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March 26 . Issue #83

“Instructions for Living a Life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I find a chance to get back to some park training with friends, tour a new rural area and more …

1. The perfect writer’s mantra. Last week I found myself really paying attention. I was completely astonished and now I find myself telling you about it.

Writing sanctuary’s. Do you think such a thing exists? I am in search of the perfect writing sanctuary. I went to visit this potential site; three hours northeast of Toronto on a six-acre wood lot overlooking a beautiful lake.

Friday I am going in the other direction, about 3 hours northwest of Toronto on a small lake and with less property. It’s all about the energy for me.

2. Celebrating with David Suzuki on March 24th, Happy Birthday David, and may you be blessed with many more.

The virtual birthday bash took place on Wednesday and I was invited to attend the surprise birthday party the following day. Great fun.

3. I have children’s writing workshops coming up in April. The Markham Public Library will be hosting the event. This is a Zoom virtual event that you can register your children to attend and explore creativity with me.

I’ll be doing a reading from a little known Japanese fairy tale and from my new book Samba in Brazil.

Children’s Writing Workshop: A Storytelling and an Exploration of How We Arrive at Creativity.

4. My listening pleasure this week, all about the award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his rendition of Leonard Cohens’, “Hallelujah” joined in this performance by Didier Osindero, Alinka Rowe and Yong Jun Lee.

And Sheku with his family performing Redemption Song. What an amazingly talented family, Isata (piano), Jeneba  (violin), Braimah  (violin), Konya  (violin), Aminata  (violin), Sheku  (cello), Mariatu (piano).

5. This week my nighttime reading are the inspirational words of Thich Nhat Hanh from his classic Present Moment Wonderful Moment.

When I have a chance in the morning I am reading Bakemono Yashiki, The Haunted House.

My friends at Old Mate Media have a new release for the children, something to keep them happy and occupied during the upcoming Easter holiday. Ultimate At-Home Activities for Kids. The first eight pages of this great book of activities are free.

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; 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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Mindfulness Music Reading

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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Music Reading Writing

January 29. Issue #75

Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things.”  Thomas Merton

Hello all and welcome to another week of inspiration and fun. This week has been all about painting, listening to classical music and writing, amongst other things.

1. Celebrating the birth of Mozart and listening to his music as played by Wynton Marsalis – Trumpet Concerto in D Major.

Watching, re-watching a fun show, Mozart in the Jungle.

2. Reading Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker Guide To The Galaxy” again.

And watching a tribute to the great Douglas Adams.

Watching “Your Honor” a series, not for the children.

3. This week was about the trumpet. This time last year one of my favourite trumpeters, Claudio Roditi, passed away, check out his beautiful playing on “Body and Soul”  https://youtu.be/I-FmBbR1iMU.  

 “His entire life was geared to enjoyment, of Life and Living it, of great music, of good food, travelling around the world playing his beloved rotary horns, meeting interesting and talented people, making new friends and visiting the longstanding ones, and maintaining his ready sense of humour. Claudio loved to laugh! He always saw the humour in situations, and frequently we were doubled over laughing about something or other.” Kristen Park

Another wonderful musician passed away that same week last year, the wonderful pianist, Norm Amadio. His music continues to bring comfort and joy. Norm and the trio play Jazz Bossa Nova.

4. Rise Wellness Collective is as their mission statement indicates Home To Harmony.  Empowerment: the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Jillian and Nadia have open hearts and shine in perfect harmony, they offer virtual workshops, events and retreats to offer individuals a path to attaining health and wellness.

5. My book promotion is still running, free e-books, all genre; a big promotion. Check out the many different authors and books available, including book 1, in the Samba the Dog series, Samba on a Snowy Day.

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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