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December 31 . Issue #124

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I share with you a karate master, music from home, books and more…

1. Goodbye, 2021, hello 2022; this is my last newsletter for 2021. I must admit I feel accomplished: I managed to put out a weekly journal, as in I actually got it done every week for a complete year. Bravo!

I also published one new book Samba in Brazil and I had Samba on a Snowy Day and Samba in Brazil translated to Brazilian/Portuguese and I published those two books with their new names, Samba em um Dia de Neve and Samba no Brasil.

Let’s hope that 2022 brings with it health, peace, love and prosperity for one and all.

2. I found myself immersed in the world of Steve Ubl sensei this week. I searched out all of the videos I could find online featuring him at karate seminars. Ubl sensei teaching a couple of kids, Basai Dai kata, nice.

I’ve had many chances to train with Ubl sensei but have never managed to actually attend any of his seminars. Hopefully one of these days I will be able to train with him.

I was invited to train with Ubl sensei at this last seminar in San Diego but could not get away from my previous commitments. Some of my friends wrote about their experience at this training session for the Shotokan Karate Magazine, ‘A Karate Adventure‘.

3. My ear candy this week was all about NPR and their Tiny Desk at Home concerts. I especially enjoyed, Michael Kiwanuka.

A short solo performance, just Kiwanuka on guitar for a few songs and on keys for one of the tunes, “Solid Ground”. Another great performance was from the tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia and her dynamic band of keys, bass, drums and backing vocals.

As the Tiny Desk folks mention this is a first in their history of at home concerts as the band is performing from a boat. Check out the swinging plant above the keyboardist’s head.

My final concert was the uplifting Dua Lipa.

4. This week I celebrated Christmas with my immediate family, we had some wonderful meals and some good times. We had great fun watching my granddaughter open up presents and explore new and exciting experiences. There is so much that is new when you’re three years old.

This was the year of books, I gave books as presents and I received lots of books that I will be reading well into the new year.

5. The folks at Awesome Gang Books interviewed me and last week I shared their site and the week’s interviews, that included a few other authors. My individual interview link is posted here.

I ordered a book online, a couple of weeks ago, as a family gift, a present for my partner and I – Benvenuti a Casa Pappagallo –  an Italian cookbook. I received it yesterday and I can’t wait to start making some fantastic meals. 

Thanks for reading. I am wishing you all the very best for the holidays and have a super safe and happy New Year.

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

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Books Music Reading

December 24 . Issue #123

Happy holidays to one and all, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Hamilton Wright Mabie (12/13/1846 – 12/31/1916).

Hello all and welcome to my penultimate weekly journal for 2021. Does that not sound impressive? Penultimate came into English in the 17th century from the Latin word paenultimus, a combination of paene, meaning “almost,” and Ultimus, meaninglast”. So if something’s penultimate, it’s “almost last” and more specifically, it’s next to last.

1. My featured photo is of the 2021 Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, NYC. This may be the most impressive decorated tree in the world. This week was spent exploring the world looking for the most awesome Christmas tree. The Best Christmas Tree Displays in the World.

2. My eye candy this week included some fun episodes of Japanese shows appearing on Netflix: ‘Midnight Diner‘ and ‘Samurai Gourmet‘. Adventure, fun and food in Japan.

3. Music this week; a fantastic documentary about Nnenna Freelon and the making of her new record Time Traveler.

I also enjoyed spending time listening to WBGO online, especially the ‘Blues Break’ show every weekday from 2 -4 pm.

4.  Alice Munro is one of my favorite authors. Her books, short stories and prose are incredibly deep and profound. This week I have spent time with a book I found in my local used book store, ‘Read it Again‘ in Collingwood, On., ‘The Love of a Good Women’ winner of the Nobel prize in literature. And another book that’s all about laughs ‘Carry on Jeeves’, PG Wodehouse.

I completed an interview with awesome gang books this week. They ask some author type questions and I offer up some of my best authorly answers. Check out my interview as well as some of the other authors in this week’s interviews. If you’re looking for some great books I highly recommended the site.

5. I spent time learning a new program, well, new for me. InDesign, an amazing program for designing your book. And now the illustrator Joshua Miller is working on adding the illustrations to the book. Soon we will be able to share with you our new project, ‘Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time For Friends‘.

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, 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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Children's Books Music Reading

December 17 . Issue #122

“- If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt In Learning”
– End is not the end, in fact, E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies”
– If you get No as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”. So Let’s be positive. “Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam           (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015)

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This is where I share with you five points of interest. Things that got to me, helped motivate me, offered inspiration or produced some pleasure for the senses.

1. My ear candy this week, the music of Barry Harris who passed away on December 8th from complications due to covid at the age of 91.

I feel fortunate to have met the maestro on a few occasions and to have interviewed him on his amazing life in jazz.

I was not aware that he had written lyrics to any of his compositions, this was one that I found recently, entitled “The Bird of Red and Gold“:

Within the confines of one’s soul

There sits a bird of red and gold.

Its wings at all times set to fly,

For if it does not, it will die.

If set free, it will soar to

Heights unknown to other men,

Lands unseen by other eyes;

And as the beauty of the universe

Unfolds, what joy the pleasure then

Of truth revealed, limitations

Then unsealed

This is the Almighty’s gift to you. Barry Harris (12,15,1929 – 12,08,2021)

I also spent time with musicians who celebrated birthdays this week, Grover Washington Jr. His birthday is December 12th and the Flamenco guitar virtuoso Carlos Montoya is December 13th.

2. On the topic of music I have put together my list of the best music of  2021. Well, at least some of my favourites, a diverse mix from classical through to the blues. This is in no particular order, type in any of these names in your browser and you can hear samples of the music that they perform.

  • Muse by Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason
  • MakJBach by Mak Grgic
  • Time Traveler by Nnenna Freelon
  • City Country City by Ricci/Krown
  • Time No Changes by Chris Schlarb & Chad Taylor
  • Chick Corea Akoustic Band  with Corea/Patitucci/Weckl
  • Dear Love by Jazzmeia Horn
  • Apothecary Songwrights Lab by Esperanza Spalding

3. While I was working on this newsletter I listened to a Sounds True podcast with Jeffrey Davis – Tracking Wonder. Check it out to find out if it resonates with you as well.

4. The quote for my introduction to this weeks newsletter is from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was the former president of India, serving in that position from 2002 – 2007. I am currently reading one of his many books, a book all about positivity, ‘You Are Born To Blossom’ a kindle .99  special at the moment.

5. I have a new children’s book promo coming soon, for “Samba in Brazil” it will be happening in early January. In the meantime, if you are looking for some great children’s books, free for a limited time, then have a look at this fantastic promotion. ‘Exciting Reads For Children.’

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, 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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