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Leaders Nature Reading

October 9 . Issue #59

In this weeks newsletter, moving movies, my book sale, cat rescues and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. My eye candy this week. Films to watch; My Octopus Teacher, simply extraordinary, a special film that resonated deeply within my soul. This is not like any other nature film.

And this week a special notice popped up in my news feed for a  movie trailer. “The Witches | Official Trailer” I love stories by Roald Dahl and plan to read one of the chapters from The Witches in my upcoming creative writing workshop.

2. I am excited to report that my book Samba on  Snowy Day is on sale at Chapters-Indigo and 1% of the sale of the book goes to children in high-needs communities through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

My wife Nina is a rescuer of cats, she is a rescue angel. We have at our home three rescued cats. All have been adopted and are now part of the family. Only one was rescued as a kitten, Milo, the other two as young adult cats.

We have temporarily taken in four more cats. Count them, that’s seven cats! I decided I had better read about cats.  My reading pleasure took me to a well-thumbed copy of the classic, Cats in the Belfry by Doreen Tovey – a humorous tale about cats.

3. A first in Canada; my party, the Greens, has a new leader and she is the first Black person to lead a federal political party in Canada. About time!

4. My musical experience this week is in anticipation of the great Thelonious Sphere Monk, October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982; the celebration of his birth. The 10th is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, a national holiday, my Monk day. I did not get a chance to see Monk live. If I had perhaps my review would have gone something like this. My review, writing as Paul J. Youngman, for Jazz Review.com.

5. The good deed for the week, assisting an elderly gentleman who passed out while waiting for a bus. My first aiders duty, helping out.

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. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

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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Dance Reading Writing

October 2 . Issue #58

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” President Lyndon B. Johnson – September 29, 1965

In this weeks newsletter, Arts Organizations, Orange Shirts, Culture Days and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) turns 55 this week. The stimulus for the arts needed now more than ever.

The Marguerite Yanuziello Art Memorial Scholarship (MYAMS) of which I am a director, is a registered not for profit dedicated to supporting the performing arts; especially here in Ontario, Canada. MYAMS is only 8 years old yet we aspire to the same goals as the aforementioned (NEA) organization.

2. September 30th in Canada is Orange Shirt Day the day to reflect on reconciliation, residential school and Every Child Matters.

I watched the documentary, Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors, an educational documentary based on the book of the same title by Robert P. Wells, first published in 2012. It tells the story of Indian Residential Schools from the perspective of three of its survivors.

Another video to watch, “Stolen Children”.

3. Culture Days 2020 continues through to October 25th. There is some great talent featured, both live and in virtual performances. Take an online dance class, listen to a digital performance or take in a live performance.

I’m registered for a couple of on-line events including one with the accomplished pianist – Hilario Duran.

4. The 2nd wave of COVID19 is officially here in Canada, not in every province and territory. Just the most populated. My research this week has me delving into what will happen in 2021. Will we be able to travel to other countries safely? Will there be an effective and safe vaccine against COVID19 by September as some people are predicting? I think not, have a listen to The Race to Develop A COVID19 Vaccine.

5. My basic outline for an on-line, kids creative writing workshop is complete. Nine sessions, each session dealing with a major component of the creative writing process. All the sessions will be free. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have completed an 800 – 1000 word children’s story.

Send me an e-mail if you have children that would like to attend, scheduled to start October 19th.

 

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 that we have 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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Autumn Music Reading

September 25 . Issue #57

September 25 . Issue #57

In this weeks newsletter, the autumnal equinox, new book releases, new music and more…

A Week In My Life

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. The first day of fall arrived on Tuesday, September 22, the autumnal equinox. The changes in the seasons are just another way to enjoy nature. Speaking of nature, here is a new book I just snapped up; it’s a free e-book for a limited time, What Wonders Await Outside by Justine Avery, Illustrations by Liuba Syrotiuk. The watercolour illustrations are magnificent.

2. New book releases, ready for the new season including some by my favourite authors. Alexander McCall Smith, Joanne Harris, Emma Donoghue and Aislin Hunter are all celebrating new book releases. If none of those authors is for you, I found a few more; here’s a long list of books coming out this fall.

3. Not only authors work through worldwide pandemics, but musicians also have to keep busy and quite a few have been. New CD releases by some of my favourite musicians, including, Alicia Keys’ Alicia, Raul Midón The Mirror, Harold López-Nussa, Te Lo Dije, Christian Sands, Be Water and Laila Biali, Out of Dust.

4. The seasons, the moon and equinoxes too… Ancient sites alligned with the solstice and equinox.

I have visited one of the 6 ancient sites, Chichen Itza, my memory of that trip includes the Maya calendar (photo below). I have this souvenir mounted in my office; travel memories.

5. Culture Days starts this week, September 25 and runs through to October 25. I am one of the artists in residence for Newmarket Culture Days. Learn more about the Seven Authors from the Writers Community of York Region and check out the presentations. Happy Culture Days 2020 and happy autumn.

 

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

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

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