my neighbourhood. Seems too early to me. I always thought the 26th of November the perfect time to string some, colored or white lights on my evergreens.

4. My  Kindle Creative children’s writing workshop continues with session number 5 of 6 sessions. this weeks session all about “Theme”. I will be reading a story I have created during our sessions.

I am also scheduled to present a storytelling workshop at a local library.

5. Children’s Books Holiday Sale: Get my e-book for a limited time at a fantastic price. There are some great deals here from award-winning children’s authors.

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. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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