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Festivals Music Reading

June 24 – Issue #142

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen

Hello all and welcome to another month. Summer has arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere. Join me as I share 5 points of interest: things to do, things to see and something to read too.

The featured photo is of my garden in the Grey Highlands, the peonies are in full bloom.

1. The summer solstice happened this week on June 22nd, 5:13 AM, to be exact. I missed the sunrise, I was up a couple of hours later and working out before setting out on a trail adventure. Hiking on one small part of the Bruce Trail.

International Day of Yoga is on the same day, I always mix in some yoga in my training. This year’s theme is Yoga for Humanity.

2. My friends at Settle Stories celebrated Summer Solstice  Storytelling with some great stories for the children from Internationally-renowned storyteller Dominic Kelly.

I watched it live, however, a recording will be available to watch until 12pm on the 5th of July. To access the recording you will need to register for the event. Enjoy!

3. Events for summer are happening, live and in-person, a first in over two years. This week I visited Toronto and spent time at the Italian Food Festival. My family and I also ate dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, Bella Vista Trattoria.

I have signed up for accreditation to the Toronto Jazz Festival. I’ll be writing for the LatinJazzNet. Most of the events are free, I’ll be looking to catch up with some great Canadian talent.

I received my tickets to Kuné, performing at the Collingwood Music Festival. This will be my first time attending the Collingwood Festival.

This weekend my daughter is performing at Blue Mountain as part of the annual Salsa at Blue Mountain. Guess who will be at the Blue Mountain Village this weekend cheering her on.

4. My summer reading looks like this: Spirit Dance by Douglas Smith, a novelette that I just completed reading. Smith is a master of short story fiction. This story is just perfect for National Indigenous History Month.

A story of indigenous lore meeting modern ways. Nature versus mankind in a war of shapeshifters, the animal kingdom and the righteous government of the day. A great story.

Speaking of books, my next book will be the third in The Samba Dog series, Samba in Switzerland. My illustrator Joshua Miller and I will be meeting later this week to discuss the layout for the illustrations.

5. My musical tastes have run the gamut from classical to the blues. One new release that has received plenty of spins, is, El Tinajon from saxophonist Luis Deniz.

As you may have surmised the album is Latin Jazz with heavy influences of Afro Cuban Jazz. I dislike labels though, the primary element is simply good toe-tapping music.

Deniz plays soprano and alto sax’s on the album, his playing is magnificent on every track. He is joined by a group of stellar musicians who provide beautiful accompaniment and wonderful musical interludes.

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Children's Books Music Writing

April 22 – Issue #140

Hello all, welcome to my weekly journal. This is where I share with you what I’ve been up to during the week. Five points of interest that will offer some inspiration and or motivation.

This week, Antonio Serrano and the chromatic harmonica, Ice Hotels, my weekly journal, to become a monthly journal and more…

1. The featured photo is of the Arctic Snow Hotel in Finland, the inspiration for the setting of my new children’s picture book about the ongoing adventures of Samba the Bernese Mountain Dog.

2. This week I spent time with chromatic harmonica player Antonio Serrano. Picking up some inspiration from his masterclasses.

Speaking of classes; I have started teaching karate on a part-time basis at Black Tiger Karate in Toronto. I have taken on a few private students and I am starting to get busy.

That being said, I have decided to change from a Weekly Journal to a Monthly Journal. My next issue will be published on Friday, May 27th and thereafter on the last Friday of each month.

3. Into the woods–Earth Day was founded on April 22nd of 1970. I became a dedicated Earth Day observer then and I have remained committed for the past 52 years.

4. My manuscript for my middle-grade chapter book is coming along nicely. I am getting great feedback from my beta readers and I can’t wait to start working on some illustrations to enhance the story.

I have shared with you a couple of chapters in previous issues and I would like to share another chapter now for your reading pleasure.

5. RIP Romanian pianist Radu Lupu who died at age 76. His manager, Jenny Vogel, told NPR that he died “peacefully at his home in Switzerland from multiple prolonged illnesses” this past Sunday evening.

Lupu recorded much of the world’s favourite piano repertoire to great critical acclaim, with two Grammy Award nominations and one win in 1996.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read my newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  The paperback version is on sale only for a couple more weeks.

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

All of my books are now available and on sale at BookShop.org, (only U.S. shipping) plus you will support local bookstores with your online purchase.

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Art Books Music

April 1 . Issue #137

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”  Will Rogers 1879 – 1935

The featured image, Ideal Balance – Yin and Yang by Sharon Cummings speaks to me about the way and balance, something I’ve been working on this week.

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal, a place for me to share with you 5 points of interest. The things that got me some joy, inspired me, motivated me and kept me going. This week a look at the Oscar winners, my ear and eye candy, and more…

1. Two films I picked as Oscar winners came out on top. Summer of Soul and Encanto. Summer of Soul winning best documentary, all about a music festival that coincided with Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969.

Encanto won for the best-animated feature film for Disney Animation Studios. I haven’t watched this film yet, hopefully, this weekend I’ll fix that.

2. The composer Vangelis had a birthday this week, March 29th, his 79th. Naturally, I had to help celebrate and listening to his Oscar-winning soundtrack for Chariots of Fire was just the ticket. The soundtrack from the film 1492 – Conquest of Paradise is inspirational as well.

Speaking of Oscar-winning soundtracks I had to check out Hans Zimmer and his Oscar-winning score for the film Dune.

3. I watched a wonderful movie about bringing people together through family and music, the Pixar animated feature film, Coco.

The actor Gael Garcia Bernal is the voice of one of the lead characters, Hector. I wonder if he would consider doing an audible book? His voice is great, he would make a magnificent Latin American Scratchy the Squirrel.

4. This week I’m reading another McCall Smith book, he has so many, this one from The Sunday Philosophy Club Series, The Careful Use of Compliments. Also known as the Isabel Dalhousie series of books of which there are sixteen in this series.

5. Outdoor training: the weather is starting to warm up and I have taken my training outdoors. This week I practised many of my karate forms on my deck.

I took some videos and shared them with my karate group on Facebook. It’s a private group so I can’t share it with you.

But I have a clip here that I can share, this is Seipai. A form I like a lot because of its flowing nature.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like to read my newsletter please share it with them.

If you are looking for a great children’s book check out one of my books, including my new children’s early reader chapter book, now available at Indigo/Chapters Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends.  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time.

 

Or one of my other children’s picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve. Or you may enjoy Samba in Brazil or the Brazilian/Portuguese version Samba no Brasil.

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

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