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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.

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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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December 11. Issue #68

“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and Keep Going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.”   George Lucas

Welcome all to my Weekly Journal

This weeks 5 things that interested me and I hope will be of some interest to you.

1. I have been asking folks if they will get the COVID-19 Vaccine when it’s available to them. Most people I speak with, either in person or on my travels or even during my virtual meetings; have indicated they will get the vaccine. As for me? — I’m in!

Much ado about nothing, indeed: The U.K rolls out the first doses of the Vaccine this week. William Shakespeare, an 81-year-old U.K resident was the second person to receive the vaccine.

Some people are still doubting the reality of COVID-19; I received an e-mail from an acquaintance, Eknath Erwin Vann, a yoga teacher and a musician whose work I had the pleasure of reviewing. (My review of Let’s Call Ed.)

I was shocked to read in Eknath’s message that he had a serious case of COVID-19. I asked him if I could share his story and he agreed.

Eknath plans to start teaching Yoga as soon as he’s back to full strength;  in the meantime, he has shared his Hatha Yoga For All online course.

2. John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) has been gone for 40 years. His music lives on with some wonderful reimaginings. I’ve been enjoying this; Michael Occhipinti’s SHINE ON: THE UNIVERSE OF JOHN LENNON. 

3. My reading this week,  The Craft of the Japanese Sword by Leon and Hiroko Kapp,  Yoshindo Yoshihara, a book that I revisit often. A must-have for lovers of the Japanese sword. A refresher as I recorded a video,  how not to polish a samurai sword.

A book I have just started, The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith, it’s a fun read by one of my favourite authors.

4. My eye candy, all about movies and shows with a vast amount of comedy. I just realized “Working Moms” has released a new season.

5. My promotion for the holiday book sale is still running, take advantage of some good deals on e-books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day.

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

The paperback version of Samba on a Snowy Day is now available in all York Region Chapters-Indigo stores. Pick up your copy before the Christmas rush.

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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