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Newsletter 48

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”  – Orson Scott Card

Newsletter 48

Hello all. Wishing you a warm welcome. This week I celebrate the outdoors with a new book promo, share some ear and eye candy and more …

1.  I am reading A Gift of Happiness by Gill Farrer-Halls a great book to peruse when looking for peace and solitude. The art is fantastic, by Artist and writer Robert Beer, well-known for his colourful and detailed illustrations.

2. Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, taking place annually at the end of each September. This year’s events will be a little different, as many will be virtual and it will run longer. Running from September 25 to October 25th, highlighting thousands of free, participatory arts and culture events in hundreds of communities across Canada.

This week I spent time making a virtual presentation for The Writers Community of York Region, a video of me reading from my book Samba on a Snowy Day, and my soon to be released book, Samba in Brazil.

3. For the children and parents, a link to a book promotion that gets underway this week; Picture Books Celebrating the Outdoors,  and I share the link with you so you can enjoy an assortment of fun children’s books, including Samba on a Snowy Day.

Promo Link: Celebrating Nature and the Outdoors

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I have added the link in the title above as well as in the Promo Photo. All you have to do to get my book is to provide your e-mail. I then add you to my newsletter and that keeps you in the loop for more great things to come.

4. Watching some inspirational talks on how children are coping in these pandemic times, “talking to children about our new normal“. While working on my writing I found this podcast very helpful and informative. Communication seems to be one of the key factors. On what adults can do to keep it together while offering support and staying connected, check out this CBC podcast The Dose.

5. I remember when, not too long ago, we could venture outdoors to take in the local music festivals. This year all the live music festivals have been cancelled. Most of them have figured out some kind of virtual format. This week I managed to check into the Toronto Jazz Festival on web radio jazz.fm91, the Beaches Jazz Festival by streaming a live concert and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

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 what Readers’ Favorites reviewers say about my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

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Newsletter 44

Newsletter 44

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvellous.”

(Aristotle 385-323 BC)

Hello all. Wishing you a warm welcome. This week I celebrate my Italian heritage. I contemplate Norse gods and think about giving back to the community. I share with you 5 things that I found of interest and I hope will be of interest to you too.

1. June is Italian Heritage Month and I took in some of the virtual events that celebrate my Italian Heritage. The first event that completely captivated my attention, Wishing You Were Here. Followed by  Enchanted Museums and then My Secret Venice. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura hosted a series of virtual concerts entitled, “So Long Toronto,” I really enjoyed the one with Claudio Jr. de Rosa (Sax.) and Vivienne ChuLiao (Piano). 

Italy

With all these virtual events celebrating Italian culture it brought back memories of my visits to Italy. A very special Valentine’s celebration was spent in Taormina, Sicily. I wrote about it and share with you that special weekend.

2. I have started studying the Scandinavian  gods, The Heroes of Asgard, Tales From Scandinavian Mythology by A.Keary and E. Keary.  And in my curiosity as to how you incorporate Norse legends into modern storytelling I delve into Joanne M. Harris’s book, The Gospel of Loki.

3. This week I have been listening to everything Nina Simone, The Diva Series, a CD that I keep coming back to. What a story, what an amazing musician, what a life. 

An organization that I support and appreciate JPEC, recently released a quarantine concert featuring some great musicians, Eddie Bullen with Joaquin Hidalgo and Andrew Stewart. 

4. Listening to a podcast while working on my writing, Broken Record with Esperanza Spalding, a multi Grammy winning artist, bassist, singer and composer. Inspirational! There is one for every day of the week if you’re so inclined. Some are even hosted by Malcolm Gladwell.

5. Poetry, prose and lyrics; many years ago I was encouraged to write lyrics; I tried. Names like, The Shining Star, Making Make Believe and Big City. Some of the material written by me or co-written with my friend Ed McDonald

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

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by  buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these social distancing times.

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Newsletter #4

Hello all! I am back from my up north adventure. Northern Ontario is really quite beautiful in the summer. I managed to go for a therapeutic swim every day, mostly during the early morning, there is nothing quite like it after a strenuous work out.

I visited an outdoor museum aptly named The Tree Museum and as fall is fast approaching, I’m planning a return visit to take in the art amongst the trees, in falls full colour spectrum.

My Northern Sanctuary
Lake Muskoka

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration.

  1. A tree museum? Who could come up with that idea. It’s the brain child of Founder and sponsor: EJ Lightman. Curators: EJ Lightman and Anne O’Callaghan.With internet services restored I found this information at their home on the web,  https://www.thetreemuseum.ca/ “An Outdoor Art Gallery of Site Specific Installations”
  2. Along the same train of thought, nature, I have picked up on Greta Thunberg and her strike for climate change. Ms. Thunberg is a 16 year old who started a protest movement. Since December, teenagers across Germany inspired by the 16-year-old Thunberg’s climate fight have been marching weekly instead of sitting in classes. I’m all in, and looking for ways to contribute my time and effort. Greenpeace has some advice for the September 27th Strike For Climate Change here: https://www.greenpeace.org/canada
  3. A musician who inspired me to write about music, Wayne Shorter, check out my review of one of his recent concerts https://torontomusicreport.com/featured/wayne-shorter-quartet-live-in-concert/   and another musician whom I admire for her incredible talent, Esperanza Spalding http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/ are working together to create a new opera, something that promises to be very special, http://www.octopustheatricals.com/iphigenia I must get tickets to this.
  4. My reading continues with an author I recently discovered, Alexander McCall Smith and another series he has penned. The Sunday Philosophy Club, set in Edinburgh, Scotland and featuring the protagonist Isabel Dalhousie. I am thoroughly enjoying this book and considering a visit to Edinburgh.
  5. Karate classes have started, I’m teaching children and adults at www.smadojo Shingikan Dojo in Maple, On. I’m also instructing children at a community centre in the city of Markham, as well as one in the town of Stouffville.

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